7 Barcelona Shore Excursions That Are Worth Giving a Try
Going to Barcelona and trying to see everything in a short time while your cruiser is in the port can be a real challenge.
Obviously, most tourists go to the usual places such as the Gaudi cathedral Sagrada Familia, Montjuïc, the vast shopping street La Rambla, and the old city area.
Of course, these places are worth your time, and you should not skip them by any means, but Barcelona offers far more than these typically touristy places.
If Barcelona is your next destination and you are dying to see the best of it, but don’t know where to start, here are my suggestions.
1. Tour around the city – Most tourists would want to see the city in general, without worrying whether they would miss anything. If this is your idea of seeing Barcelona, you have two options, creating the tour by yourself, or hiring an agency that will organize everything for you. Depending on how much time you have in the port, I believe it’s smarter to book a tour (for more info visit BarcelonaExclusivePrivateTours company). Such trips will organize your transport from and to your cruiser (or hotel); they also offer guides and get you to the best and most popular locations. You will avoid waiting in queues, walking, or commuting from one place to another and get to learn everything you need to know about each site.
2. Camp Nou Stadium – If you are a fan of football, especially of the Catalan team Barcelona, then you really cannot miss this grand stadium. It is practically a sports museum, with halls dedicated especially to the football club (also handball and other sports). But the great thing is to go up on the bleachers; the place is enormous.
3. Montserrat – There are many walking tours in the monastery. The name translates to “saw mountain” and is Catalonia’s significant religious place. The view from above is breathtaking, so if you are into religion and seeing one of the few black Madonnas in Europe, then this is the place to visit.
4. Park Güell – It’s crazy to go to Barcelona and not go to Park Güell. Located on Barcelona’s hill, this place is like no other; Gaudi created a colorful jigsaw of colors, statues, and towers. The park is a UNESCO heritage and was open in 1926.
5. Montjuïc – There are many ways to get there (by bus, funicular, cable car or cab). I suggest you hop on a cable car and enjoy your ride watching Barcelona from above. When you arrive on the hill, you get to see the entire city; enjoy your time by exploring the castle, or rest in some of the restaurants.
6. Gothic Quarter – Located right in the heart of the old part of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter is one of the most popular areas of the city. What makes this place so unique is the fact that some of the buildings date back to Roman times. Here you will see the Bisbe Irurita Street, perhaps one of the most photographed streets of Barcelona. It is the street with the neo-gothic bridge El Pont del Bisbe (Bishop’s Bridge), build in 1929. The Gothic Quarter is the place where the History Museum of Barcelona is located. This corner holds buildings that date back to the 14th century.
7. Cooking tour – If you would rather spend your time eating delicious food and learning to cook Catalan and Spanish specialties, then a cooking tour would be an ideal choice for you.
You will learn everything from buying the perfect ingredients, to preparing delicious paella as if you were a born Spaniard.