Things to Do Near La Sagrada Familia Featured

Explore the heart of Barcelona.

by Naomi Vakharia

 One of the most famous sites in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia. One of the world’s most treasured works, it is one of the only massive art installations that is paid for through public funding. Every visitor, annually approximations of around 20 million guests, pays for ticket which contributes to the funding of its highly anticipated completion. This church can be seen in most photos of Barcelona, but those pictures cannot do this justice. To truly appreciate this awe-inspiring masterpiece, you should visit it in person. Additionally, there are a number of other places to see and visit around this sector of Barcelona- from restaurants to historical sites, you can fill your day to the brim with activities around La Sagrada Familia.

Casa Angela

After visiting the magnificent landmark, satisfy your hunger at the renowned tapas bar, Casa Angela. Famous for its tapas and paella, this local spot is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try the patatas bravas and croquettes for a savory treat. It has a unique atmosphere created by vintage decor and provides guests the option to eat on one of their two terraces, with views of Antoni Gaudi’s works (have your phone ready to snap photos).

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Passeig de Sant Joan

Stroll down one of Barcelona’s famous avenues, Passeig de Sant Joan. A local favorite, this spot begins at the Arc de Triomf and ends in the popular Travessera de Gracia neighborhood. The street is lined with a gardens, sculptures, and traditional restaurants. It mirrors the young and still historical atmosphere that floods the streets of Barcelona. Sometimes the smaller moments make a bigger impact and this avenue is the perfect way to experience those perfect moments of happiness. Interact with local culture and experience a different side of Barcelona, where contemporary and cultural clash to make a unique experience.

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Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site

Formerly a hospital built in the 15th century, this establishment has been transformed as an art-nouveau site. Only a stone’s throw away from La Sagrada Familia, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is unlike any other in Barcelona. With gardens hidden from the busy city and beautiful architecture, a visit here is highly recommended.

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Old Fashioned Gin & Cocktail Bar

Wrap up your culturally adventurous afternoon with an aperitif. Barcelona’s Old Fashioned Gin & Cocktail Bar offers clients a unique, nostalgic experience. Its trendy vintage atmosphere reflects a traditional “speakeasy,” which is perfected with jazz and swing music. Known for its gin and tonic drinks, this bar also offers unique cocktail concoctions, like “Anything Goes” which is served in a smoking pipe. Sample beers and wines alongside charcuterie boards of Spanish meats and cheeses.

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