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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
    +34
  • 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.

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What People Are Saying About Barcelona

We walked straight past the long queues & into Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia Is a must to visit, absolutely amazing. The inside is a real surprise from the look of the outside. Skip the line tickets well worth the extra money, we arrived 15 minutes before our booked time & entered very soon afterwards. Our time in Barcelona was only 4 days so we wanted to see as much as possible of this beautiful city without wasting time in queues.

Fast Track Sagrada Familia Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Jane, 10/09/2017

Great way to see as many of the highlights

It was a fun way to see the city. The bus was in good condition and even on the weekend the bus wasn't too crowded. Staff is nice and there's always someone available. Too bad we could barely use it on Sunday, since the protesters were blocking a few stops.

Hop-On Hop-Off Barcelona City Tour 1 or 2 Day Reviewed by Tamara, 10/09/2017

Fascinating, informative, scenic and fun. Alli was the BEST!

Alessia, our guide, made this tour all the more exciting. She was so knowledgable and passionate that she drew us in to her world. Absolutely worth doing, great value for money and the best way to see the sights of this wonderful city.

Barcelona: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour Reviewed by Francesca, 10/08/2017

Fantastic! Can't wait to do something like this again

We went out to sea on a Saturday for my cousin's hen weekend. Our two skippers were incredibly helpful both prior to the trip and on board as well. We were able to take on our own drinks and snacks too. The highlight was the swim in the sea which was truly incredible and so much fun. 6 of us plunged into the water and enjoyed every minute of it! There are rooms on board to get changed in. My cousin was truly delighted and very surprised and every hen found it an unforgettable experience. I can't wait to do something like this again!

Barcelona Two-Hour Sailing Tour Reviewed by Bhavna, 10/06/2017

A great way to spend the day outside city of Barcelona!!

Our tour guide Steven was top notch. Very informative and lots of fun as well. He helped us to celebrate my friend's 70th birthday. We all had an excellent time Thank you!#

Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour Reviewed by Shelly, 10/05/2017