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Welcome to Barcelona

One of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities, Barcelona attracts travelers with its whimsical architecture, Mediterranean beaches, and round-the-clock dining and drinking scene. Follow former resident Antoni Gaudí’s artistic genius around the city, from Parc Güell to Casa Battló to his crown jewel: the still-unfinished Sagrada Familia. Get acquainted with local cuisine at La Boqueria Market, then eat your way through the bars and restaurants of neighborhoods such as the Gothic Quarter and Gràcia. Catch a football match at Camp Nou to see how FC Barcelona is revered at a nearly religious level. And if you have any energy left, party ‘til the sun comes up at a multistory club.

Top 10 attractions in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Antoni Gaudi’s magnum opus, is undoubtedly the most iconic structure in Barcelona (and the most popular, with nearly 3 million visitors per year). Construction has been ongoing for more than 135 years, and the surreal structure, with its rainbow-hued stained glass windows, is slated for completion in 2026. Even in its unfinished state, it remains an absolute must-see for every visitor to the Catalan capital.More
Montserrat Mountain

Montserrat Mountain

Located about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Barcelona is Montserrat Mountain, the 'Serrated Mountain.' This unique rock formation, sawed and sculpted by thousands of years of wind and rain, is most famously home to a Benedictine monastery, an important Catholic pilgrimage spot thanks to its 12th-century wooden statue of La Moreneta (The Black Madonna), Catalonia's patron saint. Aside from its religious and cultural importance, the mountain also boasts unbeatable views from its peaks.More
Park Güell

Park Güell

Antoni Gaudi spent 15 years designing and building the whimsical fountains, mosaic benches, pedestrian walkways, and gingerbread house-like buildings within Park Güell, one of the seven Works of Antoni Gaudi buildings that together make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with the Sagrada Familia, the hilltop public park sits at the top of Barcelona’s must-see list, and for good reason. The Art Nouveau wonderland adorns many a postcard of the city.More
Tibidabo Amusement Park (Parc d'Atraccions Tibidabo)

Tibidabo Amusement Park (Parc d'Atraccions Tibidabo)

One of Europe’s oldest theme parks, the enchanting Tibidabo Amusement Park (Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo) has been a Barcelona staple for more than a century. Poised overlooking the city on the verdant Mt. Tibidabo, which stands some 1,680 feet (512 meters) tall, the park is celebrated for its family-friendly attractions and killer views.More
Camp Nou

Camp Nou

Football fans won’t want to miss Camp Nou stadium, home turf for Lionel Messi and Football Club Barcelona. It’s also the largest stadium in Europe, with 99,354 seats. Inaugurated in 1957, the famous venue has hosted a number of key international games over the years, including the FIFA World Cup, European Champions Cup, and two UEFA Champions League Finals.More
Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

One of Barcelona’s most fanciful buildings, the elaborate Casa Batlló was built by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and is nicknamed the “House of Bones” for its contorted window frames and skeletal pillars. Casa Batlló’s interior is equally mind-boggling, featuring rippled walls, exquisite tile work, and sculpted fireplaces.More
Milà House (Casa Milà)

Milà House (Casa Milà)

One of Antoni Gaudi’s most intriguing creations, the spectacular Casa Mila—also known as La Pedrera (The Quarry) because of its wave-like stone exterior—caused some controversy among critics when it was first unveiled back in 1910. Today, however, Casa Mila is considered a masterpiece of Catalan Modernisme, with gaggles of visitors coming to see its surreal sculptural roof terrace, the re-created early 20th-century interiors of the Pedrera apartment, and the attic-level Espai Gaudi exhibit, which is devoted to the great Catalan architect’s work.More
Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) dates back to the Middle Ages, and the neighborhood’s age is evident in its narrow winding roads, shady plazas, and beautiful architecture (including three major cathedrals). Passersby find gems tucked away in the nooks and crannies off the narrow streets—think trendy restaurants, chic bars, and boutique shops. The area's proximity to the La Rambla pedestrian mall also contributes to its popularity among the young, nightlife-loving crowd.More
Magic Fountain (Font Màgica)

Magic Fountain (Font Màgica)

One of Barcelona’s most dazzling attractions, the Magic Fountain (Font Màgica) was built in 1929 for the city’s World Exhibition. Travelers can still watch the fountain’s spectacular illumination displays, which feature music and a kaleidoscope of shimmering lights, all set against the majestic backdrop of Montjuic Palace.More
Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)

Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)

One of Barcelona’s most impressive architectural feats and renowned for its spectacularly ornate interiors, the Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana) is one of the city’s most popular concert halls. Built in 1908 by Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the venue hosts a range of traditional Catalan folk music performances.More

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Top activities in Barcelona

Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off


Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

Must see I Barcelona
Donna_N, Jan 2022
Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines
So much to see and enjoy.
My girlfriend and I...
Joel_A, Jan 2022
Skip the Line: Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
I would definitely recommend her and this package to anyone looking to visit Barcelona.
Sagrada Familia and Park Guell with Olga
Danilo_P, Jan 2022
Skip the Line: Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
We would highly recommand her for all other tourists that want to visit Barcelona.
Great and convenient tour!
Leana_T, Dec 2021
Montserrat tour with skip the line acces to the Black Madonna from Barcelona
Amazing tour, would recommend for anyone to visit Montserrat from Barcelona city center.
Great introduction on night one !
Thomas_A, Dec 2021
Private Barcelona Night Tour
I got to see places I would have never discovered on my own.
highly recommend, thank you Sophia!
Mark_S, Dec 2021
Barcelona's Original Bike Tour in English
We got to see so much of Barcelona that we would not have otherwise seen.
Have to see if you are in Barcelona
KarynStricklan, Dec 2021
Casa Batlló Admission Ticket with Intelligent Audio Guide
What an awesome place to visit it was more than I expected it is beautiful on the inside and outside.
Excellent tour!
Amanda_P, Nov 2021
The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
If you have limited time in the area, this is a great way to see a lot of the city including entry into two of the main attractions.
See most important things in one day
Yajahira_V, Nov 2021
Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia
You get to see the most important things in one day.
Irwin our driver made us...
Ginette_B, Oct 2021
Barcelona Rickshaw Tour
Irwin our driver made us a custom route totally adapted to what we wished to see and shared with us his great knowledge of Barcelona, it was great!
A must!
Martin_Z, Oct 2021
Sunset Jazz Cruise in Barcelona
And to top it off, we were able to see dolphins!
Will come back to Barcelona again and hopefully watch a soccer game.
Humberto_F, Oct 2021
La Pedrera-Casa Milà Skip the Line Admission Ticket with Audioguide
Glad I had the opportunity to visit Barcelona and Gaudis masterpiece.
First timers
Stuart_M, Oct 2021
Private Transfers From Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City
It was our first time to visit Barcelona.
Great Tour. Best way to see a lot of Barcelona.
mark_w, Oct 2021
3-hour Barcelona, Montjuic Hill, and Gothic Quarter E-Bike Tour
The best way to see a lot of Barcelona in 3 hours.
Great way to see...
Sue_P, Sep 2021
Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting
Great way to see Barcelona, really informative our guide Julia was first class, also really enjoyed wine tasting and tapas.
Great Tour - Full of Insights
Claus_C, Sep 2021
Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia
The program is well organised - you get to see the jewels of Barcelona.
Journey into Barcelona’s past
Danya_M, Sep 2021
The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
Daniel was a terrific guide- very knowledgeable and his English was impressive.
Sailing is part of the fantasy!
Edward_W, Sep 2021
Vermut & Sailing Experience Barcelona with Drinks and Snacks
And it's quite an experience to see Barcelona from the sea.
Beautiful venue! Amazing history!
Angela_A, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour
So thrilled to get to see this wonderful space on our last day in Barcelona since it had been closed temporarily for improvements.
Experience not to be missed!
Paula_C, Sep 2021
Fast Track Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
It’s amazing to see the light coming through the stained glass in the afternoon!

All about Barcelona

When to visit

Summer is fiesta time in Barcelona, when the city hosts some of Europe’s biggest music festivals, including Sonar and Primavera Sound. While soaring temperatures send summer visitors to the beach, the cooler months of fall are ideal for exploring Barcelona’s colorful neighborhoods. In November, the scent of roasting chestnuts fills the air during the Catalan festival of La Castanyada.

A local’s pocket guide to Barcelona

Monica Nunez

Monica is a Viator account manager based in Barcelona, where you’ll find her walking around the Montjuic hill, shopping in Paseo de Gracia, or discovering new restaurants.

The first thing you should do in Barcelona is...

get lost in the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and the El Born neighborhood.

A perfect Saturday in Barcelona...

starts with drinks at Salts in Montjuic, followed by a stop at the beach, a seafood lunch in La Barceloneta, and a cocktail at a chiringuito (beach bar). Finish your day with dinner in El Born.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

La Sagrada Familia. It’s a very popular attraction, but you won't regret stopping by. And don’t forget to go inside to discover the magical colorful interior.

To discover the "real" Barcelona...

have vermouth and tapas on a terrace in the Gracia neighborhood. There’s always a great atmosphere.

For the best view of the city...

Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint offers a 360-degree view of the entire city and the sea. It’s normally busy and it’s quite far away from the center, but the amazing view is worth it.

One thing people get wrong...

eating in La Rambla. It’s usually overpriced and not great quality.

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