Things to do in Barcelona close to Park Güell
When choosing to take some time out in Barcelona a visitor has a plethora of options when it comes to interests and activities. The list of things to do in Barcelona is truly immense and spans the interests of every generational and cultural requirement. Because the weather in Barcelona is considered mild Mediterranean, for a large percentage of the year both outside and inside activities are accessible to all.
Most visitors to the city are probably thinking about the attractions created by the famous, modernist architect Sr Antonio Gaudí y Cornet, or more commonly referred to as just Gaudí, like La Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, more commonly referred to as La Sagrada Famila or the extraordinary Park Güell, more commonly referred to as, Park Güell. While the works of Sr Gaudí should not be understated, underappreciated or overlooked, there are a lot more things to do in Barcelona than just to appreciate the Gaudí-esque feast. To enter any of Gaudí’s big four, La Sagrada Famila, Park Güell, La Casa Mila (La Pedrera) or La Casa Batlló you must generally stand in a queue and pay for the privilege, Park Güell being the exception with Park Güell tickets only required for the central, monumental part of the park, but there is so much more to be experienced in and around the city.
Time out in Barcelona
Speaking as a Norther European I find that the weather in Barcelona means that any time of year you can enjoy the outdoor style of living, just sitting in the terrace of a bar or café watching the world go by and contemplating the many things to do in Barcelona is a great pleasure when you’re not freezing to the bone with white-caps in your beer like back home. Time out in Barcelona can really be enjoyed by all walks of life. For example, if you’re a die-hard football fan, FC Barcelona, need I say more, if you have a passion for history there’s over 55 museums to choose from, and for the art lover there’s a similar number of art galleries, plenty for the budding critic to seize upon. If you prefer beaches, with or without bars, you will find them from Barceloneta to Badalona and from Llobregat to Gava. If, for you, time out in Barcelona means nightclubs, cocktail bars, shows and dancing till dawn you’ll be hard pressed to experience all the available blue-chip venues in a week. There’s even the IceBar, where, in August, you can leave the high thirties of temperature behind and savour a quality vodka as it should be experienced, in glass made of ice, in a room at minus five degrees. And, if gastronomy is your thing, well! Your list of things to do in Barcelona must include at least one of the twenty-three Michelin starred restaurants available in the city, not to mention the countless other eateries where you may have to rely on more the good food and excellent selection of wines to make you see stars.
If you do come to Barcelona, you will visit Tourisimo
If you do come to Barcelona, after you’ve bought your Park Güell tickets and queued for hours for a peep inside La Sagrada Familia, you should cast your eyes further than the, admittedly beautiful, architecture of the city. Barcelona is touched by the blue Mediterranean on the South East side and the hills of La Parc Natural de Collserola to the North and West. Both of these offer fantastic opportunities for fun and adventure. Form Sailing, diving, boating and generally aquatic activities on one hand to exploring nature, getting away from it all and having the best views and photo opportunities imaginable on the other, there is no want of things to do in Barcelona which are not so “run-of-the-mill”. The company, Tourisimo offer tours to the hills of the Collserola natural park form their base close to Park Güell. They even offer a tour which includes an ascent to the observation deck of the communications tower, La Torre de Collserola, which stands 560 meters a.s.l. overlooking the entire city of Barcelona. Tourisimo offer “The Hollywood Hills” experience of Barcelona and it’s easy to see how it got that name. The geography is strikingly similar, really not that far from it.
So, come to Catalunya, choose from any of your favorite things to do in Barcelona, or try something completely new.