A week in Barcelona will have your hours packed full of things to experience. There is something unique about the city that allows you to comfortably spend your busy vacation. Here are some things to enjoy in Barcelona:
Spend your morning in Parc Guell
Parc Guell is like a park in a fairy tale. It is complete with abstract sculptures and buildings that resemble a gingerbread house. Go early in the morning to beat the tourist crowds and stay for a few hours. It is a good idea to bring a lunch and picnic in one of Parc Guell’s many splendid viewing points.
Get acquainted with Antoni Gaudi
Antoni Guadi left indelible marks on the facades of many buildings in Barcelona. He designed his early works in the tradition of Catalan architecture and gothic architecture. He soon developed a distinct modernist sculptural style. He is famous for the following: Casa Vicens, Palau Guell, Casa Calvet, Casa Batllo, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), and Park Guell. But the Sagrada Familia is perhaps his most famous masterpiece.
Stroll down La Rambla
A week in this city is not complete without a walk down the famous La Rambla. In this pedestrian street, you will see flower stalls, street performers, artists, cafes and a wave of locals and visitors alike.
Visit the museums
Barcelona is a city of museums. But a week is not enough to visit all the major and minor museums. Do you have to plan which museums to visit. Do not miss out the Picasso Museum, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, and the Miro Museum.
Visit Parc Montjuic
Parc Monjuic has a bit of everything and you will surely find something you love here. Go to the top of Monjuic and you will see the old Fort, allowing you a lovely 360-degree view of the city and the port below. Hike and visit the Poble Espanyol for the old Spanish city replica.
Explore the old city
The El Raval neighborhoods and the Gothic Quarter are the perfect places to experience narrow alleyways, cobblestone streets, and ancient architecture. The best way to enjoy the ancient city is by stumbling onto unknown gems and hidden treasures.
Head toward Encants
Take the metro and go to Encants. Located in North Eixample, this village is only 4 stops from Passeig de Gracia, the city proper. You will find here one of the biggest and the best open air markets in the north of Spain. It is filled with stores that sell shoes, crafts, jewelry, and everyday household goods such as mattresses and tools. It also has churreria stands that sell the best churros in the world. Snack while you scour through the gabizillions of goods.
Head to the beaches
Of course, a week in Barcelona is not complete without a visit to the beach. If you want to meet new people in a crowded beach, Barceloneta is the place to be. But if you want some privacy, Barcelona also offers many less busy but beautiful sandy beaches.