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Bucket List for Barcelona, Spain!

Updated: Jul 18

Everything you need to know about visiting Barcelona!

Getting ready for that trip to Barcelona? Here is everything you need to know about visiting this beautiful city that has something for everyone!

Bucket List for Barcelona:

Sagrada Familia

Parc de la Ciutadella

Palau de la Musica Catalana

Park Guell

Casa Batillo

La Boqueria

Santa Maria del Mar

Magic Fountain of Montjuic

Camp Nou

Las Ramblas

Arc de Triomf

Barri Gotic

Museu Picasso

Columbus Monument

Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya


Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Parc del Laberint d'Horta

Barcelona Cathedral

Encants Vells

La Barceloneta

Olympic Stadium

Barcelona Zoo

Placa d'Espanya

Montjuic Castle

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Poble Espanyol

Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Drink some Sangria

Dance some salsa

Eat some Paella

Watch a Flamenco Show

Best time to visit:

April, May, September, and October are the best months to go sightseeing in Barcelona. Barcelona is least crowded during the shoulder seasons of March - April and September - October.

Popular traditions:

Corpus Christi - L'ou com balla

One of Barcelona's home-grown traditions commemorates the celebration of the Christian Eucharist with a symbolic egg that "dances" on the jets of fountains in some of the city's most beautiful Gothic courtyards and squares. A beautiful and bewitching tradition you simply can't miss.

Holy Week

One of the most important traditions on the Christian calendar remembers Christ's final days on Earth. In Barcelona, in addition to the religious services at the city's churches and street processions, people enjoy traditional sweet treats, like Lenten fritters, bunyols de Quaresma, and cakes topped with chocolate sculptures, Mones de Pasqua.

Missa del Gall and Cant de la Sibil·la

These are two of the most emotional religious traditions you can see. Midnight mass, known as the Missa del Gall in Catalan, takes place at midnight on Christmas Eve and celebrates the birth of Christ. Before mass is said, there is a performance of the Song of the Sybil, or Cant de la Sibil·la, a play accompanied by a Gregorian chant that is held in the city's main places of worship, including the cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar.

More can be found on Visit Barcelonas Website

Strolling through El Born neighborhood.

Most popular neighborhood to visit:

  1. Gràcia. Best neighborhood for trendsetters

  2. Barceloneta. Best neighborhood for beaches

  3. El Born. Best neighborhood for sights

  4. L'Eixample. Best neighborhood for Gaudí architecture

  5. El Raval. Best neighborhood for bars

  6. Barri Gòtic. Best neighborhood for history

Popular restaurants:

Address: C. de Villarroel, 163, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

Address: C. del Doctor Dou, 19, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 664, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

Boldu had the most amazing doughnuts and pastries!

Hotel recommendations:

The best areas to stay in Barcelona for the first time are Barri Gótica, Plaza de Catalunya, Eixample, El Born, and Poble Sec. These five areas are by far the most popular ones.

Address: C/ de Còrsega, 482, 08025 Barcelona, Spain•+34 933 47 84 86

Address: C/ del Rosselló, 390, 08025 Barcelona, Spain•+34 936 00 92 00

Address: C/ de Balmes, 103, 08008 Barcelona, Spain•+34 932 73 00 00R

We personally stayed at the Hotel Barcelona Center and loved its timeless style and elegance. It was pretty well located in the middle of lots of the top sights in Barcelona and we were able to quite a bit by foot. We did rent a car though for the day trips and some of the farther locations. Personally, my husband loves the freedom that we get when we rent a car so that's usually what we do.

Free things to do in Barcelona:

  • Get lost in the Barri Gòtic

  • Arc de Triomf

  • Visit a Museum on Sunday - Visit the free museums on Sundays from 3 pm to 8 pm.

  • See the Roman ruins at El Born Cultural Center

  • Stroll down La Rambla

I have a FULL list of freebies for Barcelona here!!

Arc de Triomf

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