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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
    Fira de Santa Llúcia
    1. Dec 2016 - 23. Dec 2016
    City centre (Barcelona)

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Absolutely amazing tour Tatina is true gem

Really great my kids absolutely loved it. Would recommend this tour to anyone with kids. We had 2 kids that were 7 and 9 and were so into it. We had our 2 year old with us too which wasn't a problem. The walking was not excessive as my 9 year old was not looking forward to 2 and half hour walking tour. But she couldn't believe it when it was over she said the time flew and wished she could do it all again. Tatina is so great with them and so interesting to talk to it was a really treat spending time with her. If only all tours were like this its been a long time since I could say that a tour was absolutely worth it but this definitely is worth doing.
Barcelona for Kids: 2.5-Hour Family Walking Tour Reviewed by Carol, 09/20/2016

excellent English speaking guide, very interesting and informative

Our English speaking guide Oliver was enthusiastic, articulate and exceptionally well informed. He guided the group speedily through the turnstiles and into this majestic masterpiece and took us through the extensive history of this most beautiful of buildings. A visit made even more worthwhile thanks to this experienced and knowledgable guide. Top marks from me !!!

A fun night shopping in the open air market and cooking paella!

What a fun night! I really enjoyed touring the open air market! I only wish I had time to shop for myself there (I did pick up some fresh figs and a fruit smoothie as I walked through--YUM). It was a hoot to watch the volunteers learn to clean squid. The food was delicious. They made non-alcholic drinks for those of us who don't drink alcohol. I will say there is a lot of fast walking involved from the meeting point to the market and from the market to the restaurant. If you have problems walking quickly, this might not be the tour for you. Otherwise, I highly recommend the tour.
Paella Cooking Experience with Boqueria Market Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/19/2016

Ruth was a first-rate guide armed with fascinating history

Ruth was fantastic - very knowledgable about the city and well versed in the historical implications of various turning events in Barcelona. She also has a great sense of humor that kept the guide not only informative but entertaining as well. Sincerely, her New Yorkers from last Sunday.
Barcelona Free Walking Tour: Gothic Quarter Reviewed by Rodney, 09/19/2016

Rich, historic tour of the beautiful city, Barcelona.

Awesome tour of the old gothic quarter neighborhood. Max, our tour guide and owner of this wonderful company led us on a tour that not only opened our eyes to Spain's history, but he coming of age of Barcelona from medieval times to present. He is incredibly informative and also has a myriad of suggestions within the city. Would totally recommend this tour to anything wishing to expand their knowledge on how Barcelona came to be today.
Barcelona: Free 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by David, 09/19/2016

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