1. La Sagrada Familia
Gaudí, the maximum representative of Catalan modernism, took the reins of the construction of this church in 1883, of which a year before the first stone had been laid, leaving at his death, in 1926 all the plans so that future architects could finish the work.
The interior and exterior of La Sagrada Familia are wonderful, nothing comparable to other churches in the world, using Gaudí in it all his experience and new techniques, creating a naturalistic style, where all its elements flow in complete harmony. On the outside, the 3 facades dedicated to the Birth, Passion and Glory of Jesus and the towers that will arrive until 18 when the monument ends.
Recently the date of 2026 was set as the year of completion of 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 you to go first thing, since long lines are formed and the quota of daily tickets runs out quickly. A good option is to book this guided tour with which you will ensure entry and also avoid waiting in line.
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 to the tower.
Visiting hours: every day from March to October from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the other months 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. Taking a one-and-a-half kilometer walk from Plaza Cataluña 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 stands, 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 prominent places during the tour such as the La Boqueria market, with a multitude of quality product stands and restaurants for tapas.
A little further down the Rambla is the great theater of El Liceo, 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 the Palau Güell, the work of Gaudí.
Do not forget to see the mosaic of La Rambla de Miró and drink at the Canaletas fountain, famous for being the place where Barcelona Soccer Club fans celebrate the titles. In addition, they say that he who drinks his water, returns to Barcelona. You’ll want to check it, right?
A very interesting option to know the history and not miss anything of 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 to buy the Hola BCN Card! for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days, which allows you unlimited access to public transport in Barcelona.
3. Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in Barcelona, with an origin that is located in the Roman era from which you can still see some remains of the ancient city of Barcino.
During the medieval period, several Gothic-style buildings and palaces were built, which, together with its narrow streets, local shops and tapas bars, make it a perfect neighborhood for walking.
There are several places in the neighborhood that are worth knowing, such as the beautiful Plaza Real, the Jewish quarter, the church and the Sant Felip Neri square, the Carrer del Bisbe, with its photogenic bridge, the church of Santa Ana, the Cathedral from Santa Creu and Santa Eulàlia, Jaume Square, Els Cuatre Gats, Palau del Bisbe, King’s Square with the Museum of the History of the City, the Temple of Augustus and the shopping street of Portal de L’Angel.
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 stores of the most famous and luxurious brands.
Among the jewels of the Catalan modernism of the 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 facade of Casa Amatller, near which there are also Casa Mulleras and Casa Lleó i Morera, the work of another of the great modernist architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
La Casa Mila or La Pedrera, is another of the incredible buildings that Gaudí made in this street and that also deserves a visit, especially its roof. Other buildings of the 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 Mila, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
Visiting hours Casa Batlló: every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Book skip the line ticket here. Entrance included in the Barcelona Pass.
Visiting hours Casa Mila: every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., from March to October they close at 6:30 p.m. Book skip the line ticket here. Entrance included in the Barcelona Pass.
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 narrow streets with an air of its medieval origin, 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 Gothic style and famous for the work «The Cathedral of the Sea«. 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 highlights of the neighborhood 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 Mercado del Born, go along Montcada street, see the Marcus chapel and the Church of Sant Pere de les Puelles, eat at the Santa Catarina Market, to finish at 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 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 obligatory places to visit in Barcelona.
This naturist-style public park in which 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 a wavy bank full of mosaics and also one of the best viewpoints in Barcelona.
The most famous image of the park and one of the typical souvenirs of the city is in the Dragon Staircase, a large 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 surprised by sites such as the Hypostyle Hall, the House of the Guardian, the Lavandera Portico or the Gardens of Austria.
A few years ago the park restricted access and is now paid. In addition, only a quota of 400 people is allowed every half hour, so long queues can be formed. 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 without queues. If you don’t want to do any guided tour, we recommend you book this ticket in advance.
The mountain of Montjuic, located in front of the sea and with a height of 173 meters, has become one of the best viewpoints of Barcelona and an ideal place for leisure, culture and sports activities.
Thanks to the Universal Exhibition of 1929 and the 1992 Olympic Games, this mountain has become one of the favorite corners of tourists and locals. From the 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 will 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 Pools and the Calatrava Telecommunications Tower. On the top stands the castle of Montjuic, a defensive fortress with great views of the city and the sea.
In the lower part of the mountain it is worth visiting the Spanish Village, an open-air museum full of famous buildings from all corners of Spain. You can book the ticket in advance here.
A good way to access the top is from Miramar Avenue taking a ticket to the Montjuic cable car, from which you can enjoy stunning views.
9. Palau de la Música
The Palau de la Música Catalana, built between 1905 and 1908 by modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner is another essential place to visit in Barcelona. This auditorium located in the Ribera neighborhood stands out for its spectacular modernist concert hall, the only one 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 their music concerts and also enjoy its excellent acoustics.
Visiting hours here.
10. The Barceloneta
La Barceloneta is one of the mythical neighborhoods of Barcelona, located next to the sea, which still retains the marine charm in its narrow streets and its restaurants of fresh fish, seafood and paella. Before starting the Olympic Games, the beach bars were removed, the neighborhood opened to the sea with a great 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 that are closest to the center, wander aimlessly through the neighborhood, eat fish or tapas in one of its many restaurants, play sports along its promenade and its Outdoor gyms or have a drink at one of their beach clubs.