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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The tour departed promptly at 1pm from Traveler’s Bar. Make sure you aren’t late (but if you are, the bartender can give directions)! Our group had just over 20 people. We moved to the market together. I wish we had spent a bit more time exploring the market; it was a quick in-and-out shopping trip without much explanation/time for pictures. I would love to know how to pick the best seafood ingredients. Once we got to the kitchen we separated into 3 tables which made the group feel smaller. They served us Sangria and tapas while they prepped the kitchen for the cooking class. Although we were a large group, everyone had an opportunity to prep or cook and it was easy to view the cooking even when you weren’t actively participating. While waiting for the paella to cook, they taught us how to prepare Sangria and we had time to chat with the other guests. The food was delicious and the company was charming. Highly recommend this experience!!!
Not on time approx started 5 mins later but the show ended approx 53 mins. When we purchased it said have a drink. After we arrived the venue, we mentioned to the venue organizer, they were shocked. Then after discussed with manager said we could have a drink. Thought this point was not clear. Venue was okay as a theatre. Very English style underground theatre play. If you walked on the street, it would be easy pass by on the main street as at the corner of major streets. Dancers were excellent as we were flamenco practioner so we knew they were not trying to please most of the tourists but from the heart. For the price you paid compared to the capital of Spain to have a night of flamenco show. It was hard to beat!
The class started with a tour through the market place where Layla explained about the foods at several market stalls. Explained the curing of meat and how to choose numerous items. Back at class he taught us several new techniques as we helped prepare our evening meal. He was very organized and easy to understand. This was a memorable part of our trip to Barcelona.
Our tour was so amazing. The Sagrada Familia has so much history and so many of the parts have symbolic meanings. Victor was so wonderful with sharing his knowledge and giving us the greater meanings of all of the parts of the sanctuary. Without the tour we would not have appreciated so many nuances that are within such a magnificent structure. Worth every cent!!
We had been to Sagrada in 2012 and couldn’t wait to revisit. This time we used a guide, Victor and how lucky we were! He was an incredibly informative and very friendly guide. The building and its architect, are wonders of the world ... and we intend to come back in 2026, when it is due for completion - we will see!