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 – given how stunning some of the very best things to do in Barcelona are!
Having been to the city quite a few times now (and also constantly coming up with more and more reasons to keep returning) we figured it was high time to share with you some of the best very things to do in Barcelona – all tried, tested and absolutely loved!
I’m guessing you’re not really struggling for reasons to want to visit the city so I won’t bother going into that, instead let’s just jump right into the best things to do in Barcelona, Spain!
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 have 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.
2.) Barcelona Cathedral
Whenever the more generic title “Barcelona Cathedral” is referred to, people’s mind goes 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 established 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.
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 sightseeing itinerary
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!
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.
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.
7.) Casa Milà
Also, known 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. If you’re a fan of architecture or indeed, just a fan of Gaudi, this is hands down of the best things to do in Barcelona.
8.) Gothic Quarter
This is the old city centre of Barcelona and a good one for getting lost in its 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.
You’ll also find some tasty spots to eat at in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Yum!
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!
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)! 🤣
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 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.
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!
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.
14.) Gaudi House Museum
Visit the home of Gaudi and learn more about his life in Barcelona, his world and surrounding that influenced his architecture and art.
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!
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 sightseeing itinerary in Barcelona.
17.) Monastery of Pedralbes
This is a gothic monastery turned museum is definitely of note for its part in the history the royal family in Barcelona at the time and is with a visit.
18.) Casa Amatller
This building (in the centre) is of particular significance 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.
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.
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 its own, this museum is a sight to behold itself.
21.) Plaça d’Espanya
This is one of the biggest squares and is definitely one you’ll pop by one your way to one of the many other sights on the list.
22.) Casa Batlló
Another Gaudi masterpiece, this building is worth seeing alone for its stunning amazing technicolour!