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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
  • 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.
  • Events in Barcelona
    Fira de Santa Llúcia
    1. Dec 2016 - 23. Dec 2016
    City centre (Barcelona)

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What People Are Saying About Barcelona

Excellent knowledgeable guide managed the group well.

I enjoyed the level of knowledge and detail provided, and the professional yet friendly way the group was managed.

Scary cycling round Barcelona but really enjoyable

Arrived at meeting point to be told no tours from that location. One phone call had guide appearing and taking charge and an enjoyable tour followed
Barcelona Tapas Tour by Bicycle Reviewed by Anita, 10/18/2016

One who loves music, singing and dancing would love it!

On our trip we searched tickets for our first Flamenco show. We didn't aim the most spactular and prestige one, and we found this show. There are only 2 dancers, and they dance each in his turn (the stage is very small) - so just know that there are shows of more the 2 dancers. The 5 men band who played the music were spactacular! We were so happy we had the chance to sit in the 2nd row, thus we could see their feet. I don't know how is it for the crowd who sit in the back. We paid 64 euro for a couple (32 for each). A single ticket only for this show costs 15 euro in the entrance. We skip the line in the entrance because of this deal. The tapas dinner afterwards was in another bar (close to the flamenco place). The dinner was very good. 9 dishes, but we were stuffed after 4 dishes :) and also lots of Sangeria. If you're searching for a taste of flamenco. we recomeds! About the dinner, do your math but it was very good!
Barcelona: Tapas and Flamenco Experience Reviewed by Natan, 10/17/2016

Well worth the money. Tiana's presentation was excellent.

This was only a small surcharge over the value of the ticket and a great investment. Our guide was a treat.

Wonderful overview of the old city of Barcelona

Our tour guide Alex was great. He was extremely knowledgable about the history of the area. Highly recommend
Barcelona: Free 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Susan, 10/16/2016

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