The absolute number 1 attraction in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia; the holy cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudí. The unfinished church will probably be completed in 2026 and has to be part of your city break. Be sure to always buy tickets for the Sagrada Familia several days in advance!
An overview of all the Barcelona tourist attractions, museums, parks, sightseeing and other places to visit while visiting Barcelona. What to do in Barcelona?
The 10 best Barcelona attractions
What to do in Barcelona? Barcelona is a city full of museums, parks, Gaudi buildings, and other highlights. Barcelona offers more than just the sights such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Camp Nou. During your visit to this city, these are the top 10 of the most famous and most popular attractions in Barcelona. Click one of the must-see highlights for more information on this unique sightseeing, museum or attraction:
Park Guell is the famous park with mosaic benches and the salamander. This Park Guell is a sightseeing must-see when visiting Barcelona. However, only a limited number of visitors are admitted every hour. The park used to be free, but now you have to purchase your tickets in advance.
Visit the FC Barcelona Camp Nou stadium. Take the Camp Nou Experience tour and see the dressing rooms, trophies, and all the parts of the stadium, or attend one of Barca's matches.
4. Casa Mila & Casa Battló of Gaudì
Casa Mila and Casa Battló are two buildings with flats designed by Gaudi. La Pedrera means 'stone quarry' and is a highlight in terms of architecture. Visit one of these 'casas' of Antoni Gaudí to understand what the Catalan Modernism is.
The museum of Pablo Picasso is located in the district La Ribera. The Museu Picasso has over 4,000 works of art by the painter Pablo Picasso who spent an important part of his life in this city.
Las Ramblas is the busiest street in Barcelona with its flower stalls, plane trees, street musicians, and living statues. It's the most touristy place in the city and the spot to get souvenirs.
The Montjuïc is the most famous mountain of the city with dozens of sights, including Palau Nacional, Foundation Joan Miró, Poble Espanyol, the Olympic Stadium, the cable car, and the magical fountain 'Font Magica' with its fountain show of water and light.
The Palau de la Música is one of the most beautiful concert buildings in the style of Catalan Modernism. Visit a concert or take a tour through this Modernist palace of music. More info 'Palau de la Música'.
The Barri Gòtic is the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona's historical city centre, with the Barcelona cathedral and famous squares such as Plaça Reial and Plaça Sant Jaume. Wander the small, picturesque streets in the historical city centre near the Rambas. More info 'Barri Gòtic'.
Mercat de la Boqueria, or the Mercat de Sant Josep, is the colourful produce market on the Ramblas. The Boqueria market is the perfect place to start the day by tasting and experiencing Catalan flavours and smells. More info 'Mercat de la Boqueria'.
The hospital is one of the prime examples of Catalan modernist architecture. With its main building and many pavilions, the former complex of Hospital de Sant Pau is one of my favorite (less touristy) spots in Barcelona. More info 'Hospital de Sant Pau'.
One of the most popular and surprising ways to discover the city of Barcelona is by bicycle. The city has an extensive network of cycle paths, certainly also along the beach. Rent a bike yourself or join a bike ride with an inspiring English-speaking guide. More 'Cycling'.
Sights and landmarks in Barcelona
In addition to characteristic buildings and sights by Gaudi, such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, and Casa Batlló, Barcelona has many more unique buildings and landmarks that are worth visiting:
In addition to the Museo Picasso, this Spanish city offers many other famous museums, such as the Miro Museum, Maritime museum, and the MNAC in Palau Nacional.
Other famous places to visit in Barcelona
Other attractions, landmarks, must-sees and places to visit in Barcelona are:
Day trips from Barcelona
Around Barcelona (in Catalonia) you can find some popular attractions and sights, which can be visited on a day trip:
Colonia Güell (23 km)
The village of Colonia Güell with Gaudi's unfinished crypt
Montserrat (50 km)
Visit this Montserrat mountain with the Benedictine monastery
Museo Dalí (147 km)
The surrealistic museum of Salvador Dalí in the town Figueres
Tarragona (100 km)
On the coast lies Tarragona with a Roman history
Barcelona is Spain's second-largest city with 1.6 million 'Barcelonians' and 4.9 million inhabitants for the wider metropolis. The city was founded over 2,000 years ago and played an important role for all those years, in part because of its strategic location by the sea. The hill Montjuic with its fort was strategically located with a view of the sea and the beach. In all those centuries, metropolis Barcelona was influenced by different cultures.
Over the years, Barcelona has been welcoming to the rest of the world. That is why the city shows many influences and historical sights and landmarks from the 1888 and 1929 World Fairs, as well as the 1992 Olympics. Combine this with its mild, pleasant mediterranean climate, delicious Catalan cuisine, a vibrant nightlife, a paradise of shops, and the many works by artists and architects such as Gaudi, Picasso, and Miro. All of this has made Barcelona a top tourist destination, number seven on the list of the most visited cities in Europe. Prepare your Barcelona city trip carefully, for the hotels are popular and attractions such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell have long queues and are often sold out. Take your time to read through all the tips for your visit to Barcelona, and you'll be sure to have some unforgettable days in this wonderful city.
Barcelona has everything for the perfect city trip in Spain. This city in Catalonia has a great wealth of architecture, art and culture (including many museums) and is therefore the most visited city in Spain with 7.5 million tourists per year. Our Barcelona travel guide gives you the best tips about the tourist attractions, monuments and landmarks for a successful city trip in Barcelona and Spain. Everywhere during your city trip in Barcelona you will come across work by architect Antoni Gaudí and the city has several buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Artists such as Picasso and Miro are world famous. In addition, Barcelona is also the perfect city to enjoy delicious food (tapas) and drinks, to shop, to relax on the beach and to dive into the vibrant nightlife. Enjoy the visit of the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Camp Nou, the most beautiful concert hall in the world Palau de la Musica Catalana or Casa Mila, one of the wonders of artist Antoni Gaudí. Welcome to Barcelona, the city of Gaudi.
Choose your Top 10 of sights, museums, or must see highlights for your Barcelona city break and city trip from the list above. For each tourist attraction and highlight, you can read more information on the opening hours, tickets, location, and tours of these Barcelona sights. Read about also more about visiting Barcelona with children.
Faqs Things to do in Barcelona
What are the sights in Barcelona?
In the list of Top 10 sights you will find buildings by Gaudi such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and Casa Batllo. Other highlights in the city are the Camp Nou stadium, the Gothic Quarter with the cathedral, the Ramblas and the Palau de la Musica Catalana. Read all about the Barcelona tourist attractions.
Do I have to book tickets for the Sagrada Familia?
Gaudi's unfinished church is by far Barcelona's most popular attraction and is notorious for its long waiting times. To avoid disappointment, we always recommend that you book tickets online, as the church is regularly sold out in high season. Read more about booking Sagrada Familia tickets.
Which activities are free in Barcelona?
Unfortunately you have to buy tickets for many attractions, but you can also enjoy the city with little money. Visit the atmospheric Parc de la Ciutadella, the beautiful beaches, watch street artists on the Ramblas or enjoy the Boqueria fresh market. You get a phenomenal free view at the Bunkers del Carmel. Read all about free activities.
What can you see on the Montjuïc?
Montjuïc is Barcelona's most famous hill. On the hill you will find the cable car to the Castell de Montjuïc, the museum of Joan Miró, the Olympic stadium and a magnificent view of the Palau Nacional with the magic fountain show. More information about the sights of the Montjuïc.