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The best sights & highlights in Barcelona

Barcelona – a mecca of extraordinary architecture by Gaudí, colorful markets, and heavenly tapas. The Catalan capital Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast is guaranteed to enchant you! On this page, we have gathered a list of the top must-see sights in Barcelona, as well as many other highlights that you shouldn’t miss (including a few free sights as well!).

The top sights in Barcelona

The unique buildings by Gaudí alone are reason enough to visit Barcelona — but there is also so much more to experience this city. Regardless of your plans, you definitely must visit these 6 sights and attractions:

Torre Glories

Torre Glòries

Enjoy a beautiful view of Barcelona. From the 33rd floor you get an unforgettable panoramic view of the city and the sea. An absolute highlight in Barcelona!

The most beautiful city tours of Barcelona

When the weather is nice, Barcelona is ideal for exploring on foot, by bike, or Segway. Especially on the paved promenade, where many locals ride along on skateboards and bicycles, a great way to get to know the city!

Free attractions in Barcelona

A visit to Barcelona doesn’t have to be expensive, We can show you many things to do that won’t cost you a penny! You’ll soon realize that it’s easier than you’d think to explore Barcelona on a budget.

  • The Barcelona Font Magica fountain show starts every day at around 9 pm. A magical water show of light, music, and water – an absolute must in Barcelona!
  • On warm days, the beautiful sandy beach invites you to sunbathe, play beach volleyball or go for a walk.
  • Park Güell can also be visited in some parts without tickets and is a perfect starting point for a great walk. If you would like to see Gaudí’s famous works of art, such as the mosaic benches, you will need a ticket.
  • If you are already in Park Güell, you should visit the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint. The Turó de la Rovira – a former military bunker – offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Barcelona!
  • On a Free Walking Tour of Barcelona, you will enjoy a free guided tour of the city! Discover the secret corners of Barcelona and get lots of exciting information about the most important sights.
  • Near the Ramblas is a huge indoor market, the Mercat de la Boqueria. A large selection of fresh fish, colorful fruit & vegetables as well as delicious snacks and fresh smoothies await you here!
  • Every Wednesday and Sunday you can get lost for free in the famous labyrinth in Parc del Laberint d’Horta.
  • Stroll through Barcelona’s most luxurious street – Passeig de Gracia. In addition to numerous luxury boutiques, the street is also home to several buildings by architect Antoni Gaudí, such as Casa Mila and Casa Batlló. If you don’t want to buy a ticket, you should at least see these two buildings from the outside. The beautiful façades are worth a walk through the street alone!
  • The fantastic Parc de la Ciutadella is the ideal place for an extensive walk in Barcelona. Stroll past a beautiful fountain, magnificent buildings, and the Arc de Triomf – the former entrance to the World’s Fair.
City Pass für Barcelona

Get from A to B by local transport for cheaper

With the “Hola BCN” card, you can make unlimited use of local transport in Barcelona. You can choose a multi-day pass to cover your whole trip – whether for 2, 3, 4, or even 5 days. With this ticket, not only will you save money, but you’ll also save time by avoiding the lengthy queues at the ticket counters. Also included is the journey from/to the airport – ideal for every city traveler. 

What you should know about Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia and the second-largest city in Spain after Madrid. Every year, around 16 million tourists come to the Catalan capital – a large proportion of them are cruise travelers. The great rush of travelers is not without reason. Barcelona is famous for its many works of art and architecture by architect Antoni Gaudí.

The numerous sights in Barcelona are perfect for an eventful city trip within Europe. But there are also many great things to do in Barcelona besides the well-known sights such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, or Casa Milà.

This is what you should do in Barcelona:

  • Patatas Bravas, pimentos or seafood: tapas are a real must in Barcelona! For example, try the tapas bar “El Taller de Tapas” – highly recommended!
  • Stroll along the Paseo Maritimo of Barceloneta beach and enjoy the great view.
  • Spend an evening in the Gracia district as well as in the oldest district Barri Gotic. There are numerous cafés, restaurants, bars and small shops.
  • How about a delicious cocktail at the W Hotel, right on the beach? The hotel has a great bar, a bit more expensive but still recommended!

Fun facts about Barcelona

Besides the classic facts, Barcelona also has some quirky facts:

  • The design of the famous Sagrada Familia is not by Antonio Gaudí. The construction was started by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar.
  • Speaking of the Sagrada Familia, the completion of the church took longer than the pyramids in Egypt.
  • Barcelona has only had beaches since 1992. At that time, there were industrial and factory sites along the coast.
  • Allegedly, a traffic accident happens in Barcelona every 90 seconds. So you are safer traveling by public transport. Fortunately, there is a cheap ticket for all tourists.
  • The famous La Rambla consists of a total of five streets: Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de Sant Josep, Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Mònica.
  • Originally, the Eiffel Tower was first planned for Barcelona. However, the project was rejected.
  • Today, the old port of Barcelona is home to a modern shopping center and the Barcelona Aquarium.

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