Top attractions in Barcelona
Top Tours & Activities 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.
- LanguageCatalan and Spanish
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+34
- Best time to visitBarcelona 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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I enjoyed the tour very much. Breathtaking view when you reach montserrat. Make sure to wear clothes that will keep you warm and check the weather forecast before going for this tour. It was raining during our tour and was really cold, glad I checked the weather forecast prior leaving my hotel. I enjoyed the sumptous lunch included. Our tour guide "XAVI" was very witty and has a very good sense of humour. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the monastery and the winery...Oh my, more wine! Really a memorable and a woth it experience.
Tour guide extremely knowledgeable - very attentive to the group and considerate to other people in the city. Full of local information, very helpful and safety conscious. Saw parts of the city we wouldn’t have seen on a bus tour. The bikes were in great condition and good components - easy gears, and many different sizes to choose from. Would highly recommend. If I go back to Barcelona I would definitely hire bikes from there again.
I learnt so much about Catalan artists and architecture. Such an experience crossing the Phrenees and going to the coast. Such a interesting groupo of people discovering so much of Spain. I can’t wait to do another tour. Thank you Catalan Tours.
I chose the Hop On Hop Off tour because it took me to all the important spots to see in Barcelona at a reasonable price and allowed me the flexibility to hop off and on the bus however many times I wished. My husband had rented a car, but traffic and finding parking was really stressful, so that's why we decided to do the Hop On Hop Off tour.
I liked also the musicians who created a good atmosphere in the Park on this cloudy and rather chilly day.