Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city, which explains the city’s wide array of activities to partake in. When I was a senior in high school I visited Spain with my Art History class. Looking back, Barcelona was sadly the city where we had the shortest amount of time and I wish I had a couple more days to experience Barcelona.
As of recent, Barcelona has become one of the most visited cities in Spain because of the vast amount of activities to experience. Whether you enjoy thrilling tours and experiences, the arts, or learning more about a city’s culture then Barcelona has something to offer.
Thrills in Barcelona
If you are looking for a tour out of the ordinary then try a scooter tour of Barcelona. One thing I hate about taking tours is the smelly bus filled with tourists and with this tour you would be able to bypass the large bus crowds. Not only do scooters make sightseeing less crowded, it is more fun! I have a scooter to get around the massive campus at the University of Florida and I love riding it! It is exhilarating to zip around on the easy to operate scooter. On this tour you are sure to see several of Barcelona’s top attractions like the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Olympic Harbor, Forum Barcelona, Casa Mila, and the National Art Museum of Catalonia.
Another thrilling experience Barcelona has to offer is Port Aventura which is a theme park for all ages. Coming from Orlando visiting theme parks in one of my favorite things to do. So, during my next trip to Barcelona a stop at Port Aventura is without a doubt on my to do list. This theme park offers thrilling roller coasters (my favorite) but, if that isn’t your style of ride they do offer more relaxing rides and shows.
The Arts in Barcelona
One thing the city of Barcelona is especially known for is the architecture by Gaudi. Barcelona is peppered with art nouveau inspired architecture. During my one day in Barcelona I was sure to see the world famous architecture designed by Gaudi. Some of my favorite works by Gaudi can be seen in Park Guell. The most famous of the pieces at the park include the world’s largest bench which in the shape of a sea serpent and is covered in mosaics. The bright colors of the bench are gorgeous. Be sure to visit Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. It is a masterpiece in the making as it is not scheduled to be completed until 2026. During my trip to Barcelona we just had time to view the Cathedral from the outside and it is truly remarkable, it is completely different from any other church I have ever seen.
Cuisine in Barcelona
Barcelona is well known for their vast assortment of tapas. In Spain, appetizers are known as tapas. Whenever I have gone to a tapas restaurant loads of them are ordered for the entire table and everyone shares. It is a fun way to try a little bit of everything! A fun way to experience the custom of eating tapas is to partake in a tour that includes sampling several tapas from different restaurants. One way to see the sights and find tapas bars is by bike. By renting a bike you will be able to stop and see the sights as well as stop at tapas bars that strike your fancy! Plus, after guzzling down tapas, riding a bike is a fun way to burn off those calories. Although Barcelona is known for tapas there are also plenty of other culinary delights to be discovered. Barcelona offers fresh seafood dishes, fine wines, and scrumptious cakes. One thing is for sure is that during your time in Barcelona you are sure to indulge in gourmet food. During my travels in Spain I found the food in Barcelona to be the most delicious!
Cultural Attractions in Barcelona
If you enjoy sightseeing at your own leisure (like me) then a hop-on-hop-off tour is ideal for you. During my travels in Europe I have purchased several of these tours and have been nothing but impressed with them. By using these tours you are sure to see the major attractions and not have to deal with a tour guide ushering you around.
One of the must do attractions in Spain is a Flamenco show. The Flamenco is a passionate dance that originated in Spain. Traditionally, the dance is known for the intricate heel and foot work, graceful movements, and castanets. During my visit to Spain I was sure to see a Flamenco show and it is one of my most memorable experiences from Spain.
I enjoyed my short visit to Barcelona and I can’t wait to visit again to experience all that the city has to offer!