The unique and beautiful city of Barcelona is the world’s fourth most popular tourist destination. If Barcelona is on your bucket list, take note of our budget-friendly suggestions for visitors to this marvelous city known for its diverse history, art and architecture.
One of the reasons Barcelona tourism thrives year-round is due to its warm summers and fairly mild winters. As a result, there are a lot of things to do in Barcelona, any time of the year.
History, Art and Architecture
In Barcelona, history is before you at every turn, from the medieval alleys to the Roman Temple of Augustus to the Plaça Sant Felip Neri, where you can see the impact of the bombings from the Spanish Civil War. Don’t miss the Gothic Cathedral and the Museum of History of Barcelona. Other Barcelona highlights include museums dedicated to some of the most famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, whose museum is located just a short trip away, in the neighboring town of Figueres.
Not everyone is a savvy or highly-organized trip planner. Sometimes you find yourself with much more free time than you imagined – which can sometimes seem like you aren’t making the most of your trip. If you, like many, did not plan your daily itinerary while in Barcelona, here are the top places and things you should see and do while in Barcelona. Save your trip with these tips:
10 Top Places to See and Things to Do
1. LAS RAMBLAS: This busy part of town is full of lively shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions. Don’t miss La Boqueria, a large public market easily accessed from Las Ramblas.
2. COLUMBUS MONUMENT: A monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and his voyage to America. It stands at almost 200 feet tall!
3. GOTHIC QUARTER: Located in the central part of Barcelona’s old city, the Gothic Quarter contains many cultural landmarks and buildings that date back as far as medieval times.
4. LA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA: This beautiful and ornate church was started in 1882 and construction continues to this day. The estimated completion date is 2026.
5. PASEO DE GRACIA, CASA BATLLÓ AND THE MODERNIST BUILDINGS: These famous buildings, created in the early 20th century, clash dramatically and are located at the now commonly called The Block of Discord.
6. PARC GÜELL: This fascinating outdoor park, easily accessed by bus, was originally designed by Antoni Gaudí as a housing community.
7. THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN OF MONJUÏC: The Magic Fountain of Monjuïc is a free attraction, located in the Montjuïc neighborhood. The fountain showcases musical performances and a light show.
8. TIBIDABO: This Mountain is known for its amusement park, it is also a fantastic place to see some of the city’s best panoramic views and visit the Temple de Sagrat Cor.
9. PORT OLÍMPIC: This marina, located north of the harbor, was created for the Olympics in the early 1990’s. One of the highlights at the port is a giant bronze whale sculpture.
10. MONTJUIC HILL: This area, considered the city center for museums, is a great place to see a stunning view of the water and the city, and stroll through gardens, museums and monuments.
Barcelona has many wonderful sights, sounds and flavors to offer travelers. No matter what you love about traveling: architecture, history, heat, beaches, or great food, you’ll find it all in Barcelona. Let us, Barcelona-Budget help you plan the trip of a lifetime!