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Top 10 Tourist attractions Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona. Here's our list of Barcelona's Top 10 Tourist attractions with top tips for planning a visit to 'must-see' sights. 

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Last Updated November 2022

Number 1 - La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia - famous unfinished church by Antoni Gaudí


Number 1. La Sagrada Familia temple. Virtual tour This is a 'must-see' for Barcelona visitors. It's at the top of all lists of Barcelona tourist attractions. This is a fabulous and unfinished temple called La Sagrada Familia (The holy family). It was designed by the famous Catalan/Spanish architecht Antoni Gaudi. Construction began in 1882 and over 20 architects and 200 building workers still work full-time to get it finished. The hope was to complete the temple in 2026, but delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic might have delayed this goal.

This unique and unusual church is absolutely Barcelona's most famous attraction. It's the most visited attraction in Spain and rated as one of the world's top attractions by Tripadvisor users worldwide.

How to visit. You can see the outside free from the street but the inside is definately worth seeing. In normal times around 3 million annual visitors created long lines to visit the spectacular interior so we recommend you pre-buy Skip-the-line tickets at the Official website, especially in peak vacation times. Plan on 1 to 2 hours to see the inside fully.

History of Sagrada Familia. The foundation stone was laid in the year 1882 when the area around the basilica church was mostly fields. It has taken so long to build  because it's privately funded and construction has been slowed or stopped at various times in history.

The amazing interior opened in 2012 and stunned everyone, including local neighbours. It's a very different experience from typical Spanish cathedrals and worth a visit to see the sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows. 

The exterior is still very much under construction and currently at around 75% completion with only 8 of the planned 18 spires completed.
The goal was to finish building in the year 2026 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death in 1926 after being hit by a tram. In 2026 it will be 144 years after the foundation stone was laid. 

At the time of Gaudi's death, only the nativity facade was built. Gaudi knew that he would not live to finish the temple and he once famously said, 'My client is not in a hurry' meaning that God was his client.

See how the finished Sagrada Familia will look.

To get to the Sagrada familia you can take a hop-on-hop-off bus - or take the metro to station Sagrada Familia. See map.

How long does it take to visit Sagrada Familia? From the outside only 15 to 30 minutes to walk all around which is free. To visit inside the Sagrada Familia church plan on 1 to 2 hours inside depending on which ticket you buy.

Ticket prices:
Free to see from street. Various prices starting at €15 for interior.

Top Visitor tip:

Buy the Official skip-the-line Sagrada Familia tickets in advance directly from the basilica website. Avoid buying tickets on tour apps and 3rd party ticket websites because they charge 3 or 4 euro extra commission per ticket, so there are big savings for groups by ordering directly on the official website. Ticket options include tickets with audioguide, guided tours and access to towers.

Visitor Tip:
Dress respectfully by covering shoulders inside. See full dress code in visitor rules on links below.

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

November through February:
Open 9 am to 6 pm.
March and October:
Open 9 am to 7 pm.
April through September:
Open 9 am to 8 pm.
25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January:
Open 9 am to 2 pm.

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Number 2 - Magic Fountain show

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The Magic Fountain of Montjuic - music and light show


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 a main attraction of the 1929 Barcelona World Fair. It is still one of the most famous sights in Barcelona attracting an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually.

In the winter the fountain only has evening water and light shows on Friday and Saturdays. 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 trade exhibitions and events, access to the fountain can be limited.
Visit the Magic Fountain by metro to station Espanya on Red L1. See map.

2022 opening times & ticket prices
FREE to visit

Magic Fountain without music and light
Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Magic Fountain show times with music and light
Thursday to Saturday from 9 pm to 10 pm

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Number 3 - Picasso Museum

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Picasso Museum. Permanent collection of Picasso's early works and life in Barcelona


Number 3. Picasso Musuem. In the Born area of medieval Barcelona. Barcelona's most famous museum. Pablo Picasso was born in October 25, 1881 in Malaga in the south of Spain, but the Picasso family moved to Barcelona in 1895 when he was 14 - and Picasso lived here until 1904 when he was 23.

Picasso's father was an art teacher. Pablo Picasso studied art in Malaga as a child but it was in Barcelona that he spent his formative years.

Picasso considered himself as being from Barcelona and it was here that spent his early years as a struggling young painter and where he first exhibited.

The most famous Picasso paintings are not in the museum in Barcelona, but you can see a unique collection of 4000 works with early Picasso sketches and canvases, which show his incredible development from student to the world´s most famous artist.

The museum is in several magnificent gothic mansions in the Born part of Barcelona's old city. It's a lovely experience.
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 is free every Thursday after 6pm.

Opening times & Ticket prices
Closed Mondays except public holidays

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TICKETS Picasso walking tour incl museum skip-the-line tickets.
TICKETS Skip-the-line €12 (2019)
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Number 4 - Las Ramblas street

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Las Ramblas – Barcelona's most famous street


Number 4. La Rambla street. Free attraction. This street is also called Las Ramblas (plural of La Rambla) because it consists of diffferent street sections each with a different name.

it's very touristy, but still charming and a must-see. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and friend of Catalan/Spanish artist Salvador Dali, once said of La Rambla, 'It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end'.

La Rambla connects the central square Plaza Catalunya and the Columbus monument at the Port Vell marina.
La Rambla it is not a spectacular attraction in any way, but it's very pleasant to stroll on the Rambla and feel the human heartbeat of Barcelona.
It is safe to visit if you are very careful of pickpockets who are everywhere on La Rambla - in its cafe and shops and in nearby Metro stations, so take a few simple precautions.
In the very early hours of the morning from 2 - 4am avoid the lower part of La Rambla near the harbour. See map.  

Visitor Tip: Be very careful of pickpockets on La Rambla when watching street performers. 

Visitor tip: Ask prices and check reviews of restaurants on La Rambla before ordering. They can be tourist traps

Opening times and ticket prices
La Rambla is always open and FREE to visit

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Address La Rambla street
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Number 5 - FC Barcelona museum & Camp Nou stadium

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FC Barcelona Camp Nou stadium and Barça football museum

Number 5. Camp Nou stadium. The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are among the most popular attractions in Barcelona attracting millions of visitors a year. 

Camp Nou is where the FC Barcelona football team play. On this pitch, many legends, including Johan Cruyff, Leo Messi and Maradonna, have played.

If you see a game, then sing along to the Cant del Barça - Barça anthem. The team nickname is Barça (pronounced "barsa") and the fans are called culés. 

Tickets. Only buy Official Tickets for Barcelona games at Camp Nou to avoid ticket scams. If there are no games during your visit, then book official tickets to visit the Barcelona stadium and museum. It is called the 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 at market stalls outside stadium on match days but they might not be official merchandise.

Opening times & ticket prices

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TICKETS Tour + Museum. Basic tour €26
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Number 6 - Barrio Gotico

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Barrio Gotico - Gothic quarter which is part of Barcelona's medieval city


Number 6. The Barrio Gotico. The gothic quarter is in the medieval city of Barcelona. Some people confuse the names and think that all the medieval area is called the Gothic area but there are  other areas in the medieval area too.

The Gothic area is the most central and oldest. It grew around the ancient Roman town called Barcino which is Barcelona's original area as a Roman city.

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
The gothic area is always open and FREE to visit
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Number 7 - Park Guell by Gaudi

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Park Guell – Gaudi's modernist park on Carmel hill


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 by Josep Guell was to develop a private and exclusive residential garden village with 60 houses. It didn't work and after Guell's death in 1923 the park was donated by the Guell family to Barcelona as a public park.
See map

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

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TICKETS skip-the-line Park Guell €10 
Private tours Park Guell

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Number 8 - Modernist buildings

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Modernist buildings in Barcelona


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 there are weekly concerts on the rooftop terrace of the building La Pedrera and Casa Batllo
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 €22
TICKETS La Pedrera NIGHT €34
TICKETS Casa Batllo €25
TICKETS Casa Amatller €10
TICKETS Palau Guell €12
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Number 9 - Montjuic hill & Poble Espanyol

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Montjuic hill and El Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village)

Number 9. Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish Village. Montjuic hill is a lovely place to spend an afternoon or day. It has many parks and attractions. There is a military 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 is a unique celebration of Spain and Spanish culture and architecture.

Poble Espanyol was originally built for the Barcelona 1929 World Fair as a showcase village of Spain's different regional architectural styles, which means that you can see all of Spain in one village.
It became so popular with visitors and locals alike that the city kept it as an attraction after the world exhibition ended

Now it houses a wide variety of cafés, night clubs, restaurants and over 40 artisan craft shops and workshops.
It is also home to the popular El Tablao de Carmen flamenco show and a "Fiesta" multimedia show highlighting Spain's most popular and famous cultural festivals, celebrations and landscapes.

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 L1 or L3 to nearest metro station Espanya and then it is a 20 minute walk to Poble Espanyol.

Opening times & Ticket prices

Montjuic castle is open daily all year

Tickets Montjuic Castle €5
TICKETS Montjuic cable car
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Poble Espanyol village is open daily all year

TICKETS Poble Espanyol:  €14
Address Poble Espanyol

Number 10 - Tibidabo hill

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Tibadabo hill, Sagrat Cor church & Tibidabo amusement park


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

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Montserrat Mountains & monastery

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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. 

Montserrat Monastery address, map and visitor information
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Girona - City of Sieges & Game of Thrones

Visit Girona

Girona is a historic jewel located 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.

About Girona
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Andorra, France & Pyrenees Mountains

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Andorra and the Pyrenees mountains. The Principality of Andorra is a tiny country nestled entirely in the Pyrenees mountain range and bordered by Spain and France.  There is no direct train connecton  or air connection to Andorra from France or Spain. Andorra is only accessible by road. 

There are daily bus connections from Barcelona to Andorra but they are  not suitable for a 1 day tour. For a day tour to Andorra from Barcelona you can rent a car or book a day tour from Barcelona.

There are only a few companies that offer day tours to Andorra. We can recommend an excellent tour called the Three countries tour, which starts from Barcelona, makes a quick stop in France, then tours all through Andorra with stops in the beautiful Pyrenees mountains. This tour is a long day - 12 hours - but is unique because you are in 3 countries in one day and get to visit one of the smallest countries in the world, Andorra.

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