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Ten Things You Need to See 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.

Sagrada Familia

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.

Passeig de Gràcia

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.

Camp Nou

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.

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

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.

Casa Batlló

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.

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

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 (Gothic Quarter)

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.

Montserrat Mountain

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.

Plaça del Rei

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.

Museu d'Història de Barcelona (MUHBA)

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.

Planning Your Barcelona Visit

How many days should you spend in Barcelona?

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.

What's the best way to get around town?

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!

Which tours are the most fun?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Catalan and Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    Barcelona 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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What people are saying about Barcelona

Absolutely amazing trip definitely worth the trip

We seen so much in one day, we also explored and experienced some local drinks and food. Our guide for the day was Cam or Canillo only way l could remember his name was to think about Caramellow the Bear. What a great tour guide friendly helpful and full of local knowledge he was such a pleasure and l feel privileged to have such a great guy as our tour leader, he really goes beyond his duty towards all the guests on tour. Keep up the good work Cam your the best. Xc

Isaac was phenomenal, fully informed, engaging and entertaining.

Loved Isaac's enthusiasm, and appreciated how well he connected the past to the present. He was lively and attentive to questions. He seemed quite enthused about the Sagrada and Gaudi. Wonderful tour.

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Lydia, 18/09/2018

Casa Batllo must stop for anyone visiting Barcelona

We thoroughly enjoyed touring this fantastic architectural wonder. The audio guide provided an efficient way to learn about the architectural features, the reasoning behind them as well as hints as to the life of the original residents.

Barcelona: Casa Batlló Ticket and Video Guide Reviewed by Steve, 18/09/2018

Fascinating how everything is speeding up now

Amazing to see how the whole concept of the Sagrada Familia has changed and been changing. Last time I saw it was 11 years ago. Our tour guide was a lovely lady who invited us into small details and shared her knowledge with us. We visited the Sagrada Familia in the beginning of September which had still a lot of visitors but it was pleasant to walk around and see that beauty.

Fast-Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia Reviewed by Annamaria, 18/09/2018

Amazing fun and totally worth the money,

This was the highlight of our trip. The staff and especially the tour guide Alex, made our day very memorable. It was filled with fun activities that were safe yet at times filled with much adrenaline. I enjoyed the lunch and really appreciated the extra touch of bringing us some Spanish delicacies to try. I also enjoyed hanging out with people in the tour group to have a drink at the end of the day. We all bonded well. I highly recommend this tour if you want to have fun and stay active.