Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona

Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona 

Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona

Spain’s Catalonia area’s capital city – Barcelona is bright and  vibrant.  Barcelona is full of wonderful architecture, cultural attractions, alluring nightlife, gorgeous landscapes, sunny Mediterranean seas, all with joyous vibes.  Barcelona is not only Spain’s popular destination but it is the  most popular destination of world.  Barcelona attracts millions of visitors/tourists every year. Barcelona in Spain, is for every one like families, couples, singles, culture lovers, beach lovers, history & monument lovers etc.  Read here to know about Tips and Tricks for Barcelona. 

Now let’s go and check the Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona –

SAGRADA FAMILIA – Basilica Sagrada Familia is the largest unfinished church in the world. The Roman catholic church attracts 2.8 million visitors each year.  Construction of this church started in 1882 and is still going on.  Antoni Gaudi, a great architect took over this project and worked on this project till his death.  It is believed that 70% of work has been finished till date.  Current architects are following Gaudi’s patterns.  This UNESCO listed, Sagrada Familia is in northern part of Barcelona with 18 towers dedicated to different Biblical figure.  Basilica Sagrada Familia is translated into The Basilica of Sacred Family.  Exteriors of Basilica has lavish and impressive sculptures like Jesus’s birth and other religious depictions of bible.  Tickets to visit Basilica can be purchased from their official site of Basilica. 

ILLa de la Piscordia / CASA AMATLLER – This famous and amazing building was built by Puigi Cadafalch who combines neo-Gothic styles and some inspirations from houses of Netherlands.  This building is standing along with Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and Casa Morera.  Together these 3 buildings form a Block of Discord(Illa de la Piscordia). 

Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona
IIIa de la Piscordia / CASA AMATLLER

 CASA BATLLO – It is a very famous building located in center of Barcelona which is designed by famous architect named Gaudi.  The style of architecture is modernist.  The building was refurbished by Gaudi on a previously built building in year 1904.  Exteriors are decorated with multi-colored ceramics, glass, wave shaped windows/balconies with uneven blue tiled roofs.  This is an UNESCO heritage site and a magnificient example of Art nouveau style. 

Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona
Casa Batllo

 LA RAMLA AREA– Barcelona’s most lively and famous street with full of tourists, culture centers/theaters, restaurants, cafes, street shopping, souvenir kiosks, florists.  In short La Ramla street is a window to Catalunya culture.  This is located in central part of Barcelona with a stretch of 1.2 km starting from Placa de Catalunya and ending at Barcelona port – Port Vell. 

JARDI BOTANICAL GARDEN –  This garden is spread among 14 hectares and is located between Montjuiic castle and Olympic Village.  It has many shrubs/species from 6 different zones like Mediterranean climate, Canary Islands, Southern Australia, South Africa, Chile and California. 

ANELLA OLIMPICA – Barcelona hosted 1992 Olympic games. The whole Olympic events, games and ceremonies took place in this Olympic village called Anella Olimpica.  This village is located on the hill of Montjuiic. 

MUSEU NACIONAL D’ ART DE CATALUNYA – It is also known by its short form – MNAC. Located on Montjuiic hill, it is famous for collections of Romanesque church paintings depicting Catalan art & design from 10th to 20th centuries.  Check calendar for special art showcase/events before going here.  Requires to purchase tickets for  visiting inside .

 PORT VELL – Port Vell or Port of Barcelona played a major role from ancient times and shaped the Spain’s future.  It is a famous tourist spot with a viewing gallery at 50 metres height.  There are many operational traditional pleasure boats which sails around the Port Vell.  Also there is broad wooden walkway with retail & leisure complex named Maremagnum. Main attractions to visit on Port Vell are Museu d’ Historia and Auarium.  There are many things to do at harbor front. 

 CABLE CAR RIDE FROM MONTJUIIC HILL – Enjoy the panoramic views of Barcelona city and breathtaking views of sea from the top of Montjuiic hill while riding through cable car.  There is a small castle at the top of hill. 

Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona
Cable ride in Barcelona from Montjuiic hill

COLOMBUS MONUMENT – The Colombus Monument is a 60 m tall tower located at the end of La Ramla in Barcelona.  This tall monument was constructed to honor Christopher Colombus’s first voyage to the America.  At the top of monument there is a bronze statue of Colombus.  The statue of Colombus has a pointing hand towards sea which has many beliefs like people say, he is pointing towards America, towards his home town but the most popular one is that pointing hand is towards sea and is depicted as his achievement in naval exploration. 

TORRE AGBAR – A symbol of modern Barcelona. It is a 38 story bullet shaped, cylindrical sky scraper which was built in 2003. This tower has glass facades which are illuminated with changing colors of Mediterranean region.  This colors  change after some time intervals and so this place should be visited during evenings/nights. 

Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona
Torre Agbar

PLACA DE CATALUNYA – The most lively square and favorite meeting point of Barcelona.  It is the heart of Barcelona which spread over an area of 5 hectares.  There are famous shopping centers, department stores, luxurious hotles, bar & theaters.  It is connecting old Barcelona city with new/modern Barcelona city.  It is the main transportation hub of Barcelona.  Major metro lines, city railway line meets here and this is the main transportation subway.  Citybuses, Hop-On Hop-Off tourist buses, Airport express bus have regular bus stops at this junction. 

Barcelona is also famous among foodies and read this to know about Food tour in Barcelona.  

Barcelona has many things to do nearly more than 30 sights, like FCB club, Gaudi’s Buildings, Park Guell, Picasso Museum, Old Gothic quarter,  Fundació Joan Miró,  Gràcia, Palau de la Música Catalana,  Barcelona City History Museum, Camp Nou and medieval markets of La Boqueria, City Beaches and more, which I missed due to lack of time.  Know more about these places  and make your trip to Barcelona slightly longer to cover all beautiful places.  

As we stayed in Barcelona for 2 days 3 nights tour to Barcelona, we could see 12 to 13 sights.  After Barcelona, we proceeded further to Valencia, Seville, Malaga and Madrid. 

Now let’s explore the most unique, whimsical architecture, famous Basilicas, vibrant parks & sports clubs, bustling and lively night life of La Ramlas or stunning Mediterranean sea views/beaches.  There are many Day Trips from Barcelona to Montserrat.

How to commute for visiting Top sightseeing Places in barcelona ?

– There is widely spread and convenient public transport system in Barcelona. There are many kind of passes 2 day pass, 3day pass or weekly pass available which can be used in all local transports – tram, metro, bus and some public boats.  Tourist buses or Hop-On Hop-Off buses are another options for sight seeing. 

How to travel From Barcelona to other cities?

-From Barcelona, we used Renfe trains(part of Eurorail network) to reach our next destinations.  Rent a car or airplanes are another way to connect cities of Spain. Check timetable for Renfe trains on their official site. 

Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona
Renfe trains and railway station of Barcelona

What to eat in Spain?

Enjoy yummilicious tapas, Paella, Mediterranean cuisine in restaurants specially located at La Ramla.  

What to shop in Barcelona?

Ceramics stuff like ceramic jewelery, ceramic show pieces, special ceramic tiles, Spainish olives, Sun dried Tomatoes. 

Best season to visit – April to Late September (Early Springs to late Autumns).

Read full itinerary for Spain trip by clicking here. 

 So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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27 Comments

  1. Because I studied Spanish for seven years, I learned a lot about the country. However, I’ve never got a chance to visit and practice my language skills. I would love to see La Sagrada Familia in person although it seems frustrating that it was never finished.

  2. The architecture of the city has swayed my heart! I wonder how the engineers of that time would carve such masterpieces without all the modern day equipments. Casa Batllo looks so fascinating and a perfect Instagram photo opportunity. Love its colourful ceramic decorations.

  3. I have been to Barcelona with a bunch of friends from my french courses at the university but it was only for a few days and we only visited three from your list! I wish now we could have taken our time to atleast visit the Casa Batllo, it’s gorgeous! And taking a cable car ride up to Montjuiic hill would have been nice for a great view of the city! Atleast,
    I remember that we ate very well; Paella, Tapas and sea food platter all the time. Let’s say this was more a culinary trip for us!

  4. I’ve always wanted to visit Barcelona, and I love the list you’ve put together. Gaudi is one of the reasons I’d love to go, just to experience the buildings as he designed the, with the play of natural light on all the ceramics and glass. It would be beautiful to see the Torre Agbar lit up at night. I didn’t even know that existed!

  5. We have got to get to Barcelona. I didn’t realize they celebrated Christopher Columbus’s “finding” the new world so that was a new one for me. it seems you always see Gaudi and the Rambla but not the kind of details like the Cable Ride to the top of the hill for the view. Nice roundup of things to do in Barcelona. We’ll make to reference it when we finally visit!

  6. I had no idea there is so much variety in the architecture. So many lovely designs around the city. Very informative for Barcelona travel planning.

  7. There is so much to explore in Barcelona besides the architecture it is also a foodie’s paradise. agrada and Park Guell are our favorite places to visit in Barcelona. We were in awe of the Gaudi buildings they look like taken straight out of a fairytale. Hope to visit again some time soon.

  8. I was in Barcelona last summer and I loved the city! The architectures of Gaudi are truly amazing. There is so much to see and do in Barcelona. I will need to go back again sometime soon.

  9. I have never been to Spain, but it is on my ‘go to list’. I did not realize there was so much to see there.
    ‘Casa Batllo’ looks interesting. I love Cable Cars and look forward to taking some brilliant photos of Barcelona.

  10. Hi,
    I haven’t been to Barcelona and any part of Spain for that matter. I can now make out reasons as why it’s one of the top travel destination. Those architectural structures itself would make any photography go gaga.

  11. The architecture of ILLa de la Piscordia is spell binding. And the Casa Batllo charms with its fairy tale like setting. I think I will enjoy Barcelona. I am a train enthusiast and will surely try the Renfe trains.

  12. Barcelona is always an amazing place to visit because there is always so much to see and do and it certainly looks like you fitted a lot in. The only thing i haven’t experienced are the cable carts in Barcelona so a trip back might be on the cards.

  13. Funny thing, I am from Barcelona and I have lived there for more than twenty years. Not long ago I wrote a post about things not to do in Barcelona and one of the main ones were: never eat in las Ramblas! hahaha Those places are low quality and extremely overpriced. I would have loved to know what your opinion on spanish food would have been if you would have eaten at a good restaurant :p
    That said, you got a nice list of points to visit here, although I think you are missing the Park Guell !

    1. I missed Park Guell as weather was not good… heavy rains… I liked Spainish food as it is very spicy and loved crowded la Ramlas. I agree with you about seeing a city while living in it or as a perspective from tourist’s eyes. They both differ a lot. A place favorite to tourist is least favorite among locals.

  14. I’m an architecture junkie! This is why I love Barcelona so much. I love the Spanish culture and architecture. It’s so romantic and dreamy. Great photos!

  15. Heyyy! That’s something I’ve been to! Loved Sagrada Familia and all those Gaudi architecture are all so amazing!!! I was there for just 1 day. Gotta head there again in a couple of months!

  16. Sagrada familia is obviously a must when anyone visits Barcelona. Hopefully we can go this year and visit properly. Casa Amatller looks beautiful, it may be famous but never seen photos of it other than on your website! Love it. Then of course how can you miss the Casa Batllo, can’t wait to see that!

  17. Where was this list when I went to Barcelona? Seriously love how you put it all together on one place. The only place we visited on your list was the Sagrada familia. And we didnt even get to go up to the top. But it was sooo Beautiful. Barcelona has amazing architecture and thats one of the reasons I love it so much.

  18. I love Barcelona, and always find a reason to go back! The cable cars are a must, as is all of Gaudi’s buildings and attractions. La Sagrada Familia is a must see, and I think it will finally be finished this year after 100 years or something?!

  19. I think Barcelona is a magical city! Seeing your photos really brought me back to my time there. I regret not taking the cable car or seeing the botanical gardens. I will have to do that when I return!

  20. I just loved Barcelona. Such a vibrant city with so many things to do and so much to see. Your post brings back those happy memories for me 🙂

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