You can’t come to a famous city like Barcelona and not see all the main places at least once! So that’s why I’ve put together this Barcelona Bucket List, which I hope will help you on your trip to Barcelona.
I went Barcelona for a quick catch up with my mum while she was in Europe but due to my tight travel schedule we only had 2 nights in this amazing city (definitely not enough time!). We did our research and read a few travel blogs before going so that we had a plan to squeeze everything in. Slow travel is more my style but if you don’t have much time then it is totally possible to tick the following things off your Barcelona Bucket List in a weekend…
Free Walking Tour
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I recommend Sandeman’s Free Walking Tours that are in some of the big cities in Europe. So far I’ve been on a tour in London, Amsterdam, Madrid and now Barcelona – they have all being exceptionally interesting and a great way to get your bearings in a new city. In Barcelona they go every day at 10am, 11am or 2pm. Or if you prefer a more personalised experience, you can book a local guide to give you a private tour of Barcelona here.
Tip: There’s no catch, the walking tours with Sandeman’s are entirely free, but have some cash ready at the end because the tour guides really are great and literally earn a living completely through tips.
La Bloqueria on Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is the most famous street in the city filled with shops, bars and restaurants so it’s a must to take a walk along it when in Barcelona. While wandering along Las Ramblas stop at the La Boqueria markets where you will find a huge selection of food stalls offering all kinds of delicious treats.
One of the most popular being the many flavours of fresh fruit juice that you can buy for just €2 near the entrance of the markets.
Tip: If you can go further into the markets you’ll find stalls that sell the exact same juice for €1.50 😉
One must not come to Barcelona and not visit the famous Parc Güell, designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Being a park you’d expect it to be free, which it is, but not this part of the park that you’re going to want to go to.
In fact it costs €7 to get into the best view point which is probably the most photographed part of the city – but it’s worth it.
Tip: Make sure you book your tickets online (with a scheduled time for entry) in advance to avoid waiting hours for a time slot like we did. Oops!
Basílica De La Sagrada Familia
Construction on the fascinating Basílica De La Sagrada Familia started in the 1800s and is still going! It’s another design of Gaudí’s that he unfortunately will never get to see completed. This Basilica is giant in comparison to it’s surrounding buildings and definitely worth a visit.
Check out the detail in the design!
Casa Batlló & Casa Mila (La Pedrera)
Some more of Gaudí’s famous architecture can be found on Passeig De Gracia, another popular street in Barcelona. When walking from the beach you’ll find Casa Batlló half way down on the left side of the road.
Then a little further up you’ll find Casa Mila (otherwise known as La Pedrera) on the right.
Both of these buildings are amazing to see in person.
Tip: Casa Mila and La Pedrera are the exact same building. Don’t get confused and go searching for another like we did 😛
Parc De La Ciutadella & Arc De Triomf
Parc De La Ciutadella is a very beautiful park and in my opinion quite similar to Jardin Des Tuileries in Paris. In fact, this place also has an Arc De Triomf but no where near as huge as the one in Paris. It’s a really nice area to walk through.
Port De Barcelona
One of the first places I do when I get to a city on the coast is go to the water. I can’t explain why but I just love boats and yachts. The port in Barcelona is really nice and there you’ll also find many markets stalls selling souvenirs.
Tip: Don’t buy anything at the first price they give you, as you’ll get majorly ripped off. Haggle or walk away and they’ll immediately lower the price 😉
I love it at Barceloneta beach, it’s so big which makes for the best walks! The vibe here is awesome too and, even though I haven’t been to the US yet, it reminds me of what I’d imagine LA or Miami to be like.
Eat at Maka Maka
Maka Maka at Barceloneta beach was recommended to me as a must-eat-at restaurant so we did eat here, and we loved it. This place is really cool, quirky and has the best vibes. The food is great too and reasonably priced at an average of €10 a meal.
Tip: Some other restaurants that were recommended to me but I didn’t get a chance to eat at were Brunch n Cake, Tosca (for tapas), Sagadi Tapas Bar, and Dunnes Irish Bar for a €10 3-course meal (Mon-Fri).
If I had more time in Barcelona I would also have loved to watch the sunset at Turo dela Rovira viewpoint, hiked up Montjuic and took a day trip to Costa Brava. But there’s always next time and I’ll definitely be coming back again. Barcelona is an amazing city and since it’s on the coast and is sunny place all year round, it’s a place I’d even consider living in.
Do you have any things to add to this Barcelona Bucket List? Leave us a comment below…
Pin this post on Pinterest for later: