Barcelona is an easy favourite city for most travellers visiting Spain. Some would even go as far as saying it’s one of their favourite cities in the world and given how beautiful the city is, it’s easy to understand why. We recently booked another trip to Barcelona as a group and I almost immediately after went into planning mode and started to collate the list of all the sights to see in Barcelona to share with our merry bunch of travellers who’ll be heading off to Barcelona soon. (Boy have I missed Spain!)

Of course, it almost goes without saying that I had to share this list of the sights you need to see in Barcelona with you too! 🙂 So here it is –

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1.) Sagrada Família: By far one of the most popular landmarks in Barcelona, this famously unfinished cathedral is one of the most unique buildings in the world – particular so as it’s one of the only buildings that has a foot both in the past and the future. The past – future connection allows makes it possible to both appreciate it’s old history and anticipate it’s future glory.
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2.) Barcelona Cathedral: Whenever the more generic title “Barcelona Cathedral” is referred to, people’s mind’s go to Sagrada Família (which in fact is not a cathedral) and this cathedral fully titled “The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia” is actually much older and more establish than Sagrada Família. Dating as far back as the 13th century, this Cathedral is steeped in rich history and is one of the most impressive sites to see in Barcelona.
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3.) Montserrat: This isn’t the easiest of the sights to get to but is definitely worth going out of your way to see. Montserrat is one of the more natural landmarks located near Barcelona that should be on every traveller’s Barcelona sight seeing itinerary
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4.) Park Güell: Another one for the photographer’s out there, this public park in Barcelona boasts amazing views and vivid colours that have now come to be symbolic of a trip to Barcelona. The view from the park is also worth the trip here!
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5.) Palau Güell: This mansion was built by Gaudi for wealthy businessman Eusebi Güell and although this building is not instantly recognisable as a work by Gaudi, it’s sheer detail and history make it a must visit.
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6.) Arc de Triomf: There are lots of these Triumphal arches dotted in cities across Europe and Barcelona’s version is most definitely worth a visit.
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7.) Casa Milà: Also know as La Pedrera, this building was designed by Gaudi in the early 1900s and is a prime example of not just Gaudi’s famed work but of prime modernist architecture.
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8.) Gothic Quarter: This is the old city centre of Barcelona and a good one for getting lost in it’s labyrinthine streets. It’s closed to regular traffic so you can wander around relaxed and rather aimlessly here and get a sense of Barcelona’s long and vibrant history.
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9.) Parc de la Ciutadella: AT one point, this park used to be the only green space in Barcelona, this isn’t the case anymore but an afternoon spent wandering the grounds of this park is guaranteed to be time well spent!
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10.) Magic Fountain of Montjuïc: Okay this is a bit more of an indulgent sight and one to see at night but the technicolour fountains make for such fantastic photos and quite frankly are bound to light up your evening (pun intended)! 🙂
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11.) Poble Espanyol: This is an architectural museum and is located a mere stone’s throw away from the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. This museum is perhaps one of the most interesting places you’ll get to visit in Barcelona as you walk through 117 buildings from the 15 autonomous regions of Spain. It’s the best kind of history lesson available!
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12.) Parc del Laberint d’Horta: One of the oldest gardens in Barcelona, if there ever was a place to wander around and get lost in, this is it!
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13.) Santa Maria del Mar: Another stunning Gothic church the Santa Maria del Mar is also one of the older buildings in Barcelona dating as far back as the 14th century.
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14.) Gaudi House Museum: Visit the home of Gaudi!
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15.) Sagrat Cor: This church takes some effort to get to as it’s located on the summit of Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona but once you arrive at it, you’ll be rewarded with not just an impressive sight that’s a must see in Barcelona but also with a fantastic vantage viewing point of the city!
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16.) Santa Maria del Pi: A gothic church in the Gothic district of Barcelona, Santa Maria del Pi is not necessarily the largest of the churches in Barcelona but by no means less significant and should definitely be an addition to your sight seeing itinerary in Barcelona.
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17.) Monastery of Pedralbes: This is a gothic monastery turned museum is definitely of note for it’s part in the history the royal family in Barcelona at the time and is with a visit.
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18.) Casa Amatller: This building (in the centre) is of particular significant as it is a prime example of the Modernisme style of architecture in Barcelona and is regarded as one of the most important modernist buildings in the city.
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19.) Columbus Monument: A monument to Christopher Columbus, this monument apparently serves as a reminder of Christopher Columbus’s visit to the King and Queen in Barcelona after his first visit to the continent.
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20.) Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya: It’s almost a given that you need to visit a museum when you’re in a city like Barcelona but even on it’s own, this museum is a sight to behold itself.
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21.) Plaça d’Espanya: This is one of the biggest squares and is definitely you’ll pop by one your way to one of the many other sights on the list.
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22.) Casa Batlló: Another Gaudi masterpiece, this building is worth seeing alone for it’s stunning amazing technicolour!
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  • mariel

    ahhh Barcelona, so many attractions and things to see in one city..it’s just brilliant. Thanks for sharing this Yaya, definitely bookmarking it for the next time I visit the city 🙂

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Cool! Glad to be of some help Mariel!

  • yay, a list I can say I’ve done completely! *high fives self*

    I loved Barcelona. I went after a breakup so I was super sad and the city kinda revived me. So many colors and places to see (friends to see, too). I loved that I could go pretty much everywhere on a bike, walk around and learn so much about so many things. Also, food. Fooooood. So good.

    I don’t know if you’re into walking tours when you go places but I am, and I went to one that took me to the Gothic district and downtown and I learned a lot and loved the tour guide (he was Irish, so funny and smart; he even taught us how to do Flamenco).

    I’m super jealous you guys are going again but it’ll be fun to remember all the places I got to see, through you. 😀

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s so nice to hear you had a great time in Barcelona, Natalia! So sorry you felt super sad, but it’s great to know that the city helped when you had a bad break-up. The walking tours sounds fantastic. They are always a great way to see any city.
      Definitely need to learn how to flamenco – though we will probably be awful! Ha! Your totally right about the food. Somehow Spanish and Catalonian food always tastes so delicious. Especially with a glass of wine. 🙂
      We are definitely taking our advice and going on the gothic walking tour – it sounds awesome!
      🙂

  • Barcelona is one of my favourite cities and reading this has made me desperate to visit again, will definitely be keeping this post in mind for next time I go.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! Amazing! We are totally in love with Barcelona too! Have fun on your next travels, Katie 🙂
      Lloyd & Yaya

  • I would love to visit Barcelona some time soon! Definitely want to see the architecture of Gaudi!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You will love it, Yvonne! I remember studying Gaudi in school and I just craved to visit Barcelona. It really adds a beautiful charm to an already awesome city! 🙂
      Lloyd & Yaya

  • Barcelona has most definitely reached the top of my “places I NEED to visit” list. This post is amazing, I’d never heard of some of these sites but they look incredible. The photo of Sagrat Cor is out of this world!

    Danielle | http://www.escapingessex.wordpress.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You should definitely go, Daniella! If your free on weekends, there are some reasonably priced flights to Barcelona from airports like Stansted. Well worth a visit of you can. The food is delicious too! 🙂
      Lloyd & Yaya

  • Going to Barcelona in a few weeks and most of these sites are on my list! Can’t wait to dive into Barcelona’s beauty! 🙂

    http://atstarfish.blogspot.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! Awesome Katya! Did you have a good time? So excited to hear about your travel. I bet it was warm too! 🙂
      Lloyd

  • We are currently planning a Europe tour and this definitely made us want to go! thanks 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You will love it! You should definitely include it on your Euro trip. If you need any other advice – drop us a message. Happy to help in any way we can. 🙂
      Lloyd & Yaya

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  • Panamamama

    Planning a family trip for the summer and this is very helpful!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! So glad you found it helpful. You’re going to have an amazing time!!!

      Ping us across a message if you have any questions etc. Happy to help in any way we can!

      Lloyd & Yaya x

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  • Sarah Shiba

    This post is fabulous! I just returned from Barcelona and absolutely fell in love. I had a wonderful time and did many of the things on your list, but not all. So I suppose I will just have to go back! I also happened to be there during the taste of Las Ramblas…which I did not know about, but it was an amazing experience! I highly suggest it!

    I am in the beginning stages of developing my travel blog, and I am excited to have found your blog! I look forward to reading more of your posts and getting more travel ideas. I only wish I would have found this post before my trip, but I am excited to get inspiration and ideas for future travel, and to find the rest of the beautiful places on this list next time I am in Barcelona! Thank you again for the great ideas and advice!

    Happy traveling!
    Sarah
    cakeonaplane.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Sarah!

      So glad you loved Barcelona – it’s an incredible city isn’t it! The one great thing about not doing everything is that it gives us all an excuse to return…

      … we’re actually doing this in two weeks! Heading back to Barcelona to experience all the places we didn’t get to see too!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Sarah Shiba

        OMG how amazing! I’m jealous! 🙂 Have so much fun! And if you like Sangria, I HIGHLY recommend Bar Eloneta if you’ve never been there. It is definitely off the beaten path but an amazing little spot.

        Take care and have a fabulous trip and I can’t wait to read about it!

        Sarah Shiba
        cakeonaplane.com

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Thanks so much Sarah! We’re definitely going to try and fit in your tip about Bar Eloneta… we’re definitely looking for some off-the-beaten-track places! We’re so excited! 🙂

          big hugs,

          Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • gihane abdel zaher

    This post is fabulous

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! So glad you like it.

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • Andrea López Gómez

    Amazing

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Andrea 🤗

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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