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

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What People Are Saying About Barcelona

Amazing Art and a joy to be able to see such a beautiful place !

The sun came out which made the experience even better! Despite the crowds, it was very calm and easy-going!
Park Güell Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/25/2016

Fun and informative tour by an entertaining and knowledgable guide.

Juan Carlos was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide and gave a great introduction to the history of Barcelona and of catalonia and its history and culture.
Barcelona: Free 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Lesley, 10/25/2016

An enlightening tour by an entertaining guide

The Guide (Miguel) was very informative, charming, funny, and it was a pleasure to be shown around the city centre by him. I must admit, I didn't know that the metro was going to be used to get from A to B in some places, but even that was a pleasant surprise as I had not intended to use the underground when there. Miguel further kept the tour entertaining by showing photos from his file of Gaudi himself, and his works, and there was also a small quiz which I won the prize for of a lolly-pop... it will all become clear on your tour and I won't spoilt it be giving the answer to the question here.
Gaudí Free Walking Tour in Barcelona Reviewed by Peter, 10/25/2016

A fantastic way of discovering the hidden parts of the city

Tour guide (Alex) was superb, friendly, funny and approachable. A knowledgeable guide who showed us areas that I'm sure for myself would have been missed. Highly recommended.
Barcelona: Free 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Peter, 10/24/2016

The guide was Knowledgeable and presentation interesting.

I would recommend runner bean too all my foreign traveling friends. I learned so much and even found a lunch companion for tapas afterward!
Barcelona Free Walking Tour: Gothic Quarter Reviewed by June, 10/24/2016

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