Barcelona is one of those rare cities where a series of events have come together and created a very special setting. This list comprises pretty much everything that you should be looking for if you want to go sightseeing around Barcelona.
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Top Attractions in Barcelona
Visiting the Sagrada Familia it’s an enjoyable experience and a great way to be introduced into Gaudí’s architecture. Considered one of his greatest works, tt was the second most visited monument in Spain in 2017, with 4,5 million visitors.
Sagrada Familia: Fast track tickets
Out of all the projects that Antoni Gaudí built in Barcelona, Park Güell stands out as one of those special and unique places in the city. A landmark on its own, it’s part of the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site.
Park Güell Admission Ticket
Casa Batlló is one of Barcelona’s biggest landmarks. Considered one of the most creative designs made by Gaudi, it’s impossible to miss if you walk down the Passeig de Gràcia.
Casa Batlló Ticket and Video Guide
La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà, one of the most famous icons of Barcelona. Built and designed by Antoni Gaudí in 1912, one of the first figures and driving forces behind the modernista movement.
Skip-the-Line: Casa Milà Ticket with Audio Guide
One of the most celebrated concert hall in Barcelona and one of the most fantastic buildings the Modernista movement ever created. It has over 100 years of music history and it’s listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Tickets: Palau de la Música Guided Tour
The biggest park in Barcelona, is located on the District of La Ribera, in the Old City quarter (Ciutat Vella). With large green areas, it’s the perfect place for leisure and to take the children as well. Also, the Barcelona Zoo is located within its grounds.
Ciutadella Park Segway Tour
Located inside Parc de la Ciutadella, where it previously took place the 1888 Universal Exhibition. Its main objective has been the conservation of wildlife in a public urban environment and providing at the same time recreational services, especially for children.
Barcelona Zoo Tickets
Barcelona’s Cathedral is located in the Gothic Quarter, the heart of Barcelona. It was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, although the main facade and all the visible gothic elements, were added during the late 19th and early 20th century.
Barcelona Cathedral Tour (With rooftop access)
The only true exponent of Catalan Gothic style, this church is widely famous in Barcelona for being the background setting of the best selling book “La Catedral del Mar” (Cathedral of the Sea). Certainly one of the Medieval buildings in Barcelona that deserves a visit.
Tickets: Cathedral of the Sea Walking Tour
La Boqueria was the first market to open in Barcelona. It has become one of the city’s milestones. Not just regarded as a regular market, but more like a social and gastronomical experience. Here you can find every possible option to eat and drink.
Boqueria Market Tour & Cooking Experience
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is one of the most amazing spectacles in Barcelona, and it’s free of charge. It was one of the biggest innovations built for the 1929 International Exhibition, displaying water and light shows as early as 1922.
Montjuic Magic Fountain Night Tour
Sightseeing Areas in Barcelona
On the other hand, Barcelona has a some areas of great interest that can’t be considered neither monuments nor neighborhoods. These areas concentrate many attractions and touristic spots altogether, mixed with shopping areas, nightlife and plenty of activities.
Is the most famous street in Barcelona and one of the most common meeting places. It streches along many important spots you’ll also want to get acquainted with, for instance La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most fashionable and iconic street market, the famous Liceu Theater, and the Plaça Reial.
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The Olympic Port is one of the most exciting leisure and touristic spots throughout the city, with a wide offering of shops, clubs and restaurants. The gateway to the new Barcelona is marked by the image of the almost identical buildings of Arts Hotel and Mapfre Tower.
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Montjuic is a prominent hill overlooking the Barcelona harbour, that for ages played a strategic part in the defense of the city. Nowadays, the area is a touristic magnet for Barcelona. This area features lots of attractions and places of interest. Don’t miss the funicular to the Montjuic Castle.
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This is the best place in the city for spectacular views of Barcelona. Tibidabo is a peak of the Collserola mountain range that surrounds Barcelona. Standing at 512 meters, it’s the highest point of Barcelona and home of the most antique amusement park operating in Spain.
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Here you’ll find all the main facilities that were used for the 1992 Summer Olympics, like the Olympic Stadium. Constructed in 1929, it was subject of severe renovations in 1989 just in time to host the 1992 Olympics, the event that finally put Barcelona on the world map.
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Plaza España is one of the most important squares in town. This area is gateway to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic and a major transport hub. It’s one of the biggest touristic places of the city, hosting many attractions and places of interest.
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Last but not least, we find the Barcelona Forum. After the 1992 Olympic Games, the Forum was the most ambitious undertaking to take place in Barcelona. Nowadays, it’s a huge multipurpose area in Barcelona with open spaces and squares, marina, museums, skyscrapers and parks.
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More tips for your visit to Barcelona
In our guide you’ll find more information to help you find your way across the city. Check our transport section to learn how to move around Barcelona. Also, if you travel with your family, see all you can do in Barcelona with kids.
Barcelona is so much more than its beaches and shopping, visit our nearby section and find out all that you can do within an hour away from the city.
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