Author: Stay U-nique
There are many guides online telling you where to go in Barcelona. As local residents and guides this is our choice of the top 10 best places to visit in Barcelona.
The temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, also called the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located on the summit of Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona. The view from here is priceless. There is also a small park for the kids, which is open in the summer from March to September. You can reach the top of Tibadabo via a Blue Tram which connects to a mountain railway, or you could take the bus from Plaza Catalunya directly to Tibidabo. The park and the church are free to visit, except you would need to pay €3 to go up in the lift, which will allow you to access the highest point of the mountain.
Address: Plaça del Tibidabo, 3, 08035, Barcelona.
2: La Sagrada Família church
Number 2 on our list is the famous unfinished La Sagrada Família church designed by Antoni Gaudi. This church is Barcelona most famous tourist attraction. 3 million people visiting La Sagrada Família yearly. Tickets for the Basilica is €15,-. If you want to visit Basilica and towers costs €19.50. Your ticket to the Sagrada Família is actually a donation to help finish the construction which is privately funded.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013, Barcelona.
3: Las Rambla street
Number 3 on our list is the most famous street of Barcelona, Las Rambla. La Rambla starts at Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Monument of Columbus at the Port Vell harbour of Barcelona. La Rambla is not a spectacular sight, compared to other attractions in Barcelona, but it is very nice to stroll down the street and enjoy the livable street. During the day and evening it is very safe to walk in this street, but be aware of a lot of pick pockets. So a little tip, wear your bag in front of you to avoid pickpockets.
Address: La Rambla, Barcelona
4: Camp Nou stadium and FC Barcelona museum
Our number 5 on our list is Camp Nou, the main stadion of FC Barcelona. With a seating capacity of 99.354, It is the largest stadium in Europe and the second largest association football stadium in the world. Camp Nou is one of the most popular attractions of Barcelona, and receive millions of visitors a year. Ticket Tour plus museum for adults costs €23,-. Tickets for children between 6 and 13 years old costs €18,-.
Address: Carrer d’Arístides Maillol, 08028, Barcelona.
5: Picasso Museum Barcelona
Number 6 is Picasso Museam, it houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the Spanish legendary artist Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973). With 4,251 works exhibited by the painter, the museum has one of the most complete permanent collections of works. Highlights of the collection include two of his first major and well known works, The First Communion (made in 1896), and Science and Charity (made in 1897). Ticket to enter the museum plus a tour costs €22,-. Children between 4 and 12 years old costs €7,-.
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 15, 08003, Barcelona.
6: Magic Fountain show
Our number 6 in our list is the Magic Fountain, a must-see attraction when you visit Barcelona. The Magic Fountain was designed by Carles Buïgas, who had designed illuminated fountains as early as 1922. Currently, it is one of the most famous attractions of Barcelona. The Magic Fountain receive around 2 million visitors yearly. It is open from Thursday to Sunday and starts during the summer and in the winter it is open on Friday and Saturday only. The Magic Fountain show is free to visit.
Address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 08038, Barcelona.
7: Barrio Gotico area of Barcelona
Our number 7 in our list is the beautiful Gothic Quarter. It stretches from La Rambla (number 4 in our list) to Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. It is a part of Ciutat Vella district. The Barri Gòtic has many small streets opening out into squares. Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic although open to service vehicles and taxis. The gothic quarter is free to visit and best seen on foot.
Address: Stretches from La Rambla to Laientana.
8: Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish village
Pable Espanyol is an architectural museum in Barcelona, also called the Spanish village of Barcelona. It is located close to the Fountains of Montjuïc. The “village” features beautiful houses, parks, theater, school and restaurants. The Poble Espanyol village is the 4th most visited attraction in Barcelona. It was built in 1929 for tourists to showcase Spain’s different architectuere. Tickets for the Montjuic castle cost €9,-
Opening times Montjuic castle:Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
Address: Carretera de Montjuïc, 66, 08038, Barcelona.
9: Modernist Park Guell by Gaudi
You have probably seen this picture before. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. The orginal idea was to built this park for the neighborhood, but after his dead his family donated the park to the public, so everyone can visit the park. Entrance ticket costs €7,- in advance and €8,- if you buy the ticket at the park.
from 25 October to 23 March:
from 08:30 h to 18:00 h
from 24 March to 19 October:
from 08:00 h to 21:30 h
Address: Carrer Olot, 7, 08024, Barcelona.
10: Mercat de La Boqueria
Mercat de la Boqueria is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona. Mercat de La Boqueria is of the most popular markets of Spain. You can enter the market from La Rambla (number 4 on our list). If you are planning to visit Barcelona, The Boqueria Market is a must-see. The market has a very diverse selection of food. E.g. they sell olives, seafood, fruit, meats, cheeses and a lot more.
Opening times: Monday till Saturday: 08:00 – 20:30
Address: Rambla 91, 08001, Barcelona.