Fantastic shops, beaches, home of eccentric architecture and world renowned artists – Barcelona has a lot to see. Have a look at our quick city rundown so you don’t miss the best bits on your hen weekend Barcelona style.
Getting your bearings
Barcelona is a great city to explore en-foot, although the cities transport system is easy to use and covers most of the city and its surrounding areas. When you first arrive in the city you may find yourself at the Placa Catalunya, the heart of the city. To get your bearing from here is quite easy.
To the north of the square is the new part of Barcelona – with new shopping centres and a business districts. To the south you will see the Las Ramblas which will lead all the way down to the port and beaches. Either side of the Ramblas you have the Gothic Quarter, Old town and the multicultural area of El Raval.
Las Ramblas – Wide boulevard that sweeps up from the port to the Placa Catalunya. Lined with cafes, bars and restaurants. Full of tourists meandering their way through Barcelona’s centre. There are lots of shops on either side of this popular street. Take care when walking through at night as Las Ramblas has seedy sections; pickpockets are known to target tourists in this area so be careful of your possessions.
Gothic Quarter – full of character, this lovely area in the centre of Barcelona is full of twisty little lanes all leading up to the impressive La Seu Cathedral. Great views over the city centre from the top and perfect for seeing Gaudi’s top architecture on your Barcelona hen.
Port Olympic – Since its face lift for the 1992 Olympics this area of Barcelona just keeps improving. Full of smart shops, bars and restaurants. From here you can explore Barcelona’s string of beaches.
All things Gaudi – Gaudi’s famous architectural traits can be found all over this city. In the district of La E’ixample you will find the Sagrada Familia. This cathedral is not actually finished, and could need another 80 years of funding. Like it or loath it most are still impressed with the grandeur of this building. The La Pedrera is another fine example of Gaudi’s work. This block of apartments appears to have a ripple effect to the facade. Just north of the city centre you will find the Gaudi Park, packed with amazing sculptures and mosaic work. Also enjoys lovely views over the city.
Nou Camp – Home to FC Barcelona’s football team the impressive stadium is just east of the city centre. Built with money made from selling season tickets 5 years in advance this much loved stadium is a high on the tourist trail of Barcelona. Although getting a ticket to watch a match here can be quite hard – you can take a tour of the stadium very easily.
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