Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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- 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.
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Olga was very knowledgeable of the history of the area we walked through. She explained the different types of ham in the Boqueria and the samples were good. I think this tour would be best earlier in the morning before so many crowds especially the Boqueria. We enjoyed our tapas stop near the Santa Caterina market, the brief tour of the market itself. My favourite stop was the Basque restaurant and the pinchos. Olga was very understanding when my two companions had to leave us due to mobility-related health issues and continued on with me explaining historical features along the way. She was helpful in assisting me in locating a bookstore. Thank you, Olga!
Learning to use the Segway was easy, but I was little nervous and David made me relax totally so I could get on with it and enjoy the sensation of cruising around Barcelona. He gave us excellent information about the sights and life in Barcelona - a mine of information and a lovely man. An initial glitch with organisation was made good very quickly and the tour exceeded our expectations! Thank you!
I liked botanical garden early in the morning it was wonderful. We had excellent lunch in local restaurant and our guide was very good driver and he entertained us with stories and history. I also liked that group was really small just 6 of us. I would recommend this tour nature is beautiful
Allesia was a great guide, as we would expect. This actually exceeded our expectations in the amount of Gaudi projects we saw. We didn't go inside all of them, but that was OK. We saw plenty of Casa Batllo, Parc Guell and La Sagrada Familia. Thumbs up!
The live jazz is a saxophonist playing along to a backing track, he plays whilst docked in harbour to get people on board then packs away till half hour or so into the voyage, worth it over all though. Just don't expect a live jazz band.