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Whether you are visiting Barcelona for a weekend or a few months, the city offers a dizzying array of attractions and sights. To make life easier for you, here is the It Rains In Spain list of Don’t Miss…In Barcelona.

 

1. Dont Miss in Barcelona…The Barri Gótic

A veritable warren of wonderful medieval architecture, narrow streets and tight alleys, the Barri Gótic (Gothic Quarter) has plenty of attractions to keep you interested and enthralled. From the imposing Cathedral at it’s heart, across to the seat of Catalan governance in Plaça de Sant Jaume and the imposing Plaça del Rei, the Barri Gótic is a wonderful place to start your time in Barcelona.

2. Don’t Miss in Barcelona…La Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudí’s incomplete masterpiece is at once the stereotypical image of Barcelona and also an absolute must-see. Started in the late 19th century, the spectacular intricacy and scale of the Church, with it’s dripping façades and crooked form is a sight to behold. The accompanying Museum on Gaudí is worth popping your head into.

3. Don’t Miss in Barcelona…La Rambla

Although undoubtedly touristy, La Rambla is very much a must see in Barcelona. This 1.5 km long boulevard attracts the great and not-so-good in the city, with it’s flower, animal and magazine sellers jostling for pavement space with outdoor entertainers, fashionistas and eccentrics. Stroll from the Plaça Catalunya all the way down to the port, stopping at the wonderful Mercat de la Boquería (Market), watching your pockets, and taking in the atmosphere in this unique street.

4. Don’t Miss in Barcelona…Port Vell and La Barceloneta

Barcelona’s waterfront area is a hotch potch of great restaraunts, lovely views and a working-class barrio. Port Vell, the recently renovated Port area at the bottom of La Rambla, hosts a number of attractions including the popular Aquarium and a number of attractive promenades. Stroll from here along the seafront towards the working class area of La Barceloneta, taking your pick from it’s choice of fine and good value seafood eateries. Continue walking along towards the Port Olimpic, stopping at one of it’s chic bars by the beach.

5. Don’t Miss in Barcelona…Museu Picasso

This Museum celebrating Pablo Picasso is a popular attraction and well worth some of your time, with a broad collection of the artist’s early work and one or two pieces from later in his life.

6. Don’t Miss in Barcelona…L’Eixample

This is Barcelona’s late 19th century bourgeois district, built to solve a shortage of housing in the city and, due to coinciding with the Modernista period is home to a number of examples of said architecture. it’s an attractive, organised and leafy area crammed with boutiques, chic restaurants and the city’s beautiful people.

7. Don’t Miss in Barcelona…Parc Güell

Gaudi’s wild and eccentric park, to the north of the city is an intricate area of walkways and gardens, all built in the man’s unique style.

8. Don’t Miss in Barcelona…Visit the Camp Nou Stadium

One of Europe’s most illustrious football clubs, FC Barcelona plies it’s trade at the Camp Nou, a cathedral like stadium with an interesting museum detailing the great and good of the club’s history and views of the pitch. If you wish, a stadium tour is available to see the normally off-limits areas such as the dressing rooms and pitchside areas.

 

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