Top 10 Things to do in Barcelona, Spain

March 1, 2018 Layne Dawes

Barcelona feels a bit surreal – appropriate, since Salvador Dali spent time here and Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed several of the city’s buildings. Stepping into Gaudí’s Church of the Sacred Family is a bit like falling through the looking glass - a journey that you can continue with a visit to Park Güell. Sip sangria at a sidewalk café in Las Ramblas while watching flamboyant street performers, then create your own moveable feast by floating from tapas bar to tapas bar.
Restaurants in Barcelona

1. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain +34 932 08 04 14
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a monumental church devoted to the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Construction began in 1882, based on plans drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, and Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to continue the project in 1883. The Temple has always been an expiatory church, built only from donations. As Gaudi said: "The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people." In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the site as a minor basilica.

Reviewed By Allegra8230 - Fair Oaks, California

Reserve your ticket online the day before to avoid the lines or missing the Cathedral altogether. The evening is the best when the afternoon light pours through the stained glass You might think for a moment that you are in a forest of dappled light.

2. Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala

Carrer Palau de la Musica, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain +34 932 95 72 00
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala

The Palau, an icon of modernist architecture in downtown Barcelona The Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most representative monuments of the city and It is one of the most recommended tourist attractions of Barcelona. Built between 1905 and 1908 by the great architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner, the Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalonia and essential part of any visit to the city, as any of the most fascinating Gaudi buildings. This historical building, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, offers an experience so magical that visitors fall in love with it. From the hand of experienced guides, the wonders of this architectural pearl discovered and visitors into a fantasy world full of details and references to the characteristic nature of modernist architecture. An essential visit in the list of top 10 things to see in Barcelona.

Reviewed By Matt C - Sacramento, California

We saved $$ buying concert tickets online for half price.
Only 17 euros for "nosebleed" seats, but since they rarely sell out, you can easily move to better seats on same level after the intermission.
The building is gorgeous, we arrived early so as to walk around and admire the architecture. A couple of ushers were very nice to allow us to tour the inside 30 minutes before the concert, giving us our own tour.

3. Casa Batllo

Passeig de Gracia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain +34 932 16 03 06
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Casa Batllo

Stunning outside, unimaginable inside!

Reviewed By Jonathan B

Another one of Gaudi's masterpieces, Casa Batllo sticks out like a sore thumb in the best way possible. A really cool and unique looking building that can be admired from the outside and full of interesting history if you choose to buy tickets and take the tour inside.

4. Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Mediterranean Seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain +34 634 53 43 33
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Many of the buildings in this neighborhood date back to Roman and medieval times.

Reviewed By Abcdefxxx

Barcelona is a big city and there's lots of places you could stay, so if you don't stay here you will definitely have to make a point of exploring the area or else you will really be missing the point of being in Barcelona.

5. Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

Placa Santa Maria 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain +34 931 98 40 67
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

One of the most emblematic buildings of the Catalan Gothic. An outstanding church built in the XIVth century with a purity and unity of style that is very unusual in large medieval buildings. You can visit the church during the worship time or enjoy its the beauty and its secrets along the cultural time, when you are almost alone with the building and discover its secrets.

Reviewed By jerseygirl4491 - High River, Canada

My friends had come from Bilbao to visit so this was the first of our stop on Palm Sunday. The church was filled with tourist & parishioners celebrating.. Located away from the Rambla crowds the basilica has an enormously tall ceiling with columns that seem to reach for the sky. Interesting artworks, the rose window is beautiful & I particularly like the wooden pews.

6. Mercat de la Boqueria

La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain +34 933 18 25 84
Excellent
66%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Mercat de la Boqueria

This popular food market sells some of the freshest fruit, vegetables and seafood in Barcelona.

Reviewed By Abcdefxxx

It's been a long time since we first visited the market. There's been a few changes, but it's still essentially unchanged, and still fantastic! There have been other markets in Spain and Europe that we've been to, but this is still my favourite!

7. Passeig de Gracia

Barcelona, Spain +34 932 17 64 79
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Passeig de Gracia

Major thoroughfare in Barcelona that is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and some of Gaudí's architectural masterpieces.

Reviewed By Lisbeth E - Otterup

Most of the time this is not the place where people with a regular middle income will be able to afford the shops. It's mainly designer shops and the big brands.

8. Magic Fountain (Font Magica)

Placa Carles Buigas, 1, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Magic Fountain (Font Magica)

A combination display of water, music and light which was originally built in 1929. It was restored in 1992 and provides a spectacular show every half hour.

Reviewed By Sachin H

The view it offers is amazing but it gets too crowded and frankly the music system could be better. But I do recommend this if you've never seen a musical Fountain ⛲ with different colours before.

9. Casa Mila - La Pedrera

Passeig de Gracia, 92, 08008 Barcelona, Spain +34 902 20 21 38
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Casa Mila - La Pedrera

Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a most unusual building, constructed between 1906 and 1912 by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) and declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. Today it is the headquarters of Fundacio Catalunya La Pedrera and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for Exhibitions and other public uses it contains. A visit to La Pedrera, landmark building and container, gives us a better understanding and appreciation of architecture and transports us to the period when Antoni Gaudi lived.

Reviewed By bobinathens - Nokomis, Florida

Yes, he can design residences for mortals as well as gods. Afternoon light is better for photos. We enjoyed it from the street, avoiding the crowds over running the place. It was Easter weekend so the crowds might have been a typically huge.

10. Camp Nou

Carrer d'Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain +34 902 18 99 00
Excellent
63%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Camp Nou

This gigantic stadium is the largest soccer stadium in Europe, with a Seating capacity of 100,000.

Reviewed By Drroz

I am not a big fan of football, but this experience was wonderful, as i watched my boys enjoying the visit , and the stadium is amazing

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