Top 10 things to do in Barcelona


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Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya, is known for many things, going from the famous FC Barcelona football team over various cultural interests . The unique Sagrada Familia cathedral and other modernist monuments by Antoni Gaudi highlight the city. Modern art can be found in Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró. In the summer months Barcelona’s beaches are also a major attraction. Book your flight here, and go check out these top 10 things to visit!


1. La Sagrada Familia


La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia


Number 1 is the fabulous unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi. This unique and unusual construction is Barcelona’s most famous tourist attraction and the most visited, so it’s a must-see attraction. It is also rated as one of the world’s top attractions by Tripadvisor users. It is free to see the Sagrada Familia church from the outside. La Sagrada Familia welcomes 3 million visitors a year, which means long queues all day of 1 hour or more to get inside the church. It is however, worth seeing inside so a good tip is to buy advance skip-the-line tickets. How long does it take to visit Sagrada Familia? From the outside about 15 minutes to walk all around. To see the Sagrada Familia church inside you should plan to spend at least 1 to 2 hours to see it all and maybe go up inside some of the towers. Your ticket to the Sagrada Família is actually a donation to help finish the construction which is privately funded. The temple was designed by famousCatalan architecht Antoni Gaudi over 100 years ago – the foundation stone was laid in 1882, when the surrounding area was mostly fields. The splendid Sagrada Familia interior was note fully opened to the public until 2012. The outside is still being built and was at around 70% completion in 2015. Only 8 towers of the 18 spires are finished. The ambition is to complete the Sagrada familia church in 2026 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death in 1926. When it is finished it will be 144 years since construction began. See aYouTube video of how the finished Sagrada Familia will look.  Gaudi himself knew that it would take a long time to finish the temple and he famously once said, “My client is not in a hurry.”  Gaudi died quite tragically in 1926 after being hit by a tram. When he died only the nativity facade was built. Visit the Sagrada familia on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or take the metro to station Sagrada Familia. See map  Visitor tip: Beat the 1 hour long queues to see inside by buying skip-the-line tickets online.

Opening times & Ticket prices

TICKETS Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia church €15
Ticket basilica only €15
Ticket basilica and towers €19.50

Open all year, but closed for some services and special religious events.
November, December, January, February:  9 am to 6 pm
December 25th, 26th, January 1st, 6th:  9 am to 2 pm
March: 9 am to 7 pm
April, May, June, July, August September: 9 am to 8 pm
October: 9 am to 7 pm  


2. The Font Mágica Fountain


Font Mágica Fountain
Font Mágica Fountain


The Magic Fountain is a “must see” Barcelona attraction. You have never seen a fountain like this. It really does feel magic to experience the beautiful show of water, light and music. The Magic fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the Barcelona World Fair and the Font Magica is still one of the most famous spots in Barcelona with an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually. There are evening water and light shows in the winter on Friday and Saturdays only. In the summer the evening light and music show is open from Thursday to Sunday. Admission is free all year. See show times below. Please note that sometimes due to exhibitions and events access to the fountain can be closed. Visit the Magic Fountain by metro to station Espanya.

Opening times & Ticket prices
FREE to visit

SPRING Magic Fountain opening times 
Months of April and May
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm – 10.30 pm.

SUMMER Magic Fountain opening times 
Months of June, July and August
Closed Monday to Wednesday
Open Thursday to Sunday nights from 9.30 pm – 11 pm.

AUTUMN Magic Fountain opening times 
Months of September and October
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 pm – 10.30 pm

WINTER Magic Fountain opening times opening times 
Months from November to March
Closed Sunday to Thursday
Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm


3. Picasso Museum


Picasso Museum
Picasso Museum


In the Born area. Pablo Picasso is the world’s most famous painter and the Picasso Museum is Barcelona’s most famous museum and a top 10 attraction. Picasso was born in Malaga in the south of Spain, but the Picasso family moved to Barcelona and lived here from 1895 to 1904. Picasso’s father was an art teacher and although young Pablo Picasso had already begun art studies in Malaga, it was in Barcelona that his formative years as an artist were spent. He considered himself from Barcelona and it was here he first exhibited and spent his early years as a struggling painter. You will not see the most famous Picasso paintings at the Barcelona Picasso museum, but the collection in Barcelona is a unique collection of 4000 works consisting of very early sketches and many lesser known Picasso paintings, which show his incredible development to becoming the world´s best loved artist. The museum is located in several magnificent gothic mansions in the Born medieval part of Barcelona’s old city. Visitor Tip 1: Book a Picasso walking tour which includes skip-the-line access and guided tour of the museum. Visitor Tip 2: Tickets lines are very long, so buy skip-the-line Picasso museum tickets   Visitor Tip 3: The Picasso museum has free admission for everyone on the first Sunday of each month all day. Also free admission every Sunday after 3pm. Get to the Picasso Musuem by metro to station Jaume I and then 10 mins walk. See map

Opening times & Ticket prices

Closed Mondays except public holidays
TICKETS Picasso 2 hour walking tour which includes museum skip-the-line tickets.
TICKETS Skip-the-line Picasso museum €11



4. La Ramblas street


La Rambla
La Rambla


La Rambla is another must-see. Also called Las Ramblas The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said about La Rambla, “It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end.” La Rambla starts at Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Monument of Columbus at the Port Vell harbour of Barcelona. La Rambla it is not a spectacular sight, but very pleasant to stroll down and enjoy the human heartbeat of Barcelona. If you have not strolled down it, you cannot say you have been in Barcelona. Also called Las Ramblas as it is really a collection of various stretches of street with different names. During the day and early evening completely safe and free to visit. However, be careful of pickpockets on La Rambla and in the Metro stations nearby. In the early hours of the morning 2 – 4am be wary on lower part of La Rambla near the harbour. This attraction is always open and free.
Visitor Tip. Keep a hand on your bag at all times and wear your backpack on your front to avoid pickpockets.



5. Mies Van der Rohe pavillion


Mies Van der Rohe pavillion
Mies Van der Rohe pavillion


The Barcelona Pavilion (Catalan: Pavelló alemany; Spanish: Pabellón alemán; “German Pavilion”), designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. This building was used for the official opening of the German section of the exhibition. It is an important building in the history of modern architecture, known for its simple form and its spectacular use of extravagant materials, such as marble, red onyx and travertine. The same features of minimalism and spectacular can be applied to the prestigious furniture specifically designed for the building, among which the iconic Barcelona chair. It has inspired many important modernist buildings, including Michael Manser’s Capel Manor House in Kent.

Opening times & Ticket prices


  • Sunday    10AM–8PM `
  • Monday    10AM–8PM
  • Tuesday    10AM–8PM
  • Wednesday    10AM–8PM
  • Thursday    10AM–8PM
  • Friday    10AM–8PM
  • Saturday    10AM–8PM


6. Camp Nou stadium


Camp Nou stadium
Camp Nou stadium


Camp Nou Stadium home of Barcelona football team. Buy Tickets Barcelona games. If there are no games during your visit, then book the stadium and museum tour. TICKETS FC Barcelona Camp Nou Experience The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are among the most popular attractions in Barcelona attracting millions of visitors a year. Camp Nou also has the one of the largest Nike stores in Europe packed with Barca merchandise. Unmissable for Barça fans. Visitor tip. You can buy cheaper FCB shirts and scarves from market stalls outside stadium on match days but they might not be official.

Opening times and Ticket prices

TICKETS Tour + Museum. Adult €23
TICKETS Tour + Museum. Child 6-13 years old €18
FC Barcelona Camp Nou games calender
Map Camp Nou stadium
Address and how to get to Nou Camp Stadium
FC Barcelona museum
Pictures Camp Nou + Barca museum


7. Barrio Gotico area


Barrio Gotico area
Barrio Gotico area


The Barrio Gotico gothic quarter is the medieval city of Barcelona from the middle ages. It grew around the old Roman town of Barcino which is the oldest part of Barcelona. The gothic part of the city has many beautiful churches, plazas, markets and museums and you can see parts of the old Roman walls. If you visit the Barcelona history musuem – Museu d’Història de la Ciutat – you can see remains of Roman houses and streets of Barcino in Roman times under the museum. The gothic quarter is free to visit and best seen on foot because tour buses cannot get through the narrow streets. There are no dangerous areas in the Gothic quarter, but be aware of Barcelona pickpockets. Also worth visiting is the neighbouring medieval area of Barcelona’s old city called El Born.


8. Tibidabo


El Tibidabo Barcelona
El Tibidabo Barcelona


A visit to Tibadabo is a fun thing to do in Barcelona and great for kids. The views of Barcelona are fantastic and there is a small and fun vintage amusement park at the top, which is open in the summer from March to September. You can reach the top of Tibadabo via a vintage Blue Tram which connects to a mountain railway, Or take the bus from the Plaza Catalunya directly to Tibidabo. The fun-fair is closed in winter, open at weekends in spring and autumn and generally open from Wednesday to Sunday in summer, but check before visiting. The Skywalk where you can enjoy views of Barcelona is free and open all year except a few weeks in February for annual maintenance. The Sagrat Cor church at the top of Tibidabo is open all day and is free to visit. Visit by bus or by tram/mountain train see map  and See how to get to Tibidabo

Opening times & Ticket prices

Tibidabo amusement park Opening Times
TIckets general entrance € 28.50
Tickets children under 1,2m €10.30
Tickets Tibidabo Skywalk Classic €12
Tickets Tibidabo Skywalk Panoramic from €12


9. Poble Espanyol


Poble Espanyol
Poble Espanyol


Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona – the Spanish Village of Barcelona. Montjuic hill has many parks and attractions including an old fort at the very top called Montjuic Castle, which has a rich and dark history and fantastic views of Barcelona. The other big attraction on Montjuic hill is a unique Spanish village called Poble Espanyol which was built in 1929 for the Barcelona 1929 World Fair and Universal Exposition. The Poble Espanyol village is the 4th most visited attraction in Barcelona. It was built in 1929 as an architectural experiment to create a village to showcase Spain’s different architectural styles. It was so popular that it was left intact after the world exhibition and it now houses a wide variety of cafés, summer open air night clubs, restaurants, over 40 very nice handicraft shops and a full programme of concerts and events, especially in the summer. You can also see a very good flamenco show called El Tablao de Carmen at Poble Espanyol, which includes 1 hours free entrance to Poble Espanyol. Poble Espanyol was designed by Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. see map. This attraction is on hop-on-hop-off bus routes or take metro to nearest metro station Espanya and then it is 20 minute walk.

Opening times & ticket prices

Montjuic castle open daily all year
Tickets Montjuic Castle €9
TICKETS Montjuic cable car
Address and map Montjuic Castle

Poble Espanyol village is open daily all year
TICKETS Poble Espanyol:  €12


10. Park Guell


Park Guell
Park Guell


Parc Guell by Antoni Gaudi. Parc Guelli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to one of Gaudi’s most artistic works. Parc Guell is a Barcelona top attraction and definite must see. The park is on Carmel hill so seeing this attraction means quite a long and uphill walk if you take the hop-on-hop-off bus or metro station Vallcarca. If you prefer not to walk, then take a taxi to the Park Guell front gate. The original idea of Park Guell was to build a private and exclusive residential garden village with 60 houses. This business idea of Guell’s didn’t work and after his death in 1923 the park was donated by his family to Barcelona´s city as a public park.  See map  Visitor tip: Save €1 and avoid queues if you buy skip-the-line Park Guell tickets

Opening times & ticket prices

Parc Guell is open daily all year
TICKETS skip-the-line Park Guell €7




Dolf Van Sprengel

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Dolf Van Sprengel is born and raised in Antwerp, and loves to travel to discover new cultures. Dolf loves nature and religion, amongst many other things. Since 2017 Dolf is the administrator of WANDERLUSTVLOG.

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