Barcelona is one of the richest and most fascinating cities in the world in terms of culture. Whether you come for 2 days or 2 weeks, there is a lot to do and see what goes through your head.
This eclectic city offers something for everyone – its uniquely designed streets and neighborhoods are ideal for strolling, and the amount of culture and history that can be discovered is incredible.
We have put together a list of the 50 best activities in Barcelona, from amazing architecture to museums and food.
If this list is not enough, take a look at our list of 40 day trips from Barcelona that you can add to your itinerary.
Our best advice is to get a Barcelona Card, which offers free entry to the top ten museums in the city and discounts at many museums that are not included in the price. You will also benefit from free public transport for your stay, including a train to the airport!
A 3-day ticket costs 46 euros with online purchase. You can exchange the printout for a map upon arrival at one of the many locations in the city or at the airport. You will save a lot of time and money – so order this card!
Top 10 things to do in Barcelona
Let’s start by looking at ten things you absolutely must do when you visit Barcelona. If you have never been here before or only for a short period of time, I really advise you to subscribe to this list as much as you can or want, and then add a few more based on your interests.
1. Sagrada Surname
Price: Basic card – 17 €. Audio guide – 8 euro extra. Entrance ticket with guided tour and audio equipment – 32 euros. Discounts are available.
Arrival: From the centre of Barcelona take metro L2 or L5 to the Sagrada Familia or go to the entrance of Carrer de la Marina.
When: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all year round; closed at 8:00 p.m. during the summer months.
Board of Directors: Get a ticket that includes a visit to the top of the tower. You go upstairs, then you go down the stairs. The view is spectacular and really worth it. The audio guide is an extra advantage. Book online, otherwise you won’t be able to reach the towers or you’ll have to wait!
I don’t know how it is on the list of almost all other travel guides, but I have no doubt that you should visit the last name Sagrada when you are in Barcelona. If this is your tenth visit, you have to repeat it.
This impressive cathedral, which you have never seen anywhere else in the world, was designed by Barcelona’s famous architect Antoni Gaudi, and its construction began in 1882. Only 128 short years later, in 2010, construction was half completed…..
With much more money invested in the project and new building techniques based on computer design, it is hoped that the Sagrada Familia can be built by 2026. A hundred years after Gaudí’s death.
The building is a breathtaking combination of Gothic and modern. The Sagrada Familia is shared by its inhabitants who feel that it competes with Barcelona Cathedral and are not sure of its style. The final project will include 18 towers, which will be the tallest and most difficult to build.
Once built, it will be the tallest church building in the world.
But height isn’t all there is to admire. The facade of the building is clad with sculptural and skeletal supporting structures. Inside there is a crypt and a unique set of piers and tree domes.
2. Casa Mila (La Pedrera)
Price: Basic card – 25 €. Night visit – 34 Euro. Discounts are available.
Arrival: Paseo de Gracia, 92, 08008, Barcelona – metro line L3 or L5 direction Diagonali.
When: From November to February: from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., from March to October: from 9 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Nightly visits at 9 a.m.
Board of Directors: Book your ticket online and save €3 compared to the main ticket price.
Since we are talking about Gaudi (you can see the model everywhere in this list), another masterpiece that you absolutely must visit is the Casa Milà building, also called La Pedrera.
The building was commissioned by a wealthy family from Barcelona and Gaudi did not hesitate to use its characteristic external skeleton structures and waves. There are no straight lines in the building – all the walls are curved, the stairs are crazy and the roof is corrugated.
Inside you will find some very interesting apartments with a floor plan and furniture from the beginning of the 20th century. For centuries. You can spend a few hours on the roof – don’t forget to bring your camera to take great pictures of the city grid.
3. Ascent of Montjuïc
Price: 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for discounted tickets.
Arrival: Carreter de Montjuïc, 66 – The castle is located on the top of Montjuïc and can be reached by cable car.
When: The mountain is accessible all day, but the castle is only open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (in winter until 6 p.m.).
Board of Directors: Combine the climb of Montjuïc with a visit to one of the many tourist attractions at the top. Look down and see what it is. Or try going up after sunset – you’ll get a super romantic view of Barcelona before heading for the tapas.
Montjuïc is the most famous and developed of the three mountains that surround Barcelona. It is a big place and it takes a few hours walk to get from Barcelona to the top, but the walk and the view from above is worth it.
The summit is famous for hosting the Olympic Games of Barcelona, but there are also several museums, the magical fountain Font Magica and an old castle.
If the lift is not for you, you can take the bus (line 150) or the cable car. It is much more expensive, but the cable car is an excellent option for visits and impressions, as well as the possibility of going up and down with two stops at the summit.
4. Lowering of the Montjuïc cable car
Arrival: Avinguda Miramar, 30, 08038 – Take metro L2 or L3 to Paral-lel and walk.
When: It opens at 10:00. Closed at 21.00 from June to September, at 18.00 from November to February and at 19.00 in spring/autumn.
Price: Adults – 12,70 euro, children under 12 years old – 9,20 euro, children under 4 years old – free of charge
Board of Directors: Book online and save 10% on the ticket price.
The Montjuic cable car, also known as the Teleférico de Montjuïc, connects the town below with the view from the top of the mountain. If you come back several times to visit the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Poble Espanyol or the Joan Miró Foundation, the cable car might be a better option than going to Montjuïc every time!
The cable car has 3 stations – one on the first level in the Montjuïc park, one on the upper level (Miramar) and one at the castle (Castell de Montjuïc). You can jump on the cable car at will and get in and out with the tickets.
If you don’t like walking, take advantage of the fact that you pay for the return tickets, but if you can, walking can really be a great experience, and we still strongly recommend it. You can then reward yourself with a view of Barcelona and a relaxed descent at the end of the day!
5. Walking in the Gothic Quarter.
Arrival: Take the L3 line to Liceu – the Gothic Quarter is right next to the station.
When: At any time, all year round. Perfect for an evening visit to eat and drink.
The medieval Gothic quarter or Barri Gotic is located in the heart of Barcelona, where the cathedral of Barcelona is also located. It is a collection of corridors and narrow streets with beautiful stone buildings, most of which – you guessed it – are built in the Gothic style.
The Gothic quarter is above all a place where you can admire the architecture, visit some museums and churches and, in general, take a stroll. One advantage is that there are not too many shops – you might even wonder why there is absolutely nothing.
In the Barri Gotic there are many restaurants, bars and all kinds of ways to spend an evening. So if you’re not sure what you want, and you want to think for 30 minutes before you make your choice, go to the Gothic Quarter, where you’ll find great restaurants hidden in random alleys!
6. Barcelona Cathedral
Arrival: Take metro L4 to Jaume I or metro L3 to Liceu (walk a little longer).
When: Barcelona Cathedral is open from 12:30 to 19:45. Working hours may vary on Sundays and public holidays.
Price: €7, including access to the roof and the choir.
Board of Directors: If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, try visiting in the evening – tourists often come by bus in the afternoon and early evening, so it’s quieter in the cathedral and you can then dine at the Gothic Quarter.
The Cathedral of Barcelona, hidden in the center of the Gothic quarter, is an amazing example of the Gothic architecture of Barcelona. No, as they said about the Sagrada Familia, which is currently under construction, it is a beautiful cathedral in itself.
Over the centuries, the first Christians and Arabs built many different churches, cathedrals and religious buildings on the ruins of the previous one, until 1298, when the construction of the present cathedral began. It took 150 years, and the details in many parts of this cathedral are amazing.
Make sure you visit the different parts of your ticket – the choir and the crypt are compulsory, and make sure you climb up to the roof to enjoy a unique view of Barcelona’s old Gothic quarter. There’s a lift to help you make a decision!
7. Park Guell
Arrival: Take metro L3 to Valcarca and walk (about 10 minutes).
When: from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer, from 8 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. in autumn/ spring and from 8.30 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. in winter.
Price: The surroundings of the park are free. Total ticket – 10 euros, children under 13, over 65 and disabled visitors – 7 euros. Children under the age of 7 travel for free.
Board of Directors: The number of visitors to the park is limited to 400 in 30 minutes, and access time to the park is limited (you can stay in the park as long as you like once you are there). To get to the park, you need to get your ticket online in advance on the official website of Parc Güell.
Barcelona’s Guell Park is a fusion of Antoni Gaudi’s architectural genius, which can be seen throughout the city.
Here you can see that it really was an opportunity to let your thoughts speak in a series of sculptures and architectural buildings, all made in his unique style.
The park around the monument is freely accessible, offers a beautiful view of the city (it is slightly elevated) and is ideal for a general walk.
To enter the monumental area, where all the sculptures and drawings are located, make sure you have received your admission ticket. It was not originally designed as a park, but was built to provide a living space for the rich, which makes it even more exciting. Gaudi himself lived in the park until his death in 1926, when it was first opened to the public.
Try to enter the park early in the morning to beat the crowds and the various street vendors around the park.
8. Picasso Museum
Arrival: Carrer Montchada, 15-23, in the center of the Ribera. Take the subway line L4 to Jaume I.
When: From the age of 16. From March to 31 March. October – from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Winter from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
Price: Universal acceptance: 12 euros, under 25 years of age, students and over 65 years of age: 7 euros, under 18 years of age – free of charge.
Board of Directors: The museum offers free entrance tickets on Thursdays from 6 p.m. and every first Sunday of the month. We do not recommend leaving at this time – the museum will be very busy and you will have to buy your tickets online some time in advance.
Picasso had close ties with Barcelona, a city he visited several times after perfecting his trade as an apprentice.
It was Picasso himself who wanted his museum to be established in Barcelona, and it opened its doors during his lifetime in 1963.
The museum presents the history of Picasso’s work from his years as a student at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts. It then progresses and houses a number of famous works in its truly unique eclectic style.
Picasso himself donated many of his works to the museum, including a whole series of Menin (58 paintings) and 921 works of art by his family that he made in his youth.
The Picasso Museum often hosts temporary exhibitions, for which an additional fee is charged.
9. Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
Arrival: Piazza Santa Maria, 1 – a stone’s throw from the Picasso museum in the Ribera.
When: Monday to Saturday – from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday – from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: € 5 for a normal ticket, € 8.50 for a guided tour of the towers and roofs, € 10 for a full tour including the crypt and the galleries.
Board of Directors: Don’t forget to visit the crypt – access is included in all tickets. Take a good look at the stained glass windows. They were largely destroyed and damaged during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. FC Barcelona was invited to participate in the restoration in 1960. They did so on the condition that their weapon would be placed in one of the windows that still exist today!
The basilica of Santa Maria del Mar was built in the 14th century. It was built in the eighteenth century and represents the predominant Catalan Gothic architecture that can be seen today in many central districts of Barcelona.
It was built on a religious site that has been in use since the adoption of Christianity in the 4th century. It is designed to meet the needs of the surrounding region of La Ribera.
Since Santa Maria del Mar is an active church, visiting hours for the general tourist public are limited to the afternoon.
We strongly advise you to book a full guided tour in advance. It is only 5 euros more expensive than a normal ticket, but you also have access to the roof with a fantastic view of the centre of Barcelona and a guide will show you around,
Don’t forget that access to the tours requires many steps, so make sure you are well prepared!
10. Mounting Tibidabo
Arrival: Take metro line L7 to Avenida Tibidabo, then take the blue tram to Piazza Doctor Andreu and take the Tibidabo cable car upstairs.
When: Open from 11 a.m. to March and December on weekends, from morning to evening in July and every day in August.
Price: Tickets for the amusement park: 28.50 euros for a full ticket, 10.30 euros for children under 1.2 m and free for children under 0.9 m, 9 euros for children over 60 years old. In the cathedral you can use the elevator for 2 euros free of charge. The rate is € 7.70 or € 4.10 if you also buy a ticket for the amusement park.
The Tibidabo, at 512 m above sea level, is the highest peak of the city of Barcelona and offers a truly exceptional view all the way to the beach.
Above it stands the Sagrat-Kor Cathedral, a modernist and neo-Gothic church built between 1902 and 1960.
There are many sights on the mountain, apart from the view and the cathedral.
For 2 € you can take the lift directly to the top of the cathedral and see the whole city of Barcelona behind the theme park.
Speaking of amusement parks: The Tibidabo amusement park is an entertaining way to pass the time. It’s relatively small and the main attraction is definitely the view, but if you’ve come all the way here, why not enjoy a few exciting moments?
The best museums in Barcelona
11. Museum of the History of Catalonia
Arrival: Located directly in Port Vell, take the metro line L4 towards Barceloneta.
When: From Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., the festivals and special days are open on Sundays.
Price: 4,50 euro (reduced tickets – 3,50 euro). If there is a temporary exhibition, you can also visit it for 6,50 euro (4,50 euro).
The museum is located in Palau del Mar, a large building that used to be a warehouse and is located right next to Port Vell.
As its name suggests, the Museu d’Història de Catalunya covers the history of the Catalan region from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
It is a great place to come with children – there are so many hands and pictures that give visitors a very good idea of how the area has developed over time. You can see the medieval ruins of old houses built long before the foundation of the city.
12. Pobol Espanyol
Arrival: Take the L3 line to Plaza Español and walk 15 minutes to Poble Español.
When: Mn. from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tue, Sed, Tu, Sun from 9 a.m. to midnight, Free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Price: Adults – 14 euros, students – 10.50 euros, over 65 – 9 euros, children under 12 – 6.30 euros, children under 4 years – free.
Board of Directors: Book online and not only will you save time, but you will also get a 10% discount on your tickets.
The Poble Espanyol was first built in 1929 for the International Exhibition of Barcelona and is an amazing mini city on the Montjuïc, near the fountains.
The Poble Espanyol is designed to present the best examples of Spanish culture and heritage in a concentrated space. This village contains architectural elements from some of the most famous cities in Spain.
You can not only admire the architecture, but also see local artists at work and participate in various cultural events, shows and music.
There are many shops, restaurants and cafes to keep you entertained. So don’t forget to add the Poble Espanyol to your list when planning your visit to Montjuic.
13. Maritime Museum
Arrival: Av. de les Drassanes – Take the subway line L3 to Drassanes
When: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price: €10. Discount cards – 5 euro.
Board of Directors: The museum can be visited from 15.00 to Sunday.
The Maritime Museum is housed in a former shipyard and is located directly on the beach at the foot of the Montjuïc.
This is not one of those museums where many rooms and boxes are full of objects and jewels. Inside you will find a wide range of boats on which you can make fascinating walks. You will also find many large models of famous ships, which you can explore at your leisure.
The shipyard has been located here since 1283, although the building, which now houses a museum, was built in the 16th century. It was built in the 19th century on an old building.
Don’t miss the Columbus Monument right in front of the museum!
14. Hospital of Santa Cruz and St. Pau
Arrival: Take metro L5 to Sant Pau or Dos de Meig.
When: From April to October – from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m., from November to March – from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed at 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Price: Normal ticket: 14 euros, guided tour – 19 euros, under 30 and over 65 – 9.80 euros and 13.30 euros, children under 12 years – free.
For more than a hundred years the majestic building of the hospital of Santa Cruz and Sant Pau was a hospital, until it moved to a new building in 2009.
After a long and extensive restoration, the site was converted into an art nouveau museum and used as a former collection of hospital documents and as a venue for events.
The interior of the building resembles every room in a collection of interesting art nouveau pieces, and…
Guided tours are slightly more expensive and you can be guided in English from Friday to Sunday from 11 o’clock.
15. National Art Museum of Catalonia
Arrival: Take the L3 line to Plaza España and go up the stairs to the museum. Or take the Montjuic cable car and walk to the top.
When: Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. from October to April). Closes at 3 p.m. on Sunday and closes all day on Monday.
Price: The total entrance fee is 12 euros, students get a 30% discount, children under 16 years old and Europeans over 65 years old have free entrance. 2 euros for access to the roof.
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is perhaps the most famous building on top of Montjuic.
If you sit behind a fountain in the majestic Palau Nacional de Montjuïc, it is difficult not to take pictures.
The museum takes the visitor on a journey through time and shows local art from medieval Romanesque to Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary art.
The museum is large inside and there is something for everyone to do and see.
The Palau National Building is another building built especially for the 1929 International Exhibition and opened as a museum in 1934.
16. Joan Miró Foundation
Arrival: Mount Montjuïc – climb Montjuïc, take the cable car or bus 150 from Plaza España.
When: From April to October – from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sunday 6 p.m.), from November to March – from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday 3 p.m.), closed on Mondays.
Price: The total entrance fee is 13 euros, students over 65 years – 7 euros, children under 15 years are free.
Board of Directors: Along the way, take the time to watch a 15-minute video about the life of an artist and some of his famous works.
Joan Miro is a notorious 20th century Barcelona artist. Together with the city of Barcelona and the architect Josep Lewis Sert, he has created a unique museum building where his works are exhibited.
It is interesting to note that the different rooms of the museum are separate collections of different people and organizations, which means that you will keep jumping over time.
The museum is housed in a modern, lightly populated building with lots of windows, divided over several rooms, where Miró’s works are exhibited from the beginning until his last work.
It is a large museum with 400 paintings and sculptures and about 8,000 drawings.
17. Museum of Modern Art
Arrival: Take metro L1 or L2 to the university or L3 to Catalunya, then a short walk to the old town.
When: Monday to Friday – 11 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays), Saturday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday and holidays – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: Full ticket – 11 euros, students over 65 years – reduced, children under 14 years – free.
It is located in the El Raval district, in the old town (Ciutat Vella), where there is an important collection of modern art.
The museum opened in 1995 and was initially very controversial among the local population. When the museum opened its doors, it did not yet have a collection and was built in the heart of one of the oldest districts of Barcelona, a few blocks from the Gothic Quarter.
The design contrasts sharply with the surrounding buildings and streets. Today, the museum houses around 5000 works of art from the middle of the 20th century. For centuries. Most of the exhibition shows Catalan and Spanish art, although there are also a few international works on display.
18. Barcelona History Museum
Arrival: Take the metro line L4 to Jaume I – the museum is right in front of the door.
When: Works from 10.00 to 19.00 hours (Sunday – from 20.00 hours).
Price: The entrance fee is 7 euros in total, minus 5 euros for pensioners and students.
The Museu d’Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA) contains several objects scattered throughout the city.
The main museum is located in the Plaza del Rey, in the Gothic Quarter.
The museum was founded in 1929 for the International Exhibition of Barcelona to show the past, present and future of the city, and has been housed in the same building ever since.
But not in the same place…
In 1931, the building was demolished stone by stone and moved a few hundred metres from Mercaders Street to its present location, where it was carefully rebuilt.
Inside you will find a lot of information about the history of Barcelona, including a whole area of the former colony of Barkino, which was located opposite the modern city, where medieval courtyards and often temporary exhibitions are held.
19. Chocolate Museum (Chocolate Museum)
Arrival: Take subway line L4 to Jaume I and walk up Calle de la Princesa.
When: Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (3 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays)
Price: Adult card – 6 euros, students and seniors – 5.10 euros, children under 7 years – free.
The Chocolate Museum is located in the Monastery of Sant’Agustí, near the Ciutadella Park.
It is mainly financed by the confectionery of Barcelona to promote the local chocolate.
There are many museums dedicated to the history of chocolate, to knowledge of Europe and Spain, and to educating visitors about the properties of chocolate.
One might think that a visit to the chocolate museum is a bit arbitrary, especially since Barcelona is actually located in Switzerland.
And we agree.
But if you stay a few days and have enough gothic architecture from the 14th century, you can see the city. If you want to see some of the 19th century buildings of Barcelona or the undulating buildings of Gaudi, this can be a great way to relax and see the other side of Barcelona.
20. Monastery of Pedralbes
Arrival: Baixada del Monestir, 9 – Take metro L3 or T1, T2 or T3 to Maria Christina and walk 15 minutes.
When: From April to September: Tuesday to Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., October to March: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday closed.
Price: Total enrolment fee – 5 euros, students under 30 years old and pensioners – 3.50 euros, children under 16 years old – free of charge
Board of Directors: The monastery has strict rules about what is allowed in the room – it is not allowed to bring backpacks, bags or large objects (more than 25 cm x 25 cm). It is also forbidden to bring food and drink or use the flash. Make sure you wear the right clothes!
The Pedralbes Monastery, also known as the Reyal Monastery, was founded in 1327 by Queen Elisenda de Montchada.
It was an active monastery that until 1983 was home to the Order of the Poor Clares, a female branch of the Franciscan Order.
Today it is a museum that presents one of the most complete and inspiring examples of Catalan Gothic architecture. Inside there are collections of art and religious relics, as well as household objects that show how the monastery has been run for centuries.
Particularly interesting is the collection of 35 medieval choir books with beautiful calligraphy and the interior of the Mikhailovsky chapel, which contains a number of frescoes.
21. Friedrich-Marez Museum
Arrival: Take the L4 to Jaume I – the museum is located next to Barcelona Cathedral.
When: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays and public holidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed on Mondays.
Price: Adults – 4.20 euros, children under 30 and over 65 – 2.40 euros, children under 16 – free.
The Frederic Mares Museum is located in the Palau Reyal Major, a group of medieval Gothic buildings next to Barcelona Cathedral.
Since its opening in 1946, the museum has grown considerably and now has art collections ranging from Antiquity, Romanesque and Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque.
The best known collection is a large number of religious sculptures from different periods.
This museum is particularly interesting because it is organised into a series of individual private collections – there are all kinds of unique collections on display, including things like fans and pipes, so you’re sure to find some interesting.
See the beautiful nature around Barcelona
22. Barceloneta Beach
Arrival: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta – Take the L4 line towards Barceloneta and pass the port.
When: The beach is open and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Price: Access to the beach is free
Barceloneta beach is an old institution located next to the famous old port of Barcelona – Port Vell.
Traditionally, it was a place where fishermen practised their profession. Barceloneta beach is nowadays one of the most popular activities of the inhabitants of the region.
It’s a really well-organized beach, with a full range of services, from lifeguards to deckchairs, toilets, glaciers and even Wi-Fi.
So, do you take the time to relax, feel the sand up to your toes and maybe not use the Wi-Fi for a few hours? It can do wonders.
23. Parc Ciutadella
Arrival: L4 to Ciutadella Villa Olimpica (end of the zoo) or L1 to Arc de Triomf (end of the park).
When: The park is open 24 hours a day, the zoo opens at 10am and closes between 5.30pm and 8pm depending on the season.
Price: The park is free, the zoo: Adults – 21,40 euro, children under 12 years old – 12,95 euro, over 65 years old – 10,50 euro, children under 3 years old – free of charge
Board of Directors: Buy your tickets online in advance and save 10% on the price (adults and children only).
Parque Ciutadella is a large public park located in the center of Barcelona, near the district La Ribera.
The park was built in 1869 after the demolition of the military citadel that gave it its name. Barcelona was preparing for the 1888 World Fair and wanted to see this part.
The park is perfect for a relaxing stroll, and along the way you will see various attractions such as the Castel del Tres Dracons, a lake with a waterfall and the Parliament of Catalonia.
On one side of the Parc de la Ciutadella is the Barcelona Zoo, which has been there since 1892. This is a great thing to do in Barcelona if you have kids or if you want something more than museums and gothic architecture.
It is a normal zoo in terms of facilities and animals you can see. During the whole day there are many activities worth visiting, among which feeding penguins, which always has a great attraction.
24. Aquarium Barcelona
Arrival: Take the L3 to Barceloneta and pass by the Museum of Catalan History.
When: Open at 10 a.m. every day. Closed between 19.30 and 21.00 depending on the season.
Price: Ticket for adults – 21 euros, children – 5-10 – 16 euros, children – 3-4 – 8 euros, children under 3 years – free, small discounts for families.
The Aquarium of Barcelona is located at the jetty of Port Vell, directly on the Mediterranean Sea.
The aquarium can cost a family 4 € 72 (family discount). You may feel that the length of the path and the amount you see is not as large as you would think.
However, it is one of the largest areas of this species in the world and is involved in many conservation programmes.
Get ready to line up to see part of the exhibition, and the tunnel could be full of people.
25. Parque del Laberint d’Orta
Arrival: Take subway L3 to Mundet.
When: From April to October – from 10 am to 8 pm, from November to March – from 10 am to 6 pm.
Price: A normal ticket: 2.23 euros, up to 14 years old – 1.42 euros, up to 5 years old – free (they just invented it? so random).
Board of Directors: You can enter the park on Wednesdays and Sundays. If you have a free environment, this is the perfect time!
It is a park quite far from the street, on the outskirts of the city, although it is easily accessible by metro.
The park is divided into two separate parts: a traditional park and a romantic garden.
The main reason for your visit is that you will not walk on the tourist signs and the park will surprise you with its sculpted hedges, some small temples of Artemis and the Danube and the statue of Dionysus, quite rightly, the god of wine.
The park was originally created in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has been part of Barcelona since 1967 and was extensively renovated in 1994.
26. Turo de la Rovira
Arrival: The bus can be reached by metro L3, then by buses 22, 24 or 119, which can be reached on foot in 5 minutes.
When: Public access – go at any time – sunset is always a good time for sensational views.
Price: Free of charge.
The Turo de la Rovira is a milestone not mentioned in most travel guides. Because it’s really not a tourist attraction, which makes everything better.
Hotel Turo is located on the top of a high mountain that dominates Barcelona from an altitude of 257 meters.
Unlike Montjuïc or Tibidabo, the Touro de la Roviera is located just outside the city and offers a magnificent view of the sea.
During the Spanish Civil War anti-aircraft guns were used here, so the platform still exists. There are no shops, snack bars or amenities, so keep that in mind as you make your way to the top.
Buildings and attractions in Barcelona
27. Casa Batlló
Arrival: Take the L2, L3 or L4 to Paseo de Gracia.
When: Works 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Ticket for adults – 25 euros, for students under 18 and over 65 – 22 euros, for children under 7 years – free.
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Casa Ballo is another famous building, designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.
Unlike some of his other creations, he didn’t build it. The building was built in the 19th century. It was built in the 18th century, but in 1904 the owners wanted to renovate it, so Gaudi was commissioned to repair it.
Today you can visit this building to see what Casa Batlló looks like since the renovation work has been completed.
The new building does not look like something that has been renovated, and the exterior and interior follow a natural theme.
The building is therefore full of curves without straight lines and the interior is a perfect example of modernist design.
28. Camp Nou (FC Barcelona Stadium)
Arrival: Take bus D20 to Arezala Les Corts or metro line L3 to Drassan or metro line L5 to Kolblan and you won’t miss it.
When to start: Guided tours are available every day – book in advance to guarantee the time interval and save 3.50 euros. Playing on the day of the game
Price: -Visits start at 26 euros and go up to any amount in your wallet. Admission tickets from 90 to 180 euros for typical matches
Camp Nou is one of the most famous and largest football stadiums in the world (so called football in Europe).
It is the birthplace of FC Barcelona, an emblematic football club that has achieved astonishing successes in Spanish and European competitions for decades.
If you like football, there are a few things better than going to a match in Barcelona. The atmosphere of the 99,354-seat stadium (the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world) and the sight of the best player ever played in Messi can be a truly incredible experience for you.
If you want to get decent seats, be prepared to pay for them – decent tickets for a championship match cost 150 euros or more. Champions League matches are usually sold out, making them more expensive for retail.
If you don’t want to spend a small fortune or if football is none of your business, you can go on tour with tickets worth 26 euros, 36 euros or more, depending on what your tour involves.
29. Casa Vicens
Arrival: Take the L3 line to Fontana.
When: 10:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Sunday. The last message is at 6:40.
Price: The total entrance fee is 16 euros, students over 65 – 14 euros, students under 26 – 12 euros, children under 12 years – free. Extra visiting possibilities.
Board of Directors: You can stop for a drink in a café in the gardens of the building.
Casa Vicens is a relatively new facility on Barcelona’s tourist route that will not be open to the public until 2017.
It may not be as famous as Gaudi’s other buildings scattered around the city, but he started it all, because it was Gaudi’s first commissioned project when he was 30 years old. Manuel Vicens and Montaner were the owners, and the building, built in 1885, was designed as a private residence.
Like all of Gaudi’s works, this house stands out in the street. It has unique Moorish influences, which can be seen in the design of the facade, and, unusually for Gaudi, the building has many straight lines and sharp corners.
In addition to the fact that the interior of the building, with its historic design and furnishings, covers the entire last century, temporary exhibitions are held from time to time.
30. Palau Guel
Arrival: Take subway L3 to Liceu or Drassan.
When: From April to October – from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., from November to March – from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., closed on Mondays.
Price: Total enrolment fee – 12 euros, students and EU citizens over 65 years old – 9 euros, children under 18 years old – 5 euros, children under 10 years old – free of charge
Eusebi Guell commissioned Gaudi to build this city palace when the architect was still young and began his career as a designer at the age of 34.
Construction work began in 1886 and was completed in 1890. Inside and outside this unique building you can see many signs of the future evolution of Gaudí’s vision on architecture, and you can share elements with his other works throughout Barcelona.
The Palau Guell, located near La Rambla, is an interesting place to visit because the Guell family lived there and many rooms show how their lives were lived over a century ago.
There is a terrace and a roof, available with 6 fireplaces, which combine unusual shapes and colours with the unique Gaudi effect.
31. Palau de la Musica Orpheus Catala
Arrival: Take subways L1 or L4 to Urkinaon.
When: Guided tours take place every half hour from 10 am to 3.30 pm. Easter and July – from 10:00 to 18:00, August – from 9:00 to 18:00.
Price: Basic excursion – 20 euros, for people over 65 years old – 16 euros, for students – 11 euros, for children under 10 years old – free.
Home Tip: , if you book online at least 3 weeks in advance, you can save 20% on tickets. You avoid missed visits without availability!
A visit to the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona is not what most tourists need in their itinerary.
It’s a beautiful concert hall that still hosts great concerts today – if there are good shows when you’re in town, it might be better to visit it than to take a day trip.
Ella Fitzgerald and Nora Jones perform there, as well as local and international bands, brass bands and popular artists.
The interior of the concert hall is lush and unusual for such places, with mosaic stalls and part of the roof mosaic in the area of the main hall.
As you are in the heart of Barcelona’s Ribera district, you can easily combine your visit to the Palau de la Música Catalana with other activities in the area.
32. Casa de les Punxes
Arrival: Take the lines L4 and L5 to Verdaguerre.
When: Open every day from 10:00 to 19:00.
Price: Adults – 13 euros, students over 65 years old and disabled – 11.50 euros, 18 and under 10 years old, children under 7 years old – free of charge.
Casa de la Punxes is located in the Golden Quadrat in Barcelona, near the Avinguda Diagonal.
Technically it is called Casa Terradas and is better known as Casa de les Punxes. The building is an excellent example of modernist design and modernity.
The interior of the building recently presents the culture and history of the 100-year history of the building.
33. The Carboneria
Arrival: Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, metro line 30 – L2 to Sant Antoni or L1 to Urgell.
When: The Carboneria can only be seen from the street – at any time.
Price: Check it out for free!
It was built in 1864. The Carboneria is the oldest building in the Eixample district of Barcelona.
It has no unique structural features designed by Gaudi, and there are no references to the Catalan Gothic architecture of 14th century Barcelona. It was built at the end of the 19th century, but is considered the most photographed building in the city.
The Carboneria was a large squat from 2008 to 2014, after the historic building became unusable.
While the house was being squatted, a lot of street art and graffiti penetrated the walls, including huge frescoes on one side – often with balloons.
Although the squatters have long since disappeared, the building planned for demolition has been placed under the protection of the city, which means that its owners cannot demolish it or substantially change its appearance.
Visit to Barcelona
34. Quarter of Gracia
Arrival: Take subways L6, L7 or S7 to Gracia.
When: Any moment is good. Why don’t you come here for brunch and combine it with a trip to Parc Guell?
Price: The walks are free, everything else depends on it!
La Gràcia is a quiet neighborhood, where the atmosphere of the city is located between the hustle and bustle of the center of Barcelona and the Parc Guell.
House with many small shops and restaurants and the famous Casa Vicens, the best thing in the Gracia region is the relative lack of tourist attractions.
So come and have a cup of coffee with the craftsman in the morning, stroll through the small independent shops and avoid the hustle and bustle of photographers getting off the buses.
35. Plaza Catalunya
Arrival: Take almost all metro lines (L1, L3, L6, L7) to Catalonia or L2, L3 or L4 to Paseo de Gracia.
When: Any moment is good. It’s a great place to look at people during the day and the illuminated square at night.
Price: The site is open to the public – everything else depends on it!
Barcelona’s Plaza Catalunya is the beating heart of the city. It is located between the old town (Ciutat Vella) and the Eixample and at the top of Barcelona’s most famous street, the Rambla.
The square is a popular meeting place for locals as almost all metro lines and other public transport pass through it and it is located in the centre of Barcelona.
The perimeter of the square is filled with shops and sculptures representing the 4 capital cities of Catalonia (Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona), wisdom and work.
Around the corner there are several cafes where you can relax and watch people walking through life – a good option for brunch if you’re travelling far away to see the sights.
36. Plaza Reyal
When: It’s open all year round!
Arrival: Plaça Reial – Get off at the Liceu stop on subway line L3.
Price: It depends on what you eat and drink.
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The Plaça Reial is a square in the Gothic Quarter near the Rambla. We could have included the Barri Gotic in our top 10, but this place deserves a special mention because you have to come here yourself.
Originally the square was home to the Capuchin Monastery of Santa Madrona, but since its demolition in 1835 it has become a popular meeting place for locals. Many festivals hold big events on the square, but you really have to visit it when you’re in town.
And the best time to visit is at night.
On the square is not only the hotel, but also many restaurants and bars outside. The surroundings are impressive, so it’s a great place to have dinner one night.
If you want to stay later, there are several popular nightclubs on the same route – Sidecar, Karma and Jamboree.
Arrival: Take the cable car and walk or climb from Plaza España (metro lines L1, L2 and L8).
When: You can come to the fountain, the fountain show, at any time of the day – from June to September from 9.30 p.m., from April to May and October from 9 p.m. and at 8 p.m. in winter.
Barcelona’s Font Magica is not a neighborhood, but it is a small part of Barcelona that you should visit while strolling through the city.
The fountain Font Magica of Montjuïc was built and first presented as a water show in 1929 at the World Exhibition (like many other attractions in the city).
It is located in Via Montjuic, opposite the National Art Museum of Catalonia.
It is a good idea to combine a visit to the fountain with the observation of the sunset in Montjuic. The show takes place in the evening, and even if they’re late, you still have time for dinner – local restaurants are open until late!
The show itself is an excellent combination of spectacular water effects, light and loud music and a real must for your to-do list in Barcelona.
38, El Raval district
When: Open all year round – shops and restaurants are open during normal office hours.
Arrival: The Sant Antoni stop on the L2 metro line will take you directly to the Raval.
Price: It depends on what you buy!
Hotel El Raval is located in the heart of Barcelona, along Las Ramblas. It’s a fascinating contrast to the adjoining Barri Gotic – full of trendy bars and funky restaurants, unusual art and design shops.
Here you will find the Museum of Modern Art and the market of La Boqueria, as well as picturesque design shops.
A great bohemian activity is drinking coffee or orange juice in one of the street cafes and creating a place for people to watch.
39. El Hole de Botero
When: At any time of the day you can visit your friendly neighborhood cat.
Arrival: Sant Antoni is the nearest metro station to the L2 line.
Price: open access
In the center of the Raval – El Gath in Botero. It may be just a small streetscape, but it really deserves to be on its own.
With a breathtaking expression, the huge cat is made of bronze and bears the name of Fernando Botero, who made it. From 1987, when Barcelona bought it, it was shown in different parts of the city until 2003. From 2003 until today he was constantly on the Rambla del Raval, so make sure you see him on the Raval trail.
Shopping in Barcelona
40. Mercat de la Boqueria
When: The market opens at 8 am and is very busy during lunch. Try to be there for breakfast in the morning. The market closes around half past eight.
Arrival: Take subway L3 to Liceu.
Price: Food is usually expensive, both in the kiosks and in the tapas bars, but you’re not here to do your weekly shopping!
Board of Directors: Try the local hams and cheeses, in the kiosks or in the tapas bar. Don’t buy fish on Mondays, because Spanish fishermen don’t go out on Sundays!
La Boqueria is a great food market in the centre of Barcelona.
This is not the place where people come to buy their fruit and vegetables and prices are not low – the place, the presentation and the reputation of being here are to blame.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come. The quality of the food and the variety of market stalls are fantastic, as is the selection of tapas.
You can wander around and find all kinds of seafood, hundreds of hams and cheeses and even whole stands dedicated to slightly different versions of peppers.
41. L’Illa Diagonal shopping
Arrival: Take the subway line L3 to Drassan.
When: During the opening hours of the shop!
Price: How long is a piece of rope?
Illa Diagonal is a large shopping center located on Avenida Diagonal in the Les Corts district of Barcelona.
There are over 170 shops, bars and restaurants, and the shops look a lot like Paris or New York. And it’s no coincidence – it was developed on the model of the commercial platforms in downtown New York, such as Rockefeller Center.
L’illa means island in Catalonia, and that’s exactly what this mall is. In a secluded commercial area with modern shops (opened in the 90’s), with views to the outside, away from historic buildings and architecture.
Most of the stores here are global brands, so don’t expect to find local jewelry or small independent shops. If you are in Barcelona for a few days and want to spend the afternoon in the shopping mall, then you have come to the right place.
42. Passeig de Gracia
Arrival: Take metro L3 to Paseo de Gracia – easy!
When: Buy watches.
Price: How much are you buying?
This is a street you will probably return to again and again during your stay in Barcelona.
The Paseo de Gracia starts at Plaza Catalunya and connects the old city of Barcelona with the lively Gracia district.
Along the way you’ll find a very interesting mix. On one side there is the avenue where the main tourist attractions such as Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are located. On the other hand, there are many trendy shops, restaurants and cafes.
If you are looking for designer clothes or if you want to see Gaudi’s most famous buildings, the Passeig de Gràcia is a must on your trip to Barcelona, but don’t just use it as a route to get there – stop and look around because there is so much more than museums and tourist attractions in Barcelona.
43. Auction market
Arrival: Take the L1 to Glenris, a market on the right side of the station.
When: Open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Mercat dels Encantes de Barcelona, also known as the Mercat de Bellequer, dates from the 14th century. It’s one of the oldest flea markets in the world.
The reason is that it’s not like your typical 14th century market building. The only thing the market seems in the 21st century is that in 2013 it will have moved to a purpose-built building.
There are around 500 separate stalls selling all kinds of items at random – if you want to find a shop, you’ve come to the right place, and there are tons of antiques, stalls like garage sales, and random collections you can pick up yourself.
44. Model railway market in the Estació de França
Arrival: The Estació de França is an important station – take metro L4 to Barceloneta.
When: Every first Saturday of the month – find out in advance!
Price: How good is your deal?
This is undoubtedly a case for those who enjoy activities off the beaten track.
Every first Saturday of the month, the Estació de França (Barcelona Central Station) becomes a big market of model trains.
If you have children or if you just have the idea of building a model train, there is no better place in the world than this aftermarket. All kinds of tracks, trains and installations you can imagine are presented at the fair and the stands are very busy.
The train station is located in the city centre, so you can easily combine your visit with a visit to Barcelona Zoo, a walk in Port Vell or an afternoon break on Barceloneta beach.
45. Cava in Caen Paixano (La Xampania)
Arrival: Near Port Vell – Take metro L4 to Barceloneta.
When we have to go: 13B8 hours Monday to Saturday
Price: Very reasonable.
There are bars, specialty bars and La Xampanyeria.
The bar offers, as you have never seen before, a menu with 5 different types of cava. And that’s it.
Sure – they’ll serve snacks and tapas, but that’s not what this place is. And you can’t drink beer either. And the wine is not to be drunk. And you certainly can’t drink other sparkling wines.
This seems like the ideal opportunity to get to know local products? The locals love this place because not only is the cava good, but the food is also decent and the prices are surprisingly low.
There are many other good restaurants in the area, so you can easily have a drink or two before or after dinner.
46. Restaurant Experience Tickets
Arrival: Take the metro line L3 to Poble Sec (after which you can take a taxi home!).
When: It is open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Price: It’s time to rebuild your house.
Board of Directors: This isn’t a restaurant you just walk into. The tables are online and you need to book in advance (it’s hard in busy times!). If you do not show up, an amount of 50 € per person will be charged.
The Ticket Restaurant and her dessert sister La Dolca, next door, are well known and have mixed reviews. Especially since this place is expensive. We speak with great affection.
You get a 1-star Michelin dinner – small dishes. You have no idea what half the ingredients are and you’re going to enjoy it.
There is even a wide selection of wines for different budgets.
But whatever you decide, be prepared to pay 100 euros for the privilege. After all, it all depends on whether you enjoy the culinary experience – many people only hate small portions and luxurious food, and there is no solution, so the value really depends on your taste buds!
47. Eating seafood at the harbour well
Arrival: Take metro L4 to Barceloneta and take a walk.
When: Every evening – some restaurants are closed on Sundays and/or Mondays.
Price: Slightly more expensive if you find a good place with a view.
Top: Demand for local seafood. Half of the products on the menu may come from the North Sea or North Atlantic, so try to get what was caught that morning instead!
If you’re not a fan of seafood, you won’t enjoy it, although your idea of seafood may indeed be different from what you can eat in Port Vell Barcelona.
Along the Paseo de Juan de Borgo and other streets near the harbor there is a fantastic choice of restaurants and the opportunity to walk with the sea breeze and admire the boats in the harbor.
Local seafood pays a lot of attention to shrimp and squid dishes, but also to many pasta and grilled dishes.
If you stay a couple of nights in Barcelona, you should spend an evening on seafood and white wine, even if you eat steak and red wine.
48. Switching to local tapas
Arrival: Dozens of restaurants all over town – take your pick!
When: It could be any night. How about every night?
Price: That’s not bad.
Headtip: Do not wait for and order two green pepper dishes. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until you’ve finished the first one right away.
Which trip to Spain is complete without enjoying tapas?
Barcelona is no exception to this rule, and since Catalonia is close to the Spanish Basque Country, the city offers a mix of tapas and pintxos (both essentially the same concept – serving a large number of small dishes accompanied by drinks).
Some of the city’s main markets, including La Boqueria, have a limited number of tapas bars, and some tapas bars serve free tapas while you continue to buy drinks.
To really enjoy tapas, choose a specialized restaurant, preferably near your hotel, so you can crawl back there if you’ve eaten too much.
The most suitable are patas bravas, gambas al achillo (shrimp cooked in oil), pulpo (squid), pimintos de padron (fried green pepper), chorizo and ripened Manchego cheese.
49. Try the traditional Barcelona absinthe wine
Arrival: The bars are scattered all over town. Quimet i Quimet is located in El Poble Sec and the Bar Electricitat is close to Barceloneta beach.
When: Every night after dinner?
Price: It depends on your consumption habits.
You may not know it, but Barcelona has a long history of absinthe production and consumption.
Many of the trendy bars that have recently appeared will have different offers, but what you’re really looking for is the old bodega that served vermouth for hundreds of years.
Try the electric bar, where you pour your own vermouth from a bottle on the table and then tell the owner how much you’ve drunk, or Quimet i Quimet for some local charm (it’s busy here too!).
50. Opera in Gran del Liceu
Arrival: Take subway L3 to Liceu.
When: Choose your show!
Price: very variable
Well, in Barcelona it’s not strictly speaking a gourmet dinner, but a theatrical dinner and a pre- or post-theatrical dinner that go together.
The Liceu Theatre is located in Via La Rambla and is the most important theatre in Barcelona. It offers ballet and opera performances as well as performances by folk culture artists and local musicians.
If you didn’t think the Barcelona Opera House was the right thing to do, think again.
Montserrat Caballé, one of the most famous, if not the most famous opera singer of all time, was born and lived most of her life in the city and performed in the same theatre.
Find out in advance what happens during your stay in Barcelona and book your tickets!
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