Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world. With an ideal combination of urban and beach life, millions of visitors catch a flight to Barcelona each year. There’s a lot to do here, but these five must-see sights in Barcelona are a good starting point for witnessing the best this cosmopolitan city has to offer.
1. Las Ramblas
Without doubt one of the most recognised streets in the world, Las Ramblas is a wide avenue that stretches through the middle of Barcelona and an unmissable sight when you’re in town. Take a stroll down Las Ramblas and enjoy watching the street performers and artists that regularly set up shop here.
Like most things in Barcelona, Las Ramblas is best seen in shoulder or off-season as it can get extremely crowded, but it’s one of those things you have to see no matter the time of year!
There are two reasons to visit Tibidabo: for the views over Barcelona, and for Tibidabo amusement park. We highly recommend that you visit this mountain for the former instead of the latter. Located just northwest of Barcelona city center, this mountain offers sweeping vistas over the city. You have to take a couple of trains and trams to get there, but the slog is well worth it! If you’re travelling with kids, the amusement park can make for a fun day out too.
3. Anything by Gaudí
Architect Antoni Gaudí made his mark all over Barcelona during his lifetime, making this city like an open-air gallery featuring all of his work. There are countless Gaudí masterpieces you should swing by while you’re here, but the icing on the cake has to be the Sagrada Familia. This mind-blowing cathedral is famously not finished, but it’s nevertheless one of the most impressive sights in Barcelona.
Other Gaudí hotspots include Park Güell and Casa Batlló, both of which are in or easily reached from the city center.
To the city’s southwest lies Montjuïc, a hill that’s been turned into a park and is full of exciting things to see and do. A top attraction here is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), which is set up in the magnificent Palau Nacional, a striking building that you will see immediately when entering the park from Plaça d’Espanya. This museum houses 1,000 years of artwork.
Many visitors come to Montjuïc to see the Magic Fountain, a beautiful fountain that puts on a show to classical music and colourful lighting. It’s a romantic setting, so if you’re with a loved one this is a great place to stop by in the evening!
5. Gothic Quarter
Barcelona’s center is full of gorgeous neighborhoods to explore, but one of the most captivating is the Gothic Quarter. Wander down this districts little streets, stopping every now and then for coffee, gelato, a beer or sangria. One of the best tips for the Gothic Quarter: don’t plan anything. Just enjoy it and allow yourself to get completely lost down the picturesque streets lined by ornate buildings.
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