Barcelona is a treasure chest of culture, from its one-of-a-kind architecture to its labyrinths of eateries, boutique hotels, museums, and markets. As such, a visit to this buzzing seaside city should be equal parts serendipitous exploration and conscientious planning – with particular attention paid to prioritizing the city’s marvelous architectural masterpieces.
Click through the gallery for Savoir Flair’s eight can’t-miss activities in Barcelona.
Barceloneta, a 1,000-metre-long stretch of beach, is one of Barcelona’s most well-known and well-loved destinations. From the seafood eateries along the boardwalk to the glittering Mediterranean waters, this is your go-to spot for an animated dose of daytime entertainment and exploration.
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Mercat de la Boqueria
Seafood, sausages, sweets, and the finest Spanish produce all reside in Mercat de la Boqueria, one of the liveliest and most delicious markets in the world. The souk’s prime location just off Las Ramblas, one of Barcelona’s most popular streets, make this an easy-to-find and impossible-to-pass-up destination.
Tel: (+34) 933 18 25 84
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La Sagrada Familia
Tourists love La Sagrada Familia; it’s said that about 2.8 million people flock to this monument each year – but that doesn’t make this Roman church any less spectacular to visit. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, the magnificent one-of-a-kind building is a must-see when you visit Barcelona (and worth the guaranteed queue). Other spectacular Gaudi monuments to visit on your trip include La Perdera and Casa Battló.
Tel: (+34) 935 13 20 60
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Set 415 metres above sea level on Mount Tibidabo, this observatory offers up some of the most spectacular city views of Barcelona. What’s more, Observatori Fabra hosts an event called ‘Dinner with Stars’ in summer, during which guests can enjoy a delectable menu created by one of the city’s most renowned catering companies, Paradis Gourmet, under a blanket of Barcelonan stars.
Tel: (+34) 934 17 57 36
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Gran Teatre del Liceu
Culture buffs shouldn’t miss the opportunity to catch a concert at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, which is regarded as one of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses.
Tel: (+34) 934 85 99 00
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Spread out over five adjoining palaces and featuring over 3,500 artworks by Pablo Picasso, this medieval-mansion-meets-museum provides insight into the life and artworks of the legendary artist like you’ve never experienced before.
Tel: (+34) 932 56 30 00
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One of the city’s most charming neighborhoods, El Born is the perfect place to get lost in for hours, wandering its endless cobbled streets. Here you’ll find historic bakeries, concept stores, fashion boutiques, and an unmissable destination for coffee lovers, Cafés El Magnifico.
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Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera
Succulents are in this year, and this beautiful garden is the ideal place to get your fix. It features a unique selection of botanical rarities that originate from all around the world. You’ll also enjoy spectacular views of the city from the hill on which the garden is perched. Your Instagram account will thank you.
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