This page has the top 10 most famous Barcelona tourist attractions listed in order of popularity.
You will find a brief description of each Barcelona attraction along with a link to a photo gallery of each. The photo galleries also have detailed notes explaining each of the pictures in the gallery. You will also find directions and further information for each attraction if you follow the links at the end of each description.
Top 10 Barcelona tourist attractions ordered by number of visits/year
|Location of the nearest metro stop to the Sagrada Familia. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Address: La Sagrada Familia
Calle Mallorca, 401
08013 Barcelona, España. .
November - February: 09:00 - 18:00
March: 09:00 - 19:00
April - September: 09:00 - 20:00
October: 09:00 - 19:00
25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January: 9:00 - 14:00
Main entrance (Queuing): €15.00
Main entrance + towers (Queuing): €19.30
Disabled Access: Yes
Metro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2)
|Barcelona's no.1 tourist attraction - La Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudí|
A Giant Basilica designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudí. This building has been under construction since 1882 and they've still got another 30 to 80 years (depending on funding and resources) to go before it will be finished. Just imagine the dedication, devotion and commitment involved in creating a building for that length of time.
Some people love the Sagrada Familia and some people hate it but whatever you think I guarantee it will cause a reaction one way or the other.
The first time I saw it I was rather shocked. It was so different from anything I had ever seen I had no reference point. However each time I visited it I really grew to love the building. Its uniqueness, its boldness and shear size are breathtaking. It is under construction which means that each time you visit you will see something new. You will also be witnessing a masterpiece in its creation as the work will be going on whilst you visit.
I have travelled the world and seen many breathtaking constructions but for me the Sagrada Familia is at the top of the list.
|Location of Barcelona Aquarium to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3)
L’Aquàrium de Barcelona
Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell
08039 Barcelona, España.
Tel: +34 93 221 7474
Barcelona Aquarium is a popular Barcelona attraction to take the kids and young ones. I have to admit I loved the aquarium, so does that make me a kid? The aquarium is at Port Vell (Barcelona Port Area).
|Location of Poble Espanyol to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Poble Espanyol - "Spanish Village"
Address: Poble Espanyol
Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13
08038 Barcelona, España.
Entrance: €12.00 Save 20% with the Barcelona Card
Metro: Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red line, L1) about 15 minutes walk from the metro stop.
This Barcelona attraction is a small Spanish village with different quarters that replicate the style of houses and architecture from different parts of Spain.
Poble Espanyol is also home to a whole host of specialist craft shops and workshops where you can see some traditionally made Spanish goods.
Poble Espanyol is also the venue for the Famous Flamenco show at Tablao de Carmen which maybe is one reason for it's popularity at no.3
|Location of La Pedrera to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
November - February: 09:00 - 18:30
March - October: 09:00 - 20:00
01 January, 06 December, 25 and 26 December: Closed
Address: La Pedrera
Calle Provenca, 261 - 265
08008 Barcelona, España.
€20.50 Save 20% with the Barcelona Card
Disabled Access: Yes. Nearly 100% accessible for the wheelchair visitor.
Metro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) and (Blue Line, L5)
Another one of Antonio Gaudí's creations once again hits the top 10 most visited attractions in Barcelona. This building used to be called Casa Mila but nowadays it's more commonly known as La Pedrera which means "quarry". Gaudí was instrumental in completing this building and his characteristic wavy brick work and colourful tiles are also evident on this masterpiece.
|Location of Barcelona FC Museum to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Address: Barcelona FC Museum
Aristides Maillol, 12
08028 Barcelona, España.
Opening hours: 02 April - 07 October: 10:00 - 20:00; 08 October - 01 April: 10:00 - 18:30; Sundays and holidays: 10:00 - 14:30
Barcelona FC Tour: Barcelona FC stadium tour online.
Disabled Access: Yes
Metro: Collblanc (Blue Line, L5)
|Barcelona attraction - FC Barcelona Camp Nou museum|
No surprises here. If you are a football fan then this museum is a must see. It has wall to wall trophies, pictures and statues of the greats. I'm not a football fan but I still enjoyed walking round this museum. When you buy your ticket you have 2 options. You can buy a ticket for the museum and to see the stadium or you can buy a dual ticket where you get to see the museum and behind the scenes at the club e.g. changing rooms, VIP lounge, press conference areas etc. For more details
Metro: Ciutadella (Yellow Line, L4) about 10 minutes walk.
|Location of Barcelona Zoo to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Official Web Site: www.zoobarcelona.cat
Tel: +34 90 245 7545
Barcelona Zoo is based in the Parc de la Ciutadella the best way to find it is to go to Ciutadella park and to follow the signs to the Zoo. The zoo has a wide variety of animals on show. The Zoo also has a restaurant, picnic area, a shop, electric cars, ponies and a mini-train. To get a full listing of the facilities and operating hours click on the official web site link found above.
|Location of Picasso Museum to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Official Web Site: Picasso Museum
Address: Picasso Museum
08003 Barcelona, España.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00; including holidays
Thursday: 10:00 - 21:30
Admission: €11.00 for main exhibition - extra for special showings. Save 20% with the Barcelona Card
Disabled Access: Yes
Metro: Jaume l (Yellow Line, L4)
The museum has arranged Picasso's paintings in chronological order from his early days to his final works. Arranging the paintings in this way gives you a fascinating insight into the development of Picasso thinking over time and shows how he developed the distinctive designs that he is famous for today. A popular art gallery.
|Location of Miró Museum to the nearest metro stop. Click the map for a magnified view.|
Official web site: Joan Miró
Address: Joan Miró
Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona, España.
Opening hours: Check web site for details as they vary depending on the time of the year.
Metro Stop: Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1) Walk about 20 minutes - Uphill most of the way.
This art gallery has a wide range of Miró's work dating back as far as 1914. This artwork collection not only includes his paintings but also a good selection of sculptures, tapestries and early sketches. A wonderful collection of Miró's work.
|Location of MNAC to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Official web site: Art Galleries Barcelona - MNAC
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona, España. .
Opening hours: October - April: Tuesday -Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00; Sunday and Public Holidays: 10:00 - 15:00
May - September: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 20:00; Sunday and Public Holidays: 10:00 - 15:00
Monday: Closed, except public holidays
Annual Closing: 1 January, 1 May, 25 December .
Admission: €12.00 Free with the Barcelona Card
Disabled Access: Yes
Metro: Plaça Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)
|Location of Magic Fountain to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Metro: Plaça Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1) Barcelona metro map
Official Web Site: Fonts of Barcelona
I know I said I was only going to give the top 10 most famous Barcelona tourist attractions but one site which is popular and in my opinion a "must" visit is the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. This is a light, music and water extravaganza that just can't be missed.
Performances are nightly but times vary depending on the time of year.
One other "attraction" is of course Barcelona's most famous street La Rambla.
I've put together three pages on La Rambla which summarize the main attractions and hotels on this famous street.
There are many other Barcelona tourist attractions but this page summarizes the most visited attractions. They are not necessarily "the best" attractions in Barcelona because the city has so much to offer you. It really depends what you are looking for. If you don't have much time to visit the city some of the Barcelona tourist attractions mentioned above should most certainly be on your short list. But don't forget places like Park Güell, Casa Mila, and Barcelona Cathedral and that are also top attractions to visit.
There are also many interesting attractions a short train ride from Barcelona e.g. the Dalí Museum in Figueres.