Barcelona city sightseeing car

Barcelona sightseeing by car is not always the easiest due to normal city traffic, navigation and parking, but luckily public transport in the city is cheap, reliable and will get you almost anywhere.

Barcelona city sights

With an incredible amount of architecture to appreciate and some great sightseeing, this city has to be included as a favourite destination in any self-respecting tour of Europe. Barcelona City sights are up there to rival the best cities on the continent, but Barcelona has much more.

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Together with all the normal tourist tat and overpriced, main street eateries, there are little gems everywhere just a block or two off the beaten path. The areas of Born, Barri Gotic, Raval and Barceloneta hide a myriad of local treasures where you find authentic food and products not destined for the tourist market.

The main architectural attractions, and many of those the works of course, Sr Antoni Gaudi, are quite centrally placed.

On the upmarket shopping street of Passeig de Gràcia you will find the famous buildings La Casa Mila and La Casa Batllo only a short walk apart.

Just a few blocks or “manzanas” through the area known as L’eixample, or “the expansion” you will come across Gaudi’s singular masterpiece, La Sagrada Família. Building on La Sagrada Famila was originally started in 1883 and it was consecrated as a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

Construction of La Sagrada Familia continues in the inimitable, modernist, art nouveau style of Gaudi to this day and is set to be complete by 2026, 100 years after Gaudí’s passing.

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With countless other buildings, museums and historical spaces to see Barcelona is a very rewarding city for someone with an interest in history and/or architecture.

If you prefer a more natural environment no Barcelona city sightseeing car tour would be complete without a trip to the Park Natural de Collserola.

From this high ground, 350 meters above the city you can see all the city sights and take advantage of the best photo opportunities available.

The company Tourisimo can take you to all the hidden hilltop places to really appreciate sightseeing in Barcelona and for the more adventurous, even take you on a tour which includes a visit to the Collserola tower, La Torre de Collserola.

No visit for city sightseeing would be complete without recording the views and vistas from this iconic tower. At 560 meters above sea level sightseeing in Barcelona has never been better and you don’t need a bus tour to accomplish it.

Your Tourisimo guided tour, driving one of their fleet of 100% electric Renault Twizys will really make your visit to the city complete.

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Sightseeing Barcelona

This beautiful city, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city dating back to pre-Roman times.

It’s a sightseer’s dream with its medieval, gothic quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde architecture, art and culture.

The iconic works by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner are among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and when considering sightseeing Barcelona, they are well worth braving the queues to see.

Emblematic constructions like La Sagrada Familia, La Casa Vincens, La Casa Batllo and La Casa Mila are all world-famous Barcelona architecture.

The current city’s origins are considered Roman but there is evidence of successive settlements in and around the same area dating back to Neolithic times.

Barcelona’s geographic location, long history and economic dynamism mean it has always been a thriving, cosmopolitan city.

Originally prized for its position on a fertile, coastal plain between the rivers of EL Besos and El LLobregat, and protected from the interior by the ridge of La Sierra de Collserola, the city had a lot to attract early settlement.

Today continues to attract travellers, visitors and those wanting to make the city their home in huge numbers.

Last year the local tourist board reported that the city enjoyed close to 30 million visitors, let’s see why.

The current city’s origins are considered Roman but there is evidence of successive settlements in and around the same area dating back to Neolithic times.

Barcelona’s geographic location, long history and economic dynamism mean it has always been a thriving, cosmopolitan city.

Originally prized for its position on a fertile, coastal plain between the rivers of EL Besos and El LLobregat, and protected from the interior by the ridge of La Sierra de Collserola, the city had a lot to attract early settlement.

Today continues to attract travellers, visitors and those wanting to make the city their home in huge numbers.

Last year the local tourist board reported that the city enjoyed close to 30 million visitors, let’s see why.

Things to see in Barcelona

Simply, there are too many things to do in Barcelona to list them all here, a list of things to see and what to do in Barcelona would fill volumes.

Like most tourist cities, there are activities, experiences and tours of every kind imaginable to take advantage of, Barcelona bus tours, hop-on-hop-off tours, boat trips, walking tours, bike tours, tapas tours and some world class museums and galleries.

There are many private guided tours, either on foot, or for the more discerning visitor by coach, luxury mini-bus or limousine, as the budget allows.

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If one does not want to be led by one of the many professional tourist guides, just strolling around the streets of Barcelona will bring surprises at every turn.

From a leisurely walk down the upmarket shopping area of Passeig de Graica you will arrive at the central point of Plaça Catalunya.

From there continue down Las Ramblas, visit the incredible working market of La Boqueria and the old quarters of La Raval and El Born on either side.

In the pedestrian streets in the old quarter there are green spaces, alleyways and hidden plaças galore. In the old fisherman’s quarter of Barceloneta, there is a splendid marina and seafront with a range of modern facilities and attractions.

All this is a reflection of the city’s multi-faceted character, a city which has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future.

Things to see

Away from the city centre, but close enough to visit in an hour or two are some natural but equally interesting and fulfilling attractions.

The range of hills inland from the city make up one of the largest urban parks in the world, the 8,000 hectare, Park Natural de Collserola.

The park boasts thousands of species of flora and fauna, including families of Pork Sanglars, or wild pigs. Perched on the hill nearest the city is the Basilica de Tibidabo, this publicly accessible, cathedral-like structure can be seen from most parts of the city and is surrounded by one of the oldest, continuously operating amusement parks in the world.

Opened in 1905, the Park de Attraciones de Tibidabo still attracts young and old alike. To the left of Tibidabo, looking from the city, is the telecommunications tower, La Torre de Collserola. This iconic tower was designed by the renown British architect, Sir Norman Foster and opened for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

It features an observation deck at 560 meters above sea level and offers views and photo opportunities of the entire city of Barcelona and most of the region of the same name. The tower has quite restrictive pubic opening hours but even if it is not available to visit, a tour of the Collserola hills is well worth the visit.

While there is very limited public transport to this area you can take advantage of a sightseeing tour with TOURISIMO Barcelona. www.tourisimo.es.

Tourisimo is a small company with a base in the suburb of Graica, only 50 meters from the famous Park Güell which provides self-drive, guided tours to the high ground at the back of the city. On a Tourisimo eco-tour, guests drive one of a fleet of two-seater, 100% electric micro-cars and follow a guide in another vehicle up and out of the city to the hills above.

These cool tours were referred to by a client as the “Hollywood Hills Experience of Barcelona”. As you wind up mountain-esque and quite roads overlooking the city, the views just keep getting better as you ascend.

With stops at various “miradores”, or scenic lookouts and visits to the Collserola tower when it’s open, a Tourisimo tour will provide you with a very different and exciting way to see Barcelona.

So, if you are thinking about doing a bit of sightseeing in this city, or if you are looking for even more things to do in Barcelona, try a Tourisimo tour, an adventure that you will not forget.

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