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10 things to do on your first trip to Barcelona


The Spanish city of Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular cities, with loads to see and do, From Messi to Gaudí’s incredible architecture, through to museums, UNESCO world heritage sites, wine, delicious tapas – and even a beach.

As you might imagine, it is not hard to fill your time when visiting Barcelona, so here’s a list of things to not miss:

Get lost at Parc del Laberint d’Horta

Parc del Laberint d'Horta, Barcelona, Spain

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Say a prayer at Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Barcelona Cathedral)

Located in Barri Gothic (the Gothic Quarter), which is the original centre of Roman and medieval Barcelona. This neighbourhood is filled with history, narrow streets, and stunning architecture. Here you will find the cathedral is dedicated to the Martyr Saint Eulalia who was tortured to death in the main Roman Times. Her corpse was buried under the main altar inside the church. Opening hours for worship and prayer are 8:30am to 12:30am and 5:45pm to 7:30pm on Monday – Friday. Weekend hours: 8:30am to 12:30am and 5:15 to 8:00pm.

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló The marine-inspired 32 meter high Art-Nouveau mansion was owned by Josep Batlló who commissioned Architect, Antoni Gaudí to design his up market home. The Batlló’s lived in the lower two floors and the upper floors were rented out as apartments. The vibrant exterior made of stone and glass, with its characteristic undulating shape covered with a mosaic of fragments of colored glass and ceramic discs. The facade is crowned with a roof in the shape of a dragons back with large iridescent scales, while bone-like adornments surround its windows. For obvious reasons, it is commonly called The House of Bones. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site which attracts over 700 000 visitors every year. Tickets are €28.50 at the entrance or €24.50 online. For a fast track ticket which enables you to skip the queue, tickets are €33.50 at the entrance or €29.50. Children under the age of seven can enter for free.

“Casa Batlló has no straight lines, because they don’t exist in nature. – Gaudí”

Visit Casa Milá

Known as “La Pedrera”, because it resembles an open quarry in appearance, the building features forms drawn from nature. It was Gaudi’s last work of civic architecture and represented a break with the conventions of his day.

Listen to a piano recital at Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música Catalana

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For €29 per person enjoy a 20 minute piano recital at thePalau de la Música Catalana. Designed by architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and built between 1905 and 1908. It was designed as a home for Barcelona’s choir, the Orfeó Catalá, who still perform at the venue today as it still functions as music hall. popular as a tourist attraction with guided tours around an interior renowned for its distinctive and ornate style.

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See animals at Parc de la Ciutadella

Barcelona Spain

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The park is home to Barcelona Zoo, which covers 13 hectares (32 acres) and is home to more than 300 species. Two lush but small botanical gardens, a Gaudí-designed fountain (La Cascada) with a huge statue of a primeval elephant, and a quiet lake where you can go rowing. Entry is free.

Watch a match at Camp NouCamp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

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A visit to Spain would be incomplete without a stadium tour or live match at Camp Nou, the largest in Europe and the second largest stadium in the world with a seating capacity of 99 354. Camp Nou hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and has been home to F.C. Barcelona since its completion in 1947. Museum and tour tickets are €27.50 for adults and €22.50 for kids at the ticket office or €25 for adults and €20 for kids online.

Wander through the gardens at Park Güell

Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain

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Located on the hill of El Carmel, in the Gracia distric of Barcelona. You will find unusual and colorful sculptures and mosaics throughout the park. The Monumental Zone, requires a ticket and the Free Access Area which is open to all visitors at no charge.

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum Barcelona SpainThe museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. With 4,251 works exhibited by the painter, the museum has one of the most complete permanent collections of works. on more conventional works and etchings of the adolescent artist, who arrived in town with his family in 1895 and wasted no time in opening his first (very modest) studio in Carrer de la Plata. Tickets are €12 per person.

Admire Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia Barcelona

Sagrada Familia is an unfinished Roman Catholic Church. This massive basilica was the work that Gaudí was busy with he tragically died. Construction started in 1882, although by the time of Gaudí’s death in 1926. Tickets are €14 per person.

You might also want to consider looking into either the Barcelona Pass or Barcelona Card for your visit. These offer free and discounted admission, as well as skip the line access, travel options and various other perks that might make your visit easier.

Disclaimer: All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice.

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