Though many tourists might visit Barcelona for its surrealist architecture or its beautiful beaches, there’s actually much more to the city—its people. As Spain’s second-largest city, Barcelona’s large and diverse population provides plenty of interesting characters. And with the Spanish proclivity for leisurely afternoons in a café or around town, people-watching couldn’t be easier in Barcelona.
Barcelona’s main shopping street, Las Ramblas, is one of the prime locations to be seen (and see others). The La Boqueria market, near the centre of Las Ramblas has a huge selection of fruit and juice vendors and can be a nice location to watch locals and tourists alike. Tourist hotels and holiday apartments line the boulevard in Barcelon, so for those lucky to have a balcony, sitting outside and watching the people walk by is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
While people-watching the high-class shoppers on Las Ramblas can be enjoyable, with Barcelona’s vast amount of city parks and public spaces, there are much better locations to sit and watch time fly by. Gaudi’s Park Guell has hundreds of hidden corners and park benches of every shape and size. Finding a spot that isn’t already taken can be challenging because it’s such a popular park. There are always interesting characters hanging out in the park—from families to tourists and picnickers, Park Guell attracts every type of person.
Alternatively, Montjuic Park on the mountain just on the edge of Barcelona is a great place for wandering around. With the occasional museum and some well-trodden paths (not to mention the former Olympic Stadium), spending the day outside rather than in can be a nice way to enjoy Barcelona. Plus, the views of Barcelona from Montjuic are unparalleled. Barcelona’s skyline features everything from large apartment buildings to La Sagrada Familia, and hundreds of pedestrian-friendly open spaces. And with a downtown beach perfect for summer holidays, Barcelona attracts a wide variety of tourists, expats & locals alike. All mixed together in a city full of art and culture, history and inspiration.
With so many open spaces, pedestrian streets and public parks & beaches, Barcelona is a perfect city for people-watching.