Top Places to Visit in Barcelona
Location, prices, schedules … Stemaki bring you the most useful and basic information to know about the TOP places to visit in Barcelona.
If you are a foreigner, you come to visit, or you simply want to know a little better your city, do not miss this basic and, especially useful, information that will save you time to organize your route around the city.
1. La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401 Barcelona
If we travel abroad and we say we are from Barcelona, the first two words people will tell us, if we are lucky, will be Messi and Sagrada Familia. If we are not that lucky, we will hear the typical sangria and paella. For those with a little bit of judgment, to visit the biggest Guadí oeuvre is indispensable. Surprisingly, the famous basilica is facing the final stretch of his works, Jordi Fauli, architect director of the work, estimated that maintaining the current pace of work, the architectural part could be finalized in 2026. Given that the works started in 1882, it is fair to say that the construction of the greatest exponent of Catalan modernist architecture is coming to an expected end.
Did you know … That the 22nd, 23rd and 24th September you can get in for free?
If you need to check the schedule and rates, you can do it in La Sagrada Familia link.
2. Museu Picasso
Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona
To all the art lovers and especially to all the Pablo Picasso fans, this is a great opportunity to admire the 4,251 artworks that reveal the formative years of the artist and his relationship with Barcelona. Opened in 1963, the museum also houses an important representation of works of 1917, Las Meninas series, and a complete collection of prints. Open day: free every Sunday from 15h to 19h, the first Sunday of each month and also September 24th (all day). You can check rates and schedules at Museo Picasso link.
3. Pavellón Mies Van Der Rohe
Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7
The Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion is a mandatory stop for all the architecture and modern design fans. Glass, steel and marble were the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe main allies for the realization of this great symbolic work of the Modern Movement. Created as the German National Pavilion for the International Exposition of Barcelona in 1929, it was dismantled the following year and, under the impetus of Oriol Bohigas, was rebuilt and opened again in 1986.
Built in just 55 years, from 1329-1384, Santa Maria del Mar is the clearest and most emblematic example of Catalan Gothic architecture. The old La Rivera quarter was, at that time, the center of merchants and ship-owners, reason why Berenguer de Montagut decided to build this temple, replacing the old Parroquia de las Arenas. From June 18th to September 1st, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00pm guided tours to see the sunset from the temple terraces.
5. Fundació Joan Miró
Parc de Montjuïc s/n Barcelona
Born in 1975, the Joan Miró Foundation was created by the same artist with the intention to establish a “Mironian” area in Barcelona with international reference and to promote Miró and contemporary art studies. The Foundation combines the organization of temporary exhibitions of the XX and XXI century artists with academic activities and projects in collaboration with other institutions and entities in the country. Open days: Feb 12th (Santa Eulalia), May 18th (International Museum Day),
May 21st (Night of Museums), September 24th (La Mercè).
6. Camp Nou Tour- Museu del Barça
Av. Joan XXIII s/n Barcelona
You can’t come to Barcelona and not visit the Camp Nou. Even if you don’t like football, you have to discover the excitement that exists in the field, you can also enjoy the atmosphere of a F.C Barcelona game, or if you prefer, you can make the Museum Club Tour, where you will see historical objects and a lot of trophies earned along the more than 115 years of the Club history. Inside the museum there is also a space dedicated to Leo Messi, and also an exclusive space for the FC Barcelona women’s team. You can check rates and schedules at FC Barcelona link.
7. Catedral de Barcelona
Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona
La catedral de la Santa Creu y Santa Eulàlia, known as the Barcelona Cathedral, is a clear representation of Catalan Gothic architecture. It was built during the XIII and XV centuries in the same place where there was a Romanic cathedral before and, even earlier, a Paleochristian cathedral. The cathedral’s facade is Neo-Gothic style and it was made by the architect Josep Oriol Mestres in the XIX century. You can’t miss the fantastic view of the city that can be seen from the Cathedral terraces.
8. Teatre del Liceu
La Rambla, 51-59 Barcelona
El Liceu is the artistic and musical development center of reference in Barcelona. Nowadays the main theater room is an exact replica of the original hall designed by the architect Miquel Garriga i Roca in 1847. Unfortunately, the old hall suffered a fire in 1994 that’s why it was rebuilt. With a capacity of 2,292 seats, it’s one of the most solemn theater spaces of the XIX century architecture. Throughout these nearly 170 years of history, El Gran Teatre del Liceu Chorus has been led by the greatest conductors and the greatest stage directors.
Els encants or La Fira de Bellcaire de Barcelona has more than 7 centuries of history, becoming one of the oldest markets in Europe. If we visit Els Encants we will find old and new stuff, high-tech and craft objects at very good price, reason why 100,000 people visit weekly this great area with over 15,000 m2. Open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9: 00am to 8:00pm.
10. Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167 Barcelona
Proclaimed World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, Sant Pau is the world’s largest Modernist complex and the most important work of Lluis Domenech i Montaner. Currently, Sant Pau hosts a knowledge center formed by pioneering institutions in the sustainability, health and education areas and has become a benchmark of the city of Barcelona where history and innovation coexist. You can check rates and schedules at Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau link.
11. La Casa Batlló
Passeig de Gràcia, 43, Barcelona
Right in Passeig de Gràcia we will find La Casa Batlló, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece and another great opportunity to know even better the Catalan modernism. It is a complete work art, because Gaudí intervened in the building’s design, color, form, space and light. Open 365 days a year, we recommend you to get the Fast Pass, in order to visit avoiding the uncomfortable long lines. Open Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 9pm. Open every day of the year.
12. La Pedrera
Pg. De Gràcia, 92 Barcelona
La Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, is another of the essential works made by the great architect Antoni Gaudí. Built between 1852 and 1926, this unique building, headquarters the Catalunya- La Pedrera Foundation, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. It currently houses an important cultural center of reference in Barcelona with a lot of organized activities, with different museum spaces and public use areas.
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
The Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA) provides, as its name suggests, the most ambitious schedule of contemporary art in the city. Located in the historic center of Barcelona, MACBA has more than 20,000 m2 at the service of contemporary creation. Its programming explores the most critical visions of contemporary art in an open exchange of ideas and experimentation space. All in a great cultural plaza, which at the same time, is one of the biggest meeting points for the skateboarders in the city.
La Boqueria is a gift for all the senses, you can’t miss the variety of flavors, colors and smells that merge with a great buzz forming what is considered one of the best markets in Europe. This temple of gastronomy, as he well define the great culinary master Ferran Adrià, it gives us the opportunity to taste varied and fresh products. Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8:30pm . Free entrance.
Another of the most important markets of the city is Santa Caterina. Located in Ciutat Vella, in La Ribera neighborhood, opened in 1848 and it was the first covered market in the city. The reform of the new market was designed by the architect’s team formed by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. The most emblematic element of the project and the market itself is its colorful cover that remains to a Gaudi mosaic, consisting of 325,000 pieces that reproduce the colors of vegetables stands.
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n
The National Museum of Catalan Art is located in the National Palace of Montjuic, built for the International Exhibition of 1929. Nowadays, you will find the best collection of Romanic paint mural in the world and the most representative artists of Catalan Modernism as Gaudí or Casas. You can also enjoy Gothic art, great European painters of the Renaissance and Baroque as Tiziano or Velazquez, and big photography collections. You can check rates and schedule in the MNAC link.
17. Palau de la Música Catalana
c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
El Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most emblematic buildings of the city and one of the most recommended tourist attractions of Barcelona. The building, host the Orfeó Català and is the most significant work of the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner. El Palau de la Musica Catalana gives you the opportunity to experience the unique concert hall declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
18. Park Güell
Carretera del Carmel, 23
It was in 1900, when Antoni Gaudí was commissioned by the industrial Eusebi Güell, to project the Park Güell. Since its inception, the park was already considered one of the major touristic attractions in Barcelona. Besides enjoying the breathtaking views of the city, this great touristic attraction is known for: The famous Escalinata del Drac, els Pavellons de la Porteria, els Jardins d’ Àustria, el Pòrtic de la Bugadera, el Teatre Grec o Plaça de la Natura y la Sala Hispòstila.
19. Palau de la Virreina
La Rambla, 99
All those interested in art and everything that involves the image, you can’t miss this baroque´s jewel. Since 1980 has been hosting multiples contemporary art exhibitions. In 2007 the exhibition center Virreina began a new stage as Image Center. Since then, its programming has gone through photography, audiovisual, electoral spots, book publishing, literary festivals, talks or digital documentation, among others.
20. Parc de la Ciutadella
Passeig de Picasso, 21 Barcelona
If you would like to go for a walk and be surrounded by old trees and sculptures, make a visit to Parc de la Ciutadella. Built in the late XIX century, was the first park specifically designed as a public park, and now has such diverse elements as the monumental waterfall, nineteenth-century buildings, now converted into museums, a lake to go around with boats rowing and also numerous sculptures. El Parc de la Ciutadella also shares space with the Barcelona Zoo.