Barcelona, what a cosmopolitan city! I spent three full days there and explored the metropolis of the Basque country extensively. Incredible the weather I had and this in November during my stay!
Are you in Barcelona for the first time? I have listed some travel guides for your perfect planning.
I wrote in other blogs that I have now come to the taste in the meantime to do a bike tour in the city to get a first overview. Get on the bike! That’s how my day began in Barcelona. A big city like Barcelona has the best bike paths for me, sometimes they are implemented in the middle of the street.
Unique! You can see my tour (Highlight on the Internet) at the bottom of the photo! I’m a bit proud of me: 21.9km routes to admire the main attractions of the city. The advantage is, you can always develop and take great photos. You also find the flair of this vibrant city intensively.
Do you want to do a bike ride through Barcelona? Then I recommend the suggested tours below! It’s just fun and you get to know locals.
If you do not feel like cycling in the city, I can recommend the Barcelona City Cards. Not only does this save you money, you can also classify your trip more individually.
Public transport, entrance fees to 25 museums – no queuing, city tour in a hop-on-hop-off bus, harbor tour, 60% discount on gastronomy and much more are included in the price.
- Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts
- Barcelona City Pass: Free Entrance and Public Transport
- Barcelona Card: 3, 4, or 5 Days with Discounts
Barcelona is one of Europe’s vibrant cities, with innovative architecture and design, special cuisine and nightlife. It is one of the most popular cities in the world and it is not hard to see why.
The city attracts with its bustling ambiance, lively beaches and numerous attractions, such as Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. A great experience to see the house of worship from the inside as well. Do not make the mistake of standing up to 1 hour or more to get a ticket! Get the Ticket
The Basilica Sagrada Familia is almost as famous for its construction cranes as it is for its tall towers. The construction of the huge church began in 1882 and was supervised by Antoni Gaudi. The massive project is ongoing and work is expected to continue until 2026.
Apart from modernist architecture, the city has a number of modern art museums, including the Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya. Even the sight of the fountain “Font Magic de Montjuic” is so overwhelming that you just want to see more. The Museu Nacional d ‘Art de Catalunya at the foot of the hill Montjuïc was built in 1929 for the World Fair.
The Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya offers a great view of Barcelona. In the picture below you can see the towers “Torres Venecianes”, in the background the “Placa d’Espanya”. The Venetian Tower is the popular name for a pair of towers at the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina at the intersection with Plaça d’Espanya. There is a tower on each side of the street.
The towers are 47 m high and have a square cross-section of 7.2 m. If you look closely, you might spot the cycle path in the middle of the road. Simply brilliant and perfect for taking a great picture!
Great and affordable tours & activities in Barcelona
Parc de la Ciutadella (Citadel Park) with the Cascada Monumental is the greenest park in Barcelona. The park is a popular destination for the locals. You can see a lot of young people there and the older generation enjoy sitting in the shade under the many trees.
If you want to relax and escape the hustle and bustle, this is the place. The park also houses the zoo, the parliament, the Museu de Geologia, and a sports complex. A great hotspot!
There must be a break, too, and one is particularly looking forward to tapas. What else comes to mind when you’re in Spain and loves this kitchen?
I would highly recommend a great glass of wine and tapas. If you are unsure then I recommend a tapas tour of Barcelona. The first time I did this and it was a lot of fun. Is also very funny with other like-minded people from all over the world. Below I have some recommendations for tapas and at the same time exploring this great city.
Barcelona and the 1992 Summer Olympics. In 1992, I had the pleasure of seeing the summer games myself. The ship I was working on was chartered for the entire summer games by a well-known beverage company. Simply unforgettable!
Back then, I could greet people like Carl Lewis, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson on our ship. Twenty-six years later, I looked again at the facility on the 173 meters high Montjuïc and it was just great to see everything again. The sights and beautiful parks on this mountain are a magnet for tourists and locals alike. The mountain can be reached by the Montjuïc funicular or the cable car. I conquered the mountain by bike!
Barcelona is famous for street art! La Carbonería adorns the facade of the decommissioned coal factory, which was artistically transformed by the residents until it was cleared in 2014. The building is now empty. The colorful, but fading exterior decoration stands out clearly from the neighborhood’s surrounding neighborhoods.
The coal factory, located in the corner of Urgell and Floridablanca, is the oldest building in the Eixample district and was protected from demolition due to its classification as a historically and artistically interesting building. So the building and the colorful hot air balloon with a pirate flag is one of the few graffiti that remain.
An experience is the sunrise in the port of Barcelona. The harbor is the largest in Europe. A walk in the evening on the Rambla de Mar (wooden bridge) to the shopping center Maramagnum is worth seeing.
Around the shopping center on the promenade, there are some great and super cheap restaurants. I did not think that you can eat so good and reasonably priced there and also directly on the water. After dinner, I recommend a digestive walk around the corner in Port Vell, where the yachts of the super-rich park.
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