Must-see attractions in Barcelona

  • BARCELONA - AUGUST 9: View of the Sagrada Familia, iconic landmark in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on August 9, 2017. Designed by Gaudi and estimated to be completed by 2028. Cranes digitally removed
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    La Sagrada Família


    The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family) is considered to be the symbol of Barcelona by many residents, and the…

  • Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain

    Park Güell


    Visitors and locals alike love Park Güell. The waving balcony and the colorful Guard’s House, with the imposing Barcelona skyline and sea in the…

  • Barcelona, Casa Batlló is one of the two great buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí on Passeig de Gràcia From the outside the façade of Casa Batlló looks like it has been made from skulls and bones.

    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…

  • Barcelona, Spain - June 12, 2017 : Casa Mila  popularly known as La Pedrera or open quarry, a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance, i

    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…

  • Mercat de la Boqueria

    Mercat de la Boqueria

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    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…

  • Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, Spain

    Fundació Joan Miró


    Joan Miró was a Catalan painter and sculptor born in Barcelona who combined abstract art with surrealism. He is considered one of the most influential…

  • OCTOBER 26, 2014: People walking past market stalls on the La Rambla street in Barcelona.

    La Rambla

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    La Rambla is a tree-lined boulevard featuring a wide array of architectural delights, beautifully decorated flower stalls and particularly talented (and…

  • Image taken on Montjuïc

    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…

  • Outside of the Cathedral

    La Catedral

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Barcelona’s central place of worship presents a magnificent image. The richly decorated main facade, dotted with gargoyles and the kinds of stone…

  • Barcelona, Spain: 18 07 10: Columns of Temple of Augustus in Barcelona : The Temple of Augustus is one of the Barcelona City History Museum (MUHBA) heritage sites.; Shutterstock ID 1866177223; GL: 65050; netsuite: digital; full: POI; name: Riley Arthur
Columns of Temple of Augustus in Barcelona : The Temple of Augustus is one of the Barcelona City History Museum (MUHBA) heritage sites

    Museu d’Història de Barcelona

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    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…

  • The interior of the Palau Guell, a mansion in Barcelona, December 20, 2011.
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    Palau Güell

    El Raval

    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…

  • Barcelona, Spain – February 03, 2023: The beautiful Camp Nou stadium exterior on a sunny day in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain – February 03, 2023: The beautiful Camp Nou stadium exterior on a sunny day in Barcelona, Spain
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The beautiful Camp Nou stadium exterior on a sunny day in Barcelona, Spain

    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…

  • The exterior of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art or Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona


    El Raval

    An extraordinary all-white, glass-fronted creation by American architect Richard Meier, opened in 1995, the MACBA has become the city's foremost…

  • Museum of Frederic Mares in Barcelona. Sculpture collection - gothic, middle ages

    Museu Frederic Marès

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    The wealthy Catalan sculptor, traveller and obsessive collector Frederic Marès i Deulovol (1893–1991) amassed one of the wildest collections of historical…

  • Barcelona, Spain - September 20, 2021: Casa Vicens is a modernist building located in Barcelona, in the district of Gracia. The work of Antoni Gaudí, it was the first important project of the architect.

    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,…

  • Entrance to 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…

  • Cosmo Caixa, a science museum located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain



    One of the city’s most popular family-friendly attractions, this science museum is a favourite with kids (and kids at heart). The single greatest…

  • Barcelona beach, Torre Mapfre

    El Poblenou Platges


    A series of beautiful, broad, sandy golden beaches dotted with xiringuitos (seasonal beach bars) stretches northeast from the Port Olímpic marina. They're…

  • Barcelona, Spain - January 21, 2024: Palau de Mar, a former port warehouse that houses the Museum of the History of Catalonia (Museu d’Història de Catalunya in Catalan). Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

    Museu d’Història de Catalunya


    Within the revitalised 1880s Palau de Mar, this excellent museum travels from the Stone Age through to the arrival of Modernisme in Catalonia and the…

  • Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Modernista building by Domenech i Montaner - Barcelona, Cataluna

    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…

  • Exterior of Gran Teatre del Liceu

    Gran Teatre del Liceu

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    If you can’t catch a night at the opera, you can still take in the awe-inspiring architectural riches of one of Europe’s greatest opera houses. Opened in…

  • Inside of Casa Amatller

    Casa Amatller


    One of Puig i Cadafalch’s most striking flights of Modernista fantasy, Casa Amatller combines Gothic window frames and Romanesque flourishes with a…

  • Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain - A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau


    Domènech i Montaner outdid himself as architect and philanthropist with the Modernista Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, renamed the 'Recinte…

  • Casa de les Punxes

    Casa de les Punxes


    Puig i Cadafalch’s 1905 Casa Terrades is known as the Casa de les Punxes (House of Spikes) because of its pointed tile-adorned turrets. Resembling a…

  • Inside Poble Espanyol

    Poble Espanyol


    Welcome to Spain! All of it! This ‘Spanish Village’ is an intriguing scrapbook of Spanish architecture built for the local-crafts section of the 1929…

  • Crypt of the colònia güell in Province of Barcelona

    Colònia Güell


    Apart from La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s last big project was the creation of a utopian textile workers’ complex for his magnate patron Eusebi Güell outside…

  • Barcelona:Cannon in Montjuic Castle

    Castell de Montjuïc


    Enjoying commanding views over the Mediterranean, this forbidding fortress dominates the southeastern heights of Montjuïc. It dates, in its present form,…

  • Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Mount Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain.



    Framing the north end of the city, the pine-forested mountain of Tibidabo, which tops out at 512m, is the highest peak in Serra de Collserola. Much of its…

  • Exterior of MUHBA Refugi 307

    MUHBA Refugi 307


    Barcelona was the city most heavily bombed by Franco's air forces during the Spanish Civil War, and as a result developed more than 1300 air-raid shelters…

  • Inside El Fòrum

    El Fòrum


    Once an urban wasteland, this area has seen dramatic changes since the turn of the millennium, including sparkling buildings, open plazas and waterfront…

  • Outside of Palau de la Generalitat

    Palau de la Generalitat

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    The early-15th-century Palau de la Generalitat opens through a monumental late-Renaissance facade with neoclassical leanings, designed by Pere Blai, but…

  • Entrance of Museu Disseny

    Museu del Disseny de Barcelona


    Nicknamed la grapadora (the stapler), Barcelona's fascinating design museum lies inside a monolithic contemporary building with geometric facades and a…

  • Barcelona, Barrio Gotico

    Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Begun in 1320, on the site of a 10th-century Romanesque church, this striking 14th-century basilica is a classic of Catalan Gothic, with an imposing…

  • View of Església de Sants Just i Pastor and the plaza

    Basílica dels Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    This slightly neglected single-nave church, with chapels on either side of the buttressing, was built in 1342 in Catalan Gothic style on what is reputedly…

  • Front of L’Aquàrium



    It's hard not to shudder at the sight of a shark gliding above you, displaying its toothy, wide-mouthed grin – but this 80m shark tunnel is the highlight…

  • Entrance to Museu Etnològic

    Museu Etnològic


    Delving into Catalonia's rich heritage, Barcelona’s ethnology museum presents an intriguing permanent display from its 70,000-object collection, with…

  • Main square in Sant Cugat del Vallès

    Sant Cugat del Vallès


    Muslims razed the one-time Roman encampment-turned-Visigothic monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès to the ground in the 8th century. These things…

  • Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pa, Catalan for Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul. The complex built between 1901 and 1930 in Barcelona.

    Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu

    El Raval

    Behind the Mercat de La Boqueria stands the Gothic Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu, which was once the city’s main hospital. Founded in 1401, it…

  • Entrance gate to Bellesguard



    An entrancing work that combines Gothic and Modernista elements, this lesser-known Gaudí masterpiece was rescued from obscurity and opened to visitors in…

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