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Top Attractions in Barcelona

Besides exploring Barcelona’s neighborhoods and squares, discovering its museums and sunbathing on the city’s beaches, Barcelona has a lot of important landmarks to see. We have made a list with the city’s top tourist attractions and other less famous monuments.

5 essential places to visit in Barcelona

  • Sagrada Familia The Sagrada Familia is the most visited landmark in Barcelona. The church was designed by Antoni Gaudí and is considered his magnum opus.  
  • Parque Güell The Park Güell in Barcelona was built between 1900 and 1914 by the famous Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It is one of the most beautiful and visited parts of the capital of Catalonia.
  • Casa Batlló Commissioned by Josep Batlló and designed by Antoni Gaudí, the Casa Batlló was constructed between 1904 and 1906 and is one of the architect’s masterpieces.
  • La Pedrera The Casa Milà, which is known as La Pedrera due to its stony appearance, is a surprising modernist building designed by Gaudí between 1906 and 1912.
  • Monasterio de Pedralbes Founded in 1327 to house the nuns of the Order of Saint Clare, the Monestir de Pedralbes (Monastery of Pedralbes) is an excellent example of Catalan Gothic architecture.

For football fans

  • Camp Nou The FC Barcelona Football Stadium and its museum have become one of the most visited attractions in Spain, due to the numerous titles won by FC Barcelona.

Other places to visit in Barcelona

  • Catedral de Barcelona Barcelona Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. It is a great illustration of fifteenth-century Catalan Gothic architecture.
  • Pueblo Español The Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. It is an open-air museum with replicas of some of the most beautiful buildings and squares in Spain.
  • Hospital de Santa Cruz y San Pablo The Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is an impressive complex constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century by Lluís Domènech I Montaner and his son.
  • Palacio Güell The Palau Güell in Barcelona is a modernist mansion. It was commissioned by Eusebi Güell and designed by Antoní Gaudí and then built between 1885 and 1890.
  • Palacio de la Música Catalana The Palau de la Música Catalana (Music Palace) is one of the most important concert halls in the world and one of the best examples of Catalan Modernism.
  • Mercado de La Boquería The Mercat de la Boqueria (Boqueria Market) is officially known as Mercat de San Josep. It is currently the most famous market in Barcelona and also one of the most visited sights in the city.
  • Basílica de Santa María del Mar Built between 1329 and 1383, Santa María del Mar is a remarkable basilica. It is considered by many as an excellent Catalan Gothic symbol.

Three attractions to visit with children

As well as the Park Güell and the Ciutadella Park, these three attractions are a lot of fun for children

  • Tibidabo The Tibidabo is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. It is 1679 Ft (512 m) tall and offers breath-taking views over Barcelona and the sea.
  • Parque Zoológico de Barcelona Barcelona Zoo is one of the best zoos in Europe. It houses thousands of different species of animals. It became renowned thanks to ‘Copito de Nieve’, the only albino gorilla in captivity who lived in Barcelona Zoo.
  • Aquarium de Barcelona L’Aquarium Barcelona is one of the largest and most-renowned aquariums in the world. It houses over 11,000 water-dwelling animals of 450 different species.

Other visits

  • Mirador de Colón The Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument) is a striking memorial to the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. It stands 60 m tall and is a great observation deck. It is located next to the Port.
  • Torre de Collserola The Torre de Collserola is a large telecommunication tower standing 944 Ft (288 m) high. It is the tallest observation deck in Barcelona.
  • Gran Teatro del Liceo The Gran Teatre del Liceu is an Opera House in Barcelona. It was inaugurated in 1847 and is currently the oldest and most prestigious opera in the city.
  • Torre Agbar The Torre Agbar is a skyscraper in Barcelona that stands 475 Ft (145 m) tall and has 38 floors. It has become a symbol of present-day Barcelona and is especially striking at night, when it is beautifully lit up.

A show to remember

  • Flamenco en Barcelona Barcelona is considered the third Flamenco dancing capital in Spain, after Andalucía and Madrid. Discover the best Flamenco shows in the city. 

How to save money when visiting the top attractions in Barcelona?

Check out our article on money saving tips, where we review several of Barcelona’s tourist passes to save money in these and other visits in Barcelona: