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.
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- 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
We booked a group of five and another person decided to come along after we had booked. I made a booking error for the single person and the company was so accommodating, honouring the booking for all six of us even though I had booked on the incorrect date. Flavio was an amazing guide, very friendly, knowledgeable and a great driver! We had some free time at the monastery which was nice, to check out the farmer’s market, museum, go for a hike or just spend more time in the cathedral. Next we were off to the olive farm where we had the most epic meal! It was a three course meal but we could have easily filled up on just the starters! Unlimited wine was included. We enjoyed chatting with the owner and eating under the covered patio looking over the olive groves. Can not say enough about this tour! Would highly recommend to anyone!!!
Montserrat is breathtaking! It was truly one of those mountains that make you realise how tiny we are in this world. Adrian was a really awesome guide. He was well informed and very funny, which made the trip very fun. I got quite sick once we arrived at Montserrat and he was incredible with helping me. He also took me to the medical centre and really made a big effort to reassure me that I'll be ok. I felt really grateful that he was there. A big thanks to the driver as well (Sorry, forgot his name, Christian I think??). Also, the lunch was a really cool experience. Got to taste a very wide variety of foods and in such a beautiful setting.
an exciting tour from Barcelona along the coast to the winery. With an American couple "in the luggage" first in English, later thanks to excellent language skills Julia`s in German, enriched with much information about the country and people. The wine was delicious, the winery architecturally class and the view was great. A picnic rounded out everything and made you want to return via bike instead of train. Thanks to the WE Barcelona Team!
Sagrada Familia is very crowded if you plan to tour with the general public. Its worth spending money to cut the very long lines at the entrance. The Basilica is very beautiful and unusual. The tour guide did a thorough job of explaining the historical facts about the architecture and details about Antonio Gaudi. It is one of Barcelona’s main attractions and you should try to visit.
Our guide was so full of knowledge and was so friendly and cheerful. The only thing I would do differently would be to shorten the tour. We met at 6 pm in the office and did not go into the church until almost 7. And security was not a problem. And we were inside for about 1/2 an hour. This is my only sort of negative comment.