Barceloneta, Port Olimpic & the Waterfront
The formerly industrial waterfront has experienced a dramatic transformation in the last three decades, with sparkling beaches and seaside bars and restaurants, elegant sculptures, a 4.5km-long boardwalk, ultramodern high-rises and yacht-filled marinas.
La Zona Alta
Several of Barcelona's most sacred sights nestle inside the huge expanse beyond L'Eixample. One is the peaceful monastery of Pedralbes; another is the great shrine to Catalan football, Camp Nou. Other attractions include the amusement park and great views atop Tibidabo, the wooded trails of Parc de Collserola, and a kid-friendly science museum.
Gràcia & Park Güell
Gràcia was an independent town until the 1890s. Its narrow lanes and picturesque plazas still have a village-like feel, and it has long been a magnet to a young, hip, largely international crowd. Here you'll find well-worn cafes and bars, vintage shops and a smattering of multicultural eateries.
This medieval quarter has a little of everything, from high-end shopping to some of Barcelona's liveliest tapas bars. Key sights include the superb Museu Picasso, the awe-inspiring Gothic Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar and the artfully sculpted Modernista concert hall of Palau de la Música Catalana.