Jul 07 2015
Barcelona is a beautiful city with a lot of great areas to explore by foot. Below we have compiled a list of the best places to visit and stroll around on foot
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CASTELL DE MONTJUIC
Make your way up Montjuïc and visit the old castle there which has been made into an International Peace Centre. You will have a great view of the city.
ENJOY THE BOTANIC GARDEN
More than just a garden, this is practically a forest filled with great activities and playground equipment for kids. You will be able to enjoy the view and relax.
VISIT FONT MAGICA
Font Magica, the magic fountain, was created in 1929, during the World Fair. During the summer months each weekend there is a show every half an hour where there is music played through speakers and the fountain pumps millions of litres of water through jets in time with the music and lights.
VISIT OLYMPIC STADIUM LLUIS COMPANYS
Just like the Font Magica, this beautiful Stadium was built to house the World Fair, in 1929. It was entirely renovated in 1992 for the Olympic Games. These days it is filled with football and rugby matches. Its architecture is also really impressive, which makes this Olympic Stadium one of the best things to do and to see in Barcelona.
ENJOY A GOOD RESTAURANT UP THE MONTJUIC HILL
Spain is famous for food so reward yourself with some local delicious food in La Font del Gat – Passeig de Santa Madrona, 28 – in order to enjoy some real Spanish food in a real Spanish atmosphere.
2. Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. It is definitely one of the best areas in Barcelona to stroll around as many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Remains of the squared Roman Wall can be seen around Tapineria and Sots-Tinent Navarro to the north, Avinguda de la Catedral and Plaça Nova to the west and Carrer de la Palla to the south. El Call, the medieval Jewish quarter, is located within this area too.
The Barri Gòtic is a maze of streets and back streets which is filled with many quirky shops and cafes and also is home to many squares – one of which is referred to as “Plaza Tripi” (officially called Placa de George Orwell) as it was said to have often been frequented by the writer. Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic although open to service vehicles and taxis.
3. Parc Güell
The Park Güell is a public park system that Eusebi Güell ordered Catalan modernism legend Antoni Gaudi to design and create for him. It is composed of gardens and different architecture and is located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.
Park Güell is extremely beautiful and the majority of it is free to walk around however there is an area with some buildings in typical Gaudi style that cost about €8 to visit (note that it is worth pre buying tickets online as there is often a queue because only a certain amount of people are allowed in each hour). There is also always many different musicians and buskers playing music whilst you walk around.
The nearest metro stops are Vallcarca or Lesseps (both green lines) or there is a bus from Plaza Catalunya that will take you right to the top.
4. Parc Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella is a beautiful park in the Ciutat Vella barrio. For decades following its creation in the 1800s, this park was the city's only green space. Nowadays the parc includes the city zoo (once home to the albino gorilla Snowflake, who died in 2004), the Parliament of Catalonia, a small lake (where you can rent out rowing boats), museums, and a large and magnificent fountain designed by Josep Fontserè (with possible contributions by the young Antoni Gaudí). As well as this the parc is also always filled with musicians and people doing juggling, acrobatics and yoga so there is always something to amuse yourself.
The main attraction in the parc is the zoo which is home to roughly 7,000 animals. Near the zoo's entrance there is a climbable life size gigantic stone mammoth as well as a metallic cat.
The parc is beautiful and well worth a visit so head along with a picnic and soak up the sun in this lovely environment.
5. Segway Tours
What better way to discover a large area of the city in a relatively short time than on a Segway! Segways are 2 wheeled vehicles which are extremely easy and safe to use but also great fun! They allow you to go much faster than you can walk so you can whizz around the city being led by a professional and very knowledgeable tour guide. The tours can be requested in many different languages and there are different routes which last different amounts of time and even tours that include lunch, so there really is something to suit everyone!
If you want to come and enjoy the great city that is Barcelona and you need somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments which has many different apartments to suit all needs. Featured below is the Paseo De Gracia A Apartment with a lovely view of Gaudi´s Casa Batlló.
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