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Things to do in Barcelona
This sun-blessed city tops lots of destination lists, whether it’s for the storybook architecture, glorious food, or simply the lure of a city that’s like a massive beach town. It hits that sweet spot where history and hedonism meet. By day, marvel at architectural gems that go from towering Roman-era columns to Gaudí’s masterpieces. By night, feast on tasty tapas before hopping to numerous bars and clubs that don’t get started until around 2am. Best of all, whenever you need a nature break, the beach is right there and waiting. With so much on offer, we make it easier by sharing our top picks. From Gaudí’s spectacular unfinished Sagrada Familia to a museum dedicated to Picasso, we show you the best on offer. Top six things to do in Barcelona 1. Gaze at the Sagrada Familia No visit to Barcelona is complete without visiting Gaudí’s most staggering work. Started in 1812, the sheer magnitude of this project means its construction has continued into the present. Love or hate this twisting turreted masterpiece, there’s nothing quite like it. Head to the Bell Tower for the best views. 2. Visit Casa Batlló With its swirling facade that resembles bony gaping mouths, the Casa Batlló looks like something out of a dream. Commissioned as a home for the well-to-do Batlló family, Gaudí was given full creative licence to create a house like no other. He succeeded – this is Gaudí at his most surreal. 3. Admire masterpieces at the Picasso Museum Focusing mainly on Picasso’s early years, many of which were spent in Barcelona, there’s plenty to capture even casual fans of the artist’s works at this museum. With over 3,500 pieces, Picasso’s versatility becomes quickly apparent, even at the tender age of 15. 4. Explore Park Güell This UNESCO-listed park was originally meant to be a network of houses and landscapes for the rich. Before the project commercially flopped and was finally abandoned, Gaudí created the enchanting park we know today. Explore 3 kilometres of winding pathways, grottoes and mosaicked galleries in Gaudí’s signature style. 5. Find out what Montjuïc has to offer This hilltop overlooking the port is not only packed with lush lawns and tranquil gardens but also top-notch museums, architectural gems, a castle and an Olympic pool. The Joan Miró museum in particular is well worth a visit. It’s also the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy sweeping city views. 6. Marvel at La Pedrera Named for its grey stone facade, La Pedrera – or the Quarry – was commissioned as an apartment and office block in 1906. Now it’s recognized as a UNESCO-listed masterpiece in Gaudí’s trademark style. Admire the smoothly curving walls and twisting wrought iron that add a sense of movement and life to the building.