Make sure you make the most out of your day in the Catalonian capital – there’s never a shortage of fantastic experiences on offer in beautiful Barcelona!
1. Sagrada Familia & Park Güell
No adventure to Barcelona is complete without delving into the truly awe-inspiring creations of Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan architect who has become renowned for his unique work.
We’ve grouped these two together purely because, if you’re going to see one, you really shouldn’t miss out on the other.
Barcelona boasts the largest concentration of his pieces, the most famous being the unfinished Sagrada Familia. Staring up at this fascinating masterpiece, you won’t quite believe the level of imagination and ambition before you.
A photo in front of its jutting spires is a must, and if you choose to pay to enter the basilica, then you’ll be as equally blown away by the inside.
You’ll witness different facades of the building representing various biblical stories, and the use of light through the various stained-glass windows is utterly breathtaking. It’s expected to be completed in 2026 – on the 100-year anniversary of Gaudi’s death.
On Carmel Hill, you’ll also find Park Güell. This stunning example of landscape gardening forms an enchanting area that has to be seen to be believed.
Its ideal location means you’ll witness superb views of the city, and this memorable backdrop is easily one of the most recognisable features of Barcelona.
If you still haven’t had enough of Gaudi, you can also visit Casa Batlló, a creative remodel of a house in the centre of the city.
2. La Rambla
This vibrant boulevard is the beating heart of this Spanish city, and truly epitomises the captivating culture of Barcelona in one long street.
Alongside a buzzing atmosphere, you’ll find everything from living statues to caricaturists, not to mention a range of rustic restaurants and bars to enjoy a tipple or some tapas as you make your way up to the square.
There’s plenty of shopping opportunities, with pop-up market stalls selling everything from keepsakes and souvenirs to local art.
Of course, this is possibly one of the best spots in Barcelona for everyone’s favourite pastime – people-watching! Grab a spot at one of the bars, pour yourself some sangria and appreciate the fantastic architecture surrounding you as you take in the hustle and bustle of this beautiful boulevard.
3. La Boqueria
Making your way up La Rambla, you’ll stumble across this hidden gem. Your senses are in for a treat – this one-of-a-kind market will leave you in awe of all that’s on offer.
The sheer brilliance of colours on display are enough to make this visit a rewarding one – from the rainbow tones emanating from the fresh fruit and vegetable stalls to the rows of hanging spices, there’s shades of every colour imaginable popping left, right, and centre.
Make sure you go on an empty stomach – or you’re going to wish you had! There’s something for everyone to sample – from fruity smoothies to cured meats and delectable cheeses, it’s just too easy to go from stall to stall delighting in the fantastic flavours before you.
It’ll likely be jam-packed – this market is popular for a reason! When the CruiseDeals team visited Barcelona as part of Marella Explorer’s shakedown cruise, we particularly liked the chocolate stall – be it milk, dark, or white, there’s all kinds of cocoa concoctions of just about every shape and size!
Why not head here first, grab some tasty supplies and make your way to a nearby park for a picnic? That’s if you haven’t filled yourself up on the way around!
4. Camp Nou
This 99,354 capacity stadium is the home of FC Barcelona – the second most valuable sports team in the world, and the world’s third richest football club.
Whether you’re a big footie fan, have a partner who’s obsessed or you’re a total newbie to it all, one thing’s for sure – this stadium is as impressive as FC Barcelona’s international record.
It’s the largest stadium not only in Spain – but in Europe too – and has held some of the most exciting events in history, including being used as a concert venue for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and U2!
A tour of this gigantic stadium will leave you impressed with the transformation of the stadium itself over the years, as well as FC Barcelona’s enormous trophy cabinet.
Learn all about the club and its most famous players in the museum, and even feel the emotion of walking out onto the field from the tunnel. Get ready for panoramic views and access to the most iconic parts of the stadium – cameras at the ready!
5. Barceloneta Beach
The great thing about Barcelona is you get the best of both worlds – captivating culture in the city itself, as well as beautiful beaches to bask on.
Barceloneta Beach is the city’s most popular, and for good reason – you can choose to lie and soak up the sun’s rays, take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea , or instead take part in one of the many activities you’ll find going on – volleyball, sumo wrestling, sing-alongs and bongo playing, just to name a few!
Slap on your sun cream and enjoy an afternoon siesta on the sand, followed by a glass of sangria or bottle of beer at one of the surrounding beach bars. It would be rude not to!
You’ll never be short on things to do in Barcelona – but all of the above is a good place to start! If you’re wondering about where the best places to eat are, then take a look at our handy Food and Drinks guide. Caution – it might make you hungry!
If you’re bursting at the seams to see which itineraries head to this sumptuous city, then take a look at our favourite sailings here.