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Top Attractions in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations for travelers around the world and it’s no secret that the locals love it and they’re very proud to be part of the community. When it comes to attractions, there’s definitely a lot to do, from best sights to must-dos, you should especially take a look at a local’s tips and tricks about the places you should visit.

Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, the Barrio Gotico or the Modernist Park Guell by Gaudi are all featured in your travel guides, but where do the locals think you should go?

Barcelona is the birthplace of Catalan modernism from the late 19th and early 20th century and you can see it around the city. Once you got used to that, you’ll easily shift your attention to the beautiful beaches, the buzzing nightlife or the delicious food displayed in the city’s food markets. If you’d like to travel back to the Golden Age, visit the Jewish quarter in Barcelona or visit El Raval, one of the most multi-cultural quarters of the city.

What gets you interested when visiting a new place? We’re prepare a list of 10 attractions below!

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Top 10 Attractions in Barcelona, Spain

  • Are you a fan or flea markets? Hunt bargains at the Els Encants market, one of Europe’s oldest market, dating back to the 14th century.
  • Are you interest in a healthy eco lifestyle? Pay the Can Masdeu social center a visit on Sundays and you’ll discover the organic garden as well as several workshops related to ecology and activism.
  • One of the best views over Barcelona is from the anti-aircraft bunker of El Carmel located at Maria Lavernia 59.
  • Escape the city by going to Carretera de les Aigues for a run or bike ride on a 20 km flat dirt road surrounded by Mediterranean pines. Make sure you bring some water!
  • Take the afternoon off from all those must-see attractions and get lost in the labyrinth of Horta, Barcelona’s oldest garden.

  • Sagrada Familia will be crowded and it will be very touristic but it is also one of a kind in the entire world. Book a private tour guide ahead of time to avoid the crowds and get the most out of the experience!
  • The Picasso Museum is the go-to place for his early works and you can get in for free every Sunday after 3 pm.
  • Güell Park has an entrance fee of 7 euros for a general ticket with discounts for elders and children. It’s the artistic center of the Modernisme movement with great works from architect Antonio Gaudi.
  • Check out Cinema Lliure for independent films shown on Sant Sabastia beach on Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Climb up to Montjuïc mountain for a stroll in nature, an unbelievable view over the city and Palau Sant Jordi that you’ll find on the way.

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Top Attractions in Barcelona, Spain

  • Barcelona has a lot of different flavors to it and the neighborhood Raval is definitely one of them with its hipster local look, interesting mix of people and an urban culture that’s hard to ignore. Go for a walk and don’t let its looks scare you away, make sure to check out the CCCB (contemporary culture center), the MACBA (contemporary art museum) or the refurbished Filmoteca arthouse cinema.
  • Just walking around the city, you’ll already experience different examples of Gaudi’s modernist work. The most famous examples are Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and La Pedrera. Take a look at Palau Güell or Casa Batlló.
  • Are you into art? Meet young Picasso and his early works from a time when Barcelona was beautiful and vibrant. You can even follow his footsteps: walk down C/Reina Cristina and you’ll find his family’s house at C/Mercè number 3. Head to Els 4 Gats where Picasso and Dali gathered to chat, eat and discuss art.