A swinging city on the Mediterranean sea where the tapas taste great and the sun usually shines, that makes Barcelona a great destination for your city trip. We have put together a list of all of Barcelona’s sights.
Park Guëll is a city park covering no less than 15 hectares and an ideal place to enjoy nature. But the main reason to come here is to admire one of Gaudí’s masterpieces: the brightly coloured bench that weaves its way through the park. For a relaxing visit to Park Güell, give yourself half a day.
The Sagrada Familia is a basilica designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. An exceptional fact is that the first stone was laid in 1882 but the building is still not finished. The current offical completion date is in 2026. Nevertheless, this iconic construction is one of the most important sights in Barcelona and is considered to be Gaudí’s greatest masterpiece.
Montjuïc castle is a fort on top of the Montjuïc hill. It played a part in the history of Barcelona as a defensive building and later as a prison during the times of the Franco regime. In other words: an exceptional look into Barcelona’s military history. And also, from the terrace at the castle you get a great view over the city.
If you will be visiting Barcelona for the first time, you must visit this tourist hot spot at least once. Wander passed living statues, stroll in your summer outfit between the tourists or have a drink on Spain’s most famous boulevard. The pavement cafés aren’t cheap but they are great for watching people go by.
Joan Miró is considered to be one of the biggest Spanish artists from the 20th century. The Fundació Joan Miró - one of the world’s largest museums - is devoted to Miró’s work and that of his contemporaries. You will truly admire the collection of over 225 paintings, 150 sculptures and graphic art. A cultural high point during your city trip.
Everyone and everything comes together at the Plaça Catalunya. This is the heart of Barcelona and so a sight in itself. La Ramblas, Portal del Angel and the Passeig de Gracia shopping streets start on this square and you will find two big shopping centres on either side of the Plaça Catalunya. So if you like shopping, you mustn’t miss the Plaça Catalunya.
Gaudí’s La Casa Milà is colloquially called La Pedrera (the quarry). Its whimsical shapes reminds many of a coral reef or a dune landscape. Take a look in the museum, the apartment on the fourth floor and on the undulating roof terrace. La Casa Milà breaks all the rules of architecture and is worth a visit just for that fact.
A visit to Camp Nou, FC Barcelona’s home stadium, is quite an experience. Go back in time in the Club Museum, get your name printed on a FC Barcelona T-shirt in the FC Botiga and walk through the players’ tunnel onto the field in the footsteps of Cruijff. The stadium tells the story of a football team that represents a city, a region and the Catalan language.
Barcelona’s famous fresh food market is a favourite among connoisseurs and food lovers. Keep you camera ready for colourful pictures. Submerge yourself in the sounds, aromas and colours and sample the array of seafood, sausages and cheeses. Order tapas at one of the local bars and taste the original Jabugo ham.
Barcelona is one of the best beach cities in the world and it’s close too. Barceloneta is Barcelona’s most well-known city beach, but you can also bake in the sun at Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Sant Sebastià and Nova Mar Bella. And the best thing: the weather is generally so nice in Barcelona that you can take a swim in the fresh Mediterranean Sea.