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Top 10 Tourist Attractions Barcelona

Top 10 Tourist attractions Barcelona

Barcelona Top Ten Attractions and Top Things to see in Barcelona 2017. Thank you for visiting our popular and recommended guide to Barcelona's Top Ten Tourist sights. As local residents and guides this is our personal choice of 10 best sights and  'must-see' Barcelona attractions. Scroll down the page for a map of the Top 10 Barcelona sights. Follow the blue links for pictures, maps, addresses, visitor tips and also tour recommendations. In the summer months Barcelona's beaches are also a major attraction.
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Number 1 - La Sagrada Familia

Top Ten tourist attractions Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia unfinished church by Gaudi

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Number 1.  La Sagrada Familia.  At the top of the Barcelona Top Ten Tourist Attractions list is the fabulous but still unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi. This unique construction is Barcelona's most famous tourist attraction and the most visited. It is rated as one of the world's top attractions by Tripadvisor users and welcomes 3 million visitors a year, which can mean 1 hour lines to visit the interior for most of the day in peak season, so a good tip is to buy online skip-the-line tickets in advance. Your ticket to the Sagrada Família is also a donation to help finish the construction, which has always been privately funded which is why it has taken so long. The temple was originally designed by famous Catalan architecht Antoni Gaudi over 100 years ago and the foundation stone was laid in 1882, when the land around the basilica was still mostly empty.

The Sagrada Familia interior opened fully to the public in 2012. The exterior is still under construction and is currently at around 75% completion with only 8 of the 18 spires completed. The hope is to finish the Sagrada familia in the year 2026 for the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death in 1926 and that will be 144 years after construction started. Gaudi died tragically after being hit by a tram. At the time of this death only the nativity facade had been built but Gaudi knew that it would take a long time to finish the temple and once said, 'My client is not in a hurry'. See a YouTube video of how the finished Sagrada Familia will look. Visit the Sagrada familia on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or take the metro to station Sagrada Familia. See map. How long does it take to visit Sagrada Familia? From the outside it only takes 15 minutes to walk all around which is free. For a visit inside the Sagrada Familia church plan on 1 to 2 hours inside. 

Visitor tip: Beat the 1 hour long queues to go inside by buying skip-the-line tickets online

Opening times & Ticket prices
Open all year, but closed for some services and special religious events.

November, December, January, February:
9 am to 6 pm
December 25th, 26th, January 1st, 6th:
9 am to 2 pm
March:
9 am to 7 pm
April, May, June, July, August September:
9 am to 8 pm 
October:
9 am to 7 pm

TICKETS Skip-the-line
Sagrada Familia church €15
Ticket basilica only €15
Ticket basilica and towers €19.50

Address La Sagrada Familia
Pictures Sagrada Familia
Antoni Gaudi buildings Barcelona
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Number 2 - Magic Fountain show

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic music and light show

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Number 2. The Font Mágica Fountain. The Magic Fountain is a 'must see' Barcelona attraction. You have never seen a fountain like this. It really does feel magic to experience the beautiful show of water, light and music. The Magic fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the Barcelona World Fair and the Font Magica is still one of the most famous spots in Barcelona with an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually. There are evening water and light shows in the winter on Friday and Saturdays only. In the summer the evening light and music show are from Thursday to Sunday. Admission is free all year. See show times below. Please note that sometimes due to exhibitions and events access to the fountain can be closed. Visit the Magic Fountain by metro to station Espanya. See map.

Opening times & ticket prices
FREE to visit

SPRING Magic Fountain opening times
Months April and May
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm - 10.30 pm

SUMMER Magic Fountain opening times
Months June, July and August
Closed Monday to Wednesday
Open Thursday to Sunday nights from 9.30 pm - 11 pm

AUTUMN Magic Fountain opening times
Months September and October
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm - 10.30 pm

WINTER Magic Fountain opening times
Months November to March
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm 

Address Magic Fountain
Pictures & video Magic Fountain





Number 3 - Picasso Museum

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
Picasso Museum. Permanent collection of Picasso's early years in Barcelona

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Number 3. Picasso Musuem. In the Born area. The Picasso Museum is Barcelona's most famous museum. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in the south of Spain, but the Picasso family moved to Barcelona in 1895 and Picasso lived here until 1904. Picasso's father was an art teacher and although as a child Pablo Picasso already studied art in Malaga, it was in Barcelona that he spent his formative years. He considered himself as being from Barcelona and it was here that spent his early years as a struggling young painter and first exhibited. The most famous Picasso paintings are not in Barcelona, but you can see a unique collection of 4000 works with early sketches and canvases, which shows his incredible development from student to the world´s best loved artist. The museum is in several magnificent gothic mansions in the Born part of Barcelona's old city.
Nearest metro station Jaume I and then 10 mins walk. See map

Visitor Tip 1: Book a Picasso walking tour which includes skip-the-line access and guided tour.
Visitor Tip 2: Buy skip-the-line Picasso museum tickets.
Visitor Tip 3: The Picasso museum has free admission for everyone on first Sunday of month all day and free every Sunday after 3pm.

Opening times & Ticket prices
Closed Mondays except public holidays

TICKETS Picasso 2h walking tour incl museum skip-the-line tickets.
TICKETS Skip-the-line Picasso museum €11
Address Picasso Museum Barcelona
Top Barcelona museums 




Number 4 - Las Ramblas street

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
Las Ramblas – Barcelona's most famous walking street

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Number 4. La Rambla street. Also called Las Ramblas because it consists of diffferent sections. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said 'It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end' and it almost doesn't because it now continues into Port Vell marina. La Rambla starts at central square Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Columbus monument at the Port Vell marina. La Rambla it is not a spectacular attraction in any way, but very pleasant to stroll down and feel the human heartbeat of Barcelona. La Rambla is also called Las Ramblas because different stretches of the street have different names. La Rambla is safe to visit, however, be careful of pickpockets on La Rambla and in nearby Metro stations. In the early hours of the morning from 2 - 4am be wary on the lower part of La Rambla near the harbour.  See map.  

Visitor Tip: Watch out for pickpockets when you watch street art performances.

Opening times and ticket prices
Always open and FREE to visit

Address La Rambla street
Pictures La Rambla




Number 5 - FC Barcelona museum & Camp Nou stadium

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium and Barça museum
 
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Number 5. Camp Nou Stadium. Home of Barcelona football team. Buy Tickets Barcelona games. If there are no games during your visit, then book the stadium and museum tour. TICKETS Camp Nou Experience The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are among the most popular attractions in Barcelona attracting millions of visitors a year. Camp Nou also has the one of the largest Nike stores in Europe packed with Barca merchandise. Unmissable for Barça fans. Visitor tip. You can buy cheaper FCB shirts and scarves from market stalls outside stadium on match days but they might not be official.

Opening times & ticket prices

TICKETS Tour + Museum. Adult €23
TICKETS Tour + Museum. Child €18
FC Barcelona calender
Map Camp Nou stadium 
Address Nou Camp Stadium
FC Barcelona museum
Pictures Camp Nou 




Number 6 - Barrio Gotico

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
Barrio Gotico - Gothic quarter of Barcelona's medieval city

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Number 6. The Barrio Gotico. The gothic quarter is the medieval city of Barcelona. It grew around the ancient Roman town of Barcino which is Barcelona's oldest area. The gothic part of the city has many beautiful churches, plazas, markets and museums and you can see parts of the old Roman walls. If you visit the Barcelona history musuem Museu d'Història de la Ciutat you can see remains of Roman Barcino houses and streets under the museum. The gothic quarter is free to visit and best seen on foot because tour buses cannot drive through the narrow streets. There are no dangerous areas in the Gothic quarter, but be aware of Barcelona pickpockets. Also worth visiting is the neighbouring medieval areas of Barcelona's old city called El Born, Barceloneta and Raval.

Opening times & Ticket prices
Always open and FREE to visit
  
PIctures Gothic Barcelona
Walking tours gothic area




Number 7 - Park Guell by Gaudi

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
Park Guell – Gaudi's modernist park on Carmel hill

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Number 7. Parc Guell. Parc Guell i is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to one of Gaudi's most artistic works. Parc Guell is a Barcelona top attraction and must-see. The park is on Carmel hill so seeing this attraction involves a 900m uphill walk if you take the hop-on-hop-off bus or arrive from metro station Vallcarca. If you prefer not to walk, then take a taxi to the Park Guell front gate. The original idea of Park Guell was to be a private and exclusive residential garden village with 60 houses. This was a business idea of Josep Guell which didn't work and after his death in 1923 the park was donated by his family to Barcelona´s city as a public park.
See map.


Opening times & Ticket prices
Parc Guell is open daily all year

TICKETS skip-the-line Park Guell €7
Private tours Park Guell

Address Parc Guell
Pictures Parc Guell
About Antoni Gaudi




Number 8 - Modernist buildings

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
Modernist buildings in Barcelona

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Number 8. Modernist buildings. Modernisme was a Catalan cultural movement centred in Barcelona and Catalonia from 1888 to 1911. It is most famous for its architectural expression in particular the many works of Antoni Gaudí. There are a handful of modernist buildings in Barcelona that are unique and three of them are in the same Barcelona city block facing street Passeig de Gracia. The block is nicknamed 'Illa de la Discòrdia' - the 'Block of Discord' because the buildins are so different. They are Casa Amatller designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the magical Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi and the Casa Lleó-Morera. A little further up the street Passeig de Gracia is one of Gaudi's most famous buildings - Casa Mila - nicknamed "La Pedrera" (the Quarry) because of its design. In the summer months you can enjoy rooftop terrace concerts at La Pedrera. Casa Batllo offer summer concerts in their modernist courtyard. Another modernist treasure is the beautiful Palau Guell town house near Las Ramblas, also by Gaudi. For modernist art and furniture visit Barcelona's Modernist museum

Opening times & ticket prices

TICKETS La Pedrera DAY
 €20.50
TICKETS La Pedrera NIGHT €34
TICKETS Casa Batllo €22.50
TICKETS Casa Amatller €10
TICKETS Palau Guell €12
Address Casa Battlo
Address Casa Amatller
Address Casa Mila
Address Palau Guell
Biography Antoni Gaudi
Modernist architecture Barcelona




Number 9 - Montjuic hill & Poble Espanyol

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish Village on Montjuic hill
  
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Number 9. Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish Village. Montjuic hill has many parks and attractions. There is a former fort on the summit called Montjuic Castle, which has a rich and dark history and fantastic views of Barcelona. The other main attraction on Montjuic hill is the Spanish village Poble Espanyol, which was built for the Barcelona 1929 World Fair and Universal Exposition. It was an architectural showcase village of Spain's different architectural styles. It was so popular that the city kept it after the world exhibition ended. It now houses a wide variety of cafés, night clubs, restaurants, over 40 artisan craft shops and El Tablao de Carmen flamenco show.
Visitor tip. The flamenco show includes 1 hours free entrance to Poble Espanyol. See map. This attraction is on hop-on-hop-off bus routes or take metro to nearest metro station Espanya and then it is a 20 minute walk.


Opening times & Ticket prices

Montjuic castle is open daily all year

Tickets Montjuic Castle €9
TICKETS Montjuic cable car
Address and map Montjuic Castle


Poble Espanyol village is open daily all year

TICKETS Poble Espanyol:  €12
Address Poble Espanyol




Number 10 - Tibidabo hill

Top Ten attractions in Barcelona
Tibadabo hill, Sagrat Cor church & Tibidabo amusement park

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Number 10. Tibidabo. A visit to Tibadabo is a fun thing to do in Barcelona and great for kids. The views of Barcelona are fantastic and there is a small and fun vintage amusement park at the top, which is open in the summer from March to September. You can reach the Tibadabo hilltop by a vintage Blue Tram which connects to a mountain railway. Or take a bus from the Plaza Catalunya directly to Tibidabo when the funfair is open. The fun-fair is closed in winter, It is open at weekends in spring and autumn and generally open from Wednesday to Sunday in summer, but check before visiting. The Skywalk to enjoy views of Barcelona is free and open all year except a few weeks in February for annual maintenance. The Sagrat Cor church on Tibidabo hill is open all day all year and is free to visit.
See map and how to get to Tibidabo

Opening times & Ticket prices

Tibidabo amusement park Opening Times
TIckets general entrance € 28.50
Tickets children under 1,2m €10.30
Tickets Tibidabo Skywalk Classic
 €12
Tickets Tibidabo Skywalk Panoramic from €12
Address and directions to Tibadabo amusement park
Pictures Tibadabo amusement park 





Top attractions outside Barcelona

Top attractions near Barcelona that can be visited in one day or half a day.



Montserrat Mountains & monastery


Montserrat Mountain Barcelona

Open all year. Free to visit. 1 hour from Barcelona. Montserrat mountains, monastery and basilica is one of Barcelona and Spain's biggest tourist attractions. You can see and touch the famous 12th century Black Virgin of Montserrat, enjoy breathtaking scenery of amazing rock formations and panoramic views. Montserrat mountain is just one hour from Barcelona and is visited by 3 million travellers and pilgrims every year making it a tour attractions outside Barcelona. 

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Montserrat Monastery- address, map and visitor information
Pictures Montserrat mountain






Girona - City of Sieges


Visit Girona

Girona is a historic jewel just over an hour north of Barcelona by tour, bus or train. It's a city full of legend and beauty and recently also became a location for new episodes of TV show 'Games of Thrones'. Girona is famous for its colourful hanging houses over the River Onyar, for the well preserved medieval Jewish quarter and the historic walled Old Quarter (Barri Vell) that dates back to Roman times.

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