10 Must-See Places in Barcelona

This blog post was originally posted on September 15, 2016 and was updated on November 24, 2017.

Heading to the Catalan capital? From monuments to museums, there’s a long list of must-see places in Barcelona!

Check out our definitive list of the top must-see places in Barcelona!

1. La Sagrada Familia

You may see your fair share of churches while traveling around Spain! However, none will quite compare with famous architect Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Stunning from every angle. Make sure to pre-purchase your ticket online before visiting to avoid long queues. Alternatively, take a Complete Gaudí Tour to make sure to see the highlights with an expert!

The Sagrada Familia is absolutely one of the must-see places in Barcelona!
The jaw-dropping Sagrada Familia, from a distance.

2. Plaça del Rei

Often referred to as Barcelona’s most important historical square. Plaça del Rei or the King’s Square is where, according to one version of the story, Christopher Columbus first presented the Catholic king and queen with his findings from the new world. It is definitely one of the must-see places in Barcelona!

Local’s Tip: Want to learn more? Join us on our Tapas, Taverns & History tour to hear all the greatest stories of Barcelona’s past and present. Furthermore, it is of course all between some of the best tapas bars in the city!

3. La Rambla

The most famous street in all of Barcelona, this leafy boulevard connecting the harbor with Plaça Catalunya. It is also the city’s most central square and is one of the absolute must-see places in Barcelona.

Local’s Tip: Not a fan of crowds? It can be hard to avoid them on La Rambla. Check out the best rooftops in Barcelona to find an insiders’ tip to experience it from above!

La Rambla can be hectic yes, however, it truly is one of the must-see places in Barcelona!
Take a stroll and wander through La Rambla! Photo Credit: Misty Barker

4. Park Güell

What place in Barcelona boasts amazing views, incredible monuments, and a luscious landscape to boot? Park Güell, the beautiful and unique park designed by Antonio Gaudi, is an absolute must-visit in Barcelona!

5. La Boqueria Market

If you love a good market, don’t miss one of the most famous and historic markets in all of Europe, La Boqueria. This market is an incredible trove of fresh, local delicacies, as well as some absolutely authentic tapas bars! Take a look at the video below to see it for yourself!

Locals’ Tip: Been there, done that? After you’ve explored La Boqueria, check out five other lesser-known and equally incredible food markets in Barcelona!

6. Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta is the city’s nearest beach and is a common weekend hotspot for anyone from families to skateboarders to joggers. Head to the water to soak up the buzzing vibes and have a drink while enjoying the unforgettable Barcelona coastline.

See also: Where to eat in Barceloneta

Going to the beach is a must in Barcelona! Check out the must-visit places in Barcelona for a memorable stay!
Barceloneta beach on a calm summer morning.

7. Passeig de Gracia

Lined with beautiful mosaic tiles and sprinkled with stunning modernist architecture, it’s no wonder why Passeig de Gracia was where, during the early 20th century, Barcelona’s elite came to show their wealth. The emblematic avenue continues to ooze its status as one of Spain’s priciest streets.

8. La Vila de Gracia

We love to go off the beaten path and explore the lesser-known areas of our city. La Vila de Gracia, or Gracia for short, was once a village on the outskirts of Barcelona before the city grew into the large metropolis it is today. Nonetheless, Gracia maintains its tranquil rhythms and small-town vibes, not to mention is home to some of Barcelona’s best boutique shopping and its very own authentic foodie scene.

Locals’ Tip: Find the top ten things to do in La Vila de Gracia, or join us on a food and market tour of the neighborhood!

For a truly authentic bodega, make sure to visit this incredible place in the heart of Gracia. It is one of the best vermouth bars in Barcelona and definitely one of our personal favorite from our must-see places in Barcelona too.
For a truly authentic bodega, make sure to visit this incredible place with us in the heart of Gracia.

9. La Ribera

One of the most charming areas and must-see places in Barcelona, La Ribera. It is also commonly referred to as the Born. The narrow allies and stone archways are reminiscent of Barcelona’s medieval past and make for the perfect area to explore with the camera in hand. Don’t miss our favorite spots to eat in the Born, as well as a handful of fantastic things to do in the area, such as visiting the gorgeous Santa Maria del Mar.

10. Plaça Sant Felip Neri

Whether it’s history you’re looking for, or just a beautiful quiet corner of the city, Plaça Sant Felip Neri is one of the top must-see places in Barcelona. This gorgeous hidden square was the site of a terrible Spanish Civil War tragedy, as well as a choice shooting location for a number of directors, including Woody Allen himself for his film Vicky Christina Barcelona.

Check out Plaza Sant Felip Neri, one of the must-see places in Barcelona.
Plaça Sant Felip Neri is one of Barcelona’s most historically tragic squares.

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