Most important places to visit in Barcelona
You probaly know many places of Barcelona as La Sagrada Familia because of the pictures of the city. But surely you don’t know all the places that Barcelona offer as impressive as the famous cathedral! Barcelona is full of amazing monuments, parks and modernist architecture. So that we hace prepare a list for you with the most important places in Barcelona! Visiting them is a must! So if you come to the city just for a couple of days you will find this list very useful so that you don’t forget any of them. If you are luckier and your stay in Barcelona is a little bit longer, enjoy and discover the city by yourself by walking from one place to another. We hope you find this list useful!
1. La Sagrada Familia
The most emblematic and famous monument in Barcelona. The iconic modernist Cathedral, and the most famous work of Antonio Gaudí. La Sagrada Familia! This cathedral is the most visited monument in Barcelona, and one of the most visited in Spain. So of course, if you come to Barcelona you can’t miss the chance to see it with your own eyes.
The construction started in 1882. The final date is still uncertain due to the delays caused by Coronavirus. This cathedral is unique and recognizable all over the world. It has 3 fronts. “La fachada de la Gloria” (The front of glory) representing death, the final judgement, glory and hell. “La fachada del Nacimiento” (The front of the nativity) which represents the nativity of Jesus. And “La fachada de la Pasión” (The front of passion), which represents the crucifixion.
On the inside you cand find the organic forms of nature (simbolic of modernism) in the collumns, wich recall to trees. You can also go up to the towers and contemplate the amazing views of Barcelona from that point. Something absolutely worthy! Definitely one of the most important places in Barcelona.
The visiting hours are from 9:00 to 18:00 (in sumer to 20:00), and the price is 15€.
2. Parc Güell
Following with another Gaudí’s work, you probably recognize Parc Güell. It is one of the most visited in Barcelona. It is World Heritage by the UNESCO. Inside it there is a Museum House in which you cand learn more about it.
Inside it you cand find many monuments of animals and also an amazing viewpoint to Barcelona and the sea! Tha park is also full of benchs, archs, and stairs with mosaics and organic forms of nature. One of the stairs in the main square of the park has a snake shape. If you buy the tickets online you will be able to choose the visit hour and it is cheaper!
3. Passeig de Gràcia: Casa Milà and Casa Batlló
The other main street in Barcelona is Passeig de Grácia. This street, similar to Las Ramblas is full of shops, restaurants and small bussineses as well. It is very important that you come here because you can’t miss the 2 most important houses in Barcelona! Casa Batlló and Casa Milà (“La pedrera”). They are absolutely worthy to see. Nowadays you can visit them inside as they are museums now.
Antoni Gaudi‘s top works to visit: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and Casa Milà
4. The Gothic Quarter
This quarter is in the oldest part of Barcelona, “Pueblo viejo”. It is full of beautiful little streets. It is the historic part of the city. There you can find the Cathedral of Barcelona, and ancient walls of the city. It has a variety of gothic buildings.
Apart from that, it is a quarter full of life and with many bars, restaurants.. Besides in the streets you will see many local artists and small vintage shops with antiques.
5. Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya
Las Ramblas is the main street you will find in Barcelona. Not walking across it is impossible if you come to Barcelona! This street is the perfect one if want to go shopping. It is always full of people and street artists. Among the places you can’t miss in Las Rmblas is “La Boqueria” market!
This street starts in the monument of Colón, next to the beach. It continues until Plaza Catalunya. In this square you will see big fountains and you will find big shopping malls!
6. Parc de la Ciutadella and Arco del Triunfo
Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the biggest parks in Barcelona. It is also one of the most famous ones, none the less taking into account how beautiful it is. If you want to see some nature in the city, this park is a perfect choice. Located in the centre of Barcelona, and next to the “Arco del Triunfo”. Inside the park there are different sculptures and a big lake in which you can step into a boat and relax. Moreover, inside it you cand find the zoologic of Barcelona and the building of the Parliament of Catalonia.
Very close to the entrance of the park you will find the “Arco del Triunfo”. This monument was built in 1888 for the Universal Exposition in Barcelona. It is situated in the heart of Barcelona, in the junction between Passeig Lluís Companys and Passeig Sant Joan.
Perhaps you are a little tired of the city and need some fresh air? Don’t worry! In Barcelona we have the mountain of Montjüic. At the top of this mountain you will find yourself sorrounded by nature and many runners. People often come here to enjoy some jogging, running and the beautiful views!
Apart from the nature, in Montjüic is located the Castle. In order to arrive to the castle you will have to take the cable car. Besides the castle, you can visit the National Museum of Art of Catalonia and the Opympic Stadium and the Magic Fountain.
8. The Church of Tibidabo
The Tibidabo Mountain, alse called the Magic Mountain is one of the most special places in Barcelona! On the top of the Tibidabo is located the Church of the “Sagrado Corazón”. The architectonic style of this church is neogothic.
Tibidabo is also a very famous place if you want to have a whole panoramic of the city of Barcelona. It is very known as well because there is an amusement park in the mountain! A great plan if you visit Barcelona with family, specially children! Also, there you can find the “Torre de Collserola”, built for the Olympic Games of 1992 in Barcelona.
9. La Plaza Real
La Plaza Real (The royal square) has its name due to the beauty of the square itself. It a rectangular square in the centre of Barcelona full of palm trees and porches with archs. Somethig really interesting about this place is that the streetlights are designed by Antonio Gaudí. You may recognize this square for many films!
This place is great for having lunch, or drinking something with friends!
10. Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.
This spectacular hospital is World Heritage by the UNESCO. It is located next to the Sagrada Familia. It is special because it is a modernist hospital composed by several pabellions. And the most shocking thing of all? It has tunnels underground connecting all of it! The hospital is also sorrounded by beautiful gardens.
You can visit it from 9:30 to 16:30 from monday to saturday during the months of november until may, and until 18:30 the rest of the months. On sundays it is until 14:30. The price is 10,50€ and free entrance for children younger than 12 years old.
11. Bunkers del Carmel
The Bunkers was an old Spanish Civil War bunker, located at the top of the city. It is now one of the most popular lookout points over the city. People love to go up just before sunset with a picnic and watch the sun go down. With beautiful panoramic views of the city it is definitely a must do activity for people of all ages. Important to note that there is a bit of a steep incline to get to the top, however so worth it when you get there!
More places that you may find interesting to add to your list:
- Palau de la Música Catalana
- Basilica de Santa María del Mar
- Barceloneta Quarter and beach
Are you dreaming now of planning your future trip to Barcelona? Just note down these places and we help you with the accommodation!