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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
    +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.
  • Events in 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

Didn't receive reservation in time to print. Quite confusing.

What a gift to the world! La Sagrada Familia is a must see while in Barcelona. Very inspiring and Gaudi's style is very interesting and beautiful. I do think they could give a written guide for people to follow as they explore the church. When a personal guide is not available, something to read would be beneficial.
Fast Track Sagrada Familia Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Cheryl, 08/30/2016

See the city, feel the city, get to know the history

We arrived a little early at the meeting point, which was very easy to find. The owner suggested us to check out the nearby market place before we could start with the tour. After returning back to the store our tour guide, a very friendly lady from Italy, was already there. We got our bikes and directly started with the bike tour through the city. The 3 hour tour was not exhausting at all and we were able to city a lot from the city, which would have never been possible if we walked. At each stop our tour guide shared some interesting knowledge about the history. We really enjoyed this informative and fun tour with a local who knows the coty just perfectly (she provided further tips after the trip for some sightseeing). We can recommend everyone to take this tour, especially when it's your first time at Barcelona like for us.
Barcelona: 3-Hour Bike Tour with Guide Reviewed by Brian, 08/27/2016

Very interesting trip, great views and interesting locales visited.

I very much enjoyed the trip. Our guide David was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He made the trip quite enjoyable and worth the effort. I recommend it and David as well.
Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour Reviewed by Juan carlos, 08/26/2016

Very informative, great vibe and great pace.

The tour guide was very friendly, the bus was cool and comfortable and the tour was carried out at a comfortable pace. The Sagrada Familia was awe inspiring.

Amazing experience will definately recommend

The whole experience was amazing and very fun highly recommended tour guide Extremely Friendly and very welcoming , Excellent service will definately use again if in Barcelona . ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Many thanks .
Barcelona Grand 2-Hour Segway Tour Reviewed by Lucia, 08/25/2016

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