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The best things to do in
Barcelona

Language:   Spanish

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Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Filled with historic landmarks and gorgeous sandy beaches on the Mediterranean coast, it is a popular destination for visitors seeking warm weather, unique art, and culture.

According to the Telegraph, Barcelona receives 2,524 hours of sunlight a year. So, no matter what time of the year you chose to descend on the city, you can bank on great sunny weather. This means you can take advantage of all the exciting things to do in Barcelona whenever you visit the city.

Beyond being fun for the whole family, the Catalan capital also offers so much to car enthusiasts, as it has several great venues that will please racing fans. Here are some of the best things to do in Barcelona:

Some of the best things to do in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is synonymous with Barcelona. It is one of the most eye-catching structures you will ever see and a cathedral that must be viewed to be believed. Designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1883, the basilica was supposed to be a neo-Gothic church. However, Gaudi created a church in his own Art Nouveau style instead. When he started, he had no finished plan of what the Sagrada Familia would look like. He liberally changed his mind as he went. Today, the church is incomplete as Gaudi was unable to finish it within his original 10 to 15-year plan. It is beautiful inside and out, and a truly unforgettable tourist attraction in a world of throwaway travel experiences.

La Rambla

La Rambla

La Rambla is the social heartbeat of Barcelona. The avenue that runs down the middle of Barcelona’s Old Town is a central meeting spot for locals heading out for the evening. The street is lined with trees offering shade from those nearly endless hours of sunlight each year. Visitors can find some of the best shopping in Barcelona at La Rambla along with restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Many of the buildings offer a look into the city’s past through their architecture. The shops and restaurants are typically filled with locals living in the city as they shop for their everyday needs. Many of the top tourist attractions and beaches can be reached easily from La Rambla, and using it as the center of your Barcelona holiday is a great idea.

Formula GT Experience

Fancy driving a real Formula race car? Maybe you would like to get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini? Well, the Formula GT Experience gives you the chance to do just that. There are different packages provided by the company, but each allows you to sit in a 'dream' car and drive around the race track. The Formula GT Experience has two race tracks in Barcelona, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and the Circuito de Can Padró. Each offers you the thrill of a lifetime as you go at speeds you previously only dreamed of. If you are interested in experiences Formula GT offers, you should check the schedule at the two Barcelona tracks. The experience only takes place on select days.

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Tour

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Tour

Port Vell

Port Vell

Port Vell, the harbor at the Port of Barcelona, is the major hub for tourists in the city. The harbor has a concentration of attractions that keep visitors coming in droves. In addition to being just south of La Rambla, interesting places to visit at the harbor include the old customs building, the Columbus Monument, and the Rambla del Mar wooden walkway, which has a suspension bridge with an interesting-looking wavy design.

Rambla del Mar leads to the magnificent Maremagnum Mall. In addition to various shopping options, the mall has plenty of restaurants, an IMAX theater, and perhaps the most exciting of all, the Barcelona aquarium within the building. You’re also likely to find a collection of high-end yachts and perhaps a few megayachts docked at the harbor close to the mall.

But before crossing over to the mall to enjoy these attractions, be sure to take a ride on the pirate ship to explore a little more of the marina. If the pirate ship doesn’t appeal to you, other boat rides are available with various themes.

L'Aquàrium Barcelona

L'Aquàrium Barcelona

With 11,000 animals belonging to 451 species and 5 million liters of water, L'Aquàrium Barcelona should definitely be on your list of places to visit during your trip to Barcelona. Open daily, the aquarium will be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. In addition to observing the aquatic life swim around through the well-designed glass tanks and the 80-meter underwater tunnel, you can choose to participate in shark cage diving under the watchful eyes of instructors. This offers a safe way to get closer to the sharks, likely the most popular aquarium dwellers among visitors.

If you're interested in getting educated about the marine life, you can take the 90-minute guided tour. The tour covers the best parts of the facility and offers an opportunity to learn about sea creatures from different tropical seas. These include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Red Sea, and the waters of the Caribbean.

Best of all, premium passes are available, so you can avoid waiting in line as the aquarium can get very busy during holidays.

Ferrari Land

Ferrari Land

Ferrari Land has everything a fan of the carmaker wants. If you aren’t a Ferrari fan, it is still one of the coolest destinations for a car enthusiast in Barcelona. The theme park is full of adrenaline pumping rides and edge of your seat thrills. The Ferrari Experience will take you through the history of the Italian carmaker. You can also take a trip down memory lane of Ferrari’s Formula One past. The park is home to some of the most exhilarating rides in the world. Red Force takes you from 0 to 180 km/h in just five seconds. It will also take you 112 meters into the sky. After accelerating into the heavens, ride the Free-Fall Tower. You will drop from 55 meters in the sky straight down. It is an adrenaline pumping experience. Ferrari Land also has an all-new kids’ area that gives children their own heart pumping thrill rides.

LRS Formula

If touring Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya excites you, driving a real Formula One car is going to be your favorite of all the things to do in Barcelona. LRS Formula offers car lovers the chance to drive some of the fastest cars on the planet. The driving experience offers a variety of Formula One cars, including the Wiliams FW33 and Jaguar R3. For those who don’t care much for open-wheel race cars, they have supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche available. You can drive along the famed Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and experience the same straightaways and chicanes as Formula One’s greats. If you don’t want to sit in the driver’s seat, LRS Formula allows you to ride along as a passenger.

Park Guell

Park Guell

The park was designed in Gaudi's surrealist art theme and includes crowd favorites like the birds' nests in the terrace walls, the serpentine bench that offers a little privacy to visitors sitting on it, three viaducts, and a terrace that provides one of the best panoramic views of the entire city. Also on the grounds of the park is Casa Museu Gaudi (Gaudí House Museum), a museum that was originally Gaudi's home. It still contains some of the renowned architect's personal belongings.

During your visit to the park, you should also visit Gaudí Experiència, a museum about a block away from the park's south entrance, focusing on the architect's work. The museum includes interesting exhibits and interactive shows to keep visitors entertained.

Tibidabo

Tibidabo

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

The finished work reflects Gaudi’s unconventional design style with uneven arches and intricate spiral shapes all around the house. The resulting unique look makes it difficult not to notice the house while walking down Passeig de Gràcia. You’re likely to see a crowd of tourists congregated in front of the house taking photographs. The building is open for tours, and continued renovations have kept it fresh over the years. Interesting rooms on display include the Gaudi Cube, the attic, and the private residence of the Batllós.

Casa Batlló became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 along with other properties architected by Gaudi. Any fan of the Gothic Revival architectural style that inspired most of Gaudi’s work will enjoy a visit to this house. However, most visitors are likely to be impressed with the unique look.

Barcelona Wine Week

Held annually in early February, Barcelona Wine Week brings together small businesses and market leaders for an exhibition on wine and gastronomy. Showcasing the growing Spanish wine market plus more well-known wine-making regions, the winter festival brings together over 800 winemakers to learn from one another and network. If you are a wine lover, this is something you must attend!

Barcelona offers a unique holiday experience while visiting Southern Spain. With the variety of places to visit and things to do in Barcelona, the city is a very rewarding destination that’s likely to make you yearn for more after you return home.

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Caragols a la llauna

Local Favorite: Caragols a la llauna

Caragols a la llauna is a delicacy of the Catalan region and widely ate around Barcelona. What is Caragols a la llauna? It is grilled or oven-cooked snails. The snails are served with a vinaigrette or aioli dressing. Mayonnaise and garlic are also added to the dish for taste. The L'Aplec del Cargol is a festival held in Catalonia every year that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to dine on snails. While Barcelona is located in Spain, it draws a lot of its food influence from neighboring France. However, snails have long been eaten in Spain as well as France and Italy, with Spaniards eating snails documented back in the 11th century.

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