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What to See and Do in Barcelona

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Written by Daniella

Barcelona is an amazing city, and there is lots to do and see for visitors. The fantastic climate makes Barcelona one of the most popular European cities to enjoy all year round. You can taste some of the typical culinary delights, discover its leisure offer or visit the city’s monuments.

Because of the city’s long and rich history, you can observe some of the most extraordinary architectural structures in the world here, but there are also modern and design elements that attract many people. Today’s article by ShBarcelona will tell you more about what to see and do in the Catalan capital.

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Enjoy everything Barcelona has to offer

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Barcelona is a city with many virtues. First of all because of its wonderful Mediterranean climate. It allows you to enjoy mild temperatures during most of the year, and it’s an absolute guarantee for hot and sunny summers. That is why the beaches along Barcelona’s coast attract many visitors who like spending the entire day there.

Besides the amazing beaches, the gastronomic offer makes it hard to choose sometimes. There’s an excellent and traditional Catalan kitchen and haute cuisine with internationally recognised restaurants, but if you fancy a seaside dinner or vegan/vegetarian options, that is possible too.

And then consider all the characteristic monuments you need to visit during your stay… The Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Parque Güell… Some of Antonio Gaudí’s best work is in Barcelona, and these works have turned it into a city known for its Modernism.

The oldest part of the city, Ciutat Vella, is also a much visited place, as there are many treasures to be discoverd by tourists. The cathedral, La Boquería (the market), Las Ramblas, Paseo Marítimo and the Santa María del Mar Basilica… it’s just too much to choose from!

And then you learn of the shopping options in Barcelona: Passeig de Gracia, Avinguda Diagonal and Rambla Cataluña. How on earth are you going to fit all this fun stuff into one holiday? Luckily you don’t have to worry about a hotel or rental apartment, because there is something for everyone.

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You can enjoy staying at a luxury hotel or luxury apartment, but there are also hostels for young people or other options for people who don’t have an unlimited holiday budget. If you have read the first part of this blog article and are a bit overwhelmed by all the options, let us make a few interesting suggestions.

If you’re visiting Barcelona as a traveller with limited mobility, be sure to check out Handiscover’s wide range of accessible accommodations. Make sure your needs are met by directly booking the room you want with the accessibility features you require.

If you like the sea, why not get on board Las Golondrinas and enjoy your day from the water. This boat touring company has been operating in the city ever since 1888 (!). Another option is viewing the Catalan city on a Segway. You can see more and visit characteristic places more comfortably on a Segway. Dinamic Tours is one of the Segway companies in the city.

If you’re into something totally different, why not make a reservation with Barcelona History Tour. It lets you discover a medieval and mysterious Barcelona through its guided tours. Our last recommendation is Strawberry Tours. This company offers free tours in Barcelona.

Once you have finished the tour, you can decide for yourself if you want to make a donation and how much you want to give. It offers the best tours, from the free tour through the historic part of the city to a Modernism tour, a tapas tour and even private tours, which allow you to design your own route through the city.

Its tour guides are excellent, they truly love what they do and enjoy sharing their extensive knowledge of the city with you. Strawberry Tours is, without a doubt in our mind, one of the best tour companies in the city. It offers quality, and – not unimportant – it’s a tour company everyone can afford, even when you’re on a tight budget.

What is your best advice for anyone visiting Barcelona soon?

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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