There are so many historic buildings to see- the monastery, the theatre, schools, etc. It’s worth researching and reading about in advance, and then paying attention to your bags while you identify the landmarks on your walk. But, the true joy may be people watching. At one point people paid to sit in the chairs just to watch the parade of people. Lucky for us they are now free, but hard to snag, and Mack pretty much loved standing and sitting in one and watching people starting/ending their walk.
I’d also highly recommend patronizing the market located in the middle, La Boqueria.
The fresh juice was the best we’ve had, and if you walk further back in the market tent, the better the deal you can get!
Someone had his first taste, and we’ve had a little mango addict every since!
We enjoyed some really delicious empanadas, which are also abundant at the market.
La Rambla is great, and definitely a must-see, but walking around the surrounding areas to the nearest subway is definitely time well spent!
We loved running into the Arch de Triumph, which was built for the 1888 World Fair. It’s such a cool piece of history to walk right under and imagine the nations being welcomed to Spain via this arch.
The architecture of Barcelona is so beautiful and has a unique style, that it’s so worth your time to walk around the Gothic district and shop and ohh-and-ahhh at the buildings, as well as enjoy the neighborhoods between the Arch and La Rambla. Whatever you do, put this on the top of your list after La Sagrada Familia, it’s such a beautiful piece of Spanish history!