Top 8 Most Beautiful Buildings in Barcelona

We’ve compiled 8 of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona here in this list to make sure you don’t miss out on your trip to the cultural hub that is Barcelona.

From Gaudí and his modernisme masterpieces to towering cathedrals and chocolate factories straight from a fairy-tale, we’ve got you covered. So grab a pair of comfy shoes and get ready to go on a tour of Barcelona’s gorgeous examples of architecture, spanning centuries of history and still surprising visitors to this very day.

Sagrada Família

Calle de Mallorca, 401

A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without visiting the Sagrada Família. Its construction was started in 1882 and well over 100 years later, this temple still remains unfinished. Be sure to book your ticket in advance on the official website here.

We recommend dedicating an entire morning to exploring its light-filled interior and marvelling at the stunning sculptures that decorate its façade. Discover more about this building’s fascinating history and some curious, lesser-known facts here.

Most Beautiful Buildings in Barcelona
Beautiful buildings in Barcelona – Sagrada família

La Pedrera

Passeig de Gràcia, 92

La Pedrera –translated as ‘stone quarry’ due to its outer rugged appearance – was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Over the years this building has served as a home, event hall, consulate, and more. Today it is home to a Gaudí museum and often hosts jazz concerts and other live music events ­– check out the programme and get your tickets here.

Our classic and charming Dandi apartment is a stone’s throw away from this magnificent building and offers breath-taking views of the Eixample neighbourhood. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, it’s perfect for a family getaway.

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La Pedrera – Casa Milà

Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gràcia, 43

Also located on Passeig de Gràcia – the place to be for luxury shopping in Barcelona – is Casa Batlló, a dream made reality and a fairytale-like experience you simply can’t miss! Delve into Gaudí’s colourful imagination in this stunning example of Catalan modernisme.

Fancy discovering more of Gaudí’s creations? Discover our guide to his most popular and some lesser-well-known buildings.

Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló

Casa Amatller

Passeig de Gràcia, 41

Next on our tour of Barcelona’s most beautiful buildings is Casa Amatller, literally right next door to Casa Batlló. This stunning manor house was the home of a family of chocolatiers. The already existing building was designed and remodelled by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch between the years 1898 and 1900.

Another stunning example of modernisme architecture, this building offers a range of tours and visits for the whole family, from activities for kids such as workshops and chocolate tasting sessions, to evening tours with Teresa Amatller herself.

Casa Amatller

Barcelona Cathedral

Plà de la Seu

In the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter stands the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, named after the city’s patron saint, and she is buried in here in the cathedral’s stunning Gothic crypt.

The lively square where the cathedral stands is always buzzing with street artists, walking tours and more. Don’t miss the antique market on most Thursdays and Fridays (however the dates can vary, so please check them here before going).

Discover more things to see and do in the area in our one day guide to the Gothic Quarter.

Catedral de Barcelona

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Plaça de Santa Maria, 1

This church, often referred to as the Cathedral of the Sea, was a lot closer to the shores of the Mediterranean than it is now. This truly stunning example of Gothic architecture makes our list of Barcelona’s most beautiful buildings thanks to its striking stained glass windows (see if you can spot the FC Barcelona crest), its striking 13-metre high columns and the stunning panoramic views from its rooftop.

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Palau de la Música

Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6

Built in a mere three years, this modernisme jewel by Lluís Domènech i Montaner was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. It’s easy to miss this stunning concert hall tucked away in Barcelona’s Sant Pere neighbourhood.

We recommend a guided tour to learn more about the history behind this stunning monument which opened its doors in February 1908, or alternatively why not go to a concert to enjoy this venue filled with the melodies of a wide genre of music. Find upcoming events and concerts on the Palau’s official website.

Palau de la Música

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26

It wasn’t until recently that Casa Vicens opened to the public. Gaudí’s first ever major project, this stunning summerhouse was designed for the Vicens family in what was the village of Gràcia (now a neighbourhood of Barcelona). This beautiful building takes inspiration from nature and Japanese art and was built between 1883–5.

Now remodelled as a museum and cultural space, the grounds feature a main garden, rooftop and temporary exhibition space.

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Things to Do in On day in the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is steeped in history and brimming with charm. From its narrow cobbled streets, stunning architecture and historical ornament, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

But, we hear you ask, how many buildings in the Gothic Quarter are actually Gothic? In actual fact, fewer than you would imagine, as many of the buildings in this quarter were built in the 19th and 20th centuries. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that this neighbourhood is one of Barcelona’s most beautiful!

This article is packed with the best tips and things to see in one day in Barcelona’s stunning Gothic Quarter – discover its most historical monuments, hidden-away squares and the history written on its walls.

Things to do in the gothic quarter
Things to Do in the Gothic Quarter

Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia (Barcelona Cathedral)

Plà de la Seu

We’ll start our tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter – previously known as the Cathedral Quarter – at this stunning monument. Built during the 13th and 14th centuries, this is one of the few examples of Catalan Gothic architecture in this area.  Get your tickets online here starting from €9, or visit in the morning before 12:45 or in the evening after 17:30 for free admission.

Eglésia de Santa Maria del Pi

Plaça del Pi

Another truly Gothic gem in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is this stunningly beautiful 14th-century church. Don’t miss its stunning stained glass rose window and its tranquil interior, which often hosts candlelit concerts.

Plaça Sant Felipe Neri

This quaint square in the Gothic Quarter is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a moment of peace. Yet the vestiges of its tragic past are visible on the walls of its Baroque church, which was subject to a horrific attack during the Spanish Civil War in January 1938.

Shopping at Avinguda Portal de l’Àngel

One of Barcelona’s liveliest shopping streets can be found in the Gothic Quarter. Head south from Plaça Catalunya and you can’t miss this commercial hub. With some of the best brands – including Zara, Mango, H&M, Pull&Bear and more – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Plaça Sant Jaume

This square in the Gothic Quarter is home to the Casa de la Ciutat (the City Council) of Barcelona, which despite being built in the 14th century, has a neoclassical façade. It’s open to the public on Sundays from 10am to 2pm and admission is free.

This square is also home to the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya – the seat of the Catalan government – with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance features.

Museu d’Història de Barcelona, MUHBA

Plaça del Rei

Step back in time at the Barcelona History Museum, where you can explore the ruins of the Roman settlement of Barcino. Here you’ll find the remnants of a former fish factory, a bodega, a church and more!

‘The Kiss’ Mural

Plaça d’Isidre Nonell

One of the most photographed spots in Barcelona is in the Gothic Quarter! This unique piece of street art is made up of hundreds of mosaic photo tiles submitted by locals capturing their very own ‘moments of freedom’.

Find more instagrammable spots in the Gothic Quarter and further afield in our article.

El Pont del Bisbe (The Bishop’s Bridge)

Carrer del Bisbe

This narrow cobbled street and bridge is one of the most famous sights in the Gothic Quarter. Despite its appearance, its not even 100 years old, and was built by Joan Rubió – one of Gaudí’s disciples – to join these two buildings.

Plaça Reial

This beautiful square shaded by palm trees was once home to the Caputxins Convent. Today, its stunning architecture overlooks some of the city’s most popular nightlife spots, and you’ll often stumble across street performers and artists in one of the city’s liveliest squares.

Don’t miss the two street lamps in its centre designed by Gaudí himself. If you want to discover more pieces by the master of modernisme, check out our article here.

El Temple d’August

Carrer del Paradís, 10

This Roman temple dedicated to the Emperor Augustus is a hidden gem in the city’s Gothic Quarter. What’s left today are four beautifully preserved columns surrounded by a peaceful courtyard, just behind the cathedral.

So there you have it, our mini guide to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Don’t forget to check out our apartments in the Gothic Quarter to make sure you don’t miss a thing on your trip to Barcelona.

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Where to find Nudist Beaches in Barcelona?

Nudist beaches in Barcelona are just what we need to help us get through the month of August. Heat wave after heat wave is making us dream of nothing more than spending these long summer days at the beach and cooling off in the waves.

Catalonia is a very open-minded region and with it you’ll find an array of nudist beaches in Barcelona. Whether you’re a seasoned nudist or you’re curious about discovering new places to go this summer, we’ve got a list of the best nudist beaches in Barcelona for you.

So make sure you’ve got your sun cream and a bottle of water, because that’s all you’re going to need to make this summer unforgettable!

Nudist Beaches in Barcelona
Nudist beaches in Barcelona

Platja de la Mar Bella, Barcelona

One of the most renowned nudist beaches in Barcelona, Mar Bella beach is located next to Bogatell beach and stretches 500 m in length. With a specific nudist section, which is easily recognisable, this urban beach is the top choice for many thanks to its selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

The closest metro stops are line 4, Selva de Mar and Poblenou. From Plaça Catalunya you can also take the H16 bus.

Platja de Sant Sebastià, Barcelona

Although nudism is allowed on this central beach, changes to the area have meant it’s become less common in recent years. Despite this, it’s still one of the top urban nudist beaches in Barcelona along with Platja de la Mar Bella. It also offers great accessibility for those with reduced mobility.Get the L4 (yellow line) to Barceloneta.

Platja del Coco, Badalona

One of the most popular nudist beaches in Barcelona, Platja del Coco boasts almost 1-km of soft sand to enjoy near the Port of Badalona. Here you’ll find both nudists and non-nudists bathing side by side. During the week this urban beach is perfect for those looking for a quieter area away from the crowds. However expect it to get busy on summer weekends.

This beach is easily accessible by train, bus and metro from Barcelona city centre.

Platja d’Ocata, Masnou

This beautiful beach only 20 minutes from the city centre is one of the coolest nudist beaches in Barcelona. What’s more, it’s easy to get to and boasts tranquil, calm waters. It has a specific nudist section stretching 200 m where bathing suits are optional. There’s also a selection of beach and water sports for you to try your hand at while you’re there!

Platja de l’Aiguadolç, Vilanova i la Geltrú

This 2-km beach of gorgeous golden sands is one of our favourite nudist beaches in Barcelona, in the town of Vilanova i la Geltrú. It has parking shared with the neighbouring beach of Sant Gervasi, but getting a space might be difficult on weekends. So we recommend you get there early!

Platja de Ponent, Premià de Mar

Platja de Ponent is one of the four of the Premià de Mar beaches. This small nudist beach near Barcelona is a semi-urban beach, making it a little more private than some of the others on our list. Simply hop on the bus heading direction Mataró and in less than an hour you’ll be in this small haven for nudists. Also popular among surfers.

Platja de la Ricarda, El Prat

One of the nudist beaches in Barcelona with the most crystal-clear waters, Platja de la Ricarda is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city beaches. There’s a parking area and it can also be reached by the PR3 bus. Perfect for lazy afternoons or long evenings to enjoy the sunset in this peaceful haven outside the city.

Platja de L’Home Mort, Sitges

One of the nudist beaches in Barcelona located in Sitges, this one has something special about it: it was the first gay nudist beach in the world. This small cove is perfect for those seeking privacy. It’s best accessed by car, but is also on the hike route from Sitges and Vilanova if you like to add a walk in to your trip to the beach.

With no bars or cafés it’s an unspoiled paradise, therefore great care should be taken to take all your rubbish home.

Cala Morisca, Sitges

Also in Sitges is this small and intimate nudist beach, nested under the cliffs of El Garraf. This hidden cove is perfect for those seeking peace and quiet away from the crowds. Again, it can only be accessed by car and it has a parking area which is rather expensive – given it’s the only option.

This beach has gorgeous clear waters, a restaurant with sun loungers and showers, making it a perfect spot to spend a day in paradise.

So there you have it. Our list of our top nudist beaches in Barcelona. Let us know, which one’s your favourite!

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What to do in Barcelona in August – Top 10 Activities

Barcelona in August is the place to be! Summer is officially upon us and this month comes packed with refreshing, exciting and sun-filled activities to make sure you get your summer fix.

We’re bringing you a list of our top 10 activities to beat the summer heat in Barcelona in August. So whether you’re looking for ways to cool off during the day or to a place to relax and take in the long balmy evenings, we’ve got you covered. Let’s go!

Barcelona in august
Barcelona in August

1. Mas i Mas Festival

Various locations throughout the city, including Plaça Reial and Palau de la Música

Throughout the month of August, Barcelona will welcome electronic beats, jazz rhythms and the melodies of soul and blues. Buy tickets online here for big names including the Wayne Escoffery Quartet and the all-female Las de Barcelona.

2. Day trip

Looking to escape the sticky heat of the city? In Barcelona in August, there’s nothing better than taking hitting the road in the early morning, heading towards the coast and basking in the fresh sea air of the Costa Brava.

We recommend a host of day trips, but a visit to the quaint fishing village of Cadaqués has to be top of our list.

3. Festes de Gràcia

From 15 to 21 August the streets of Gràcia will be filled with decorations in every colour you can imagine. Find events for the whole family, live music and incredible examples of recycled art in this weeklong celebration.

Find our complete guide to enjoying these festes here.

4. Sala Montjuïc Outdoor Cinema

Montjuïc Castle, Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66

What better way to spend the balmy summer evenings in Barcelona in August than with a live music concert, food and drinks, and one of your favourite films? This August you can catch A Hero (Iran, 2021) on the 1st, Palm Springs (2020, USA) on the 3rd and a surprise movie on the 5th.

General admission costs €7.50 and admission with a chair €10.50. We recommend getting there early to grab a spot!

5. Let’s go to the beach!

Let’s face it – what better way to enjoy Barcelona in August is there than a long, sleepy day at one of its many beaches? To be exact, Barcelona has nine beaches and total, which makes for a total of 9km of sandy shores where you can top up your tan.

From La Barceloneta, Bogatell, Mar Bella and Badalona, discover our complete guide to Barcelona’s beaches here.

6. Festes de Sants

If you still haven’t got your fix of street parties, live music and a myriad of decorations, not to worry! From 20 to 28 August, the neighbourhood of Sants will host its yearly Festa Major. With concerts, dances and street dinners, you’ll find something for everyone!

7. Nits d’Estiu at CaixaForum

Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8

Barcelona in August will welcome an array of cultural activities at CaixaForum as part of its Nits d’Estiu (Summer Nights) programme from 27 July to 31 August.

Performance, poetry, opera and international cinema come together, in addition to the stunning outdoor exhibition Farbalà by Xevi Bayona, which interacts with light and wind. Tickets are on sale now and start at €6.

8. Magic Nights at Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gràcia, 43

What better way to discover one of Gaudí’s masterpieces than with a drink in hand, the best views in the city and live music in the background? Casa Batlló’s Magic Nights take place every evening throughout the month of August on the building’s marvellous roof terrace, overlooking Passeig de Gràcia.

Discover the line-up with artists from the world of flamenco, jazz and soul, and book your tickets here.

9. Visit Poble Espanyol with kids


Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13,

Poble Espanyol is a hidden gem in Barcelona in August, so this summer don’t miss its activity programme for all ages. On 13 and 27 August, there’s the third edition of Rock & Kids, with some of the biggest hits adapted for the youngest members of the family.

What’s more, the Summer Street Escape to find the magic “gaticornio” will take place every Saturday throughout August and promises to be a fun-filled mission for the entire family.

10. Relax on a terrace

If you’re dreaming of sitting back with a book and a drink in hand, while taking in the wonderful streets of Barcelona in August, we’ve got good news for you! Here’s our top 10 terraces for outdoor plans in the city, including rooftop bars with the best views and hidden bars that are the refreshing, tranquil oases you’ve been dreaming of. See you there?

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of things to do in Barcelona in August. If there’s anything we’ve missed, let us know!