Barcelona: it’s a city that is incomparably beautiful but positively packed with crowds. Indeed, experiencing the coastal metropolis generally goes hand in hand with seeing the sights shoulder to shoulder with other out-of-towners. But alas, there are ways to escape the crowds while in Barcelona. From semi-secret spots that most don’t know about, to experiencing the metropolis during a less people-filled adventure, and even visiting a top sight behind closed doors, here are seven ideas for seeing Spain’s second-largest city minus all the company.
Art museums are lovely and all, but one needn’t go indoors, or even pay an entry fee, to enjoy some of Barcelona’s best and most emblematic art. Indeed, some of the city’s most recognizable masterpieces can be viewed and appreciated amidst the metropolis’ streets. Here are just a few of the ones you’ll want to keep an eye out for.
Come summer, Barcelona is downright toasty. And with that beach nearby, you’ll no doubt hear the call of the sea to cool you down. Rather than lying out on the beach, though, turn the excursion into a proper adventure — here are a few creative ways to make that happen.
Look up any list of top sights in Barcelona, and the spots that rise above the rest usually include places such as La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Parc Güell. And that’s because one of the characteristics that makes Barcelona so unique — so very, very special — is its modernist architecture and design elements born and bred here during the late 1800s and early 1900s. From Barcelona’s most famous sights to its lesser-known structures, here are some of the top modernist buildings that you won’t want to miss.
In December of 2014, Barcelona debuted one of its newest and most talked-about events: the Palo Alto Market. In a place with loads to do and see, this new monthly market offers city dwellers an urban getaway-meets-activity with an eclectic, artsy and tasty twist.
If you plan to check out La Sagrada Familia — which better be in your plans if visiting Barcelona — then take some time while you’re in that corner of town to make a short trek over to the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, a masterpiece of modernist architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Once upon a time, back in 1992, Barcelona hosted the Olympics. It was one of the games’ most epic events, and most of it went down at the city’s hilltop-situated, free-to-visit Olympic Ring. Called the Anella Olímpica in the local language of Catalan, Barcelona’s Olympic Ring consists of the event’s key venues and, most notably, the Estadi […]
Barcelona isn’t a “just once” kind of city. From its beaches to museums, distinctly Catalan architecture and eclectic neighborhoods, there’s more than enough to see. Shoot, even La Sagrada Familia’s construction remains unfinished, which means each of your returns to the city guarantees something new. So if you’ve smartly planned another visit to the coastal metropolis, then here’s […]
Attention all museum buffs: Barcelona’s packed with world-class museums, many of which you can access for free if you plan properly. From its biggest and most popular, such as MNAC and Picasso Museum, to lesser-known stops including the Maritime Museum and the Museu de la Musica, there’s a little something for everyone. So get out […]
Sure, a visit to Barcelona calls for visiting all of the metropolis’s most traditional tourist stops, such as La Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter. But why not go beyond just the typical big city sights?