Top attractions in Barcelona
Good football team, great beaches, delightful tapas, and dreamy architecture. There's just nothing bad about Barcelona, the Mediterranean seaside captial of Spain's Cataluyna region. Here are a few can't-miss attractions to put on your itinerary.
Your Barcelona trip isn't complete without a visit to the Sagrada Familia (named a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010), dreamt up by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
Heading north from Plaça Cataluyna, Passeig de Gracia is the richest street in the city. Look up as you walk -- you won't want to miss the architecture along this road.
If you're a fútbol lover, you'll be heading to Camp Nou. Spain's biggest stadium, seating over 99,000 fans, has been home to the Fútbol Club Barcelona since 1957.
Known as "the stone quarry," Gaudí's ambitious Casa Milà is one of the most famous buildings from the early 20th century Catalan Modernisme (Art Nouveau) period.
From 1902 to 1906, Gaudí remodelled a perfectly ordinary apartment building for Josep Batlló, a textile tycoon. Tour the inside of the Casa Batlló to get a glimpse of Gaudí's incredible detail work.
The national Catalan museum of visual art is housed inside the very regal-looking Palau Nacional, which sits high atop Montjuïc. Go for the art. Stay for the park and the views.
Barri Gòtic, located in the Ciutat Vella district, is the heart of Barcelona's old city. Explore its romantic, tiny alleys -- the perfect setting for lazy tapas and great photos.
Consider a daytrip to see the Catalan landscape. An hour's train journey from Barcelona, Montserrat is most well-known as the site of Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat.
The "King's Square" is a 14th century square inside Barri Gòtic. The square and its Palau Reial Major, Cataluyna's royal palace, paint a picture of Barcelona's medieval history.
The City History Museum conserves Barcelona's historical heritage, dating all the way back to Roman ruins. The museum is located in Plaça del Rei.
There are plenty of fun things to do in Barcelona -- especially if you're also planning on partaking in the infamous nightlife scene. In three full days, you could visit all the major Gaudí sights, as well as the Picasso and Miró museums. You could also stay for a week or more. As for what to do with your extra days? Well, you'll have plenty of time to spend at the beach, visit the nearby village of Sitges, or go shopping in the Gothic Quarter.
Barcelona is a wonderful city to explore by foot. You can easily stroll from La Rambla to the beach and then back to the Gothic Quarter in one afternoon. The city is pretty flat, so biking is an excellent option. If you love transportation, we suggest taking a trip to Tibidabo, the 1890s amusement park that overlooks the whole city. You'll take the metro, a tram, and a funicular -- and a ferris wheel ride, if that counts!
We're glad you asked! From hot air balloon rides to bike tours to all-access guided walks of Gaudí masterpieces, there are a dozen options to spice up your Barcelona tourism. A lot of the architecture-based sightseeing is enhanced by the history and descriptions that a guide can offer you.
- LanguageCatalan and Spanish
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+34
- Best time to visitBarcelona is a beach city at heart, so it's most lively in the summer. If you want to experience Barcelona at its best, schedule your trip around the festival of Sant Joan, or the "night of fire." Each year on June 23, the city celebrates with bonfires and parties until dawn.
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Through our guide, who was not only historically and architecturally knowledgeable, but also personally invested in this Gaudi masterpiece, I came away with a much greater appreciation for the intent and continuity within the overall design, as well as the intended meaning and back stories behind the numerous and beautifully presented sculptures that adorn the facades. This church is unique in many ways, not the least of which that it was built with no money or influence from Rome, so the hard corners and typically oppressive Catholic symbolism is refreshingly absent. Our guide emphasized this when showing how Gaudi's Nativity Facade included everyday symbols and emotions that illiterate farmers and workers could experience and relate to, in essence bringing the church to the people, as opposed to the threatening/intimidating approach most common to the traditional 'Vatican' Catholic churches. An excellent piece of art without question, but an equally powerful statement on humanity.
Definitely recommendable to ride through Barcelona via e-bike! We had lots of fun and found out numerous interesting facts about this beautiful city - special thanks to our tour guide! Absolut empfehlenswert, lustig & interessant! Gracias por esta aventura fantastica!
Excellent equipment and a well planned route taking in many of the sights of the city. Adriaana, our guide, was very knowledgable and passionate about her city with detailed information at every stop. Would highly recommend to anybody thinking of seeing Barcelona by bike.
This was a nice evening in a cosy craft beer pub with several beer samples and matching tapas. The guide was taking care of the needs and tastes of the different nationalities that participated. He spoke very good English and explained the brewery process and beer samples in a very informative way. He loves his beers and so did we. We really enjoyed the evening.
The ride to the Abbey was quick and easy. It was really great because the weather's wasn't that good while going there. The funicular was an enjoyable and memorible ride. The monesary was interesting and beautiful. The views from the top and the architecture were very nice. If the weather is good you would probably need all day to visit all the possible paths there. The guide told us a little bit about the place. If you have questions you are free to ask for more information. If you are visiting Barcelona and have a day or half to spare and want to get away from the city, would recommend this.