Of the things to see in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia with its lavish interior takes precedence. It rises proudly in the elegant district of Eixample. Designed by “God’s architect,” Antoni Gaudí, the striking exterior of this Catholic church catches every passerby’s attention. Without a doubt, Sagrada is one of the top places to visit in Barcelona. However, to feel the full weight of this masterpiece, head inside. Here you can marvel at the stained glass windows and the colored light that streams through them. It baths the nave in a transcendence that invites introspection. Follow the pillars as they stretch up to the ceiling and branch out replicating the feel of a forest. According to Gaudí, the forest is where man is closest to God. Furthermore, buried beneath the Cathedral is the museum that reveals the history of how the Sagrada came to be.
What to do in Barcelona? More like what not to do in Barcelona. But, if you’ve hiked around and seen all the Barcelona city sights, then it’s time to get your grub on. Before you check your phone for directions to the closest McDonald’s, remember you’re in Barcelona. You are in the gastronomic capital of Catalonia! And, worry not, because that doesn’t have to mean fancy restaurants and fusion cuisine. Go full Spanish and pull up a chair and while away the better part of an afternoon (or evening) over some tapas, pintxos and a glass or two of vermouth. In Barcelona, this means small plates of things like fried squid, pan con tomato, anchovies and patatas bravas which you can enjoy in any number of the city’s countless bars. If you go for Pintxos (the Basque’s tapas) remember to keep a hold of the toothpicks, they’re essentially your bill.
Club’s match grounds. If you sadly don’t have Messi’s golden touch, don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. You see, the Camp Nou Experience is here to make you feel a hair’s breadth away from being one of the starting eleven. Of all the places to go in Barcelona, this is one of the most popular with over 30 million people having visited it since it first opened. And, rightly so as a ticket pretty much gives you access all areas. Stroll down the tunnel where the cleated boots of some of the greatest footballers in the world have stepped. Imagine the deafening cheers of 100,000 spectators from the dugout. Get a birds eye view of the stadium from the VIP boxes. And, when you’ve had your fill, make for the museum where you can soak up all the club’s history. When wondering what to see in Barcelona, Camp Nou is your answer!