Why you Must Visit Barcelona

This Barcelona post is long overdue. Now that fall is upon us, I feel nostalgic for my time in Barcelona, an enchanting city and the perfect summer destination. Here are a few of my favorite sights and attractions from my four day stay.

After a three hour train ride from Madrid, I arrived in the enigmatic and magical city of Barcelona. The location of my hotel allowed a variety of sightseeing on foot, and a connection to public transportation. I stayed at hotel Lloret Ramblas (Hotel Lloret) booked through booking.com

Gothic Quarter

Discover the maze of gothic architecture. The Gothic quarter features the Picasso Museum, Barcelona Cathedral, Museum of Barcelona History. The most famous street in Barcelona with heavy foot traffic. Enjoy a variety of bars, small restaurants and cafés.

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Narrow maze in the Gothic Quarter

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Catedral

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Museum of Barcelona History

Enjoy this lovely museum and get to know the history of Barcelona through time. The tour of the museum takes you from Roman times and as you get to explore and see ancient artifacts.

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The streets of the Gothic Quarter are a sight of their own, enjoy narrow streets, shops, bars and restaurants.

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Picasso Museum

Don’t forget to visit the Picasso Museum, which is in the heart of the gothic quarter. Enjoy a tour of Picasso’s early work and learn about his time spent in Barcelona and the artist scene. Picasso Museum

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La Rambla

The most famous street in Barcelona with heavy foot traffic. Enjoy a stroll down the tree lined avenue, and sit to enjoy a liter of sangria or enjoy some paella.

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La Rambla

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La Rambla Ice Cream Shop

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Melon Ice cream

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La Boqueria Market

I have a weakness for European markets. They remind me of the ones from my childhood. The smell of fresh fish, sweet scent of fruit, candy, spices and fresh food.

Decoder Barcelona for Travel and Leisure Magazin. LA BOQUERIA MARKET Rambla 91

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This market offers an experience of its own, whether you’re ready to invest on an expensive kilo of Jamón Ibérico, a cup of freshly pressed fruit juice, fresh meat, spices, olive oils and the catch of the day.

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Scallops

Sit at the bar and enjoy sea food prepared in front of you while you enjoy a glass of beer and chat as you get recommendations from the staff.

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Deep red, cuts of meat.

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La Playa

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The waves are high, the sand is hot and the breeze will keep you cool. Feel the tide caressing your feet as you approach the shore.

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Beach goers in Barcelona are amongst the happiest I have ever seen. They don’t take themselves too serious, whether dancing to the music of street musicians, drinking sangria by the beach, or tanning topless. The beach is truly relaxing.

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Beach Stroll

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Jazz boat ride!

The hour long boat ride costs only 17 euros, and at 4 o’clock, it’s the Jazz hour. Enjoy venturing out to sea for an hour and seeing Barcelona from a different angle. I promise you will find the ride relaxing if you don’t mind strong waves rocking the ship.

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Experience Gaudí

Barcelona’s Architecture is influenced by Antoni Gaudí’. His unique style attracts visitors, who wait in line to see these structures.

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Park Guell

Visitors wait in long lines at Park Guell, the hike up to the park offers excellent views of Barcelona. The park only admits 300 visitors at a time and purchased tickets could only let you in after a few hours. Make sure you purchase tickets online to save a spot at the scheduled time. Park Guell

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Climb up to Park Guell

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Park Guell

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Casa Milà

This modernist creation should be part of ant Barcelona Itinerary. La Pedrera

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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is still under construction and it’s scheduled to be completed in 2026. This has to be at the top of any Gaudi tour of Barcelona. The lines are long but the outside of the church is a sight on its own.

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If This Post is not Enough…

A four day stay in Barcelona is not enough to discover this city. A summer long wouldn’t be enough either, but I’m sure after one visit you will fall in love with Barcelona. A second visit to Barcelona is in my plans for the near future.

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-Mayra

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