Here are the top 25 tourist attractions to see in Barcelona:

1. Girona

35 km
from city center
1 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Located between Barcelona and Costa Brava, Girona is a little town nestled in the heart of Catalonia. A distraction from the coast, Girona makes for a day’s trip from Barcelona. This city in Northern Catalonia is rife with culture and a vivid nightlife, and can be visited pretty much any time throughout the year.

2. Sagrada Familia

4.5 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

It is one of the most famous and breathtaking locations in Barcelona. It is declared as a UNESCO world heritage site and is proclaimed as a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.æ

3. Las Ramblas

4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
3 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

It is the best and the liveliest pedestrian walkway in Barcelona and is a series of streets filled with tourists all over. Interesting street performers can be founded in this wonderful street lined with trees.

4. Park Guell

4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
4 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

One of the major tourist attractions in Barcelona, Parc Guell is a singular garden complex that has been designed by Antoni Gaudi. It has a marvellous architecture and the park offers one of the best views of the city.æ

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5. Gothic Quarter

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
5 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old town of Barcelona and it stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana.æ

6. Casa Mila

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Also known as La Pedrera, Casa Mila is a popular work by Gaudi. It is located in broad Paseo de gracia and is characterized by rustic stone facade and it has a marvellous terrace with warrior shaped chimneys.æ

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7. Tibidabo

3.7 /5

6 km
from city center
7 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

The Tibidabo amusement park is one of the best places for children in Barcelona. It is located on the Tibidabo mountain and it has a lot of rides.

8. Casa Batllo

3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

It is another masterpiece by architect Gaudi and is located at Paseo de Gracia. It is a wonderful facade that leaves a long lasting impression on the visitors because of its beautiful interiors.æ

9. Magic Fountain of Montjuic

3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
9 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

The fountain, consisting of a central piece and three other waterfalls, is really astonishing and it is a must visit for those people who love lights and music.æ

10. Placa Reial

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
10 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Placa Reial is a square in Barcelona which lies next to La Rambla. It is a well known tourist attraction, and it is more popular during the night because of the famous nightclubs like Jamboree, Karma or Sidecar.æ

11. Barcelona Cathedral

3.5 /5

0 km
from city center
11 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. It is a Gothic Cathedral and the seat of Barcelona's Archbishop.æ

12. Montserrat, Spain

37 km
from city center
12 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Montserrat is a range of mountains close to Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It is one of the most popular day-trips from Barcelona situated 30 miles from the city. Not only are the views absolutely breath-taking, but the trip to Montserrat is also an extremely convenient one to make. This epitome of Catalan's natural beauty can be visited all around the year.

13. Poble Espanyol

3 km
from city center
13 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Built in 1929 for an international exhibition, this open-air museum resembles an actual village. Literally translating to Spanish Village, this area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Barcelona. Situated a short distance from the iconic Montjuïc Fountains, the village is a unique combination of art and architecture.

14. Palau Guell

19 km
from city center
14 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Designed in 1886 as a mansion for Eusebi Güell — a business tycoon, the Palau Guell is a Gaudi buidling considered to be one of Barcelona's architectural marvels. Nestled in the El Raval neighbourhood, the Guell Palace, as it translates to, has featured in Antonioni’s film – The Passenger. One of the first major buildings by master architect Antonio Gaudi, the Palace served as a place to entertain guests back in the day.

15. Parc de la Ciutadella

18 km
from city center
15 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Located in the heart of the city, the Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the most beautiful attractions the city has to offer. At one point of time, the Park was the only green space within the entire city. This place houses the Catalonian Parliament, the city zoo, museums, a small lake and a grand fountain at its centre.

16. Casa Amatller

67 km
from city center
16 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

A Monderisme building in Barcelona, the Casa Amatller makes up one-third of Barcelona’s lionised Illa de la Discòrdia, the Block of Discord. It is an architectural masterpiece, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Adjacent to Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller was designed originally as a residence for chocolatier Antoni Amatller.

17. Arc de Triomf

18 km
from city center
17 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Also known as the Arco de Triunfo, this Spanish triumphal arch was designed as the main gate of access for the Barcelona World Fair in 1888. Now it leads to Ciutadella Park, which has replaced the erstwhile World Fair Grounds. Facing Passeig de Sant Joan, the Arc de Triomf is often compared to its sister arches in Paris, London and Bucharest.

18. Placa D' Espanya

2 km
from city center
18 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

In the outskirts of Barcelona, away from the city centre, Placa D' Espanya is a well-known tourist hub. A large square, it boasts many popular attractions including historical ones. Some of the prominent names include the National Museum of Catalan Art, the old Barcelona bullfight ring, the Magic Fountain, Caixa Forum and the architectural hub village of Poble Espanyol. From entertainment, a shopping destination and a foodie's hub, this square is perfect for a one day visit in Barcelona.

19. Mercat de la Boqueria

0 km
from city center
19 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Mercat de la Boqueria or the Boqueria Market is a popular shopping hub in Barcelona, which was formally called the Mercat de Sant Josep. Visitors, locals, passersby, and many more make it a point to stop by the Mercat de la Boqueria at least once. While it is mainly a municipal market, it happens to be the ideal place to buy fresh produce and is distinctive for the burst of vibrant hues sees all around and within. It is regarded as a landmark in the city and the best time to visit the Market is early morning to avoid the crowd. This 2500 square meter market area offers everything from fresh vegetables, fruits, sweets, fresh juice, and more.

20. Sagrat Cor

6 km
from city center
20 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

The Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor de Jesus or the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is popularly known as the Temple of Tibidabo. Courtesy of its name is the location of the temple which is situated on the highest peak of Mount Tibidabo. With having an excellent view of Barcelona city and being a wonder of an architectural masterpiece, Sagrat Cor tops the list for every traveller making their way to Barcelona. The Temple is open throughout most of the year, but the best time to visit is during the months of Summer and Spring. There is free access to the majority of the spaces and a small fee to pay for the interiors and the lift. A monument which can be spotted from any corner of the city, Sagrat Cor is an exploration of a lifetime.

21. Gaudi House Museum

4 km
from city center
21 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi, a pioneer in Catalan architecture, used to cruise the streets of Barcelona with his authentic art style and lived in the house which today is called the Gaudi House Museum. The Spanish architect and artist resided here during the early 1900s, and the current Museum preserves his aura along with the objects and furniture he used. The Museum offers a guided tour around his abode which is a popular favourite of all the history buffs and art enthusiasts. Open all year round, the Gaudi House Museum is a must-visit to see the lifestyle of the man behind some of the most remembered monuments of Barcelona city.

22. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

20 km
from city center
22 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

The National Museum of Art in Catalonia is located in the vast, Italian style Palau Nacional. One of the largest museums in Spain, the Museu Nacional is known for its extensive collection of Romanesque art, featuring works like Virgin of Ger and the Batlló Majesty. Additionally, it houses the work of great Renaissance and Baroque artists.

23. Montjuic

2 km
from city center
23 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona’s scenic hilltop locale of Montjuic is an attractive home to castles, museums, magic fountains and Spanish villages at a height of 180 metres above sea level. It overlooks the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This region is a storehouse of both historical and modern relics and contemporary works with cable cars and trains opening out to beautiful views, making the hill a delight to visit.

24. Columbus Monument

1 km
from city center
24 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

The Mirador de Colom is a 60-metre high monument in Barcelona dedicated to Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus for his voyage to the Americas. The statue is made from bronze with the pillars and base representing prominent Catalan personalities. It was built for the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition and stands till date, now a major tourist attraction of the Catalan capital.

25. Picasso Museum

1 km
from city center
25 out of 25
places to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona’s Picasso Museum or Museu Picasso was the idea of Jaume Sabartés, a long-time friend and secretary of the artist which now houses a vast collection of Picasso’s artworks. This museum is representative of the artist’s formative years stretching up to his Blue period and exhibits around 4,251 of his works among their permanent collection. Museu Picasso is, therefore, a definite pick for the tourists who seek some insight into Picasso’s life and his early works.

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