Barcelona Travel Guide - What Not to Miss in Barcelona


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If you are looking for a Barcelona travel guide, here you will have 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.

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

Barcelona Travel Guide - The Olympic Harbour

The Olympic Harbour

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One of the reasons 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 tourist guide would be remiss if they didn't recommend the city's great FC Barcelona Camp Nou football Stadium. Many people are surprised to learn that this is the second most famous attraction in the entire city. There are also glorious beaches in Barcelona, delicious restaurants, and nightlife throughout the city.

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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 Barcelona tourist sights recommended by our travel guide. You can find entertainment day or night in Las Ramblas. If you like to be in the middle of the action, Las Ramblas is probably the best area to stay in Barcelona.

Things to do at Las Ramblas may include everything from the Liceu Theatre, Barcelona's opera house, the Wax Museum, Erotica Museum, and the Maritime museum, to visiting the Columbus monument. Also don't miss La Boqueria market, which is a large public market you can easily access from Las Ramblas.

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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 indeed see some fantastic views of the city from this memorial.

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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 our 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 that 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 Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA).

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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 basilica that was 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 ten Barcelona sights. You can read more about La Sagrada Família on our dedicated page, under Barcelona architecture section.

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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".

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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 conceived as a housing community, but now it is a park that is free to enter, except for the monumental area. You can see great views of the city, see impressive Gaudi architecture and get some fresh air.

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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.

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Barcelona Travel Guide - Amazing views from the Tibidabo mountain

Amazing views from the Tibidabo mountain

8. Tibidabo

Tibidabo is a mountain that is home to an amusement park, the Tibidabo Park and is one of the Barcelona sightseeing highlights. From this mountain, you can see some of the city's best panoramic views, and that is one reason our Barcelona tourist guide recommends this destination so highly. Also on this mountain is a famous church called Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor. You can climb to the top and enjoy astonishing views of Barcelona city, Collserola mountains, and surroundings.

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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 harbor. One of the highlights at the Port Olimpic is a giant bronze whale sculpture which is called Peix (Fish) and was designed by Frank Gehry. This district was created for the Olympics in the early 1990's, but now it has become a popular attraction and is one of the main sights in Barcelona.

The Port Olimpic is full of very good restaurants and is famous for having a vibrant nightlife. You will find several of the top nightclubs in the area, and also at the beachfront.

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Barcelona Travel Guide - 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 on Montjuic hill

10. Montjuic Hill

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

You can also find the Olympic Stadium, Olympic ring, Poble Espanyol (The Spanish Village), the CosmoCaixa gallery, The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.

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