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Things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a stunning seaside city famous for its mix of culture, art, food, and joyous vibe.

After seeing its numerous tourist attractions, visitors love wandering the streets and taking in the beautiful Spanish city.

Catalonia’s vibrant capital is known for its gorgeous scenery, breathtaking architecture, and sunny lifestyle.

Don’t be surprised if you feel like visiting again, for most tourists do.

Discover the top tourist attractions in this charming city with our list of the things to do in Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
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Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction and attracts more than 5 million visitors every year.

The Basilica is the pet project of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, known for his dislike of straight lines in design and construction.

Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and will be ready by 2026 – a whopping 144 years.

Tourists visiting Sagrada usually have many doubts, which these articles can help answer.

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Park Guell

Park Guell in Barcelona
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Park Guell was a residential complex designed by architect Antoni Gaudi between 1900 and 1914.

The complex was to have 60 houses, but when nobody came forward to buy them, the project was abandoned.

After a few years, the authorities turned it into a park with two parts – the public park and the Monumental Zone.

Park Guell is extremely popular and receives more than ten million tourists every year.

After Sagrada Familia, it is the second most popular attraction in Barcelona.

Recommended reading: Interesting facts about Park Guell

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Camp Nou

Camp Nou tour
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Camp Nou, also known as the Barcelona Stadium, is a must-visit attraction in the city.

Two million tourists take the Camp Nou Stadium tour every year.

As part of this tour, tourists also get to visit the Barcelona Football Club Museum inside the Stadium.

Recommended reading: Facts about Camp Nou

Casa Mila

Gaudi's Casa Mila
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Casa Mila was Antonio Gaudi’s last residential building before focusing all his energy on Sagrada Familia.

Gaudi built Casa Mila between 1906 and 1912, right in the middle of Barcelona city.

Also known as La Pedrera, it is visited by more than a million tourists every year.

Recommended reading: Trivia about Casa Mila

Casa Batllo

Gaudi's Casa Batllo
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Casa Batllo is a beautiful residential building that attracts more than a million tourists every year.

Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, who also designed Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila, and other attractions, designed this attraction more than 110 years ago.

The locals also call it Casa dels Ossos or House of Bones since it looks like skulls and bones were used to make it.

Recommended reading: Trivia about Casa Batllo

Barcelona Zoo

Interact with animals at Zootastic Park
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Barcelona Zoo is a popular destination for a day outing spread over 32 acres within the city. 

It receives nearly a million visitors annually who visit to see its 2000 animals of 300 different species.

It is also a biodiversity park with 1300 trees, plants, and flowers.

With a rich offering of flora and fauna, Zoo Barcelona is worth visiting, especially for families. 

Barcelona Aquarium

Barcelona Aquarium
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Barcelona Aquarium is one of Europe’s largest and richest collections of marine life and has the only Oceanarium on the whole continent.

Barcelona Aquarium attracts more than two million visitors annually, making it the city’s 4th most popular tourist spot after Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Camp Nou.

Montserrat Monastery

Montserrat Monastery, Spain
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Montserrat is a beautiful mountain 60 Km (37 Miles) from Barcelona, on top of which sits the gorgeous Montserrat Monastery.

Tourists visit Montserrat for multiple reasons:

– To see the beautiful multi-peaked rock formations of Montserrat

– To visit the Montserrat Monastery & Museum

– To seek the blessings of Our Lady of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia

– To hike on the Montserrat mountain

– To listen to L’Escolania, the boys’ choir at Montserrat

Montjuic Cable Car

Montjuic Cable Car
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Montjuic Cable Car is a two-in-one experience – it transports you to the top of Montjuïc Hill and offers fascinating panoramic views of Barcelona on the way up.

The Montjuïc Cable Car links the funicular station at Paral·lel station to Montjuïc Castle, on top of Montjuïc mountain.

During the 752-meter (2467 feet) run above the ground, you will sit in modern cabins and see Barcelona’s most famous structures and landmarks. 

While experiencing Montjuic Cable Car, you can also visit other attractions such as Fundació Joan Miró, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Poble Espanyol, etc. 

Fundacio Joan Miro

Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona
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Miro himself created the Fundació Joan Miró, with his private collection, to set up an internationally recognized art museum in Barcelona. 

The Miro Foundation opened to the public in 1975 and showcased the best of Joan Miró’s work alongside the latest contemporary art.

Miro collaborated with ace architect Josep Lluís Sert for the building, making it one of the few museums anywhere in the world where the artist and the architect joined hands to create a wholesome experience for the art lover.

Barcelona’s daytime beauty needs no introduction. But to learn about the city’s dark secrets and scary history, you must take the Barcelona Ghosts & Legends Tour.

Dali Theatre-Museum

Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain
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The Dali Theatre and Museum is dedicated to Salvador Dalí and houses the world’s most extensive collection of surrealist art.

It is located in Dali’s hometown of Figueres, in Catalonia, Spain, and houses 1,500 paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc. 

Dali had bought the Figueres’ Municipal Theatre, a 19th-century construction destroyed in the Spanish Civil War, and built a museum for himself. 

Apart from having his art, every room has been designed by him.

After his death in 1989, the ace Catalonian artist was buried in a crypt in the museum’s basement. 

Around one and a half million tourists visit the largest surrealistic object in the world every year.

Gaudi House Museum

Gaudi House Museum
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Antoni Gaudi, the architect of Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, etc., used to stay in what is now called the Gaudi House Museum.

Gaudi lived in this house from 1906 to 1925, and nowadays, it houses objects and furniture he designed and other artifacts he used.

Since the Gaudi Museum is inside Park Guell, visitors to the park tend to add this attraction to their day’s itinerary.

Moco Museum

Moco Museum, Barcelona
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Moco Museum, an independent museum located in Amsterdam, now has a new venue in Barcelona. 

Moco Museum Barcelona seeks to make fine art more accessible to the public and attract younger audiences to art.

It houses masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Banksy, Salvador Dalí, Damien Hirst, David LaChapelle, etc.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions Barcelona
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Become part of the artwork at the Museum of Illusions in Barcelona, one of the first such attractions in Europe.

More than 70 large-scale 3D paintings on walls and floors create eye-popping scenes that allow you to imagine yourself in the picture, using optical illusions literally. 

Tourists can get the whole family along to experience numerous illusions that appeal to everyone’s sense of humor.

Casa Amatller

Casa Amatller
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Casa Amatller in Barcelona was once home to the famous chocolatier Antoni Amatller Costa. 

Get a glimpse into Antoni Amatller’s life and how he lived in his magnificent home. 

Explore some amazing creations by architect Cadafalch and look for the dragons, knights, and other mythological creatures carved into the facade to represent the family’s hobbies. 

Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens
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Antoni Gaudi constructed Casa Vicens between 1883 and 1885 as a relaxing summer house for the Vicens family.

Only by visiting Gaudi Casa Vicens will you be able to understand the artist’s impeccable work and how he worked with other craftspeople to shape his dreams of building this museum.

In 2005 it was declared UNESCO World Heritage.

Sant Pau Art Nouveau

Sant Pau Art Nouveau
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A short walk from the Sagrada Familia, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau site is one of Barcelona’s most interesting architectural and historical attractions.

Built at the start of the 20th century, the site comprises 27 Art Nouveau buildings and was a working hospital as recently as 2009.

Erotic Museum

Erotic Museum of Barcelona
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Explore the journey of eroticism at the Erotic Museum in Barcelona, which has more than 800 items in its collection. 

Understand the history and evolution of eroticism and how it transpired from the beginning of time. 

Discover how different cultures and societies have explored human sexuality and how it has been a source of inspiration throughout history, reflecting both the explicit and the implicit. 

See the most unexpected artwork, photos, sculptures, and innovations in 14 rooms.

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum Barcelona
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The Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain, is dedicated to the work of the famous artist Pablo Picasso.

It opened to the public on 9 March 1963, becoming the first museum dedicated to Picasso’s work and the only one created during his lifetime.

The museum showcases work by artists who influenced Picasso, such as Velázquez and Cézanne, allowing visitors to see the connections between Picasso’s and his predecessor’s work.

Glòries Tower

Glories Tower
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The Glòries Tower, also known as the Agbar Tower, is a modernist skyscraper in Spain.

Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the tower is considered one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and is a remarkable example of modern architecture in Spain.

The Tower Agbar is 138 meters (453 feet) tall and has 34 floors, of which 28 are used as office space. 

Banksy Museum

Banksy Museum Barcelona
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The Banksy Museum of Barcelona, also known as Espacio Trafalgar, is a unique exhibition space that provides a comprehensive look into the world of the elusive street artist Banksy.

It aims to provide an immersive and interactive experience for visitors, allowing them to appreciate the work of Banksy in a unique and educational setting.

The museum showcases Banksy’s works and educates visitors about the artist’s political and social commentary.

Las Golondrinas Sightseeing Cruise

Las Golondrinas Sightseeing Cruise
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Las Golondrinas is a popular sightseeing cruise in Barcelona that offers visitors a unique way to explore the city’s port.

It gives views of the city’s landmarks and monuments, including the Columbus Monument, the W Hotel, Barceloneta Beach, and many more.

Cruise boats have indoor and outdoor seating, and some ships have a bar where passengers can enjoy the city’s views while having a drink or a snack. 

The boats also have large windows, providing all passengers with panoramic city views. 

It’s a great way to experience the beauty of Barcelona from the water.

Wax Museum Barcelona

Wax Museum Barcelona
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The Wax Museum of Barcelona, or the Museu de Cera Barcelona, is a popular tourist attraction in the city center.

Many lifelike wax figurines are displayed, including well-known historical figures, celebrities, politicians, and fictitious characters.

The museum is divided into themed rooms, each showcasing figures from a specific period or cultural area.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Museu Nacional dArt de Catalunya
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The National Art Museum of Catalonia, or MNAC, was established in 1990 and has been a major center of art and culture in the region ever since. 

The museum is housed in the Palau Nacional, originally built for the 1929 World’s Fair, and has been used for many purposes over the years. 

Today, the Palau Nacional is a stunning, modernist building that serves as a fitting home for the museum’s extensive collections.

Big Fun Museum

Big Fun Museum
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The Big Fun Museum is one of Barcelona, Spain’s most fascinating and unique attractions. 

The museum is dedicated to optical illusions and the ways in which our brains interpret and perceive the world around us. 

The Big Fun Museum is an incredibly fun and engaging attraction in Barcelona.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
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Enter Barcelona’s biggest contemporary art museum and use your creativity to decode some of the city’s best works of art.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, or MACBA, is an organization that strives to reflect on the recent past (in art) while creating the future.

It accomplishes its goals by using art while rejecting one dominant narrative.

Chocolate Museum

Chocolate Museum
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The Chocolate Museum is a unique and fascinating museum in Barcelona, Spain.

Dedicated to the history and art of chocolate, the museum offers a unique experience for chocolate lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

Visitors to the Museu de la Xocolata can explore the history and art of chocolate, from its origins in South America to its role in Europe today.

Icebar Barcelona

Icebar Barcelona
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As the name suggests, Icebar is made entirely out of ice and is the first of its kind in Spain, which strives to offer visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. 

Barcelona Icebar is kept at a constant temperature of -5 degrees Celsius, which is the perfect temperature for the ice to remain solid. 

This attraction is the best way to cool off on a hot day and an excellent way to spend an hour or two with friends or family at Barcelona’s Icebar.

Catalonia in Miniature

Catalonia in Miniature
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Miniature Catalonia in Barcelona is Europe’s largest miniature park and was designated a National Tourist Interest in 1983.

The miniature park features scale models of 147 monuments and significant locations from Catalonia’s four regions, the Balearic Islands, and works by Antoni Gaud.

The theme park also offers many other services to make your day great: a picnic area, bar, restaurant, train, amphitheater, and playground.

Colonia Güell

Colonia Güell in Barcelona
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Colonia Güell has been tucked away in the Barcelona Hills for more than a century. 

It was created by the renowned industrialist Eusebi Güell and was constructed by the great architect Antoni Gaudi.

However, the city’s steady southerly expansion towards El Prat’s main airport means that its unveiling is only a matter of time, creating a wealth of opportunity.

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

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Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe collaborated on the design of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion or Barcelona Pavilion.

The Barcelona Pavilion is more than just a building – it is a complex where the interior fuses with the architectural landscape of its surroundings to form a single entity.

After WWI, it was renamed the German Pavilion.

In the 20th Century, the pavilion became the face of Germany, demonstrating the country’s progressive nature. 

Tarantos Flamenco Show

Tarantos Flamenco Show
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Flamenco is a UNESCO-protected cultural tradition and is one of Barcelona’s pride and joy.

One of the best places to enjoy flamenco dance is the Los Tarantos in Barcelona

Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música Catalana
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Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona is a concert hall built in 1905 and 1908. 

It depicts the modernist movement representing the city’s architectural and cultural characteristics.

Lluís Domènech I Montaner, a famous modernist-style architect, designed the Palau de la Música. 

It is a UNESCO-awarded architecture built to encourage the appreciation of music, especially choir singing, and the sharing of cultural heritage.

Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

Tablao Cordobes Flamenco
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Barcelona’s Tablao Flamenco Cordobes has every right to be regarded as the city’s most important historical tablao.

Since its establishment in 1970 under the direction of a family of artists, it has welcomed every great flamenco performer to Barcelona.

Without losing a shred of authenticity, it has grown to be a flamenco industry standard while remaining true to its illustrious past as a tablao flamenco.

IDEAL Centre d’Arts Digitals

IDEAL Centre dArts Digitals
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IDEAL Centre d’Arts Digitals is a cultural institution located in Barcelona, Spain, dedicated to promoting digital arts and culture. 

The name IDEAL stands for International Digital Exhibition of Arts and Letters.

This highlights the center’s focus on showcasing and exploring the possibilities of digital media.

Barcelona helicopter tours

Popular for its stunning architecture, Mediterranean coastline, and one of the top football clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, Barcelona’s bustling streets and iconic landmarks can be explored in a unique way—a Barcelona helicopter tour.

Barcelona’s landmarks take on a whole new dimension when viewed from above, inculcating an appreciation for their scale, symmetry, and integration within the urban landscape.

Kids activities in Barcelona

Kids activities in Barcelona
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The Spanish capital attracts more than 30 million tourists every year, and more than half of them come with their kids in tow. Find out about all the kid-friendly activities in Barcelona.

Valentine’s Day in Barcelona

Couple in Barcelona
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The Spanish capital has Antonio Gaudi’s architecture, fascinating tourist attractions, vibrant nightlife, sandy beaches, world-class cuisine, etc., so young couples love celebrating Valentine’s Day in Barcelona.

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