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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What people are saying about Barcelona
The team was very helpful and the guides were very nice. I would recommend this tour for my friends and family
A must visit whilst in Barcelona. The building is coming along really nicely since Gaudi's death and can't wait to see it finished in 2020. The audio guide is a great way to understand the construction and the detail of the building. The stained glass windows are wonderfully modern and geometrical compared to older churches. We spent much longer here than we thought we would. Definitely worth getting in early before the crowd gets too big.
So glad I got the tour. Miguel was a wealth of information! The meeting place was difficult to locate though which made for an anxious beginning!
We were hoping to visit La Sagrada Familia, but there were no tickets available. So glad it worked out this was as the tour was so much better with our guide, Anna! She was great and made the tour very entrrtaining! Would highly recommend this tour!
No words can describe the awesome experience of seeing the interior of Sagrada Familia. Don't miss your chance to savour every minute from the moment you enter this sacred place of worship for Christians and even for those who are not, they will be rendered speechless by the sheer genius known as Anthony Gaudi who laboured for 43 years to finish building the Nativity facade of the basilica so that the generations of architects after him can complete this massive project. I pray that the target of 2026 to complete its construction will be met so that Gaudi's dream will be brought to fruition 100 years after his untimely passing in 1926 when he was knocked down by a streetcar. In all my decades of travelling, Sagrada Familia is the most memorable. I thank God and Gaudi for Sagrada Familia.