An old Roman city from the Middle Ages later to be filled with the wonders of the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, and now one of the world’s most famous beach cities, Barcelona, Spain is worth visiting for a myriad of reasons. Whether you’re a history buff who loves exploring old gothic quarters, a spiritual visionary in search of some of the world’s most notable religious sites, or a beach bum looking for a nice bar to sidle up to by the sand, Barcelona is a destination you ought to visit. The city is also home to numerous luxury short term rentals that will make your visit more convenient, cost-effective and homey, giving you a wonderful retreat from the bustling city.
While there are more Barcelona, Spain points of interest than can be mentioned here, these are just a few things you definitely want to check out while you’re visiting. Get the facts about Barcelona, Spain before you arrive!
- Casa Milà – La Pedrera
This is one of Gaudi’s beautiful masterpieces, and also one of the last civil projects he completed before his death. There are numerous things to see at La Pedrera, including a historical overview of Gaudi’s works, an apartment depicting the life of a bourgeois family, as well as the famously picturesque rooftop covered in architectural sculptures.
- Mirador De Colom – Columbus Monument
This tribute to the explorer, Christopher Columbus, dates back to 1888. It was built for the Universal Exposition (what would today be known as the World’s Fair) in honor of Columbus’ exploration achievements.
- Parc de la Ciutadella
This park in the center of Barcelona is a wonderful place for picnics and walks. A lake with a baroque fountain in its midst is a highlight of this urban green space that was once a military citadel.
- La Boqueria Market
This market housed in a glass and steel structure along Las Ramblas street is full of delicious local treats, and a great place to take pictures of all its colorful foods. The market was built in 1840, but before the structure was erected the same space was said to have been used as a market since medieval times.
- Port Vell
Dating back to the medieval period when Barcelona was at the center of the Mediterranean’s’s maritime trade, Port Vell has a rich history. In more modern history it gained a reputation for being a seedy neighborhood but in recent years, with the Olympic games civil projects, it has been revamped into a wonderful tourist attraction. It is home to Europe’s largest seawater aquarium, an IMAX theater, the Maremagnum Shopping Mall, and wonderful ocean views.
- Arc de Triomf
This gorgeous arc was also built for the Universal Exposition of 1888. The Exposition was held in the Parc de la Ciutadella, with the arc serving as the main entrance to the promenade.
- Sagrat Cor
A Roman Catholic Church and minor basilica located at the summit of Mount Tibidabo offers another beautiful church to visit as well as a fantastic view.
- University of Barcelona
At the forefront of Barcelona, Spain’s colleges and universities is the University of Barcelona, located in the heart of the city, near to the Teatre Coliseum and the Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona. Exploring the campus is a fantastic opportunity to experience a historic Barcelona landmark.
- Fundació Joan Miró Museum
Situated at the summit of Montjuïc, the Joan Miró Museum of Barcelona is a modern art museum honoring Joan Miró.
A trip to this ancient city would be incomplete without a visit to at least one of these Barcelona, Spain points of interest. Explore this city’s vast history, culture and ascetic beauty from your home base at a great short term rental in the heart of Barcelona. If you’re making the trip to enjoy the best of Barcelona tourism, you may as well do it right.