Reasons to Recommend: The Sagrada Familia is a prestigious tourist attraction and landmark in Barcelona. It is a stunning work by the great architect Antoni Gaudí, but was never completed. Donations keep construction going and it is due to be completed by 2026. Construction of the Nativity facade and basement has been taken over by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Climb up one of the tall spires of the church to enjoy a bird's eye view of Barcelona.
Reasons to Recommend: Casa Batlló is a uniquely designed building in the “Illa de la Discordia” block of Barcelona. It is the visceral, representative work of the genius architect Antoni Gaudí in the most mature stage of his work. The walls of the entire building are covered with colored mosaics, with a roof that looks like fish scales, pillars like human bones and mask-shaped balconies, all full of magical colors, shapes and patterns. Each evening the lights illuminate the building and it becomes even more stunning as it reflects and shimmers in the light.
Reasons to Recommend: Park Güell is an artistic Garden of Eden outside paradise designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It is located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona. In addition to a variety of different forms of architecture, the park also has brightly colored mosaics in the shapes of different animals, such as colorful lizards guarding the gate. A visit to the park offers the opportunity to tour the former residence of Gaudí, located on the winding mountain road of Park Güell, where the architectural visionary lived a quiet life on the mountainside.
Reasons to Recommend: Casa Mila is located in the famous “Illa de la Discordia” in the heart of Barcelona. It is one of the masterpieces of the architect Antoni Gaudí. Its wave-shaped walls and chimney-topped rooftops are all emblematic of the building and the city it calls home. Casa Mila can be visited day or night. Visits in the day typically start from the famous roof terrace. If you prefer to take a trip at night, you can take the “Secrets of Casa Mila” night tour to learn obscure and interesting facts about the structure.
Reasons to Recommend: Camp Nou is the home stadium of FC Barcelona. This large-capacity soccer stadium is well known for its thrilling home team atmosphere. On average, a normal match will host as many 100,000 spectators. The passionate cheers of soccer fans rooting for their team makes a visit to Camp Nou a nightmare for the competition. Even from its exterior, visitors can stand in awe of the grand scope of the magnificent structure. The colossal stadium was inaugurated in 1957.
Reasons to Recommend: The Barcelona Picasso Museum, also known as Museu Picasso, is one of Barcelona’s most popular museums and houses the works of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The museum is housed in multiple adjoining medieval palaces, lending it a regal air and affording it bountiful exhibition space. Over three thousand of Picasso’s works make up the museum’s permanent collection, a truly impressive sample across multiple mediums.
Reasons to Recommend: Located on Barcelona's Ramblas, Mercat de la Boqueria is an old market in Barcelona and a popular source of food for visitors to Barcelona. Mercat de la Boqueria is a veritable “food heaven”. The fresh fruits and vegetables on the stalls are discharged in an orderly manner. The colors are interspersed, like the palette in Picasso’s hands. Gloss. The stall owners enthusiastically introduce goods to attract passers-by, and Iberian ham, cheese and seafood stalls are always popular.
Reasons to Recommend: Las Ramblas is a pedestrian boulevard in the heart of Barcelona, connected to the Plaça de Catalunya in the city center and the Columbus Monument in the Old Port. It is one of Europe's famous boulevards. There are newspaper stands, flower shops, food stores, etc, right down both sides of the street, with fascinating palaces and monuments nearby. It is also a paradise for wanderers, where itinerant entertainers putting on all sorts of performances here, and a huge variety of "human statues" line the streets, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Reasons to Recommend: The Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de Sant Pau, are two of the finest contributions to Barcelona's architecture by the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner they were jointly inscribed to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 1997. The Palau de la Música Catalana is an exuberant steel-framed structure full of light and space, and decorated by many of the leading designers of the day.
Reasons to Recommend: The main body of Barcelona Cathedral is dominated by Gothic style, with slender lines as the main feature, and the dome and internal structure show neo-gothic style. Through the elevator on the dome of the church you can reach the top of the church and enjoy the sights of the old city of Barcelona. The worshippers of the various industrial guilds are enshrined in the prayer rooms of the cathedral cloister. The choir's seats, religious murals, sculptures and a variety of gold and silver instruments in the Saint Eulalia Chapel are gorgeous. In addition, the Eulalia virgin cemetery and the Lepando Christ prayer room deserve special attention.
Reasons to Recommend: Barceloneta Beach is one of the most welcoming beaches in Spain. There is a huge variety of restaurants and bars here and, in the summertime, attracts thousands of Barcelona beachgoers. This stretch of beach is located close to downtown Barcelona. As far as the eye can see, there are seafood restaurants, bars and gazebos. Visitors can stretch out on the warm sand, join in a game of soccer or volleyball and enjoy a dip in the ocean. After a feast of locally caught seafood, end your meal with some ice cream or a glass of beer.
Reasons to Recommend: Constructed for the 1888 exposition, the Columbus Monument in Barcelona is a significant landmark of the city and commemorates the location where Christopher Columbus was greeted by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella on his return from his first journey to America. This 197 foot cast-iron monument was sculpted by Rafael Atche. It is said to depict Columbus pointing out land upon reaching the Americas. The statue which houses an elevator in its column, offers you the chance to view the city from a viewing platform located in the sphere under the statue's feet.
Reasons to Recommend: Plaça de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona, Spain, that connects the Old Town District with the Eixample District. Surrounded by greenery, the La Deessa stone statue sits quietly on the square. Access is convenient, and the area is beautiful. Many restaurants, shops, bars, etc. are in the area, forming a complete city hub.
Reasons to Recommend: Pablo Picasso and Gorge Orwell hated his buildings but that didn’t keep him from becoming Barcelona’s most beloved architect and the figurehead of Catalan Modernism. The house of the man who brought the city the Casa Vicens and Casa Batllo is now a public museum featuring self-designed furniture, decorations, drawings, and portraits of the Spanish architect.
Reasons to Recommend: Countless memorial squares and monuments decorate Barri de Gracia, a pocket of vibrant culture nestled inside contemporary Barcelona. Once its own town, Gracia boasts dozens of busy bars and nightclubs, unique restaurants serving up plenty of local flavor, as well as rustic narrow streets and charming antique buildings which are a welcome distraction from the steel skyscrapers of downtown Barcelona. Locals take their celebrations seriously, taking to the streets for Carnival, banging drums for Sant Medir, and, most important of all, adorning the streets throughout the month of August for Festa Major, a nationally renowned cultural event.