Don't know what to do in Barcelona? Check out 17 must-see tourist attractions and discover the main sights of the capital of Catalonia

Capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona is an absolutely incomparable destination. 

There is something to delight everyone in Barcelona. If you are a food lover then the city has a total of 20 Michelin starred restaurants, if you want culture you have an endless choice of beautiful buildings, museum and cultural events that take place frequently throughout the year.

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Add to listThe to do in Barcelona, stunning urban beaches, world-class nightlife and so much fantastic shopping you won't know where to start.

17 attractions to discover in Barcelona

La Rambla

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Barcelona tourist attractions. Photo: Nikos Roussos / Flickr

One of the main arteries of Barcelona, the famous avenue La Rambla is approximately 1.2 km long and concentrates several tourist attractions in the city.

There are dozens of restaurants and shops along the entire length of Las Ramblas. During the tour it is possible to see the work of dozens of street artists, as well as check out some attractions in Barcelona, such as Misaico de Miró and La Boqueria.

Holy Family

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Barcelona tourist attractions. Photo: Canaan / Wikimedia Commons

Here's where to start your adventure through Barcelona and the works of Antoni Gaudí. Sagrada Familia combines several architectural styles, including Catalan Modernism, Art Nouveau, and Spanish Late-Gothic.

When its spiers are ready, it will be the tallest religious building in the world and will hardly resemble any religious structure you have seen in your life. 

Casa Batlló

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Barcelona tourist attractions. Photo: Antonio Cinotti / Flickr

Another of Antoni Gaudí's most popular creations is Casa Batlló. Like all of his work, the interior and exterior of Casa Batlló has that sinuous quality, with few straight lines, and a dazzling attention to detail.

Located on Paseo de Gràcia, one of the busiest areas in Barcelona, Casa Batlló is very similar to La Pedrera, which is also another building built by Gaudí. The tour inside it is very cool and with an interactive technology, where each person receives a device and gets to see what each room of the house was like in the past.

Casa Milà

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Barcelona tourist attractions. Photo: Simone Russo / Flickr

Also known as La Pedrera, as the front of the building looks a bit like the face of a quarry, Casa Milà was completed in 1912 and is another iconic Gaudí building.

It is one of several Catalan Modernist works to be listed by UNESCO and was Gaudí's fourth and final building. The architects will appreciate the building's contemporary innovations, including the self-supporting stone facade and underground parking.

Park Guell

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Barcelona tourist attractions. Photo: Wolfgang Staudt / Flickr

Complete your Gaudí experience with a trip to this garden complex on Mount Carmel. Keep your eyes peeled for the immaculate serpentine bench and the figure of a woman “hidden” among the twisted stone columns. And don't forget to walk to the highest point in the park, marked with a cross, for an exceptional view of the city all the way to the sea.

If you haven't had enough of Gaudí, you can enter his House-Museum, where he lived from 1906 to 1926, with furniture and decorative objects designed by him on display.

Barcelona beaches

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Barcelona tourist attractions. photo: wallpaperflare

Barcelona's seafront promenade stretches for miles. Beaches further west like Sant Sebastià are busier and more touristy

There's around 4.5km of coastline within Barcelona's city limits, giving you plenty of options and as much beach time as you need.

Gothic Quarter

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Wandering through the narrow medieval streets and quieter squares of the Gothic Quarter is a great opportunity to get to know the history of central Barcelona.

When you're there, be sure to visit Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça del Rei, Plaça Sant Jaume and the Jewish quarter.

Pablo Picasso Museum

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A museum spread over five palaces – we expected nothing less for Picasso, who moved to Barcelona when he was 14 and made frequent trips throughout his life. 

The Pablo Picasso Museum presents the artist's works in chronological order, shows every brushstroke (all 4,251 works) of how he went from a classically trained painter (see Ciencia y Caridad in room 3) to a Cubist pioneer, plus a few things never before we knew he made it, like pottery.

El Gat Sculpture

 

The sculpture made by Colombian Fernando Botero has become one of the symbols of the Raval neighborhood. The work was purchased by the Barcelona City Council in 1987 and until 2003 it was placed in different places in the city.

Plaça de Catalunya

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Barcelona tourist attractions. Photo: falco / Wikimedia Commons

Located in the commercial heart of Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya is a great spot for those looking to shop in the Catalan capital. Nearby are the most famous stores, such as Zara, H&M, Mango, always with good prices.

Palau de la Música Catalana

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If you are passionate about music and architecture, Palau de la Música Catalana is a must-see in Barcelona. Housed in a building with Art Nouveau-style architecture, the concert hall is famous for its flamenco performances and has hosted several renowned artists. There is the possibility of taking a guided tour and discovering curiosities and other areas of the majestic mansion.

Parque de la Ciutadella

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Barcelona tourist attractions. Photo: Mark_M / Flickr

Located in the Ciutat Vella district, Parque de la Ciutadella has 17 hectares of green area where you can go for walks, see some monuments and sculptures, visit the Barcelona Zoo or enjoy the gardens during a picnic.

The park can be visited every day of the year. Opens daily at 10 am.

Montjuic's Magic Fountain

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Barcelona tourist attractions. photo: pikrepo

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc was created by Carles Buigas in 1929 and hundreds of water jets produce an incredible show of aquatic acrobatics. The show is also accompanied by colorful lights and lots of music.

The beautiful fountain is located near Plaça d'Espanya, opposite the Palau Nacional. Check show times clicking here.

Muhba Placa del Rei

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Impressive is the right word to describe this treasure in the heart of Barcelona.

The Muhba is a Roman archaeological site occupying an area of 4 thousand square meters in the underground of the neighborhood, where once existed the Colonia Iulia Augusta Paterna Faventia Barcino, founded by Emperor Augustus around 10 BC.

In the premises of the Muhba, the visitor is guided through walkways that take him to the ruins of streets, sewage networks, places that once housed factories, wine industries, and dry cleaners.

Passeig de Gracia

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Barcelona tourist attractions. Photograph: flickr

The elegant avenue brings together restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, great hotels and some works by Gaudí. Passeig de Gràcia is just one area that makes up the city center of Barcelona.

Spend a day walking around the area, seeing some of the city's most beloved spots by locals and tourists, and seeing the wonderful architecture of Barcelona.

Agbar Tower

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The iconic tower is one of the most famous skyscrapers in the Catalan capital thanks to its quirky and modern design. The building is 142 meters from the city and can be seen from different points of the city.

Camp Nou

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In the western district of Les Corts is the 99,000-seat stadium that has been home to FC Barcelona since 1957.

It's one of Europe's football cathedrals and even if you don't have any affinity for the game, you have to visit the Camp Nou to appreciate the vertiginous scale of the arena. And if you're a fan, you'll be in heaven, strolling through the stadium and viewing the memorabilia of one of the most prestigious teams in the world at the museum.

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» Best museums to visit in Barcelona
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