This Spanish coastal city is home to many historical and architectural masterpieces. It is the capital of Catalonia and the second-largest city in Spain, based on population. Sports and art play a large part in Barcelona’s culture, as well as traditional Spanish food. Wander around the streets of Barcelona to discover the incredible architecture and design, beautiful beaches, and do a little shopping!
La Sagrada Família
Basilica la Sagrada Família is the architectural creation of Antoni Gaudí. This Temple was started in 1882 and is STILL unfinished, making it one of the longest-running construction projects in the world. It is expected that the architecture will end by 2026 and the artistic work being completed by 2036 at the latest. Walk through the Temple on a self-guided audio tour to learn all about the motivations and history behind the different architectural feats that have been, and are being accomplished.
This old military castle roots back to the mid-1600s and sits atop a hill overlooking the Barcelona harbor on one side and the city on the other. The castle is open every day and is free to visitors every Sunday after 3 pm and every first Sunday of the month. Pro-trip: go during sunset and wander up to the top of the castle for the best 360-degree views.
La Boqueria Market
This market is rated as one of the top markets in the world for a reason! This open-air market sells everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to seafood, specialty items, and more. Market La Boqueria is full of color and full of life. It is open Monday through Saturday and a map of the different vendors can be found online.
Arc de Triomf
Originally built as the gateway to the 1888 Universal Exhibition, the Arc de Triomf is now a Barcelona icon. The Arc sits at the top of the Promenade Passeig de Lluís Companys and attracts street performers and tourists daily.
This architectural masterpiece was created by none other than Antoni Gaudí. This Barcelona icon is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Step inside to see the fantastic design and creativity that this house holds. Make your way to the rooftop terrace to enjoy views of the city.
The Picasso Museum highlights some of Pablo Picasso’s great formative works. The museum, which opened in 1963 reveals the Spanish painter’s connection to Barcelona; a relationship that shaped his youth and continued on throughout his life. The museum is open daily, with varying hours. They do operate on limited capacity, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. Don’t forget to check their reduced price qualifications, under 25, university students, and other groups of people can receive the discounted price!
Park Güell is a public park system that sits on Carmel Hill and overlooks the Catalan city. The park spans over 46 acres and incorporates design work from Antoni Gaudí. In 1984 it got deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. Park Güell is a place where locals and tourists alike can come to relax, walk around, and explore. The majority of the park is free to enter but there are sections that require tickets to enter.
Home to the Maremagnum shopping and leisure center, Barcelona’s L’Aquàrium, Columbus Monument, Museu Marítim, and much more, Port Vell is full of life and history. Surrounded by the ocean and just a few blocks from the beach, it is a great place to come relax and wander around on a sunny day.
Ride a Cable Car
Discover Barcelona from the sky! This cable car ride gives you 360-degree views of the city as you travel from Parc de Montjuïc, to the Castle, and all the way up to the Mirador stop that boasts some of the best views of the city. Buy tickets online to save money!
Mount Tibidabo is the highest point in the Serra de Collserola mountain range and holds the oldest still-functioning amusement park in the world. Also, at the top of the hill is the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (pictured). The hilltop also provides some incredible views looking over Barcelona!
Plaça de Catalunya
This plaza is the city center and connects four major shopping streets. It also hosts public events, concerts and different gatherings, in addition to more pigeons in one place than you’ll ever see.
Jardí Botànic de Barcelona
The Botanical Garden of Barcelona sits in Montjuïc Park and aims to conserve and distribute a variety of Mediterranean plants from around the world. Check the website for admission prices, hours, activities, temporary exhibitions, and more!
Wander the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter to find an array of bars, clubs, restaurants and more. At the edge of the Gothic Quarter sits La Boqueria and throughout the Quarter, see what life was like for a young Pablo Picasso. Visit the Gothic Cathedral and Barcelona’s Roman Temple. The Gothic Quarter is full of life, history, architecture on every corner.