Barcelona Bucket List

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This series has been really fun so far and its about to get even funner with a trip to Barcelona – the crowning jewel of Catalania! With oodles of colour and charm around every turn, there is so much to see here that you will almost certainly want to return. If you have just a few days in Barcelona then get ready to hit the ground running as there is so much for you to see, do, eat and drink here in Gaudi’s city!

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1. Juice up at Boqueria Market

To revitalise from the flight (any excuse will do) head straight for Boqueria Market and score yourself a 2 euro (give or take) fresh juice. There are plenty of goodies to stock up on here but the fresh juice is outta this world!

2. See Gaudi’s Masterpieces in the flesh

While museums are great, no museum in the world could trump the open air museum that is Barcelona – filled with the artistic creations of Gaudi himself. The city is quite literally filled with his magnificent works, but you could begin with: La Pedrera, Casa Vicens and Casa Batlló.

3. Picasso Museum

Understanding Picasso’s connection to Barcelona will explain much that there is to know about Picasso’s formative years. The museum is open every day except Mondays; 9am-7pm.

4. Tapas, Tapas, Tapas! 

Undeniably one of the best things you can do with your time in Barcelona is eat as there is SO much great food to get through whilst you’re here! Tapas are the preferred food item of choice, as they will allow you to eat small portions and subsequently make your way through many flavours and dishes on offer. The best idea to guarantee great food is to enjoy a local tapas walking tour one evening – you won’t regret it!

5. Check out the view from Park Güell

Arguably the most iconic image of Barcelona in the days of social media is Park Güell. This public park overlooks the city and features some of Gaudi’s most impressive works (though be sure to check out many more across the city!)

6. Drink Sangria

Sangria is a popular drink in Spain and one taste of the deep-purple fruity drink will soon show you why! This delicious beverage is a combination of red wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener and brandy. Delicious!

7. Visit the Impressive Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Just. Go. Seriously. This Basilica would have to be one of the most impressive in Europe – the architecture is just beyond what words can describe!

8. Wander through the Gothic Quarter 

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a few hours with ample photographic opportunities, then make your way over to the gothic quarter and wander the endless streets for all the inspiration one could ever need.

9. Walk La Rambla

As the main thoroughfare street in Barcelona, La Rambla is full of entertainment, shopping, great eats, and lots of little hidden gems off the main street.

10. Try Cannelloni, Catalana style

Although its origins are Italian, this Catalanian style Cannelloni deserves a title of its own. Find it at Cervecería Catalana.

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11. Enjoy a picnic in Parc de la Ciutadella

If you’re dying for a Sunday stroll or just want to escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for a short while, head on over to Parc de la Ciutadella for a lush, green wonderland. There’s also a zoo!

12. Hike up Montjuïc

Looking for another great view over the city that is entirely free? Head over to Montjuïc.

13. Casa Batllo

Okay so technically this has already been mentioned (its another one of Gaudi’s fabulous creations), but it deserves its own mention as it really is such a sight – you cannot miss it!

14. See a Flamenco show

If you want to get a little insight into local culture, then book yourself into an evening Flamenco show — so much fun!

15. Go on a day trip to Montserrat

If you’re looking to get out of the city for a day then a trip to Montserrat is incredibly worthwhile. As the most popular day trip from Barcelona you’ll be joined by many others, but the views from this peak are incredible!


Images: World of Wanderlust, Kah-Wai Lin,  Luc Mercelis

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    April 18, 2016 at 5:25 am

    There are so many places to visit that I dont like to visit the same place twice.. but barca is definetly on my list again! Even though I visited last yr… also lloret de mar! Loved ittt 🙂

    Israel García
    March 10, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, besides being my favorite, I’m glad you liked when you visited. It has many charming places and that ends up having Elected as rewarding destination.

    March 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Barca was probably my favourite city in Europe, loved it so much!

    March 1, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Love this post! Barcelona is a great city, have you ever tried Bar del Pla for dinner? Highly recommend if you are looking for a good tapas restaurant X

    March 1, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I always love my trips to Spain! Barcelona was amazing and this list really makes me want to go back!

    February 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I went to Barcelona last year – we only stayed the day as we were holidaying down the coast at Lloret De Mar. It was so beautiful! We missed a lot due to time limits but the Gothic Quarter was gorgeous and Gaudis buildings were breathtaking!

    February 27, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Wow, I will add this to our plans of upcoming trips! 🙂 Thank you!

    February 27, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Barcelona is such a beautiful city, I fell in love when I visited there this summer! So warm, full of culture, art, and not to mention amazing food!

    February 27, 2016 at 2:21 am

    I got all of them done except 1!
    Would love to return to take a day trip to Montserrat!
    Great list 🙂

    rajasthan tour operator
    February 26, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Barcelona..a perfect place to spend holiday. So many places to visit and lots of excursion to do.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    February 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I have been to the Sagrada and it is amazing!!


    February 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Sounds like so many great choices!

    February 26, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I got the feeling that this Bucket List is rather short compare to the last one but still as good !

    I never got the chance to visit Barcelone but will definitely try to do it later this year. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing !

    Kenza from

    February 26, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Oooh it’s beautiful! Great post, I’ll be heading to Barcelona this year and will be bookmarking this!

    Posh, Broke, & Bored
    February 26, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I haven’t been to Barcelona in YEARS! Somehow Spain keeps getting looked-over on my travel plans, shame shame. Time to change that methinks! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    Valerie Stimac
    February 26, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Brooke, you’ve been on a roll — I’m headed to both Berlin AND Barcelona in the next year! Where will you pick next? Will it be on my itinerary? *Only time will tell!* 🙂

    Katie Bucknell
    February 26, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I am heading to Barca in July!! Thanks for the post xx

    Half This World Away
    February 25, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Love Barcelona!! Great list 🙂

    February 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Have been to Barcelona. It is amazing!

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    February 25, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Yeeeess, great list – we couldn’t agree more.
    Next time you’re in Barcelnoa make sure to visit the Tibidabo! This is the backyard mountain of Barcelona and on top you’ll find an amusemant park!! How cool?!
    xx Anna & Vanessa

    sara mcavoy
    February 25, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I would absolutely love to go to Barcelona, it is definitely on the Bucket list.. great post! x

    February 25, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Barcelona is awesome, but not the crowning jewel of Catalonia… That’s Costa Brava without doubt: Crystal clear water, wonderful villages, and better cuisine than in Barcelona which is too much touristy.

    February 25, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Barcelona! I’m actually from there, so I always love to see posts on it 🙂 A few things to add: Tibidabo (an old amusement park with amazing views that overlook the entire city), La Pedrera (another building Gaudí designed), Palau de la Música Catalana (they have a bunch of different performances like flamenco and Spanish guitar, and the building itself is a UNESCO world heritage site), Parc Guinardó (more great views of the city) and Barceloneta beach. Besides Sangria, some typical drinks are cava (basically Catalan champagne), tinto de verano (red wine, lemon soda, and fresh fruit), and the vermouth that some old restaurants make in house. For food, definitely try pa amb tomàquet, patatas bravas, tortilla española, and crema catalana. My favorite tapas bar is called Quimet i Quimet, although it has gotten a lot more touristy. El Mussol is fantastic for traditional Catalan cuisine, and they offer set tasting menus. If you’re looking to go clubbing at all, Opium, Sutton, Pacha, and Eclipse (in the W hotel) are all really fun. Oh, and one more thing just fyi: it’s Catalonia, not Catalania 😉

    February 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Planning to be in Europe by the end of this year! I will definitely be keeping up with this series. Thanks for sharing Brooke!

    February 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    haven’t been to barcelona or spain yet but it’s on my list! hoping to go this year – great tips!


    February 25, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Such good tips! I definitely want to try that juice market, and then of course the Basilica is on the top of my list!

    February 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This post comes in the perfect time! I will go to Barcelona next weekend 😀 SO EXCITED!

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    February 25, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Barcelona looks like a dream! I’d love to enjoy tapas and sangria while admiring all the architecture there. Thanks for sharing!

    Rachael @ Catch Me if You Can
    February 25, 2016 at 8:23 am

    i am so glad you posted this!!! we are talking about going to barcelona in january!

    February 25, 2016 at 8:03 am

    These have all be perfect timing! I’m going to Barcelona in two days and cannot wait! I hear the food is amazingggg 😀

    February 25, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I used to live in Barcelona and I agree with this list. It’s such an amazing city, everyone should definitely go. Just one note: the region is Catalonia, not Catalania.

    February 25, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Great list! Can’t wait to see all of this when I visit in June! Thanks again for the awesome post.