This stunning church is unfinished but nonetheless remains one of Gaudí's masterpieces. The construction began in 1882 and Gaudí continued to work on it until his death in 1926. The basilica is still under construction, but it is already accessible to the public. Expected completion is in 2026, a hundred years after the architect's death. Its exterior is magnificent. There are three facades describing the life of Jesus: Nativity Façade picturing the birth of Jesus, Passion Façade dedicated to Jesus’s suffering during his crucifixion and Glory Façade representing his glory after the resurrection. The interior is also beautiful with its high ceilings, tree-like columns and play of lights between the walls from white marble and the colorful windows. Reserve your tickets beforehand to avoid long lines. Various guided tours are available for both individuals and groups on the official website.
This wonderful park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Completely designed by Gaudí, it is by far the most beautiful park in Barcelona and one of the highlights of your visit. Spare some time to explore it and witness the amazing connection of architecture and nature. Climb on top of the hill to see one of the greatest views of the city and finish your visit with a picnic. There are two zones in the park. One is accessible to visitors free of charge, the other (Monumental Zone) requires a ticket. The Monumental area consists of the porter's lodge pavilions with the Dragon stairway, which leads to the Hypostyle Room. Built to serve as a market, it consists of 86 columns resembling Doric order and its ceiling is decorated with mosaics. The center of the Monumental zone is formed by the artificial Nature Square with a view of the lovely Austria gardens. The ticket to the Monumental Zone is assigned per time-band. You can enter up to 30 minutes after the assigned start time. Beware of long lines, reserve your ticket beforehand or come early.
This long pedestrian street is lined with cafés, bars, shops and souvenir stalls. Always bustling, performances of street artists are common here - there are often buskers, living statues and mimes. The boulevard is 1.2 kilometers long and runs from Plaça Catalunya to Mirador de Colom overlooking the Port Vell. When you stroll down the street, you will also see many other sights, such as the oldest theater in the city or the Palace of the Virreina. The famous market La Boqueria is also worth visiting. Do not miss Joan Miró’s colorful pavement mosaic in the center of the boulevard which is often neglected by tourists.
One of the main squares of Barcelona is a significant transportation hub and it is an ideal place for people watching. Live musical performances also take place here. When passing the square, do not overlook its beautiful fountains and statues. There is a monument honoring Francesc Macià i Llussà, who fought for the independence of Catalonia and then served as the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia between 1932 and 1933. Also, a statue of a female figure by Josep Clara called La Deessa is located here. The square is also surrounded by shops, including Corte Inglés, a large Spanish department store.
This building's facade will certainly catch your eye while walking around. Being one of Gaudí's masterpieces, it is definitely worth the visit! The house was awarded the Europa Nostra prize for the best conservation of architectural heritage in 2004. Casa Batlló is open to public since 2002. You can visit the former residence of the Batlló family (Noble Floor), the former store rooms and laundry rooms (The Loft), and the Roof Terrace. Unlike in other museums, in Casa Batlló, you are invited to touch and explore anything you want. Also, the device you receive for your tour will bring many objects to life. It is truly a magical experience. Purchase your ticket in advance to avoid the ticket office queues. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
The fountain situated right below the Palau Nacional was designed for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929. It was a very ambitious project and at that time, not many people believed in its success. However, the fountain was completed and it worked as it was supposed to with colorful illumination and 2,600 liters of water going through this fountain per second. Since the 1980s, the show is accompanied by music, which is always different. It became a popular attraction especially with tourists, but also with children. Come early to grab some seats before the show starts, you can have a drink or a snack while you wait. The show starts every half an hour, the start and end time differs according to a season.
Barcelona's main cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona and a lavish showcase of Gothic architecture - its high ceilings and gargoyles are truly breathtaking. The construction of the main building started in 1298 and wasn't finished until 1460. The work on the facade began much later, in 1892, and it was completed in 1913. Dedicated to the patron saint of Barcelona, the interior boasts a beautiful high altarpiece designed by the artist Pedro Costa. When inside, also note the organ under the bell tower and the beautiful stained-glass windows. Visit the chapel to see marvelous Gothic altarpieces and a small museum that displays Gothic paintings. You can also climb to the roof, but only with a ticket. Entrance to the Cathedral and the cloister is usually free, except for times when a donation is required.
Located in the neighbourhood of the same name, this beach with fine-grained sand is popular among locals and tourists for its nightlife facilities. The promenade is lined with many restaurants serving fresh seafood and traditional Catalan and Spanish dishes. You should also try Sangria - a popular drink consisting of red wine and fruit. See the Homenatge a la Barceloneta monument created by the famous artist Rebecca Horn and Frank Gehry's futuristic sculpture called “Peix d’Or”. On a sunny day, the city's most popular beach can get quite crowded. If you prefer a place that is a bit quieter, pick one of the beaches farther from the center.
The bronze statue depicts Columbus standing on a globe and pointing towards America. It was created by Rafael Atché for the 1888 World Exposition. More than 7 meters high, this statue is a tribute to Christopher Columbus, who supposedly landed here after he discovered America. The statue is set on top of a tall Corinthian column and the pedestal is decorated with allegorical statues. It features four characters which represent the four regions of Spain: the Principality of Catalonia and the kingdoms of León, Aragon and Castile. You can also spot some depictions of important scenes from Columbus's voyage and coats of arms. There's a lift that goes up to the observation deck. Although it's often crowded, it's worth the views.
This colorful market is one of the largest and most famous food markets in Europe. The traditional market offers almost everything you could ever need - there are stalls with fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, seafood and countless other local products. Come here for the souvenirs as well or just enjoy the atmosphere. Opened on Saint Joseph's day in 1840, it is also known as the Mercat de Sant Josep. Apart from the stalls, there are also bars where you can buy lunch or a snack. You can have anything from pizza to seafood.
Enjoy a nice day out in this huge city park that offers plenty of attractions. The park includes a lake, a zoo, the Parliament of Catalonia and the Museum of Natural Science consisting of a museum of zoology and a museum of geology. The most famous attraction of Park de la Ciutadella is the monumental waterfall called La Cascada. Located opposite to the lake, it was built for the 1888 Universal exhibition by the architect Josep Fontseré with a little help from Antoni Gaudí, who was still an unknown student at that time. The design is said to be loosely based on the Trevi fountain in Rome. You can row boats on the lake or wander around and admire the sculptures. The most significant piece of art is definitely the replica of Josep Llimona’s beautiful sculpture "Desconsol“. Your kids will love to climb the large stone sculpture of mammoth, which can be found next to the waterfall.
Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is yet another masterpiece by Gaudí - stunning modernist building that attracts many visitors during the year. No wonder that this building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. When you look at the exterior, you can notice that Gaudí tried to avoid straight lines, everything is deformed and dynamic. The modernism is everywhere – from the ventilation towers on the roof to the beautifully designed iron gate or detailed decoration of the balconies. Gaudí also came up with the idea of an underground garage, which was something brand new in his time. La Pedrera is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, be sure to purchase your ticket in advance to avoid waiting. Audioguides in 10 languages are included in your ticket.
Arc de Triomf was constructed as the gateway to the Universal Exhibition, which was held in Barcelona in 1888. Since then, it became an iconic landmark of Barcelona. It stands at the end of the wide promenade and leads to Parc de la Ciutadella, where the Universal Exhibition was located. The triumphal arch was built by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas in the Neo-Mudéjar style. It's about thirty meters tall and it is richly decorated with ornaments. Take a closer look to see the Islamic influence. Also, note the shields at the top of the arch representing 49 Spanish provinces. The central shield depicts the city of Barcelona.
Stroll down the crooked paved streets, visit some of the galleries and relish the historic charm of this vibrant quarter. The district boasts some wonderful squares and streets packed with sights and restaurants. Here you'll find medieval buildings and churches like Santa Maria del Pi. Walk around the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, explore the Jewish Quarter and visit Barcelona History Museum. If you are tired of sightseeing, you can visit some of the small boutiques or have a drink in one of the many bars.
The low hill facing the harbor of Barcelona is a nice place to spend your leisure time. The park hosted the 1929 International Exposition and 1992 Summer Olympics. You can find several sports facilities which were built for the Games here, and also the Olympic Tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. Don't forget to visit the botanical gardens with beautiful plants and trees or some of the important museums, such as the Fundació Miró and the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The famous Magic Fountain is also set here. The easiest and fastest way to get to the top is by taking the funicular (included in your metro ticket) and then the cable car, which takes you directly to the castle. If you've got enough time, you can make it a trip and take a walk.
This colonnaded square with palms is a popular meeting place. It's packed with both locals and tourists during the day and at night - there are many cafés, restaurants, and popular nightclubs around. Open-air concerts or New Year's celebrations also take place here. The square attracts tourists also because of the Fountain of the Three Graces and the two lamp posts designed by Gaudí. The fountain is situated in the center of the square and depicts three women - Euphrsyne, Aglaea, and Thalia. They are the daughters of Zeus, goddesses of charm, beauty, and fertility. The lamp posts are right next to the fountain.
This beautiful concert hall was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and built between 1905 and 1908 in the style of Catalan modernism. It is the only concert hall in this style to be listed by UNESCO. The concert hall boasts a richly decorated facade and splendid stained-glass windows. It fits about 2,200 people and it is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated during the day only by natural light. Petit Palau opened in 2004. It's located in the modern part of the building which was added during the restoration in the 1980s and has a capacity of 538 people. It is a flexible venue that has great acoustics and offers the latest audiovisual technology. Various performances and music festivals take place here. Take a guided tour to get the best of your visit, but reserve your ticket in advance, these tours fill up quickly. Please note that there are no cloakrooms available.
This 38-story skyscraper was officially opened by King Juan Carlos I in 2005. According to the French architect Jean Nouvel who designed it, its unusual shape should remind you of geysers striking the air. The structure is also said to be inspired by Montserrat, the rocky range located near Barcelona. It is a fine example of High-tech architecture - the materials used in the construction are mainly concrete, aluminum, and glass. Due to its illumination, it is a popular sight to see at night. The skyscraper is named after a holding company called the Agbar Group that owns it. There are mainly offices inside. The platform is not open to public, but there's an exhibition in the lobby devoted to the history of water treatment in Barcelona.
As part of the city walls, this castle was an old military fortress. It was renovated in the 17th century and until 1960, it served as a military prison. Allegedly, executions were regularly happening here during the civil war from 1936 to 1939. After that, it was turned into a military museum which closed in 2009. Nowadays you can take a tour of the castle and explore permanent and temporary exhibitions devoted to the history of both the castle and the hill. One part of the exhibition is dedicated to the trials and executions that happened here while the castle served as a prison. The place also holds educational exhibitions and cultural events. Go out to the terrace to enjoy 360º views of the city. It takes about 25 minutes to walk to the castle from the top of the funicular, but you can also take a cable car which ends right in front of the castle. The castle can also be reached by car or by bus that goes around Montjuïc Hill.
A large market dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Built on the site of a former convent, it is hidden under a colourful roof which was added recently. Local producers sell fruits, vegetables, flowers and also fish and meat here. You can drop by for some breakfast, tapas or a cup of coffee.
This symbolic square used to serve as a bullring. In fact, it was the last public bullfighting arena operating in Catalonia, until the ban on bullfighting was passed by the Catalan parliament in 2010. The building was also the only Art-Nouveau bullring in the world, although you can spot Mudéjar and Byzantine influences on the facade. Now it features a small bullfighting museum with matadors' costumes, vintage posters, and other memorabilia. It is also used as an entertainment venue, for example for concerts or theater.