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Parc Guell (Barcelona) – All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Very good





Dorin S

Bucharest, Romania1 contribution

Dissapointed because of lack of reaction from Barcelona ‘ s authorities

Apr 2023 • Couples

We bought tickets from a website which turns to be fake, and our access has been denied. The fake website is: parkguell-tickets.org
At the entrance, the employees told us that the police knows about this issue but…unfortunately, nothig happend.
Ugly experience for turists. :(((

Written April 25, 2023

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Margaret P

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Don’t go if you have any trouble walking!

Apr 2023 • Couples

Several places called this park wheelchair accessible, The taxis have to drop people 100 meters away up a very steep hill. We had to give up after getting to the top where the entrance is. I asked why it’s called wheelchair accessible, and was told it’s because within the park where there are stairs, there are ramps. Also, some reviews said it is free. It is not, and it was sold out by 1:00. It looked very beautiful from the outside.

Written April 25, 2023

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31 contributions

Would go if you have spare time

Apr 2023 • Solo

I wouldn’t say it is a must see but it was a beautiful park. There is plenty to see, you can also just sit and relax on the benches. The staff were all friendly.

Written April 25, 2023

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Seattle, WA2,605 contributions

Parc Güell – The Main Things to Do are Near the Exit

May 2022

Park Güell was definitely one of the farthest things from our airbnb but it was impossible to find a place to stay that was centrally located, especially with 2 toddlers and 6 adults with varying interests.

It was only 10 euros/adult and free for the kids so it was pretty cheap to enter. We bought tickets ahead of time and you can enter up to 30 minutes after your ticket time. We opted to go early, to have the most time. I had read in several places that the best/most photogenic things to do are near the exit. I wouldn’t say that was 100% true but it was pretty close. We enjoyed climbing the hill and seeing the sights, though there’s only so much to see/do, even on a clear day. We were here the morning/early afternoon of May 23rd, 2022 (a Monday) and it was a little hazy on the horizon.

Some of the most popular sights in the park start by walking through Pòrtic de la Bugadera and wind through the others (Hypostyle Room, Escalinata monumental, etc.) – at the end of the park, as mentioned earlier. So if you’re short on time or attention, I would say head straight there and take your pictures. Otherwise, we allocated 2.5hrs to go here and we spent about 2-2.5hrs walking around, exploring & taking pictures.

Written April 24, 2023

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Kim D

9 contributions

Beautiful place!

Apr 2023

We spent a few hours strolling around this park. It is quite large and has great views of the city. We really enjoyed seeing this after the Sagrada since Gaudi designed both and they were such different projects

Written April 24, 2023

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Michael L

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Apr 2023 • Couples

We had 1 day in Barcelona and booked the Parc through GETYOURGUIDE- they sent us the wrong Barcelona a few days before we went- we didn’t realise until we got to the Parc and they wouldn’t scan – we explained to staff- it was my birthday- showed them receipt from getyourguide that we had booked- but they wouldn’t let us in. NEVER USE GETYOUR GUIDE!!! If you definitely want to see something.

Written April 24, 2023

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Cole D

Devon, UK9 contributions

Tourist central but lovely park.

Apr 2023

Having read so many amazing reviews for this must-see place in Barcelona I was left a bit disappointed to be honest. Very very busy park and not that big so walkways are very cramped. Lots of sales people along the paths too which can get annoying. Don’t get me wrong the park is beautiful and the Gaudi buildings are amazing, plus its one of the highest vantage points in the city so you get fantastic photos at the top, but overall deffo not a must-see in my books if you’d like to spare the euros on something else.

Written April 21, 2023

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Alexia M

22 contributions

Must-see in Barcelona

Apr 2023 • Couples

Need to book well in advance if you want flexibility on booking timings! (Especially if weekend)
We went on a Monday evening for sunset and it was beautiful and not crowded. Loved the park and the art within. A must in Barcelona!
It took us about an hour to get around the main areas (taking our time) and we didn’t find the walk up the hill to the main entrance bad at all!! There is also a lift/buses that go up right to park entrances if you want to avoid the walk.

Written April 18, 2023

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London, UK3 contributions

Nice mosaics, nothing too spectacular.

Mar 2023 • Couples

At first we was turned away by staff at 12:30pm. She said the park is closed, then said the park is to full up.
We was disappointed as we walked 30 minutes to be turned away just like that. So we went online and booked a slot for the next day….
We arrive, no one checked our time slot. We go in, the park is so busy you can barely walk around. The park itself… There are not many signs up to direct you which way to go, the mosaics and buildings are pretty, the birds were chirping. I’d advise comfy footwear and bring water.

Written April 16, 2023

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Vinton, IA17 contributions

Not for the weak of hear but worth the $ to see!!!!

Apr 2023

The views from this park are off the charts amazing!!! I will admit it was a challenge to get there so be warned that it is on a super high hill. There is also alot of walking so be prepared. There is so much to see. Yes it is a very large park but what you see for structures and nature is captivating. Truly a must.

Written April 16, 2023

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15 Best Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city of contrasts. It’s edgy and raw, yet artistic and sophisticated. It’s a place that’s home to a complete melting pot of cultures, yet remains uniquely its own.

It’s also a city blessed with world-class restaurants, incredible architecture, a thumping nightlife scene, and a gorgeous coastline. In this post, I’m going to share with you my top things to do in Barcelona.

With a great public transport system to shuttle you between the many neighbourhoods, and wide, pedestrian-friendly streets, getting around Barcelona is a breeze. 

Table of Contents

  • 1. Join a Walking Tour
  • 2. Check Out Antoni Gaudí’s Work
  • 3. Stroll The Beach Boardwalk at La Barceloneta
  • 4. Get Lost in El Born
  • 5. Explore the Gothic Quarter
  • 6. Join a Paella Cooking Class (One of the Best Things to do in Barcelona!)
  • 7. Go Out For Tapas and Pinchos
  • 8. Wander Around El Raval Barrio
  • 9. Be Wowed By a Drink at Paradiso Cocktail Bar
  • 10. Go Sailing
  • 11. Walk La Rambla and Shop at La Boqueria Market
  • 12. Sandwiches With a Side of Cava
  • 13. Visit the Vineyards
  • 14. Watch Some Dancing (or Join in)
  • 15. Make Your Own Shoes
  • FAQs About Visiting Barcelona
  • Where to Stay in Barcelona
  • Now You Know The Best Things To Do in Barcelona
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The city really does have a vibe of its own and there are endless things to do in Barcelona to keep you busy. 

Having spent 10 days in Barcelona with Nick, we were able to sufficiently scratch the surface and discover a lot of all this destination has to offer. Without a doubt, this is now one of my favourite cities in the world. 

With that, let’s get started with this list of the 15 best things to do in Barcelona.

1. Join a Walking Tour

This is one of the best activities in Barcelona for when you first arrive. 

Walking tours are available in pretty much every major city in Europe, and by joining one, you’ll be able to orientate yourself immediately, while checking off some city highlights along the way.  

You can join a free tour with companies like Sandemans, whose guides will take you through a few of the neighbourhoods in Barcelona, and show you many of the city’s must-see sights. 

These walking tours are “free”, but they operate on tips (€5-10 is sufficient). Since they’re such a low price, you may find that many people wish to join your preferred trip too. 

A better option is to join this highly rated walking tour experience, or this one which is totally private. Together with your knowledgeable and comical guide, you’ll visit the Old Town ‘Ciutat Vella’, the Gothic Quarter ‘Barri Gòtic’, and ‘El Born’.

While you’ll certainly see the main sights, the best part of the walking tour is that you’ll also gain local insight into the city; including the dos and don’ts, the best places to eat, and more. 

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2. Check Out Antoni Gaudí’s Work

You really can’t visit Barcelona without checking out the gorgeous work of Antoni Gaudí. You literally couldn’t miss his masterpieces if you tried.

Sitting in stark contrast next to the more typical modern architecture and the beautiful, but less exotic-looking Catalan Gothic buildings, is the works of 20th-century genius architect, Antoni Gaudí.

Entrance To Gaudi’s Park Guell

Most of his buildings are based on naturally occurring organic shapes, curves, and bends. While normal buildings have pointed archways, sharp corners, and functional columns, Gaudí’s appear to be built in celebration of the connection between man and Mother Nature.

Two Gaudí buildings that you can’t miss while in Barcelona include La Sagrada Familia – a structure still under construction more than 130 years later, and the Barcelona Cathedral – this is my favourite piece in the city.

Other must-sees include Parque Guell, Casa BatYo, Casa Mila, and Casa Vee-sens.

A great way to cover all of Gaudi’s work in one go is to join this Introduction to Gaudi experience, which is only $40. You’ll visit lots of Gaudi’s masterpieces and learn interesting information about the artist and his architecture along the way. 

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3. Stroll The Beach Boardwalk at La Barceloneta

The Barceloneta beach area of Barcelona is gorgeous. With a wide boardwalk known as Paseo Marítimo which follows the coastline for about 4 kilometres, it’s the perfect place for a long stroll by the sea.

You’ll find a few cool restaurants and bars that have tables spilling out onto patios right on the sand, and there are always people making sandcastles, swimming in the water, (during summer months), and enjoying the sunshine.

We ended up visiting the Barceloneta area after already being in the city for a week, and we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was, or that we hadn’t visited sooner!  

Depending on which neighbourhood in Barcelona you’re staying in, you can visit Barceloneta on foot, by bus, or by taking the metro to Metro stop “Barceloneta”, (Yellow Line, L4).

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4. Get Lost in El Born

The Barrio of El Born is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and beautifully ornate Churches and Basilicas.

In this neighbourhood, you’ll find cafes and boutique stores by daylight, and cocktail bars and samba by night. You can visit El Born any time of day and it’s always fun and exciting, but it takes on a whole different vibe at night.

If you have time, try to venture here at least once during the day, and once at night, when the street lamps light up the stone buildings, giving them a golden glow.

Considering he lived here from the age of 15, it’s not surprising that you’ll also find some artistic works by Pablo Picasso in El Born, particularly in the Picasso Museum.

Couple that with some great wine bars and restaurants and you have one of the most eclectic and exciting barrios in the city. For a quaint and fun wine bar, I recommend Bodega del Born, and for excellent cocktails and an experience in itself, the Paradiso speakeasy.

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5. Explore the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is yet another charming medieval neighbourhood in the city of Barcelona. I’ve now listed three of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods in this article, but the fact is, this is only a small selection of the barrios that this city has to offer.

The Gothic Quarter is Barcelona’s jewel in the crown of historical barrios. Dating back more than 2,000 years, it’s an area full of narrow back streets, towering churches, quiet alleyways, great restaurants and bars, and some of the city’s most fascinating history.

Artisans sell leather and jewelry near La Sagrada Familia, while flower stalls and street-food vendors line the busy avenue of La Rambla.

A great way to explore the Gothic Quarter, (Barri Gòtic), is by joining a old town and Gothic Quarter walking tour. Together with your guide, you’ll wander through the historic center learning about the history, culture, and dark secrets of Barcelona. At the end of the walking tour, (in true Catalonian style), you’ll share a glass of sangria together. 

Alternatively you can join this this cheaper walking tour and see similar sites in a shorter time for around $20. 

Enjoy the Gothic Quarter – you’ll be amazed at every corner you turn in this captivating maze of narrow streets and alleys. 

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6. Join a Paella Cooking Class (One of the Best Things to do in Barcelona!)

We booked this paella cooking class during our trip to Barcelona and it was easily one of the best experiences we’ve enjoyed to date. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Barcelona for couples, friends, and foodies.

Even though Pallela is originally from Valencia, (further south in the region), it’s still a popular dish throughout Catalonia.

During this cooking class, Chef Lucia, (who’s worked in both Gordan Ramsay’s and Jaime Oliver’s kitchens), walks you through the steps to create one of Catalonia’s most famous dishes; the delicious paella.

While cooking in pairs at your station, you’ll be served ice cold, bubbly cava, (the Catalan style of sparkling white wine), relish in chatting with other guests, and learn professional cooking techniques from respected chefs.

The cava doesn’t stop flowing and you can have as much, or as little, as you like.

What’s especially great about this experience is that you get to cook the dish from start to finish, as opposed to other cooking classes which have everything prepared for you, and you basically just watch the meal being completed. Not here! You do it all, and get to enjoy your creation at the end.  

I really can’t recommend this enough. Not only is it a great cooking class, but you get to tick two things off your list of things to do in Barcelona; drink cava and eat paella. Book the paella cooking class here.

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7. Go Out For Tapas and Pinchos

Pretty much everyone knows about tapas – the famous Spanish appetizer plates – but have you heard of the smaller, bite-sized snacks known as pinchos?

Pincho literally translates to “thorn” or “spike” and refers to the toothpick that you’ll find holding together every pincho you eat.

There are plenty of places in Barcelona to get both tapas and pinchos, but Poble Sec in particular is the place to be for the abundance of bars that line the street here.

We joined this tapas trip which took us to 5 different tapas/pinchos bars where we sampled nearly a dozen different small dishes. You’ll learn about tapas culture and tidbits about Barcelona. Plus, how to properly pay for pinchos at a bar, (spoiler: you keep your toothpicks and pay per “stick” on the honour system).

I won’t give it all away by telling you about the tasty tapas we sampled, you’ll have to book and discover for yourself. We really enjoyed the tapas experience and felt like it was a must-do in Barcelona to get the night started.

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8. Wander Around El Raval Barrio

El Raval is a vibrant multi-cultural barrio in the heart of Barcelona. Although this area is considered a place in Barcelona to take caution of, these days there’s a lot of gentrification going on, and it’s now better known for being an edgy, bohemian area.

During our trip to Barcelona we spent a day exploring El Raval and enjoyed experiencing this other side of the city. Rather than medieval architecture and broad, leafy streets, we found buildings that looked a bit rougher around the edges, interesting street art, and lovely community gardens.

El Raval is actually home to some of Barcelona’s top museums and restaurants — don’t miss Cañete Bar, or Dos Palillos.  

9. Be Wowed By a Drink at Paradiso Cocktail Bar

Paradiso cocktail bar is an institution in Barcelona, and for good reason. This is probably the coolest secret bar we’ve ever been to and that’s no understatement! 

To enter the bar, you have to already know about it because it has a hidden entrance through a walk-in freezer door in the back of a deli, but despite their attempts to keep this place a secret, pretty much everyone who lives or visits Barcelona will be drawn here at some point.

The prices in this bar aren’t cheap, (around 15 euros for a cocktail), but neither is the booze that they use, or the way they prepare them.

From steaming wooden logs topped with crispy deep-fried ants, cachaca and passion fruit, to dry ice gins and smoked tequila cocktails, this place puts a whimsical spin on every drink they serve.

The bartenders at Paradiso are really friendly and patient as you order the drinks, making this a very approachable speakeasy. If you like a good drink, shaken or stirred, I highly recommend that you add this incredible bar in El Born to your Barcelona itinerary. 

10. Go Sailing

Sailing is one of the best things to do in Barcelona on a hot afternoon, or to enjoy the sunset in the evening. 

Hop aboard this sailboat and cruise up the coast to enjoy views of the city’s skyline. Some of the top sights include Sagrada Familia, Tibidabo, Montjuic, and Diagonal Mar.

The sailboat can hold up to 10 guests, but the captain typically only books it for 7 – 8 people to ensure you’re comfortable. You can also book it private if you contact them. Bring your bathing suit if you wish and enjoy a dip in the sea.  

Safety equipment, local snacks and drinks, (cava, white wine, beer, soft drinks, water), are included. Learn more about this Barcelona sailing excursion.

11. Walk La Rambla and Shop at La Boqueria Market

La Rambla is a wide, tree-lined pedestrian-only street that stretches for 1.2 kilometres from Plaça de Catalunya in the centre of the city, to the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.

It also forms the boundary between the Gothic Quarter to the east, and El Raval to the west.

Here you’ll find dozens of shops, as well as flower stands lining the street. During the high season, La Rambla can be packed, but it’s still a cool place to come for a stroll.

When you’re on the Rambla, keep an eye out for Mercado de la Boqueria. Boqueria literally translates to “place where goat is sold” in Catalan, but there’s much more here than just goat meat. 

This is one of Barcelona’s best markets, selling everything from meats and cheeses, to wines, fruits, handicrafts, and pastries. It was actually voted the best food market in the world by CNN.

The market is open on Monday to Saturday, from 8:00am to 8:30pm. Each of the stalls in the market is numbered, so once you have your favourites, you can always return.

With an average of 40,000 visitors coming to La Boqueria every day, it’s no surprise that this is another place that gets crowded in the city, but if you’re a foodie, you really must find time for it.

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12. Sandwiches With a Side of Cava

One of the best places to visit in Barcelona before going out for a late night is Can Paixano. This bustling, small shop serves nothing but a few tapas, sandwiches, and cava, (Spanish sparkling wine).

Order at the bar and take your sandwich to go, or stay awhile with the locals, holding a glass of bubbles in one hand, and your sandwich in the other!

My recommendation is the sliced sausage squished between a soft hamburger bun with melted cheese… and a few glasses of cava, (of course).  

Prices are very reasonable at around €1.50 – €3 for everything. Can Paixano is open from noon until 10:00pm, and is closed Sunday and Monday. Find it here on the map.

13. Visit the Vineyards

It’s no secret that Spain is famous for its wine. And luckily, during your trip to Barcelona, you won’t have to go far from the city to visit vineyards and taste some fantastic wines. 

Located just 35 minutes by car, or 45 minutes by train, is the famous Penedés wine region. 

During this fun wine experience, you’ll visit beautiful Montserrat, and taste some premium wines or cavas. Plus, you’ll receive a lunch (s multicourse feast on the longer 9-hour tour. 

Between stops, you’ll travel through to the breathtaking multi-peaked mountain range of the Montserrat region, enjoy scenic views from the cogwheel train up the mountain-side monastery, learn about the rich history of the Montserrat Abbey on a small-group walking tour and much more. 

Don’t miss this highly rated experience just outside of the city. If you’d rather have a private trip for two, they can arrange it. This is one of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona for sure. 

14. Watch Some Dancing (or Join in)

One of the best things to do in Barcelona on a Sunday is to visit the Plaça de la Virreina and watch some lindy hop dancing! You’ll find this square in the Gràcia neighbourhood, (which in itself is a great place to visit in the city).

Wander around the plaza and visit the Sant Joan de Gràcia church before stopping at one of the cafes to enjoy the dancing. Even if you can’t visit on a Sunday, pop by Plaça de la Virreina for a drink.  

15. Make Your Own Shoes

This is one of the more unique things to do in Barcelona that you won’t want to miss. Create your own pair of traditional Catalan espadrilles, (handmade shoes), as a special memento for you to keep from your trip to Barcelona.

Meet up with Luis and his wife Kathe, who are the founders and artisans of Handmade Barcelona. They’ve been making shoes for years while running this ethical brand of handmade traditional shoes from Cataluña.  

Rather than simply buy a pair of shoes, why not make your own?! 

During this shoemaking experience with Luise and Kathe, you’ll meet at their workshop in the Gothic Quarter to learn how to make your own espadrilles, and customize them to your liking. They also have some cava available if you get thirsty. Learn more and book this memorable experience here. 

FAQs About Visiting Barcelona

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about a trip to Barcelona.

Is Barcelona safe? 

Barcelona has a pretty bad reputation for being a pickpocket haven.

Be mindful of your belongings while walking around the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, and major tourist sights… especially when walking at night. Keep an eye on your pockets, purse, and backpack. Be mindful in restaurants, and don’t leave your belongings on the ground, or your phone on any tables.

When in doubt, just take taxis or Ubers at night as they’re very affordable in the city. Having said all of that, we spent more than a week in Barcelona and had nothing but positive experiences.  

What should you not miss in Barcelona?

While you won’t be able to see everything, in Barcelona you won’t want to miss seeing Antoni Gaudi’s work, (especially La Sagrada Familia), making (and eating) paella, going on a tapas tour, and simply wandering around the various neighbourhoods to soak up the atmosphere. 

What should I NOT do in Barcelona? (Things to Avoid)

Don’t expect people to speak English in Barcelona, don’t flaunt your valuables, don’t buy things from vendors on Las Ramblas, don’t join in any street games, don’t over tip, (5-10% is fine), and don’t eat at touristy restaurants where the menu is in English — go for the authentic food!

Is 3 days long enough in Barcelona?

Yes, 3 days is enough time in Barcelona. You may not be able to, (or want to), visit any of the sights outside of the city like the wineries at this time, however, with 3 days, you’ll be able to cover all of the main sights and enjoy a lot of the wine and tapas bars!

Where to Stay in Barcelona

There are many incredible neighbourhoods in Barcelona, each with its own atmosphere. To be able to best enjoy all of the Barcelona attractions and cool things to see, here are some great areas to stay:

1. Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic)

This is the heart of Barcelona and it’s about as central as you can be. The famous pedestrian street, La Rambla, separates the Gothic Quarter and the edgier El Reval. El Born neighbourhood also borders the Gothic Quarter. 

There are numerous places to stay here, have a look at this spacious 3-bedroom apartment, this bright apartment right in the middle of the action, or this gorgeous modern apartment.   

2. El Born

This is a gorgeous barrio with medieval architecture, numerous restaurants and bars, boutiques, and a large park. There are lots of apartments and accommodations here. Have a look at this modern apartment in an old building, or this cozy studio with a terrace.

3. Eixample

This is a more upscale area of Barcelona with lots of luxury shops and accommodation. Rather than narrow, cobbled streets like in the old town, you’ll find bright, open avenues. This neighbourhood is home to one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions, Sagrada Familia.

This gorgeous penthouse apartment is a good option, as is this two bedroom apartment, and this apartment with a pool and garden.

4. Gràcia

This is a more residential area, which feels like a town within the city of Barcelona. This is where we stayed during our trip and found it to be a great local area filled with authentic bodegas, (wine bars), restaurants, and quieter streets. It’s also really close to another of Gaudi’s creations, Park Güell.

The accommodations in Gràcia are more affordable than other areas of the city, and you’re just a quick walk, or metro ride away to the best things to do in Barcelona. Have a look at this highly rated apartment in the center of Gràcia and this beautiful apartment with a rooftop terrace.

Now You Know The Best Things To Do in Barcelona

There are so many fun things to do in Barcelona, it’s truly one of the best cities, not just in Spain, but in all of Europe. Get ready for fantastic food, welcoming people, interesting architecture, and epic nightlife. 

Barcelona is a city for all types of travellers, plus it’s also a great place to live as a digital nomad and is one of the top places to teach English — it really has something for everyone. I hope this guide to the top things to see in Barcelona helps you plan your trip.

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What to see for free in 1-3 days in Barcelona: museums, temples and parks.

It is better to get acquainted with the sights of Barcelona in the company of a guide from local residents. The budget option is free excursions, for which you determine the amount of the guide’s remuneration yourself at the end of the tour. On such excursions, you will have to walk, and the guide’s stories will be in English or Spanish.

Free tours in Barcelona:

  • Free Tour of Barcelona. In 2.5 hours, you will learn the history and interesting facts about the main attractions of the old city. The group gathers at Plaza Catalunya daily at 11:00. Places (no more than 8) for the tour are best booked in advance on the website.
  • Generation Tours Barcelona offers free access to the works of the legendary Antoni Gaudí, including the Sagrada Familia. The tour lasts 2.5 hours from Friday to Sunday at 15:00. Registration is required (up to 6 people) on the site.

Royal Square in the Old City

There are very few large well-groomed parks in Barcelona, ​​mostly squares and small squares with benches and vegetation around the perimeter. Homeless people often sit or lie on the benches, so it’s unlikely that you can rest in comfort. Another thing is large fenced park complexes, the entrance to which is usually paid, but there are exceptions. Here you can spend several hours hiding from the summer heat, exploring interesting species of animals and vegetation, and taking many cool photos.

I recommend taking a break from the bustle of the city on the outskirts of Barcelona, ​​in an 18th-century garden with fountains and gazebos, rare trees and flowers, statues and a living labyrinth of cypresses.

The park gained particular fame after filming scenes for the film “Perfume”. On the territory it is forbidden to ride bicycles and rollerblades, to have picnics. No more than 750 people are allowed into the park (during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number has been reduced to 250), but this is not the most popular attraction in Barcelona, ​​so you are unlikely to meet a line of tourists at the entrance.

The park is divided into two parts: a neoclassical garden with gazebos, a large labyrinth of cypresses, and a romantic garden with flower beds and a waterfall.

  • Entry (cash only): €2.23 adult, children under 14 €1.42, children under 5 free.
  • Free : Weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays and September 24th.
  • Opening hours: April-October from 10:00 to 20:00, November-March from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Site of the Orta Labyrinth Park.

Cypress labyrinth in the parkEntrance to the cypress labyrinthWaterfall in the romantic part of the parkFish in the river of the parkNeoclassical part of the park

This garden was founded in 1999 on Mount Manjuic. Here, on the territory of 14 hectares, more than 1.5 thousand plant species of the Mediterranean and regions of our planet similar in climate are collected.

The garden is divided into several parts with views typical of the regions of South Africa, California, Chile, Australia and the Mediterranean coast. Each plant has a name plate. The botanical garden hosts temporary thematic exhibitions and is open all year round.

  • Admission – from 5 €.
  • Free on February 12 and 13, May 18 and September 24, as well as on Sundays: the first of the month – all day, the rest – after 15:00.
  • Site of the Botanical Garden of Barcelona.

This 18-hectare park is called the “green lungs” of the city. Built on the site of a military citadel in the second half of the 19th century. The park is located in the center of the city, so there are always a lot of visitors here.

On the territory there is the Barcelona Zoo and the former building of the military arsenal built in the 18th century – now here is the Parliament of Catalonia. The central place of the park is the monumental cascade fountain with a statue of Venus and a small lake where you can ride boats. Don’t forget to take a photo with the mammoth sculpture in real scale (3.5 m high) and watch the parrots that live in the trees. The park is well-groomed, there are few benches, but there are many green lawns where locals relax.

  • Admission is free.
  • Opening hours: every day from 10.00 to 22.30.
  • Site of the Citadel Park.

Monumental Cascade in Citadel ParkLake in Citadel ParkLife-size mammoth sculpture in Citadel ParkParrots in Citadel Park

Some of the 55 museums in Barcelona are privately owned, and you can’t get into them for free. State museums are another matter: some of them let visitors in for free at some hours.

It is No. 1 among the city’s museums according to TripAdvisor. It is located in the chic building of the National Palace, built for the World Exhibition in the late 20s of the XX century. Here are exhibits from the 10th century to modern Catalan art. For example, a large collection of Romanesque frescoes, wood painting and wooden sculptures of the 10th-12th centuries, paintings by Rubens, El Greco, Velázquez and Goya.

  • Entrance ticket – 12 €.
  • Free: every Saturday from 15:00 to 18:00 in winter and until 20:00 in summer, and all day on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Site of the National Art Museum of Catalonia.

National Art Museum of Catalonia

The exposition of the museum is dedicated to the works of the famous Spanish artist. The basis of the permanent collection is 4251 works by Pablo Picasso. The museum opened its doors in 1963 and occupies five medieval Gothic and Renaissance houses.

  • Admission – 12 €.
  • Free: February 12, May 18 and September 24, Thursdays from 17:00 to 20:00, all day on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Website of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

Barcelona is a port city, its formation and prosperity was greatly influenced by the sea. This part of the history of Barcelona is told in the maritime museum. Here, in the building of medieval royal shipyards, navigation charts and instruments, drawings and photographs, ship models and the pride of the museum are collected – a life-size copy of a 16th-century galley.

  • Admission – 10 €.
  • Free: every Sunday from 15:00 to 20:00.
  • Website of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona.

Replica of the royal galley at the Barcelona Maritime Museum

This historical building, built in 1694 on the top of a hill (170 m), played a significant role in the military events of the city for two centuries. From the end of the 19th century to 1960, there was a prison here, and from 1963 to 2011, the Military Museum worked in the main building of the fortress. Now a cultural center has been opened here, where musical and educational events are held. I recommend going up to the fortress to see the building itself, the courtyard gardens and spectacular views of the port of Barcelona and the city itself.

  • Admission €5.
  • Free: all day on the first Sunday of the month, every Sunday from 15:00 to 20:00.
  • Site of the fortress of Montjuic.

View of the port from Montjuic fortressView of Barcelona from Montjuic hillMontjuic fortress

There are about 200 religious sites in Barcelona. I will tell you about the most memorable and popular ones, and how to visit them absolutely free.

Sagrada Familia is the symbol of Barcelona and the most famous creation of Antonio Gaudí. You will not see such a miracle anywhere else, so I recommend that you see at least the facades of the “long-term construction” cathedral for free. The cost of access inside is 26 €. And if you want to look inside for free, then in advance (30-40 minutes) come to the international mass to take a queue of those who wish. Entrance to Mass from the side of the Nativity façade.

  • Mass (free admission): Sunday from 9:00 to 10:00.
  • Website of the Sagrada Familia.

During mass, you can enter the Sagrada Familia free of charge

The cathedral is located in the center of the Gothic Quarter. It is impossible to pass by this chic huge building with carved spiers and expensive interior. And do not forget to look into the courtyard of the cathedral with a fountain, a small garden with 13 white geese. The temple is active, so you can see the interior design for free during mass.

  • Entrance to the Cathedral – 9 €.
  • Free (Mass): weekdays from 8:30 to 12:30 and from 18:00 to 19:30, Saturday from 8:30 to 12:30 and from 17:00 to 20:00, on Sunday the daytime service lasts for an hour longer.
  • Website of the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Central entrance to the Barcelona CathedralInner courtyard of the Cathedral

It is a Gothic church often referred to as the “Naval Cathedral of Barcelona”. The Basilica looks simpler than the Cathedral, because it was built by the inhabitants of the prosperous area of ​​La Ribera: artisans, sailors and merchants. The facade made of stone, which was carried by port loaders from Mount Manjuic, is modestly decorated, and the most interesting thing is inside. The church is designed in such a way that it is very spacious and light. The basilica is active, the entrance to it is always free. And don’t be put off by the sale of tickets at the entrance – this is access to the museum and the crypt of the basilica at a price of 5 €.

  • Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 17:00 to 20:30, Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:30.
  • Site of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.

Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

The temple can be seen from any area of ​​Barcelona, ​​because it is built on the highest point of the Catalan capital. The construction of the cathedral began at the beginning of the 20th century and was completed in 1961. It consists of two parts: the neo-Romanesque sandstone crypt of Mount Manjuic and the neo-Gothic white upper church. At the top of the central tower is a statue of Christ 8 meters high. From here you have the best views of all of Barcelona.

Entrance is always free, and for €4 you get access to the second and third terraces and get a better view of the city.

  • Opening hours: daily from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.
  • Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus website.

There are several hundred free WiFi points (Barcelona WiFi) installed in the city. What is important to know:

  • There are free Wi-Fi points in large shopping centers. Most often, you need to go through a small registration to enter, but the Internet speed here is very good.
  • At metro stations, railway stations, airports and even buses (look for the letter W in the blue square at the entrance), registration is not needed, just turn on the WiFi function on your device and it will automatically connect.
  • Outdoors, most of Barcelona WiFi is located in the Old Town area and is marked with a pole with the W Barcelona WiFi icon on a blue background.
  • Free Internet speed is enough to check mail, read news, send messages on social networks. The closer you are to the Barcelona WiFi pole, the better your internet speed will be.
  • Outdoor WiFi hotspot may be overloaded, so please be patient or find another one. For example, I was not able to connect to WiFi in the busy Plaza Catalunya, but I had no problems with it in Ciutadella Park.
  • Free WiFi in Barcelona is available from 8 am to 1 am.

It’s easier to find free Barcelona WiFi in the Old Town

Fountains are installed on the streets of Barcelona, ​​where you can stock up on drinking water and save on buying bottled water up to 2 € per 0.5 liter.

In Barcelona there is the legendary Canaletes fountain (Font de Canaletes): according to legend, if you drink from it, you will definitely return to the capital of Catalonia. And, according to tradition, jubilant fans of FC Barcelona gather around it after the victory of their favorite team. A metal fountain with four lanterns at the top was installed at the end of the 19th century on the famous Las Ramblas, a few steps from Plaza Catalunya.

Fountain-lantern with drinking water Font de Canaletes

Public outdoor toilets in Barcelona are installed only along the promenade from the beginning of spring and removed by winter. They even have liquid soap and toilet paper. But in the city there are no separate booths on the street. You can go to a cafe, buy something and use the toilet. In chain cafes, for example, Pans & Company or KFC, they issue a code with a receipt to use the restroom, which is valid for a day.

You can always use the toilets in large shopping centers without spending money:

  • Maremagnum near the statue of Columbus. The toilet is located on the 2nd floor, most likely you will have to stand in line.
  • El Corte Ingles in Plaza Catalunya. It’s not easy to find a toilet here. It is not on the first floor, go up and look at the signs under the ceiling, sometimes you have to go around the entire floor to find the treasured sign. For example, there is a toilet on the children’s 4th floor near the departments with accessories for babies.
  • Las Arenas, near Plaza España and Montjuic, on the 2nd floor.

Another option is the Sants Train Station (Estació de Barcelona-Sants) or the French Station (Estacio de Franca) near Ciutadella Park, where toilets are also free.

View of the sea and architecture of Barcelona – always free

  1. Welcome to Barcelona! (€65 per tour)

    Sightseeing walk from the Gothic Quarter to the Sagrada Familia and other creations of Gaudí

  2. Round trip: from the Roman era to 21st century Barcelona (€17 per person)

    Walk through the ancient, medieval and modern city with fascinating stories about it

  3. To the most interesting places in Barcelona (€35 per person)

    Walk around the Old Town, catch the colorful spirit on its streets and admire the creations of Gaudí

  4. Gothic Barcelona in the evening (€13 per person)

    Weekly walk through the legendary quarter with immersion in the history of the Old Town

  5. Walking tour of Barcelona (from €130 per tour)

    Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city, go to the best coffee houses and explore the masterpieces of Gaudí architecture

+ 202 more excursions in Barcelona

What to see in Barcelona: the most interesting places

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Millions of travelers visit the capital of Catalonia every year. Perhaps this is an even more popular destination than visiting the capital of Spain, Madrid. What is the attraction of Barcelona?

Barcelona is unlike any other city in the world. This is a real anthill with a vibrant nightlife and the hospitality of the locals. Here you can always have fun and carefree time. Unparalleled food and the national drink sangria will make your stay in the city even more vivid and unforgettable. But do not think that a trip to Barcelona is suitable only for lovers of nightlife.

Barcelona is called the cultural capital of Spain for a reason. The city is rich in historical sights and unique architectural monuments. A great contribution to the architectural appearance of Barcelona was made by the greatest genius – Antonio Gaudi. As a legacy to his descendants, he left his amazing masterpieces: the Sagrada Familia, the Palace and Park Güell, the College of the Order of St. Teresa and others.

So, what to see in Barcelona in the first place.

What to see in Barcelona

If you are in Barcelona for the first time, you should start your acquaintance with the city with the immortal creations of Gaudí. They have long been the hallmark of the capital of Catalonia. And many are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Sagrada Familia (Sagrada Familia)

Sagrada Familia (Sagrada Familia)

This is one of the main attractions of Barcelona, ​​designed by Antoni Gaudí. The construction of the temple has not yet been completed, but the cathedral has already been consecrated by the Pope, which allowed the start of daily worship. The construction of the temple is carried out only on donations from parishioners and visitors who massively visit the Sagrada Familia. Completion of construction is planned in eight years. The cathedral is unlike any known temple in the world. Outwardly, it resembles either an enchanted forest, or a sand castle, or maybe a fabulous gingerbread house. No wonder Salvador Dali spoke of the cathedral as terribly “edible”. Gaudí laid the basis for the design of his masterpiece with geometrically verified figures: a helicoid, a hyperboloid. According to the author’s idea, the cathedral will be decorated with eighteen spiers, eight of them have already been built. The highest spire is the personification of Jesus Christ, the remaining twelve belong to the apostles, four more to the evangelists Mark, Luke, John and Matthew, and the last remaining one belongs to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Inside the temple, visitors will find a whole fabulous forest of openwork columns, a star-shaped ceiling, and unique colored stained-glass windows. The play of chiaroscuro creates a unique colored mosaic pattern on the entire interior of the cathedral. Sagrada Familia is the first place to see in Barcelona.

House of Mila

House of Mila

Another landmark of the city, created by the architect Antoni Gaudí. This is a residential building where ordinary Catalan families still live. There are no straight lines in the outer facade, there are waves and zigzags everywhere. The house is designed in such a way that every room is filled with light. Inside the house, the entire load is distributed between the supporting columns, this allows you to do any redevelopment of the premises: transfer, demolish, move the walls. Gaudi invented a unique ventilation system that creates comfortable living conditions. There is a cafe in the building, where you should definitely go for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is located in the heart of Barcelona. It is impossible not to notice it, so it stands out with its appearance from all other buildings. A humpbacked roof that looks like a frozen outlandish dragon, curved outlines of the facade and balconies, light splashes of ceramics, chimneys – Antonio Gaudi’s corporate style is read in everything. Inside the house is no less interesting – there are amazing decor elements here: for example, a chandelier in the form of a sun, a staircase in the form of a shell. Playing with chiaroscuro creates a beautiful pattern in the patio.

National Art Museum of Catalonia

National Art Museum of Catalonia

At the foot of Montjuic, the National Palace houses the museum building. Right in front of him rise four Ionic columns, as a symbol of Catalonia. The columns adjoin a wonderful fountain that attracts visitors with nightly shows. The observation deck of the museum offers one of the most memorable views of the city. The museum presents the most complete collection of Romanesque art. The works of Velázquez and El Greco form the basis of Renaissance art. In addition, there is a wonderful collection of all kinds of coins and banknotes, as well as sculptures, frescoes, and ceramics.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Cathedral of the Holy Cross

A magnificent cathedral was built in the very center of the Gothic Quarter, its second name is the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia, whose relics lie under the Gothic vault of the temple. This saint is revered in both Catholicism and Orthodoxy. It is also the Cathedral of Barcelona. The cathedral was built in the Gothic style, and its main facade is decorated with a beautiful portal. The openwork spiers of the cathedral towers give it a majestic appearance. Another relic that is kept in this place is a statue of Christ, taken from a ship that participated in the Battle of Lepanto.

Barcelona Aquarium

Barcelona Aquarium

This is the largest aquarium in Europe. Several thousand representatives of the deep sea live here. The main goal is to inform visitors about the need to respect nature and its inhabitants, as well as maintaining the harmony of man and marine life. The aquarium features several ecosystems, from the Great Barrier Reef to underwater caves. Everyone is attracted by the huge oceanarium, where sharks swim majestically. A long tunnel has been laid under it, which allows you to find yourself at the bottom of the sea.

What to see in Barcelona

The answer to this question depends on the number of days you have to spend sightseeing in Barcelona. It takes at least a week to get acquainted with most of them. If there is not much time, then it is worth focusing on the most important of them.

Montjuic Mountain

Montjuic Mountain

Several popular corners of the city are located on Montjuic Mountain. Firstly, the Royal Botanical Garden is laid out here. Artificial streams, waterfalls, and a lake have been created on the territory of the garden. It is nice to walk here on a hot day and enjoy the beautiful flora, which abounds here. The second garden on the mountain is the Cactus Park. Representatives of the prickly family grow here in free conditions and amaze with their shapes and sizes. Here are the cacti from the smallest to the largest.

Secondly, at the foot of Montjuic, the famous Singing Fountains show takes place. To the beautiful musical accompaniment, water jets, illuminated by multi-colored highlights, dance in the truest sense of the word. The spectacle, which takes place in the evenings, is very popular among tourists and locals. This show is worth seeing with your own eyes.



This street has the same meaning for the Catalans as the Old Arbat for Muscovites. The Ramblas is completely pedestrian. There are souvenir shops, shops, cafes. Artists perform on the streets: magicians, jugglers, artists, musicians. For a small fee, you can take a picture with the “living statue”. Here you can have a good time in the shade of green plane trees, enjoying the special local flavor.

Boqueria Market

Boqueria Market

From the Ramblas, it is worth going to the Boqueria Market. It has long become a hallmark of the city and a tourist Mecca. Growing up from a small rural bazaar, today the Boqueria market occupies 2500 sq. m. Here you can buy sanctioned jamon, real Spanish sausages, fresh seafood (oysters, shrimp, fish, squid, octopus, tuna), fruits and vegetables. Fruits are often sold in the form of ready-made cocktails or sliced. So many tourists come here that at some point it was forbidden to drive organized tour groups to the market. Traders can be understood, many people come here to watch, not to buy.

Mount Tibidabo

Mount Tibidabo

This is the best viewpoint in Barcelona and the highest point on the city map. To get to the top, you can use the old funicular, and for the most hardy, hiking is possible. People come here not only for a beautiful view, but also to ride the rides. Ferris wheel, free fall tower and roller coaster will appeal to both adults and children. At the top of the mountain is the snow-white Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Instead of a spire, there is a statue of Christ with outstretched arms, as if embracing the whole city. The figure of the Savior resembles a famous statue located in Brazil.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

There are triumphal arches in many European cities, they were installed in honor of significant events and military victories. So in Moscow, the Triumphal Arch appeared in honor of the victory in the Patriotic War of 1812. In the capital of Catalonia, it was built for the opening of the World Exhibition. It was built of red brick and decorated with sculptures around the perimeter. The entire structure is crowned with an exposition depicting the coats of arms of all Spanish provinces. Beautiful bas-reliefs are located on the facades.

Camp Nou

Camp Nou

This iconic stadium has become the home of FC Barça. It is the most titled club in Spain in terms of total awards. In addition, they own a number of football records, some of which have not yet been broken. When Barça play in their home stadium, tickets are almost impossible to get, but if you can, you’ll see the 100,000-seat Camp Nou cheering for their team. You can also visit the museum at the stadium, admire the trophy exhibits and buy a T-shirt of your favorite club. The stadium tour is not available on or immediately before match days. All relevant information can be found on the official website of the Camp Nou stadium.

Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell can complete your acquaintance with the creative heritage of Antoni Gaudí. Many come to these places to admire the breathtaking panorama of the city from the main terrace of the park. From the mandatory program: sit on a snake bench, admire the fountains and sculptures, walk through the colonnade, admire the unique mosaic. Antonio Gaudí never happens too much, so after the park, if possible, visit his house-museum, where he lived for twenty years from the age of 1906 to 1926

What to see for a tourist in Barcelona

Excursion program in the city is rich, where everyone can choose an interesting direction. Of course, there are places designed for self-examination and do not require a guide. However, to visit some of Barcelona’s attractions, it is better to take the help of a professional.

Montserrat Monastery

Montserrat Monastery

The bizarre mountain of Montserrat is located outside of Barcelona. The best way to get here is to take a tour. This will help save both money and time. From 19For 87 years, Montserrat has been a protected area, where several hiking trails have been laid to get acquainted with the local flora and fauna. But the main pearl of Mount Montserrat is a unique ancient monastery. The monastery is located almost on the very top of the mountain among high sheer walls. There are many caves in the vicinity; they often served as a hiding place for monastic treasures. Pilgrims come here to see the statue of the Black Madonna, who gives the joy of motherhood to believers. Depending on the excursion program, there is a different content. It is worth choosing a tour where there is not only a tour of the monastery, but also a tasting is included. The monks have long been engaged in the manufacture of liqueurs and goat cheese. At the tasting, you can not only try natural products, but also buy them, which is much more important.

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

The capital of Catalonia is inextricably linked with the activities of the great Pablo Picasso. To learn more about the work and life of a genius, take a tour and visit the artist’s favorite places in the city. Most of the excursions include visits to iconic places such as Picasso’s first working studio, his first home, and the famous 4 Gatos restaurant for coffee. And ends with a visit to the Picasso Museum. Inside you will find not only paintings, but also ceramics, engravings, photographs. Most of the works belong to the early period of Picasso’s work, there are even his children’s sketches in pencil. The late works of the genius of cubism are also presented in the museum, but on a smaller scale. There is practically no information about the personal life of a genius in the museum, so choosing to visit the museum on your own, you will not learn many interesting facts.

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Walking through the Gothic Quarter is an immersion in the world from the Roman period, from the Middle Ages to the present. Of course, you can walk in the Gothic Quarter on your own, but then you are likely to miss the significant sights of the area.

The Gothic Quarter is a part of the medieval city, which dates back mainly to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Most of the quarter is pedestrian, not intended for traffic. In addition to medieval buildings, Roman buildings have also been preserved here, for example, the remains of a fortress wall and ruins of the palace of Octavian Augustus .

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross became the heart of the Gothic Quarter . This is the second most beautiful temple in the city.