Perhaps the best stopover for cruise passengers along the Mediterranean is the magical Barcelona. The city of Gaudi and one of the most loved cities in Europe, Barcelona offers infinite reasons to stop and discover its marvels. Most Mediterranean cruises stop in the city, taking advantage of its magnificent natural and cultural heritage. Tourists stopping for a few hours or a full day in Barcelona will surely have a hard time deciding what to visit first and will definitely want to return in order to experience all the treasures of the city. Reaching the port, there are some attractions that shouldn’t be missed in the neighborhoods closer to the sea and plenty of things to do in Barcelona.
Coming from the sea, it’d only be obvious to pay a visit to the Monument to Columbus, a beautiful 50 meter tall column, with Columbus showing the way towards America. Starting from the Monument, the main commercial boulevard of Barcelona start and heads to the city. La Rambla is a shopping heaven and a great option for relaxing at a cafe or restaurant. Along the Rambla Boulevard, tourists can stop for a visit in the Reial Square, at the old Church of Pi, up until the Catalunya Square, one of the centers of Barcelona. From here, head over towards the Roman heart of the city, where the Barcelona Cathedral is a must see attraction.
Still in the areas close to the beach, cruise ship tourists should visit the Parc de la Ciutadella, the Barceloneta traditional quarter, the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral or the History of Catalunya Museum. All of these and many others are exquisite attractions and offer a unique experience. Going further into the city, two of the most famous landmarks of the city are the Sagrada Familia Basilica, with its intricate towers and impressive architectural details, and the Picasso Museum, where art lovers will discover many of the masterpieces of the great Picasso.
Another option during a cruise stop visit of Barcelona is the Montjuic Hill, with its magnificent castle and interesting museums. These are just the most important attractions of Barcelona that should not be missed during a visit. As you might know, the city is filled with beautiful churches, small monuments, charming traditional streets, interesting museums and art galleries, as well as many other wonderful places.
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