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Attractions in Barcelona

The main tourist attractions and sights in Barcelona

Attractions in Barcelona

An overview of all the Barcelona tourist attractions, museums, parks and other sights while visiting Barcelona.

The 10 best attractions in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city full of museums, parks, Gaudi buildings, and other highlights. Barcelona offers more than just the highlights 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 monument, museum or attraction:

Park Guell

2. Park Güell

Park Guell is the famous park with mosaic benches and the salamander. This Park Guell is a 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.

Casa Battlo Barcelona

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.

Sights Barcelona La Rambla

6. La Rambla

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.

Montjuïc Barcelona

7. Parc de Montjuïc & Font Magica

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.

Gothic Quarter Barcelona

9. Gothic quarter of Barcelona

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'.

Market Boqueria highlights

10. Boqueria Market

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. Meer info 'Mercat de la Boqueria'.

Buildings and monuments 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 highlights that are worth visiting:

Casa Batlló Barcelona
Casa Batlló, a unique house designed by Gaudí
Hospital de Sant Pau
Hospital de Sant Pau, the historical and modernist hospital
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia, the unfinished cathedral of Gaudí
Santa María del Mar Barcelona
Basilica de Santa María del Mar, basilica located in the El Born district
Cathedral of Barcelona
Cathedral of Barcelona, cathedral 'La Seu' located in the Gothic Quarter
Torre Glòries
Torre Glòries, the remarkable and wonderfully lit skyscraper
Casa Vicens Barcelona
Casa Vicens, Gaudí's colorful and hidden gem
Palau Guell Barcelona
Palau Guell, a palace designed by Antoni Gaudí
Columbus Monument Barcelona
Columbus Monument, or the 'monumento a Colon' near the harbour
arc de triomf Barcelona
Arc de Triomf, the triumphal arch in the Ciutadella Park
Casa Mila
Monaster of Pedralbes

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Museums of Barcelona

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.

CosmoCaixa Barcelona
CosmoCaixa, the science museum
Foundation Joan Miró Barcelona
Foundation Joan Miró, the Miro Museum on Montjuic mountain
Maritime museum of Barcelona
Museo de historia de Barcelona MUHBA
Museo de Historia de Barcelona, the MUHBA historical museum obout the history of the city
Picasso Museum Barcelona
Picasso Museum, the Pablo Picasso Museum in Barcelona
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
MNAC: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, museum located in Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc

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Parks in Barcelona

Parc de la Ciutadella Barcelona
Parc de la Ciutadella, park of the 1888 World Fair with the Font de la Cascada
Tibidabo & Amusement Park, the mountain Tibidabo with a beautiful view and an amusement park
Parc del laberint d'Horta Barcelona
Parc del laberint d'Horta, the park with maze
Botanical garden Barcelona
Botanical gardens of Barcelona (Jardí Botànic de Barcelona)

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Squares & Streets in Barcelona

Plaça d'Espanya
Plaça d'Espanya with the mall Las Arenas
Plaça Sant Jaume Barcelona Barri Gòtic
Plaça Sant Jaume, square located in the Gothic Quarter, between the Palau de la Generalitat and the town hall
Plaça Reial, plein in Barcelona
Plaça Reial, central square with many restaurants in the old Gothic Quarter
Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya, the central square that the Ramblas and Passeig de Gràcia lead to

Other places to visit in Barcelona

Other attractions and must-sees on your visit to Barcelona are:

aquarium Barcelona
L'Aquarium, the marine aquarium near the harbour
Font Màgica Montjuïc Barcelona
Font Màgica Montjuïc, the magic fountain
Teleferic de Montjuic Barcelona
Cable car 'Teleferic de Montjuic' and the castle of the Montjuïc
Zoo of Barcelona
Zoo of Barcelona, the zoo located in Parc de la Ciutadella
Colonia Guell
Colonia Güell & Crypt of Gaudì, the village of Colonia Güell with Gaudi's unfinished crypt is situated 23 km from Barcelona
Port Barcelona highlights
Port Vell, the Barcelona harbour with the shopping centre Mare Magnum and the cable car over the harbour
Poble Espanyol Barcelona sights
Poble Espanyol, an open-air museum located on the Montjuïc hill
Beach of Barcelona
Beach of Barcelona, a total of 4 km of beaches near the city

Choose your Top 10 of sights, museums, or highlights for your Barcelona city break and city trip from the list above. For each attraction and highlight, you can read more information on the opening hours, tickets, location, and tours of these Barcelona sights. Read about visiting Barcelona with children.

Visiting Barcelona

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 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 Guell 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!


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