Barcelona is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, which offers a multitude of possibilities to its visitors. If you are going to spend a few days in the Catalan capital, don’t miss out on our post on must-see places to visit in Barcelona. You will love it!
Check Out the Must-See Landmarks
With a population of 1.62 million, Barcelona is the second largest Spanish city, second only to Madrid. Most famous for the Modernist movement and birthplace of artists as renowned as Antoni Gaudí, these are some of the landmarks you cannot miss when you visit the city:
- Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family: the unfinished modernist Basilica is one of the biggest touristic attractions of the city, due to its grandeur inspired in nature.
- Park Güell: World Heritage since 1984, its nearly 17 acres make it a wonderful option to spend the day enjoying its colorful mosaic style.
- Casa Batlló: ¡it is a building that Gaudí designed for Josep Batlló, and which represents one of the purest examples of Catalan Modernism.
- La Pedrera: this building, located in the middle of Paseo de Grácia, well deserves a morning visit: from the breath-taking rooftop to the basement, every corner is full of Gaudí’s style.
- Palau de la Música: declared National Landmark in 1971, the Palau never ceases to amaze whether you go see a show, take a guided tour or simply admire its exquisite front.
- Boquería Market: it is worth stopping for a while in the Mercat de Sant Josep, best known as La Boquería, and letting yourself be surrounded by the aromas, colors and flavors of the typical Catalan foods, as well as by delicacies from all over the world.
Teatro del Liceu: this is the other great temple of Catalan music, which has survived fires, attacks and political mishandling. Do not miss out on visiting ¡ts lobby, its grand staircase and the Room of Mirrors.
- The Magic Fountain of Montjuic: the best way to end a day of sightseeing around Barcelona is visiting the Fuentes de Montjuic and witnessing the magnificent show of lights, dancing waters and music that is available for free at sunset.
- Poliorama Theater: Throughout its 120 years of history, it has been a cinema and a theater, as well as a protagonist of historic events, such as the gunfight between the POUM and the CNT during the Spanish Civil War.
Visit the Best Museums
If you are in for a cultural experience, check out our list of the best museums in the Catalan capital.
- Picasso Museum: ¡t features more than 3,500 pieces of this Spanish painter, which is the largest Picasso art collection in the world.
- Museum of Modern Art: if the figurative art of the 20th and 21th century appeals you, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this museum, located in El Born neighborhood.
- Fundación Joan Miró: in addition to the work of this Catalan artist, this museum also houses a complete and interesting collection of modern art.
- The Museum of Modernism: this movement has shaped Barcelona’s character and, in this museum, with its one and only style, you will find everything this movement has to offer.
Try Out Local Food
After an exhausting day of sightseeing excursions, every tourist deserves to stop for a moment and enjoy dishes that fuel our souls. Barcelona, being a cosmopolitan capital, is the place to find all sorts of restaurants, from the most simple and budget-friendly to the fancy Michelin ones, so there are many options available for you to pick from. We’ve got you covered with our recommendations. Read on!
- Els 4 Gats: you will enjoy both the dishes, based on typical Catalan recipes and local products, and the interior, which will make you feel like you’ve stepped back to the time when many artists, such as Picasso and Gaudí, frequented the place.
- Casa Loela: this is the perfect opportunity to try out a delicious handicraft sangría to pair with your dish.
- LaPeninsular: this restaurant by the sea is your opportunity to taste the best fresh fish.
If you want to take advantage of your time in Barcelona to indulge your whim, you should visit a Michelin restaurant, such as AbaC (Jordi Cruz’s Michelin 3-star restaurant), Oria (Martín Berasategui’s Michelin 1-star restaurant), or Disfrutar (Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas” Michelin 2-star restaurant).
Soak up Barcelona
As we have mentioned, Barcelona ¡is a city with endless options for everyone, whether you prefer cultural experiences or having a good, relaxing time to enjoy the sights and the great food. As every European capital, it can be expensive to some, depending on the activities you choose to do. However there are countless options that won’t cost you a penny.
What Can You Visit for Free?
Barcelona has so much to offer that you could spend days enjoying it just by strolling around. Moreover, the Catalan capital has a bunch of free-of-charge options for you to enjoy if you organize your schedule in advance.
- Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family: you can visit the Temple free of charge if you attend the international mass that takes place on Sundays at 9:00 am.
- Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul: designed by Lluís Doménech ¡Montaner, this hospital is a must-see if you love Catalan modernism. They offer free entry on Sunday mornings.
- Park of the Labyrinth of Horta: this historical garden is an amazing plan, especially to go with children. Apart from the labyrinth, you can also visit neoclassic and romantic gardens, the palace and the medieval watchtower for free on Wednesdays
- Barcelona Cathedral: this Gothic cathedral offers free entrance during hours of worship and prayer.
- The Magic Fountain of Montjuic: without a doubt, the best free-of-charge plan to wrap up your day in Barcelona.
Must-see Places in Barcelona
Throughout this article we’ve given you clues to organize your own tour around Barcelona to your liking, with the landmarks we believe no visitor should miss out on. Now we also offer you a short list of places in case you have any extra time and you want to make the most out of it:
- Las Ramblas
- Torres Agbar
- Plaza de Cataluña
- Parc de la Ciutadella
- Basílica de Santa María del Mar
- Paseo de Gracia
If you’re still in the mood for more, how about rounding the night off with a real show of flamenco with world-class artists? You won’t regret visiting us. You’ll love it!