Barcelona City Attractions

Some of the best places to visit in Barcelona City.

Barcelona city has it all... beaches , food, fiesta, the old and the new, everything one could desire in one relatively small area. This makes Barcelona city a densely populated, busy and often noisy place, but it will take your breath away with its amazing architecture, art, parks, stadiums and a lot more... sightseeing in Barcelona is simply wonderful and barcelonaeasyguide will make it easy.

Paseo de Gracia

So let's start our sightseeing tour. This city has some cool places... Let's get going with the most obvious, the building that intrigued me the most from the start...

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Work has not stopped on it since 1882, it is the place where Antoni Gaudi spent his last 10 years. He worked without receiving a salary and lived in a shack on the building site. He survived on the minimum and dedicated all his time, money and effort to its construction until he died in 1926, after been run over by a tram. I think he would be proud of this symbol of the city that pierces the Barcelona city skyline with its spires, reminding Barcelona of his modernist legacy.

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas Barcelona

Las Ramblas of Barcelona city must be one of the best tourist attractions in Spain, but be warned, stay away from the overpriced restaurants serving realy bad tapas and watch your pockets and bags, pick-pockets make afortune there every year stealing from the tourists. Despite these two factors you are guaranteed an amazing experience as you take in the sights and sounds.

There are many attractions and things to see as you take a paseo along it all the way from Plaza Cataluya to the harbour. It is always busy and never rests and you can buy almost anything , from flowers to the USA Today and in the past you could even buy pets.

Las Rambles is an excellent day out, there are human statues, buskers, artists, La Boqueria, La Plaça Reial and many many other things to see and do.

Las Ramblas Barcelona

Parc Guell

Parc Guell Dragon

Parc Guell is another of Barcelona's Unesco world heratige sites and has held this status since 1984. It is definitely one of the Barcelona highlights that must be seen. With its fairytale like architecture and Gothic arches it looks as if it has been replicated from a fantasy novel.

Of all the things to do in Barcelona please make sure that this is on the top of your list.

Parc Guell can get very busy and gets about 4 million visitors a year, mostly tourists, and the Barcelona city council is even thinking of limiting access to it by charging an entrance fee.

What you have to do is get there early before all the crowds which are bussed in hundreds at a time, by midday the place is quite full, but luckily it is quite big and you are able to escape the crowds. If you drive up be careful as parking can be very difficult to get, and you will get a parking ticket if you park where you shouldn't, the best options to get there are to use the metro, bus or a taxi. When we visit Parc Guell we usually prepare a picnic of Spanish cured meats, cheese, bread, tomatoes, etc and use the picnic tables that are provided, just make sure you have lunch a little earlier so that you do get a table.

There is a lot of walking to be done in Parc Guell and in getting there so wear good comfortable shoes. The walk to the viewpoint is well worth the effort, there is a lot to see and enjoy as you make your way up. The views of Barcelona from the cross right at the top which is called Turó del Calvari are stunning.

Parc Guell

Plaza Catalunya

Plaza Catalunya

Plaza Catalunya is the heart of Barcelona city. This is the best place to start your Barcelona sightseeing experience.

Some things that you can do near Plaza Catalunya:

  • Go shopping at El Corte Ingles, Fnac or at the wide variety of shops in the area.
  • Grab a bite to eat and a drink at the Cafe Zurich.
  • Start your walk down Las Ramblas from here.
  • Catch the tourist bus.
  • Or simply feed the pigeons while relaxing and soaking up the sights and sounds.

Don't forget that for your Barcelona airport transfers the Aerobus stops here.

Getting to the airport from Plaza Catalunya is a breeze.

Casa Mila “La Pedrera”

La Pedrera

This apartment block in the center of Barcelona city is one of Gaudi's most emblematic works. The iron work is spectacular, the roof amazing and the walls undulate like no other walls I have ever seen, there are no straight lines... Gaudi at his best.

In this building you will find a museum dedicated to Gaudi, the exhibition center of the Caixa Catalunya, a furnished museum apartment and some private residences.

Everything in this building from the doorknobs to the balconies is just screaming Gaudi.

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

Gaudi's Catalanism can be clearly seen in this building.

It represents the legend of Saint Jordi and you will clearly see the dragons back, the skulls of its victims, the balconies even look as if they were made from bones.

The lance that eventually killed the dragon can also be seen protuding from its back.

This building clearly lets people know that Gaudi was one of the world's most talented architects.

Palau Guell

Palau Guell

This is one of Gaudi's finest structural experiments. Ebony and rare South American woods are some of the unusual materials that were used in its construction. It is as intriguing as all the other Gaudi masterpieces in the city so please make sure to visit it. 

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral

The Barcelona Cathedral is still the Barri Gotic's Spiritual Centre and one of Barcelona's sightseeing hot spots.

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella

This park is an oasis of tranquility in the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and should definitely be on your things to do list.

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Figures

City Population

About 1 600 000

Metropolitan area population

Between 4 200 000 and 4 500 000

Area

Municipality 101.9 km2 (39.3 sq mi)

Urban 803 km2 (310 sq mi)

Districts

Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, Les Corts, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu, Sants– Montjuïc , Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Sant Martí

Time zone

CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Postal code

08001–08080

Area code

+34 (Spain) 93 (City)

Altitude

12 m (39 ft)

Religion

Roman Catholic: 90% / Other: 10%

Average temperatures

January: 10°C/50°F & July: 25°C/78°F
Barcelona Weather

Annual rainfall

587mm (23 inches)

Time Zone

CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2)

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz

Official Languages

Catalán and Spanish/Castellano

Nicknames

Ciudad Condal, Ciutat Comtal(City of Counts), Barna, BCN