It’s a series of public gardens and whimsical architecture, designed, of course, by Antoni Gaudi and built between 1910 and 1914 though it wasn’t officially opened as a public park until 1926. Today there are several things that should put Park Guell on your “what to do in Barcelona list”… Third are the gardens themselves which make a lovely place to walk around. It was built between 1902 and 1961 in the Neo-Gothic style and has a beautiful interior that you should definitely see while up here. First there are the views which are very nice from here as Park Guell is perched up a little higher than many parts of the city. But if you just want to spend some time enjoying the trees, birds and flowers, away from the traffic, Parc de la Ciutadella is the perfect thing to do in Barcelona! Many of the buildings date back to Medieval times and there are even some remains from Roman times including parts of the old Roman wall. The zoo is nice to spend some time in, especially if you’re visiting Barcelona with children, and from there you might like to pop into the Museum of Natural Science.
Be sure to spend some time soaking up the sun in the plaza in front of Cascada Monumental, the park’s impressive fountain, and you can buy ice cream and drinks from the stall near the fountain. Filled with quaint streets that are all arranged in a labyrinthine order, this is one Barcelona attraction that you should take your time in, exploring some of the lesser traveled streets and wandering in and out of its many small churches and coming across lots of squares. No doubt Gaudi was hoping to see the church completed, but by the time he died in 1926 it was still less than a quarter complete. With so much to see and explore, the Gothic Quarter is one of the top things to do in Barcelona. “I called the federation president and told him we need to have a meeting because I have to play. Park Guell is one of those places you have to see to believe! Many visitors to Barcelona claim that if you see just one of Gaudi’s works, make it this one.
The historic amusement park has been in operation since 1899 and still today it features many of its original rides. Meaning “Citadel Park”, Parc de la Ciutadella was for many years the only green space in this bustling city and while today there are numerous other parks around the city, this one is often named the best. This minor basilica can be seen from all over the city, standing proud perched atop Mount Tibidabo. The second thing you can do on Tibidabo is visit the impressive Sagrat Cor church. The third reason to visit this Barcelona attraction is the amusement park. Casa Batllo was a complete remodel of an existing house and was redesigned by Antoni Gaudi in 1904. There are very few straight lines on this house, instead, interesting arches and angles, and irregular shaped windows dominate the façade which is mostly decorated with broken ceramic tiles. Estadio Camp Nou is a welcome break from all the architecture and historic buildings of the city, and whether you’re a soccer fan or not, this is an interesting place to put on your list of things to do in Barcelona. And if you’re really keen to find out more about this old part of the city, hire a guide to take you around or be sure to see the major landmarks including Barcelona Cathedral.
Located within the Gothic Quarter of the old city, the main museum is accessed through Padellas House courtyard which is a fine example of a Catalan gothic courtyard. The nice thing is that the Gothic Quarter is largely closed to vehicle traffic so you don’t have to worry about traffic noise or avoiding passing cars. Known in Catalan as Barri Gotic, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter features a myriad of historical buildings right in the heart of the old city. Often known by its acronym, MUHBA, Barcelona City History Museum is one of only two museums on our list of what to do in Barcelona. We are really clean people so in our home you will always find a range of products to protect the wood, clean the windows, and avoid the quickline. We swung by the Arc de Triomf on our way to Las Ramblas and I was smitten within seconds.