With a plethora of activities to do and attractions to see in Barcelona, deciding where to start and what to do is no easy feat. To help you plan out your days and ensure that you can soak up as much as possible in the capital of Catalonia, we have created a round-up of the top ten places to visit in Barcelona.
Located in the heart of Barcelona, this is another must-see masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi. The once-drab house was bought by Josep Batlló of the Batlló family, who enlisted Gaudi’s help in building a house that was bold, bright and unlike anything else at the time – and Gaudi delivered. As you tour the house, make sure you take in the little details, like the stained glass windows, the unique chimneys and the blue lightwell.
This beautiful Roman Catholic church, designed by the famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, is hauntingly beautiful, despite remaining unfinished to this very date. The architecture is true to the Art Nouveau style that was popular at the time of inception and can be seen in many Barcelona tourist places today. The church features ornamental spires, stunning stone facades depicting stories and scenes from the Bible, and stained-glass windows that create fascinating illusions with light. We recommend that you take the audio tour with this tourist attraction – you definitely don’t want to miss an insight into the rich history and stories that surround one of the world’s most iconic church buildings, and one of the most famous places in Barcelona.
If you’re visiting during the peak summer season, make sure to buy your ticket and book your timeslot in advance. Given that it is not only a tourist spot but a place of worship for the locals, only a limited number of people are allowed within the church at any given time – and this is a sight that you do not want to miss out on!
This hill overlooks the harbour of Barcelona and offers stunning views of the city, especially at sunset, but what many don’t know is that it also played an important role in defending the city during more tumultuous times. Today, it is one of the most exciting places to visit in Barcelona. We recommend that you take the cable car to reach the top – not only will you be rewarded with fantastic views at the peak, but also, all along your journey to the top. Once you’re there, stroll through the Montjuic Castle, admire the Joan Miró fountain and check out the Grec Theather Gardens. If the weather is warm, you may even want to cool off with a dip in the Montjuic Municipal Pool.
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Park Güell is a connected system of multiple public parks that sit atop Carmel Hill in the Gràcia district and one of the key places to visit in Barcelona. It was also designed by Antoni Gaudi and is seen by many as a true statement of his personal aesthetic, which was largely influenced by organic shapes. Within the garden, there are a lot of structures and views to see – notable ones include the multicoloured salamander made in mosaic, the serpentine bench which is made with tiles and the unique bird nests built into the terrace walls.
Whether you have one day or one week, Las Ramblas is one of the Barcelona tourist places that you simply cannot miss. It is the central street of the city, and known for the trees that line its entirety from Plaça de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. Las Ramblas is usually very crowded from morning until night, filled with eager tourists who are keen to shop at the souvenir stores, dine at the local restaurants and cafes, and enjoy entertainment provided by the many street performers who work there. The famous food market, La Boqueria, is located off Las Ramblas and is another must-do in the city.
Whether you are a football fan or not, Camp Nou is one of the most interesting must-visit places in Barcelona. It is the home stadium of FC Barcelona, one of Spain’s most prominent football teams, and seats almost one hundred thousand people at full capacity! Today, Camp Nou is open to the public who can tour the stadium and its facilities, as well as learn more about the structure, sport and team from the museum that sits within. If you happen to be in Barcelona during the football season, try to get your hands on tickets for a game at Camp Nou – it is bound to be the experience of a lifetime.
The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is one of the oldest parts of the city and one of the most interesting places to visit in Barcelona. Till date, you can find some remnants of Roman and medieval structures that once existed here. The area consists of many tiny, winding streets that open up to a large public square, and the best way to see it is to simply wander and lose yourself in the area. You can even witness one of Antoni Gaudi’s first projects – he was enlisted to design the street lamps of Plaça Reial soon after graduating from university. They may seem largely unremarkable in comparison to his other works, but it gives you deep insight into his humble beginnings.