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Best Things to See and Do in Barcelona

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Written by Daniella

Barcelona is the perfect city for tourists, as it has an abundance of interesting activities to explore. The amazing climate in the city allows visitors to enjoy one of the most popular European cities whole year round, which makes you want to try its excellent gastronomic, cultural and leisure opportunities. Barcelona is definitely not like any other city!

The city is proud of having the most exceptional and unique monuments in the world, and not only the historic aspect of the city is worth knowing, innovation and design have also become a part of Barcelona’s identity.

So,  if you are staying in your short-term rental apartment, this article by ShBarcelona will tell you all about what activities to do and what sights to see when you are in Barcelona.

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Enjoy all that Barcelona has to offer

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Barcelona is a city with many virtues. First of all you can enjoy its wonderful Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild temperatures during the rest of the year. The many kilometres of beach are another one of Barcelona’s great attractions, and you will find all the services here that you could possibly need for a relaxed day at the beach.

There are ample and varied gastronomic possibilities in Barcelona, with many different types of restaurants from different countries, but also excellent and traditional Catalan cuisine. Even haute cuisine has found its way to Barcelona, with prestigious and famous international restaurants. There really is something for everyone, from vegetarian to vegan, and from gluten-free to organic…

Monuments in the city of Barcelona are unique and characteristic to the city; the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Parque Güell… There is no doubt that architect Antonio Gaudí left the Catalan capital with his best works, and he has forever made Barcelona the city of Modernism.

In addition to Gaudí’s legacy, there is also Ciutat Vella, which is the old centre of Barcelona. Ciutat Vella has many hidden treasures, that deserve to be discovered by visiting tourists.

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The cathedral, the Mercado de la Boquería (market), Las Ramblas, Paseo Marítimo, the basilica of Santa María del Mar… And what about the shopping areas at Paseo de Gracia, Avenida Diagonal or Rambla Cataluña, with their many different, and sometimes even very exclusive shops and boutiques.

Hotel and accommodation offers are extensive and very diverse, with luxury hotels, youth hostels and excellent tourist apartments.

All these options that you can choose from in the Catalan capital can be quite overwhelming, so that is why we would like to suggest a few things.  If you like spending some time at sea when you are in Barcelona, take a boat trip with Las Golondrinas, a boat tour company that has been operating in the city ever since 1888.

Another idea is to take a Segway tour of the most emblematic areas of the Catalan capital. A Segway is a personal, two-wheeled transporter, allowing you to get around and see more of the city in a comfortable and fun way. Check out Dinamic Solutions to organize your perfect route.

If you feel like doing a different kind of tour, you might enjoy the ones organized by Barcelona History Tour. They offer a theatrical tour, on which you discover medieval and mysterious parts of Barcelona.

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Finally, we would also like to recommend Strawberry Tours, a free tour company in Barcelona, on which you can decide after having done the tour, what it was worth to you. You can experience their best tours, from the free tour in the old town centre, the free Modernism and Gaudí tour, the free tapas tour and the private tours that allow you to choose your own route.

Strawberry Tours has the best guides, with people who are truly passionate about what they do, and who enjoy sharing their extensive knowledge of Barcelona with any tourist that wants to hear it. They offer many possibilities and good quality tours, and, let’s not forget, a tour for every budget.

Have you tried these activities? What is a must-visit attraction when you are in Barcelona?

About the author


Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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