Because of its vibrant nightlife scene, Barcelona remains among the list of popular tourist destinations. However, this fabulous city offers so much more from its unusual architecture to historic sites and mysterious mountains. Check out the following five things that you don’t want to miss in Barcelona.
1. Ascend mysterious Montserrat and see the Black Madonna
One of the most visited sites in Barcelona is its mountain, Montserrat. Home to many caves, passageways and a subterranean lake, this mountain is also the site of many mysterious phenomena that include strange lights, electromagnetic disturbances and claimed UFO sightings . Additionally, some even suggest that Montserrat is the hiding place of the Holy Grail. If you are physically fit, you can hike up this 4,00 foot mountain, or you can do like most people and take the cable car or train ride up to the top. You don’t want to forget to take your camera with you because you will see amazing views from the top. You will have to wait in line to see the Black Madonna, but once you do, you will see that it was well worth it. You can also tour the on-site museum, tour the Benedictine abbey and listen in on its beautiful choir.
2. Check out the World Heritage Sites
If you are like me, and you are lured by historical sites, you will find a treasure trove of World Heritage Sites in Barcelona. You won’t be able to miss the extraordinary Church of the Sacred Family with its towering spires. Built by Antoni Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect, this church is a work of art inside and out. Included in your tour is an elevator ride up the tower where you can observe breathtaking views of Barcelona. Another marvelous structure built by Gaudi is the Casa Batllo. You will be fascinated with all the different colors, shapes and unusual elements of architecture built into this masterpiece.
Another site you wouldn’t want to miss is the Palace of Catalan Music. Take a tour of this stunning building and ogle the elegant features like the glazed tiles, ornate mosaics, beautiful stained glass windows and all the sculptures designed in various figures like winged horses, warriors and children.
3. Explore the Gothic Quarter
If you plan to visit Barcelona, you can’t miss out on a stroll through its Gothic Quarter. Also called Barri Gòtic in Spanish, the Gothic Quarter is the center of Barcelona’s “old city.” Since the Gothic Quarter is closed to most motorized traffic, you will enjoy freely walking along the narrow, cobblestone streets. In this section of the old city, you can admire and explore many gorgeous buildings that date back to Roman and medieval times. Some of the most significant structures that are well worth visiting include the interesting old bridge, the Carrer del Bisbe Irurita and the stunning Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia. If you love history, do check out the ruins of the Roman Temple of Augustus and see the giant stone columns. In addition to the historical buildings, the Gothic Quarter also offers many bars, restaurants and shops. Imagine sampling the authentic Spanish foods, coffee and beers here as well as sharing greetings with the friendly locals.
4. Tour the Camp Nou
Whether you are a sports fan or not, you will thoroughly enjoy a tour of the Camp Nou. Housing nearly 100,000 seats, the Camp Nou is the world’s largest football stadium. When you participate in an organized tour of this stadium, you will engage in many exhibits that inform you of its history and interesting facts. You will then get to walk through the pitch, the changing rooms, the chapel, the stands and even the VIP section.
5. Experience the earth’s wonders at the CosmoCaixa Barcelona
At the CosmoCaixa Barcelona, science museum, you and your children will experience loads of fun while learning about the earth and nature. You can walk through a recreated Amazon rainforest and see more than 100 species of exotic animals, birds, reptiles and insects that are native to the habitat. At the huge Geological Wall, you can see live examples of volcanic rocks, limestone, sedimentation and erosion as well as other odd rock formations. In the touch exhibit, you can encounter various animals and plants that derive from various world environments. On top of all that, you can experience the wonders of space in the planetarium.