Barcelona, one of the most prettiest cities in Spain, is the largest and the capital city of the Catalonia region and second most populous in the country. A trip to Spain is not complete without visiting Barcelona. The hills and the sea make the perfect view for this city, and the Antoni Gaudi’s dotting masterpieces all over the place adds class to it. Barcelona offers some of the best Wine and dines offer globally, and the mesmerizing architecture of the city will put one in awe. This city formed under the Roman Empire during the medieval ages.
Barcelona played an important role in shaping up administration during that time and has been the capital of Catalonia since then. Enjoy the best view of the city from the cliffs or the mountain ranges. One can see the whole city with beautiful architectural gems bordering the deep endless sea. To witness few of Gaudi’s work visit La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Park Guell, and Casa Batllo. The cobblestone streets and the gothic architecture will give one a medieval vibe for sure. To know more about the Catalonian history and culture, do visit the Sant Andreu district of Barcelona. Feel like a true Barcelonian with a glass of sweet aromatic Vermouth wine with a great Spanish brunch.
If you’re on a short trip to Barcelona, then the best way to explore is to book a Barcelona touristic bus tour. The official bus promoted by the tourism bureau in Barcelona for the Barcelona city tour is known as the hop-on-hop-off. When you’ve just a day or two to see around the city, you’ll want to make the most of your time.
Buy a bus tour of Barcelona hop hop-off ticket and see the sights throughout the city at your convenience. The Catalonian capital with its innumerable historical landmarks and modern structures is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. And a Barcelona sightseeing bus tour is the most expedient and practical way to discover the metropolis’s top attractions.
You can pick and choose from three distinct hop-on hop-off Barcelona bus routes for sightseeing at different localities of the city. The Barcelona double-decker bus tour will stopover at more than 30 locations including but not limited to the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and Camp Nou. With just a single bus ticket, you can hop on and hop off at/from any stop and as many times you prefer.
The National Art Museum of Catalonia situated at Montjuic’s Palau National houses a huge collection of extraordinary Romanesque paintings and Catalan artworks. Once you step inside the museum, you can take your time looking at varied collections of Baroque, Renaissance, Romanesque, and Gothic art. You’ll also be able to admire a rich compilation of modern art, coins, photographs, engravings, and drawings.
The edifice housing the National Museum of Catalonia constructed in a classical style was designed by Enric Cata and Eugenio Cendoya.
The Ciutadella Park which served as the setting for the 1888 Universal Exposition is the 2nd largest public park in Barcelona. With a total area of 17 hectares, the park is home to a vast collection of public art and contains two museums. Modelled on Paris’s Luxembourg Garden, the Ciutadella Park was thrown open to the public in 1881.
Many of the original structures of the park including the shade house and the glasshouse have been preserved. The Barcelona Zoo dating back to 1892 is also situated inside the park while the old military stronghold presently functions as the Parliament of Catalonia.
The Basilica De La Sagrada Familia or the ‘Basilica and the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family is one of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks. The Sagrada Familia is regarded as the magnum opus of architect Antoni Gaudi who started constructing the basilica in 1883. It was such a massive project that its construction continued even after Gaudi died in 1926, and is still being constructed.
The construction of the citadel is expected to be complete by 2026. The Basilica De La Sagrada is easily the most popular historical attraction of Barcelona visited by innumerable tourists every day.
Soccer enthusiasts all over the world would give anything to witness the El Clasico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Estadi del FC Barcelona, popularly known as Camp Nou is the official stadium of the Barcelona Football Club. Opened to the public in 1957, Camp Nou is the world’s third-largest football stadium, capable of accommodating 99,354 spectators.
La Boqueria which opened in 1840 is the oldest market in Barcelona as its origins can be traced back to the 13th century. There are nearly 300 booths and stands spread over an area of approximately 2,583 m², stocking products imported from all over the world. If you wish to sample the local fare in all its variety, then you must visit the La Boqueria market.
The Urquinaona-Catalunya-Universitat Squares and Streets serve as Barcelona’s transport hub and are the nerve center of the city. The heart of the city comprises a series of streets and three piazzas constituting a loop segregating the Eixample quarter from Old Barcelona. The streets connecting Plaça de Urquinaona, Plaça de la Universitat, and Placa de Catalunya run parallel with the medieval city walls forming the Old Town’s border.
CAIXA Forum Barcelona is a key educational and cultural center constructed by the La Caixa Foundation on Montjuiċ Mountain. The cultural center designed by Josep Puig Cadafalch is housed inside an old Modernista Factory. The CaixaForum features five exhibition halls showcasing a rich collection of contemporary, modern, and ancient art, and also holds conferences, film festivals, and other activities.
Designed by Arata Isozaki, a Japanese architect, the Palau Sant Jordi constructed especially for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, is an architectural masterpiece. The majestic dome enveloping the palace was built separately on the floor and thereafter it was hoisted using 12 hydraulic jacks. The versatility of the Palau Sant Jordi’s structure makes the indoor facility ideal for organizing sports competitions and concerts.
There’s a very popular saying that applies aptly to tourists and holidaymakers- “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. And so when you’re sightseeing in Barcelona, keep minimal luggage with you, and put on comfortable clothes and footwear. After all, you’d want to enjoy as much as you can during the trip and make the tour as memorable as possible.
You should pack clothes and footwear based on the season when you’re visiting and ensure they’re comfortable to put on. By and large, you should carry a pair of jeans, a windcheater, tees, scarves, gloves, hats etc. As for footwear pack ankle boots, sandals, and flip-flops.
The ideal time to book a hop-on hop-off Barcelona city tour is from May to June when the weather is less humid and balmy. You can also visit during the fall and winter as the weather stays pleasant.