Top 10 Tourist attractions Barcelona


Barcelona Top Ten Attractions and Top Things to see in Barcelona 2018. Thank you for visiting our popular guide to Barcelona’s Top Ten Tourist sights. This is our personal collection of 10 best sights and things to do in Barcelona with tips for ‘must-see’ attractions. Scroll down the page for a Top 10 map. Follow the blue links for pictures, maps, addresses, visitor tips and also tour recommendations. In the summer months Barcelona’s beaches are a major attraction.
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Number 1 – La Sagrada Familia

Top Ten tourist attractions Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia unfinished church by Antoni Gaudi

Number 1.  La Sagrada Familia. At the top of any list of Barcelona Top Ten Tourist Attractions you will always find the fabulous and still unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia which was designed by Antoni Gaudi. not last century but the one before that, in 1882. This unique and breathtaking construction is Barcelona’s most famous tourist attraction and the most visited. It is rated as one of the world’s top attractions by Tripadvisor users and welcomes 3 million visitors a year. There are long lines all year to visit the spectacular interior, (plan on 1-2 hours to see inside too) so we recommend you pre-buy skip-the-line tickets especially in peak vacation times.

History of Sagrada Familia. The foundation stone was laid in 1882, when the land around the basilica was mostly fields. It was designed by celebrated Catalan/Spanish architecht Antoni Gaudi. The Sagrada Familia interior only opened fully in 2012 and worth visiting. The natural light through the windows in the morning and afternoon is stunning. The exterior is very much still under construction and currently at around 75% completion with only 8 of the 18 spires completed.

The goal is to complete the Sagrada familia in the year 2026 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. 2016 will be 144years after construction started. Gaudi died tragically in 1926 after being hit by a tram. At the time of his death only the nativity facade was almost finished. Gaudi knew that he would not live to finish the temple and once famously said, ‘My client is not in a hurry‘ meaning God. This famous basilica is also one of the Barcelona locations in Dan Brown’s latest novel Origin. Watch this YouTube video to see how the finished Sagrada Familia will look. To visit the Sagrada familia you can take a hop-on-hop-off bus – or take the metro to station Sagrada Familia. See map.

How long does it take to visit Sagrada Familia? From the outside only 15-30 minutes to walk all around which is free. To visit inside the Sagrada Familia church plan on 1 to 2 hours inside depending on which ticket you buy. Map interior Sagrada Familia
Visitor tip:
 Buy Official Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia tickets in advance. The best value tickets are €15 to see inside. You can also buy tickets with audioguide, guided tours and to towers. Dress respectfully by covering shoulders inside. See full dress code in visitor rules below

Opening times & Ticket prices
Open all year, but closed for some services and special religious events.

November, December, January, February:
9 am to 6 pm
December 25th, 26th, January 1st, 6th:
9 am to 2 pm
9 am to 7 pm
April, May, June, July, August September:
9 am to 8 pm
9 am to 7 pm

How to get to La Sagrada Familia
PDF map interior Sagrada Famlia
Visitor rules Sagrada Familia
Pictures Sagrada Familia
Gaudi buildings Barcelona
Tour Gaudi & Sagrada Família

Number 2 – Magic Fountain show

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The Magic Fountain of Montjuic music and light show

Number 2. The Font Mágica Fountain. The Magic Fountain is a ‘must see’ Barcelona attraction. You have never seen a fountain like this. It really does feel magic to experience the beautiful show of water, light and music. The Magic fountain was built in 1929as one of the main attractions for the 1929 Barcelona World Fair and the Font Magica is still one of the most famous places in Barcelona with an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually. In the winter the fountain only has evening water and light shows on Friday and Saturdays. In the summer the evening light and music show are from Thursday to Sunday. Admission is free all year. See show times below. Please note that sometimes due to exhibitions and events access to the fountain can be closed. Visit the Magic Fountain by metro to station Espanya or bus 55. See map.

Opening times & ticket prices
FREE to visit

Sundays 11am to 3 pm.
Weekdays 11 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm
Mondays which are public holidays 11am to 3 pm.

SUMMER NIGHT Magic Fountain show times
Months of June, July and August
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 9.30 to 10.3pm

AUTUMN NIGHT Magic Fountain show times
Months September and October
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm – 10.30 pm

WINTER NIGHT Magic Fountain show times
Months November to March
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm

SPRING NIGHT Magic Fountain show times
Months April and May
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm – 10.30 pm

Address Magic Fountain
Pictures Magic Fountain

Number 3 – Picasso Museum

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Picasso Museum. Permanent collection of Picasso’s early years in Barcelona

Number 3. Picasso Musuem. In the Born area. The Picasso Museum is Barcelona’s most famous museum. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in the south of Spain, but the Picasso family moved to Barcelona in 1895 and Picasso lived here until 1904. Picasso’s father was an art teacher and although as a child Pablo Picasso already studied art in Malaga, it was in Barcelona that he spent his formative years. He considered himself as being from Barcelona and it was here that spent his early years as a struggling young painter and first exhibited. The most famous Picasso paintings are not in Barcelona, but you can see a unique collection of 4000 works with early sketches and canvases, which shows his incredible development from student to the world´s best loved artist. The museum is in several magnificent gothic mansions in the Born part of Barcelona’s old city.
Nearest metro station Jaume I and then 10 mins walk. See map

Visitor Tip 1: Book a Picasso walking tour which includes skip-the-line access and guided tour.
Visitor Tip 2: Buy skip-the-line Picasso museum tickets.
Visitor Tip 3: The Picasso museum has free admission for everyone on first Sunday of month all day and free every Thursday after 6pm.

Opening times & Ticket prices
Closed Mondays except public holidays

TICKETS Picasso walking tour incl museum skip-the-line tickets.
TICKETS Skip-the-line Picasso museum €11
Address Picasso Museum
Top Barcelona museums


Number 4 – Las Ramblas street

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Las Ramblas – Barcelona’s most famous walking street

Number 4. La Rambla street. Also called Las Ramblas because it consists of diffferent sections. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said ‘It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end’ and it almost doesn’t because it now continues into Port Vell marina. La Rambla starts at central square Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Columbus monument at the Port Vell marina. La Rambla it is not a spectacular attraction in any way, but very pleasant to stroll down and feel the human heartbeat of Barcelona. La Rambla is also called Las Ramblas because different stretches of the street have different names. La Rambla is safe to visit, however, be careful of pickpockets on La Rambla and in nearby Metro stations. In the early hours of the morning from 2 – 4am be wary on the lower part of La Rambla near the harbour. See map.

Visitor Tip: Watch out for pickpockets when you watch street art performances.

Opening times and ticket prices
Always open and FREE to visit

Address La Rambla street
Pictures La Rambla

Number 5 – FC Barcelona museum & Camp Nou stadium

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FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium and Barça museum

Number 5. Camp Nou Stadium. Home of Barcelona football team. Buy Tickets Barcelona games. If there are no games during your visit, then book the stadium and museum tour. TICKETS Camp Nou Experience The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are among the most popular attractions in Barcelona attracting millions of visitors a year. Camp Nou also has the one of the largest Nike stores in Europe packed with Barca merchandise. Unmissable for Barça fans. Visitor tip. You can buy cheaper FCB shirts and scarves from market stalls outside stadium on match days but they might not be official.

Opening times & ticket prices

TICKETS Tour + Museum. Adult €23
TICKETS Tour + Museum. Child €18
FC Barcelona calender
Map Camp Nou stadium
Address Nou Camp Stadium
FC Barcelona museum
Pictures Camp Nou

Number 6 – Barrio Gotico

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Barrio Gotico – Gothic quarter of Barcelona’s medieval city

Number 6. The Barrio Gotico. The gothic quarter is the medieval city of Barcelona. It grew around the ancient Roman town of Barcino which is Barcelona’s oldest area. The gothic part of the city has many beautiful churches, plazas, markets and museums and you can see parts of the old Roman walls. If you visit the Barcelona history musuem Museu d’Història de la Ciutat you can see remains of Roman Barcino houses and streets under the museum. The gothic quarter is free to visit and best seen on foot because tour buses cannot drive through the narrow streets. There are no dangerous areas in the Gothic quarter, but be aware of Barcelona pickpockets. Also worth visiting is the neighbouring medieval areas of Barcelona’s old city called El Born, Barceloneta and Raval.

Opening times & Ticket prices
Always open and FREE to visit

PIctures Gothic Barcelona
Walking tours gothic area

Number 7 – Park Guell by Gaudi

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Park Guell – Gaudi’s modernist park on Carmel hill

Number 7. Parc Guell. Parc Guell i is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to one of Gaudi’s most artistic works. Parc Guell is a Barcelona top attraction and must-see. The park is on Carmel hill so seeing this attraction involves a 900m uphill walk if you take the hop-on-hop-off bus or arrive from metro station Vallcarca. If you prefer not to walk, then take a taxi to the Park Guell front gate. The original idea of by Josep Guell was to develop a private and exclusive residential garden village with 60 houses. It didn’t work and after Guell’s death in 1923 the park was donated by the Guell family to Barcelona as a public park.
See map.

Opening times & Ticket prices
Parc Guell is open daily all year

TICKETS skip-the-line Park Guell €7 
Private tours Park Guell

Address Parc Guell
Pictures Parc Guell
About Antoni Gaudi

Number 8 – Modernist buildings

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Modernist buildings in Barcelona

Number 8. Modernist buildings. Modernisme was a Catalan cultural movement centred in Barcelona and Catalonia from 1888 to 1911. It is most famous for its architectural expression in particular the many works of Antoni Gaudí. There are a handful of modernist buildings in Barcelona that are unique and three of them are in the same Barcelona city block facing street Passeig de Gracia. The block is nicknamed ‘Illa de la Discòrdia’ – the ‘Block of Discord’ because the buildins are so different. They are Casa Amatller designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the magical Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi and the Casa Lleó-Morera. A little further up the street Passeig de Gracia is one of Gaudi’s most famous buildings – Casa Mila – nicknamed «La Pedrera» (the Quarry) because of its design. In the summer months you can enjoy rooftop terrace concerts at La Pedrera. Casa Batllo offer summer concerts in their modernist courtyard. Another modernist treasure is the beautiful Palau Guell town house near Las Ramblas, also by Gaudi. For modernist art and furniture visit Barcelona’s Modernist museum.

Opening times & ticket prices

TICKETS La Pedrera DAY €20.50
TICKETS La Pedrera NIGHT €34
TICKETS Casa Batllo €22.50
TICKETS Casa Amatller €10
TICKETS Palau Guell €12
Address Casa Battlo
Address Casa Amatller
Address Casa Mila
Address Palau Guell
Biography Antoni Gaudi
Modernist architecture Barcelona

Number 9 – Montjuic hill & Poble Espanyol

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Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish Village on Montjuic hill

BARCELONA – AUGUST 11: Main entrance of Poble Espanyol, an open-air architectural museum on the Montjuic hill in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on August 11, 2017

Number 9. Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish Village. Montjuic hill has many parks and attractions. There is a former fort on the summit called Montjuic Castle, which has a rich and dark history and fantastic views of Barcelona. The other main attraction on Montjuic hill is the Spanish village Poble Espanyol, which is a festive celebrations of Spanish and Spanish culture and architecture. Originally built for the Barcelona 1929 World Fair it is showcase village of Spain’s different regional styles. You can see all of Spain in one village. It was so popular with visitors and locals alike that the city kept it after the world exhibition ended. It now houses a wide variety of cafés, night clubs, restaurants, over 40 artisan craft shops and the popular El Tablao de Carmen flamenco show. In 2018 Poble Espanyol opened a new «Fiesta» space which is an amazing multimedia show highlighting Spain’s most popular anf famous cultural festivals, celebrations and landscapes.
Visitor tip. The flamenco show includes 1 hours free entrance to Poble Espanyol. See map. This attraction is on hop-on-hop-off bus routes or take metro L1 or L3 to nearest metro station Espanya and then it is a 20 minute walk to Poble Espanyol.

Opening times & Ticket prices

Montjuic castle is open daily all year

Tickets Montjuic Castle €5
TICKETS Montjuic cable car
Address directions Montjuic Castle

Poble Espanyol village is open daily all year

TICKETS Poble Espanyol:  €14
Address Poble Espanyol

Number 10 – Tibidabo hill

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Tibadabo hill, Sagrat Cor church & Tibidabo amusement park

Number 10. Tibidabo. A visit to Tibadabo is a fun thing to do in Barcelona and great for kids. The views of Barcelona are fantastic and there is a small and fun vintage amusement park at the top, which is open in the summer from March to September. You can reach the Tibadabo hilltop by a vintage Blue Tram which connects to a mountain railway. Or take a bus from the Plaza Catalunya directly to Tibidabo when the funfair is open. The fun-fair is closed in winter, It is open at weekends in spring and autumn and generally open from Wednesday to Sunday in summer, but check before visiting. The Skywalk to enjoy views of Barcelona is free and open all year except a few weeks in February for annual maintenance. The Sagrat Cor church on Tibidabo hill is open all day all year and is free to visit.
See map and how to get to Tibidabo

Opening times & Ticket prices

Tibidabo amusement park Opening Times
TIckets general entrance € 28.50
Tickets children under 1,2m €10.30
Tickets Tibidabo Skywalk Classic
Tickets Tibidabo Skywalk Panoramic from €12
Address and directions to Tibadabo amusement park
Pictures Tibadabo amusement park


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