Barcelona is the main city and capital of the region of Catalonia, which is in the northeast of Spain. Regarded as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, tourism in Barcelona reserves several surprises. Therefore, we show here a TOP 10 with the main sights of Barcelona, so you do not miss anything and fall in love with the city. Check out: 3-day tour in Barcelona
Barcelona Tourist Points: TOP 10 must-sees
Planned by Gaudí in the early 20th century, Park Guell is currently classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and considered one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona.
With a beautiful landscaping, the park has some clear characteristics of the style of Gaudí, such as the appreciation of well-defined shapes and shapes. In addition, inside the park is the old house of Antoní Gaudí, (where he has lived for more than 20 years) that functions as a museum, with several personal belongings of the architect on display.
Tip | There is a limit on people entering according to the time, so it is highly recommended to guarantee your ticket in advance. You can choose the Barcelona City Pass or just the ticket to Park Guell .
How to get there | To go by subway, just hop on the Vallarca station . From here, take a few slopes, which have some treadmills for easy access. To go by bus, check the lines that pass through Park Guell (currently there are lines 24 and 92, but there are changes).
The Holy Family
Many consider the Church La Sagrada Familia as the main tourist spot in Barcelona, due to its importance and its majestic and imposing structure.
The construction of the work began at the end of the 19th century, also under the command of Antoni Gaudí. However, one of the most curious questions of this monument is the fact that the façade of La Sagrada Familia has not yet been completed.
The expectation is that the works will be officially finalized only in 2026, which is the centenary year of Gaudí’s death. But while that does not happen, it is possible to visit the interior of the church and glimpse a fascinating decoration.
Tip | To visit the Sagrada Familia, it is also recommended to buy tickets in advance. Queues are usually huge and there are also limited visits. You can buy the Barcelona City Pass or just the ticket to the Sagrada Familia .
How to get there | By subway: get off at the Sagrada Família station , which is right next to the Church.
The Picasso Museum is a must see for anyone who appreciates art, being recognized among the most important museums in Spain. Despite being born in the southern region of the country, Pablo Picasso lived for many years in Barcelona and developed a special connection with the city.
Inaugurated in 1963, the museum portrays this connection through an extensive collection of works by the painter, in which it is possible to follow his artistic evolution and better understand several moments of his life. Among the paintings on display, one of the highlights is the series “Las Meninas”, which was inspired by a painting by Velásquez.
How to get there | The easiest way to get there is by metro: you can choose to hop on the Jaume station or the Arc de Triomf .
Another popular tourist spot in Barcelona is the Camp Nou Stadium: it is a must-see for travelers who like football. House of one of the best teams in the world, FC Barcelona, the arena has capacity for more than one hundred thousand people, and usually hosts various musical events besides club matches.
But to visit it, there is no need to wait for a game or event: tourists also have the chance to make the so-called Camp Nou Experience , which is a stroll through the stadium’s outbuildings. It is possible to visit the museum, the multimedia area and the football field itself.
How to get there | You can get off at one of these metro stations: Palau Reial, Les Corts, Zona Universitària . Arriving at one of these stations, take a look at the map within the station itself and follow a short walk as they are not exactly next to the stadium.
The set of streets Las Ramblas is one of the main sights of Barcelona, as they form the most popular and bustling avenue in the city. Throughout the day, visitors walking through the area can visit various shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as enjoy the work of street performers on Las Ramblas.
Enjoy the tour to visit La Boquería , one of the best municipal markets in Barcelona.
It is also in this region of Las Ramblas that is the famous statue of Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas, which is about 50 meters high and can be seen from different points.
How to arrive | By metro: get off at Plaça de Catalunya station or at Drassanes .
Located in the old part of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter is the main historical area of the city, with several incredible monuments. The name of the place is a reflection of the Gothic influence in the architecture of this neighborhood, which can be observed practically in all the corners.
Among the most striking attractions of the neighborhood are the Cathedral of Barcelona and the famous ruins of the Roman temple dedicated to Cesár Augusto. This area is also very busy at night, making it a great option to enjoy Barcelona at the end of the day.
How to get there | Some of the metro stations near the Gothic Quarter are Jaume I and Liceu . Get off at one of them and continue walking through the neighborhood.
The Montjuïc or, in Catalan, “Monte Judeu”, is a hill from where it is possible to have a panoramic and beautiful view of the city, enough to make the place one of the great highlights of tourism in Barcelona.
In addition to the magnificent landscape of this hill, especially during sunset, tourists passing through this region can also take advantage of other interesting sights such as the National Palace, the Olympic Museum and the Greek Theater.
If you want to stay up until the evening, you can watch the water and lights show, which happens twice a day at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (check the times )
How to get there | To get to the Park, take the subway to Para.lel station . From here, take a funicular connecting the subway station to the Montjuic mountain.
Passeig de Gracia
The Passeig de Gràcia is another incredible option when it comes to getting to know Barcelona. Just like Las Ramblas, this is an avenue full of interesting establishments, both in terms of gastronomy and shopping.
Passeig de Gràcia starts at Plaça Catalunya and continues to the Gracia district. Undoubtedly it is one of the most stylish streets in Barcelona, with designer shops, luxury hotels and a very striking architecture.
How to get there | To get to Passeig de Gràcia, you can choose between three metro stations: Catalunya , Passeig de Gràcia or Diagonal .
Casa Batlo and La Pedrera
Still on the Passeig de Gracia, we find two more must-see Gaudí pieces: Casa Batlò and Casa Milá, the latter also known as La Pedrera.
Casa Batlò is one of Gaudí’s incredible works on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Completed in 1906, this building is full of colors, curves and organic shapes, making the architect’s identity very evident.
How to get there | Once again, the subway is the best solution: just get off at the Passeig de Gràcia station .
Besides the architectural and cultural beauties, Barcelona also has a beautiful coastline, whose main attraction is Barceloneta Beach.
Being located close to the city center and the main tourist attractions of Barcelona, this beach is very popular and is usually quite busy during the summer.
With several kiosks around, the beach has a wide and well structured border, where a lot of people gather to take walks, watch the sunset or even ride a bike, having a beautiful scenery around.
How to get there | By metro, get off at Barceloneta station .