Guest post: Top 5 things to do in Barcelona
Hi I’m Sally @ LifeLoving and Sam has kindly offered me to guest post on her blog. I write at LifeLoving.co.uk covering a range of topics, but mainly blogging about travel, days out and food. I’m a firm believer that you only get one life, so you should be making the most of it. I live by the motto ‘ketchup tomorrow, relish today’. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter or follow my adventures through photos on my Instagram.
Barcelona is a really vibrant city. It combines the chilled chic of the beach with city-style culture. If you are looking for an abundance of atmosphere, sights, restaurants and nightlife, this is one city that is ideal for you. Here’s my top five things you should do or see when in Barcelona.
1. The Magic Fountain
The Magic Fountain should be to the top of your list. Make sure you visit during the evening when there are fountain shows. The fountain is framed by the backdrop of the National Palace (the home of the Museum of Catalonia) which is particularly stunning at night. The shows are made up of the jets of water being set to music and coloured lights. I loved it, I’m sure you will too!
2. Mount Tibidabo
Mount Tibidabo is another must see. It’s a hearty walk up to the funicular, where you can enjoy a ride to the top of the mountain. There’s a beautiful church at the top called the Temple of Tibidabo plus also a vintage theme park. The views from the top of the church are some of the best in Barcelona, so best take a camera.
3. Sagrada Familia
You can’t go to Barcelona without visiting the Sagrada Familia, the Cathedral built by Gaudi. You can enjoy the building from the outside, but it’s well worth paying for entry. The way the light flooded the building, coming in through the beautiful stained-glass windows was a sight to behold.
4. Las Ramblas
This is the famous tree-lined street which runs through the heart of Barcelona, home to a number of stalls selling all manner of gifts and decorative items. The street also houses a number of restaurants, which due to the location, are perhaps a little pricier than elsewhere in Barcelona, but worth it for the atmosphere. Las Ramblas is known for the numerous human statues. Pay them a tip and you can have a picture with them for fun memories of your trip.
5. Camp Nou
If you yourself are a football fan or travelling with one, it would be a travesty not to pop in for a visit at Camp Nou, the home to the Barcelona football team. It’s easily accessible from one of the stops on the open-top bus tour and is a treat for any football fanatic.