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10 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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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 (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

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

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)

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

Excellent experience with tour guide Anna

I had the most fun in this tour. I was the only one who signed for it so i got a private tour. My guide was the lovely Anna she is an amazing guide and person. Using her great sence of humor and lovely free personality and spirit She made the tour interesting and fun. I highly recommend it. Thanx again for a great experience Anna. Hola from Dotan. Israel :)

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by DOTAN, 12/06/2018

Our guide Anna Beltran and the tour was great!

I am glad I did the tour to learn about the history and an of the park. Our guide Anna Beltran was wonderful - full of energy, funny, passionate and knowledgeable about the park. You can tell she really loves what she does and it made the tour really great.

Barcelona: Park Güell Guided Tour Reviewed by Cherie, 12/04/2018

One ticket for all public transport type for all time .....

Hola BCN card is the best choose for short trip with lot of transfers in Barcelona. Advantages of this type of the transport ticket: - the best choose for short trip with lot of transfers in Barcelona - one ticket for all public transport - airport transport fee included - possibillity to choose duration

Informational & entertaining tour that even the kids enjoyed!

Our tour guide Anna Beltran was extremely detailed and informational during the tour. She even kept our 5 and 7-year olds entertained during the whole 1.5 hour tour and the tough-to-please young ones thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Definitely recommended!

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Jade, 11/30/2018

Outstanding tour and exceptional guide! If visiting Barcelona a must

The detail at Sagrada Familia is complex and to truly understand Gaudi and his architecture you should acquire a tour guide. Get Your Guide did not disappoint us, our guide was very knowledgeable and easily understood even with her Catalan accent. It was almost a private tour with just two couples. She encouraged us to visit the museum and we also saw the old school house that Antonia Gaudi had built for the workers children. We hope to return in 8-10 years to see the completion of Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Karen, 11/30/2018