A Minimalist Guide to Barcelona

Barcelona is a large city full of culture located in the northeastern region of Catalonia, in Spain. The city has a beach, several parks and many historical locations that attract locals and travellers.

1. Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia

There are many places to visit in this city, ranging from architectural landmarks to famous marketplaces. One of the most visited monuments and the city’s symbol is the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral. With carved stone façades and spiralling towers, the cathedral is visited by those who enjoy architecture, art and views. Visitors can climb the hundreds of steps up one of the towers, which has views towards the city and the sea.

2. Tapas at the Boquería Market

Barcelona is known for its food. Most dishes are based on mar y montaña ingredients, that is, products from the sea and from the mountains. The Boquería Market is a large market located near La Rambla, a main street known for its flower sellers and street performers. The market offers fresh fruit, local hams and traditional cavas from the region. There are several small bars inside the market where visitors can enjoy a selection of tapas, including traditional pan con tomate, toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and fresh tomato with salt that can be topped with a piece of jamón serrano.

3. Barceloneta Beach

The city beach is the Barceloneta Beach. The promenade is decorated with colourful sculptures, and the Barcelona Fish, a large wavy building with the shape of a fish is located next to the beach. On one end of the beach visitors will find the Aquarium and the Port Vell. There are many ships in this ancient port and several shopping centers.

4. Parc Güell

Located between the mountains and the sea, this large city has several parks where visitors can relax. Guadi’s Parc Güell park is one of the city’s main parks. There is a colourful mosaic dragon near the park’s stairs. Visitors will be able to enjoy views form the park’s tiled observation platform, which has views towards the city and the sea.

5. Gothic Quarter

The Barri Gótic is the city’s Gothic Quarter. The Santa Eulalia Cathedral is located in this district, and next to it visitors will find the cathedral’s cloister, which is known for its geese. The district has many narrow streets which are now filled with chic cafés, several galleries and boutique and vintage stores.

6. Passeig de Gracia

This main street is known for its boutique stores and chic restaurants. Two of Gaudí’s buildings are located on this centric street. Casa Milá is La Pedrera, a sandstone building with a wavy façade and a terrace decorated with twisted statues carved from stone that has views towards the Eixample district. Casa Batlló is a building covered with colourful mosaics, oval windows and bony columns with the statue of a dragon on the roof.

Photo by marcelgermain on Flickr.

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