Top ChoiceBasilica in L'Eixample

La Sagrada Família

La Sagrada Família

If you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. Gaudí's unparalleled, Unesco-listed La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it...

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Park Güell

Park Güell

Around 1km north of Gràcia, the Unesco-listed Park Güell is where Antoni Gaudí turned his hand and imagination to landscape gardening. It’s a surreal, enchanting place where the great Modernista's passion for...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in L'Eixample

La Pedrera

La Pedrera

In the top tier of Gaudí's achievements, this madcap Unesco-listed masterpiece, with 33 balconies, was built in 1905–10 as a combined apartment and office block. Formally called Casa Milà, after the businessman...

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Casa Batlló

One of Europe's strangest residential buildings, Casa Batlló (built 1904–6) is Gaudí at his fantastical best. From its playful facade and marine-world inspiration to its revolutionary experiments in light and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in La Ribera

Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso

The setting alone, in five contiguous medieval stone mansions, makes Barcelona's Museu Picasso unique (and worth the queues). While the collection concentrates on Pablo Picasso's formative years – potentially...

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Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

The spectacular neobaroque silhouette of the Palau Nacional can be seen on Montjuïc's slopes from across the city. Built for the 1929 World Exhibition and restored in 2005, it houses a vast collection of mostly...

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La Catedral

La Catedral

Barcelona’s central place of worship presents a magnificent image. The richly decorated main facade, dotted with gargoyles and the kinds of stone intricacies you would expect of northern European Gothic, sets it...

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Museu d’Història de Barcelona

Museu d’Història de Barcelona

One of Barcelona's most fascinating museums travels back through the centuries to the very foundations of Roman Barcino. You'll stroll over ruins of the old streets, sewers, laundries, baths and wine- and...

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Fundació Joan Miró

Fundació Joan Miró

Joan Miró, the city’s best-known 20th-century artistic progeny, bequeathed this art foundation to his home town in 1971. The light-filled buildings, designed by close friend and architect Josep Lluís Sert (who...

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Palau de la Música Catalana

A fantastical symphony in tile, brick, sculpted stone and stained glass, this Unesco-listed, 2146-seat concert hall is a high point of Barcelona’s Modernista architecture. Built by Domènech i Montaner, with the...

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Palau Güell

Palau Güell

Built off La Rambla in the late 1880s for Gaudí's wealthy patron the industrialist Eusebi Güell, the Palau Güell is a magnificent example of the early days of the architect's fevered architectural imagination....

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Mercat de la Boqueria

Mercat de la Boqueria

Barcelona's most central fresh-produce market is one of the greatest sound, smell and colour sensations in Europe. It's housed in a packed-out Modernista-influenced building every bit as impressive, built from...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Camp Nou, Pedralbes & La Zona Alta

Barça Stadium Tour & Museum

A pilgrimage site for football fans around the world, Camp Nou is a must for FC Barcelona fans. On this tour, which can be guided or self-guided, you'll get an in-depth look at the club, starting with a museum...

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Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

At the southwestern end of Passeig del Born stands Barcelona’s finest Catalan Gothic church, Santa Maria del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea). Begun in 1329, under the watch of architects Berenguer de Montagut and Ramon...

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Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is both a pioneering Modernista building (completed in the early 1880s) and the major collection of leading 20th-century Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies. Tàpies died in February 2012, aged...

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MACBA

MACBA

An extraordinary all-white, glass-fronted creation by American architect Richard Meier, opened in 1995, the MACBA has become the city's foremost contemporary art centre, with captivating exhibitions for the...

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Museu Frederic Marès

Museu Frederic Marès

The wealthy Catalan sculptor, traveller and obsessive collector Frederic Marès i Deulovol (1893–1991) amassed one of the wildest collections of historical curios. Today, his astonishing displays of religious art...

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Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens

A Unesco-listed masterpiece, this angular, turreted 1885-completed private house was Gaudí’s inaugural commission, when the architect was aged just 30, created for stock and currency broker Manuel Vicens i...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Barceloneta, the Waterfront & El Poblenou

Museu Marítim

Museu Marítim

The city's maritime museum occupies the mighty Gothic Reials Drassanes (Royal Shipyards) – a remarkable relic from Barcelona's days as the seat of a seafaring empire. Highlights include a full-scale 1970s replica...

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La Rambla

La Rambla

Barcelona's most famous street is both a tourist magnet (beware the pickpockets and con artists) and a window into Catalan culture, with cultural centres, theatres and intriguing architecture. Flanked by plane...