Barcelona Sightseeing - Things to see in Barcelona during your stay - Tourist Sightseeing
Things to see in Barcelona
Barcelona is ideally positioned with the Mediterranean to it's east and the mountains
and hills of Montjuïc as well as Tibidabo on two of its other boarders. The centre
of the city where tourists spend most of their time is even more so with La Rambla
- the main area which is most know to tourists.
To start your sightseeing of Barcelona best get a map as getting lost in Barcelona
is not difficult so a map is handy.
Not a bad place to start is Park Guell another Gaudi work comprising an open area
with several different pathways leading in different directions like another maze,
you will proberly get lost but just keep an eye open for one of the YOU ARE HERE
park maps and you'll be back on track again.
The area has many pieces of Gaudi’s smaller art works including benches, archways,
walls and balconies. It is a place where Gaudi’s imagination really went wild.
Located 20 mins walk from Lesseps metroMetro (Green Line, L3).
Once you have conqured Park Guell you can move on to another of
Gaudi’s works, his unfinished masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, originally started
back in1882 but remained unfinished when he met his maker in 1926. Over the years
several different drawing have been suggested as ways to finally put the "finishing
this unbeleavible church building but so far none have been accepted
so the church still remains unfinished and probably will remain so.
Barri Gòtic / The Gothic Quarter
This is one of the best areas in Barcelonaand and is located just off the Ramblas.
The area is full of amazing medieval Gothic architecture some of which dates back
to the 14th and 15th centuries ,this was originally the centre of the original city
of Barcelona and is made up of loads of little lanes and streets like a maze linked
by public squares each of which has plenty of eating and drinking places especially
around Plaça de Sant Jaume where you'll also find plenty of budget accommodation.
La Rambla / The Ramblas
The RAMBLA is without a dought the best known landmark in Barcelona and not surprisely
Flowing down from the Pl. de Catalunya to the Columbus statue, what a sight for the
average tourist, a sea of colour and with the hussle and bustle of the area it is
simply amazing, flower stalls, mime artists and street performers all along the entire
lenght of the promenade makes this area really special.
The Ramblasis one of the main areas were tourists tend to hang around and sit about
and enjoy a drink or something to eat in the many cafes and bars, others sit for
hours and just people watch.
On June 8, 1926, Gaudí was knocked down by a tram but as he was dressed like a bum
and with no money in his pockets, several taxi drivers refused to pick him up as
they thought he would be unable to pay the fare. He was eventually taken to the Barcelona
pauper's hospital but nobody realised who this injured ragged looking bum like person
Eventually after much searching his friends finally found him.
But when they arranged for him to be transferred to a better hospital, Gaudí refused
to go. He has been reported as saying "No, I belong here among the poor." within
24 hours he was dead.
His funeral attracted more than half of the citizens of Barcelona.
He was laid to rest within view of his unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Família.
This area is full of "Tourist menus" offering Tourist food at Tourist prices including
all the main hotels and restaurants are centered around this area.
For better food at cheaper prices try to centre off the tourist trail and try some
local authentic dishes
One special place well worth a visit is the Boqueria, a fantastic food market on
one side of the La Rambla, stall after stall of exotic delicacies you have only ever
Further down the Rambla's, in Calle Nou de la Rambla, is the Palau Güell, by Gaudí.
You should not miss Pl. Reial, on your left, with its archway and palm trees (some
say the tallest of Europe). It used to have a bad reputation, but has now become
one of the safest places in the city. From this square go to Calle Ferran, which
leads to Pl. Sant Jaume, where the Palau de la Generalitat and the Town Hall can
Moving on we head for the Zoo , every cities got one and for some unknown reason
tourists seem to visit foreign zoos but never there own Barcelona zoowas founded
way back in 1892 and is an ideal way to keep the kids happy if you happen to be stuck
with a few, located at Ciutadella Park, near the old town and Ciutat Vella.
If you have seen one Zoo you have seen them all , right ? well Barcelona Zoo has
something a little different on offer, an aquatic park which is home to some guys
you may not have seen in real life before like bottlenose dolphins among others.
During the summer months there are shows with the Dolphins doing tricks and stuff.
All see our Barcelona excursions and Tourspages