What to Do in Barcelona

The first time I went to Barcelonan I thought I wasn't going to like the city. I thought it would be a major tourist trap. But that wasn't true at all. There are so many sights that make it a special place. I have been there several times now, so I thought it was time to share my best Barcelona travels tips in this extensive travel guide. In this post, I'm going to share what to do in Barcelona including what to see, where to stay, and more!
Of course I have to start my list of sights in Barcelona with the icon of the city. What the Eiffel Tower is for Paris and Big Ben is for London is the Sagrada Familia for Barcelona. The world famous basilica was designed by Antoni Gaudi, the most important architect of the city. The construction of the ambitious structure began in 1882 and has only stopped during the Spanish Civil War since then. As it looks now, the basilica will finally be ready in 2026. Gaudi, by the way, was so fond of the structure that during the last years of his life he worked on nothing else, lived on the construction site, and was buried in the crypt of the church after his death.
Park Guell is the most famous city park in Barcelona. It is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods (Gracia), and stands out for all its special Gaudi artworks. The most important part of this park is the colorful mosaic staircase with a salamander, but there is so much more to discover. The gigantic park was owned by the idyllic Eusebi Guell, who hired Gaudi for the design. He was inspired by his travels abroad.
If you have not yet had your Gaudi fix, you should go to Casa Batllo. You will find the building on Passeig de Gracia seem to have run out of an absurdist fairy tale. Casa Battlo was built in 1877 and rebuilt by Gaudi between 1904 and 1906. Gaudi was inspired by the sea, from which also the wavy forms, and the mosaic resembling the fish scales. The building is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is worth no less than 70 million euros.
It is the most famous street in Barcelona, ​​and definitely not my favorite because of the tourism and the high cliché content (think: stalls, living statues, pickpockets). The pedestrian promenade is a kilometer long, running from the sea to Plaça Catalunya. The only reason that I think the street is worth a visit is not only to take a look, but also to visit Boqueria and Placa Reial. And of course you see the Columbus monument by the water, which you can climb for a great view.