Must-see attractions in Barcelona

  • Full view of Museu Blau

    Museu Blau

    Barcelona

    Set inside the futuristic Edifici Fòrum, whose angular facades look like sheer cliff faces (with grand strips of mirror creating fragmented reflections of…

  • Facade of Palau Montaner

    Palau Montaner

    L'Eixample

    Though fascinating on the outside and made all the more enticing by its leafy gardens, this 1893 creation by Domènech i Montaner is especially spectacular…

  • Front of Monestir de Sant Pere de les Puelles

    Monestir de Sant Pere de les Puelles

    La Ribera

    It was around this much-remodelled Romanesque church, founded in 945, that settlement began in La Ribera. In 985 a Muslim force under Al-Mansur largely…

  • Casa de la Seda facade.

    Casa de la Seda

    La Ribera

    The headquarters of the Art of Silk Association is housed in a handsome 18th-century mansion covered in caryatid sgraffiti, overlooking Via Laietana. The…

  • Torre de Collserola.

    Torre de Collserola

    Barcelona

    Sir Norman Foster designed the 288m-high, 1992-completed Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower on the slopes of Tibidabo. An external glass lift…

  • Exterior of the Sala Fundación MAPFRE

    Sala Fundación MAPFRE

    L'Eixample

    Originally built for a rich banking family by Enric Sagnier in 1902–05, the stunning, carefully restored Modernista Casa Garriga i Nogués has been taken…

  • Rambla de Raval

    Rambla del Raval

    El Raval

    This broad boulevard was laid out in 2000 as part of the city's plan to open up this formerly sleazy neighbourhood, with some success. Now lined with palm…

  • Casa Golferichs Cultural Centre.

    Casa Golferichs

    L'Eixample

    Designed by Joan Rubió i Bellver for businessman Macari Golferichs, this quirky 1901 Modernista villa is an oddity of another era on one of the city’s…

  • Casa-Museu Gaudí through the trees

    Casa-Museu Gaudí

    Barcelona

    On the eastern side of the Park Güell, this spired dusty-pink house is where Gaudí lived from 1906 until his death in 1926. Furniture and ironwork he…

  • Outside the Fundació Foto Colectania

    Foto Colectania

    La Ribera

    Photography lovers should swing by this minimalist-design nonprofit foundation in El Born, which hosts thought-provoking, regularly changing exhibitions…

  • Exterior of Església de Sant Joan

    Església de Sant Joan

    Barcelona

    Construction on this striking church began in 1878 and was completed in 1884. It was designed by Francesc Berenguer i Mestres, Gaudí's protégé, but it's…

  • Casa Serra (Building with spires) in centre of Barcelona, Catalunia, Spain.

    Casa Serra

    L'Eixample

    Puig i Cadafalch let his imagination loose on the Casa Serra (1903–08), a neo-Gothic whimsy today home to government offices. With its central tower…

  • bell tower of Universitat de Barcelona

    Universitat de Barcelona

    L'Eixample

    Although a university was first set up on what is now La Rambla in the 16th century, the present, glorious mix of (neo) Romanesque, Gothic, Islamic and…

  • Exterior of Birra 08

    Birra 08

    Barcelona

    Book ahead for an evening tour (English available) of this organic brewery. Over the course of two hours, you'll taste the malt, hops and cereals and,…

  • Inner entrance to Fabra i Coats

    Fabra i Coats

    Barcelona

    This impressive arts space is housed in a renovated 19th-century thread and textile factory, with high ceilings and exposed brickwork. Fabra i Coats was a…

  • Stained glass window at Temple d’August

    Temple d’August

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Opposite the southeast end of La Catedral, narrow Carrer del Paradís leads towards Plaça de Sant Jaume. Inside No 10, an intriguing building with Gothic…

  • Top of Capella Reial de Santa Àgata

    Capella Reial de Santa Àgata

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Accessed within the Museu d'Història de Barcelona, this is the chapel of the old Gothic Palau Reial Major (Grand Royal Palace). Outside, a spindly bell…

  • Telefèric Aeri del Port

    Telefèric del Port

    Barcelona

    First built for the 1929 Expo, this cable car strung across the harbour between La Barceloneta and Montjuïc provides an eagle-eye view of the city. The…

  • Facade of Mercat de la Llibertat

    Mercat de la Llibertat

    Barcelona

    Opened in 1888, the ‘Market of Liberty’ was covered in 1893 by Francesc Berenguer i Mestres (1866–1914), Gaudí’s long-time assistant, in typically fizzy…

  • Exterior of Museu de l’Eròtica

    Museu de l’Eròtica

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Observe what naughtiness people have been getting up to since ancient times in this museum, with historical relics such as Indian bas-reliefs showing…

  • Facade of Palau de la Virreina

    Palau de la Virreina

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    A rare example of post-baroque building in Barcelona, the Palau de la Virreina is a grand 18th-century rococo mansion (with some neoclassical elements)…

  • Facade of Casa Lleó Morera

    Casa Lleó Morera

    L'Eixample

    Domènech i Montaner’s 1905 contribution to the Illa de la Discòrdia, with Modernista carving outside and a bright, tiled lobby in which floral motifs…

  • Inner courtyard of the Palau Episcopal

    Palau Episcopal

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Across Carrer del Bisbe from La Catedral is the 17th-century Bishop's Palace. Virtually nothing remains of the original 13th-century structure. The Roman…

  • Barceloneta Beach with Frank Gehry's Fish sculpture in the background

    Platja de la Barceloneta

    Barcelona

    Just east of its namesake neighbourhood, Barceloneta's main beach is a golden-brown strip of sand where, during warm months, pool-party promoters, mojito…

  • Ajuntament

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Barcelona's town hall has been the seat of power for centuries. The Consell de Cent (the city’s ruling council) first sat here in the 14th century, but…

  • Close up of Església de les Saleses

    Església de les Saleses

    L'Eixample

    A singular neo-Gothic effort, this church is interesting because it was designed by Joan Martorell i Montells (1833–1906), Gaudí’s architecture professor…

  • Outside of Església de Betlem

    Església de Betlem

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    On La Rambla with Carrer del Carme, this church was constructed in baroque style for the Jesuits in the late 17th and early 18th centuries to replace a…

  • Facade of Capella d'en Marcús

    Capella d'en Marcús

    La Ribera

    Standing at the northern end of Carrer de Montcada, on the corner of Carrer dels Corders, this much-meddled-with Romanesque chapel was once a wayfarers’…

  • Peix sculpture in Port Olimpic on January 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. The sculpture of a huge fish, designed by famous Frank Ghery, 35 meters high and 54 meters long.

    Peix

    Barcelona

    With copper-hued stainless-steel scales sparkling at sunset, this 35m-tall, 56m-long fish sculpture at the foot of the swish Hotel Arts Barcelona looks…

  • Exterior of Fundació Suñol

    Fundació Suñol

    Barcelona

    Rotating exhibitions of portions of this private collection of mostly 20th-century art (some 1300 works in total) offer anything from Man Ray’s…

  • View of Platja de Sant Sebastià

    Platja de Sant Sebastià

    Barcelona

    At the far southern end of the beach fronting La Barceloneta, this is a handy stretch of white-gold sand for a bit of sun and surf action when you need a…

  • Outside the Jardí Botànic

    Jardí Botànic

    Barcelona

    Dedicated to Mediterranean flora, these hillside gardens have a collection of some 40,000 plants and 1500 species, including many that thrive in areas…

  • People entering Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

    Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    This small square flanking the majestic Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi is one of the prettiest in the Barri Gòtic, with its bars and cafes attracting…

  • Barceloneta Beach against W Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.  Barceloneta Beach - one of the most popular in the city. @BearFotos/Shutterstock

    Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta

    Barcelona

    On Barceloneta's seaward side are the first of Barcelona's beaches, which get packed in summer. The broad 1.25km promenade from Barceloneta to the Port…

  • Close up of Telefèric de Montjuïc

    Telefèric de Montjuïc

    Barcelona

    From the Parc Montjuïc cable car station on northern Montjuïc, these glass cabins zip you up to the Castell de Montjuïc via the mirador (lookout point),…

  • Inside the Jardins de Laribal

    Jardins de Laribal

    Barcelona

    Opened in 1922, these soothing terraced gardens just west of the Fundació Joan Miró are linked by paths, stairs and wisteria-clad walkways, with pretty…

  • El Cap de Barcelona ( "The Head") is a surrealist sculpture created by American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

    El Cap de Barcelona

    Barcelona

    An icon by the waterfront, this eye-catching 15m-high primary-coloured sculpture was designed by famous American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992…

  • Entrance to Centre de la Imatge

    Centre de la Imatge

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    The Centre de la Imatge is an exhibition space that forms part of the Palau de la Virreina. It hosts mainly – but not exclusively – photography shows.

  • Platja de la Nova Icària beach with people in summer after COVID 19 on June 26, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.

    Platja de la Nova Icària

    Barcelona

    The southernmost and busiest of El Poblenou's beaches, this broad golden trip gets lively in warmer months, when a couple of xiringuitos grace the sand,…

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