Barcelona is a city, with rich cultural heritage, a vibrant art scene, and delicious foodie hotspots and, the grand architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi.
Things to do in Barcelona
- Casa Mila – Also known as La Pedrera, Casa Mila is a quirky architectural gem designed by Gaudi in the early 1900s which sits amongst designer stores on the famous Passeig de Gracia.
- Gothic Quarter – Wind your way through the narrow, rustic streets of Barcelona’s old Gothic Quarter and dip into ice cream parlours, boutique stores, and cosy bars.
- Casa Batllo – Another of Gaudi’s houses that sits proudly on the Passeig de Gracia. Visitors can wander around inside and admire the beautiful craftsmanship.
- Magic Fountain of Montjuic – At night, this centrally located fountain bursts into a vibrant performance, showering onlookers with colour and music.
- Montjuic – Grab a cable car ride up the crest of Barcelona’s most famous mountain and admire the spectacular views from the top.
- Camp Nou – Barcelona’s home football stadium is a must-visit for any sports lovers. Take a tour through the underground players’ rooms and enjoy a drink in the bar.
- Museu Picasso – Tucked away down the sidestreets of El Born, the Picasso Museum showcases a range of colour work from the world’s most famous cubist artist.
- Parc de la Ciutadella – The local’s favourite park is the perfect place to while away a weekend afternoon, strolling amongst the greenery and enjoying the peaceful backdrop of lakes and trees.
- Barcelona Cathedral – Nestled in the middle of the winding Gothic Quarter, Barcelona Cathedral rises proudly upwards – a bastion of intricate Spanish architecture and religion.
- Palau Reial – Grab a bite to eat and a drink in one of the city’s most famous squares, surrounded by palm trees and quirky Gaudi statues.
- Arc de Triomf – Not to be confused with its Parisian counterpart, the Arc de Triomf is a fine example of architecture in Barcelona, standing proud in a popular, trendy square.
- Barcelona Zoo – A collection of exotic and familiar animals on show in the picturesque surroundings of the Parc de la Ciutadella – perfect for family days out.
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – Barcelona and the surrounding region boasts a rich cultural history, home to world-famous artists and local stars, which you can explore in this central institution.
- La Rambla – The most famous street in Barcelona boasts a collection of local eateries, cool bars, and boutique shops, as well as colourful shows from street performers.
- Mercat de la Boqueria – Staying in an apartment in Barcelona provides the perfect opportunity to home cook some of the delicious, fresh food available around the city. Head to La Boqueria, a covered food market, to pick up some tasty Spanish ingredients.
- Santa Maria del Mar – Explore this imposing church that sits high and proud in the Ribera district. Stemming back to the early 14th Century, it is a historic and religious reminder of Catalonia’s prominent maritime and mercantile era.
- Poble Espanyol – Another excellent example of intricate Spanish craftsmanship, this popular architectural museum is situated in the heart of all the action, just a stone’s throw from the Montjuic Fountains.
- Tibidabo – It might well be lesser-known than Montuic, but Mount Tibidabo is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola, jutting upwards to the north-west of the city. Climb to the top for incredible panoramic views across the city below.
- La Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s most famous masterpiece is a must-visit, with its jutting turrets and beautiful stained-glass interior.
- Park Guell – Wander through the green gardens of Gaudi’s park, admiring the colourful collection of tropical plants and the whimsical work of Gaudi himself.