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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 Familia

Sagrada Familia

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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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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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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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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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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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Montserrat Mountain

Montserrat Mountain

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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
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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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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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Catalunya Square (Plaça de Catalunya)

Catalunya Square (Plaça de Catalunya)

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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 Parks and Gardens in Barcelona

Top Parks and Gardens in Barcelona

Top activities in Barcelona

Girona and Costa Brava Small-Group Tour with Hotel pickup 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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Kayak and Snorkel day tour to la Costa Brava from Barcelona
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Fast Track Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
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Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
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Sagrada Familia: Fast Track Guided Tour
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The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
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Sagrada Familia First Morning Tour with Skip the Line and Optional Tower Access
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Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona
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Skip the Line: Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia Tour in Barcelona
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Sagrada Familia Guided Tour with Towers Access
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Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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Fun way to explore Barcelona
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Barcelona e-Bike Gaudí Highlights or Bohemian Neighborhoods Small Group Tour
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Outstanding tour
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Great tour to see Barcelona completely.
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Barcelona Sailing Cruise with Light Snacks and Open Bar
What a relaxing way to see Barcelona coastline.
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Barcelona City Bike Tour
The guide was excellent, informative and friendly It was a brilliant way to see the city and is a must for everyone on their first day in Barcelona
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Biking in Barcelona
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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour
The Fat Tire Bike Tour was a great way to see Barcelona our first day.
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