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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
    Primavera Sound
    1. Jun 2016 - 5. Jun 2016
    Parc del Fòrum (Barcelona)
    Sonar Festival
    16. Jun 2016 - 18. Jun 2016
    Fira Barcelona (Barcelona)
    Revetlla de Sant Joan
    23. Jun 2016
    Around the city (Barcelona)

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What people are saying about Barcelona

Excellent guide, very knowledgeable and fun

Loved it completely. Its good and its fair. Although the inside of the buildings is not covered in the tour, they show you pictures which are enough to get a sense of what lies within.
Gaudí Free Walking Tour in Barcelona Reviewed by Sagar, 04/26/2016

This outstanding building is a must in exploring Gaudí's BCN.

It was easy and very pleasant to book the tickets this way and, at the same time, skip the long line.
Barcelona: Casa Milà Skip-The Line Audio Guide Tour Reviewed by Karin Mette, 04/25/2016

Our guide, Giovanna, was very kind and competent. We had great fun

We had a bike tour in italian on april, 24Th and it was great fun. Our guide, Giovanna, was very kind and competent e showed us all Barcelona's highlights.
Barcelona Historical 3-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by anna, 04/25/2016

Everything went to plan and the guide was excellent.

I was relieved to find the lady with the red umbrella, as I had booked for a party of fourteen, all of whom very much wanted to see the Sagrada Familia because they regarded it as the highlight of our visit to Barcelona, which it was! The radio mics were excellent and our guide was extremely informative about the development of the church both in the past and plans for the future. I last saw the church when it was a building site in 1998 so it was wonderful to be able to see the fantastic interior, which I never believed could be finished. A wonderful visit, which went seamlessly.

Learnt something new about the city after living here for 16 years!

Eric was a great guide. Informative without bombarding us with information. Pace was great. Would thoroughly recommend this tour.
Barcelona Free Walking Tour: Gothic Quarter Reviewed by Gill, 04/21/2016

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