In our series “Barcelona top 5 of…”, a Barcelona expert shares his or her favourite things to do and see in Barcelona. We kick off with Marta Rubio.


Who is Marta Rubio?

Marta is the founder of one of our favourite Dutch-speaking blogs on Barcelona
She was born and raised in Barcelona, but has been living in Holland since 2008.
On her website she talks with a lot of love about her city and gives all these great inside tips for an amazing holiday in Barcelona.


Horta is the neighbourhood where I grew up and where my family still lives today. No surprise that this is one of my favourite spots! What I like about Horta is the family- and village-like atmosphere that reigns there. The quiet streets full of beautiful houses around Carrer Campoamor are simply breath-taking. The Plaça Eivissa is the square where the locals meet and the Mercat d’Horta is always pleasantly busy. The nicest place to visit in Horta is without a doubt the Labyrinth, located in a park at the edge of the hills of Collserola.
bezienswaardigheden barcelona parc laberint Parc del Laberint d’Horta (Image by Oh Barcelona)


The hill of Montjuïc has much to offer: parks, museums and many sights. But what I like most about Montjuïc are the many viewpoints; from almost every corner you can enjoy fantastic views of Barcelona. Only recently I discovered the viewpoint nearby La Font de la Guatlla: very pretty and not touristy at all!
barcelona top 5 montjuic Views from Montjuïc (Image by Albert Torelló)


I spent many hours at the University of Barcelona, more specifically in its beautiful library. My graduation ceremony took place in the Paranymph. In short, I have many memories of this building and it amazes me that you hardly find any tourists visiting it. The old building of the University is lovely to see! The quiet patio, the Hogwarts-style gothic rooms and the splendid library are a lust for the eye.
barcelona top 5 things to do universitat de barcelona Paranymph University of Barcelona (Image by Ricardo Patiño)


Of course I love the beach of Barcelona. Although La Barceloneta has a lot of charm and counts numerous great dinner spots, I usually go a little further up, to the Bogatell beach. Often it’s quieter there and within walking distance you’ll find the upcoming neighbourhood of Poble Nou, that hosts many new trendy places to eat, especially in the area around the Rambla del Poblenou.
barcelona top 5 things to do bogatell beach Bogatell beach Barcelona (Image by Ok Apartment)


The Roman excavations in Barcelona have always fascinated me. So it comes as no suprise that I worked for a while at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona (Museum of the History of Barcelona), that houses stunning objects from Roman and Medieval Barcelona. You literally walk through the old streets of Roman Barcino and you can see what the city looked like almost 2000 years ago.


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