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Famous Barcelona Tourist Attractions And Sights - Our Top 10 Picks

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This page lists our choice of best Barcelona's tourist attractions and sights of interest. You will find a brief description of each Barcelona sight of interest along with a link to a photo gallery of each. We have also provided a small sights map to show the exact location of the attraction and if you click on these maps you will see a larger version of the map. The map includes the nearest metro underground stops to the attaction. 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.

Our top 10 Barcelona tourist attractions.

Whenever possible we have included the annual number of visitors to the sight although that is not possible for some of these as they are open spaces.


No.1 Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudí (Giant Basilica)

Barcelona's no.1 tourist attraction - la sagrada familia by antonio Gaudí
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 slowly 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.

Picture gallery of the Sagrada Familia

Location of Sagrada Familia to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location map showing 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. .

Opening hours:
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, 01 and 06 January: 09:00 - 14:00

Admission:
Main entrance (Queuing):
  €15.00
Main entrance + towers (Queuing):  €29.00

Jump the queue access to Sagrada Familia with guided tour

Disabled Access: Yes


How to get to Sagrada Familia

MetroMetro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2)


Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for La Sagrada Familia is "Sagrada Família" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

Mallorca / Marina: 19, 33, 34, 50, 51, H10


Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Sagrada Familia


No.2 Las Ramblas - Barcelona's most famous Street

Street performer on La Rambla
Street performer on La Rambla

La Rambla, or "Las Ramblas", as it is sometimes called, is Barcelona's most famous boulevard.

Here you will not only find many interesting shops, restaurants and buildings but also street performers.

I've put together a few pages pages on La Rambla which summarize the main attractions on this famous street.

You will also find a link to a list of hotels on La Rambla if you are planning on staying there during your visit.

La Rambla overview
La Rambla map

Photo gallery of La Rambla

La Rambla hotels


No. 3 The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc - one of my favourite Barcelona Sights

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic

 
Location of Magic Fountain to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this mapLocation map showing the location of Magic Fountain to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
One attraction 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.

Photo gallery of the Magic fountain of Montjuïc


How to get to Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Metro: Plaça Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1) Barcelona metro map


Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is "CaixaForum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

Avinguda Ferrer i Guàrdia / Mèxic: 13, 150
Plaça Espanya: 23, 37, H12, H16


Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Magic Fountain of Montjuïc


Official Web Site: Fonts of Barcelona


No.4 La Pedrera - Casa Mila by Antonio Gaudí

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.

Photo gallery of Gaudi's La Pedrera

Location of La Pedrera to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location map of La Pedrera showing the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map

Opening hours:
27 February - 02 November: Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 20:00
03 November - 24 December: Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00
26 December - 03 January: 09:00 - 20:00

Address:  La Pedrera
Calle Provenca, 261 - 265
08008 Barcelona, España.

Admission:  €20.50   Save   20%  with the Barcelona Card
Disabled Access: Yes. Nearly 100% accessible for the wheelchair visitor.


How to get to La Pedrera

Metro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) and (Blue Line, L5)


Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for La Pedrera (Casa Mila) is "La Pedrera" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

Passeig de Gràcia / Avinguda Diagonal: 7, 22, 24, V15


Car Park Car parking near Gaudi Casa Mila (La Pedrera)


barcelona attraction - fc Barcelona camp nou museum
Barcelona attraction - FC Barcelona Camp Nou museum

No. 5 Barcelona FC 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.

Visit our Barcelona FC tour page for an indepth review of this top attraction.

 

Photos of Barcelona FC football museum and stadium.

Location of Barcelona FC Museum to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location map of Barcelona FC Museum showing the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map

  Barcelona FC Museum
Aristides Maillol, 12
08028 Barcelona, España.

Opening hours:  06 January - 18 March: 10:00 - 18:30; Sunday: 10:00 - 14:30
19 March - 16 October: 09:30 - 19:30
17 October - 17 December: 10:00 - 18:30; Sunday: 10:00 - 14:30
25 December: Closed

Admission price
Adults:  €23.95
Child:  €18.95

Barcelona FC Tour: Barcelona FC stadium tour tickets online.

Disabled Access: Yes


How to get to Barcelona FC Stadium

Metro: Collblanc (Blue Line, L5)


Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Barcelona FC Camp Nou stadium is "Camp Nou (FC Barcelona)" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona: 75
Les Corts / Arizala: H8
Mini-Estadi / Palau Blaugrana: 113


Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Camp Nou Football Stadium (FC Barcelona)


No. 6 Park Güell by Gaudí

Amazing stone structues at Park Güell.
Amazing stone support structues at Park Güell.

Park Güell is a wonderful large park designed by Antoni Gaudí. You can enter the park free of charge however there is also an area called the "Monumental Area" which you would have to pay to get into. You will find more details below on the Monumental Area.

When you visit the park you will see amazing stone structures, colourful ceramic tiles and the house were Gaudí lived. You can easily spend half a day on a visit to this park.

We have put together a detailed page on Park Güell.


How to get to Park Güell

metroMetro stop "Lesseps" (Green Line, L3) On leaving the metro follow the street signposts for the park.


Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Park Güell is "Park Güell" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

Parc Güell: 24, 92
Olot / Marianao: 116
CAP Larrard: 24, 32, H6


Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Gaudí Park Güell


How to jump the entrance queue at Park Güell

There is usually a long entrance queue if you want to visit the "monumental area" which has the most interesting things to see in the park. The monumental area includes the section with the ceramic tiles seating that offers you magnificient views of rest of Barcelona. If you want to jump this queue and have a professional guide lead you around the park we recommend booking your tickets in advance online by following the link below.

Park Güell jump the queue tickets with guided tour.


No. 7 Picasso Museum

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 Picasso Museum to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location map of Picasso Museum showing the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Official Web Site: Picasso Museum

Address:  Picasso Museum
Montcada, 15-23
08003 Barcelona, España.

Opening hours:  Tuesday - Sunday: 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 21:30
Monday: Closed

Admission:  €11.00  for main exhibition - extra for special showings.

Disabled Access: Yes


How to get to Picasso Museum

Metro: Jaume l (Yellow Line, L4)

Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Picasso Museum is "Catedral - Gòtic" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

Via Laietana / Jutjas: 120, 45, V15, V17
Pla de Palau: H14


Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Picasso Museum


No. 8 Miró Museum

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 Miró Museum to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location map of Miró Museum showing the nearest metro stop. Click the map for a magnified view.

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.

Admission:  €12.00  

  Free entrance with the Barcelona Card

Disabled Access: Yes

Official web site: Joan Miró


How to get to Fundació Joan Miró

Transport: Montjuïc Funicular - you can catch the Montjuïc Funicular train from Paral.lel metro station.

Metro Stop: Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1) Walk about 20 minutes - Uphill most of the way.


Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Fundació Joan Miró is "Fundació Joan Miró" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

Avinguda Miramar / Estació del Funicular: 55, 150


Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Fundació Joan Miró


No.9 National Museum of Art of Catalunya MNAC

Location of MNAC to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location map of MNAC showing the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map

Official web site: Art Galleries Barcelona - MNAC

Address:  MNAC
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona, España. .

Opening hours:  October - April: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday and Public Holiday: 10:00 - 15:00
May - September: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 20:00
May - September, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10:00 - 15:00
Monday: Closed .

Admission:  €12.00  

Disabled Access: Yes


How to get to MNAC

Metro: Plaça Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)


Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for MNAC is "MNAC" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

MNAC / Museu Etnològic: 55
Plaça Espanya: 37, 65, 79, 91, 109, 150, 165, H12, H16
Poble Espanyol: 13


Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)


Photos around the MNAC


10. Placa Reial

Plaça Reial is a picturesque square situated just off La Rambla. The square offers you a relaxing spot to have a coffee or a bite to eat and just take in the atmosphere. The square has a beautiful fountain in the centre and some fine restaurants and bars. There are also two large, distinctive lamposts in this square which were designed by Gaudí and represent some of his first commissioned works. At the foot of each the lamposts you will see a plaque that identifies them.


How to get to Plaça Reial

Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)


Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Plaça Reial is "Passeig de Colom" with the Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus


Public bus

La Rambla / Plaça del Teatre: 59, V13


Car parking

Car Park Car parking near Placa Reial in Barri Gotic (historic quarter)

Plaça Reial central fountain
Plaça Reial central fountain

See our photo gallery page of Plaça Reial for more information.


There are many other Barcelona tourist attractions but this page summarizes some of our favourites.

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 Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona beaches, and Tibidabo moutain (with panoramic views of the city) that are also wonderful places to visit.

There are also many interesting attractions a short train ride from Barcelona e.g. the Dalí Museum in Figueres.


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