Enjoy stunning views of Barcelona at the top of this 512 meters (1,680 feet) tall mountain. Located near the city, Tibidabo is a beautiful mountain that has the tallest submit in the Serra de Collserola Mountain Range. You can ride the Funicular cable car to reach the top of the mountain and there you'll find great views and great attractions, including the Tibidabo Amusement Park.
Parc de la Ciutadella is a lush attraction nestled in the Old City, known locally as the Ciutat Vella. The park was designed by Josep Fontserè and his then-unknown assistant Antoni Gaudí, who went on to pioneer Catalan modernism with such masterpieces as the Basilica de la Sagrada Família. Although it no longer bears the distinction of being the only green space in the city, the park remains an important respite for city dwelling nature lovers, as well as those looking to experience the essence of Barcelona. Within the park are several attractions for the whole family, among them the Barcelona Zoo and Catalan Parliament. Weave through the verdant park and its many cultural offerings, taking time to relax by the lake as the ornate fountain creates a peaceful melody.
Architectural icon Antoni Gaudí designed this sprawling park to create harmony among urban and natural landscapes. He began building the park system on Carmen Hill in 1910, creating an eye-catching tapestry of structures, gardens, and public institutions for citizens and visitors of Barcelona to enjoy. Gaudí finished working on the project in 1914, and although it was never completed, Park Güell stands proudly today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience varied architectural styles in intriguing features like the columns of the Sala de las Cien Columnas, or Hall of the Hundred Column, which support a Romantic-style balcony covered in mosaic tiles.
The Italian architect, Domenico Bagutti, is the mastermind behind Parque del Laberint d'Horta. Constructed in the 18th Century, it shares space with the Desvalls' family mansion in the Horta-Guinardó district and is the oldest of its kind in the city. Spread over nine hectares (20 acres), its most significant feature is the labyrinth that lends its name to the park. It boasts an inspiring amalgamation of Neoclassical and Romantic schools of architecture with manicured lawns punctuated with Greek mythological sculptures, ornate fountains and rich flora. The beautiful layout has served as a backdrop for numerous performing arts and has served as a film set too.
Las Ramblas, a premier destination for both locals and visitors, stretches across central Barcelona from the Plaça de Catalunya to the waterside Columbus Monument. The popular pedestrian mall houses several notable attractions, including the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Palau de la Virreina, as well as plenty of opportunities for retail therapy. This cultural hub is lined with trees and filled with friendly crowds, particularly where restaurants offer outdoor seating amidst all the action. Whether relishing the sights and sounds of La Boqueria, one of the most spectacular markets in the world, or embracing the Catalan pace on a leisurely stroll, Las Ramblas is a must see in Barcelona.
Located in Barcelona's traditional fishing quarter of the same name, Barceloneta Beach runs parallel to the esplanade to one side of the Port Olympic. Spanning a length of 422 meters, the beach's soft sand set against shimmering turquoise waters fringed by swaying palms is the ideal sun-drenched retreat. Thronged by tourists looking to soak up some Mediterranean warmth under the shade of striped umbrellas, the beach also has a variety of useful facilities as well as a lifeguard on site. A few meters from the beach, the seafood eateries tucked into Barcelonata's bylanes serve authentic Catalan seafood and are a local favorite.
The Torre de les Aigüesis only one of the courtyards left in the Eixample district that is still open to visitors - it was a water tower that has now been transformed into a swimming pool where children and adults alike can swim to their heart's content on a sunny day. There are even complimentary changing rooms, toilets and a bar available for the purchasing of drinks.
Aside from being one of the best places to view Catalan Modernist architecture, Passeig de Gràcia is also the city's elegant shopping area par excellence. Foreign brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna, MaxMara, Escada, and Armand Bassi stand beside Spanish labels such as Purificación García, Camper, and Loewe. The exclusivity of Vogue, Bally, and Yanko are offset by more accessible shops like Mango, Globe, Benetton, and Laura Ashley. This street also boasts the Bulevard dels Antiquaris, which is excellent for antiques, as well as many restaurants and outdoor cafés, bookshops, and jewelers. At number 55, Boulevard Rosa also offers more than 50 small, elegant shops under one roof. Above all else, Passeig de Gràcia offers passerby boundless style and energy.
Fancy a tour of Barcelona on a two-wheeler? Head over to Steel Donkey Bike Tours, pick up your bicycle and paint the town red. Not only are the tours a great way to take in the city's history and culture, it also is an educational experience that's augmented by the knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. The tours take you through the city to local gems and places that visiting tourists rarely find. They have fixed departures and can also arrange private tours for larger groups. Call, email, or visit their website to book your very own Steel Donkey tour.
Since 1995, this company has offered daily bicycle tours around the most beautiful areas of the city, by day or at night, and accompanied by a multilingual-guide. The meeting point is in front of the tourist office of Plaça Sant Jaume, next to Barcelona's city hall. This unique company offers you a chance to unravel the hidden streets of Barcelona while paddling across the scenic neighborhoods, historic architecture and cultural centers. Â