5 Attractions You Just Can’t Miss in Barcelona

Posted on Dec 15 2013 - 10:00am by Ave

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city. It’s also one of the most important touristic cities in Europe and home of the great Barça, one of the best known football teams of the European league. The city showcases world-class museums, some of the most exquisite restaurants and historic buildings designed by famous architects.

Now that I live in Spain, Barcelona has become one of my favorite cities to visit. I know my way around the city already, so here is my personal guide to ensure that you have as wonderful a time as me in this beautiful city!

First thing’s first, if you’re planning on travelling to Barcelona, keep these important tips in mind:

  1. Buy entrances to attractions online. It saves you time and patience from the long queues and you can score some discounts! Barcelona is really overcrowded during the high season and the tickets may run out faster than you think.
  2. Search for free tickets and special promotions. Some museums will offer free admission on certain days.
  3. Choose your hotel wisely. A hotel far from the city center may seem cheaper but keep in mind, that most of the interesting sights and nightlife are located in the heart of the city. Count in all the taxi rides, bus and metro tickets, then make your calculations.
  4. Use the Hop-on-hop-off bus. It’s a great way to see the most important sights in the city.
  5. Be careful with pickpockets, especially on La Rambla, metro and on the beach.

You have that covered? Great! Off we go to explore Barcelona…

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The Work of Gaudí

Gaudís work is one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions. He has designed several buildings across the city so to admire his work, just have a nice walk around the streets of Barcelona.

The must-see pieces of his work are The Sagrada Família and Park Güell, but La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Casa Vicens are worth seeing as well.

  • The Sagrada Família

An impressive unfinished basilica which is under construction since 1882. It is expected that Sagrada Família church will be finished in 2026. The giant basilica attracts over 3 million visitors a year, so be smart and buy tickets in advance to skip those long queues. Also, if you are on a budget, you can see the church from the outside – the architecture is really amazing and it’s FREE to admire!

Web: http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/index.php

  • Park Güell

This park looks like a fairy tale city with it’s stone sculptures, seating areas, and amazing buildings. Park Güell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was originally planned as an exclusive residential garden city solely for aristocracy.

Web: http://www.parkguell.cat/en/

Picasso Museum

If you love art, you have to visit the Picasso Museum. Located in the medieval part of Barcelona, the museum holds more than 3800 works of Picasso. Unfortunately they don’t have his most famous paintings but the collection provides a great overview of Picasso’s development as an artist. For free entrance, visit the museum on Sundays after 3 pm. The first Sunday of each month has free entrance all day long!

Web: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/

Font Màgica

The Magic Fountain was built in 1929 for the Barcelona World Fair and is known for it’s sound and light shows. Around 2.5 million tourists a year visit the fountain to see the magnificent water show. You can visit the shows from Thursday to Sunday from 9 to 11.30 pm, and the best part – it’s free!

Web: http://w110.bcn.cat/portal/site/FontMagica/

La Rambla

The 1.2 kilometer pedestrianized boulevard connecting the old and modern city is full of people almost 24/7.  It’s Barcelona’s most famous street with it’s human statues, restaurants, bars, souvenir stalls and street traders. Wander down La Rambla and stop by the La Boqueria market, look for pavement mosaic by Miró and just relax and have fun.

Barceloneta Beach

A visit to Barcelona is not complete without a trip to beach. After all the walking and sightseeing, a day on the beach will load your batteries for upcoming adventures. The Barceloneta Beach is one of the most accessible and busiest beaches of Barcelona. Take a dip, sunbathe, try windsurfing or just read a good book. The boardwalk has many great restaurants serving seafood, beach huts with refreshing drinks and you can even find some monuments directly on the beach.

 There are hundreds of great places and things to see in Barcelona, but these are my top 5 picks!

Have you visited Barcelona? What sights would you like to see?

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  • Barcelona looks very nice:)

  • Visiting Barcelona is one of my dreams!! Love the graphic you made w/all the pics. 😀

  • Eileen

    Must be beautiful out there. Spanish architecture is one of a kind and it would always be a sight to behold. I wish I could visit someday.

  • Lauren Harmon

    Barcelona is on my bucket list, for sure! Now that I know it holds all these gems I want to go even sooner, especially to see the Picasso museum!

  • Chris

    I’ve never been out of North America; I feel like a massive loser and would love to go to Barcelona.

  • WoodArtsUniverse

    We have plans next year for Spain.. we’ll definitely go to Barcelona.. Seems liks a wonderful place to visit.

  • Trisha Grimes

    I’ve always wanted to visit Barcelona! If I ever did, I would definitely want to stop at the Picasso Museum!

  • GossipMoms

    It looks beautiful there maybe one i would be able to visit

  • These look so beautiful, looks like amazing picture taken places

  • Tory Blum

    Thanks for the tips! Maybe I’ll finally have the chance to go to Barcelona next summer 🙂

  • Sheila Worthington

    Thanks for sharing this, if eel like ive been to barcelona already hehe. it’s a dream place to visit one day.

  • Katherine Bartlett

    I’d love to go there one day!

  • Mandi

    I can not wait to travel and go see some of the world! I’ll be scouring travel guides and asking friends for all kinds of advice!

  • I have never been to Barcelona, but I really think I would love it. As a huge fan of art and culture, I think the Picasso Museum in particular sounds like an incredible experience I would love to have!

  • I’ve never been to Barcelona, but it is on my wish list. Love the tip about calculating extra costs for transportation when booking cheaper hotels. That is something I don’t always think about, but those taxi payments add up quickly.

  • malia p

    Barcelona looks like such a beautiful place to visit!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I’d love to see the show at the fountains and the art museum too!

  • brett

    I love fountain shows!! I would LOVE to visit Barcelona.

  • Debbie Denny

    Oh that sounds divine! I would love to visit!

  • Jennifer B

    What beautiful photos! I would love to visit there!

  • Natalie @ A Turtle’s Life for

    How gorgeous! I’ve never been but my brother has and has mentioned a couple of these places as must-sees! Maybe some day!

  • Kelly Reci

    I would love to visit Barcelona. I have heard so many wonderful things about it. Thank you for this information.

  • Pam W

    I have not visited Barcelona but it is on my bucket list. Thanks for the tips.

  • Barcelona sounds like a great city to visit, thank you for sharing your tips and places to visit.

  • I would absolutely love to visit Barcelona. It looks like an amazing city and there seems to be so much to do.

  • Shanna

    I would LOVE to visit Barcelona … especially the Picasso museum!

  • mama to 5 blessings

    sounds great – beautiful!

  • trisha

    I WISH I could get to Barcelona to see these places!

  • Cynthia L

    I would love to take some time to visit Spain, but I have to admit, my next trip will be Italy! You have put Spain high on the list though.

  • blm03

    Great list! I hope i can go there some day!

  • Danielle Leigh

    I would absolutely love to see Barcelona! The Picasso museum would be one of my first stops, for sure 🙂

  • Deborah

    These are lovely. Thanks for the recommendations for the next time we are in Barcelona.

  • Danielle

    Barcelona is one place I would LOVE to visit!

  • Wendy Kaufman

    Looks like the type of trip I always wanted to take in college. I regret not traveling more! It’s the one thing I really want to make a priority with my kids.

  • Janeane Davis

    I have never been to Barcelona but would like to go and this article made it sound very nice.

  • Shannah at Just Us Four

    Great list! We have never been to Barcelona but I will note these in case we ever make the trip.

  • Debbie Lamb

    Looks like a amazing place! Beautiful! I would love to take a trip to Spain

  • Amy Desrosiers

    Wow, these are very stunning places! I could only hope for a chance to see them in the future!

  • Almost Supermom

    wow! What a great trip!! I would love to be able to visit Spain someday 🙂

  • Katherine Bartlett

    Great list! I would love to see Israel one day

  • Melanie Roberts

    Soo true.. these are amazing destinations.. I’ve seen a few of them on my travels through Spain when I was child and would LOVE to go back one day and spend more time there…