Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene. Barcelona's architectural treasures span 2000-plus years. Towering temple columns, ancient city walls, and subterranean stone corridors provide a window into Roman-era Barcino. Fast forward a thousand years or so to the Middle Ages by taking a stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals. In other parts of town bloom the sculptural masterpieces of Modernisme, a mix of ingenious and whimsical creations by Gaudí and his Catalan architectural contemporaries. Barcelona has also long inspired artists, including Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, both of whom have major Barcelona museums devoted to their works.

Top sights in Barcelona

L'Eixample District

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Sagrada Familia

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Barcelona El Prat Airport

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Montserrat Monastery

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Camp Nou

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FC Barcelona Museum

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Park Güell

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Port Vell

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Top 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.

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 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.

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!

What is the most famous street in Barcelona?

La Rambla street, also called Las Ramblas, is the most famous walking street in Barcelona. La Rambla goes from Plaça de Catalunya to the Port Vell marina of Barcelona and and borders the Raval and the Gothic areas of the old city.

Good to know

Language

Catalan and Spanish

Currency

Euro (€)

Country Code

+34

Time Zone

UTC (+01:00)

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.

What people are saying about Barcelona

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Magical Horse Riding Experience with Stunning Views of Montserrat!
Absolutely amazing experience! Every minute was worth it! Highly recommend this to anyone wanting to visit Montserrat – this is the best way to experience the city! Beautiful views throughout the scenic countryside – pictures are no justice. The horse riding was my favorite part of the day – all the horses were stunning and exceptionally calm to ride. It is even applicable for beginners – this was only my second time actually riding a horse and I was extremely comfortable. Overall, a very knowledgable tour guide with interesting stories and history of Montserrat was given throughout the day. Loved it!!

From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour reviewed by Sahrish

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent wine and cava, nice transport, great guide Paul.
Having done wine tours in Italy/Tuscany, Napa and Sonoma we found this one different. We liked every bottle we tasted. Even though I am not big champagne or Cava drinker it was outstanding. The vineyard was a perfect picture of the past that has been changed with technology and the 3rd generation studying winemaking in university. The guide was excellent. Paul. I have to be honest, we had some vineyards in Italy/Tuscany that we couldn’t really even enjoy the wine. In Sonoma and Napa, it was mixed. I was very impressed with Spanish wine both red and Cava. Delicious and very reasonably priced.

Small-Group Premium Cava & Wine Tour from Barcelona reviewed by Jeffrey

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 6:45 am was the perfect time to visit Monserret..skip the crowds and l
The tour guide was exceptional. We arrived before the crowds and did not feel rushed to see the Black Madonna. The only downside was we didn’t have enough time in the museum where there were paintings by Dali, Picasso, and others.. We could have used an additional hr to make this tour even more perfect. The driver also was very good..making sure we were safe going around all the switchbacks.

Montserrat Monastery and Museum Admission Ticket reviewed by Yolanda

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Good tour, but late starting, about 1/2 hour. Knowledgable guide
Somewhat difficult to find the starting point down Larrard St. Had to ask someone at the entrance to the Parc, but he did explain it. Waiting at the starting point was not fun when we had tried so hard to get there on time. Otherwise, a very good experience.

Park Guell Guided Walking Tour reviewed by Carol

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