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Things to do in Barcelona – A beginner’s guide

1. Amble down the La Rambla

La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona, forming the heart of the city. Though less than a mile long, your enjoyment of its many street performers, human statues, artists, stalls, musicians and fellow tourists could have you spending several hours strolling down its length.

2. Discover Gaudi’s Barcelona

It will be hard to miss this modernism architect’s work in Barcelona. From the Sagrada Familia, to the Park Guell, to the famous La Pedrera (aka Casa Mila) and Casa Battlo, his sometimes whimsical but always fascinating creations are prominently on display.

3. Promenade down Passeig De Gracia

Home to the aforementioned La Pedrera and Casa Battlo, Passeig de Gracia is equally well known for the many international fashion houses lining its sides. The elegant building facades, the quaint street lamps, the wide sidewalks and the many cafes dotting the avenue make it perfect for both a glamour shopping jaunt or a more leisurely pleasure stroll.

4. Pamper those taste buds

The local cuisine of Tapas, Pintxos, Paella, Sangria, steaming thick hot chocolate with churros and other gastronomical delights will delight your taste buds and keep you hungering for more.

5. Go Football crazy

“More than a Club” proclaims the slogan of home team FC Barcelona and you will soon learn why. Go see a game at the Camp Nou stadium or just hang around the city while a game is in session and you will find out why this one always ranks high on the things to do in Barcelona list. The passion and love for the game and the madness following a victory are beyond description.

6. Indulge your inner fashionista

Zara, Mango, Adolfo Dominguez and Massimo Dutti are just some of the famous home grown brands in Barcelona. The Barcelonians love their clothes so depending on your budget, head over to Passeig de Gracia or the more affordable Portal de l’angel and shop till you drop!

7. Lounge in an outdoor café

La Rambla, Passeig de Gracia and the many elegant squares of Barcelona are sprinkled with delightful outdoor cafes just made for whiling away a summer afternoon in while watching the whole of Barcelona walk by. This may sound wasteful of precious time when you run your eye down your checklist of things to do but it is all a part of the touristic Barcelona life.

8. Refine that artistic eye

Museu de Picasso is the top museum choice housing a veritable treasure of works from the artist’s formative years. Fundacio Joan Miro comes a close second with Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture following close behind.

9. Bum the Beach

Sun lovers would probably put this at the top of their things to do list and few would blame them for it. Barcelona is blessed with multiple beaches perfect for cultivating that just-back-from-the-Mediterranean tan. Head over to Barceloneta for that quintessential beach flavor or the Mar Bella if you are inclined towards quieter climes.

10. Party, party, party

When the sun goes down, Barcelona begins humming with a different kind of energy. Club, pubs and bars suddenly come to life and the Barcelonians wander in for a chat, a drink, to flirt or simply to lounge. Crawl through the watering holes of L’Eixample, Barri Gottic and Port Olympic to truly experience the glitter and glamour of Barcelona’s nightlife.

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