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8 Wonderful Ways to Spend Time in Barcelona



Originally a Roman city, Barcelona is now the capital of Spain and the second largest city in the country. This former home of Pablo Picasso is also home to numerous natural and architectural wonders. If you are thinking of traveling to Barcelona, here is a short list of things you can do in this thriving metropolis.

Explore the Temple de la Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudi began construction of this Roman Catholic Church in 1883. Now considered to be the number one place to visit in all of Spain, a visit to Barcelona without checking out this work in progress would be unthinkable. This massive structure is endowed with statuary representing the life of Christ, including His birth, His family, and His death.

Roam the Parc Guell

Located by the Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell is a sprawling, beautiful garden. Architectural and mosaic designs by Gaudi include the dragon fountain located at the main entrance, stairs, walls and the long, winding serpent bench. The Parc Guell is the perfect place to roam, relax, bird watch, and engage in conversation after spending hours exploring the nearby temple.

Walk the Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona. It is a pedestrian walk lined on both sides with trees and vendors. Though originally set up for the locals, it is most widely visited by tourists. The shopping is amazing, though if you choose to take a stroll down Las Ramblas, be wary of pickpockets and steer clear of this street at night.

Hike the Sant Miquel Del Fai

A wonderful combination of medieval architecture and natural vegetation, Sant Miquel will captivate you every step of the way. From waterfalls to caves and the 10th century chapel, hiking this gorgeous park is a fantastic way to spend a full day in Barcelona.

Become Enthralled by the Cathedral La Seu

This cathedral features arches, pinnacles and bell towers blended in both medieval and renaissance style. The high altar stands before the Cappella de Sant Benet and a depiction of the crucifixion designed and created by Bernat Matorell. Ride the elevator to the roof to see a spectacular view of the city of Barcelona.

Underneath the high altar lies a crypt. In here you will find the sarcophagus of the Santa Eulalia, who was martyred for her beliefs when Rome controlled this region. The crypt lights up when coins are placed into a slot.

The cloisters contain galleries overlooking gardens of palm, orange and medlar trees. Among the many attractions are the white geese you will see wandering around the cloisters. These geese have been part of the cathedral for five generations.

You mustn’t leave the cathedral without visiting the chapter house museum. Inside, you will find religious artifacts, the most famous of which is La Pietat of Bartolome Bermejo, which dates back to the 15th century.

Enjoy the Music

Music venues in Barcelona include the concert halls of Gran Teatre del Liceu, L'Auditori, and Palau de la Música Catalana, as well as live performances at the Razzmatazz and the Bikini. Depending on the time of year, musical festivals are held throughout Barcelona’s many venues.

Dance in the Streets

If you plan your visit for September, you can take part in the city’s Festes de la Mercèe. Music, fireworks, air shows and many other activities take place for one week in the fall.



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