Barcelona is an interesting city to visit, not just for fans of Gaudi, but for everyone interested in architecture. If you are not interested in architecture the city offers nature, beaches, good food and shopping. It is one of those cities that has something to offer both families, couples and friends who likes shopping and clubbing.
My visit was in spring, and the weather was changeable from warm and sunny to chilly and rainy. Depending on when you are going, you might want to bring an umbrella and a jumper.
Casa Mila/La Pedrera: It seems there is a queue at all times to visit Casa Mila. And I wasn’t even visiting during the season! Consider buying your tickets in advance. The view from the roof is beatiful, but do not go if you are afraid of heights or have difficulties walking. On rainy days the roof is closed. The attic has an exhibition about the work of Gaudi. On the first floor you can see how he and his family lived.
Sagrada Familia: The queue for the church is also huge at any time, but it is worth the wait. This church is unlike anything you have ever seen!
Park Güell: More Gaudi! The park is green and full of surprises and a lot of people. Both tourists, artist and musicians. To get to the park there is a climb uphill unless you get here by taxi. The nearest metro station is Lesseps. See more about taxi and metro under Transportation.
Port Vell and Barceloneta: Port Vell begins where La Rambla ends. It is the port of Barcelona with the Columbus Monument, shopping and restaurants. You also find the Port Cable Car, Transbordador Aeri del Port, here. It takes you to Miramar on Montjuic. You get a nice view of the port and city. North of Port Vell is Barceloneta, an old village, and the beach.
Camp Nou: The stadion of FC Barcelonas stadion, and one of the biggest stadions in Europe. You can book tickets to watch a game or simply get a tour. On a tour you get to visit the changing rooms, the press gallery and the club museum.
Font Màgica: The magic fountain is by the Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya on Montjuic. It was made for the World Exhibition in 1929, and includes water, sound and light. From October-April you can see it friday-saturday from 7-9 pm. From May-September you can see it thursday-sunday from 9-11.30 pm.
Poble Espanyol: For me the best part was Poble Espanyol on Montjuic. It is a town with copies of houses from all parts of Spain build for the World Exhibition in 1927. Now a days you find art gallaries, arts and crafts shops, and restaurants in the houses. A lot of the shop owners bring their dogs and cats. It is all very charming indeed! When I visited there were no queue, but I do not know how it is during the season.
The metro is very easy to use. If you buy your ticket in one of the machines, only buy for zone 1.
Taxies are cheap and you find them everywhere.
Places to eat:
Moritz: The most famous brewery of Barcelona also has a restaurant. Go towards the back of the restaurant if possible, as there is noisy at the windows. The food is nice, the beer great and so is the beer sangria. Take a look in the basement to see the beer being made.
Tapa Tapa: There are two Tapa Tapa restaurants in Barcelona. The one on Passeig de Gracia is good; the other one on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes is mediocre. They only serve tapas as the name suggets. The menu is small and with pictures for tourists. The food arrives quickly.
Cera 23: The most amazing restaurant of the trip was Cera 23! The street did not promise much, but once you get inside, everything changes. The interior is nice, the staff is very friendly and the food and wine wonderful. The cocktails also looked amazing, and I sure do plane to try one next time I’m in Barcelona. Reservation is necessary.