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La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Exterior view of the Sagrada Familia at sunset

Gaudi’s extraordinary, iconic masterpiece – and the most spectacular church of the 21st century.

Adult price: £23

Best for ages 8+

Duration: Any

Barcelona’s best architecture

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Inside view of The extraordinary La Palau Musica concert hall

Gaudí’s city is packed with delights: spectacular Gothic, flamboyant Modernista, and edgy 21st-century marvels.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: Any

Casa Batllo

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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External view of the colourful facade

The former home of the Batllo family, Gaudí’s shimmering, colour-drenched townhouse is a Modernista masterpiece. One of three Modernista masterpieces in a single block.

Adult price: £32

Best for ages 13+

Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Close up of the external facade, curvy design with ornate iron balconies

Gaudi’s otherworldly masterpiece, shaped like a curvaceous cliff with a surreal roof guarded by twenty-eight knight-like ‘witch-scarers.’

Adult price: £25

Best for ages 13+

Park Guell

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Landscape view of Gaudi's Park Guell

Gaudi’s endlessly playful, imaginative garden is a lyrical delight, with majestic views over Barcelona.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 4+

Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Aerial view of the stadium

In Europe’s biggest stadium, FC Barcelona’s museum is the third most visited attraction in Spain, and a must for sports fans.

Adult price: £22

Best for ages 4+

Barcelona’s best food & drink

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Food counter filled with different types of tapas

Our summary of the typical food ingredients and flavours, cooking styles, dining scene and best foodie experiences in Barcelona.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: Any

Penedes Wine Region

Penedes, Catalonia, Spain

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landscape view of a small wine estate surrounded by vineyards

The home of sparkling cava, this beautiful wine region is made up of historic vineyards set in rolling Catalan countryside.

Best for ages 18+

Art in Barcelona

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Interior gallery with a single woman staring at several artwork

Picasso and Miro steal the headlines, but Barcelona’s museums are packed with extraordinary art, from the Middle Ages to now.

Best for ages 18+

Duration: Any

Monastery of Montserrat

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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View of the monastery set into cliffs, with views beyond

A mystical, 10th-century monastery perched amid undulating mountain scenery that inspired Gaudi – now a famous Spanish honeymoon destination.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

La Rambla

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Street filled with people

A thrumming, lively street running through the heart of Barcelona towards the sea, is a magnet for street performers, tourists and pick-pockets.

Best for ages 4+

Moco Museum Barcelona

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Moco Museum Barcelona

A privately-owned museum that specialises in contemporary art and exhibitions from famous artists such as Banksy, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Salvador Dali.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 13+

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Miro Foundation

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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External view of the building facade

Luminous museum of modern and contemporary art, housing the world’s top collection of works by Joan Miro. Set in a striking rationalist-style building, designed by Josep Lluis Sert.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 18+

Guell Palace

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Gorgeous external ornate facade of the Guell Palace

Ponderous and strange, Gaudi’s Art Nouveau town palace, commissioned in 1886 by the oligarch Eusebi Guell, is full of astonishing innovations, from its sweeping ramp to the subterranean stables, lofty parabolic cupola, and chimney sculptures covered in broken tiles.

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 13+

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Picasso Museum Barcelona

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Interior view of the Picasso Museum showing paintings on the white walls

Absorbing collection of early and late works by Picasso, in a beautiful Gothic palace. The collection includes Picasso’s 58 paintings inspired by Velazquez’s Las Meninas.

Adult price: £11

Best for ages 18+

Antoni Tapies Foundation

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

front facade of the red brick building, home to the

This major collection of the works of the late, great Abstract Expressionist Antoni Tapies is stored in a stunning Modernista building.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 18+

Promenade stretching away to Hotel Arts, busy beach on the right, line of palm trees on the left

Barcelona’s beautiful, palm-lined shore, from the 18th-century Barceloneta district to the ex-Olympic village, is a two-mile sweep of beach and boardwalk packed with trendy cafés and clubs, great for walking, cycling and rollerblading.

Duration: Any

Casa Vicens

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

External facade showing the intricate detail

The first private home Gaudi designed, this bright Orientalist building only opened to the public in 2017, so it’s a relatively new addition to Barcelona’s Modernista scene – as such, its brightly-tiled and painted interior is often blissfully quiet.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 13+

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Cable car to Montjuic Hill

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

View of cable cars going through trees with city in background

Take to the top of the Montjuic hill for spectacular city views (there’s also a stop for Montjuic Castle). Go in the other direction over the port to the San Sebastian tower.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 5 mins one way

The Magic Fountain

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

night view with fountain in red and blue colours

Just above Placa Espanya, the fountain (another relic of the 1929 International Exhibition) explodes into a fabulous choreographed display of water jets and colourful lights, synchronised with an enchanting musical soundtrack. The shows typically take place in the evenings, with varying schedules depending on the season.

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 20 minutes

When: Friday to Sunday

Frequency: weekly

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Palace of Music

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Inside view of The extraordinary La Palau Musica concert hall

Catalan’s gorgeous Modernista concert hall, Palau de la Musica, is a must-see for its extraordinary architecture alone. Designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, the palace mesmerises with intricate ornamentation, stained glass windows, and lavish interiors. Today, it serves as a vibrant cultural venue hosting a variety of concerts, operas, and choral performances.

Adult price: £17

Best for ages 18+

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Santa Caterina Market

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

External view of the entrance

The city’s oldest covered market was rebuilt in 2005, and crowned with an undulating roof of multicoloured tiles – peruse hanging jamon and stacks of veg, or lunch at no-frills restaurant counters.

Best for ages 18+

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Maritime Museum

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Beautiful gold and red long boat housed in a large warehouse room

Barcelona’s rich seafaring past comes to life in this museum housed in the city’s 14th-century medieval shipyards. It showcases an extensive collection of ship models, navigational instruments, and artefacts that explore the evolution of seafaring and Barcelona’s maritime heritage. Star of the show is a life-size model of Don Juan’s flagship at Lepanto.

 

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 13+

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Sant Antoni Market

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

view of exterior front, beautiful red building, people walking around

Recently restored, this enormous X-shaped market from 1882 overflows with delicacies daily – except Sunday, when it becomes a flea market.

Best for ages 18+

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Festival of La Merce

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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A human tower ascending in front of the town hall

Barcelona’s spectacular performing arts festival, featuring the world-famous ‘giants’ dance and the mesmerising human pyramids, the castellers.

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 5 days

When: Late September

Frequency: annually

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

External view of the Santa Eulalia Cathedral

This massive pile is Catalan Gothic at its most grandiose, full of wonders: lavishly ornate chapels, Renaissance sculpted choir stalls, and crypt of patron saint Eulalia. The cloister is especially charming.

Best for ages 18+

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Boadas

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

cocktail on the counter

Founded in 1933, Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar hasn’t changed since; come for superb cocktails in an evocative, Art Deco atmosphere.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

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Granja Viader

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

hot chocolate with churros in background

Stop for breakfast at this historic milk bar, with its classic Catalan ensaimada pastries, crema catalana, horchata (tiger nut milk), hot chocolate and more.

Best for ages 18+

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Tibidabo

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

View of ferris wheel with view of city in background

Only Barcelona is crazy enough to put a funfair on a mountain, with hair-raising rides swinging over the void. There are majestic views over the entire city – especially from the ferris wheel or airplane ride.

Adult price: £25

Best for ages 4+

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Sonar dance music festival

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

aerial view of disc jockey spinning with coloured lights around

The world’s premier dance music event, a three-day extravaganza featuring giant dance halls and international DJs.

Adult price: £35

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 3 days

When: 3rd weekend of June

Frequency: annually

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

External view of the Santa Eulalia Cathedral

This massive pile is Catalan Gothic at its most grandiose, full of wonders: lavishly ornate chapels, Renaissance sculpted choir stalls, and the crypt of patron saint Eulalia. The cloister is especially charming, and you can climb to the rooftop for panoramic views of the city.

Best for ages 18+

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Olympic and Sports Museum

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Exterior of the museum

A fun, interactive museum covering the history of the sport and the Olympics (especially Barcelona’s in 1992). Explore the history of the Olympics, discover iconic moments, and learn about various sports disciplines. For sports enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 13+

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Monastery of Pedralbes Museum

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

side building view of cloisters with nice architecture

This royal 14th-century convent contains the finest Gothic frescoes in Catalonia, as well as a beautiful alabaster tomb of Queen Elisenda. It houses a collection of religious art and artefacts, showcasing the artistic and cultural heritage of the monastery, and the medieval period.

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 18+

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Church of Santa Maria del Mar

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Front facade of the church

Barcelona’s Gothic jewel was built in the 14th century by the sea-faring community in only 50 years – hence its rare stylistic harmony. During the Spanish Civil War, its accumulated Baroque decorations burned, leaving behind the bare bones of its sublime interior.

Best for ages 18+

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Barcelona Aquarium

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Children looking at fish from the Underwater tunnel

Barcelona’s aquarium, one of Europe’s biggest, has 11,000 sea creatures, plenty of sharks and an underwater tunnel.

Adult price: £20

Best for ages 4+

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Eixampeling Brunch Cafe

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Eixampeling Brunch Cafe

If Michelin stars could be award for donuts, this riotously colourful café in the Eixample would win hands down. Imaginative toppings are crammed on top pf the good old fashioned donut, from sweet to savoury, create a new culinary art form that will have foodie salivating.

Best for ages 4+

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Disseny Hub

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

External view of the building

Design is Barcelona’s middle name, and this museum is a temple to it, filled with old and new fashions, furniture, decorative and graphic arts.

Best for ages 18+

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CaixaForum

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

View of external facade with big white banner on building

A magnificent, red-brick Modernista factory now converted into a superb Catalan cultural centre, with edgy permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

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