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The 17 best things to see and do in Barcelona

Barcelona has many interesting places to visit. From strolling through its neighborhoods, visiting its museums, monuments… to having fun on the beach, getting to know its viewpoints and finding charming corners.

It is easy to fall in love with the modernist architecture, the music that plays in the streets or its markets.

I am from Barcelona and although I have not lived as such in Barcelona for many years, I have visited every corner. Until now I had not proposed to write about it because it seemed to me that any article I could write would fall short. For this reason, I am going to write a few articles related to the city , which you can find on the blog and I will add curiosities, little-known places… Don’t miss them!

In this post I will tell you about the 40 best things to see and do in Barcelona and I will add links to other articles that can help you complete your trip to Barcelona.

1. Start getting to know the city with a Free Tour

You already know that I am a big fan of free tours. They are a great way to get to know the city from the hand of a local guide, who tells you about its history, curiosities… In addition, they are free

2. Visit the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is probably the most visited monument in Barcelona and it is undoubtedly a worldwide icon. It is an exponent of modernist architecture created by the artist Gaudí and began to be built in 1882 in a neo-Gothic style.

A year later the project was transferred to Gaudí , who completely rethought it.

Gaudí designed an exceptional and innovative temple that was to be made up of 18 towers , although he only had time to create one of them before his death.

Gaudí died in 1926, leaving the project that occupied the last years of his life unfinished. Thanks to the plans that are preserved, his great project gradually becomes a reality thanks to the work of other artists and the money obtained from donations and visits.

3. Park Guell

Park Güell is a huge garden with peculiar architectural elements made by the artist Antonio Gaudí.

The park owes its name to Eusebi Güell, a wealthy businessman with a passion for the works of Gaudí who acted as his main patron. Although the main idea was to build a luxury residential complex, over the years this idea was abandoned and instead a park worthy of a storybook setting was built.

The park was inaugurated in 1922 and since 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The entrance to Park Güell costs 10 euros. And it opens every day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. A great way to learn more about this great work of Gaudí is to take a guided tour.

4. Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo was built between 1904 and 1906 under the commission of Josep Batllo. It is a great masterpiece of the artist Antonio Gaudí.

It is a modernist construction, with a fascinating façade and a very curious interior.

During the visit to Casa Batllo you will get to know the different rooms of the house. Some of the most beautiful places are the patio of lights and the roof with its chimneys.

Look at every detail; the ceilings, the roof of the house, the windowsills, the handrail of the stairs, the furniture and the period decoration… It is a wonder.

The entrance to Casa Batllo costs 25 euros. The best way to buy the ticket without waiting in line is to do it online.

5. The Pedrera

Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a modernist building created by Gaudí between 1906 and 1912. It is known as La Pedrera for its stone and serene appearance.

During the visit you will be able to see a recreation of a house belonging to a bourgeois family from Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century. Although what really impresses is its roof. It is a space where you will find the most original ventilation towers and chimneys in the world.

6. The Pedralbes Monastery

The Pedralbes Monastery was founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada to house the cloistered nuns of the Poor Clares order.

Its architectural design is one of the best examples of the Catalan Gothic style.

During the tour you can visit the Cloister, the day cells, a bedroom, the chapel of San Miguel and the Church.

7. Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral is an example of Catalan Gothic architecture dating from the 14th century.

The place occupied by the Cathedral of Barcelona has been the location of different Christian temples since the 4th century AD. In the year 1058 a Romanesque-style church was consecrated in the place and in the year 1298 the construction of the Gothic church began, which did not it would be finished until the beginning of the 20th century.

The main points to highlight in the cathedral are the Cloister, the Choir, the crypt of Santa Eulalia and the Chapel of Santo Cristo de Lepanto.

The entrance to the temple and the cloister is free. However, if you want to visit the choir, the terraces… it has an additional cost of 3 euros per place.

8. Spanish Town

This “town” was built for the International Exhibition of 1929. It is a space where beautiful corners of the Spanish geography are represented.

You will find stately homes, palaces, religious buildings, narrow streets…

It’s a nice walk and if you have time to spare in Barcelona, ​​you can’t miss it.

The standard ticket costs 12.60 euros and there are reduced cost tickets for children, students, retirees…

9. The Hospital of Santa Cruz and San Pablo

The Hospital de Santa Cruz y San Pablo is an impressive complex built at the beginning of the 20th century by Lluís Domenech i Montaner and his son.

I haven’t had the opportunity to visit it inside because the last few times I’ve been to Barcelona and I’ve included it in my itinerary it has been impossible for me. Although I have seen it many times outside in passing. However, I have it pending and I really want to see how it is inside.

It is one of the buildings that all travel guides recommend. If you dare to visit it, I leave you the link to book the visit and tell me in the comments how it is.

10. Palace Guell

The Güell Palace was built between 1885 and 1890 commissioned by Eusebi Güell. It is a modernist building designed by Antonio Gaudí.

This building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

The entire tour of the Palace is impressive, its interior is fascinating, where a constant play of lights and spaces can be seen.

One of the things that most attracts attention is its roof where you will find original chimneys covered with colored ceramics.

It is an essential visit to do in Barcelona. Do not miss it!

The standard adult ticket costs 12 euros, and the first Sunday of the month is free.

12. Boqueria Market

The San Jose market, known as La Boqueria, is a hive of people, colors and both fresh and cooked products.

It is a great stop to eat something, walk between the stops and take the opportunity to buy some traditional product.

13. Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

The Basilica of Santa María del Mar was built between 1329 and 1383 in a Catalan Gothic style.

The entire population of La Ribera actively participated in the construction of the basilica, carrying each of the temple’s stones on their backs.

Inside you find extremely high ceilings, simple stone and slender columns.

12. Boqueria Market

The San Jose market, known as La Boqueria, is a hive of people, colors and both fresh and cooked products.

It is a great stop to eat something, walk between the stops and take the opportunity to buy some traditional product.

13. Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

The Basilica of Santa María del Mar was built between 1329 and 1383 in a Catalan Gothic style.

The entire population of La Ribera actively participated in the construction of the basilica, carrying each of the temple’s stones on their backs.

Inside you find extremely high ceilings, simple stone and slender columns.

16. The Agbar Tower

The Torre Agbar is one of the most important skyscrapers in Barcelona.

It was inaugurated in 2005 and since then it has had different popular names due to its shape…

It is 145 meters high and has 34 floors. The most striking thing is its shape, with more than 4,500 devices that project colored images.

17. Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens was Antoni Gaudí’s first major commission in 1883 .

Casa Vicens was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005 and is an interesting place to visit in Barcelona.

The main façade of Casa Vicens is characterized by green and white ceramics and by the set of tiles. It is made up of four floors and houses a beautiful garden with an arch and a waterfall. The most characteristic of the house are its towers and chimneys, reminiscent of the architecture of the Alhambra.

Inside Casa Vicens, the ceilings decorated with polychrome wood stand out, following the Arabic style that characterizes the building, and the smoking room, the most impressive room in Casa Vicens.

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