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From the bustling streets of Las Ramblas to the breath-taking architecture of the Cathedral, Barcelona is truly in a league of its own. Let us take you on a virtual tour of all the beauty this Catalonian gem has to offer. Here's the 25 best things to do in Barcelona:
Catedral De Barcelona
One of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks, all who come to this city are encouraged to revel in its architectural grandeur. This vast Gothic temple reigns supreme over the surrounding narrow lanes and quaint shops. Shrouded in history, the Catedral will not only satisfy your cultural cravings but also provide exquisite city views from the short elevator ride to the top.
Park Guell is an almost fairy-tale like location: a park composed of luscious green gardens and spiralling towers. Home to one of Barcelona’s most iconic symbols- the mosaic lizard, there is no doubt Park Guell is architecturally and aesthetically pleasing to all who visit. Soak up the sun, get lost in the parks kaleidoscope of colour and see its beauty for yourself- not just through a postcard.
Casa Batlló is often described as one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, thus making it one of the most must-see attractions the city has to offer. It is the embodiment of Barcelona- colour, culture and creative expression. The exterior is decorated with a mirage of different textures, colours and patterns, resulting in a truly breathtaking sight.
Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site
Believe it or not, this building was once a hospital. Revolutionary architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner envisioned a ‘garden city’ in which patients would enjoy recovering in. Today, after renovation, it is now a museum and arts venue which hosts the runaways for Barcelona’s fashion week. The site Is often described as being a ‘city within a city’, offering a unique tour experience filled with exquisite art décor and history.
Taking a break from the culture, Barceloneta is perfect for all those who love a bustling, social atmosphere under the hot Spanish sun. Locals never miss the opportunity to surf and sunbathe on Sant Sebastià Beach, dine in the variety of al fresco seafood restaurants and tapas bars. Why not join them on your next visit? Despite not being the most picturesque beach in the region, luxury is not an unfamiliar concept with the views of 5-star hotel W Barcelona on offer. To make the most of such a vibrant city, it is essential you get a feel for just how socially connected Barcelona is, and there is no better way to do so than spend the day in this famous district. Despite the often loud and exciting atmosphere, the beach simultaneously calms and cools down those who visit, so no matter where you stand on the social scene, the beach is worth the visit.
La Sagrada Familia
To take a trip to Barcelona and miss the opportunity to visit La Sagrada Familia would simply be an injustice. Another one of Gaudi’s most celebrated works, this extraordinary temple is seen by many as the pinnacle of Barcelona. One of the temples most intriguing factors is that it is the largest unfinished church with the latest end date to be 2026. As expected, the architecture and interior are equally impressive, providing a genuinely unique expression of culture and religion.
One of the most contributing factors to what put Barcelona on the map is their iconic football club. Here is the home of one of the most renowned clubs in the whole world. The stadium offers a touring experience where you will get to walk in the grounds of where many world-class players have made history. Throughout the whole of Barcelona, the sheer intensity of the club’s legacy can be felt, mainly through the stacks of Messi shirts on sale at every store, however, nothing can compare to standing in the grounds. Whether you visit on game day or not, the atmosphere is unmatchable.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Many of the places listed are marvelled at from afar; however, in this next attraction, the beauty lies within the interior. By day take a tour inside to see the extravagant chandeliers and stained glass domes, by night, get dressed up and witness some of the greatest musical acts on offer. Either way, a spectacular and unforgettable experience awaits. From jazz and flamenco to operas and all that’s in-between, the venue offers a variety of high-quality acts that are bound to impress.
Barcelona’s most infamous street, a one- mile golden pathway offering passage all the way from Plaça de Catalunya to Port Vell. When you think of Barcelona, this is the first place that comes to mind. So what exactly is it about La Rambla that imprints itself on tourist’s hearts? For many, it’s merely the experience; for others, it is the ambient atmosphere. For many visitors, it is their very first introduction to Barcelona: the scorching hot weather, the overwhelming number of outside cafes and bars offering giant jugs of sangria, the street performers and their authentic acts. This vibrant promenade is a must-see, offering a portal into the Barcelona way.
This charming Gothic Quarter is the perfect place to visit for those visitors who prefer a laidback, wining and dining Barcelona experience. The area is quaint and easy to navigate- offering trendy bars, clubs and exclusive, high-quality restaurants. Let your hair down, have a refreshing cocktail and take in this city and its endless possibilities for entertainment.
Nowhere else would there be a hill with so many grand components. Taking you away from the central part of the city, this next attraction is more out of the way, making it perfect for those who like to get away from the chaos of a city. With the appearance of a palace, Montjuic offers so much more than expected: Museums, gardens, balconies, fountains- all which provide perfect photo opportunities. By day take a tour around the attraction and visit the treasures in the museum and by night witness the beautiful magic fountain show which lights up the whole of Barcelona.
Barcelona’s oldest and most esteemed market, La Boqueria is a place that satisfies all your 5 senses. Often described as a food lover’s orchestra, the market Is an experience within itself. The chants of traders exchanging their goods, the smells of salty, fresh seafood and the exquisite sight of racks upon racks of cava. The abyss of excellent food and beverages is something that cannot be described- words do not do it justice, so experience it for yourself- there is no better place than Catalonia.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Idyllic and green, the park lets visitors be at one with nature. Beautiful and impressive in its layout, figures and facilities, you are encouraged to take long strolls or just simply relax. For history and culture, you have the Catalan Parliament; for pleasure, there is a zoo on site. The main architectural feature is the stunning golden waterfall, which gleams in the sun, instantly calming and pleasing those who lounge around in the park.
You would have probably noticed this next attraction from the city centre before you even knew what it was. A high peaking mountain, the silhouette of a dreamlike temple and a colossal bronze statue of Jesus Christ would no doubt capture your attention. However, it is not until you actually visit you will see the thrilling amusement park with a giant colourful Ferris wheel. Here all your needs are covered, the fulfilment of both culture and enjoyment. You can hear the excited shrieks and the shocking gasps over the picturesque views from those on the rides. This attraction embodies Barcelona in its arguably most notable trait- Diversity. No matter your age Tibidabo has something to please all.
Castells (Human Towers)
Perhaps one of the city’s most authentic feature, Castells pop up around a variety of the regions squares during busy festival periods. Teams compete to build the tallest and fastest tower- illustrating the solidarity and team spirit of the Catalan people. The tower is assembled with the strongest suitors at the base, and a single child chosen to be placed at the very top, like a star on a Christmas tree. The tower is only finished, and the winner is only declared when the tower has successfully been dismantled without collapsing. All in all, the towers provide an excellent yet nerve-wracking show for spectators.
One The region’s most prominent squares, this beautiful plaza, situated just out of the centre, intersects many main roads of Barcelona. It serves as not only a significant transport hub but also houses a variety of features such as the Arenas de Barcelona, a bull ring that has been converted into a shopping centre.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
A sight to behold in itself, this museum is a must see. Rich in Beauty both inside and out, this masterpiece is worth the visit. Offering an insight into the history of Catalonia, it makes you feel like part of the culture.
Palo Alto Market
Once upon a time, it was an abandoned factory. Today it is a trendy, spacious lot jammed pack with plenty of food trucks, live music and laughter. If you could pick one attraction off this list that really screams ‘tourist’, Palo Alto Market would be it. Here, all feel at home, so order a cooling beverage from one of the pop- up beer bars, taking a bite out of some of the delicious cuisine and soak up the infectious vibes.
“The World Begins With Every Kiss” Mural
This is one for the passers-by, those who go about their business but have an eye for true artistic beauty. This Mural was only supposed to be a temporary exhibition, but it resonated so much with those who saw it, it was never taken down. The Mural made up of 4,000 tiles with photos printed on them to depict two people kissing. It embodies romance, empathy and the importance of human connection. Whether you are in love, travelling with your significant other or you are a solo wanderer, you can’t help but feel your heart warm upon seeing this sight.
This beautifully quirky mansion was built by the one and only Gaudi for the wealthy businessman Guell. An insightful visit is all it takes to discover how Gaudi crafted this feature using the elements of light, space and sound.
It would be wrong to not include something for the party animals. Ice Barcelona is not your average bar; it is made of ice, hence the title. Despite not being the only one of its kind in the world, this ice bar is a breath of fresh air from the Spanish Sun., Slip on a fur coat, have a frozen cocktail and cool yourself down in this Arctic experience.
Plaça de Catalunya
Here we find ourselves in the centre of Barcelona. This vast square is believed to reunite the old and the new city. It’s a network of main streets such as La Rambla, and its endless supply of fountains (and pigeons) is why it often finds itself so heavily occupied.
Passeig de Gràcia
It is hard to believe that this area was once considered a town in itself, on the outskirts of Barcelona. However, in the 19th century, it was officially added to Barcelona’s long list of treasures. There is no shortage of luxury with the array of designer boutiques the area has to offer. Many compare it to Paris due to its subtle sophistication, so take a trip and relish in the European elegance.
Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona
For many tourists, Arcs are not an unfamiliar concept- there are many versions in a variety of cities, and here we have Barcelona’s take. Significant both historically and culturally, once you have admired the arc, take a walk through and visit the adjacent park which is almost always filled with musicians and smiley faces.
The monument stands at the end of Las Ramblas, facing the sea. It is a homage to Christopher Columbus, honouring his first voyage to the America’s. Of course, many take the opportunity to admire from the outside, but so little know you can also go inside. What lies inside are breathtaking views at the expense of a short elevator ride to the top, and a glass of the finest wines in the wine bar.