Barcelona offers a such a wealth of activities to visitors, it can be a challenge to organize your trip. In this post we’ve compiled the cream of what the city has to offer – covering the best cultural, recreational and gastronomic attractions.
1. Park Güell
Originally intended as a housing development project for the elite of Barcelona, Park Güell instead became a much loved public park. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and now stands among the top tourist attractions in the city.
2. The Beaches of Barceloneta
Barceloneta’s Sant Sebastià beach sits beside the W Hotel Barcelona, designed by architect Ricardo Bofill. The beaches of Barceloneta are easily reached from the city center, a short walk from the nearest metro station of Barceloneta (L4).
3. Casa Milà
Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (the quarry) was designed by Antoni Gaudí and built from 1906–1912. The building was commissioned by the industrialist Pere Milà and his wife Roser Segimon.
4. Hospital Sant Pau
The Hospital Sant Pau is one of Europe’s foremost art-nouveau sites. The building was designed by the Modernist architect Domènech i Montaner. Sant Pau is located in the Eixample neighborhood a short walk from La Sagrada Familia. The hospital took 30 years to build, from 1901 to 1930 and was recently renovated.
Tibidabo is a mountain of 512 metres, the tallest in the Collserola range that overlooks the city of Barcelona. Sagrat Cor church and Tibidabo amusement park are perched on the top. For over a century Tibidabo has been a classic day out for the people of Barcelona.
6. Parc de la Ciutadella
The 70 acre park was created in the mid-19th century and includes the city zoo, the Parliament of Catalonia, a small lake, museums and an ornate fountain designed by Josep Fontserè.
7. Palau de la Musica
The Palau de la Música Catalana was designed in the Catalan Modernist style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
8. La Sagrada Familia
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is an unfinished Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí. Construction of Sagrada Família commenced in 1882 and its expected completion date is 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
9. Camp Nou
Camp Nou has been the home of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. It is the largest stadium in Spain by seating capacity, with the ability to hold 99,354 spectators.
10. La Boqueria Market
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is a world famous market, located just of La Rambla in Barcelona’s Raval neighborhood.
11. Montjuïc Castle
Montjuïc Castle is an old military fortress that traces its history back to 1640, situated at the top of Montjuïc hill.
12. Fundació Joan Miró
The Fundació Joan Miró is a museum of modern art honoring the Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Joan Miró. The museum is situated on Montjuïc.
13. Santa Maria Del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar is a church in the El Born neighborhood of Barcelona. It was built in only 55 years, between 1329 and 1383 at the height of Catalonia’s maritime and mercantile power. The historic church features three naves of the same height, with very tall columns set 13 metres apart, a distance unsurpassed by any other existing medieval building.
14. Tickets Bar
Albert and Ferran Adrià began working with tapas in 1991 in elBulli, the legendary Michelin 3-star restaurant near the town of Roses, Catalonia. Tickets Bar opened in 2011, the same year as the closure of elBulli.
15. Barcelona Zoo
Situated in the Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona Zoo dates back almost 125 years.
16. Picasso Museum
The Museu Picasso holds an extensive collection of his early work, including The First Communion (1896), and Science and Charity (1897). With over 3,500 works it is the largest collection of Picasso’s art. The museum occupies five medieval palaces on Carrer Montcada in the El Born neighborhood.
17. Torre Bellesguard
Torre Bellesguard, still privately owned and lived in, sits in the exclusive Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, perched in the upper reaches of the city. The name Bellesguard, meaning ‘beautiful view’ in Catalan, is said to have come directly from King Martin I of Aragón more than 600 years ago.
18.Parc del Laberint d’Horta
The Parc del Laberint d’Horta (Labyrinth Park of Horta) is the oldest park in Barcelona. Located on the former estate of the Desvalls family, it dates back to 1791 when marquis Joan Antoni Desvalls i d’Ardena collabated with Italian architect Domenico Bagutti to create the neoclassical garden.
19. Casa Les Punxes
The Casa de les Punxes or Casa Terradas is a building situated in the Eixample neighborhood, designed by the modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
20. Casa Lleó i Morera
Casa Lleó i Morera, by architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, is located on Passeig de Gràcia 35, in the Eixample district of Barcelona. It is one of the three important buildings of Barcelona’s Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord), next to Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí and Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
Casa Batlló is an iconic modernist building designed by Antoni Gaudí, situated on Passeig de Gràcia. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí for textile industrialist Josep Batlló. The exterior and rooftop is famous for its dragon motif, drawing from the legend of Sant Jordi.