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 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: 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: 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: 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 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: Montjuïc Castle is a large fortress located on the top of Montjuïc hill in Barcelona, Spain. The castle was built in the seventeenth century to hold political prisoners, a role which continued until the late twentieth century. In the Spanish imagination the castle is a symbol of oppression and evil, an image stemming from its use as a torture and execution center during the Spanish Civil War. At present, the building houses a military museum, but plans exist to transform it into a museum celebrating international peace.
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: Originally built for the maritime events of the 1992 Olympics, this attractive esplanade is a seaside urban oasis. Unique sculptures, including Frank Ghery’s golden fish sculpture; Piex, populate the area and give it added character. This is also a great place to find upscale restaurants and trendy bars.