There is so much to see, taste, and hear in Barcelona. It is a busy yet charming city, which demands a great deal of your time to explore all its wonders. Hover over the following top attractions to give you an idea when planning to take a trip to the city.
Parc Guell (Address: Carrer d’Olot 5 08024 Barcelona / Phone: +34 932 13 04 88)
Parc Guell is one of Barcelona’s crowd pleaser. This municipal garden was designed by the famous Catalan artist Antoni Gaudi. The UNESCO includes it on its of World Heritage sites, including Gaudi’s other famous buildings such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens, Casa Batllo, Palau Guell, and the Colonia Guell crypt.
Sagrada Família (Address: Calle Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona / Phone: +34 935 13 20 60)
Gaudi’s still unfinished La Sagrada Família (Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família) is probably the most popular landmark in Barcelona. It started as a project for a humble, neo-Gothic church, but later evolved into a unique example of Art Nouveau architecture. It is an imaginative combination of a massive amount of religious symbols. If all goes well, the Sagrada Familia will be completed in 2026.
Casa Mila (La Pedrera) (Address: Carrer Provença, 261 08008 / Phone: +34 902 20 21 38)
After the Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila is perhaps the most often visited Gaudi’s work. Also known as La Pedrera, many art critics consider Casa Mila as constituting the largest abstract sculpture in the world. Barcelona sightseeing is definitely a pleasure.
Montjuic rises on Barcelona’s southern part. A fortress crowns Montjuic, which slopes steeply down to the sea. It is the most frequented and most extensive recreational area within the boundaries of Barcelona. It attracts travelers, with its scenic beauty, lush vegetation, and beautiful parks unmatched by other cities. It also boasts of amusement parks and museums.
Barri Gòtic (Address: [center of old Barcelona] / Phone: +34 933 18 11 95)
The Barri Gòtic is also one of the top destinations in Barcelona. The oldest part of the city, it got its unique character primarily during the Gothic era when Barcelona, Venice, and Genoa possessed limitless wealth and were the leading merchant cities in the Mediterranean. But many parts of the city wall date from the Roman period. You can still see numerous traces of this period.
At the heart of Barcelona is La Rambla, It is the city’s most famous street. Trees border the middle part of the pedestrianized Rambla. Flower stalls, kiosks, street artists, and animal stalls are abundant here. The street can be very crowded, especially during peak season. La Rambla is so full of life that the great Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said it was “the only street in the world which I wish would never end”.
Barcelona also has a long tradition of botanical gardens that date back from the 1700’s and it has continued developing gardens since that time. If you want to breathe the freshest air and flower scents, you can visit two of the more popular botanical gardens in the city: the Historical Botanical garden and the New Botanical Garden. They are both located on the Montjuic Hill.
San Sebastià Beach
Barcelona can also give you the perfect tan, with its beautiful beaches. One of the most famous is San Sebastià, which is also the closest beach to the city. You can find it in the Ciutat Vella district. The beach stretches about 1.1 kilometer from the Carrer Almirall Cervera to the port estuary near Barceloneta.