Spain is one of the countries I haven’t had the chance to explore extensively. However, I always loved Spain and the Spanish culture. Perhaps because I am also from a Mediterranean country, I loved the people’s cheerful energy and friendly manner. Furthermore, Spain has mouth-watering food and incredible landscapes to explore. So, wanting to explore Spain, I decided to move to Barcelona and explore this beautiful country.
Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain, but it is also the capital of Catalonia. With its unique history, culture, architecture, art, fashion, and food, it has become one of the trendiest and most visited cities in Europe. After living for almost six months in this extravagant city, I have to say it is indeed one of the most charming and unique cities I’ve ever been to, and I do not regret moving here.
To give you a taste of Barcelona’s beauty and charm, I gathered up my top 5 landmarks of the city that you should visit.
The magnificent basilica of Sagrada Familia is well-known across the globe for being one of the best works of the famous architect Gaudi and for still being unfinished! It has been under construction since 1882, and it’s not expected to be completed any time soon. Due to the basilica’s long-term construction, you will see the contrast in the stone color between the front and back of the building, specifically between the old and the new parts. There are massive differences in style and materials. Many despise the contemporary style because they believe Gaudi would not have appreciated it. Nevertheless, I think the whole basilica is an art piece. Hence, it is a hot spot in Barcelona that everyone should visit and see.
The charming Gothic Quarter is my personal favorite area in Barcelona. At every corner of the narrow medieval streets you can find hidden beautiful spots for memorable photos and trendy bars, clubs, or restaurants with traditional Catalan food. Here, you can experience Barcelona’s and Catalonia’s culture and art by exploring the artisans’ markets near the Cathedral of Barcelona. At the same time, you can dine at popular restaurants and pubs at the busy avenue La Rambla, or visit La Boqueria, a market full of life at all hours, packed with people, colors, smells, and interesting things to see..
Tibidabo is a hill overlooking Barcelona. At 512 meters, it is the tallest hill in the Serra de Collserola, offering incredible views over the city, the surrounding coastline, and even Montserrat. Personally, I believe this is the best spot for fantastic views of Barcelona and romantic sunsets! If you like hiking then this is an easy and fun hike to enjoy breathtaking cityscapes. At the top of the hill, you will find The Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica and adjacent Tibidabo Amusement Park.
Montjuic is a 177 meters hill and it is one of Barcelona’s greenest spots and stunning viewpoints. Frankly, Montjuic is a little world of history, gardens, museums, cultural centers, and even the Olympics. The imposing hill is spread from the Sants neighborhood towards the port and offers an impressive city landscape. Montjuïc has been the focal point of many momentous events in Barcelona’s history. Today, there are many gardens where you can walk, rest, play, do sport, just enjoy nature or even party!
The bunkers is a viewpoint from which you can see the whole city of Barcelona. It is located at the top of Turó de la Rovira in the Carmel neighborhood with a height of 262 meters. Despite being popularly known as Bunkers, there has never been any bunker at the top of the Turó de la Rovira. During the Spanish Civil War there was an antiaircraft warfare and its facilities. Today, bunkers is visited both by locals and travellers to enjoy fantastic cityscapes alongside with drinks and music.
Frankly, this is my favorite spot in Barcelona because if you ever want to feel like a character in a movie, this is the place. Just imagine a typical scene where the protagonist visits a beautiful spot near their house. Their hair is flowing in the wind. They hold a glass of wine, there is some nostalgic background music, and they just stare intensely at the horizon, thinking about the uncertain future.
Why you should visit Barcelona
Barcelona draws visitors to its famous sights, but it’s a city where you can also discover many pleasant surprises. A walk along the seafront, evenings on a rooftop terrace with views over the city skyline, spacious parks, and also everything to do with FC Barcelona. Culinary options are also varied, with world-renowned haute cuisine restaurants, traditional Catalan dishes, food markets, and establishments that take you around the world with their flavors.
Thank you for reading and I hope I’ll see you in Barcelona!