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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.
  • Events in Barcelona
    Festes de Gràcia
    15. Aug 2016 - 21. Aug 2016
    Barrio de Gracia (Barcelona)
    La Mercè
    23. Sep 2016 - 25. Sep 2016
    City centre (Barcelona)
    Fira de Santa Llúcia
    1. Dec 2016 - 23. Dec 2016
    City centre (Barcelona)

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What People Are Saying About Barcelona

Great way to learn about the Barcelona most tourists won't see!

After three days in Barcelona, I was disappointed. I felt as though I'd gone to Disneyland, albeit with better food and wine. In fact, I was starting to dislike the city and wonder why I'd come at all. I decided that I needed to get a better sense of the city beyond the tourist hotspots in order to determine how I really felt, and I'm happy to say that Joseph's tour helped me to fall in love with it. Joseph does a fantastic job of providing insight into the real Barcelona. Whether he's explaining the hidden meanings of street art, identifying the historical significance of various courtyards and playgrounds, or telling the full story of Orwell's time in Barcelona, among other topics, he does so with an infectious passion for the city and its people (and its cats, as you'll see toward the end of the tour). I came away from the tour with an appreciation for Barcelona's liveliness and resilience and a resolve to visit again. Highly recommended!

Awe-inspiring and humbling. A trekking and spiritual rarity and beauty

Unfortunately, it has become a top tourist attraction with all the hullabaloo and shops that entails. However, if you are able to ignore all that, it is a magnificent and enigmatic place with a breathtaking natural environment and many wonderful pathways to wander. The Virgin of Montserrat (Black Madonna) is special too, almost spellbinding with her curious countenance as well as her legendary story.

Outstanding experience covering everything we wanted to see and know

We had an outstanding guide, Susana who made the tour well worth our time. Very knowledgeable, friendly, interactive and excellent communication. A great way to see and learn about a new place. She provided excellent tips and explained finer nuances behind various architectures, art, paintings, buildings etc. The icing on the cake was termination of the tour at a 100% vegetarian restaurant - Vegetalia. Being vegetarians, we really loved it.
Barcelona Free Walking Tour: Gothic Quarter Reviewed by NK, 07/19/2016

Awesome guide, awesome pay-as-much-as-you-afford offer

Guide was funny, the tour was a perfect start in our holidays. In the end we were given excellent advices on what to do the next days. Thanks!
Barcelona: Free 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Pascal, 07/18/2016

Max was a font of knowledge and clearly enjoyed his job

Max was a great guide, huge knowledge and sense of humour. Recommended without hesitation
Barcelona: Free 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by MARK, 07/17/2016

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