Top Tourist Attractions in Barcelona, Spain
By Monika Szmit
Planning a trip to Barcelona? Don't forget these popular attractions.
Barcelona, located in Spain is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Make sure you see all it has to offer when you are there. From museums to popular beaches, and don't forget the excellent restaurants, Barcelona promises to deliver excitement, enjoyment, and above all, a time you will never forget!
Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia and the second most heavily populated city in Spain. It is located in northeastern Spain, approximately 160 KM from the French border. The population is roughly 1,509,500. Barcelona has 53 museums and galleries, 41 theatres, 143 cinemas, 6 beaches, 62 parks and gardens, and well over 2,300 restaurants. Let's get moving as there is so much to see!
Museums You Don't Want To Pass By
If you are a fan of Picasso's, be sure to check out the Picasso Museum which has most of his wonderful works of art from his early days until his final days. Maybe you enjoy sculptures. Then you need to check out the Museum Frederic Mar's, which has sculptures from the 12th to 17th century.
The Museum of the History of Barcelona has all you need to know about Barcelona's history and its popular traditions that are exhibited on three floors. If you're a history fanatic, like me, this is not one you want to pass by.
Sagrada Familia, one of Antoni Gaudi's greatest creations, is the most visited attraction, with 2,000,000 visitors each year. The giant temple has been under construction since 1882. The museum you find inside gives the details of the development and offers information about the Sagrada Familia. Most of the tourists who"ve seen the Sagrada Familia have loved the architecture and design of this giant temple.
Attractions for Kids
Do you have little ones with you who are dire need for something "cool or "fun? L' Aquarium de Barcelona, or The Barcelona Aquarium, will most certainly fit into those categories. It is the most popular attraction for kids and young ones. The enormous tank is filled with sea creatures that you can find almost anywhere in the world. You can even swim with the sharks! The giant aquarium is located at Port Vell, or Barcelona Port Area.
Right next door to the Aquarium is the IMAX Port Vell Cinema, a large-format theater, which attracts about 1 million visitors each year and is open year-round. This IMAX Cinema was the first integral movie theatre ever built, which means that you can enjoy not one, not two, but three different projections: IMAX, 3D, or Omnimax. The kids can choose to watch 3D films including ones about sharks or space.
Another popular attraction for the little ones, that you may also enjoy, is the Barcelona Zoo. The zoo has a wide variety of animals including the giant anteater, Siamang, and the Indian Elephant. The zoo also has restaurants, shops, ponies, electric cars, and a picnic area. This promises to be a lot of fun for the entire family.
Beaches in Barcelona
Barcelona has 6 beaches, just for you. All of their beaches offer drinks and ice cream, children's games, lifeguards, hammocks, telephones, and sport areas. Barceloneta Beach, one of Barcelona's most popular beaches, also has a restaurant and canoes available. Mar Bella Beach, another beach in Barcelona, has an aquatic motorbike that you may use if you choose.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic should not be missed. The fountain is a light, color, water, and music display that is free to the audience. It is highly recommended to see and is enjoyable for tourists of all ages.
As you can see, Barcelona is a city that has much to offer, but whether you are here for business or pleasure, be sure to try and check some of these wondrous places that can only be found in, well, Barcelona!
About The Author
Monika Szmit writes for Four Corners Hotels, which offers discount hotels around the world. http://www.fourcornershotels.com.