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Barcelona assaults the senses on every level; this is not a bad thing in any way. Do yourself a favor and leave the rental car keys in your room, forgo the taxi, and only take a train when you really need to get between point A and point B quickly. You'll never have a chance to stop and enjoy things when you are speeding along! Locate yourself in the center of town (many choices) and get a good map of how to get to the main points of interest and locate the marina, as well as all the markets and food stalls. When traveling by foot, you see so much more and everything is far more meaningful. It is the local people who make this marvelous city as special as it is. Who are these people? Proud new residents, struggling artists, and young families of every background. Share this experience by walking through the local parks, down their streets where cooking smells permeate the different ethnic neighborhoods, and children play. A highlight for us was going to a dog park next to our hotel and visiting with the owners and their dogs. Such interesting stories of who they are, what they do, and meet their fantastic pets. Any opportunity to interact with the local population will only enrich your travel experience. Some of our favorite meals were quickies on-the-run which we took back to our hotel. The huge marketplaces house an infinite (or so it seems) array of foods. We made a fun meal out of prepared treats, cheese, bread, grapes, and wine. You get to talk to the stall owners and they proudly display their wares, give you samples, and emphasize that their food is "Catalonian." Also, do try the "Walk to Wok" hole-in-the-wall for quite possibly the freshest and cooked-right-in-front-of-you (to order) bargain meal you could hope for in Barcelona or anywhere. You don't have to spend a lot for a quality meal and an exceptional experience. Presumably, most travelers will have a pocket tour book with them so finding the museums, parks, and historic sites will not be difficult. We were particularly impressed with the Gothic church and monument to St. Eulalia, patron saint of Barcelona (one of the two, anyway). Her story is tragic and her short life (age 13) at the hands of the Romans speaks to her cannonization. A stay that encompasses at least 5 days should include some guided tours to all-day locations. A favorite of ours was Vic (a town that hasn't changed too much over centuries and is loaded with amazing history), the mountain villages in the Pyrenees and going to Dali's home village and the home he built for his eccentric wife (not to say he wasn't also eccentric!) Getting to know the people who consider themselves Catalonian will help you understand their fierce sense of identity. We booked our trips through Viator. By all means, hit the popular tourist spots but do make the effort to leave the crowds and maybe walk to the park by the zoo, sit on the bench, watch and enjoy everything. Read all the plaques, look at all the statues, give your eyes a break from the architectural treasures and get a feeling for life as it is lived by the residents of Barcelona. Do watch your wallet on the train. Pickpockets managed to lift our fellow traveler's wallet.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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16 Places

Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala

Architectural Buildings, Theatres

Rambla del Mar

Piers & Boardwalks

Parc de Montjuic

Speciality Museums

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Barcelona Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parks

Wok to Walk Barcelona

Restaurants

Port Vell

Piers & Boardwalks

Las Ramblas

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Plaza de Cataluna

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Barcelona Turisme - Afternoon in Montserrat Tour

Sightseeing Tours

Mercat de la Boqueria

Farmers Markets

Sants

Restaurants

Parc Guell

Parks

Placa Espanya

Points of Interest & Landmarks

on_the_go_98765's City Tips

  • Train pass is recommended (better buy, more cost-effective) but you can share that pass between the two of you if you won't be using the train often enough to use all the rides on it.
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    Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala
    Architectural Buildings, Theatres
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    One day a week there is free admission. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a performance and admire the Tiffany-style work and the art deco character.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Find out what day has free admission
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoy this tour! 20/09/2018
    • Truly stunning 20/09/2018
    • Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala
    Address:
    Carrer Palau de la Musica, 4-6
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 95 72 00
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Other:
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    Rambla del Mar
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    This is a must-go place in Barcelona. Try to go when it is early evening when all the locals are there kyaking and creatively enjoying every aspect of their marina and life.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Food court in the big building with reasonably priced offerings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • modern harbour walkm 10/09/2018
    • Nothing is Far at Rambla del Mar! 03/09/2018
    • Rambla del Mar
    Address:
    Port Vell
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 17 61 35
    Other:
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    Parc de Montjuic
    Speciality Museums
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    An aerial tram does depart from the top of this moutain-like hill and it will travel down toweards the marina. Although we did not take it, the views would have been amazing. The views from on top are still fantastic and there are many places to stroll and enjoy the outdoors.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Consider a tram ride up there and back
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a half day to day trip 20/09/2018
    • The castle affords amazing views 20/09/2018
    • Parc de Montjuic
    Address:
    Avinguda del Castell
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 29 86 53
    Other:
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    Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    What Dali did to the world of art, the architect here likewise did to religious architecture. Gone are the somber, Gothic structures so much in vogue for centuries. This is a completely re-invented and entirely new way to think about cathedrals and how these structures inspire the "soul". By the way, as of 2014, the cathedral is nearly completed. At last!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Must see: go to the basement and see the design elements that were employed to create this masterpiece.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    • Fantastic exterior views, tower views not worth the price tag. 20/09/2018
    • Gaudí overload 20/09/2018
    • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca, 401
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 08 04 14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    Barcelona Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    The ornamentation, scale, and gold decoration is truly awe-inspiring. Some times (maybe some days?) the grounds behind the cathedral are open. That would be a special time to visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to find out when the grounds will be open for visitors.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprises await within the Cathedral 20/09/2018
    • Beautiful cathedral 19/09/2018
    • Barcelona Cathedral
    Address:
    Pla de la Seu, s/n
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 42 82 62
    Other:
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    Parc de la Ciutadella
    Parks
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    Near the zoo, beautiful grounds, very restful, nice statuary, little pond with boats (great place to watch families at play), touching tribute, at the base of a dedicated gazebo, to a victim of a hate crime.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Unwind and relax here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Avoid during Festival 20/09/2018
    • Amazing 19/09/2018
    • Parc de la Ciutadella
    Address:
    Passeig de Picasso, 21
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 638 23 71 15
    Other:
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    Wok to Walk Barcelona
    Restaurants (Chinese, Fast food, Asian)
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    This was a Barcelona highlight for us. These high-energy young people assemble a meal to cook to your specifications from their items-board. So fresh, just what you want, and for a price that is ultra-reasonable. It is a little shop with a line of people out the door. But the line moves at the speed of light (these guys are fast!) so don't get discouraged.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • We liked that you could choose vegetables rather than noodles.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #490 of 8,685 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tastey as always 17/09/2018
    • Good food and nice service 14/09/2018
    • Wok to Walk Barcelona
    Address:
    Carrer de Sant Pau 27
    Carrer Jaume I 7, La Rambla 95
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 617 35 21 82
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
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    Port Vell
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    This is really, to me, the marina area. It is where the movie theater is, the shopping center, a thrill ride (bungee cords or something like that), and a nice walkway/boardwalk around the water.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • People watching at its best
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice port 19/09/2018
    • Impressive Vessels!! 18/09/2018
    • Port Vell
    Address:
    Moll de la Fusta
    08039 Barcelona
    Spain
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    Las Ramblas
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    The heart of Barcelona! Sort of a cross between a carnival and a tacky tourist path but, still, it passes by such great places for food shopping and it is a great path to take to the marina.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Walk to Wok is on this street.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    • Interesting 20/09/2018
    • Great shopping and gothic view 20/09/2018
    • Las Ramblas
    Address:
    La Rambla
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34602186169
    Other:
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    Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    Very historic but also home to many of the less affluent in the city. It has an urban cosmopolitan feel like you'd find in Paris (or so we think) and much of the life unfolds on their balconies. Great people watching! Old buildings have less appeal, I guess, than the newer neighborhoods.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Better visiting before it is too dark.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best section of town 20/09/2018
    • A journey in time 20/09/2018
    • Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
    Phone:
    +34 634 53 43 33
    Other:
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    Plaza de Cataluna
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    "Placa de Catalunya" is the Spanish name for this site. Pretty close to the end of Las Ramblas, this is a central location from which to depart to Sagrada Familia, Parc Gruell, and other architecturally interesting sites. It is in the center of the city.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Heart of the city 17/09/2018
    • Nothing special 08/09/2018
    • Plaza de Cataluna
    Other:
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    Barcelona Turisme - Afternoon in Montserrat Tour
    Sightseeing Tours
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    Great views, church is special, with its black Madonna, and there is a tram to ride further up the hill. Story is, the Madonna received its black color from decades of candle soot and cleaning/restoration efforts did not include her face and hands (thinking it should be left black). Sad story about monks giving their lives to protect sacred books during political upheaval. Nice museum on the grounds (must pay but the amount is small).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Winding ride to top - pack some dramamine!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #125 of 656 Tours in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Monteserrat - Must See! 29/08/2018
    • An amazing experience 10/04/2018
    • Barcelona Turisme - Afternoon in Montserrat Tour
    Phone:
    +34 932 85 38 32
    Other:
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    Mercat de la Boqueria
    Farmers Markets
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    Put together a great meal from the offerings at the stalls. A lot is prepared and ready to go and the cheeses are out of this world!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Low cost meal of wine, cheese, bread, and salad can be put together here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Busy market - worth a look 20/09/2018
    • Cracking 20/09/2018
    • Mercat de la Boqueria
    Address:
    La Rambla, 91
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 18 25 84
    Other:
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    Sants
    Restaurants
    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    SANTS to me is the name for the train system in Barcelona. I don't rememer seeing a restaurant by that name.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • nothing to add
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Handy for the Traveller 16/10/2015
    • Sants 03/10/2015
    • Sants
    Address:
    Carrer de Tarragona 177
    Barcelona
    Spain
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    Parc Guell
    Parks
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    Much of the park is available to the visitor without buying the extra pricey tours (2). Reachable by train, but there is quite a hike to the top where the park is located. It is like going to a fairy tale garden, all the shapes seem to defy any suggestion of angles and straight lines.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take water, wear REALLY comfortable shoes, and pace yourself.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top-of-the-hill beauty! 20/09/2018
    • Great walk and sites 20/09/2018
    • Parc Guell
    Address:
    Carrer d'Olot, 5
    08024 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 09 18 31
    Price range:
    US$5,000 - US$5,000
    Other:
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    Placa Espanya
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    on_the_go_98765 Says:

    This is where the dancing waters fountain light show can be found. You'll need to check the times and dates (it is always in the evening, of course). This Placa is across the street from the old bull ring which is now a shopping center and, that alone, is worth a visit!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Go to the bull ring that was turned into a shopping center. Great food! Ice cream!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 792 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Busy! 12/09/2018
    • Transport Hub and Shopping Center 09/09/2018
    • Placa Espanya
    Address:
    Placa d'Espanya
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    1998
    Other:
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