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Welcome to Barcelona

One of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities, Barcelona attracts travelers with its whimsical architecture, Mediterranean beaches, and round-the-clock dining and drinking scene. Follow former resident Antoni Gaudí’s artistic genius around the city, from Parc Güell to Casa Battló to his crown jewel: the still-unfinished Sagrada Familia. Get acquainted with local cuisine at La Boqueria Market, then eat your way through the bars and restaurants of neighborhoods such as the Gothic Quarter and Gràcia. Catch a football match at Camp Nou to see how FC Barcelona is revered at a nearly religious level. And if you have any energy left, party ‘til the sun comes up at a multistory club.

Top 10 attractions in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Antoni Gaudi’s magnum opus, is undoubtedly the most iconic structure in Barcelona (and the most popular, with nearly 3 million visitors per year). Construction has been ongoing for more than 135 years, and the surreal structure, with its rainbow-hued stained glass windows, is slated for completion in 2026. Even in its unfinished state, it remains an absolute must-see for every visitor to the Catalan capital.More
Park Güell

Park Güell

Antoni Gaudi spent 15 years designing and building the whimsical fountains, mosaic benches, pedestrian walkways, and gingerbread house-like buildings within Park Güell, one of the seven Works of Antoni Gaudi buildings that together make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with the Sagrada Familia, the hilltop public park sits at the top of Barcelona’s must-see list, and for good reason. The Art Nouveau wonderland adorns many a postcard of the city.More
Milà House (Casa Milà)

Milà House (Casa Milà)

One of Antoni Gaudi’s most intriguing creations, the spectacular Casa Mila—also known as La Pedrera (The Quarry) because of its wave-like stone exterior—caused some controversy among critics when it was first unveiled back in 1910. Today, however, Casa Mila is considered a masterpiece of Catalan Modernisme, with gaggles of visitors coming to see its surreal sculptural roof terrace, the re-created early 20th-century interiors of the Pedrera apartment, and the attic-level Espai Gaudi exhibit, which is devoted to the great Catalan architect’s work.More
Montserrat Mountain

Montserrat Mountain

Located about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Barcelona is Montserrat Mountain, the 'Serrated Mountain.' This unique rock formation, sawed and sculpted by thousands of years of wind and rain, is most famously home to a Benedictine monastery, an important Catholic pilgrimage spot thanks to its 12th-century wooden statue of La Moreneta (The Black Madonna), Catalonia's patron saint. Aside from its religious and cultural importance, the mountain also boasts unbeatable views from its peaks.More
Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most beautiful—and expensive—avenues that runs through the center of Barcelona. The thoroughfare links the Placa Catalunya in the Eixample district to the eponymous Gracia neighborhood, and is home to a number of fantastic modernista and art nouveau buildings, including some stunners by Antoni Gaudí.More
Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

One of Barcelona’s most fanciful buildings, the elaborate Casa Batlló was built by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and is nicknamed the “House of Bones” for its contorted window frames and skeletal pillars. Casa Batlló’s interior is equally mind-boggling, featuring rippled walls, exquisite tile work, and sculpted fireplaces.More
Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) dates back to the Middle Ages, and the neighborhood’s age is evident in its narrow winding roads, shady plazas, and beautiful architecture (including three major cathedrals). Passersby find gems tucked away in the nooks and crannies off the narrow streets—think trendy restaurants, chic bars, and boutique shops. The area's proximity to the La Rambla pedestrian mall also contributes to its popularity among the young, nightlife-loving crowd.More
Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)

Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)

Standing tall over a medieval square in the center of the Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona) is the seat of the Archbishop of Spain and a major landmark of the city. The cathedral is known for its 14th-century cloister full of palm trees and a Gothic portico where 13 geese wander.More
Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas

Barcelona's most famous street, Las Ramblas runs from the Columbus Monument in Port Vell to Plaça de Catalunya. To walk its tree-shaded pedestrian expanse is to be inundated with sensation: souvenir hawkers selling beach blankets and trinkets, street performers posing for selfies with tourists, florists adjusting their arrangements, restaurants serving tapas and paella at al fresco tables, and artists painting caricatures for passersby. It's a microcosm of Barcelona, and it's almost always busy, day or night.More
Catalunya Square (Plaça de Catalunya)

Catalunya Square (Plaça de Catalunya)

Old and new Barcelona meet in Catalunya Square (Plaça de Catalunya), the famous plaza in the heart of the city. Two massive avenues, La Rambla and Passeig de Gracia, converge here too, as do many walking tours and other groups. The square is located near some of Barcelona’s top attractions and is filled with cafés, bars, and restaurants.More

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Top activities in Barcelona

Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona
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The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
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Montserrat Small Group or Private Tour Hotel pick-up
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona
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Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

Excellent tour!
Amanda_P, Nov 2021
The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
If you have limited time in the area, this is a great way to see a lot of the city including entry into two of the main attractions.
See most important things in one day
Yajahira_V, Nov 2021
Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia
You get to see the most important things in one day.
We really enjoyed this...
Jessica_S, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
Overall it was a great way to see some of the best sites in Barcelona.
Irwin our driver made us...
Ginette_B, Oct 2021
Barcelona Rickshaw Tour
Irwin our driver made us a custom route totally adapted to what we wished to see and shared with us his great knowledge of Barcelona, it was great!
Will come back to Barcelona again and hopefully watch a soccer game.
Humberto_F, Oct 2021
La Pedrera-Casa Milà Skip the Line Admission Ticket with Audioguide
Glad I had the opportunity to visit Barcelona and Gaudis masterpiece.
First timers
Stuart_M, Oct 2021
Private Transfers From Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City
It was our first time to visit Barcelona.
Great Tour. Best way to see a lot of Barcelona.
mark_w, Oct 2021
3-hour Barcelona, Montjuic Hill, and Gothic Quarter E-Bike Tour
The best way to see a lot of Barcelona in 3 hours.
Great way to see...
Sue_P, Sep 2021
Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting
Great way to see Barcelona, really informative our guide Julia was first class, also really enjoyed wine tasting and tapas.
Sanghamitra_S, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
Patient, detailed and have many suggestions for other things to do in Barcelona.
Sailing is part of the fantasy!
Edward_W, Sep 2021
Vermut & Sailing Experience Barcelona with Drinks and Snacks
And it's quite an experience to see Barcelona from the sea.
Journey into Barcelona’s past
Danya_M, Sep 2021
The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
Daniel was a terrific guide- very knowledgeable and his English was impressive.
Great Tour - Full of Insights
Claus_C, Sep 2021
Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia
The program is well organised - you get to see the jewels of Barcelona.
Beautiful venue! Amazing history!
Angela_A, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour
So thrilled to get to see this wonderful space on our last day in Barcelona since it had been closed temporarily for improvements.
Experience not to be missed!
Paula_C, Sep 2021
Fast Track Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
It’s amazing to see the light coming through the stained glass in the afternoon!
Best Experience in Barcelona
Nelson_A, Aug 2021
Spanish Guitar Concert at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi in Barcelona
This concert was the best of the various activities that we experienced in our recent stay in Barcelona, bar none!
Stunning sailing trip in Barcelona
Elise_G, Aug 2021
Barcelona Sailing Cruise with Light Snacks and Open Bar
It is a great way to see Barcelona.
Good up close tour
Sidney_M, Aug 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Our guide spoke excellent English, and had us stop at a nice local restaurant for a refreshment break.
Exhilarating experience - exploring the city of Barcelona with a charming motorbike
rensiavz, Aug 2021
Half Day Barcelona Sidecar Tour
My guide, Quim, did the tour in english and his knowledge and history of the city is quite impressive.
LuisRamiro_G, Jul 2021
Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona
He was very friendly and even gave us a bunch of recommendations of things to do in Barcelona.
A real taste of Barcelona
JEM, Jul 2021
Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting
We got to see a lot of Barcelona in the two hour ride.

All about Barcelona

When to visit

Summer is fiesta time in Barcelona, when the city hosts some of Europe’s biggest music festivals, including Sonar and Primavera Sound. While soaring temperatures send summer visitors to the beach, the cooler months of fall are ideal for exploring Barcelona’s colorful neighborhoods. In November, the scent of roasting chestnuts fills the air during the Catalan festival of La Castanyada.

A local’s pocket guide to Barcelona

Monica Nunez

Monica is a Viator account manager based in Barcelona, where you’ll find her walking around the Montjuic hill, shopping in Paseo de Gracia, or discovering new restaurants.

The first thing you should do in Barcelona is...

get lost in the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and the El Born neighborhood.

A perfect Saturday in Barcelona...

starts with drinks at Salts in Montjuic, followed by a stop at the beach, a seafood lunch in La Barceloneta, and a cocktail at a chiringuito (beach bar). Finish your day with dinner in El Born.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

La Sagrada Familia. It’s a very popular attraction, but you won't regret stopping by. And don’t forget to go inside to discover the magical colorful interior.

To discover the "real" Barcelona...

have vermouth and tapas on a terrace in the Gracia neighborhood. There’s always a great atmosphere.

For the best view of the city...

Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint offers a 360-degree view of the entire city and the sea. It’s normally busy and it’s quite far away from the center, but the amazing view is worth it.

One thing people get wrong...

eating in La Rambla. It’s usually overpriced and not great quality.

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