Exploring Spain: What To Do In Barcelona

Planning a trip to Barcelona and thinking of what to do there? Here are some places you can check out in Barcelona!

La Sagrada Familia
Opening times and ticket prices Sagrada Familia 2015:
Basilica only €15 – Basilica and Towers €19.50
Generally open all year, but can be closed for certain services and special religious events.

This very unusual construction is Barcelona’s most famous and most visited tourist attraction

Font Mágica Fountain
Metro: Espanya

There are water and light shows in the summer from Thursday to Sunday and admission is free.
Magic Fountain winter show times
From 1 October until 30 April
Friday and Saturday: shows from 7pm to 9pm
Sunday to Thursday: closed – no shows
Admission free.

Magic Fountain summer show times from May:
Monday to Wednesday: no shows
Thursday to Sunday: show every 30 mins from 9pm to 11.30pm Last show starts 11pm

Picasso Musuem
Opening times and ticket prices Picasso museum
Closed Mondays except public holidays
Ticket price 2015: €11
( Free admission for everyone on first Sunday of each month all day and free every Sunday after 3pm)

You find early sketches and lesser known Picasso’s, which explain and show his development as an artist. The museum is located in various magnificent gothic mansions in the medieval part of Barcelona called El Born.

Las Ramblas street
La Rambla starts at Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Monument of Columbus at the Port Vell harbour of Barcelona.

FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium and Barça museum
Opening times and ticket prices Camp Nou
Open daily
Admission €23

Camp Nou has the one of the largest Nike stores in Europe packed with Barca merchandises

Barrio Gotico – Gothic quarter of Barcelona’s medieval city
The gothic part of the city has many beautiful churches, plazas, markets and museums and you can see parts of the old Roman walls. The gothic quarter is free to visit and best seen on foot because tour buses cannot get through the narrow streets.

Park Guell – Gaudi’s modernist park on Carmel hill overlooking Barcelona
Open daily all year
Admission fee €7 to enter Park Guell Monument area.

Parc Guelli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to one of Gaudi’s most artistic works. Parc Guell is a Barcelona top attraction and definite must see. The park is on Carmel hill so seeing this attraction means quite a long and uphill walk if you take the hop-on-hop-off bus or metro station Vallcarca. If you prefer not to walk, then take a taxi to the Park Guell front gate. The original idea of Park Guell was to build a private and exclusive residential garden village with 60 houses.

Modernist buildings in Barcelona
Admission price Casa Mila €20.50
Admission price Casa Batllo €21.50
Admission price Casa Amatller €10
Admission price Palau Guell €12

Most famous for its architectural expression in particular the many works of Antoni Gaudí. There are a handful outstanding. Three of them are in the one Barcelona city block called the “Illa de la Discòrdia” – the “Block of Discord” on the street Passeig de Gracia.

Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish Village on Montjuic hill
Montjuic castle is open daily all year
Admission price: €5
Montjuic hill has many parks and attractions including an old fort at the very top called Montjuic Castle, which has a rich and dark history and fantastic views of Barcelona. The other big attraction on Montjuic hill is a unique Spanish village called Poble Espanyol which was built in 1929.

Tibadabo hill, Sagrat Cor church & Tibidabo amusement park
General ticket price: € 28.50
Children under 1,2m €10.50
Children under 90cm FREE.
Skywalk views of Barcelona open all summer: free.

The views of Barcelona are fantastic and there is a small and fun vintage amusement park at the top, which is open in the summer from March to September. You can reach the top of Tibadabo via a vintage Blue Tram which connects to a mountain railway, Or take the bus from the Plaza Catalunya directly to Tibidabo. The fun-fair is closed in winter, open at weekends in spring and autumn and generally open from Wednesday to Sunday in summe. The Skywalk where you can enjoy views of Barcelona is free and open all year except a few weeks in February for annual maintenance. The Sagrat Cor church at the top of Tibidabo is open all day and is free to visit.

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