Creating a condensed list of the top sightseeing places in Barcelona is not an easy task. Barcelona is one of those rare cities where a series of events have come together and created a very special setting, considering that it has much more places of interest than many other cities of bigger size. This list comprises pretty much everything that you should be looking for if you want to go sightseeing around Barcelona.
Top Attractions in Barcelona
It’s truly an enjoyable experience and a great way to be introduced into Gaudí’s architecture. Besides it offers the best possible views of the surrounding Eixample District, Barcelona’s own Big Apple. No wonder it’s the third most visited monument in Spain and the first in Barcelona, with 3,2 million visitors in 2014.
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 and as soon you pass the entrance, you notice right away that this isn’t an ordinary park.
Casa Batlló is one of Barcelona’s biggest landmarks. It’s impossible to miss it if you walk down the Passeig de Gràcia (Gràcia Avenue), by the flashes and the crowds. If buildings could be celebrities, there would be a perpetual red carpet in front of Casa Batlló.
Gracing one of the most distinguished corners of the stylish Passeig de Gràcia is La Pedrera building, also known as Casa Milá, 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.
Not only is the largest football stadium in Spain but Camp Nou it’s also the largest in Europe and home to the Football Club Barcelona, one of the most successful football clubs in the world. Spanning almost 60 years of defining history making moments in sports, politics and music, it’s one of Barcelona’s celebrated monuments.
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.
The biggest and for quite a long time, only park in Barcelona, is located on the District of La Ribera, in the Old City quarter (Ciutat Vella). It is not to be mistaken with the very similar name of the park which is Ciutadella, Catalan word for fortress. Entrance is free.
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’s Cathedral, is located in the heart of Barcelona, marking the beginning of the Gothic Quarter, is one of the most fascinating places of the Barcelona downtown. The square is always full of bystanders, street vendors, street musicians and tourists.
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.
The most visited market in Barcelona, La Boqueria was the first one to open and has become one of the city’s milestones. Not just regarded as a regular market, but more like a social and gastronomical experience, there is a lot more going on, and you can find every possible option to eat and drink.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic it’s without a doubt 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.
Sightseeing Areas in Barcelona
Barcelona has a some areas of great interest that can’t be considered neither monuments nor neighborhoods, but more like places that concentrate many attractions and touristic spots altogether, mixed with shopping areas, nightlife and plenty of activities.
Is he most famous street in Barcelona and one of the most common meeting places. Considered the epicenter of Barcelona, 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.
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.
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 and there are so many things to do in Montjuic you just can’t miss on your trip to Barcelona!
This is the best place in the city for spectacular views of Barcelona from top to bottom. 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.
Here you’ll find all the main facilities that were used for the 1992 Summer Olympics and much more, starting with the Olympic Stadium, that was constructed in 1929 as Barcelona was bidding to host the 1936 Games that were finally awarded to Berlin. 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.
Plaza España is one of the most important squares in town, gateway to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, one of the newest shopping centers in Barcelona and a major transport hub. It’s one of the biggest touristic places of the city, hosting many attractions and places of interest.
The Barcelona Universal Forum of Cultures was the first of its kind to be celebrated in the world, advocating for causes such as peace, human rights and sustainable projects. After the 1992 Olympic Games, it 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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