The 10 best Barcelona attractions you can’t miss

The 10 best Barcelona attractions that you can’t miss during your visit to the city are finally here! We’ve done all the hard work so you can sit back and enjoy your trip to one of Europe’s top city break destinations.

Culture, food, history, sport, and more. Barcelona does have it all – but how can decide when it comes to planning your trip?

As locals of Barcelona, we’ve drawn up a list of the best the city has to offer based on our articles on our blog and our favourite things to do in the city. From exploring its wondrous examples of architecture, getting lost in its streets steeped in history and trying the best tapas on the culinary scene, we’ve got you covered by the way of the best Barcelona attractions.

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Best Barcelona Attractions

1. Sagrada Família

A trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside this masterpiece by Antoni Gaudí, which he began in the year 1883. With nothing like this Barcelona attraction anywhere else in the world, you’ll be left awestruck by the details of its magnificent façade and the stained-glass windows of its light-filled interior. Remember to check out our interesting facts about the Sagrada Família before visiting.

2. Les Rambles

We’re sure you’ve heard of this famed Barcelona attraction. This tree-lined avenue replete with restaurants, bars, shops, street artists and more starts at Plaça Catalunya and ends at the Columbus Monument by the port. As you stroll down, don’t miss the renowned Liceu Opera House or the Canaletes fountain.

3. Mercat de la Boqueria

This colourful, vibrant food market is an unmissable stop on any trip to Barcelona. Browse stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and an array of local products from wine, cured and pickled products, and more. Get there early to beat the crowds. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, our spacious 3-bedroom MACCA apartment is only a 2-minute walk away.

4. The Gothic Quarter

Every corner of every street in this central area of Barcelona is steeped in history. Discover Barcelona’s Roman past, its neo-Gothic cathedral and the history of the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Check out our guide to the city’s old quarter to discover these Barcelona attractions and more in the Gothic Quarter.

5. Casa Batlló

Another of Gaudí’s masterpieces is this effervescent house by the master of Catalan modernist architecture himself. Its fantasy-like design inspired by nature is sure to win you over. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on Passeig de Gràcia among luxury stores including Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and more.

6. Montjuïc Magic Fountain

This spectacular show combining water, music and lights every evening at 8:00pm is another essential Barcelona attraction. It’s the perfect end to a day in the city and if you’re travelling with kids they’re sure to be amazed!

7. Parc Güell

Located to the north of the city overlooking its streets and with stunning views of the surrounding coastline and mountains is one of our favourite Barcelona attractions. Tucked away in nature, Parc Güell designed by Gaudí is like something out of a fairytale. Don’t miss its exquisite tiling design and famed dragon sculpture.

If you still haven’t got your fill of Gaudí, don’t miss our guide to the buildings he designed in Barcelona.

8. Parc del Laberint d’Horta

This secret maze is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment of tranquility on their trip to Barcelona. Get lost in this enchanting green maze and explore its historical gardens. Perfect for a midday picnic or an afternoon stroll. Discover more green spaces in Barcelona to reconnect with nature.

9. El Born

The neighbourhood of El Born, alongside “El Barri Gòtic”, makes for a perfect day exploring the true essence of the city. Brimming with many Barcelona attractions, don’t miss the Picasso Museum, the impressive Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and the wonder that is the historical Palau de Música. Find out more about this beautiful part of the city thanks to our complete guide on things to do and see in El Born.

10. El Camp Nou

Football fans around the world flock to the city every year to visit one of the most popular Barcelona attractions. Yes, we’re talking about the Camp Nou football grounds. Visit the world’s third largest stadium to discover its museum, trophy room, dressing room and more. Read more about visiting the home of this all-star team on our blog.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the top 10 best Barcelona attractions!

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When is the best time to visit Barcelona?

The best time to visit Barcelona, in our opinion, is all year round! Thanks to its gorgeous climate, even in the winter it’s a beautiful city to be in. With mild daytime and nighttime temperatures, you’ll be pushed to find a city so amazingly ideal for a weekend getaway.

However, if your schedule is flexible and you can choose any season of the year to come, we’d have to admit that the best time to visit Barcelona is the summer. From May to October you can enjoy more hours of sunlight; think long summer days that seem to last forever spent relaxing at the beach, refreshing nights with street parties and meals under the stars and, of course, sunrises and sunsets that will take your breath away.

To all this you can add a million and one activities as the city of Barcelona comes alive with summer plans for that suit all tastes, schedules and budgets.

If this sounds like the best time to visit Barcelona to you, keep on reading. Here are 8 summer activities that you won’t be able to resist.

Best time to visit Barcelona

Celebrate the arrival of summer with fireworks

The night of the 23rd June marks the celebration of Sant Joan and the Summer Solstice, one of the biggest events on the Catalan calendar. If partying on the beach under the lights of the starts and fireworks sounds like your thing, then this is definitely the best time to visit Barcelona for you! Read more about this traditional festivity here.

Hit the city’s beaches

Barcelona is famous for its nine beaches spanning almost 5 km along coastline. So, of course, we think that the best time to visit Barcelona is the summer, as it is when you can truly make the most of these stunning sandy shores from sunrise to sunset. Check out our complete guide to Barcelona beaches for more information when planning your next beach holiday in the city.

Dance until dawn at Barcelona’s Festes Majors

Many of the city’s Festes Majors (city parties) are held during the summer months, making it without a doubt the best time to visit Barcelona. Discover Catalan traditions like correfocs (fire runs) and castellers (human towers) at some of the biggest celebrations of the year in the neighbourhoods of Sants, Poble Sec and the Gothic Quarter. Steeped in tradition and local community, at these festivals you’ll find locals and tourists of all ages enjoying live music, local food, hand-made products and, of course, a good dance! Check out our article on one of the biggest of these events held in August: the Festa Major de Gràcia.

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Sing along at a music festival

June until August means one thing for music lovers in Barcelona: it’s festival season, i.e. the best time to visit Barcelona! A favourite among indie fans, Primavera Sound kicks off the summer at Parc del Fòrum. Combining creativity, music and culture, there’s the Sonar Festival bringing electronic music and art to the city. Not forgetting Festival Cruïlla with its eclectic mix of artists from pop legends to classic indie groups and Festival Jardins Pedralbes in a truly magical setting.

Catch your favourite movie at Sala Montjuïc

If you’re in Barcelona in July, you’ll be able to enjoy what is one of the most-awaited events of the summer. Watch classic movies and the newest Oscar-winning films at the outdoor cinema in the grounds of the Montjuïc castle during what is possibly the best time to visit Barcelona. Grab a picnic and a blanket and relax under the stars.

Experience La Mercè (Festa Major de Barcelona)

One of the biggest festivals of the year, La Mercè unites music, culture and art, in this yearly celebration in September, making this month the best time to visit Barcelona. As the summer heat wanes, hit the streets to enjoy a range of free events throughout the city, including live music, workshops for kids and the magical closing ceremony (the Piromusical) in Plaça Espanya. Find out more about the fantastic cultural festival that is La Mercè here.

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Have a drink on a rooftop bar or terrace

Bask in the beautiful summer climate on a rooftop with amazing views of the Barcelona cityscape, sea and surrounding mountains or terraces lapped by the waves as the cool sea breeze rustles your hair. Discover our guide to the top 10 bars and terraces to enjoy what we believe is the best time to visit Barcelona!

Bag a bargain at Barcelona’s outdoor markets

Food trucks serving delicious street food, pop-up stalls selling handmade gifts and second-hand clothes, and live music concerts by the newest bands… yes, it’s the best time to visit Barcelona! Discover the city’s summer weekend markets of Palo Alto, Two Market at Nau Bostik, and Fleadonia.

These are just some of the reasons why summer is the best time to visit Barcelona! We’re looking forward to welcoming you here.

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