Places to see in Barcelona

             Recently I made a getaway in a beautiful European city: Barcelona. I felt great there just wandering the narrow streets and feeling like I don’t want to come back home.

             When a friend asked me how it was, what I visited and what I liked there, seeing that i was talking non-stop about it he suggested I write a post where anyone can see what you can visit in Barcelona. So I decided to follow his advice and to present a list of sights and personal recommendations.

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1. Sagrada Familia Church

  • Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401;
  • Entrance ticket 20 Euro, but believe me it’s worth it;
  • Time required for sightseeing: 3 hours;
  • I would recommend you go in the morning to purchase the tickets.

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2. The houses designed by Antoni Gaudí: Casa Mila (La Predrera)

  • Address: Provence, 261-265;
  • Entrance ticket: Euro 16.5;
  • Time required for sightseeing: 1 hour.

3. The houses designed by Antoni Gaudi: Casa Batllo

  • Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43;
  • Entrance ticket: Euro 21.5 audio guide included;
  • Time required for sightseeing: 1 hour;
  • I know it seems quite expensive for visiting a simple house, but believe me they are not at all simple. My opinion is that Gaudí displayed a lot of courage and a bit of madness when he designed these homes. You have to see it to understand me;
  • Near these houses there are other ones designed by other great architects: Casa Lleo-Morena, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig House – Amatller.

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4. Mount Tibidabo. It is more of a hill than a mountain, but on top of it you will find a wonderful view of the entire city. You can climb it by foot, in an easy hiking or take the funicular – fee 7 Euro. On this mountain you can easily spend a whole day if you choose to climb and descend the mountain by foots. There you will see:

  • A wonderful church called Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus whose construction lasted more than 60 years and that has an elevator that you can use to enter its roof and whose entrance is free;
  • A mini amusement park;
  • Torre del Collserola telecommunications tower, on top of which you see a wonderful panoramic view of both the city of Barcelona, and the valley behind Mount Tibidabo.

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5. Montjuic Hill where and you can also spend a whole day. There you will find:

  • The National Palace (the Catalan National Art Museum – MNAC), entrance ticket 12 Euros;
  • Fundacio Joan Miro, a museum of modern art where unfortunately we did not went, entrance ticket 11 Euro;
  • Ethnological Museum and Military Museum, where also unfortunately we did not get to, Adress Passeig de Santa Madrona , 16;
  • Olympic Stadium, with free entry;
  • Montjuic Castle, Entrance 5 Eur;
  • Refugi MUHBA museum that you can visit only on Sundays at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30. During working days you can visit it only if you are a group of minimum 15 persons. We did not know this, so we missed wondering the tunnels dug in the ground during the Civil War.

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6. Fountain of Montjuic – it’s right in front of the National Palace in Montjuic park entrance. It begins with small waterfalls and ends in a magical fountain with light shows and music sound movements. This only works late in the evening, so it’s a great place to relax after a tiring day. Admission is free.

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7. Mediterranean beach. It is a very narrow beach with large rocks at the entrance. It’s not a great place to sunbathe, but it’s worth a few hours spent there. I also understand that there are night parties that students throw there, so you can visit it both by day and by night. On the way to the beach you must cross La Rambla, a boulevard full of terraces, souvenirs and lovely people, where you can find a multitude of museums. At it’s end you will find the Monument of Columbus and you can go up the elevator to it’s top.

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8. Ciutadella Park

  • Address: Passeig de Picasso, 21;
  • Here you can find the Zoo, the Arc de Triomphe, a beautiful fountain designed by Josep Fonts, Antonio Gaudi’s teacher, Catalonia Parliament and several museums;
  • I recommend you to visit it after zoo. Here you can find many artists and circus performers whom you can admire for hours. Also, here you can listen to various musicians.

9. The Zoo

  • Address: Parc de la Ciutadella;
  • Entry ticket: 20 Euro;
  • Time required for sightseeing: 3 hours;
  • It is the most beautiful zoo I have ever visited. I saw elephants, giraffes, rhinos, flamingos, penguins, bears, lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, gazelles, gorillas, eagles black, crocodiles and many other animals.

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10. Camp Nou – FC Barcelona football stadium

  • Address: Carrer d’Aristides Maillol, 12;
  • Entry ticket: 23 Euro;
  • Time needed for visit: 2-3 hours;
  • It’s a huge stadium where you can admire all the cups obtained by FC Barca.

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11. Guell Park

  • Address: Carrer d’Olot;
  • Free entry;
  • An amazing park designed by Gaudi in his personal style using big stone column and a lot of Mediterranean plants.

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12. La Seu Cathedral

  • Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401;
  • Ticket Entry: 6 Euro between 13:00 to 15:00. Otherwise the entry is free;
  • Time required for sightseeing: 1 hour;
  • It is found in the Barri Gotic (old town center) where you can spend an entire day lost among the many narrow streets full of shops. You really need to visit also La Boqueria, a colorful local market where you really feel the taste of Spanish vegetables, fruit and seafood.

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13. Barcelona Aquarium

  • Address: Moll d’Espanya behind del Port Vell;
  • Entry ticket: 20 Euro;
  • Time needed for visit: 2-3 hours.

14. Museums. If you are passionate about museums, Barcelona is the perfect place for you. Even if we have not visited all of them, the ones that drew my attention were:

  • CosmoCaixa – Museum of Science,
  • Picasso Museum,
  • Wax Museum,
  • Chocolate Museum (pictured below),
  • Maritime Museum,
  • Erotic Museum.

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15. Labyrinth Park

  • Address: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1;
  • Sunday is free, otherwise there is an entry fee;
  • Even if I did not get to visit it, I understand that is one of the most romantic places in Barcelona.

             Certainly there are many more places to visit in Barcelona, a city where I really want to come back. Before you go there, you need to set some routes, it is very easy to get from one object to another. For transportation you can purchase 10-trip cards that are available on the train, metro and bus and if you used a trip, you can ride for 1 hour with any of these transportation and it won’t charge you an extra trip.

             If you are interested in visiting some museums, check the Barcelona Card which you can be purchased for 2, 3 or 4 days. With it you have free transport on the train, metro and bus, plenty of free entries and considerable discounts on many interest points and even terraces.

             Try tapas, empanadas, paella and sangria, although I will not guarantee that you will like it. But at least you can say you tried their traditional food.

             If you want to eat out, I do not recommend La Rambla. It is very crowded and the prices are quite big. For a table with just a glass to drink and a dish you will pay at least 15 Euro per person.

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