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BARCELONA ATTRACTIONS

Discover 21 amazing attractions in Barcelona
and enjoy your time in our wonderful city!
Sagrada Familia

By far one of the most unique buildings in the world, this unfinished modernist church was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Together with six Gaudí buildings in Barcelona, part of la Sagrada Família is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to "Gaudí's exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology".

Park Güell

If you like photography, this is the perfect place for you! This public park in the northern part of Barcelona is made of amazing gardens and colorful architectural elements. It was built by Antoni Gaudí from 1900 to 1914 and later declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under "Works of Antoni Gaudí". The view from the park is also worth the trip, as you will see all Barcelona from the top!

Gothic quarter

This is the old city centre of Barcelona and a good one for getting lost in its labyrinthine streets. It’s closed to regular traffic so you can wander around relaxed and rather aimlessly here and get a sense of Barcelona’s long and vibrant history. You’ll also find some tasty spots to eat at in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Yum!

Barcelona Cathedral

The full name of this church is: “The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia”, and it is much older than Sagrada Família (which in fact is not a cathedral). Dating as far back as the 13th century, this Cathedral is steeped in rich history and is one of the most impressive sites to see in Barcelona. The neo-gothic façade was completed in the late nineteenth century.

Santa Maria del Mar

Another stunning old medieval church in Barcelona is Santa Maria del Mar, which was built between 1329 and 1383. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic. In addition to the interior of the church, you may want to visit the beautiful crypt and… don’t miss the wonderful views that can be enjoyed from the rooftop!

Casa Batlló

Another Gaudi masterpiece, this building is worth seeing alone for its stunning amazing technicolour! It’s really easy to get there as it’s in the city center of Barcelona. Much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís). The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.

Casa Amatller

You’ll find this beautiful building just next to Casa Battló. It was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch as a residence for chocolatier Antoni Amatller and was constructed between 1898 and 1900. It is a prime example of the Modernisme style of architecture in Barcelona and is regarded as one of the most important modernist buildings in the city.

Casa Milà (Pedrera)

Also known as La Pedrera, this building was designed by Gaudi in the early 1900s and is a prime example of not just Gaudi’s famed work but of prime modernist architecture. Architectural innovations include a self-supporting undulating stone façade, a free-plan floor, underground garage and the spectacular terrace on the roof.

Arc de Triomf

There are lots of these Triumphal arches dotted in cities across Europe and Barcelona’s version is definitely worth a visit. It was built as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition. The arch crosses over the wide central promenade of the Passeig de Lluís Companys, which leads to the beautiful Ciutadella Park

Ciutadella Park

At one point, this park used to be the only green space in Barcelona. This isn’t the case anymore, but an afternoon spent wandering the grounds of this park is guaranteed to be time well spent! It includes the city zoo, the Palau del Parlament de Catalunya, some museums, a small lake and a large, beautiful fountain.

Magic Fountain in Montjuïc

The best time to see this technicolour fountain is at night! You’ll love its fantastic shows, where water dances with music, lights and colors! This fountain is very easy to reach, as it’s located near Plaça Espanya, on the Montjuïc mountain. Like most of the surrounding developments, it was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.

Plaça Espanya

One of the biggest squares in Barcelona, that was built at the foot of the Montjuïc hill for the 1929 International Exhibition. Here you will see the two Venetian Towers (47 m tall), the Fira de Barcelona (Barcelona’s trade fair institution), Las Arenas (a bullring that has been converted into a shopping center) and Parc Joan Miró, with its statue Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird).

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Situated on the Montjuïc hill at the end of Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, near Plaça Espanya, the museum was officially inaugurated in 2004. Also known as MNAC, this is the national museum of Catalan visual art and one of the largest museums in Spain. On the way to the museum, you’ll see wonderful views of the city!

Poble Espanyol

This is an open-air architectural museum and is located a mere stone’s throw away from the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. This museum is perhaps one of the most interesting places you’ll get to visit in Barcelona, as you walk through 117 full-scale buildings from the 15 autonomous regions of Spain. It also contains a theater, restaurants and artisan workshops!

La Barceloneta

This neighborhood was built in the mid 18th century. We can still see old fishermen houses in the area, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. Today La Barceloneta is known for its sandy beach and you’ll find many restaurants, hotels and nightclubs along the boardwalk. You can also discover this area is by taking Las Golondrinas (small boats), which leave from the front port of the Columbus monument.

Palau de la Música Catalana

This richly decorated building was designed by the Catalan modernisme architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Thanks to its magnificent skylight of stained glass, it is the only concert hall in Europe that is illuminated entirely by natural light during daytime. More than half a million people a year attend musical performances in the Palau!

Hospital de Sant Pau

Another masterpiece of creativity, the former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and built between 1901 and 1930. Together with Palau de la Música Catalana, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Today it is a museum, where you can admire the stunning façades of the complex.

Tibidabo

Tibidabo is a mountain overlooking Barcelona that can be easily reached via the Tibidabo Funicular. On the top you can visit the Sagrat Cor church and the Tibidabo Amusement Park. It is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola (512 metres), and it offers amazing views over Barcelona and the Catalan coastline.

Labyrinth Park of Horta

If there ever was a place to wander around and get lost in, this is it! Located in the Horta-Guinardó district next to the Collserola ridge, this is one of the oldest, historical gardens in Barcelona. The park comprises an 18th-century neoclassical garden and a 19th-century romantic garden. Have fun in the labyrinth and enjoy the beautiful nature!

Camp Nou

Camp Nou is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its opening, in 1957. It is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the third largest football stadium in the world in capacity (it holds around 99,000 spectators). It is recognised by the UEFA as a five-star stadium. The visit includes admission to the FC Barcelona Museum, the club shop and the dressing rooms for visiting teams.

Monastery of Pedralbes

This is a Gothic monastery turned into a museum, housing collections from Barcelona City History Museum. It was founded by King James II of Aragon in 1326. The cloister has three floors of wide arches on columns, and a lovely central garden of palms and orange trees. You can also visit the Chapel of St. Michael, decorated with several fresco paintings.

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