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Things to do in  Barcelona

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 Família

La Sagrada Familia is no doubt the most iconic structure in Barcelona. The church, located in L'Eixample, has been a fixture in Barcelona since construction commenced in 1882 and as building continues on today the structure's fame only grows. Though still a work in progress, the church already is an amazingly intricate structure. Antoni Gaudí spent 43 years on this project and, since his death in 1926, the duty to finish it has been passed on to several architects. Though the responsibility continues to change hands over the years, the architects have all respected Gaudí's vision and have made additions with his design in mind. Inside the church has an impressive stained glass windows line the main room and a lift takes visitors up one of the towers to enjoy the view. Smaller rooms hold exhibits detailing the history and future of the structure. La Sagrada Familia is projected to be completed in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudí.More

Barcelona Cruise Port

Welcome to the vibrant Catalan capital, Barcelona! With its laid-back Mediterranean setting, exciting Modernist architecture and labyrinthine Gothic Quarter, Barcelona has enough shore excursions and activities to keep you bar-hopping and sightseeing for days. Barcelona’s cruise terminals are clustered in historic Port Vell at the foot of Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous thoroughfare. It’s a 10 to 30-minute walk to Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Most visitors catch a shuttle bus to the iconic Christopher Columbus statue, a minute’s stroll from Las Ramblas. A quick taxi ride to the Gothic Quarter takes only 10 minutes from the port. It’s de rigueur to take a stroll along tree-lined Las Ramblas, with its flower stalls and singing birds. Drop into Barcelona’s historic market for tapas and champagne, then follow winding streets through the Gothic Quarter to the centuries-old cathedral.More

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Barri Gótic) dates from medieval times. On the streets, passersby find gems tucked away in the little nooks and crannies.. The area's proximity to La Rambla also contributes to its popularity amongst the young, nightlife-loving crowd. Meeting with friends in one of the several placas (plazas) before heading to dinner or a club is customary amongst the locals. Besides the thriving night scene, there is plenty to see during the daylight hours. Highlights of the Barri Gótic include Barcelona's cathedral, the political hub of Placa Sant Jaume, and some of Barcelona's best surviving stretches of the Roman walls. Full of history, mystery and culture, this district of Barcelona is worth at least a full day on every vacationer's itinerary.More

Park Güell

Park Güell is known as one of Gaudí's most colorful works and its expansive display of this artist's playful architecture is what makes it one of Barcelona's top attractions. While the park was originally meant to be a housing development for rich socialites, when the wealthy decided not to move to the hilltop, it became a public playground. Gaudí spent the first 15 years of the 20th century constructing the numerous fountains, pedestrian walkways and benches in his signature style that are still enjoyed by visitors today. One of the most popular spots in the park is at the top of the hill, where from brightly colored mosaic seats you can take in the panoramic view over Barcelona city and capture some great photos of the park. Another must-see attraction in Park Güell is the Gaudí House Museum. This pink house near the base of the park is where Gaudí spent the last two decades of his life and it is filled with furniture and other works designed by the artist.More

Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)

Standing tall over a medieval square in the center of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona Cathedral (known formally as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, or La Seu) is the seat of the Archbishop of Spain and a major landmark of the city. With octagonal bell towers, five aisles and two chapel areas, the hall church has stood since the 13th century. It is dedicated to Saint Eulalia, a patron saint of Barcelona, whose body is entombed in the crypt. Large, colorful stained glass windows look over twenty eight total small chapels inside. The Cathedral is known for its 14th-century cloister full of palm trees and a lush garden, as well as a massive Gothic portico under which thirteen geese can be found wandering. Each goose represents a year of the life of the young Saint Eulalia. As for the exterior, it is carved in great Gothic style detail — and is particularly beautiful when illuminated at night.More

Port Olímpic

Facing the Olympic Village of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the Port Olimpic was built as a part of the redevelopment of the area in preparation for the event. With its proximity to the beach area and its iconic art and sculpture, it has become one of the most popular leisure areas in the city. Surrounded on both sides by skyscrapers such as the prominent Torre Mapfre and the Hotel Arts, the port is a marina for over 700 boats. The view of the many yachts on the water is something to see, as is the masterful copper ‘Peix’ or fish sculpture by architect Frank Gehry. This is also the jumping off point for many sailing trips on the Mediterranean Sea. There are dozens of dining and shopping options along the area, as well as that famous Barcelona nightlife once the sun goes down. The Barceloneta and Nova Icaria beaches can be found on either side.More

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas, a series of 5 stretches of road that run through central Barcelona, is known collectively just as La Rambla. It's name comes from a stream (raml in Arabic) that used to run along the same path before the land was developed in the 14th century. Now in place of the stream is a 3/4 mi (1.2 km) street with a wide, tree-lined pedestrian boulevard down the middle. Along the path are numerous shops, cafes and bars as well as some interesting attractions. Both the Wax - Cera and Erotica museums are situated on La Rambla as are the Grand Opera House - Gran Teatre de Liceu - and the city's most colorful market, Mercat de la Boqueria. A large mosaic by Joan Miro is another iconic piece that warrants at least a second look, if not a photo opportunity. La Rambla is filled day and night with snap-happy tourists as well as locals so there is never a dull moment to be had. No Barcelona experience is complete without a stroll down this boulevard.More

Milà House (Casa Milà)

Officially known as Casa Milà, also known as the Milà House, after the man who commissioned the project, this building is called La Pedrera - The Quarry - by the locals because of its uneven stone exterior. One of Gaudí's several works dotting the city , La Pedrera was started as a dual apartment and office block for the bourgeoisie. Though unfinished, the structure is a popular tourist attraction, where you can visit a floor decorated in the style of its era. The biggest feature to La Pedrera is the rooftop, where you'll find several impressive chimney pots shaped into what look like medieval knights. A fascinating structure, La Pedrera is recognized both as a symbol of the ridiculous opulence of the Catalan elite as well as one of Gaudí's most interesting works.More

Casa Batlló

One of Barcelona’s most fanciful works of architecture, the elaborate Casa Batlló was built by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí between 1904 and 1906 and stands on the famous central avenue of Passeig de Gràcia. The building was commissioned by its namesake Josep Batlló and forms one of a number of innovative structures on the street, locally dubbed the 'Mançana de la Discordia' (‘apple of discord’). The original 19th-century building was completely remodeled Gaudi with an elaborate Art Noveau façade. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005, the Casa Batlló has become one of the city’s most memorable tourist attractions and is often nicknamed the ‘House of Bones’, thanks to its contorted window frames and skeletal pillars.More

Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gracia is one of the most significant avenues in Barcelona. In addition to being home to some of the most celebrated architecture in the city, it is considered to be the most expensive street in all of Spain. Originally known as Carni de Jesus, the avenue began as a rural lane connecting Barcelona with the then-independent town of Gracia. Pursuant to an urbanization project in the 1820s, it was transformed into a wide avenue that eventually became a favorite of aristocrats. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, both for its architecture and for its shopping. By the early 1900s, Passeig de Gracia featured homes designed by notable art nouveau/modernista architects such as Antonin Gaudi, Pere Falques, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Josep Vilaseca.More

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Where to Find the Best Views in Barcelona

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Top Parks and Gardens in Barcelona

Gaudi's Barcelona

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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off


Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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!
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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, .
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.
Sylvia_B, Mar 2020
Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
Great way to see Barcelona.
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.
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.
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
La Sagrada Família
anthonyrichards25, Feb 2020
Sagrada Familia: Fast Track Guided Tour with Tower Access
Our guide was very good and spoke great English.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...

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