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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

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Sagrada Família

Sagrada Família

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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
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Park Güell

Park Güell

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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
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Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

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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
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Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)

Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)

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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
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Milà House (Casa Milà)

Milà House (Casa Milà)

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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
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Port Olímpic

Port Olímpic

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Flanked by the Torre Mapfre and Hotel Arts skyscrapers, the Port Olímpic was built as part of the area’s redevelopment in preparation for the 1992 Olympics. With its proximity to the beach and its iconic public art (including Frank Gehry’s Peix), it has become one of the most popular leisure areas in the city and a busy marina.More
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Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

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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
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Barcelona Cruise Port

Barcelona Cruise Port

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One of Europe’s largest and busiest cruise ports, Barcelona welcomes more than 2.5 million cruise passengers each year. The Catalan capital makes a popular stop and starting point for Mediterranean cruises, including liners operated by Princess, Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, MSC, and Costa.More
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Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas

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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
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Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gracia

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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

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Where to Find the Best Views in Barcelona

Where to Find the Best Views in Barcelona

Don't-Miss Dishes in Barcelona

Don't-Miss Dishes in Barcelona

Top Parks and Gardens in Barcelona

Top Parks and Gardens in Barcelona

Gaudi's Barcelona

Gaudi's Barcelona

Top activities in Barcelona

Barcelona Catamaran Party Sail

Barcelona Catamaran Party Sail

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Unique Sunset Sailing Experience in Barcelona

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Unique Sunset Sailing Experience in Barcelona

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2 hour Sailing Cruise Barcelona

2 hour Sailing Cruise Barcelona

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Barcelona Skip the Line Tour: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell & La Pedrera

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Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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Barcelona Live Virtual Tour
blueirisheyes88, Feb. 2021
Best of Barcelona Live Virtual Tour
We appreciate you accommodating us in English ;) We look forward to (hopefully) meeting you in person next year when we visit Barcelona!
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Fun and informative
ML_Capuzzi, Feb. 2021
Picasso, The Man Behind the Art in Barcelona | LivTours On Demand with Elisa
It was fun to learn some details about Picasso's early life and see virtually some of the sights in Barcelona that I hope to see in person one day.
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Highly Recommended
Prita_P, Oct. 2020
Skip the Line: Park Guell Admission Ticket
This tour was a relaxed way to get to see some of the best parts of Barcelona.
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Excellent visual tour
Colleen, Apr. 2020
Best of Barcelona Live Virtual Tour
Our guide was very chatty and left me wanting to see when this over..
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Absolutely beautiful!
Elizabeth_C, Apr. 2020
Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona
We got to see a lot of the countryside around Barcelona.
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Rich History Tour
Deborah_B, Mar. 2020
Tour to Costa Brava and Dalí Theatre-Museum in Catalonia
I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to see some of the rich history of southeast Spain.
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Highly recommended!
Jasmine, Mar. 2020
Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up
We saw almost all the best sights of Barcelona in one trip, .
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Great intro to Barcelona
Jeramy_G, Mar. 2020
Private Family City Walking Tour Barcelona - Churros, hot chocolate & games
We had got to see the market which was gorgeous and had treats while we were there.
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Excellent!!!
Sylvia_B, Mar. 2020
Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
Great way to see Barcelona.
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Fantastic
Daam, Feb. 2020
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
He was very knowledgeable, helpful and a good driver🙂 the tour took us to a lot of great places and was a good coverage of some of the main attractions in Barcelona.
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Beautiful BCN
Peter_B, Feb. 2020
Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
Great way to see beautiful Barcelona and get into the Spanish rhythm.
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Highly recommended cycling tour
Helen_B, Feb. 2020
Pedal Your Way Into Barcelona History Bike Tour
It was a wonderful way to see so much of Barcelona in an afternoon
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La Sagrada Família
anthonyrichards25, Feb. 2020
Sagrada Familia: Fast Track Guided Tour with Tower Access
Our guide was very good and spoke great English.
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Book this TOUR!
boothsxxx, Jan. 2020
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
He spoke English very well, personable and much fun.
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Ask for Pedro Lowe as tour guide
inafriedman, Jan. 2020
The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
If you are doing the tour in English, ask for Pedro Lowe.
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Worth Doing!
steveni894, Jan. 2020
Barcelona Guided Tour by Segway
We got to see man different sites that as part of walking and bus tours that we did were missed.
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Great experience and great fun
via2r2019, Jan. 2020
Barcelona Segway Tour
The Segways are a great way to visit lots of sights in a short time and once you get used to them, are great fun.
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First Class, Informative and Stimulating!
David R, Jan. 2020
Sagrada Familia Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Because this is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, complete with long lines, the "skip-the-line" private tour is the way to go!
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Great Way to See Barcelona
Michael E, Dec. 2019
3-hour Barcelona, Montjuic Hill, and Gothic Quarter E-Bike Tour
This is a fantastic way to see Barcelona.
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This tour is a must!
ianaS7321II, Dec. 2019
Sagrada Familia: Skip-the-line guided tour
If you are in Barcelona, you have to visit the Sagrada Familia...

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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