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.
|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.
|Location map showing the nearest metro stop to the Sagrada Familia. Click for a magnified view of this map|
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, 01 and 06 January: 09:00 - 14:00
Main entrance (Queuing): €15.00
Main entrance + towers (Queuing): €29.00
Disabled Access: Yes
Metro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2)
|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.
|The Magic Fountain of Montjuic|
|Location map showing the 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
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 map of La Pedrera showing the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
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.
€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)
|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.
|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
Barcelona FC Tour: Barcelona FC stadium tour tickets online.
Disabled Access: Yes
Metro: Collblanc (Blue Line, L5)
No. 6 Park Güell by Gaudí
|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.
Metro stop "Lesseps" (Green Line, L3) On leaving the metro follow the street signposts for the park.
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.
|Location map of Picasso Museum showing the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Address: Picasso Museum
08003 Barcelona, España.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 21:30
Admission: €11.00 for main exhibition - extra for special showings.
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 map of Miró Museum showing the nearest metro stop. Click the map for a magnified view.|
Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona, España.
Opening hours: Check web site for details as they vary depending on the time of the year.
Disabled Access: Yes
Official web site: 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.
|Location map of MNAC showing 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 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 .
Disabled Access: Yes
Metro: Plaça Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)
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.
Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)
|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.