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Welcome to Barcelona

One of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities, Barcelona attracts travelers with its whimsical architecture, Mediterranean beaches, and round-the-clock dining and drinking scene. Follow former resident Antoni Gaudí’s artistic genius around the city, from Parc Güell to Casa Battló to his crown jewel: the still-unfinished Sagrada Familia. Get acquainted with local cuisine at La Boqueria Market, then eat your way through the bars and restaurants of neighborhoods such as the Gothic Quarter and Gràcia. Catch a football match at Camp Nou to see how FC Barcelona is revered at a nearly religious level. And if you have any energy left, party ‘til the sun comes up at a multistory club.

Top 10 attractions in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Antoni Gaudi’s magnum opus, is undoubtedly the most iconic structure in Barcelona (and the most popular, with nearly 3 million visitors per year). Construction has been ongoing for more than 135 years, and the surreal structure, with its rainbow-hued stained glass windows, is slated for completion in 2026. Even in its unfinished state, it remains an absolute must-see for every visitor to the Catalan capital.More
Park Güell

Park Güell

Antoni Gaudi spent 15 years designing and building the whimsical fountains, mosaic benches, pedestrian walkways, and gingerbread house-like buildings within Park Güell, one of the seven Works of Antoni Gaudi buildings that together make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with the Sagrada Familia, the hilltop public park sits at the top of Barcelona’s must-see list, and for good reason. The Art Nouveau wonderland adorns many a postcard of the city.More
Milà House (Casa Milà)

Milà House (Casa Milà)

One of Antoni Gaudi’s most intriguing creations, the spectacular Casa Mila—also known as La Pedrera (The Quarry) because of its wave-like stone exterior—caused some controversy among critics when it was first unveiled back in 1910. Today, however, Casa Mila is considered a masterpiece of Catalan Modernisme, with gaggles of visitors coming to see its surreal sculptural roof terrace, the re-created early 20th-century interiors of the Pedrera apartment, and the attic-level Espai Gaudi exhibit, which is devoted to the great Catalan architect’s work.More
Montserrat Mountain

Montserrat Mountain

Located about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Barcelona is Montserrat Mountain, the 'Serrated Mountain.' This unique rock formation, sawed and sculpted by thousands of years of wind and rain, is most famously home to a Benedictine monastery, an important Catholic pilgrimage spot thanks to its 12th-century wooden statue of La Moreneta (The Black Madonna), Catalonia's patron saint. Aside from its religious and cultural importance, the mountain also boasts unbeatable views from its peaks.More
Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most beautiful—and expensive—avenues that runs through the center of Barcelona. The thoroughfare links the Placa Catalunya in the Eixample district to the eponymous Gracia neighborhood, and is home to a number of fantastic modernista and art nouveau buildings, including some stunners by Antoni Gaudí.More
Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

One of Barcelona’s most fanciful buildings, the elaborate Casa Batlló was built by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and is nicknamed the “House of Bones” for its contorted window frames and skeletal pillars. Casa Batlló’s interior is equally mind-boggling, featuring rippled walls, exquisite tile work, and sculpted fireplaces.More
Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) dates back to the Middle Ages, and the neighborhood’s age is evident in its narrow winding roads, shady plazas, and beautiful architecture (including three major cathedrals). Passersby find gems tucked away in the nooks and crannies off the narrow streets—think trendy restaurants, chic bars, and boutique shops. The area's proximity to the La Rambla pedestrian mall also contributes to its popularity among the young, nightlife-loving crowd.More
Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)

Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)

Standing tall over a medieval square in the center of the Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona) is the seat of the Archbishop of Spain and a major landmark of the city. The cathedral is known for its 14th-century cloister full of palm trees and a Gothic portico where 13 geese wander.More
Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas

Barcelona's most famous street, Las Ramblas runs from the Columbus Monument in Port Vell to Plaça de Catalunya. To walk its tree-shaded pedestrian expanse is to be inundated with sensation: souvenir hawkers selling beach blankets and trinkets, street performers posing for selfies with tourists, florists adjusting their arrangements, restaurants serving tapas and paella at al fresco tables, and artists painting caricatures for passersby. It's a microcosm of Barcelona, and it's almost always busy, day or night.More
Catalunya Square (Plaça de Catalunya)

Catalunya Square (Plaça de Catalunya)

Old and new Barcelona meet in Catalunya Square (Plaça de Catalunya), the famous plaza in the heart of the city. Two massive avenues, La Rambla and Passeig de Gracia, converge here too, as do many walking tours and other groups. The square is located near some of Barcelona’s top attractions and is filled with cafés, bars, and restaurants.More

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Top activities in Barcelona

Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona
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The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona
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The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

LuisRamiro_G, Jul 2021
Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona
He was very friendly and even gave us a bunch of recommendations of things to do in Barcelona.
A real taste of Barcelona
JEM, Jul 2021
Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting
We got to see a lot of Barcelona in the two hour ride.
Would recommend
Morgan-S, Jul 2021
Gourmet Tapas Small Group Walking Tour and Flamenco Show
I thought this was a great way to see Barcelona and also get a better sense of the culture and history.
Great Tour for last day of the trip
Domingo_G, Jul 2021
Montserrat Half Day Experience from Barcelona
She manages the time perfectly allowing g ya yo check everything relevant It is a half day tour great for your last day of the trip We arrived early so no crowds or rushing to see things This is a must to do when coming to Barcelona Beautiful views !!
Take this tour!
Kristin_W, Jul 2021
Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia
This is the tour to take to see fall in love with Barcelona.
Excellent Tour of BCN
Kimberly_W, Jun 2021
Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia
We got great history on the city's attractions and the ride included in the tour made it easy to see a lot in 1/2 day.
Great tour!
Liz_T, Mar 2021
Best of Barcelona Live Virtual Tour
We came to see Gaudi’s work, but learned a lot about Barcelona.
Fun Highlights tour
Debra_K, Feb 2021
Best of Barcelona Live Virtual Tour
Our first online virtual tour - super informative with interesting tidbits to have us ready to visit Barcelona once we are out of Covid.
Worth the tour itself, but get the entry tickets on your own!
norbac, Jul 2021
Camp Nou - F.C.Barcelona Open Date Ticket
I loved the fact that we were able to visit the top seating sections in the stadium, including the press boxes, as well as the bottom ones.
Loved the Salvador Dali Tour!
DianaG_B, Jul 2021
Salvador Dali Museum, Port Lligat and Cadaques Small Group tour from Barcelona
I was delighted finally to see the Dali Museum, as I had heard about it for years but had never had the opportunity to visit.
Great Day on the water
Kathryn_K, Jul 2021
Kayak and Snorkel day tour to la Costa Brava from Barcelona
Our guide, Harry, was super friendly, professional and knowledgeable and was able to make the tour perfect for all parties (some people were more adventurous and others wanted to relax more) overall a great experience well worth the money and I have recommended it to my friends who are wanting to visit Barcelona!
A great local adventure
Webster_H, Jul 2021
Private tour Sagrada Familia skip- the- line- tickets & Tapas and drinks
This was a great tour and a wonderful way to see Barcelona through local experiences rather than just tourist stops.
Relaxing with new found friends.
Krystle_H, Jul 2021
Barcelona Sailing Experience Shared Sailboat from Port Olimpic
It was very cool to get to see the city from the water.
Good way to see the city
Emily, Jun 2021
Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour
It was a fun way to see lots of the city without our feet hurting from walking!
Great tour of the surrounding Barcelona area!
Ed_T, Jun 2021
Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona
Certainly a good tour to see what lays just outside of Barcelona!
Must do Tapas/Wine/Cultural tour!
Ed_T, Jun 2021
Tapas and Wine Experience Small Group Walking Tour
Eli was a phenomenal guide and spoke very good English!
Must pick tour of key Barcelona sites and get a taste of local culture!
Ed_T, Jun 2021
Barcelona Full Day Tour & Skip-the-line: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell & Casa Milà
This tour is a must pick to see the key sites of Barcelona with a knowledgeable and professional guide with well-coordinated timing!
Absolutely beautiful!
Elizabeth_C, Apr 2020
Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona
We got to see a lot of the countryside around Barcelona.
Rich History Tour
Deborah_B, Mar 2020
Tour to Costa Brava and Dalí Theatre-Museum in Catalonia
I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to see some of the rich history of southeast Spain.
Highly recommended!
Jasmine, Mar 2020
Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up
We saw almost all the best sights of Barcelona in one trip, .

All about Barcelona

When to visit

Summer is fiesta time in Barcelona, when the city hosts some of Europe’s biggest music festivals, including Sonar and Primavera Sound. While soaring temperatures send summer visitors to the beach, the cooler months of fall are ideal for exploring Barcelona’s colorful neighborhoods. In November, the scent of roasting chestnuts fills the air during the Catalan festival of La Castanyada.

A local’s pocket guide to Barcelona

Monica Nunez

Monica is a Viator account manager based in Barcelona, where you’ll find her walking around the Montjuic hill, shopping in Paseo de Gracia, or discovering new restaurants.

The first thing you should do in Barcelona is...

get lost in the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and the El Born neighborhood.

A perfect Saturday in Barcelona...

starts with drinks at Salts in Montjuic, followed by a stop at the beach, a seafood lunch in La Barceloneta, and a cocktail at a chiringuito (beach bar). Finish your day with dinner in El Born.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

La Sagrada Familia. It’s a very popular attraction, but you won't regret stopping by. And don’t forget to go inside to discover the magical colorful interior.

To discover the "real" Barcelona...

have vermouth and tapas on a terrace in the Gracia neighborhood. There’s always a great atmosphere.

For the best view of the city...

Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint offers a 360-degree view of the entire city and the sea. It’s normally busy and it’s quite far away from the center, but the amazing view is worth it.

One thing people get wrong...

eating in La Rambla. It’s usually overpriced and not great quality.

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