14 Best Tourist Attractions Destination in Barcelona. The vibrant capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a beautiful seaside town that flaunts its beauty and sunny lifestyle. Magnificent scenery, breathtaking architecture and fantastic cultural attractions make it an attractive destination.

14 Best Tourist Attractions Destination in Barcelona

The vibrant capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a beautiful seaside town that flaunts its beauty and sunny lifestyle. Magnificent scenery, breathtaking architecture and fantastic cultural attractions make it an attractive destination. The balmy Mediterranean climate, of course, adds to the charm. Barcelona has an atmospheric medieval neighborhood, the Barri Gòtic, with an almost magical old-world atmosphere, but its modernist architecture makes it even more famous. Antoni Gaudí and his avant-garde Surrealist buildings left a lasting mark on Barcelona; several are listed as UNESCO.

Tourists will want to simply relax and soak up the joyful vibe of the city after all the sightseeing. Walk down La Rambla, hanging from the locals. Escape to the sandy beaches close to the harbor and linger on the outdoor terraces for leisurely meals. Wander aimlessly and find hidden squares of the city where street musicians strum on Spanish guitars with melodies. At every turn, pleasant surprises abound. Find the best places to visit with our list of Barcelona's top attractions.

01. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

One of the most unconventional churches in Europe, the most famous sight in Barcelona is this spectacular basilica. The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, listed by UNESCO, is located in the northern part of the city, dominating its surroundings with 18 spindly towers that rise above all other monuments. Also known in Spanish by its official name is the Basilica of the Sacred Family: Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família.

Antoni Gaudí was commissioned as a neo-Gothic church in 1883 to design this basilica. But he created a signature example of his famous surreal Art Nouveau architecture instead of following the plans. He had no firm ideas in mind, preferring to change and add as work progressed to the plans. Although Gaudí had originally predicted between 10 and 15 years, the church has never been completed. As a result, the main work of the most important modern-day Catalan architect remains only a shell, and no one knows if it will ever be completed or when.

Visitors are first struck by the lavish exterior with its expressive façade of the Nativity depicting Jesus ' birth, and the evocative façade of the Passion illustrating Jesus ' suffering, death, and resurrection. Equally amazing, the interior is a 90 meter long, 60 meter high, huge space. With opulent decorative details, the ceiling shines, and colorful stained-glass windows allow ethereal light to flow in.

The apse features an unusual lantern - rendered Crucifix as a canopy. Jaw - dropping is the overall effect. The essence of his architectural masterpiece was best captured by Gaudí when he described it as "a work in the hands of God and the will of people."

02. Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)

Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)

The Gothic Quarter has been the city's spiritual and secular center for 2,000 years. Relics of ancient Roman buildings are still to be found here, but the historical monuments packed into this quarter best represent the Middle Ages. The medieval cathedral stands on Monte Tabor, the highest point in the city center, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The Gothic Quarter is where, after his first trip to the New World, Christopher Columbus was received by the Catholic Monarchs, and since the 14th and 15th centuries, the city authorities have had their seat here.

Walk through this beautiful labyrinth of narrow paved streets and atmospheric alleys to discover this traffic-free magical medieval world. Discover picturesque, quiet squares inspired by the sounds of chatting and laughing people, or classic Spanish guitar strumming. Children often play a soccer pickup game in the Gothic Quarter's hidden corners, and small cafes with sidewalk terraces are located in their courtyards. See the Picasso Museum and Plaça del Rei in the Gothic Quarter, a square where sometimes there are outdoor concerts, along with its inviting little boutiques and restaurants.

03. Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

The UNESCO-listed Casa Milà is the most famous secular building of Antoni Gaudí, located in the Eixample district off the elegant boulevard of Passeig de Gràcia. Also affectionately known as "La Pedrera," Casa Mila translates into "The Stone Quarry" because the building looks like an open quarry. This flamboyant avant-garde dwelling was built between 1906 and 1912 and looks more like a sculpture than a functional building. With rounded windows and metal balcony railings twining around in plant-like shapes, each line of the natural stone façade is curved. In addition to the decorative chimneys, even the roof has an undulating shape.

The building's entrance is on Carrer de Provença, through a remarkable wrought-iron gate leading to an inner courtyard. Ribbed arches designed for load-bearing purposes support the building, a feature that reveals Gaudí's genius as a structural engineer. For a closer look at the strangely shaped mosaic-adorned chimneys, visitors can walk around the roof terrace. The roof area also rewards visitors with sensational city views, with the view extending in the distance to the Basilica de Sagrada Família.

Casa Mila houses the cultural center of the Fundació Catalunya, which organizes events all year round. The monument is open daily for visits to the public and there are audio guides available. A welcome stop for tourists, in a venue worthy of the venue, the Cafè La Pedrera offers a relaxing place for a snack.

04. La Rambla: Barcelona's Social Hub

La Rambla: Barcelona's Social Hub

La Rambla, a wide, tree-shaded avenue that divides the Old Town into two parts, is the heart of Barcelona's social life. La Rambla extends all the way down to the port from the Plaça de Catalunya, where the beautiful Romanesque Santa Anna Convent of the 12th century stands. With expansive pedestrian sidewalks, this wide street is lined with shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafés, making it one of the city's most popular hangouts.

During the day, many locals are found doing their daily shopping at the Mercat de la Boqueria and at night, groups of friends and families take their evening walk on La Rambla to enjoy the fresh air and lively atmosphere. Depending on the day, spectators may be treated to live music, a mime show or other impromptu street performances.

La Rambla borders the Barri Gòtic on its northeast side, and the Plaça Reial is halfway down the avenue, a beautiful palm-fringed square surrounded by historic houses. These elegant buildings have shops, cafes and restaurants filled with arcades. The Three Graces Fountain with a candelabra designed by Antoni Gaudí is at the center.

The Palau Güell, a ostentatious mansion designed by Antoni Gaudí in 1886, is another important monument on La Rambla (number 3-5). The owner, Eusebi Güell, was a great arts patron and the building was built with a large dome hall for poetry readings and private concerts. The entire building reflects the tremendous wealth of Güell, created by Gaudí with sumptuous decoration, valuable textiles, and handmade furniture.

05. Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music)

Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music)

The Palau de la Música Catalana, built between 1905 and 1908 as a concert hall for Orfeó Català, was designed in the Catalan Modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner. But while the building is characterized by curving lines and colorful palette of the style, unlike the works of Gaudi, this design places function ahead of shape. Although the interior decoration is as colorful and fanciful as the outside, choral and other musical performances are dedicated to its shape and decoration.

The Palau's concert hall, which seats about 2,200 people, is Europe's only auditorium that is fully illuminated by natural light during daylight hours. The walls on two sides consist mainly of stained-glass panels set in magnificent arches, and overhead is a huge stained-glass skylight designed by Antoni Rigalt whose centerpiece is an inverted dome in gold shades surrounded by blue suggesting the sun and sky. The concert stage is framed by elaborate sculptures.

06. Parc Güell: Gaudí's Surrealist Park

Parc Güell: Gaudí's Surrealist Park

This splendid surreal park is a colorful, cheerful and whimsical UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Antoni Gaudí. The Park Güell was created between 1900 and 1914 and is beautifully landscaped with architectural elements in the signature style of Gaudí. The space is scattered with viaducts, grottoes, a colonnaded hall, winding staircases and semi-closed conversation seats. In multicolored ceramic fragments, these creative structures are decorated. A spectacular terrace overlooks the city and the sea. This area of the city was loved by Gaudí himself, and his home was here.

Surrounded by a pleasant garden, the Casa Museu Gaudí occupies the house where Gaudi lived; the collection displays works of art, mostly decorative objects and furniture, designed by Gaudí.

07. Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

The UNESCO-listed Casa Batlló is one of Barcelona's most characteristic modernist buildings, yet another amazing Gaudí creation. The fantastic mansion for textile manufacturer Josep Batlló I Casanovas was designed as a private residence. This dreamlike building looks like a castle from a surreal fairy tale with its freely swinging shapes and ornamental façade.

Most of the design details are completely different from any precedent in architecture. On the first floor, the window frame is bordered by swinging shapes that suggest plants, while others look like cave entrances. Decorative glazed ceramic tiles add to the flamboyance on the façade in green, blue, and ochre colors. Like that of Casa Milà, the wave-shaped roof has numerous richly decorated chimneys. In addition, Gaudí created the interior decorations that can be seen in Güell Park's Casa Museu Gaudí. The elegant Moments Restaurant, with two Michelin stars, is just a few steps away at 38 Passeig de Gràcia for those looking for a superb gourmet meal.

08. Camp Nou

Camp Nou

Just as Modernista buildings for fans of architecture are must-see attractions, Camp Nou is a must-see for fans of football. FC Barcelona's home, the 99,354-seat stadium is Europe's largest and the world's second largest. Wait here for a game or take the exciting tour and visit the museum. Camp Nou was one of Barcelona's locations for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

09. The Magic Fountain

The Magic Fountain

One of Barcelona's favorite things to do at night is to watch Montjuïc's Magic Fountain at the start of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the neighborhood of Montjuïc. The large Art Deco fountain, built in 1929, delights all ages with its musical choreographed light and water shows. It was designed for the International Exhibition in Montjuïc in 1929 by Carles Buigas. The show lasts an hour or so.

10. Scenic Views and Art Museums in Montjuïc

Scenic Views and Art Museums in Montjuïc

This hilltop neighborhood is on the site of an old Jewish cemetery, which explains its name, "Mont Juïc," which translates into "Mountain of the Jews." Standing 213 meters above sea level, the hillside is crowned by a fortress at its peak and slopes steeply down to the Mediterranean. This city's picturesque area is known for its beautiful natural park with great views and beautiful museums. Catalonia's National Art Museum has an exceptional collection of Catalan art from the 10th to the 20th century, including sculpture, paintings, drawings, engravings and photography.
Another popular spot to visit is the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). For the World Exhibition of 1929, this charming fabricated village was created. Montjuïc was a venue for the Summer Olympics in 1992, and tourists can visit the stadium where the Olympics took place.

11. La Barceloneta

La Barceloneta

Adjacent to the cruise port, La Barceloneta neighborhood borders the long, wide Sant Sebastià Beach, where locals enjoy sunbathing, surfing and socializing in the many seafood restaurants and tapas facilities overlooking the sea. A long, palm-lined promenade connects the beach area with yachts-filled marinas. From the Port Cable Car, which ascends from here to the Montjuïc hilltop, you get a good view of the marinas and port area.

12. Monestir de Pedralbes

Monestir de Pedralbes

A wonderful example of Catalan Gothic architecture, the Monestir de Pedralbes convent lies in a picturesque little park called the Jardines Reina Elisenda. Native shrubs, palms, cypresses and shady trees fill this idyllic garden. The convent was founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada for the Order of Saint Clare in 1326. The complex features a beautiful Gothic church, a serene three-story cloister and peaceful monastery buildings. In the quiet setting, visitors enjoy relaxing and learning about the life and work of nuns of the 14th century. Another highlight of a visit is the Monastery Museum, which displays an outstanding collection of 14th century medieval art as well as later created through the 20th century religious art.

13. Mercat de la Boqueria

Mercat de la Boqueria

Colorful displays of fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, glistening candied fruits, savory and sweet pastries, chocolates, whimsical figures of marzipan, fresh-mixed smoothies, Spanish almonds, burritos, breads, olive bins, bright pepper strings — la Boqueria is a riot of colors and aromas. It's also where on a busy morning you'll meet half of Barcelona as they shop for dinner that night. Go here for lunch, picnic provisions, a snack, or just enjoy the sensory pleasures and mix with the locals.

14. Quadrat d'Or

Quadrat d'Or

The Quadrat d'Or (Quadrant of Gold) is an area of the Eixample district renowned for its Modernist architecture. The Plaça de Catalunya, Avinguda de la Diagonal, Passeig de Sant Joan and Carrer de Muntaner border this area. In this area, Antoni Gaudí's work inspired the exceptional avant-garde buildings and built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Passeig de Gràcia is the main road through it. The neighborhood was marked by different architects, and the result is a diversity of Modernist style. A true open-air museum, the Quadrat d'Or offers every step of the way delightful surprises. Visitors will discover interesting ceramic art details, stained-glass windows, forged ironwork, decorative reliefs, mosaics, and statues.

 Where to Stay in Barcelona for Sightseeing

Many of Barcelona's attractions are concentrated in the Gothic Quarter's atmospheric, winding streets and the neighboring district of Eixample, with others more widespread in different directions. Luckily for tourists, in these neighborhoods there is a wide choice of hotels in all price ranges; here are some of Barcelona's highly rated hotels:

·        Luxury Hotels: Mercer Hotel Barcelona adds a rooftop pool to its superb location in the heart of the old Gothic Quarter. A short walk away and only a block from La Rambla, Casa Camper Hotel Barcelona includes breakfast and complimentary snacks all day. It's all about elegance at El Palace Hotel, in a vintage building at the edge of the Gothic Quarter, with a rooftop pool, spa, and afternoon tea.

·        Mid-Range Hotels: Near La Rambla and at the edge of the Gothic Quarter, Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel also has a rooftop pool and views from top-floor rooms. Another pool tops the EuroPark Hotel, surrounded by shops and restaurants in smart Eixample, between the Gothic Quarter and Gaudi's church of La Sagrada Familia. Room Mate Pau, two blocks from La Rambla alongside the Gothic Quarter, offers well-designed rooms consistent with Room Mate's chic brand image.

·        Budget Hotels: Hotel Curious, amid the restaurants and shopping neighborhood just off La Rambla and near La Boqueria market, is close to the airport bus stop. Many of the rooms at Hotel Constanza Barcelona, a few blocks north of the Gothic Quarter, have balconies. Although it's a 30-minute walk to the Gothic Quarter, Ibis Barcelona Centro is only a few steps from La Sagrada Familia and surrounded with restaurants, cafés, and shops. The metro station is also nearby, with connections to all the city's attractions.

Tips and Tours: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Barcelona

·        Sightseeing Tours: A flexible way to see all the top sights in Barcelona without the hassle of navigating your way around the city is the City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Relax and tour the city in an open-air double decker bus while listening to an informative commentary, and hop off at any of the 44 stops to spend more time at your favorite attractions. The pass is valid for either one day or two.
The Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour, including Sagrada Familia, comes with a professional guide if you're looking for a more intimate small-group tour. See the city's top sights, walk the Gothic Quarter streets, and save time with special skip-the-line admission at Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. There are both half-day tours and full-day tours.

·        Day Trip Tours: Cultural and historical attractions dot the beautiful countryside around Barcelona, and an organized day tour is a great way to explore them without worrying about driving and finding your way. Accompanied by a guide, the Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip takes you in an air-conditioned minivan through picturesque rural landscapes to see the charming villages of Besalú, Castellfollit de la Roca, and Rupit, where you can explore historic buildings, meander down the cobblestone streets, and feast on traditional Catalan cuisine.

If you're a Salvador Dali fan, on the full-day Salvadore Dali Museum, Figueres and Cadaques Small-Group Tour, you can visit his birthplace and his beloved sun-soaked Costa Brava. With an expert English-speaking guide's informative commentary, you'll learn everything about the famous artist, his life, and works while traveling in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan.

Try the Three Countries in One Day to check out a few more countries on your travel wish list: France, Andorra, and Spain tour. This full-day guided tour includes a visit to a medieval Spanish village and Mont-Louis listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in France, a walking tour of the capital of Andorra, and the opportunity to go hiking or shopping. It includes a coffee, a croissant and a drink.

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