Barcelona isn’t just the largest city on the coast of the Mediterranean, or a Gothic and Modernist architectural treasure, but its a city of culture, intrigue and downright good times. There are numerous must see places in Barcelona from charming neighborhoods with historic buildings, to soccer stadiums and museums. In the early 1990s as industry moved off the beaches, Barcelona became the “best beach city” in the world as voted by National Geographic. The people of Catalonia are known for their jovial demeanour and love for only the best food and drink.
When visiting this Spanish capital city, whether for work of pleasure, you’ll enjoy all the amazing things to see and experience, including a great short-term rental that will make your visit that much more comfortable. Here are some of the must see places in Barcelona:
- The Montserrat Mountain and Monastery is accessible by both car and train from the city. This mountain sanctuary is a pilgrimage destination and a cultural center displaying the deep Catholic roots of Barcelona. Visit their museum and gallery and learn about its rich spiritual and cultural history, or take a hike on one of its many mountain paths.
- Barri Gòtic is the Gothic Quarter in the Ciutat Vella (Old City) of Barcelona, many of whose buildings date back to Medieval times and even as far back as the old Roman settlement. Roman Wall remains can be seen throughout the quarter’s labyrinthine streets. Though it has been heavily restored, the Barri Gòtic will take you back in time.
- La Rambla is a tree-lined pedestrian street right downtown, stretching from the Plaça de Catalunya, rolling downhill to the Christopher Columbus Monument at the harbour. Its outdoor cafés and great shops attract locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a good book and a drink at one of the cafés, or take in the city’s unique architecture on a stroll down this beautiful street.
- If you’re an art appreciator you definitely want to head to the Picasso Museum Barcelona, which is home to much of Picasso’s earlier works giving visitors a sense of the his formative years. The Museum has free admission on Thursday evenings and offers special events including classes in fine arts and art history.
- La Sagrada Familia Church, although unfinished, is another one of the must see places in Barcelona. The construction began in 1882 and was taken over by Antoni Gaudí a year later, who worked on it until his death in 1926. It is an expiatory church with extravagant design, resulting in the 133 years of construction, and counting. Regardless of its incomplete state, it is one of the most visited places in Barcelona and its unfinished 18 towers are among the most popular landmarks in the city.
While here to explore these and many more must see places in Barcelona, be sure to book your ideal short term rental. If you’re traveling with your family, or alone, one of our modern flats located around the city can easily accommodate you. We have properties of all sizes and layouts available, and many of them have private pools. Their comfortable decor will help you feel at home here in Barcelona, lending to your enjoyment of this wonderful Mediterranean city.