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  • Writer's pictureRosie Dietrich

Things to do, eat, drink, photograph while in Barcelona

If you have followed me for a while, you probably have realized that I absolutely love Barcelona. While I visited a lot of Europe 20 years ago, Spain had eluded me until about 4 years ago. And just like I suspected, I absolutely fell in love with Barcelona. There are so many things to enjoy - whether it is visiting the popular sights, or just enjoying the fresh food and drink. There's no city like Barcelona. It is all of the feelings. It can be calm and lively, aggressive and peaceful, quaint and contemporary, historic and modern. It can rival any big city's hustle and bustle, then turn the corner and find a quiet neighbourhood cafe, or walk down to miles of beach to enjoy after work or on the weekend.

Spend a couple of days before you embark on a Mediterranean cruise or as a stop on a bus tour, or take a full week to enjoy the city. Barcelona must be enjoyed for a few days at a minimum.

So when you arrive, here are some of the things that you must visit, do, eat, drink and make sure you photograph.

Bucket List Things To Do

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  • Visit the Picasso Museum

  • Visit the fairies themed bar

  • Learn how to salsa for free

  • Take a chupito or two

  • Wander through the Gothic Quarter

  • Hike up Montjuïc

  • See a Flamenco show

  • Take a day trip to Montserrat

Fun Things To Do While Travelling With Family

  • Take a tour at the Museu De La Xocolata

  • Hop on the magical carousel at the Tibidabo Amusement Park

  • Watch a movie under the stars

  • Watch talented young skaters in front of MACBA

  • Play beach volleyball at Barceloneta

  • Join a free walking tour

Foods to Try

  • Bombas

  • Blistered Peppers

  • Spanish Omelet

  • Manchego Cheese

  • Pa and tomàquet

  • Croquettas

  • Bocadillos

  • Paella

  • Gazpacho

Drinks to try

  • Sangria

  • Cava

  • Leche de Pantera

  • Vermouth

  • Beer (Cerveza)

Photography Hot Spots

  • Sagrada Familia

  • Casa Batlló

  • The Magic Fountain

  • Mercado de la Boqueria

  • La Barceloneta

  • The Gothic Quarter

  • Arc de Triomf

  • Palau de la Música Catalana

Does anything on this list stand out? What are you interested in the most? Have you been to Barcelona? What was your favourite memory from your trip?

I can certainly see myself retiring here. I love the atmosphere, the sights, and most definitely the food.

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