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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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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 (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

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

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)

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
    +34
  • 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

Amazing intimate evening with quality guides, great food and drinks.

Quality guides that used the sails rather than just motoring in somewhat rough seas. Great food and drinks served by friendly and accommodating hosts. I highly recommend this experience.

Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Sunset Cruise on a Sailing Boat Reviewed by Crystal, 06/25/2019

Entertaining and gruesomely informative!

Really excellent and entertaining tour, can thoroughly recommend this to anyone visiting Barcelona. Our guide was full of character and brought the gruesome takes to life. It made us see the beautiful streets of Barcelona in a new light. Could have stayed on this tour all day!!

Barcelona: The Dark History Tour Reviewed by Gail, 06/23/2019

If you like Dali and his flair for theatrics this is perfect!

Our guide, Jeordi, was extremely informative and knowledgeable. He took us on a wonderful journey where we felt we truly got to know Salvador Dali.

Fun way to see and learn a lot about the city.

Our guide Toby was great. Very laid back and friendly. We had a small group which was nice. Certain parts were a little nerve wracking when weaving around pedestrians and traffic. Though the city is quite bike-friendly, there were some areas without bike lanes and once or twice one or two of us got stuck at a light, though Toby was good about stopping and holding the group. It was great to get off my feet and see the city in a different way. It felt a little long (3 hrs), maybe bc I was hungry, but overall, I would definitely recommend!

Barcelona: City Sights Highlight Bike Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/23/2019

Getting to see some places you need to see in just 4 hours

It was really amazing! Our guide Julia, who speaks Spanish, English and German very well, was really kind and so peaceful. She showed us some good spots of Barcelona and told enthusiastically about the history of the buildings and other sightseeings.

Barcelona: E-bike Tour With Access to Montjuic Castle Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/22/2019