Visit Barcelona has become one of the most recurrent plans to enjoy holidays. Gaudí, La Rambla or Park Güell are to blame.

La Rambla, modernism, beach, a wide cultural and gastronomic offer… It is impossible to list all reasons why you should visit Barcelona National Geographic magazine has compiled the 25 top countries to travel around the world. The majority of destinations are located in Asia and Europe. Given that, London, Prague, Bali or the Catalan capital are among the most popular cities.

According to the publication, Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city but at the same time,  you can still go all over it like a town. It remarks that each neighborhood has its own personality and recommends visiting La Rambla and its surroundings. That is, the Gothic quarter, the Raval quarter or La Boquería, Las Ramblas market.

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Park Güell, one of Barcelona’s most visited places.
Why visit Barcelona?

First of all, because National Geographic is not the only magazine claiming that Barcelona is one of the most requested cities. Lonely Planet describes the Catalan capital as one of the most captivating spots in the world. It places special emphasis in Sagrada Familia, which is at the top of its 500 must-see places. Moreover, CNN voted La Boqueria as the best fresh market in the planet. Not to mention that is also among the best places to live in 2017 according to a study by InterNations Expat Insider (company specialized in studies and statistics on lifestyle habits and trends of people living outside their hometown).

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Fruit stop at La Boqueria, Las Ramblas market.


Enough for the argumentum to visit Barcelona. The Catalan capital has become a very important tourist destination in recent years. Millions of travelers have been trapped by its neighborhoods, people and the wide variety of bars and restaurants. This has made La Rambla one of the crowdest streets in the world. It is a mandatory hotspot for those locals who want to enjoy Gothic or El Raval and travelers who want to discover the city. Walking through this street is immersing yourself in Barcelona’s special charm.  Furthermore, it makes you understand why it is so famous.

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Las Ramblas de Barcelona. Source | A. Krakowiak, Getty Images

Here is, in order, the list of the most popular destinations to travel according toNational Geographic:

  1. Bali-Indonesia
  2. London-UK
  3. Paris-France
  4. Rome-Italy
  5. New York-United States
  6. Crete-Greece
  7. Barcelona-Spain
  8. Siem Reap-Cambodia
  9. Prague-Czech Republic
  10. Phuket-Thailand