There are many places to visit in Barcelona, ​​a cosmopolitan city open to the Mediterranean Sea and with a wide cultural and leisure offer. Its streets, neighborhoods, modernist buildings, parks, museums, along with a wonderful gastronomy of tapas, fish and seafood, as well as an incredible traditional Catalan cuisine, we assure you, you will fall in love within a few minutes of knowing it.

We are not deceiving you if we tell you that Barcelona is one of the cities we know best and surely, the one we have visited the most times, so based on our experience, we have made this list of what we believe are the 10 places to visit in Barcelona’s most essential Let’s start!

 

1. La sagrada familia

The Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia is the unfinished masterpiece of the brilliant architect Antoni Gaudí and the most visited monument in Barcelona.

Gaudí, the highest representative of Catalan modernism, took charge of the construction of this church in 1883, of which the first stone had been laid a year earlier, leaving all the plans for future architects to be able to lay at his death in 1926. finish the work. works.

The interior and exterior of La Sagrada Familia are wonderful, nothing comparable to other churches in the world, using Gaudí all his experience and new techniques, creating a naturalistic style, where all the elements of him flow in complete harmony. Outside, the 3 facades dedicated to the Birth, Passion and Glory of Jesus and the towers that will last until 6pm when the monument is finished.

The date of 2026 was recently set as the year of completion for this spectacular Catholic basilica, so we are already impatient, since every day there is less to see La Sagrada Familia in its maximum splendor.
To visit the church we recommend that you go first thing in the morning, as there are long lines and the number of daily tickets is quickly sold out. A good option is to book this guided tour with which you will ensure entry and also avoid queuing. This can be considered the most beautiful basilica in Spain.

You also have the option to climb one of the towers and enjoy the views. In this case, you can book this guided tour, which includes the ascent of the tower.
Visiting hours: every day from March to October from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the rest of the months it closes at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

2. Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas or La Rambla, is the most famous street and one of the most essential places to visit in Barcelona. Walking a kilometer and a half from Plaza Catalunya to the Columbus Monument, located in the Old Port area, is one of the best things to do in Barcelona.
This walk full of kiosks, flower stalls, terraces of bars and restaurants, artists and street painters, is always full of people and activity, so any time of the day is ideal to enjoy it.
There are several outstanding places during the tour, such as the La Boquería market, with a multitude of stalls selling quality products and tapas restaurants.
A little further down the Rambla is the great Liceo theater, the most famous in Barcelona. From the Rambla, through its streets, you can reach mythical neighborhoods of the city such as Raval, Born or Gothic, as well as access to the beautiful Plaza Real and Palau Güell, the work of Gaudí.
Don’t forget to see the mosaic on La Rambla de Miró and drink at the Canaletas fountain, famous for being the place where Fútbol Club Barcelona fans celebrate their titles. In addition, they say that whoever drinks their water returns to Barcelona. You want to check it out, right?
A very interesting option to learn about the history and not miss anything in the city center is to book this free tour of Barcelona with a guide in Spanish. Free!
A good way to get around Barcelona and save money is buying the Hola BCN Card! for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days, which allows you unlimited access to public transport in Barcelona. This is one of the busiest places in Barcelona.

 

 

 

3. Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in Barcelona, ​​with an origin that dates back to Roman times, from which you can still see some remains of the ancient city of Barcino.
During medieval times, several buildings and palaces were built in the Gothic style, which together with its narrow streets, local shops and tapas bars, make it a perfect neighborhood to walk around.
There are several places in the neighborhood that are worth visiting, such as the beautiful Plaza Real, the Jewish quarter, the church and the Plaza de Sant Felip Neri, the Carrer del Bisbe, with its photogenic bridge, the church of Santa Ana, the Cathedral. from Santa Creu and Santa Eulàlia, Plaza Jaume, Els Cuatre Gats, Palau del Bisbe, Plaza del Rey with the City History Museum, Temple of Augustus and the Portal de L’Angel shopping street.
A good way to learn more about the history of this neighborhood and much of Barcelona is to book this guided tour in Spanish, considered one of the best excursions in Barcelona.

 

 

 

4. Paseo de Gracia (Casa Batlló, La Pedrera)

Passeig de Gràcia is the best known avenue and one of the most essential places to visit in Barcelona. This street connects the popular Plaza de Catalunya with the Gracia neighborhood and stands out for its modernist buildings, restaurants and its shops of the most famous and luxurious brands.
Among the jewels of Catalan modernism on Paseo de Gracia, Casa Batlló stands out, one of the masterpieces of the great Antonio Gaudí, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and our favorite building in the city.
Next to Casa Batlló is the beautiful façade of Casa Amatller, near which are also Casa Mulleras and Casa Lleó i Morera, the work of another of the great modernist architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The Casa Milá or La Pedrera, is another of the incredible buildings that Gaudí made on this street and which is also worth a visit, especially its roof terrace. Other buildings on Passeig de Gràcia that are worth paying attention to are the Enric Batlló House, the Bonaventura Ferrer House, the Palau Malagrida and the Palau Robert.
A great option to get to know the work of Gaudí, one of the best architects in history and avoid wasting time, is to book this tour that includes skip-the-line tickets at Casa Milá, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.
Casa Batlló visiting hours: every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Book the skip-the-line ticket here. Entry included in the Barcelona Pass.
Casa Milà visiting hours: every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., from March to October they close at 6:30 p.m. Book the skip-the-line ticket here. Entry included in the Barcelona Pass.

 

 

 

5. Hospital de la Santa Creu and Sant Pau

The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, built between 1902 and 1930 by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and his son, is another of the buildings in Barcelona declared a World Heritage Site.
Located very close to the Sagrada Familia, this hospital surprised by a group of modernist red brick buildings and a large central square, which at the time helped, with a pleasant and beautiful atmosphere, to heal patients. In 2009, the hospital and medical team moved to a new facility located in the far north.
The visit can take between one and two hours, since there are several exhibitions to learn about the history of the hospital and although everything is very well explained, it may be interesting to book this guided tour. The first Sunday of each month has free entry, which makes it one of the best free things in Barcelona. Visiting hours and guided tours here.

 

6. El Born, one of the places to visit in Barcelona

Located next to the Gothic Quarter, between Vía Laietana and La Barceloneta, is another of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona, ​​El Born. Its streets with medieval airs, are filled with the best tapas restaurants, charming cafes, boutiques, shops and places to have the first drink of the night.
There are several important places to visit in El Born, such as the magnificent basilica of Santa María del Mar, in the Gothic style and famous for the work “La Catedral del Mar”. A good option to explore the scenarios where the plot of this book is set is to book this tour with a guide in Spanish.
Another of the neighborhood’s attractions is the Picasso Museum, with the most important collection made by the great painter during his youth. Before leaving the neighborhood, you cannot miss the old Born Market, go down Montcada Street, see the Marcus hermitage and the Sant Pere de les Puelles Church, eat at the Santa Catarina Market, to finish in the beautiful Station from France.
A good way to learn more about the history of this neighborhood is to book this tour of the Gothic Quarter and Palau Güell with a guide in Spanish.

 

 

7. Park Güell

Park Güell, located in the upper part of Barcelona, ​​is another of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces and one of the must-see places in Barcelona.
This naturist-style public park, where sculptures, fountains and buildings are inspired by the undulating forms of nature, is one of the most beautiful in the world. One of our favorite corners of the park is the Plaza de la Naturaleza, with an undulating riverbank full of mosaics and also one of the best viewpoints in Barcelona.
The most famous image in the park and one of the typical souvenirs of the city is found in the Dragon Staircase, a grand staircase with a fountain and the famous dragon sculpture.
The best way to enjoy this incredible place is to wander aimlessly through the park and be amazed by sites such as the Hypostyle Hall, the Guardian’s House, the Laundress Portico or the Austrian Gardens.
A few years ago the park restricted access and now it is paid. In addition, only a space of 400 people is allowed every half hour, so long queues can form. One way to avoid them is to book a guided tour of the park or this tour that also includes a visit to the Sagrada Familia skip the line. If you do not want to take any guided tours, we recommend that you book this ticket in advance. This is one of the most beautiful parks in Barcelona, ​​a great work by Gaudí.

 

 

 

8. Montjuic

The Montjuic mountain, located in front of the sea and with a height of 173 meters, has become one of the best viewpoints in Barcelona and an ideal place for leisure, culture and sports activities.
Thanks to the Universal Exhibition of 1929 and the Olympic Games of 1992, this mountain has become one of the favorite spots for tourists and locals. From Plaza España, crossing the Venetian towers, you can access the Magic Fountain of Montjüic, where a light and water show takes place at night.
From there, going up the stairs, you reach the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, with a large collection of Romanesque art. Above is the Olympic Ring, which includes the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Bernat Picornell Swimming Pools and the Calatrava Telecommunications Tower. At the top is Montjuic Castle, a defensive fortress with excellent views of the city and the sea.
At the bottom of the mountain, the Spanish Village is worth a visit, an open-air museum full of famous buildings from all over Spain. You can book the ticket in advance here.
A good way to access the top is from Miramar avenue by taking a ticket to the Montjuic cable car, from which you can enjoy impressive views.

 

9. Palau de la Música

The Palau de la Música Catalana, built between 1905 and 1908 by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, is another of the essential places to visit in Barcelona. This auditorium located in the Ribera neighborhood stands out for its spectacular modernist concert hall, the only one to be declared a World Heritage Site.
To enter the Palau de la Música you have to book a guided tour or buy a ticket to attend one of its musical concerts and also enjoy its excellent acoustics.

 

10. La Barceloneta

La Barceloneta is one of the mythical neighborhoods of Barcelona, located by the sea, which still preserves the marine charm in its narrow streets and its restaurants serving fresh fish, seafood and paella. Before the Olympic Games began, the beach bars were removed, the neighborhood was opened to the sea with a long walk and the beaches were adapted, which significantly increased tourism.
La Barceloneta is a perfect place to spend a day at the beach, they are the ones closest to the center, wandering aimlessly through the neighborhood, eating fish or having tapas in one of its many restaurants, doing sports on its promenade and its Outdoor. gyms or have a drink at one of their beach clubs.