What to see in Barcelona: 10 Things to do and itineraries from 1 3 5 days

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Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city, lively, modern and at the same time rich in history and interesting architectural buildings it boasts 7 monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List conceived by the famous architect Antonio Gaudì.
Walking along the pedestrian streets of the historic center, along the seafront and in the green areas, you can understand how the city has been able to make the most of its past to integrate it with the present and the future in the name of innovation.
Other notes of merit are the extraordinary nightlife, the Mediterranean character and above all the gastronomic culture. Ready to do a full immersion in the Catalan capital? Here what to see in Barcelona


  1. Sagrada Familia
  2. Parc Güell
  3. Casa Batllò
  4. Gothic Quarter
  5. Boqueria market
  6. Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
  7. La Rambla
  8. Picasso Museum
  9. Ciutadella park
  10. Barceloneta
  11. 5 things to do in Barcelona
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Sagrada Familia

One of the symbols of Barcelona, ​​the masterpiece of the architect Antonio Gaudì. An ambitious project still in progress that really knows how to enchant thanks to the grandeur of the high towers from which you can enjoy a unique view of the city and the Museum that shows the various phases of the church's work.

Currently the Sagrada Familia it consists of two sides (the project includes three), from the sides, part of the apse and the left transept. The yard is a major tourist attraction with teams of unskilled workers and sculptors clinging to the spiers to build this immense temple dedicated to the Holy Family.
The crypt preserves the tomb of Gaudi, which can be visited from the museum. The latter was inserted in 2005, together with the Facade of the Nativity, as UNESCO heritage.

It is therefore the most visited attraction in Barcelona subject to grueling entrance queues. If you are short on time, it is absolutely essential to purchase the skip-the-line ticket in advance.

  • Eixample district, Metro L2 and L5 Sagrada Família stop - Get directions
  • from November to February: 9: 00-18: 00 / March: 9: 00-19: 00 / April - September: 9: 00-20: 00 / October: 9: 00-19: 00 / Closed 25 and 26 December , 1st and 6th January from 9: 00-14: 00
  • € 15,00 (€ 20,00 with skip the line option) - buy online

Save with the card: Barcelona is very large and full of attractions. You will soon realize that each visit to the main places of interest can cost several tens of euros. Equally expensive can be travel by subway, which will be quite frequent during your stay. Therefore consider purchasing the Barcelona card, which with a cost close to € 40,00 gives you unlimited access to transport and discounts for the main attractions for 2,3,4 or more days.

2 - Parc Güell

Parc Güell is one of the must-see destinations in Barcelona.
Born from a project of the financier Eusebi who at the beginning of the twentieth century commissioned the architect Gaudì to build a great garden city, the park is today the ideal place to escape from the stress of everyday life and take refuge in a fairytale world among wonderful sculptures and unmistakable architectural works.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is located on the El Carmel hill in the Gràcia district and offers spectacular views over the city.

The green area is accessible for free, however the main attractions are concentrated in the monumental area, for which an entrance ticket must be paid. If you don't want to risk spending a lot of time standing in line in the sun, it is advisable to purchase the priority entrance ticket in advance.

  • Bus 24 from Plaça Catalunya or Passeig de Gracia, Metro with Lesseps or Vallcarca stops. Tourist bus - Get directions
  • Mon-Fri 8:30 - 20:30
  • there is a free part and a paid part. For the monumental area the full ticket costs € 13,50 and reduced € 10,50, free for infants up to 6 years and disabled

3 - Casa Batllò

Another undisputed masterpiece of the architect Gaudi in Barcelona, ​​the Casa Batllò it is one of the most extravagant and original buildings in Europe as well as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2005 e one of the seven wonders of Barcelona since 2007.

The exterior is amazing (just think of the roof covered with colored scales to simulate the back of a dragon and the balconies that resemble skulls supported by columns similar to vertebrae) but the real surprises are inside: no straight lines but a crazy vortex of curves, waves and spirals, natural light in every single room and maximum attention to detail.
The visit consists of an audio-guided tour between the first two floors of the building including the Piano Noble where the Batllò family resided.

The same considerations made for the Sagrada Famiglia apply to Casa Batllò. If you have little time available, get a priority entrance ticket for the House and get ready to live a unique experience, sometimes intimate and sensorial.

  • Metro green line L3, yellow L4 and purple L2, Passeig de Gracia stop - Get directions
  • Mon-Fri 9:00 - 21:00
  • full € 23,50, reduced € 20,50

4 - Gothic Quarter

Il medieval heart of Barcelona, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds and nightlife, to be visited strictly on foot.
Here, among cobbled streets and alleys, you enter a unique atmosphere reinforced by the fascinating presence of splendid gothic monuments and ancient vestiges of the Roman era.
In the Barrio stands, in all its majestic beauty, the Barcelona Cathedral dating back to the fourteenth century, a shining example of the Catalan Gothic architectural style.
There are also numerous museums to visit without haste including the Diocesan Museum and City History Museum.

The neighborhood can be visited for free, among streets, squares and hidden corners. But without any doubt the experience acquires a completely different value by participating in a guided walking tour letting yourself be led by an expert guide on a real journey through history.

  • Metro Catalunya (red line L1 or green line L3), Liceu and Drassanes (green line L3) and Jaume I (yellow line L4) - Get directions
  • always open and open to visitors
  • free, free visit

5 - Boqueria market

An unmissable stop: the largest market in Barcelona and all of Spain, colorful, animated and with a huge choice of products.

La Boqueria has 300 kiosks ranging from dried fruit, vegetables, fish, meat to finish with desserts. There is also a gastronomic classroom and a library with volumes dedicated exclusively to cooking and food.

La Boqueria therefore presents itself both as an original place to shop and as a meeting point for those interested in gastronomic culture.
From a tourist point of view, there is a great offer of interesting tours and experiences. For example, you can take a guided tour with an adjoining cooking lesson, during which you will learn the secrets to making the perfect Paella.

  • Walk from La Rambla - Get directions
  • Boqueria open from 8:00 to 14:00, then until 18:00 or 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • free, free visit

Tapas Tour: Speaking of food tours, don't you want to leave Barcelona without having taken part in a Tapas tour at least once?
Tapas are the typical low-cost Spanish appetizers served as an accompaniment to alcoholic drinks. For the Spaniards, tapas is a real ritual, a sort of endless itinerant aperitif between one place and another! Discover the best Tapas bars in Barcelona.

6 - Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

The Magic Fountain is a must-see attraction in Barcelona. The water and light show is truly a magical experience ...
The Magic Fountain is located on the Montjuïc hill and was built in 1929 on the occasion of the Barcelona World's Fair. Even today the fountain is one of the most famous places in Barcelona with around 2,5 million visitors every year.

Clearly the evening is the best time to enjoy the colors of the Magic Fountain, so consider taking a nice guided evening tour.

  • Metro Lines 1 and 3 Espanya stop - Get directions
  • March Friday and Saturday from 19:00 to 20:30; April and May Friday and Saturday from 21:00 to 22:30;
    from June to August from Thursday to Sunday from 21:30 to 23:00; September and October Friday and Saturday from 21:00 to 22:30; from November to February Friday and Saturday from 19:00 to 20:30.
  • free visit

Flamenco show: if you are looking for a show of pure "magic", do not miss a Flamenco show for any reason. Get ready for an electric and shocking experience of pure passion. For more info: flamenco show at the Palacio del Flamenco.

7 - La Rambla

La Rambla is the long avenue that from Plaza de Catalunya leads to the statue of Columbus, a few steps from the sea to the old port. 1 km long and 400 meters long, you can admire here immersed in the liveliness of the crowd buskers, take a look at the lively food market of the boqueria and dive along the Rambla de les Flores, the kingdom of florists between scents and colors, where among other things there is also the famous Boqueria market.
Be careful to walk the avenue in the evening, because among bars, cafes, stalls and street performers, at night, it is targeted by pickpockets and is frequented by fireflies.

  • Ramblas, lines 7, 16, 20, 22, 24, 28, 43, 44, 63, 67, 68 and tourist bus - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

8 - Museu Picasso

The famous painter Pablo Picasso, a native of Malaga, considered Barcelona his city and it is precisely here that today the museum that contains the largest collection of his works (3.800) in a complex of buildings dating back to the XIII-XV centuries in the La Ribera district.

Picasso's pictorial period that can be admired in the museum dedicated to him is above all that of his youth, allowing you to know and appreciate the paintings of the artist's training.
In addition to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, there are numerous activities organized by the Museum including guided tours to discover the medieval history of the buildings.

The Picasso Tour in Barcelona is an unmissable experience for all art lovers. It allows you to get to know the topical places of the city connected to the events of the great artist through an immersive and pleasant walk, and also includes a guided tour of the museum with priority entrance.

  • Bus: lines 39, 45, 51, 120, V15, V17, H14, D20 and tourist bus. Metro Jaume I, line 4 - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun 9:00 - 19:00; Thu 9:00 - 21.30; 24 and 31 December 9:00 - 14:00
  • full € 16,00 (museum + temporary exhibition), reduced € 10,50. Free every Sunday from 15pm and the first Sunday of each month all day long.
  • Ticket for the Picasso Museum and Barcelona walking tour from € 25,00

9 - Parc de la Ciutadella

The Parc de la Ciutadella, green lung and social center of the capital, is a place for recreation and relaxation but not only.

At the Parc de la Ciutadella, among the many attractions, you can admire the Monumental waterfall, designed and engineered by Josep Fontseré, il Castle of the three dragons or one of the first examples of modernist style buildings, lo Barcelona Zoo, Parliament of Catalunya and the small lake on which to sail with a rented rowboat.
In addition, numerous events are organized in the park for the enjoyment of young and old.

There are several ways to visit the park. You can simply walk or relax inside it for free, explore every corner on a fun electric scooter tour or choose to visit the Barcelona Zoo inside (book your ticket online).

  • Metro red line L1 stop Arc De Triomf or yellow line L4 stop Barceloneta / Villa Olimpica - Get directions
  • Mon-Sun 10:00 - 22:30
  • Free, free visit

10 - The Barceloneta

From the most degraded district of the city to one of the districts to visit absolutely and tourist attraction: here is the extraordinary transformation of the Barceloneta district, refurbished for the 1992 Olympics. Today this district allows a dip in the Barcelona of 150 years ago between alleys, alleys, old bars and fishermen's houses.

A completely different reality from the lights of the nightclubs and the worldly liveliness where it is possible to taste excellent fish dishes in the numerous restaurants that are found here.
The best way to visit the coast is through a walk, but if you want to give yourself a romantic and indelible memory, take a look at the sunset sailing tours departing from Port Vell, they will allow you to admire the area from the perspective of the sea .

  • Metro green line L3, yellow L4 and purple L2 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

Barcelona beaches: La Barceloneta is a neighborhood of absolute interest but its beach may leave something to be desired as it is often overcrowded. If you travel in the summer and are in the mood for the sea, there are other beaches you can explore, such as San Sebastiá, Bogatell and Nova Icária. And if you have enough time, you can also join a half-day tour of the Costa Brava, to discover Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar.

5 things to do in Barcelona

  1. Tread the field of the Camp Nou: Take a tour of the temple of Catalan football and visit the museum of Barcelona FC, one of the most successful teams in history. Find out more about the Camp Nou guided tour.
  2. Admire the colors of the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista: Liberty style complex designed by Domenech, characterized by wonderful colors inspired by the nature of the surrounding garden.
  3. Discover the genius of Gaudì: we have already talked about Casa Batllò and Parc Guell, but there are other fantastic architectures not to be missed, such as La Pedrera and Casa Vicens.
  4. Listen to a concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana: give yourself a guided tour of this splendid concert hall, admire the mosaics that characterize the external pillars and above all enjoy a memorable concert.
  5. Get lost in the Labyrinth of Horta: the Labirinto d'Horta Park is one of the oldest gardens in the city; is located in the Horta-Guinardó district.

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