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Top 5 Highlights Of Barcelona

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If there’s a hop-on/hop-off bus in the area, you can bet that I’m going to jump on it. That’s exactly what we did when we wanted to explore Barcelona. Here’s our Top 5 Highlights of Barcelona. 

#1 Highlights of Barcelona:

Guell Park Highlights of Barcelona

Güell Park (Parc Güell)

This park is an absolute abstract fairy-tale! It’s one of Gaudi’s major works in Barcelona and a UNESCO World Heritage site, so you can expect large crowds.

According to experts; this is one of the world’s most impressive (and abnormal) man-made landscapes and it’s easy to understand why. There’s so much to see, but make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes so you can really explore the surrounding park.

Opening Times:

The park is open Monday-Sunday but exact times are dependent on the season:

Low season (winter)
from October 30 to March 26:
from 08:30 to 18:15 (last entry time at 17.30)

Mid season (spring)
from March 27 to May 1:
from 08:00 to 20:30 (last entry time at 19.30)

High season (spring-summer)
from May 2 to August 28:
from 08:00 to 21:30 (last entry time at 20.30).

Mid season (summer-autumn)
from August 29 to October 29:
from 08:00 to 20:30 (last entry time at 19.30)

Price:

Park Güell has 2 different areas: the Monumental Zone, which requires the purchase of a ticket, and the free access area which is open to all visitors at no charge.

General admission for the Monumental Zone is € 7 if purchased online and € 8 is bought from the ticket office.

#2 Highlights of Barcelona:

Las Ramblas Highlights of Barcelona

Las Ramblas

This is easily the most famous street in Barcelona and a popular place for locals and tourists alike. It’s about 1.2km long and lined with pavement cafes and souvenir kiosks. Depending on the time of year it can get really crowded making it the perfect location for pickpockets. We didn’t have any trouble as we explored the street throughout our stay, but it’s wise to ensure you keep an eye on your belongings at all times.

#3 Highlights of Barcelona:

La Sagrada Highlights of Barcelona

La Sagrada Família (Church of the Sacred Family)

Another awe inspiring design by Gaudi! The UNESCO World heritage site may be incomplete but walking through the interior of the church, will leave you breathless. We opted to explore the church at our own pace using a headset to highlight key features as we made our way around. Whether you’re a lover of architecture or not, you’ll get a kick out of this!

Opening Hours:

November to February:
09:00-18:00

March
09:00-19:00

April to September:
09:00-20:00

October
09:00-19:00

25 December, 26 December, 1 January and 6 January:
09:00-14:00

Price:
Individual ticket prices range from €15 to €29

Sale of tickets finishes 15 minutes before closing time.

#4 Highlights of Barcelona:

Camp Nou Stadium Highlights of Barcelona

Camp Nou Stadium 

This was a must see for Tyrone. There’s no way we could head to Barcelona and not stop at Camp Nou. It’s  the largest stadium in Europe and the second largest association football stadium in the world in terms of capacity.

We did a tour through the stadium, getting a peak at locker rooms and box seats before heading to the massive merchandise store.

Fear not ladies, I found it pretty interesting and I wouldn’t call myself a massive soccer lover.

Opening Hours:

It’s open Monday – Sunday but exact times depend on the day. It’s best to check the website.

Price:

General admission € 23

#5 Highlights of Barcelona:

Montserrat Highlights of Barcelona

Montserrat

I’ve saved the best for last. Montserrat is located just outside of Barcelona and the Benedictine Monk retreat offers you some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya. You’ll need to catch a train to the mountain retreat, and a cable car up to the top of the mountain but when you arrive you won’t be disappointed.

We decided to pack a picnic and spend the day exploring the surrounding area.

If you head up there, you will learn about the holy grotto where visitations by the Virgin Mary were reported, the World famous Montserrat Choir boys recitals along with details on the mountain walks with breathtaking views.

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