Top Barcelona Sights Around The Hipstel
When you come to a new city you want to see as many new and exciting sights as possible. You don’t want to spend your precious time getting lost while changing metro lines and explaining the bus driver where you want to get off. Having that in mind, we chose a location for the hostel which is in the very center of Barcelona, and surrounded by must-see sights for any first-time Barcelona visitor.
These are the Barcelona sights and good spots within 15 minutes of walking distance if you’re staying at the Hipstel hostel.
You’ve probably seen an interesting building with tile mosaics and a roof that resembles the dragon’s scales on many Barcelona guides and postcards. Well, that’s Casa Battlo, one of two Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces in the vicinity of our hostel! Known as House of Bones (spooky!) Casa Batllo is inspired by marine life and full of fantastic details. The building is one of the most Instagrammed places in the city, according to Barcelona Eat Local. It is located in Passeig de Gràcia, one corner away from the Hipstel.
Casa Mila also known as La Pedrera (meaning stone quarry) is another must-see modernist building by Antoni Gaudi. These weird-looking chimneys in the featured photo are located on the building’s roof! Not any less peculiar and unique than the previously mentioned Casa Batllo, it is also one of the hottest Barcelona sights for those who want to share a photo on Instragram. Did we mention that it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List? It’s that exceptional! Casa Mila is also situated in Passeig de Gràcia.
In every city, there is a main pedestrian street in the very center. In Barcelona, it’s La Rambla! The most crowded street (especially during the high tourist season), full of travellers and attractions. Probably everyone who ever visited Barcelona had at least one stroll through this 1,2 km long street. You can find various street artists, souvenirs and stalls selling ice cream, churros, and drinks, as well as some of the hot spots such as the renowned La Boqueria market, The Gran Teatre del Liceu, the oldest theatre in Barcelona, and Erotic Museum. La Rambla is long, but you can reach the northern part of the street from our hostel in 10-15 minutes.
The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was «the only street in the world which I wish would never end.
Placa de Catalunya
Placa de Catalunya is a large, lively square which is generally considered to be THE center of the city. It is the favorite meeting point of both locals and tourist, probably due to it being a transport hub. However, it is much more than that – any history buff will know why. At the square, you can find fountains (lovely at night), sculptures, cafes and shops. It is around 10 minutes away from the Hipstel.
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