If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona, these are the main attractions:
Parc de Montjuic
If you come from Espanya underground station (there’s also a lift going up on top of a mall – worth checking the views for just 1 euro!), you take the stairs (or escalators!) towards Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya to find amazing views of the city.
There’s a great fountain (Magic Fountain) halfway through where you can watch a spectacular performance of water, music and light on certain days and times (at dusk). See FRIDAY.
Underground: Espanya or Paral-lel
Fundacio Joan Miro (www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org)
An extensive art collection of his works. Some more information about his work.
Price: 11 euros
From here you can go to see the harbour, or up the mountain to see the castle (see FRIDAY).
You can go and see the harbour by taking the funicular or the cable car (teleferic) and enjoy the great views of Port Barcelona.
Price funicular: same as train ticket, 1 euro one way
Price teleferic: 11.50 euros one way, 16 euros return ticket
When you get off the cable car (Barcelona’s port cable car), there’s a great sandy beach where you can rest and enjoy the sound of the waves.
Park Guell (www.parkguell.cat)
Gaudi was given the assignment of designing Park Guell. Gaudi’s work unites nature and architecture; you can see amazing paths, viaducts and Gaudi’s house designed by himself.
Casa Museu Gaudi (www.casamuseugaudi.org)
Inside the house you can find many examples of furniture and other objects designed by Gaudi.
Price: 5.50 euros
Monumental Zone (www.parkguell.cat/en/park-gueell/visit-of-the-monumental-precinct)
Price: 7 euros
Casa Batllo (www.casabatllo.es)
This is one of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s art and passion, maybe madness. I highly recommend it!
Moreover, the augmented reality application you are given as part of the price helps you to better understand how the house was used in the early 1900s.
Price: 21.50 euros
Underground: Passeig de Gracia
La Sagrada Familia (www.sagradafamilia.cat)
In a cluttered area in central Barcelona, Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s most famous work. It has been under construction for 128 years and will be finished by 2026. You cannot always buy tickets on the day as it can be overcrowded. Buying tickets online is the safest option.
Price: 15 euros
Underground: Sagrada Familia
This is the most famous street in central Barcelona (starts from Placa de Catalunya and ends at Christopher Columbus monument or the other way round). The tree lined central promenade of the Rambla is crowded during the day and until late in the night. Reminds me of Oxford Street of London in a way. The side streets have impressed me more, with lots of entertainment and life.
Underground: Catalunya or Drassanes
Beautiful palm trees along a wide friendly promenade.
You can take the lift to go up the Christopher Columbus monument to find amazing views of La Rambla, the harbour and the city.
Price: 4.50 euros
Palau Guell (palauguell.cat)
Price: 12 euros
El Barri Gothic
El Cortes Ingles (shopping centre)
Underground: Ciutadella Vila Olimpica
Parc de la Ciutadella
The Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona’s most central park. You can find the Cascada, a triumphal arch with waterfall and fountain, where Gaudi has had some contribution to its built, at that time being just an apprentice. The park also includes a zoo, a lake, several museums and the Catalan Parliament.
Museu Picasso (www.museupicasso.bcn.cat)
Price: 11 euros
Free admission on Thursdays, April, from 7pm to 9.30pm. There’s a long queue that can take approx. 45 mins to 1h to enter the museum.
El Molino is one of the oldest music halls in Europe, recently renovated. The performance is amazing – I highly recommend it. The actors / entertainers are full of charm, something specific to Latin countries. It’s passion, love, drama and fun all combined into one overwhelming show. “Life is a cabaret!”
Price: 28 euros
Barceloneta Beach (another trip to the beach)
Teleferic de Montjuic (www.telefericdemontjuic.cat)
Offers you a unique panoramic view of Barcelona. There are three stops: Parc de Montjuic, Castell and Mirador. You can find the cable car outside the funicular station on Montjuic.
Price: 7 euros one way, 11 euros return ticket
Castell de Montjuic (www.bcn.cat/castelldemontjuic)
Price: 5 euros
You can watch a spectacular performance of water, music and light on certain days and times (at dusk). I highly recommend this!
Barcelona Bus Turistic: Map
Some museums are closed on Mondays; check opening times as most museums stay open until late (~8pm).