Decades ago, when people go to Spain the last place they would go to was Barcelona. Rumor has it that it was not until the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona got a serious makeover revitalized this now energetic city to what it is now. Due to this makeover, the major attractions in Barcelona became the most visited places in Spain. During my visit, I found those places very crowded, filled with people even for January. Here are some of the most crowded places in Barcelona.
Las Ramblas – between souvenir shops, flower shops, and food stands, many people flok here in Las Ramblas, even on Sundays. On either side of the street, you can also find clothing boutiques, restaurants, pharmacies and cafes. There are always people walking around in Las Ramblas day and night.
Plaza de Catalunya – When I went to this square just off of Las Ramblas, there were teenagers playing music and dancing and parents with their children playing with pigeons. There are also people in benches and steps simply relaxing during the day. The tourist information office is located under the square for visitors needing help with what to do in Barcelona.
Casa Battlo – This is the famous Gaudi house that you often see in postcards and guidebooks. This is why everybody wants to see it why in Barcelona. The admission lines to this places could be a mile along, so plan accordingly when going here, or better yet, buy tickets online prior to visiting.
Casa Mila/La Pedrera – The other Gaudi house just down the street from the Casa Battlo. There are always a large group of people tour groups and such in front of this house taking photos of the building including me. There is also a restaurant at the ground floor of the building so it could get crowded her especially during lunch and dinner.
La Sagrada Familia – This is probably the most visited church in Spain and it’s not even finished yet. Because of it ongoing construction plus the people visiting, crowd control is a must here. There are several ushers and security people here at this church which is necessary to help construction workers continue building Gaudi’s masterpiece.
Park Guell – another Gaudi creation this one located on top of a hill in Barcelona. Entrance to this park is timed and orderly for crowd control. There are also security personnel inside the park to make sure there is no one creates trouble. But people still go here because they want to see Gaudi’s mad genius. Today, the mosaic tile design of this park is copied by almost every designer all over the world.
Now that Barcelona is considered a must-see city in Spain, visitors are now flocking to this seaside city. Tourism is good for the local economy. One thing we visitors have to remember is we can go to these crowded places but never forget to visit the lesser known and underrated landmarks of the cities you visit.