Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA includes several Roman archaeological sites.
La Sagrada Familia
At the top of any list of Barcelona Top Ten Tourist Attractions, you will always find the fabulous and still unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia which was designed by Antoni Gaudi. not last century but the one before that, in 1882. This unique and breathtaking construction is Barcelona's most famous tourist attraction and the most visited.
Magic Fountain show
The Magic Fountain is a 'must see' Barcelona attraction. You have never seen a fountain like this. It really does feel magic to experience the beautiful show of water, light, and music. The Magic Fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the 1929 Barcelona World Fair and the Font Magica is still one of the most famous places in Barcelona with an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually. In the winter the fountain only has evening water and light shows on Friday and Saturdays. In the summer the evening light and music show are from Thursday to Sunday. Admission is free all year.
The Picasso Museum is Barcelona's most famous museum. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in the south of Spain, but the Picasso family moved to Barcelona in 1895 and Picasso lived here until 1904. Picasso's father was an art teacher and although as a child Pablo Picasso already studied art in Malaga, it was in Barcelona that he spent his formative years. He considered himself as being from Barcelona and it was here that spent his early years as a struggling young painter and first exhibited. The most famous Picasso paintings are not in Barcelona, but you can see a unique collection of 4000 works with early sketches and canvases, which shows his incredible development from student to the world´s best-loved artist. The museum is in several magnificent gothic mansions in the Born part of Barcelona's old city.
Las Ramblas street
Also called Las Ramblas because it consists of different sections. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said 'It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end' and it almost doesn't because it now continues into Port Vell marina. La Rambla starts at central square Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Columbus monument at the Port Vell marina. La Rambla is not a spectacular attraction in any way, but very pleasant to stroll down and feel the human heartbeat of Barcelona. La Rambla is also called Las Ramblas because different stretches of the street have different names.
FC Barcelona museum & Camp Nou stadium
Home of Barcelona football team. Buy Tickets Barcelona games. If there are no games during your visit, then book the stadium and museum tour. TICKETS Camp Nou Experience The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are among the most popular attractions in Barcelona attracting millions of visitors a year. Camp Nou also has one of the largest Nike stores in Europe packed with Barca merchandise. Unmissable for Barça fans.
The gothic quarter is the medieval city of Barcelona. It grew around the ancient Roman town of Barcino which is Barcelona's oldest area. The Gothic part of the city has many beautiful churches, plazas, markets, and museums and you can see parts of the old Roman walls. If you visit the Barcelona history museum Museu d'Història de la Ciutat you can see remains of Roman Barcino houses and streets under the museum. The gothic quarter is free to visit and best seen on foot because tour buses cannot drive through the narrow streets.
Park Guell by Gaudi
Parc Guell i is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to one of Gaudi's most artistic works. Parc Guell is a Barcelona top attraction and a must-see. The park is on Carmel hill so seeing this attraction involves a 900m uphill walk if you take the hop-on-hop-off bus or arrive from metro station Vallcarca. If you prefer not to walk, then take a taxi to the Park Guell front gate. The original idea of by Josep Guell was to develop a private and exclusive residential garden village with 60 houses. It didn't work and after Guell's death in 1923 the park was donated by the Guell family to Barcelona as a public park.
Modernisme was a Catalan cultural movement centered in Barcelona and Catalonia from 1888 to 1911. It is most famous for its architectural expression, in particular, the many works of Antoni Gaudí. There are a handful of modernist buildings in Barcelona that are unique and three of them are in the same Barcelona city block facing street Passeig de Gracia. The block is nicknamed 'Illa de la Discòrdia' - the 'Block of Discord' because the buildings are so different. They are Casa Amatller designed by Josep Puig I Cadafalch, the magical Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi and the Casa Lleó-Morera. A little further up the street Passeig de Gracia is one of Gaudi's most famous buildings - Casa Mila - nicknamed "La Pedrera" (the Quarry) because of its design. In the summer months, you can enjoy rooftop terrace concerts at La Pedrera. Casa Batllo offers summer concerts in its modernist courtyard. Another modernist treasure is the beautiful Palau Guell townhouse near Las Ramblas, also by Gaudi.
Montjuic hill & Poble Espanyol
Montjuic hill has many parks and attractions. There is a former fort on the summit called Montjuic Castle, which has a rich and dark history and fantastic views of Barcelona. The other main attraction on Montjuic hill is the Spanish village Poble Espanyol, which is a festive celebration of Spanish and Spanish culture and architecture. Originally built for the Barcelona 1929 World Fair it is showcase village of Spain's different regional styles. You can see all of Spain in one village. It was so popular with visitors and locals alike that the city kept it after the world exhibition ended. It now houses a wide variety of cafés, night clubs, restaurants, over 40 artisan craft shops, and the popular El Tablao de Carmen flamenco show. In 2018 Poble Espanyol opened a new "Fiesta" space which is an amazing multimedia show highlighting Spain's most popular and famous cultural festivals, celebrations and landscapes.
A visit to Tibidabo is a fun thing to do in Barcelona and great for kids. The views of Barcelona are fantastic and there is a small and fun vintage amusement park at the top, which is open in the summer from March to September. You can reach the Tibadabo hilltop by a vintage Blue Tram which connects to a mountain railway. Or take a bus from the Plaza Catalunya directly to Tibidabo when the funfair is open. The fun-fair is closed in winter, It is open at weekends in spring and autumn and generally open from Wednesday to Sunday in summer, but check before visiting. The Skywalk to enjoy views of Barcelona is free and open all year except a few weeks in February for annual maintenance.