A lot of things have happened in the city of Barcelona within the last few years. Tours in the city are free. Provide your guide with what you think you should see or do and you will enjoy a wonderful tour. The following are some of the things you might need to see or do when in the city of Barcelona.
The city’s modern architecture
Barcelona is known as the birthplace of Catalan Modernism from the 19th and early 20th century. wandering around the streets you can easily see this style in almost any part of the city. Antoni Gaudi was the most prolific of this era, and his work has become part of the fabric of the city. Gaudi is the designer of the Park Guell, which is among the jewels in the modernist crown of Barcelona. Recently, the city has started charging €7 as the entry fee to the park. However, you can easily see most of his masterpieces from outside. Some of the most spectacular examples include the La Pedrera and the Casa Batllo, which is one of the most popular activities in Barcelona.
Wonderful views from hills in Barcelona
The great thing about Barcelona is that it is mostly flat and you can easily walk around the city. To get a good view of the city though you should visit the neighborhoods in the hills. The first view is the Carmel Bunkers which you can easily see from the top most of the Turo de la Rovira hill. The free open space was created as an anti-aircraft bunker during the civil war in 1937. After some years, the ruins became shacks. The shacks were later removed for the Olympics in the year 1992. The free open space, which boasts panoramic views, forms part of the Museum of History. Join the cyclists, runners and wanderers who are common in the area during weekends.
Spend your sunday afternoons at museums in the city
To get a better feel of Barcelona, you have to stroll around the Gothic quarter near the main walking street of La Rambla. All corners are full of history in this unique urban landscape. The area between the el Call (old Jewish quarter) and the medieval alleyways are very photogenic, with streets and small squares that are open to the public. Visit the city’s historical archive and the Roman Temple of Augustus. Do not miss the Placa del Rei and the Placa Sant Felip Neri.
Spend your time at the City beaches
In summer, the beaches of Barcelona are filled with people relaxing from city life. The beaches are ideal for people watching or just cooling off from the summer heat. On the Sant Sebastia and Barceloneta beaches you will find a mix of both locals and foreigners. They are also closer to the old fisherman’s quarter and there are numerous bars and cafes to consider.
Consider outdoor film screenings
With great weather year-round, Barcelona is ideal for watching outdoor movies. Several film festivals have cropped up within the last few years to cater for its popularity. Cinema Lliure is among the free offerings in the city that shows independent films at the Sant Sebastia beach on Sunday and Thursday evenings. The Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) also runs film festivals, and Grandules shows documentaries and short films for free.