Barcelona: for sure this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Often it is compared to Madrid. But the two cities (both beautiful and full of culture and life) are very different. I do personally love Madrid (and I invite you to read our article on this beautiful city), but in my heart my preference remains Barcelona.
Compared to Madrid, Barcelona is definitely more touristy with more attractions and more works of art to visit. In addition, Barcelona has a seaside, if you want you can lie on the sunny beach.
In this article I’ll mention some of the most important places to visit in the city. Let’s go!
What you should see in Barcelona
- El Mirador de Colom
This monument is 60m tall and is dedicated to Christopher Columbus. The Catalans claim the origins of the Italian navigator. There is conflicting evidence on this question. Christopher was able to speak Catalan, but he was also able to speak Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. In addition, the first names of his parents and brothers were clearly Italian. I leave it to you to form your own conclusions, in the meantime I suggest you pay few euros and go up tho the top of the monument to have a magnificent view of the Rambla and of the Old Port of Barcelona! 🙂
Located on the mountain overlooking Barcelona, this amusement park is not as nice as Port Aventura (which is about an hour’s drive south of Barcelona), but it’s worth the visit just for the view you get from outside the entrance. You’ll admire this breathtaking panorama!
- The Barceloneta-Mapfre Towers
As I said before, located next to Parc de la Ciutadella is the district of Barceloneta. It is famous for hosting some of the most popular beaches in Barcelona. Well if weather permits, why don’t you take a trip to the sea!?
And if you continue walking along the seafront, you will arrive to the Mapfre Towers. These two skyscrapers (named after the most popular insurance company in Spain) overlook the seafront into the Ciutadella Olimpica. This area was built and renewed for the 1992 Olympic Games. Although many years have passed since then, the area is very nice and I’m sure you’ll enjoy waking in it, maybe at sunset.