10 best things to do in Barcelona/Que faire à Barcelone?

Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona flourishes with magnificent history in every corner. If you've ever been to Rome, Naples or Nice, you will see that the city of Barcelona possesses the same features such as narrow streets, hilly terrain, leftovers from the Romans and beautiful buildings.
However, Barcelona is utterly different from other European mediterranean cities. I'll share with you the best things to do within the city. 

First of all, Barcelona is not a huge city so don't take a day pass and take the 10journey pass instead. It can last forever if you walk as much as I did! Prices for backpackers are dirt cheap especially during the low season. 

Barcelone c'est la ville que tout le monde aime et pour cause: des monuments splendides, l'Art Nouveau, des parcs plein de surprises, la mer, le soleil...
Je me suis fait une petite escapade à Barcelone avec Eunice et je partage avec vous les immanquables de la ville.

La ville n'est pas très grande et se visite très bien à pied! Je vous recommande le pass de 10 voyages au lieu du pass journée puisque la ville se visite très bien à pied! Les auberges ne sont pas chères du tout (surtout en basse saison).
10. Hospital de Sant Pau


Hospital de Sant Pau

When you heard the word "hospital" you probably didn't think it would be the perfect place for sightseeing. This place is a fine case of gothic architecture merged with public services building. The hospital crowned as a world heritage site by UNESCO. 

You can even visit the inside of the building as well. They have magnificent garden along side with exquisite sculptures, glasses and mozaic. 

Ce monument est représentatif de la beauté de Barcelone et a été classé au Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO. Vous pouvez visiter l'intérieur du bâtiment ainsi que son jardin magnifique rempli de sculptures et de mosaïques.

Address: Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167

Website: https://www.santpaubarcelona.org/

9.  Parc de la Ciutadella 

I would say that this is one of the most charming city parks in Barcelona. The park has stunning art and building features in every edge of it.
If you have a date or plan to have a relaxing walk, this park is the best choice to do those kind of activities. I would recommend visiting this area around spring or maybe autumn for unique colors.


Selon moi, c'est un des plus beaux parcs de Barcelone. Si vous avez envie d'une jolie balade, rendez-vous dans ce parc. Je vous conseille d'y aller au printemps et en automne pour des couleurs de folie.

 8. Barceloneta Beach 
What would be Barcelona without its beach?!The beach equipped with public shower, toilet, free wifi and surrounded with appetizing restaurants. Moreover, if you are in the mood for a crazy nightlife experience, the beach also has stunning bars and clubs.

Que serait Barcelone sans sa plage? Vous y trouverez des restaurants tout autour ainsi que des boîtes de nuit branchées (si c'est votre truc...).

7. Gothic Quarter


Catedral de Santa Eulalia 
Although it is one of the oldest sections in the city, the Gothic Quarter thrives with its historical background and amazing small-narrow streets that made most of the tourists gazed upon its unusual cityscape.
There are also enchanting restaurants worth to visit around that area such as;

Le quartier gothique vous offre de petites ruelles, avec des restaurants, des bars plus cool les uns que les autres! Si vous avez faim, testez ces restos:

1. El Nou Antigo, restaurant with classic gothic exterior and interior
2. Restaurant El Beso y La Lluna, if you fancy some amazing Spanish food
3. La Vinateria, for those who like tapas and wine
Gothic Quarter
6. Plaça d'Espanya

Balcony of Museu Nacional 
The second day of my stay in the Barcelona, Eunice took me to this magnificent place as she has been there before and thought that I shouldn't miss this place. Oh boy, was she right!
If you like arts and history, you probably should give a visit to the one thousand years of art Museum a.k.a Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.
Museu  Nacional d'Art de Catalunya 
Amazingly, this place is also connected with other landmarks such as the olympic stadium (Estadi de Olimpic de Montjuic) and Castell de Montjuic. You can reach these places from the National Museum simply by foot, bus and bicycle.


Castell de Montjuic 
Le deuxième jour, Eunice m'a emmené sur le balcon du Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya car ça a été son coup de coeur pendant sa première visite à Barcelone. Vu la vue qu'on a, je comprends pourquoi! A partir de ce musée, vous pouvez vous rendre au stade olympique (la visite est gratuite quand il n'y a pas de match/ concert). Vous pouvez aussi vous rendre au Castell de Montjuic.

5. Park Güell
This is certainly one of the most famous Gaudi's legacy within the city of Barcelona. Over a hundred years ago this park was a part of Güell assignment for Gaudi to construct an estate for well-off families in the hilly part of the city (back then this area was not a big part of the city).

Park Guell
Le parc Guell est sans doute le parc le plus connu d'Espagne et c'est sans doute le plus beau!

4. Tibidabo 

Location: Mirablau Restaurant
 It took me around 25 to 30 minutes to reach this marvelous place via metro and train from the city heart. It was absolutely worth it! You can have an awesome view of the city from here.
Furthermore, if you like amusement parks or even hiking, you probably would like to try to visit Tibidabo Amusement Park.

A 25 mins du coeur de Barcelone se trouve Tibidabo. La vue est absolument sublime. Si vous aimez les parcs d'attraction ou la rando, vous pouvez vous rendre au parc d'attraction de Tibidabo.

3. Arc de Triomf

No, this landmark is not from Paris but Barcelona does have its own version of the Arc de Triomphe (just like many European cities actually). It was built as a main gate for the Barcelona world fair in 1888 by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. The location is positively fascinating to feast your eyes. If you walk down all the way to the long boulevard ahead of the Arc to the direction of Parc de la Ciutadella.

Comme beaucoup de villes européennes, Barcelone a aussi son Arc de Triomphe. Ca a été construit en 1888 par Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. Baladez-vous entre les palmiers, tout au bout se trouve le parc de la Ciutadella.

2. Casa Batlló 
There are a lot of Gaudi's ornament leftovers  around the nook and corner in the city of Barcelona but this one is a must visit place for sure. Located in the infamous area of Passeig de Gracia, the building stands still, charming all of the people passing... 


Il y a tellement de choses à voir à Barcelone... Ne manquez pas la Casa Battllo qui se situe au Passeig de Gracia. Emerveillement garanti!

1. Sagrada familia 
Sagrada Familia is one of the craziest, charming and stunning architectural designs made by Gaudi. Even though the church is still in a pace of construction for more than a hundred years ago now, yet the magnetize details of the building can make you stare at it for quite a while.
Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia est une cathédrale unique pile dans le courant artistique de l'Art Nouveau. Testez votre culture générale en essayant de deviner les scènes bibliques représentées dans chaque façade!
On me dit dans l'oreillette que les travaux seront bientôt finis (ca fait plus de 100ans qu'il y a des grues partout après tout!)

Barcelona is truly one of the most beautiful European cities and I had an amazing time! 

Over to you! Have you ever been there?

Barcelone est une ville superbe et très agréable. Avez-vous déjà visiter Barcelone? Qu'aimez-vous faire dans la ville de Gaudi?



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Branta is our weekly contributor. He loves to travel the world and the seven seas. He is the Asian version of the Flying Dutchman and was cursed to travel the world. You can talk about travels all day long with him on Instagram, Facebook or Google+

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