view of Barcelona sunset from Turo de la Rovira

sunset view of Barcelona from an unknown spot by tourists

 

Whether you’re just staying for days or a few weeks, it’s best to be prepared and have an idea of the best things to do and see in Barcelona considering how massive this city is. Here are the top five best things you MUST do that I personally recommend to all my friends visiting this fabulous city during their eurotrip. It includes this secret viewing point that most tourists don’t know about so read on!

 

1. Eat, Drink, and Party at Placa Reial

I love hanging out in this beautiful square called Placa Reial. Here you can find more traditional Spanish cafes and Catalan restaurants where you can just chill with a jar of Sangria or  clara with some of the best local dishes available and just sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

The square is also the epicenter of some of Barcelona’s best night clubs. It is also a place where you can watch live Flamenco performances.

I love the vibe of Placa Reial, made cooler by the palm trees dotting it. My advice? Grab a beer, hangout at the fountain and soak in the medieval atmosphere of this place.

 

Place Reial fountain Barcelona

Place Reial realness



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2. Get lost in the maze of El Born & El Barrio Gotico

If you want to get away from the touristy spots and discover less touristy Barcelona, then walk through the dirty yet beautiful and thrilling alleyways of El Born and El Gotico.

El Born would be your place to stroll around if you’re looking for more quirky shops, local art and booze. El Barrio Gotico meanwhile is like traveling back in time when you’re surrounded by its gothic architecture and picturesque streets.

You can check out Picasso’s museum, local galleries and the historical buildings around by day; have a glass of cava and an order of tapas after siesta; and lastly, sample the bars late at night.

It’s also great to find accommodation in this parts of the city because it’s very central. You can look for some hostels or apartments for rent through Oh Barcelona for instance.

 

graffitis in Barcelona

love graffitis!

 

3. Have a picnic or watch the sunset at Turo de la Rovira viewpoint

OK, I’ll tell you one big secret: Turo de la Rovira is the best place to have breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona. The place is pretty remote and it’s sort of complicated to access so only a few people know about this viewpoint and you will rarely see a tourist there.

How did I know about it? From my Spanish bestfriend who lives in Barcelona, of course.

One day he decided to take me to this place when I visited him for the first time in winter. It was late in the afternoon when we took the bus and hiked there so it was a bit cold and windy but my god, the views made it all worth the effort of going there and climbing it.

I mean look:

Turo de la Rovira viewpoint of Barcelona

To the left is Torre Agbar and to the right is Sagrada Familia

 

Torre Agbar viewpoint

the phallic Torre Agbar

 

graffiti art all over the viewing point

graffiti art all over the viewing point



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Why is this the best viewpoint in Barcelona? Because you can see almost the entirety of the city from it. Because you can watch the sunset over Barcelona with a panoramic 360 degree view of the city. You can also see all the important landmarks of Barcelona like Sagrada Familia, Torre Mapfre, Torre Agbar, Tibidado and almost any outstanding building in the skyline of the city that you can think of. You can even see Las Ramblas and the main highway if you look closely. That’s how awesome this viewpoint is!

 

Turo de la Rovira viewpoint sunset viewing

This is how it feels to be on top of the world ;P

 

How do you get there? OK, I did say it is kind of complicated to get there but actually it’s not that complicated. The best way to get to this viewpoint is via public buses. You can take buses 24, 28, 92, 86 or 119 to the last stop. And then hike up for around 15 minutes.

 

top view of Barcelona at night

Barcelona comes alive at night from this viewing point

 

4. Grab a drink, get a tan and ogle hot people at Barcelona’s beaches

I have to say that Barcelona is probably the best beach city in Europe. There’s a beach for everyone and the perpetual buzz of the beach life makes it impossible not to feel exhilarated.

Just from El Born, you can head towards the harbour and Barcelona’s most popular beach, Barceloneta. It may look like the usual with its expensive drinks, loud reggae music and the people overcrowding the strip but it’s still worth visiting as you stroll around or just lie down till the day ends. Discover more as you go further away from Barceloneta to Port Olimpica or to the nudist beach, Marbella.

There’s so much happening in the beach that it’s almost impossible to not feel excited. The beaches are also full of hotties, both local and international, so ogle all you want as you sip your poison of choice while working on your tan. Don’t be shy to chitchat and make new friends.

 

Barceloneta beach

Super crowded = lots of hotties! ;P

 

5. Marvel at Gaudí’s grand designs

You can not NOT go to Barcelona without seeing Gaudi’s amazeballs art.

Barcelona is probably an enormous life-size canvas of Gaudi’s art. Experience the breathtaking interiors and structure of Sagrada Familia; taking a close look at every sculpture of flora, fauna or human figure that collectively shows Christ’s early years.

In addition, Park Guell’s magical design and the amazing view of Barcelona and the sea at its peak is something that shouldn’t be missed. There’s also La Pedrera, a masterpiece on the outside and more on the inside with its three exhibition spaces for Gaudi and other artists’ works. Don’t even dare to forget looking up to the roof or view more from the roof itself.

 

Sagrada Familia at night Barcelona

Sagrada Familia at night

 

 

P.S. Don’t forget to eat Filipinos! ;P

eat Filipino cookies

” eat Filipinos and you’ll see” – Portuguese commercial for this cookies

 

Photo credits: me my friend Ismael and Marcel Germain.

#glomad = global nomad or, glamorous global nomad ;P

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  1. Devour Barcelona Food Tours August 22, 2014 at 6:21 PM #

    Totally agree that Turo de la Rovira is amazing! Next time you’re in town definitely check out Casa Vicens– a lesser known Gaudi work and a hidden treasure.

  2. Irene December 3, 2013 at 4:53 AM #

    I love Bcn! Don’t forget about Gaudi’s Casa Batlló! Every time I pass by I can’t take my eyes away from it…Love Gaudi!
    You wanna know a nice place to eat (and cheap!)? –> look for Tucco Real Food it’s a homemade pasta restaurant runned by argentinians. Best pasta with delicious sauce and near the Ramblas!

    • DJ Yabis December 3, 2013 at 7:17 AM #

      Thanks for the tips Irene. WIll check it out when I’m back again ;D

  3. Ac | iwandered.net November 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM #

    great tip on the panoramic view! i struggled to find a decent ine. the best view I got was from sagrada familia and I could also see torre agbar from there but was partially covered by the church towers.

    • DJ Yabis November 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM #

      Thanks! It was definitely one of my favorite viewing spot in Barcelona ;D

  4. Claire | Traveling Light August 16, 2013 at 8:33 PM #

    Barcelona is one of my top two dream places in Europe! =) Definitely taking note of your article. Will refer to here again when the time comes. ;-)

    By the way, how long is the bus ride to Turo de la Rovira? =)

    • DJ Yabis August 17, 2013 at 3:56 AM #

      It definitely should be in your top places to visit, Claire. It’s not that far. From what I remember it should be 30 mins or less, depending on where you are coming from.

  5. Gay Travel Herald June 28, 2013 at 6:35 AM #

    Great job covering a few of the multitude of amazing things that you can do in Barcelona. 2 thumbs up!

  6. maia rueda June 13, 2013 at 3:03 AM #

    too bad I didn’t know about the Filipinos when I went there last march..lol.

    • DJ Yabis June 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM #

      There’s always a next time Maia! :P

  7. gabi klaf (the nomadic family) June 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM #

    ok, so i love it. i love what you look like on top of the world, and love the penis shaped building. too funny. and the beach… thanks, gabi

  8. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family May 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM #

    Barcelona is one of my all-time top bucket list destinations… I never seem to be able to get there though!

  9. Larissa May 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM #

    Great summary, DJ!

  10. Freya May 30, 2013 at 4:19 AM #

    Excellent photos and tips, DJ. I, too, love Gaudi’s work! Will be bookmarking this for future reference. By the way, how do Filipinos taste like? ;)

    • DJ Yabis May 30, 2013 at 5:16 AM #

      Thanks Freya! Filipinos are sweet and tots yum! ;P

  11. Adam May 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

    I was just in Barcelona the other weekend and tried to do a lot of what you’ve put in this guide…but the weather did not cooperate! But I know I’ll be back in BCN – it’s one of those cities I can always see myself returning to

    • DJ Yabis May 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM #

      The weather sucked even in May? That’s too bad. Yes, you can always go back. Summer is nice but it can be too crowded.

  12. Micki May 29, 2013 at 12:59 AM #

    Great tips! We were in Spain this year, and I’m still sad that I missed seeing Gaudi’s great buildings. Love the photos!

    • DJ Yabis May 29, 2013 at 1:25 AM #

      Thanks Micki. You can always go back ;P

  13. Kathryn May 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM #

    Stunning view of the city. Love the different shots. You’ve just created a new tourist sight!

    • DJ Yabis May 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM #

      Haha I know. I was wondering if I should blog about it or not but what the hell, people deserves to know about this spot ;P

  14. Val @ThisWayToParadise May 28, 2013 at 7:43 AM #

    Barcelona is one of my favorite cities ever!! Good job on covering the highlights!

    • DJ Yabis May 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM #

      Thanks Val. Any secret tips you can share?

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