Places To Visit In Barcelona

Barcelona was the first city in Spain to emerge as a major global tourist attraction. With a rich arts and culture scene and glorious architecture, Barcelona is about more than just the football club that most people internationally know it for. The places to visit in Barcelona give you a true insight into what the city is actually about.

Nestled right between high mountains and the sea at one side, the city of Barcelona boasts of Gothic architecture such as at the Sagrada Familia cathedral, the Casa Milo and Casa Battlo and the Palao de la Musica concert hall. The streets of Barcelona like the famed La Rambla are ever so lively and vibrant with markets like the famous Bouqeria market, street musicians and parks like the Park Guell. You will never run short of places to visit in Barcelona on your trip.

The open and breathing atmospheres throughout the city-wide spaces ornamented by the tourist attractions in Barcelona are bound to make your trip delightful and enriching. You will have the most charming and enchanting time in Barcelona, represented in the city’s numerous flower stalls, the lively cycling scene and the living-like fountains and statues to find at various places to visit in Barcelona on your trip.

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Gaudi’s masterpiece Sagrada Familia is one of the most striking monuments in the world. Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic basilica. Its origins, foundations, and purpose make one of a kind temple. Five generations have witnessed the progress of the temple ever since genius architect Antoni Gaudi promoted this project.

Construction has been going on for more than 135 years. After completion in 2026, it will be the tallest building in Barcelona. With three million tourists every year, it is the second most visited building in Spain.

Catalan government does not support it, and a private foundation pays for the continuing construction. You can view it from any part of Barcelona like Tibidabo mountain or the Castle in Montjuic. Unfortunately, it did hit the mark to be among the new seven wonders of the world.

History and Architecture

The building shows the incredible combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. Construction started in 1882. Antoni Gaudi remodeled the structure to fit his style after taking over the project in 1883. He could complete only a quarter of the project until he died in 1926.

Later, most of the blueprints went up in smoke in a fire.  Hence, construction till then represented Gaudi’s architecture. He worked on his last project for 12 years. Its design has not yet finished more than a century after his demise.

It is a perfect example of modern Catalan art, which Gaudi brought in Barcelona. He could finish the crypt and the nativity façade. Workers still follow his instructions and drawings to complete the project.

Peculiar architecture makes Sagrada Familia poetic by representing many symbols and forms, such as the flowers over the towers. The façade has a curve over the entrance at the bottom of the buildings. Gaudi has been instrumental for a variety of landmarks in and around Barcelona. UNESCO World Heritage Site stamp protects these landmarks.

How to Reach Sagrada Familia

Metro

Metro is the most accessible means to reach Sagrada Familia from anywhere in Barcelona. Sagrada Familia Station is on line 2(purple) and line 5(blue). Follow pictograms on the platforms to find the exit for the basilica.

You can buy tickets at the metro ticket machines with English option.

Bus
You can catch bus numbers 44, 34,43,33,19, 50(fast), B24, B20, and 51. You have to get off at Valencia-Lepant stop. The basilica is a 4 minutes' walk from this stop.

Tourist Bus

You can get the hop-on/off bus pass for top attractions in Barcelona.

Address

  1. de Mallorca (Mallorca Street), 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

Opening Hours

Tuesday

Closed

Wednesday

Closed

Thursday

Closed

Friday

Closed

Saturday

Open

Sunday

Open

Monday

Closed

From October to March, timing is from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm

From April to September, timing is from 09:00 to 20:00

December 25th and 26th, January 1st and 6th: 9:00 to 14:00

Tickets

Go to the following sight

https://sagradafamilia.org/en/tickets

You will get two options:

Individual

Group

Individual (People coming in a group of Up to 9 People, will select individual section)

https://sagradafamilia.org/en/tickets-individuals

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA - APP AUDIOGUIDE 26 € (2273.91 INR). You can download an audio guide on your mobile with online tickets.

This ticket covers the visit to Sagrada Família and App audio guide.

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA AND GAUDÍ HOUSE MUSEUM 28 €(2448.82 INR)

This ticket covers Sagrada Família and Gaudí Home Museum.

GAUDÍ HOUSE MUSEUM 5,50 €(48101.90 INR)

It covers the home where Gaudí lived.

Group (People coming in a group of Up to 9 People, will select individual section)

BASIC TICKET FOR GROUPS  26 €(2273.91 INR)

This ticket covers the visit for groups who want to come to the basilica with their official guide.

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Park Güell is one of the awe-inspiring public parks in the world. Legendary Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi designed it. It is an enormous garden with distinct architectural elements of Catalan.

In 1984, it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List to enhance building techniques and architecture in the 19th and 20th century. The residential area represents the symbols of Christianity and Catalonia. You can discover the most beautiful in the city, like salamander mosaic and undulating benches.

The Pak Guell ranks second among most visited places in Barcelona. It is open all year round.

The park was conceived as a luxury residential complex before Guell and Gaudi designed a park that is akin to a fairy tale. The park is named in honor of Eusebi Güell because he was a passionate patron for Gaudi’s work.

 

History

Eusebi Guell engaged Gaudi to design many buildings, and their collaboration culminated in exclusive housing development for 60 private villas, a fiasco. He could sell only two houses.

One was Gaudi's house, ‘the Torre Rosa.' Francesc Berenguer built the house where Gaudi lived from 1906 to 1926. Later, authorities converted it into a museum in 1963. The construction period began in 1900 and ended in 1914. Later, Gaudi dedicated himself to the Sagrada Familia.

The park became municipal property in 1923. Like all other Gaudi works, Park Guell became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

What to see in Park Güell

The Entrance and Concierge Pavilions

Carrer d’Olot designed the main entrance; the two mushroom-shaped pavilions form the entrance. It supported the administration of the guard service and the residence.

Souvenir shops stand here today.

The Monumental Staircase

After crossing the entrance, you will find quite a few staircases and fountains. The most famous salamander resembles a salamander. A mosaic salamander is a symbol of the city.

The Hypostyle Hall and its 86 sloping columns

The Sala Hipóstila refers to a forest and serves as a market. All 86 columns lean to support the load of the large terrace. Circles and mosaics stand for the four seasons and the lunar cycles.

The Corrugated Bench and its colorful mosaics of the Nature Square

Nature Square is the symbolic place of the park above the Hypostyle Hall. Its design resembles an ancient agora. The long bench of mosaics is one of the most photographed monuments of Barcelona.

This 110-meter-long bench has earned the reputation of being the most extended undulating bench in the world. Its famous mosaics and ergonomic shape to sit comfortably attract attention. Gaudi used here new decorative motifs, which are typical to modernist Catalan architecture.

The Park and Calvary

As you walk further park, you will get the gardens of Austria and the viaduct. At the highest hill point, a Calvary is made up of three crosses.

Gaudi Museum (The Casa-Museu Gaudí)

This museum preserves a substantial collection of works of Gaudi. Gaudi designed furniture for the houses Batlló and Calvet, which you can see it in an exhibition on the ground floor. The museum houses the office and the artist's bedroom on the first floor.

The museum lies next to the park. Francesc Berenguer designed it in 1904; the genius architect spent 20 years in Torre Rosa.

The Boutique Laie Park Güell

Here is a shop that sells souvenirs on Antoni Gaudi’s legendary work and the Guell Park. Reproductions, decorative objects, costume jewelry, t-shirts, posters, and postcards are derived products. You can buy specialized books on modernisme (Catalan Art Nouveau), Barcelona, and Gaudi. Go to the entrance pavilions of Park Guell to reach this shop.

 

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Casa Mila, La Pedrera, or "The stone quarry" is the last private residence building of the ingenious architect Antoni Gaudi. Later, he devoted himself entirely to the construction of the Sagrada Familia. It is one of the most famous and impressive modernist buildings in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was built between 1906 and 1912.

Antoni Gaudi designed Casa Milà. He is Barcelona’s most famous modernistic architect. This world heritage site of UNESCO has an impressive architecture. Its groundbreaking details make it one of the most extraordinary buildings in Barcelona.

The building highlights Antoni Gaudi’s works. The apartment depicts the everyday life of the bourgeoisie in the time of modernsime. You will learn about Gaudi’s formal language at the museum. Soldier shaped ventilation chambers on the roof are impressive.

 

History of Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

A couple of named Mila decided to build a unique house in the modern Eixample district. The husband-Pedro Milà hired innovative architect Gaudi to construct a house on 2000 square meters of the noble Passeig de Gràcia. Gaudi earned the reputation of rebuilding the home of a wealthy man Casa Batlló on the same street.

Gaudi designed the plans for the house and began construction in 1906. Construction was completed in four years.

 

The Quarry House

Its unusual construction and irregular shapes of façade gave it the name "La Pedrera," which means "the quarry house” in English. Stonemasons began working on the large stone slabs after they were attached to the façade.

The front of the house is akin to a massive rock. Only iron ornaments and wavy lines break this gigantic rock. Gaudi's other works are distinct from the bright stone and colorless façade of the building, which is very expressionistic. The façade connects the roof and the ground floor of the house. Yard and entrance are part of each component.

The curved façade is an epitome of organic architecture. Gaudi focused on design with a playful and colorful façade using little paint to keep the material natural.

Barcelona regarded Casa Mila as an architectural work right after its completion. Casa Mila got into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 as the first building of the 20th century.

 

The Interior of Casa Milà

The architect had a groundbreaking construction of the interior with a natural ventilation system and lift. You can do without an air conditioner with this natural ventilation system in place. Much later, the lift was built as per Gaudi's plans.

The stairs wind around the walls while leading to the entrances of the apartments. Natural round shapes and colors adorn the courtyards.

Natural shapes devoid of a right angle is the exclusive design that Gaudi created. The apartment shows a modernistic style from the beginning of the 20th century.

Employees, tenants, and owners resided on the upper floors because the Belletage (beautiful floor) was reserved. Today, the Belle Etage houses the art museum of Fundació Catalunya - La Pedrera. Little effort is required to move the interior walls of the Casa Mila with concrete-style construction.

 

Modernism in Barcelona

The large attic has several rooms. You can explore an exhibition about Gaudi’s life and his buildings. Engross yourself in Gaudi’s fascinating world to learn about the organic morphology through slideshows and subdued music.

 

The Roof

The roof is the highlight of Casa Milà, and a spectacular view of the city pulls tourists' attention. Imaginative colors and shapes are typical to staircases, ventilation shafts, and the chimneys. Some chimneys create the illusion of medieval knights safeguarding the roof.

Espai Gaudi (the Gaudi Room) is an interesting museum in the attic. This museum is dedicated to Antoni Gaudi’s architecture.

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Casa Batlló is one of the two significant buildings that Ingenious architect Antoni Gaudi designed. It seems to be made from skulls and bones when one views it from the outside the façade. Skulls represent balconies, and bones are supporting pillars. It is located at 43, Passeig de Gràcia, part of the Illa de la Discòrdia in Barcelona, Spain.

Gaudi took inspiration from natural coral in marine life in choosing colors and shapes for the façade. Casa Batllo was an upmarket home for a wealthy aristocrat, Josep Batlló. Señor Batlló resided in the lower two floors with his family and rented the apartments' upper floors.

Gaudi's stunningly original work reflects in the attention to detail in his designs about varying window sizes corresponding to the window's height from the top of the building to ensure uniform lighting in each room of the house.

Antonio Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol restored Casa Batlló, built in 1877 and remodeled in 1904-1906. Josep Canaleta, Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, and y Joan Rubió were the assistants instrumental in the renovation. Locals call the building Casa dels ossos (House of Bones) due to its visceral, skeletal organic quality.

Flowing sculpted stonework, irregular oval windows, and tracery make the ground floor astonishing. For the conservation of cultural heritage, the Casa Batlló received the 2004 Europa Nostra Award. In 2005, it was on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Architecture

The house has exceptional exterior and interior. He used technology and included content that combined augmented reality and virtual elements to make it a dynamic and captivating cultural visit concept. You can explore the furniture in the Noble Floor and animations relating to organic and natural shapes.

 

Façade

The façade comprises three distinct integrated sections. The top shows a trim with ceramic pieces, which generates multiple interpretations. The central part, a variegated section with protruding balconies, extends to the last floor.

A crown, like a colossal gable, is there on the top of the building. It helps to hide the room where water tanks used to be there at the roof level. A cross of four arms tops the tower in the façade. These four arms are oriented to the cardinal directions.

This root-like structure evokes plant life. A second bulb-shaped structure reminds of a thalamus flower. The deep religiosity of Gaudi reflects in the monograms of Jesus, Maria, and Joseph. These monograms of ceramic pieces jut out on the green background of the façade.

A lake with water lilies, gentle ripples, and reflection make the central part of the façade. The glass and ceramic mosaic cause these reflections, and a smaller balcony are above the central part of the façade. A pulley gets support from two iron arms to lower and raise furniture.

Two columns support the façade of the main floor made of sandstone. Joinery windows complement the design. These windows are set with multicolored stained glass. Six fine columns seem to simulate the bones of a limb with central articulation.

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Museu Picasso, or Barcelona's Picasso Museum, was the brainchild of Picasso's friend and secretary Jaume Sabartés. The museum houses a great collection of Picasso’s artworks.

The first museum, 'Sabartés Collection,' was opened in 1960. Later, Museu Picasso was opened in 1983. It held the artwork from Sabartés' personal collection.

Five adjoining medieval stone mansions house the collection at present in the La Ribera neighborhood. It is a permanent exhibition for as many as 4,251 works. These are mostly Picasso's formative works, so visitors may not see his better-known works here.

In the museum, 14th century Palau Finestres and 18th century Casa Mauri house the temporary. On the other hand, the 14th-century structures of Palau Aguilar, Palau del Baro de Castellet, and Palau Meca preserve the permanent collections. Catalan Gothic architecture and inner courtyard make these palaces an eye-catching sight.

The museum exhibits around 4,251 of his works during the artist’s formative years up to his Blue period in a permanent collection. The street of the museum got elevated to the status of an art-historical heritage in 1947. It is a must-visit for tourists who wants to gain insight into ace artist Picasso and his early works.

 

Collections

Museu Picasso covers three sections and begins with Picasso's oils and sketches from his years in Málaga and A Coruna. The same depicts his mastery throughout the years in ceramics and engravings.

Room 8 showcases paintings from Picasso’s Blue Period. El foll (The Madman), Terrats de Barcelona (Roofs of Barcelona), The Portrait of Jaume Sabartés, and Woman with Bonnet are some of those paintings.

In rooms 5 to 7, you will see Picasso's artworks that he contributed to in Paris. You will get quite a few cubist paintings in rooms 10 and 11.

In a series of 58 paintings, Picasso displays his take on Diego Velázquez' masterpiece Las men inas in rooms 12 to 14. Of 58 paintings, 45 are cubist interpretations of the work, nine concerns with the scenes of doves, three landscapes, and a portrait of Jacqueline The Les Ménines, Les Demoiselles d' honneur.

The Gothic Quarter, the historic center of Barcelona, houses the ancient cathedral, one of Barcelona's most remarkable landmarks. This functioning Roman Catholic cathedral is still a place of celebration and worship. Seu or the Santa Cruz, and Santa Eulalia Cathedral is a beautiful example of fourteenth-century Catalan gothic architecture.

The cathedral, as a significant attraction, make Barcelona an important city in Spain. Locals and foreigners adore this magnificent Gothic-style temple and religious edifice in Spain.

The cathedral commemorates the city's co-patron saint Eulalia of Barcelona because she refused to dismiss Jesus as the son of God. She lost her life like a martyr defending her faith.

Statues, arches, and pinnacles festooned the stunning Gothic façade. The interior has 28 chapels that flank the spectacular nave.  The mesmerizing 14th-century cloister courtyard is "The loveliest oasis in Barcelona."

The statue of Saint George, Barcelona's other co-patron saint, alongside a swarm of beautiful trees, is another cathedral attraction.

 

History

From the fourth century onwards, various Christian temples were consecrated on the present Cathedral site. The year 1058 witnessed the consecration of a Romanesque church. The Cathedral construction began in 1298 and was completed in the twentieth century with the neo-Gothic façade.

 

Architecture

The Cathedral of Barcelona comprises three naves, an apse, and an ambulatory. Of five sections of the naves, the section closest to the façade is the biggest to accommodate the dimensions of the cimboria.

Catalan Gothic constructions allow the buttresses' space as a typical structure, and rows of secondary chapels could open up in the cathedral. Two chapels encircle the entire basilica in each section of the naves.

Near the presbytery, two large bell towers are located. The door of Saint Ivo has one tower over it, and another tower is over the interior entryway to the cloister. Towers are octagonal with a prismatic body on the basilica’s terraces.

Cloister

The cloister is a secluded inner courtyard, which is the most popular part of the cathedral. You enter the cloister through a white marble door, a remnant of the original Romanesque cathedral built in 1046. 

The vault keystones depict scenes from the New Testament, whereas pillars in four galleries show scenes from the old testament.

A 15th-century fountain, magnolias, an orange tree, and palm trees add to its beauty.

The central garden is filled with palm trees, an orange tree, magnolias, and a 15th-century fountain.

Saint Eulalia’s Crypt

The pond in the cloister has 13 white geese because Eulalia was thirteen years old when she was martyred. Saint Eulalia was a young Christian woman who faced persecution in defending her faith in 304. Saint Eulalia’s crypt is under the altar. Between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Gothic cloister was constructed.

Choir

Beautiful carved wooden chairs make it a special area in the cathedral.

Rooftop

You can take the elevator to get to the rooftop and behold towers and the city from above. Here, you will get a spectacular 360-degree view of the town and a closer look at the bell tower and the legendary gargoyles.

Some tourists splurge money at the city’s best rooftop bars as the fresh air is a respite in summer and spring. To access the roof, you have to follow the signs from one of the chapels on the church's left side.

Chapel of the Holy Sacrament and the Holy Christ of Lepanto

The chapel, the inhabitants of Barcelona, have a special reverence to the cross in the chapel.

A magnificent temple

The cathedral stands second after the impressive Sagrada Familia with its shining edifice and Gothic façade.

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In central Barcelona, Placa de Catalunya is a big square. It lies at the city center and where the old city and the 19th century built Eixample converge.  This meeting point demarcates the districts of Ciutat Vella and the Eixample. This lively square acts as a nerve center of the Catalan capital at the heart of Barcelona.

Prime Square serves as a link to Barcelona because almost all the roads start from here. Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla, Ronda de Sant Pere, and Carrer de Vergara are the crucial streets that meet here. This square is the famous hub to set out your journey via taxis, metros, and buses to get around the city.

The square lies at the northern end of the Rambla as the focal point of road crossings, bus stops, and metro stations. You can access Aerobus and a double-decker tourist bus for the airport. 

Beautiful statues, fountains, and Haute shops make it an inevitable pit stop in Barcelona's journey. Catalonia Square is one of the grandest squares that covers a surface area of 30,000 square meters. This central location is as large as St. Peter's Square in Rome.

You can relax at the benches and buy the stall feeds to attract pigeons around the fountain. It has witnessed renovation multiple times, and people swarm in this central area at shopping markets. You can pick the Barcelona Card from opposite the department store EI Cortes Ingles.

The impressive collection of statues line the perimeter of the square. These statues were installed for the 1929 Barcelona Universal Exposition.

 

History

King Alfonso XIII opened the plaza in 1927 in a 5 hectares area.  Francesc de Paula Nebot, Puig I Cadafalch, and Pere Falqués were the architects who planned this site opposite the walled city's gates. Llimona and Clarà were renowned artists who contributed sculptures.

Six sculptural groups represent the four Catalan capital cities, labor, and wisdom. In one section, you will see Josep Maria Subirachs' monument to the Catalan Government president, Francesc Macià.

In the 1929 international exhibition build-up, luxurious theatres, bars, and hotels were constructed around the plaza. Only the memory of names such as the Suís, the Colón, and the Maison Dorée survive today.

In the run-up to the city's World Exhibition, the Magic Fountain (Font Màgica) was built in 1929 in Barcelona. It is one of Barcelona's most popular tourist attractions.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc lies at the head of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is close to Plaça d'Espanya and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, located below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc mountain.

This show features music and a kaleidoscope of shimmering lights in the majestic background of Montjuic Palace. It is the fountain’s spectacular illumination display.

Around 3,620 jets perform water acrobatics that reaches a height of 177 feet (54 meters). Soundtracks span from a remix of Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé to classical scores. These are uniquely choreographed spectacles on the fountain after dark.

All the guided tours, bike tours, bus tours, and nightlife tours include a stop at the fountain. The spectacular fountain show lasts about 20 minutes. This place is ideal for tourists with kids and first-time visitors. You can stand upwind of the fountain to avoid getting drenched.

 

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc History

Carles Buigas envisioned the Fuente Mágica de Montjuic (Magic Fountain of Montjuïc) for the 1929 World's Fair in Barcelona. It would replace the Four Columns Monument because dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera demolished this monument in 1928 as an offense to Catalan nationalism. Buigas had very ambitious plans with around 3000 workers to finish this project before the fair.

After completion in record time, the first show took place on May 29, 1929. Barcelona's famous fountain continued its shows until the 1930s before it was damaged during the Spanish Civil War. It stayed in operation till Buigas oversaw the repairs in 1955.

In the 1980s, the present-day music/light choreography was added. The Barcelona Magic Fountain was entirely restored by the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. A record of 2.5 million tourists visits every year to enjoy the show.

 

How to Get the Best Views

It would help if you reached the venue an hour in advance to take in the Magic Fountain show. Munch some snacks or have a beer at a nearby shop and try to grab the first show.

Try to get to the steps leading up to the MNAC museum and sit there. The pedestrian bridge on the Plaza de España side is another great spot to sit.

You can go to the 8th-floor terrace of Catalonia Barcelona Plaza and order drinks for a view without crowds.

 

When to Get There

It would be best if you visited during one of the synchronized light and sounds shows to take in the fountain in its full glory. The light show timings vary by season. During an extended summer schedule on weekend evenings, you can get nightly shows.

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FAQs

La Rambla is the social hub of the city and one of the top tourist attractions in Barcelona. Palace of Catalan Music, Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Park Guell and Magic Fountain are some of the top tourist attractions in Barcelona. Camp Nou in Barcelona is one of the biggest football stadiums in the world. Barcelona is also famous for the Gothic quarters surrounding its city streets.
Barcelona, a major city in Spain, is famous for its numerous Gothic architecture landmarks such as Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila. One of the top places to visit in Barcelona is the Camp Nou football stadium. Park Guell is an exquisitely beautiful and famous urban park in Barcelona, while La Rambla is the famous social hub of the city and amongst the top tourist attractions in Barcelona.
Casa Mila (house), Hospital de Sant Pau (hospital), Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia, Museu Maritim (shipyard museum), Monastery of Poblet, Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, Dali Theater-Museum and the Roman city of Tarraco are some of the top cultural sites in Barcelona for tourists.
You can do sightseeing around the places to visit in Barcelona, and enjoy the beautiful and exquisite Gothic architecture of the iconic buildings here, or go on cycling tours. Even if you hang around the city streets or the lively La Rambla, you will have an exciting time in Barcelona. Enjoying the beauty of Magic Fountain or Park Guell are other fun things to do in Barcelona. You can watch football games at the famous Camp Nou stadium.
Rambla de Catalunya is the most popular shopping street in Barcelona for designer and chic items. Besides, you will find numerous flower stalls at the famous Boqueria Market in Barcelona.
Fish and seafood dishes are popular foods you will find at the places to visit in Barcelona. Canelons, fricando and cold cured meats are other popular dishes in Barcelona for meat lovers. Escalivada and calcots are Barcelona dishes for vegetarians.