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Top things to do while interning in Barcelona in 2021

Barcelona from above.

Interning in Barcelona is the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to enhance their professional profile while exploring one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Barcelona is the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, and home to some of the most beautiful art and unique architecture in the world. Located on the coast, Barcelona has gorgeous beaches, mild weather, and delicious food. It’s known for its rich culture, iconic parks, and world-class museums. It’s also a global hub for business. Barcelona is the perfect destination if you’re looking to launch a career in Europe. Barcelona is an international hub for business, manufacturing, and social media. It’s also a top destination for professionals in everything from fashion and social media, to biotechnology and science. Of course, it’s also incredibly international and is the perfect place to build a thriving professional network.


Check out a few of the top things to do while interning in Barcelona:

Explore Park Güell

Park Güell is one of Antoni Gaudí’s most well-known architectural works. The famous Catalan architect designed a sprawling and colorful system of buildings and parks, which is now open to all visitors to Barcelona. You’ll find gorgeous mosaics and unique architecture. And, depending on the time of year, you may also find crowds. Keep this in mind if you’re hoping to snag a selfie at one of the famous bench overlooks!


Colorful park guell on a sunny day


Visit La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s another masterpiece by Gaudí, except this one is unfinished. The architect started work on this masterpiece in the 1880’s but died before its completion. Today, the beautiful church is still not complete, though construction is scheduled to wrap up in 2026. The basilica is nevertheless breathtaking. When completed, it will be the tallest religious building in Europe, and will have 18 towers. La Sagrada Familia is also home to the tomb of Antoni Gaudí. Keep in mind that this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Barcelona, and lines to get inside tend to be long.


See the Picasso Museum

World-renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso spent much of his life in Barcelona. The Picasso Museum draws fans of the artist from all over the world, and is actually one of the city’s most visited museums. If you don’t mind waiting in line, make sure to check out when the museum offers free entry, as this is a great way to explore Picasso’s art if you’re on a budget.


Cheer for FC Barcelona

Futbol Club Barcelona, or FC Barcelona, is a professional football club based in this beautiful seaside city. Locals and tourists alike love cheering for this team, and if you’re lucky enough to catch a game, you’ll feel how proud Barcelona’s residents are of their city. True football fans (or soccer, if you’re American,) can tour Camp Nou, the club’s stadium. But everyone can enjoy a game, and snag a Barcelona jersey as a souvenir.


Dreaming of interning in Barcelona? Check our our brand new Independent Traveler Program here.



1 Above Barcelona, by Shai Pal on Unsplash.

2 Spring in Barcelona, by Daniel Corneschi on Unsplash.

Photos and blog by Maeve Allsup

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