Barcelona is a city that will forever remain in my heart. In 2017, I had the opportunity to live and work in this amazing city and experience life to the max. I got to see so many different sides to the city and discover some of the city’s hidden gems. I have written this blog to give you a few helpful tips of places that I would recommend visiting when in Barcelona! I hope it helps!
1) Bunkers del Carmel
Carrer de Marià Labèrnia, 08032 Barcelona, Spain
Recommended transport: Bus 24
This is my top recommendation – 100%! I can not recommend this place enough. Situated in the district, El Carmel, this spot is definitely a hidden gem. These bunkers originated from the Spanish civil war and acted as a defensive base. However, now, locals and an increasing number of tourists visit here to get an amazing 360-degree view of the city. People bring picnics and even enjoy a glass or two of wine, whilst enjoy these views and watching the sun set. Sometimes, there is even some live music to enjoy whilst relaxing!
2) Parc Güell
08024 Barcelona, Spain
Recommended transport: Metro L3 Lesseps or Vallcarca
Also situated in El Carmel, is the well-known Parc Güell. This park is famous for its designs and artwork from the artist, Antonio Gaudí. It is truly stunning and unique in style. It is a great place to explore and take in the culture and beauty with friends and family.
3) Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Recommended transport: Metro L2/L5 Sagrada Familia
You can not visit Barcelona without visiting the world famous Sagrada Familia. Designed by Gaudí, this stunning cathedral is beautiful both inside and out. Although it is not yet completed, the designs and attention to detail is awe-inspiring. It’s unique style, especially inside, ensures that it stands out from the rest.
4) Camp Nou
Carrer d’Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Recommended transport: Metro L3 Les Corts or Palau Reial
¡Mes que un club! Camp Nou is home to the football giants, Barcelona FC. This stadium is certainly one of the places I would recommend. Last year, I had the opportunity to watch a football game and the atmosphere was truly amazing. The passion of the supporters really comes across. It is definitely something great to experience whilst you are visiting the city.
5) Port Vell
Moll d’Espanya, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Recommended transport: Metro L4 Barceloneta
The Port of Barcelona is one of Europe’s important ports and this section is definitely worth a visit. It is such a sight to see, with numerous super yachts and other boats stalled next to each other. It is surrounded by many restaurants, bars and shops such as Maremagnum – which is open nearly every day of the year. It also has a cinema and aquarium too!
Passeig Marítim de la Nova Icària, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Recommended transport: Metro L4 Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica
You can’t come to Barcelona without exploring its beaches first! My favourite beach is Nova Icària as it is slightly quieter and better quality than the main touristic beach of Barceloneta. However, all beaches in Barcelona are a great place to unwind, take in the sun and enjoy the surroundings.
7) Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Recommended transport: Metro L1, L3, L6, L7 Pl Catalunya
This is the main centre of the city and is used often as a meeting point for friends and family. It connects to many streets, such as Passeig de Gràcia (full of designer shops) and La Rambla (the famous long street that connects the centre of the city to the port).
8) Gothic Quarter
Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Spain
Recommended transport: Metro L4 Jaume I
Explore this unique and medieval district in Barcelona. Full of narrow streets, every corner holds a surprise. You can find unique shops and outlets along with numerous hidden restaurants. Street artists can also be seen performing throughout this district.