Things to do in Barcelona


The city really does has everything; whittling down what to do in Barcelona will be your biggest challenge. From the breathtaking modernist architect... Read More

The city really does has everything; whittling down what to do in Barcelona will be your biggest challenge. From the breathtaking modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, to the art museums displaying works by the likes of Picasso, Dalí, and Miró, culture buffs will never get bored. Add the food markets, the unforgettable gastronomic experiences, the world’s best soccer club, and the vast, sprawling city beaches, and you can be sure there’ll be plenty to keep everyone happy in Barcelona.

At the center of Barcelona’s old city lies the Gothic Quarter, a maze of narrow medieval streets packed with intriguing shops and cafés surrounding the Cathedral de la Seu, which is composed of Roman ruins and Gothic structures. Architecture buffs can’t miss Antoni Gaudí’s modernist structures, like Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell, and his masterpiece, the still-unfinished Sagrada Familia. A walk down La Rambla is an unparalleled way to absorb the city’s energy. This tree-lined pedestrian street starts near Plaça de Catalunya and ends at Rambla de Mar, by the water. Find newsstands, souvenir kiosks, street performers and sidewalk cafés along La Rambla, and stop at La Boquería, a magnificent food market, for a bite to eat. Head to Plaça d’Espanya, a grand square built the 1929 International Exhibition, to be welcomed by the Venetian Towers. Nearby, the Font Mágica de Montjuïc provides a beautiful spectacle of dancing fountains, lights and music in the evenings with the Palau Nacional in the background. For soccer fans, taking a tour of Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC, is a must.

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    Barcelona cooking

    What better way to really get to know Barcelona than through its rich culinary culture? In just a few hours, Barcelona Cooking's experienced expert... Read More

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    Barri Gòtic

    Ancient Roman walls and Gothic palaces frame the Barri Gòtic's pedestrian streets, which are filled with antiques stores and cafés - all surrounding the... Read More

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    Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

    As well as being one of the most astonishing churches in the world, La Sagrada Familia is a true symbol of Barcelona. The masterpiece of the modernist... Read More

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    Bogatell Beach

    While the tourists flock to Barceloneta beach, Bogatell tends to be the city beach of choice for locals during the summer months. Why? Maybe because it... Read More

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    Casa Batlló

    The Casa Batlló was finished in 1907 and represents the best example of modernism from the beginning of the 20th century. The influence of the sea (some... Read More

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    El Born

    This is the most historically relevant of all of Barcelona's neighborhoods—not to mention the most beautiful to visit. Most of the buildings here are... Read More

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    Jardí Botànic

    Few people know about Barcelona's botanical gardens, situated on the beautiful hillside of Montjuïc. Although they are just a stone's throw from the... Read More

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    La Boqueria

    This market hardly needs an introduction; La Boqueria has been chosen again and again, in all kinds of surveys, as the best market in the world. The... Read More

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    Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

    Sit on the steps of the palatial National Museum of Art (MNAC) and watch the "magic" fountain put on a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics,... Read More

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    Palau de la Música Catalana

    This is one the most beautiful music auditoriums in the world. Strangely enough, it’s not very well known (maybe because it’s not in plain sight), but... Read More

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    Parc de la Ciutadella

    This is probably the best-loved park for local joggers, so head here if you're the sort of traveler who brings your running shoes with you. It's set in... Read More

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    Park Güell

    Created by Barcelona's most famous architect Antoni Gaudí between 1900 and 1914, Park Güell was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The park... Read More

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    Picasso Museum

    There can be a long wait to get in, but it's worth it, if only to see the extensive collection of portraits by the artist when he was a young man. Chart... Read More

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