Barcelona is one of the most enchanting cities. Besides the luscious beaches, buzzing markets and delicious local food, the city is studded with architectural wonders that will blow your mind and take you back in time. With so much to do, I’ve put together a travel guide to help you navigate your travel to this must visit city! You can also check out my favorite restaurants in Barcelona here.
Where To Stay:
Mandarin Oriental – We stayed here and loved the location. It is central to everything and we walked to dinner every single night. The hotel is elegant and the service outstanding! They upgraded us to a gorgeous and spacious suite that had a balcony overlooking their garden. The rooftop pool has a spectacular view of Barcelona, so make sure to check it out!
Majestic Hotel & Spa – A short walk from the Mandarin Oriental and located next to Chanel (danger zone lol). It’s an elegant hotel with a more mature crowd. Just like the Mandarin, it is located near some of the city’s most interesting sites, including Gaudi’s masterpieces Casa Batlló, and La Pedrera (Casa Milà).
Hotel Arts Barcelona (a Ritz Carlton) – Right by the sea, The Arts Hotel flaunts the most stunning views of the sea. The Spa here is great – the only one in Barcelona with a sea view! This is perfect for a luxurious stay catered for wellness and beach lovers.
The Barcelona Edition – Known for its great service, The Edition also boasts a central location right near the city’s main beaches and luxury shops! Must check out the stunning rooftop with an outdoor pool.
Soho House Barcelona – Living up to the standards of worldwide Soho House locations, the one in Barcelona is set in an 18th-century building giving you a sense of Barcelona’s historic charm with modern comfort. It’s located right next to the Gothic Quarter.
What To See:
Sagrada Família – The most incredible church I’ve ever seen – Gaudí himself said: “The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people.” The building is still going on and is expected to be finished sometime in the first third of the 21st century.
Parc Guell – Parc Guell is one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona and reflects Gaudi’s take on the naturalistic period of the 21st century. It is located 20 minutes from the center of the city and features one of a kind nature reserves, gardens, and biodiversity.
Casa Battló – Probably one of the most famous houses in the world, Casa Batlló is straight out of a fairy tale and created by Gaudi. In Barcelona it is also known as Casa dels ossos as it resembles a skeleton – you have to see it to believe your eyes! My grandmother and I were in awe!
Casa Milà, aka ‘La Pedrera’ – Another of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces which appear to look as if the structure is melting! This was Gaudi’s most avant-garde work and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is a day tour and also a Special night-time experience which includes champagne! La Pedrera is steps away from the Mandarin Oriental and you will get to enjoy the view as you pass by for dinner each evening. It is stunning!
Casa Vicens – Located in Garcia, Casa Vicens is known to be the first house designed by Gaudi! It is now converted to a beautiful museum which displays the social and historical significance of the house and Gaudi.
Palau de la Música Catalana – This is a music concert hall as well as a tourist attraction. It is a delight to the eyes where old and new structural sections coexist, displaying the forward and open-mindedness of the Catalan people who – how beautiful!
Boqueria Market – This is one of the most famous food markets in the world! The freshest seafood and Spanish ham or jamón are a must try. There are delicious smoothies and a wide variety of tapas stalls to eat while browsing around the market. I really enjoyed the variety of olives and purchased a few packages for home.
Barri Gotic, the gothic area – A walk through the Gothic Quarter takes you back to the Midevil World – it used to be a Roman village, now displaying the relics. It’s super fun to walk around and navigate yourself. There are many charming boutiques and loads of bars and restaurants around!
Picasso Museum – This is a must visit because it displays some of Picasso’s earliest works which differ from his usual style. I would recommend getting an audio guide to make the most of your experience here.
Joan Miró Foundation – Built with the intention to encourage young artists to experiment with contemporary art, the Joan Miró Foundation is a museum of modern art displaying fascinating pieces like The Mercury Fountain!
Montserrat – Located a bit away (50km) from the city, Montserrat is a rock formation which features the Benedictine monastery. It is ideal for a day trip away from the city – just one hour away by train. The mountains offer a stunning view of the Catalonian Countryside.
Barcelona Football Stadium – Football fan or not, Barcelona’s Football Stadium, Camp Nou, is the 3rd largest in the World! While it would be a once in a lifetime experience to watch a match here (book tickets ahead of time), the BF Stadium offers a tour which happens to be the MOST popular tour in Barcelona.