Barcelona is now Europe’s fifth most visited city and it’s easy to see why – this super-hybrid haven for sun seekers, history buffs, architecture nuts, food fanatics, and party animals indulges every tourist tendency like no other.
First timers in Barcelona would do well to follow the instructions below…
But if it’s not your first time visiting the Catalan capital, we suggest reading our 30 insider tips on what to do in Barcelona.
Visit the One and Only Sagrada Familia
They say good things take time so maybe that’s why this epic Basilica has been under construction since 1882. It’s been called the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.
See the Glory that Is Casa Batllo
This art-nouveau mansion and Gaudi masterpiece has a dragon’s back for a roof and is said to have almost no straight lines.
Look Down on the City from Majestic Park Guell
The mosaic covered buildings here are remarkably beautiful and combined with the best panoramic view of the city you have one of the world’s great urban parks.
Hit the Beach and Get a Tan
Barcelona’s 7 beaches are a no-brainer for summertime fun – hit Barceloneta for people watching or Nova Mar for something a little more quiet.
Go For a Catalonian Craft Beer at Fabrica Moritz
150 years in the brewing game has made Moritz a Barcelona institution, so it’s no wonder they’ve kicked it up a notch opening restaurants with Michelin-starred chef Jordi Vilà.
A match made in heaven.
Find Over 4000 Picassos at the Picasso Museum
One of the most extensive Picasso collections in the world showcases much of his early work.
Stand in Awe of the Roof of La Pedrera
This Gaudi masterpiece’s curvy limestone facade grabs the attention of anyone walking down the famous Passeig de Gracia but its roof terrace and unique soldier-like ventilation system is the highlight.
Have an Afternoon Tapas and Vermouth
Though vermouth (vermut in Catalan) was invented in Italy, this spiced wine beverage has become the heavyweight champion of Catalonian drinks. Quality homemade versions can be had for as little as a euro.
Picnic at Turo de la Rovira (The Bunkers)
The highest point in the city hosted anti-aircraft gun platforms during the Spanish Civil War. Now it’s a spot to bring wine and cheese to picnics with an unparalleled view of the city.
Get a Snack La Boqueria Market
Barcelona’s biggest market is found right in the middle of the famous La Rambla and the only thing better than the selection is the quality of ingredients. Grab a euro fruit smoothie and get lost in the chaos.
Gear Down in Ciutadella Park
Barcelona’s biggest green space is home to a zoo, a stunning fountain, and a lake with a romantic rowboat rental.
Stuff Yourself with Paella at 7 Portes
They say Picasso ate his paella here and the piano players will make you feel like you’re in Casablanca.
Take a Tour of Historic Camp Nou
The second biggest association football stadium in the world is home to one of the most historic clubs of all time. See 22 Liga and 4 Champion’s League trophies in the same room.
Dine in Style at El Nacional
4 Restaurants. 4 Bars. 4 you!
Barcelona’s first multi-zone culinary space serves up cuisine using only fresh ingredients from France and the Iberian Peninsula.
Get a Little Wet at the Magic Fountain Show
An incredible audiovisual show that lights up Placa Espanya nightly – and it’s free!
Drink with a View at the Grand Central Hotel
After 8PM non-guests can enjoy a drink on the spectacular roof terrace of one of Barcelona’s best hotels – cheers to that!
Tour La Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral
Another medieval Gothic behemoth that broke ground in 1329. Though it’s not as impressive as the Sagrada Familia there is one advantage – going in is free!
Wander Around the Picturesque Gracia District
A distinct municipality until annexed by Barcelona in 1897, the neighbourhood’s independent spirit lives on in the form traffic free streets, family run shops, and a distinct Catalan feel not found in the rest of the city.
Grab a Bottle of Cheap Delicious Wine at Xampanyeria
Spanish fast food at its best. Grab some sausage, cheese, and a bottle of house rosé wine for less than a price of a Big Mac meal.
Gorge Yourself on €1 Pintxos at La Tasqueta de Blai
The famous Calle Blai has tons of €1 pintxo and beer bars but for the quality La Tasqueta de Blai can’t be beat.