Barcelona is a large coastal city in Spain, and the country’s economic capital. Home to many historic figures and events, this city is vibrant with food, culture, history, and nightlife. Here are five of the many things to do and see in this great city.

La Sagrada Família

Construction on La Sagrada Família began in 1882, and to this day is incomplete. Renowned architect Antoni Gaudi designed the church, but unfortunately died before he was able to see the project through. His designs, however, were so detailed that his team was able to carry out construction in his image. The church’s completion date is projected to be sometime in the 2020’s, however the parts that are finished now are breathtaking, making this a must-see destination in Barcelona.

La Rambla

This famous stretch of Barcelona’s main city streets is home to shopping and eatery destinations. The beautiful architecture and greenery lining the street make it perfect to stroll along as you eat a bocadillo, a famous Spanish sandwich typically made on a baguette with Iberico ham and cheese. If you go at the right time, you can often stumble into street performers or festivals.   

Park Güell

This beautiful park sits atop a hill, giving it perfect views of downtown Barcelona. You can walk along the pathways, or visit the Gaudi museum. The park is full of mosaic architectural structures designed by Gaudi, and lush greenery to observe. While walking around the winding paths, make sure to look out over the Mediterranean Sea. The mosaic benches are a particularly good spot for a photo-op, so don’t forget your camera!

Casa Milà

Built in the early 20th century and designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milà is an old apartment complex built in the art nouveau style. You can take tours of the uniquely styled apartments, or walk through museums and events happening throughout the building. The rooftop is home to unique sculpture and a great view of Barcelona.

La Boqueria

While you are strolling down La Rambla, make sure to pop in to La Boqueria – short for Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria. One of the more popular tourist attractions in the shopping district of Barcelona, this traditional-style market sells traditional Spanish foods and is a great place to get a taste of the culture of Barcelona.

Whether you are visiting the local art museums, walking downtown to get your shopping fix, or seeing the sights on the beautiful coast, Barcelona is a great vacation destination for anyone. If you plan to visit, the Barcelona Tourist Guide is a great resource.