10 Best Things to See and Do in Barcelona (Spain)

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A visit to Barcelona will undoubtedly be filled with a mix of wonderful experiences. From seeing some of the most beautiful and unique architecture in the world, dining on mouth-watering cuisine, to relaxing on the beach with a beer in hand. Although you could naturally find heaps of attractions and sites to enjoy, we have picked a selection of top things that shouldn’t be missed. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Barcelona.

1. Explore Park Güell

Park Güell is unique and photogenic with colourful mosaics, and architecture using interesting shapes and patterns. The park, now a UNESCO world heritage site, was designed by Gaudí in the 1900s and is one of Barcelona’s best tourist attractions. When visiting you’ll find various features of interest including the Dragon Stairway, The Hypostyle Room, and the fantastic Nature Square which is where you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best views of the cities skyline. It is also one of Barcelona’s best Instagram and photography spots.

The park used to be free to visit, but is now ticketed as a way of controlling visitor numbers. Head to for more info and to plan your visit.

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Park Güell, Barcelona
Park Güell

2. Relax on the beach

A fantastic feature of Barcelona is the beaches, including the aptly called Barceloneta Beach. These are the perfect places to go and spend your day soaking up the sun and then taking dips in the Balearic Sea. As well as the beaches you’ll find various bars and clubs around here, which are perfect for completing your day.

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Barceloneta Beach during the day
Barceloneta Beach during the day

3. Visit the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia

The Basílica de la Sagrada Familia is probably one of the most famous basilicas in the world and has been under construction since 1882, with the aim of being completed around 2026. The design was originally created by architect Francesc de Paula Villar, but later fell to Antoni Gaudí in 1883. It is also home to the crypt where Gaudí was later buried. The construction that still continues after his death is based on his original designs.

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Sagrada Familia, interior

4. See Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is another of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture gems and the front facade is a beautiful mix of colours tiles and interesting patterns. It consists of unusual and unconventional curves and mosaics and connects to a colourful tiled roof. This roof is in the shape of an animal’s back covered in scales. The building is also listed as one of Barcelona’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. For those wanting to learn more about Antoni Gaudí then visit the interior. The exterior is free to enjoy and also serves as a great photo spot in the city.

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Casa Batlló front facade
Casa Batlló front facade

5. Shop along La Rambla

La Rambla is a huge boulevard lined with trees and is Barcelona’s biggest shopping street at 1.2km long. Along La Rambla you’ll find a large number of shops, restaurants and markets, making it a great place to spend a few hours shopping or to grab something to eat before venturing into other areas of the city.

Although Barcelona is relatively safe you should be wary of pickpockets and also streetwise to protect your stuff.
Shopping Streets in Barcelona
Shopping Streets in Barcelona

6. Explore the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is just east of La Rambla and is a maze of wonderful narrow and medieval streets. You’ll also find highlights such as the Cathedral of Barcelona, Palau de la Generalitat and various gothic churches. As well as architectural highlights you’ll find shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. It also makes for a wonderful place to explore and get lost, and also to take lots of photos.

Front of the Cathedral of Barcelona
Cathedral of Barcelona

7. Visit Tibidabo

Located a little bit north of the city and a great spot to enjoy views over the city is at Tibidabo. This is a mountain rising up to around 512 meters and also the location of an amusement park (so great for the kids). A popular Instagram spot is the Church of the Sagrat Cor which was built over a long period between 1902-1961. For those with a head for heights and who want to get even higher then take the lift up the Collserola Tower. Towards the top at 560 meters above sea level you’ll be on the observation deck. From here you can even see as far as 70 km on a clear day.

Church of the Sagrat Cor, Tibidabo

8. Party the night away

Barcelona is an awesome place to party with plenty of bars and clubs around the city. A great place to go is on the beach, where you can party for a few hours in a club, then head out and relax on the beach, potentially waiting for the sun to come up. For a great guide on nightclubs head to Best Nightclubs in Barcelona by

9. Dine on tapas and sangria

The Spanish cuisine is extremely tasty. Tapas and Sangria are two such highlights and are perfect for sharing and enjoying with others. Tapas are small portions of food and can be both hot and cold. You can get them in a large variety of styles serving all tastes. Alongside Tapas you should also enjoy some Sangria. This is an alcoholic drink a bit like a punch. It is very refreshing and contains fruit, red or rosé wine, along with lemonade or another mixer. Another great thing about Barcelona (and most likely throughout Spain), is that you can even get Sangria in cartons in the supermarket and it’s also very good.

For some ideas of tapas to try visit…20-tapas.

Spanish tapas and sangria

10. See work by Picasso

For art lovers and those wanting to be impressed then visit the Museu Picasso which holds a huge collection of 4,000 pieces. Here you’ll get to learn more about the artist whilst admiring and discovering some of his many masterpieces. The style of Picasso’s work is definitely special and varied throughout his years, with some of the most iconic pieces consisting of interesting faces and shapes. You could say his work blends in perfectly with the other unique designs and features of Barcelona.

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Mike Clegg

Mike is a traveller, photographer, WordPress developer and the creator of He started this website so as to share his experiences and tips with travellers. He is from the UK and has travelled to many places around the world. He loves to shares his pictures and stories through Instagram and this website.

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