5 Instaworthy Things To Do In Barcelona, Spain

If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona, here are some Instaworthy places to check out when you’re there.

1. Boqueria Market

Rambla, 91 08001 Barcelona, Tel: +34 933 182 584, Opening Hours: 8am – 8.30pm (Monday to Saturday) 

The Boqueria Market in the La Rambla area is one of the most popular food markets in Europe, so it’s definitely worth a visit when you’re in Barcelona. The market has everything from fresh juice to Spanish ham, and you can even have lunch at many of the stalls if there’s space by the counter. The market is really crowded though, so watch your bag carefully.

Instaworthy rating: 5/5 – There are so many stalls selling colourful (and photogenic) desserts…And we all know that desserts make the best kind of #foodporn photos right?

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2. Park Güell

Carrer d’Olot, s/n, 08024 Barcelona, Tel: +34 902 200 302, Opening Hours: 8.30am – 6pm daily (Autumn/Winter) or 8.30am – 8pm/9pm (Spring/Summer), Check here for updates on opening hours

We’re not exactly architecture buffs, but it seems Park Güell is one of those places you have to check out when you’re in Barcelona. The park was designed by famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, and was actually meant to be a cluster of high-quality homes. Sadly, the project didn’t work out, so Gaudí just kinda hung out there alone. It was later converted into a public park.

Instaworthy rating: 3.5/5 – A good place to take OOTDs because there are many walls with interesting textures and colours. Plus, you can caption your photo with something like “Gaudí’s work was simply amazing!” and people will think you’re really cool and cultured.

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3. El Born Centre Cultural

Plaça Comercial, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Tel: +34 932 566 851, Opening Hours: 10am – 6.45pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

As its name suggests, El Born is the area to go to for arts and culture. There are a few museums there but the most famous one is the Picasso Museum, which features the work of Picasso in his younger years. Most of the stores at El Born sell art pieces, crafts and uhh…premium Spanish ham (which was really good, actually).

Instaworthy rating: 3/5 – A couple of nice back streets to take OOTDs at, but generally not as many photogenic sites as some of the other places in Barcelona.

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4. Maremagnum Mall

Maremagnum Building, Moll d’Espanya, 5, 08039 Barcelona, Tel: +34 932 258 100, Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily (Restaurants open from 11am – 1am daily)

Shopping-wise, Maremagnum Mall is kind of meh – you’re better off sticking to the famous Passeig de Gracia for shopping. However, the mall is situated near Port Barcelona, so you can go down to the pier to get an amazing view of the sea. There is also a row of street artists in front of the mall, as well as a couple of laid-back Spanish bars and cafes.

Instaworthy rating: 4/5 – Sitting by the pier with the wind in your hair, and the sea as your backdrop – how is that not Instagram worthy? Just watch out for the seagulls…they’re surprisingly gutsy and may photobomb you.

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5. La Sagradia Familia Church

Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Tel: +34 935 13 20 60, Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm daily (May vary, check here for more details)

Barcelona has quite a few cathedrals, but this is the MOTHER of all churches. The building, which was designed by Gaudí (but of course), has been under construction since 1882 and is only expected to be complete in 2030. Well, you know how the Spanish love their siestas…

Instaworthy rating: 3/5 – The church itself is a work of art, but it’s hard to get a clean shot without tourists hovering in the background.

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