If you’re wondering what to do in Barcelona and happen to be (or know) an architecture lover, you’re in luck. Not only is the city a melting pot of styles, from Gothic to Romanesque, it was also home to one of the modern era’s most iconic architects: Antoni Gaudí. From the Sagrada Familia to Park Guell, many of Gaudí’s most famous designs are located in the city. Of course, it’s possible to see them all if you have a few weeks. But if you’re pushed for time on your Barcelona break, or you already have a full schedule of tapas and sangria planned, you’ll need to prioritize! Read on to find which Gaudí building you should see…
Sagrada Familia, what to do in barcelona
Visit the Sagrada Familia in 1.5 hours with an expert guide and small group size.

If you don’t want to skip a 20th-century masterpiece…

…then make sure you don’t leave the Sagrada Familia off your itinerary. It’s one of the most epic architectural projects in the world. Construction began over a hundred years ago and it’s still not finished. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting! From the unique exterior to the stunningly detailed interior, every inch of this building is dazzling. For an insider’s view, take a tour with a knowledgeable local guide. 

Woman by Park Guell wall
Take in spectacular views of Barcelona and explore this stunning green space that’s surrounded by modernist architecture.

If you want to snap the best Insta shot in Barcelona…

…then charge your phone and head to Park Guell. It’s hard to believe that Park Guell first opened its gates nearly one hundred years ago. From the colorful mosaic sculptures and the one-of-a-kind Gaudí buildings to the panoramic view of the city itself, everything about this place is peak Instagram goals. It’s no surprise, then, that tickets to this iconic attraction sell out well in advance. Book ahead, to make sure you don’t miss out!

Guell Palace courtyard, what to do in barcelona
Learn about the history of Barcelona at Guell Palace.

If you’re never not hungry…

…then go directly to Guell Palace. This opulent mansion shows Gaudí’s signature style at it’s best. From the elegant entrance hall to the striking turrets, the palace is a must-see. What’s more, it’s located a stone’s throw from Barcelona’s famous Boqueria Market. Combine your architectural experience with a visit to food heaven: it’s a win-win scenario!

Woman taking a photograph at Casa Mila
Explore one of the icons of Barcelona with a skip-the-line ticket to the Casa Milà.

If you want to learn more about the man himself…

…then tour the stunning Casa Milà-La Pedrera. Gaudí’s life was just as interesting as his work and this Gaudí’-designed apartment building also houses a museum about the architect himself. You’ll learn all about Gaudí’s life and times, and be able to sneak a peek at one of the best views in Barcelona while you’re at it.

Casa Vicens, what to do in barcelona
Admire Casa Vicens, Antoni Gaudí’s first project.

If you’re all about vibrant colors…

…then pack your sunglasses and stroll over to Casa Vicens. Every inch of this architectural marvel is covered in color and pattern. It’s a real feast for the eyes. Don’t waste time standing in line at this popular attraction. Skip the crowds and soak up the atmosphere inside, instead.

Casa Batllo
Discover Casa Batlló in an immersive experience.

If you want to step inside a fairytale…

…then make your way to Casa Batlló. Walking into this building is like walking into a fantasy come to life. Visitors to the Casa are awed by the magical interior design details — but don’t forget to head to the roof, either. It’s designed to look like the back of a dragon! Opt for a smart guide tour, and be sure you don’t miss any more magical hidden details.

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