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27 Jan Top Things to do in Barcelona

Heading to Barcelona for a short getaway? We have hand-picked some of the best things to do in Barcelona that should make the top of your itinerary.

La Sagrada Família

If you only visit one tourist attraction, the La Sagrada Família should be it. It is one of the most visited landmarks in Barcelona and indeed, Spain attracting in excess of 2.8m tourists each year. The monument began construction in 1882 and the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi took over leadership in 1883 until he was killed in a tragic accident in 1926. To this day the famous Cathedral is still unfinished and is scheduled for completion in 2026.

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Barcelona FC Stadium Tour

Soccer fanatics, assemble. Is it a childhood dream of yours to play for one of the world’s greatest football teams? Well, we have the next best thing: get a behind the scenes pass to the Barcelona FC Stadium, where you can experience the adrenaline rush of walking (or running) in the footsteps of soccer legends on the pristine pitch.

The virtual experience will give you a feel of what it is like to stand in the boots of Lionel Messi, himself and play on one of the most famous pitches in the world, if only for 10 minutes.

You can also get a slice of what it is like to be a visiting team where you can tour the changing room as well as the presidential box, Barcelona FC Museum, chapel, press room and more.

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The Magic Fountains of Montjuïc

Attracting about 2.5 m tourists each year, the Montjuïc magic music and light show is definitely on of the top things to do in Barcelona. Immerse yourself in a true spectacle with synchronised water jets that move in tune to the lights and music. If visiting in September, you are in for a real treat where the Piromusical, a firework, laser light and music display is held. This is the main closing event to Barcelona’s largest annual festivals named the La Merce.

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Las Ramblas

Touted as one of the most popular streets in the city, Las Ramblas stretches 1.2 kms in length where you can catch a note at an opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, shop the Boqueria Market and attend an exhibition at the Palau de la Virreina.

Soak up the scents and aromas of the cafés and restaurants and get involved in the buzzing atmosphere of street vendors, shops and street performances. You can’t say you have been to Barcelona if you haven’t paid their most famous walking street a visit.

Because this street can become swarmed with tourists, be wary of preying pickpocketers.

If Barcelona has made your list of travel destinations this year, don’t forget to take out Travel Insurance.

Linda Pototzki
Linda.Pototzki@TheAA.ie