Concierge Top 10 Picks Of The City
1. Take a walk around Passeig de Gràcia: Only a ﬁve minute walk from the hotel, this street is one of the most emblematic ones in the city. Not only is it home to the most luxurious stores and boutiques in the city, but you can also ﬁnd two of the most emblematic buildings by Gaudi: Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. You can admire both from the outside, but you also have the option of visiting both apartment buildings from the inside and taking a peek at what they used to look like when they were ﬁrst initially designed.
2. Discover Gracia: Gracia is a neighbourhood that feels very different to the rest. The area is surrounded with artists and a generally bohemian crowd, as well as students and young families. It’s well known for its many small squares, ﬁlled to the brim with restaurant terraces where friend and families meet to enjoy an aperitivo or a few drinks in the late morning or early afternoon.
3. Discover Sagrada Familia: La Sagrada Familia is one of the most emblematic Catholic churches in the world. Its architect, Gaudí, predicted it would take centuries to ﬁnish, and it’s already been 135 years. It is currently predicted to be ﬁnished in 2026. Last year the church received more than 3.500.000 visitors. It’s a must-see!
4. Explore the Eixample district: The Eixample boasts some of the most architecturally beautiful streets in the city. With plenty of art galleries, boutiques and restaurants, the aerea is a stunning architectural masterpiece. A good option is to walk down Erique Granados, a long pedestrian street that pertains to the Eixample, where locals like to enjoy a few drinks after work or dinner in the evening.
5. Shop your way around a food market: If you are a lover of Spanish gastronomy, this is a must activity for you, and there’s quite a few markets to choose from. Walk over to La Boqueria to discover the oldest and most popular market in the town. If you’re not into crowds, move over to the Santa Caterina Market and admire it’s colourful ceramic roof. If you like to visit the not-so-popular areas when travelling, head over to Mercat de Sant Antoni. Whichever your choose, don’t forget to ask the shopkeepers for their favourite products, they might even offer some for you to try!
6. Immerse yourself in the Gothic District. The Gothic Quarter is one of the best known districts of Barcelona. It contains remains of the Roman Barcino, and also the main medieval buildings of the city, such as the Gothic Cathedral, Santa Maria del Pi or Plaça Reial.
7. Walk around El Born: The secret to Barcelona is to walk around the city, and the Born area is a great place to start. One of the oldest areas, it’s charm resides in its cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways and lively ambiance.
8. Have lunch by the sea: If you were to ask us for a great restaurant to enjoy some seafood or rice-based dishes (such as paella,) we would probably be recommending a restaurant down by la Barceloneta. Most restaurants have local ﬁshermen bringing in their catches of the day, and the dishes offered are unlike anywhere else. Take a stroll on the boardwalk surrounding the coast, and end your promenade on a terrace overlooking the sea whilst enjoying truly Mediterrenean cuisine.
9. Take in Montserrat’s views: If you’re outdoorsy, like nature and/or are into sports, Montserrat might be the place for you. An outstanding multi-peaked mountain outside of Barcelona, which also happens to be the tallest in the whole region. You can either chose to visit the Benedictine Monastery whilst listening to the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe, or simply hike around the mountain and hit your daily activity mark for the day.
10. Spend a day in la Costa Brava: If you have a day or two to spare, you won’t regret taking a trip to la Costa Brava. The stunning region can be found only an hour and a half away from the city, and has several coastal and interior quaint little villages and towns. You’ll ﬁnd hidden beaches, rocky coastlines, lovely restaurants overlooking the sea and independent and local boutiques of all kinds.