Here is our favorites and the 10 best places to visit in Barcelona.
1. Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is the most famous pedestrian street in Barcelona. It is 1,2 kilometers long and starts from Placa Catalunya, ending to Port Vell in the south. Las Ramblas has become a popular meeting place for all social groups, for locals and tourists as well. You will see flower stalls, street artists, and much more on your walk down this street.
2. Port Vell and La Barceloneta
Port Vell is the area where Las Ramblas ends. It is the oldest part of the Port of Barcelona and the walking street next to the sea is very beautiful. In Port Vell you will find for example the L’Aquàrium Barcelona, and Museo Marítim de Barcelona.
La Barceloneta is a neighborhood edging the Port Vell and the Barceloneta beach. Here you will find lots of restaurant and bars, and of course the long sand beach.
Arc de Triomf was built as the gate to Parc de la Ciutadella. It is a beautiful landmark and if you have a closer look on it, you will see the reliefs on one side symbolizing agriculture and industry, and commerce and art on the other side of the gate.
The Sagrada Familia basilica may be the most famous attraction of Barcelona. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and designed by the architect Antonio Gaudi. Building of the cathedral commenced in 1882 and it’s still going on, so on every visit to the cathedral there will be something new to see. The construction of the basilica is expected to be completed in 1926.
Gothic Quarter is the center of the old town in Barcelona. It consists of narrow, labyrinth like streets and old buildings. A big part of the neighborhood is closed from regular traffic. From the Gothic Quarter you will find famous landmarks like Plaça Reial, Portal de l’Àngel, and Els Quatre Gats. Put on comfortable walking shoes and enjoy a day exploring the streets and the atmosphere of the small and hidden squares, ancient churches and beautiful architecture.
6. Parc Güell
Parc Güell is located in the northern part of Barcelona and designed by Antonio Gaudi. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park covers an area of 15 hectares and features 40 detached houses. Only two of the houses were totally completed, and Gaudi was living in the other one. Park Güell is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Barcelona.
7. Montjüic Hill and Poble Espanyol
Montjüic is a hill located south-west from the Barcelona city-centre. From the top is a great view over Barcelona. On the area of Montjüic there are many places worth visiting, such as the Castle of Montjüic, Fundació Joan Miró, the Botanical Gardens of Barcelona, and the Magic Fountain, situated below the Palau Nacional museum next to the Plaça d'Espanya square.
Poble Espanyol has 117 buildings representing the fifteen autonomous communities of Spain. The area features also a theatre, school, restaurants, artisan workshops, and so on. In the area of Poble Espanyol there are often organized concerts and different kinds of activities. It is a perfect place to visit for all the family.
8. Camp Nou stadium and FC Barcelona museum
Camp Nou is the home stadium of football team FC Barcelona. The stadium is the largest in Europe and second largest association football stadium in the world, with its capacity of 99 354 seats. The stadium is possible to visit also outside the match days.
FC Barcelona museum is located at Camp Nou stadium. It is split into three different sections with a 3D cinema, audiovisual touch-screen and information, as well as photos, of the history of FC Barcelona.
9. Architectural gems
Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar is a grand church built in the 14th century. It is a great example of Catalan Gothic architecture.
Palau de la Música Catalana is the only concert venue in Catalan Art Noveu architecture style listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is another great work by Lluís Domènech I Montaner. After 80 years of healthcare, in 2009 the hospital moved to a new place. Now the buildings are open for visitors.
Barcelona is having a museum almost for every title, and many of them are free to visit on Sunday afternoons. Here’s a list of the most famous ones:
MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art
Museu Picasso – Picasso Museum
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – The National Art Museum of Catalonia
Fundació Joan Miró – Foundation of Joan Miró
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona – CCCB, The Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona
Museu Marítim de Barcelona – The Maritime Museum of Barcelona
Museu del Disseny de Barcelona – Museum of Design
CosmoCaixa – Natural Science Museum
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