Heading to the Catalonian capital and don’t want to miss a single thing? We understand. Whether you’ve got 48 hours or a few weeks to explore the sunny seaside city, we’ll help you experience the best of it. From tasty tapas and majestic mountain views to exploring Gaudi’s masterpieces, Barcelona has something for everyone. Read on for the 10 experiences you can’t miss.
Almost 150 years in the making, Antoni Gaudi’s ultimate masterpiece is a jaw-dropping sight. Get the most out of your visit on a 1.5-hour tour with an expert guide. Not only will you enjoy priority access, but you’ll also get the inside scoop on the landmark’s fascinating history. After your tour, spend some time wandering beneath the basilica’s massive stained-glass windows. On sunny days, the floors of the interior are bathed in colorful light — a photo opp if there ever was one!
2. Take in the views through Gaudi’s eyes
Escape the hustle and bustle as you stroll around this lush oasis in the heart of the city. Soak in stunning views with one day access to Park Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surround yourself with Gaudi’s mosaics as you ascend the Dragon Stairway, and snap away at the world-famous salamander. On the way back down, reward yourself with a little sunbathing in the greenery of Austria Gardens.
3. Marvel at groundbreaking architecture
Feel inspired by a spectacular example of modernist architecture, the Casa Milà — one of the must-see places to visit in Barcelona. With a skip-the-line ticket, you can absorb its whimsical curves and distinctive corkscrew chimneys without the stress. Take in the picturesque stairwells and roof terrace, all the while admiring the quirkiness of Gaudi’s unique style.
4. Enjoy exclusive access to an iconic concert hall
Want to see something special that most travelers don’t? An exclusive tour around the Palau de la Música Catalana is an enviable experience. The rehearsal hall of the Orfeó Catala is a blaze of ornate decorations and kaleidoscopic colors. If you’re lucky, there might even be a rehearsal happening while you visit.
5. Gaze down on the city from a cable car
Why sweat it on foot when you can take in panoramic views from a cable car? Travel in style over the city’s rooftops as the Mediterranean sparkles below you. By climbing 270 feet to the top of the hill of Montjuïc, you can you be sure you’ve seen everything!
6. Explore a magical monastery
Get off the beaten track and into breathtaking natural scenery with a guided tour of the Monastery of Montserrat. Nestled at the top of Montserrat mountain, monks have enjoyed the spectacular views from this Monastery since the 10th century. If that’s not heavenly enough, round off the experience with a three-course meal at a nearby farmhouse.
7. Sway to the rhythm of a flamenco show
Admire professional dancers a live flamenco show. Experience the passion of this one-hour performance as two performers strut their stuff to Spanish guitars. After you’ve built an appetite, sit back and watch how it’s done as you savor the taste explosion of a tapas.
8. Absorb the sights on two wheels
Enjoy pedaling around Barcelona’s windy streets on a sightseeing bike tour. Soak up the sun while traveling through squares and food markets to discover the city’s hidden gems. It might be a healthy workout — but don’t worry, you’ll kick up your heels at a beach bar afterward.
9. Discover an Art Nouveau masterpiece
Surround yourself with splendor during a 1.5-hour tour around the world’s largest Art Nouveau complex. Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s garden city has become one of the best places to visit in Barcelona. The Sant Pau Recinte complex is so elegant, it’s hard to believe it was used as a public hospital for a century.
10. Cook like the locals at a paella class
Why dine out at expensive restaurants every night when you can learn to make paella with a trained chef? Explore the famous market La Boqueria in the old town and learn to cook a traditional Basque Pintxos or Montaditos. After you’ve mixed your own sangria, the chef will teach you to make paella de marisco. Now that’s what we call a meal.