Why visit Barcelona on your end of the year trip? The city of Barcelona has many reasons to visit it. It is such a beautiful and unique city, which stands out for its modernist architecture, the central Rambla full of stalls and lively streets, its different neighborhoods, beaches and views, museums, culture, hundreds of bars, markets and shops of all kinds, etc.
Middle school and high school students will fall in love with the city for its atmosphere and for the excursions you can make during the trip. Check out the reasons to visit Barcelona for your end-of-year trip.
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city that satisfies different types of preferences: cultural visits for those interested in knowledge, walks through the different parks for nature lovers, markets and squares for social people, bars and clubs for partiers… If you still lack reasons to choose Barcelona as a destination for your end-of-year trip, read on and you will see that there is no better option.
For its modernist architecture
Barcelona has achieved its own style and express all its art through Modernism. This style was brought to the city by Antonio Gaudí, who is the star artist of this city. Thanks to his influence, and the subsequent work of architects such as Rogent, Domènech or Puig, Barcelona today can boast of having more than 100 places of modernist architecture.
Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century it was the home of the so-called Catalan modernism, an architectural, plastic, design and decoration style. The source of inspiration for this movement was the idea of nature: all the elements that surround us were to be integrated into the buildings in the form of architectural elements: birds, flowers, leaves and lots of color. Modernist architecture is definitely one of the main reasons to visit Barcelona on your school trip. Some of the buildings you can visit on your modernist route are:
- La Sagrada Familia
- Milà House
- Batlló House
- Park Güell
- The Palau de la Música Catalana
- Comalat House
For its Historical Center
This city is not defined exclusively by its modernist architecture, as we have been commenting throughout the practical guide to Barcelona. There is much more. If on your tour you visit the oldest districts, such as the Born or the Gothic Quarter, you will see the historical and medieval Barcelona: its grandiose churches, the ruins of the Born or the old buildings.
The district that comprises the historic districts of Barcelona is Ciutat Vella, composed of the neighborhoods of Raval, the Born, the Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta, and bounded by the Mediterranean Sea in the southernmost part of the city and bordered by Plaza de Catalunya, Plaza Universidad and Plaza Urquinaona to the north. Basically, it includes the liveliest areas of the city and receives the most tourist visits per year. The atmosphere in every corner, street and commerce is the true essence of this city of nuances. We tell you what you can visit in this district:
- Boqueria Market
- La Rambla
- Güell Palace
- Via Laietana
- Sant Jaume Square and City Hall
- Picasso Museum
- Born Cultural Center
- Palau de la Música Catalana
- Cathedral of Santa Eulalia of Barcelona
- Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
- Pi Church
- Santa Catalina Market
For its parks
Why visit Barcelona? Another reason to visit the city on your New Year’s Eve trip are its parks. There are numerous parks and gardens distributed throughout the city: urban, historical and thematic. They offer a great place to disconnect from the hectic life of the city and where it would be a great idea to have a picnic and rest after a long cultural visit.
One of its most popular parks, and one of the hallmarks of Barcelona, is Parc Güell. It is a public park with gardens and architectural elements located in the upper part of the city of Barcelona. The park owes its name to Eusebi Güell, a wealthy businessman who was passionate about Gaudí’s works and acted as his main patron. The original idea when it was built was to create a luxury residential complex, although it was eventually developed as a fairytale park. It was inaugurated in 1922 and has become one of the main tourist attractions. In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Parc de la Ciutadella, one of the most visited.
The Parc de la Ciutadella, on the other side of the city, is a family park and a daily passerby, thanks to its location in the center of the city and very close to the seafront. It is known for housing the city zoo, the Castle of the Three Dragons and above all, its monumental fountain. It is one of the largest in the city and next to it is located the beautiful and original Triumphal Arch of the city.
Another of the most important parks in the city is the Parc de Montjuic. Here you can find the Museum of Archeology and the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. Also, there we can find the Botanical Garden, the Spanish Village and the old Olympic city. In addition, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic has a light and music show on the nights of high season. It is well worth a visit to this great park!
For its beaches
Since the 90s there was a recovery and care of the beaches of Barcelona that have resulted in what is now an enviable coastline. Along the coastline of Barcelona there is a long promenade that runs along all the beaches (which can be done by bike so you do not miss any of them) and beach bars along the coast. You can also do all kinds of water sports in them, and in the Port Olimpic, to make the most of the coastal experience. We recommend some of the most relevant beaches:
- Sant Miguel
- Sant Sebastià
- Nova Icària
- Mar Bella
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