Must-see attractions in Barcelona

  • Rambla del Poblenou


    With its origins in the mid-19th century (when Poblenou's industrial boom kicked off), this leafy boulevard has long been the neighbourhood hub, sprinkled…

  • Casa de la Barceloneta


    Devoted to the history and culture of the barri (with displays in Catalan), this tiny cultural centre occupies a brick-walled 1761 building that's a prime…

  • Platja del Garraf


    The tiny village of Garraf, 30km southwest of Barcelona, trickles down to a sparkling teal bay and silvery sand beach framed by distinctive old…

  • Platja de la Nova Mar Bella


    Locally loved Platja de la Nova Mar Bella has gold-tinged sand and a bit of a watersports scene, and leads into the new Front Marítim residential and…

  • Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia


    Gràcia's busiest square, the Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, was, until a few years ago, known as Plaça de Rius i Taulet, and you'll still hear that name…

  • Platja del Bogatell


    Fronting El Poblenou, these buzzy golden-white sands host volleyball courts and a few seasonal xiringuitos (beach bars) with sunbeds and umbrellas. There…

  • Platja de Castelldefels


    Around 20km southwest of the city centre and beloved by kitesurfers, this beautiful long sweep of golden-blonde sand backed by a few dunes provides a…

  • View over the Cementiri del Sud-Oest

    Cementiri de Montjuïc


    On the seaward hill to the south of the Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring), this huge cemetery dating from 1883 stretches down Montjuïc's southern slopes,…

  • Outside of Pavelló Mies van der Rohe

    Pavelló Mies van der Rohe


    Designed in glass, steel and various marbles in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) for the World Exhibition, this curious work of artful…

  • Ticket desk of Museu de la Música (Museum of Music).

    Museu de la Música


    Some 500 instruments (less than a third of the full collection) are on show in this red-clad museum, housed on the 2nd floor of the administration…

  • Facade of Església de Sant Miquel del Port

    Església de Sant Miquel del Port


    Dating from 1755, this sober baroque church was the first building completed in Barceloneta. Built low so that the cannon in the then Ciutadella fort…

  • Close up of beginning of Rambla de Mar

    Moll d'Espanya


    The heart of the redeveloped harbour is Moll d'Espanya, a former wharf linked to Moll de la Fusta by a wave-shaped footbridge, Rambla de Mar, which…

  • Font de Canaletes on La Rambla

    Font de Canaletes

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    The section of La Rambla immediately south of Plaça de Catalunya is named after this inconspicuous turn-of-the-20th-century drinking fountain and lamppost…

  • View of Eduardo Chillada's sculpture in Parc de la Creueta del Coll

    Parc de la Creueta del Coll


    A favourite with families, this refreshing palm-studded park centres on a meandering summer lake-pool for splashing in, and has swings, showers and a…

  • Outisde of Pavellons Güell from far

    Pavellons Güell


    Created by Gaudí for the Finca Güell, as the Güell estate attached to today's Palau de Pedralbes was then called, these stables and porter’s lodge were…

  • Palau Moja facade.

    Palau Moja

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    After extensive renovation, Palau Moja – a neoclassical building dating from the second half of the 18th century, which previously housed the Generalitat…

  • Barceloneta Beach with Frank Gehry's Peix d'Or (Whale Sculpture) on the beach of Barceloneta in Barcelona, Spain.

    Port Olímpic


    A busy marina built for the Olympic sailing events, the Port Olímpic is surrounded by bars and restaurants. An eye-catcher on the approach from…

  • Facade of the Museu Diocesà/Gaudí Exhibition Center

    Gaudí Exhibition Center/Museu Diocesà

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Next to La Catedral, the Diocesan Museum hosts insightful exhibits on Gaudí including fascinating documentaries on his life and philosophy and the…

  • Fabra observatory overlooking city, Barcelona, Spain

    Observatori Fabra


    Inaugurated in 1904, this Modernista observatory 415m above sea level on Tibidabo is still a functioning scientific foundation. On certain evenings…

  • View of Parc de Joan Miró

    Parc de Joan Miró


    This palm-filled park is worth a look for its massive phallic 1980s Miró sculpture, Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird), whose red, yellow, blue and green tiles…

  • Outisde the gates of Ceminitir del Poblenou

    Cementiri del Poblenou


    Just inland from Platja de Bogatell, Poblenou's cemetery dates from 1773. It was positioned outside the then city limits for health reasons; its central…

  • Entrance to Col·legi de Arquitectes

    Col·legi d'Arquitectes

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Across from La Catedral your eye may be caught by what appear to be childlike scribblings on the facade of the 1931 Col·legi de Arquitectes. It is, in…

  • Front of Parròquia de Sant Andreu de Palomar

    Parròquia de Sant Andreu de Palomar


    Stepping out of Sant Andreu metro and onto Plaça d'Orfila, you'll be greeted by the sight of this grand church with an impressive domed roof. Originally…

  • Exterior of Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport

    Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport


    At this information-packed interactive sporting museum, you wander down a ramp that snakes below ground level and is lined with multimedia displays on the…

  • Barcelona, Spain - May 17, 2015: Crowded park under a suspension bridge in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
El Parque Fluvial del Besós
River Besos

    El Parque Fluvial del Besós


    Barcelona's river is little-known to visitors, but it's worth it for those who want to explore further. The River Besós lies right at the northeastern…

  • Statue of Gaudí at Gaudí Experience

    G Experiència


    A fun-filled Disney-style look at the life and work of Barcelona's favourite son Gaudí, just a stone's throw from Park Güell. There are models of Gaudí's…

  • Entrance to Fundació Fran Daurel

    Fundació Fran Daurel


    With Poble Espanyol, the Fundació Fran Daurel is an eclectic collection of 300 works of art, including sculptures, prints, ceramics and tapestries by…

  • Front of the Fàbrica del Sol

    Fàbrica del Sol


    A relic from the industrial era, this striking Modernista building with its red brick and yellow details today houses an environmental education centre,…

  • Close up of Edifici de Gas Natural

    Edifici de Gas Natural


    The work of Enric Miralles, completed in 2005, this shimmering glass waterfront office tower is only 86m (20 storeys) high, but remains extraordinary for…

  • Music performance at Nau Bostik vintage market

    Nau Bostik


    Hip Nau Bostik is a must-visit for vintage lovers, and street-art fans in particular. Set in an old factory, it's a bit rough around the edges but is…

  • Exterior of the Inside the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys

    Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys


    If you saw the Olympics on TV, the main 60,000-capacity Lluís Companys stadium may seem surprisingly small. So might the Olympic flame holder into which…

  • L’Anella Olímpica

    L’Anella Olímpica


    The group of installations built for the main events of the 1992 Olympics includes the Piscines Bernat Picornell, where the swimming and diving events…

  • Torre Agbar by night.

    Torre Glòries


    Barcelona’s famously cucumber-shaped tower, Jean Nouvel’s luminous Torre Glòries (formerly Torre Agbar) is among the most daring additions to the skyline…

  • Entrance to the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum

    Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    One of the world's largest museums dedicated to all things cannabis-related opened to much fanfare in 2012. Set in the beautifully restored 16th-century…

  • House Comalat (Casa Comalat) is a modernist building in Barcelona, build by Salvador Valeri in 1911.

    Casa Comalat


    This striking twin-fronted building with vibrant tilework was created from 1909 to 1911 by Salvador Valeri (1873–1954). Note Gaudí's obvious influence on…

  • Facade of Vil·la Joana

    Vil·la Joana


    Opposite the main information office of the Parc Natural de Collserola lies the historic 19th-century villawhere Catalonia’s revered writer Jacint…

  • Front view of Parròquia de Sant Pacià

    Parròquia de Sant Pacià


    If you're on the trail of Gaudí, you may want to visit this little-known church in the district of Sant Andreu. The church was built between 1876 and 1881…

  • Barcelona, Spain - 28 September 2015 - Calvet House on the street Carrer de Casp.

    Casa Calvet


    Gaudí's most conventional contribution to L'Eixample is the 1901 Casa Calvet, built for textiles industrialist Pere Màrtir Calvet (it now houses a…

  • Inside the Parc de la Pegaso

    Parc de la Pegaso


    If you're looking for a bit of green in the northeast of the city, head to Parc de la Pegaso, a huge space filled with a variety of ponds, water features…

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