15 Of The Best Things To Do In Barcelona

Discover everything Barcelona has to offer with these 15 activities.

There is a reason why every traveler who visits Barcelona always returns. Its beautiful beaches and lush mountains are the best of both worlds. Here, you can find iconic museums, panoramic views, and legendary architecture. These 15 activities will ensure you see everything this captivating city has to offer.

 

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La Sagrada Familia

C/ de Mallorca, 401, L'Eixample, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

No visit to Barcelona is complete without seeing the mesmerizing La Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí. This awe-inspiring basilica is a testament to Gaudí’s genius and graced Barcelona with its magnificent presence for over 130 years. Explore its interior, adorned with colorful stained glass windows, and gaze at the breathtaking architecture that seamlessly blends nature with spirituality. It’s highly advisable to reserve tickets in advance since time slots fill up quickly.

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Park Güell

Gràcia, 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Built in 1900, this was also designed by Antoni Gaudí, Park Güell was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. This park is one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona, ​​spanning over 17 hectares. Explore its mosaic-covered terrace, take a stroll along the famous Serpentine Bench, and make sure to snap a photo of the colorful mosaic salamander, known as “El Drac,” guarding the entrance.

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Casa Batlló

Pg. de Gràcia, 43, L'Eixample, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Step into the surreal world of Casa Batlló, a masterpiece located along Passeig de Gràcia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was constructed in 1877 by one of Gaudí’s professors, Emilio Sala Cortés, before being handed over to Gaudí in 1906 and given complete artistic control over its design, creating what we know today. Admire the whimsical facade, adorned with colorful ceramic tiles and organic shapes.

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Explore La Rambla

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of La Rambla, Barcelona’s bustling boulevard that stretches from Plaça de Catalunya to the port. Stroll along this iconic promenade lined with street performers, flower stalls, and outdoor cafes. This legendary street leads to many renowned attractions, such as Mercado de la Boqueria, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and Basílica of Santa Maria.

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La Pedrera – Casa Milà

Pg. de Gràcia, 92, L'Eixample, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that captivates visitors with its unconventional design. In 1905, married couple Pere Milà and Roser Segimon purchased a detached house with a garden and commissioned Antoni Gaudí to renovate it. The first floor served as their home, while the others were rented out to tenants. It was opened to the public in 1996, after years of neglect, to be preserved.

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Sample Catalan Cuisine

Embark on a culinary journey through Catalonia’s rich gastronomic heritage by sampling traditional Catalan cuisine. Indulge in mouthwatering dishes like Pa amb tomàquet (bread smeared with tomato and oil, and garlic,) ollada (meat and vegetable stew,) mongetes amb botifarra (beans and pork sausage,) esqueixada (salted cod salad with tomato and onion.) Accompanied by a glass of refreshing cava or a bold red wine from the nearby Penedès region.

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Picasso Museum

C/ de Montcada, 15-23, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Dive into Pablo Picasso’s legacy at the Picasso Museum, located next to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Housing one of the most extensive collections of his works, including early sketches, paintings, and sculptures. Here, visitors can uncover a comprehensive insight into Picasso’s evolution as an artist.

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Stroll the Gothic Quarter

Step back in time and wander through the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona’s historic center. Admire medieval architecture, discover hidden squares, and visit landmarks such as the Cathedral of Barcelona, Plaça del Rei, and the remnants of ancient Roman walls that once surrounded this metropolis.

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Cathedral of Barcelona

Pla de la Seu, s/n, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

The Cathedral of Barcelona is a stunning example of Catalan Gothic architecture. Built in 1298, its intricate carvings, sculptures, and facade are stunning. The Cathedral of Barcelona has three naves, two bell towers, one apse, and an adjoined garden. Artists such as Guerau Gener, Lluís Borrassà, Gabriel Alemany, and Bernat Martorell painted the altarpieces.

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Ciutadella Park

Passeig de Picasso, 21, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Originally constructed as a military citadel in 1715, Ciutadella Park is where you can escape the bustling city streets and get a breath of fresh air. Wander through lush gardens, admire the monumental waterfall, and rent a rowboat to leisurely paddle around the park’s picturesque lake. Don’t miss the iconic Arc de Triomf, which serves as a grand entrance to this green oasis.

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Mercado de la Boqueria

La Rambla, 91, Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Open since 1207, the Mercado de La Boqueria is Barcelona’s most famous market. Wander through its stalls, brimming with local delicacies and tantalizing treats. Make sure to sample the jamón ibérico, fresh fruit, and mouthwatering tapas that showcase the region’s culinary status.

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Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach is the city’s most acclaimed hotspot for playing sports, hanging out with friends, or simply relaxing all year round. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the bustling boardwalk lined with bars, restaurants, and energetic beach clubs. The pristine sand and crystal-clear blue waters are perfect for a refreshing dip.

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Casa Vicens Gaudí

Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, Gràcia, 08012 Barcelona, Spain

Discover one of Antoni Gaudí’s lesser-known architectural gems, Casa Vicens. Built between 1883 and 1885 on a commission by Manuel Vicens, this colorful masterpiece showcases Gaudí’s origins and displays his unique mix of Catalan Modernisme and Moorish influences.

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Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Immerse yourself in the rich artistic heritage of Catalonia at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Located in the Palau Nacional atop Montjuïc Hill, this museum houses a vast collection of Catalan art between the 11th and 20th centuries; including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Stepping outside gives travelers a panoramic bird’s-eye view of Barcelona.

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