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If you are looking for a Barcelona travel guide, this article will give you an overview of some of the impressive things you can expect as a visitor to this world class destination. Barcelona, which is located on the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the most popular cities in Europe.

It's also quite a beautiful place with stunning views of the water, gorgeous architecture and a rich cultural history. Barcelona Budget is a Barcelona travel guide that strives to help visitors find the best highlights at the lowest prices.

The Olympic Harbour

The Olympic Harbour

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One of the reason that Barcelona tourism thrives year-round is due to the climate, which offers warm summers and fairly mild winters. Even during the coldest time of year, it usually only gets to be as cold as 43°F (6°C) during the day and as low as 36°F (2°C) at night. As a result, there are a lot of options for action in Barcelona city, no matter whether it is winter or summer.

Since Barcelona city was founded by the Romans, you can explore Roman remains and also ancient gothic landmarks. One of our Barcelona travel guide recommendations, for example, is the ruins at Placa del Rei in the Gothic Quarter. Barcelona highlights also include museums dedicated to some of the most famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Further, if you are interested in modernism in architecture, be sure to check out amazing architecture such as the work by Antoni Gaudi.

Any Barcelona travel guide would be remiss if they didn't recommend the city's great football. Many people are surprised to learn that this is the second most important attraction in the entire city. There are also glorious beaches, delicious restaurants and nightlife throughout the city.

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Las Ramblas is packed with many places of interest

Las Ramblas is packed with many places of interest

1. Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is a busy part of town full of lively shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions. It's one of the top recommendations from our Barcelona Travel Guide. You can find entertainment day or night in Las Ramblas. Things to do include everything from the Liceu Theatre, Barcelona's opera house, and the Wax Museum to visiting the Columbus monument. Also don't miss La Boqueria, which is a large public market you can easily access from Las Ramblas.

Get amazing panoramic views from the Columbus Monument viewpoint

Get amazing panoramic views from the Columbus Monument viewpoint

2. Columbus Monument

The Columbus Monument is a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and his voyage to America. It stands at almost 200 feet tall! You can access this monument from the lower part of Las Ramblas. Plus, you can truly see some amazing views of the city from this monument.

The Barcelona History Museum is located at Plaza del Rei

The Barcelona History Museum is located at Plaza del Rei

3. Gothic Quarter

If you are looking for travel to Barcelona recommendations from a Barcelona travel guide, we say don't miss the Gothic Quarter, which is located in the central part of Barcelona's old city. It contains many cultural landmarks and buildings date back to as far as medieval times. One of the highlights is the Plaza del Rey, which is a public square from the 14th century. Within it, you'll find the History Museum of the city.

La Sagrada Família, still under construction, is the most visited attraction in Barcelona

La Sagrada Família, still under construction, is the most visited attraction in Barcelona

4. La Sagrada Família

La Sagrada Família is a beautiful and ornate church that was originally created by architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction on this building continues to this day, and is estimated to be complete in 2026. It is one of the top Barcelona tourism destinations. You can read more about La Sagrada Família in our dedicated page, under Barcelona architecture section.


Casa Batllo, a Gaudi work on the Block of discord

Casa Batllo, a Gaudi work on the "Block of discord"

5. Paseo de Gracia and the Modernist Buildings

The Block of Discord is famous because it displays works by some of the most famous architects including Domenech i Montaner for Casa Lleo-Morera; Antoni Gaudi for Casa Batlló; Puig i Cadafalch for Casa Amatller, and Sagnier for Casa Ramon Mulleras. While all these works were created in the early 20th century, the style of the work clashes dramatically, hence the name containing the word "discord".

Monumental complex designed by Gaudi in Park Guell

Monumental complex designed by Gaudi in Park Guell

6. Park Güell

Park Güell is an outdoor park that was designed by Antoni Gaudí. It was originally designed as a housing community, but now it is a park that is free to enter, except fot the monumental area. You can see great views of the city, see interesting architecture and get some fresh air.

The magic fountain show and its beauty

The magic fountain show and its beauty

7. The Magic Fountain of Monjuïc

The Magic Fountain of Monjuïc is another free attraction, which is located in the Montjuïc neighborhood. This fountain showcases music performances and a light show. You'll hear songs ranging from everything from classical music to tunes from modern cinema classics.

Amazing views from the Tibidabo mountain

Amazing views from the Tibidabo mountain

8. Tibidabo

Tibidabo is mountain that is home to an amusement park. From this mountain, you can see some of the city's best panoramic views, and that is one reason our Barcelona travel guide recommends this destination so highly. Also on this mountain is a famous church called Temple de Sagrat Cor.


The Port Olimpic is packed with many good restaurants and nightlife spots

The Port Olimpic is packed with many good restaurants and nightlife spots

9. Port Olímpic

Port Olímpic is a marina that is located to the north of the harbour. One of the highlights at the port is a giant bronze whale sculpture. This district was created for the Olympics in the early 1990's, but now it has become a popular attaction for Barcelona tourism.

The Joan Miro Foundation is one of the many places to visit in Montjuic hill

The Joan Miro Foundation is one of the many places to visit in Montjuic hill

10. Montjuic Hill

Montjuic Hill is an area where you can walk through various gardens, museums and monuments. Home to the archaeogical museum, the Museum of Ethnology, the and the Joan Miro Foundation this area is considered the city center for museums. From this hilltop you can see a stunning view of the water and the city.

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