Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and second largest city of Spain. It is popular for its beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife, warm weather, festivals, museums and shopping. Barcelona holds the title of hosting maximum number of international level congresses and events all-round the year. The most dynamic city on the western Mediterranean consists of spectacular heritage of architecture that are represented by Gothic quarter, old city hall building & Episcopal palace. Barcelona is considered as one of the most exciting and romantic cities of the world. Whoever goes to this city, takes back unforgettable bunch of memories home.
Our experts have compiled a comprehensive list of Barcelona attractions and top things to do in Barcelona so that you don’t worry about what to do in Barcelona when you get there. So lets jump right in to Barcelona things to do:
1. Camp Nou
Camp Nou is the biggest soccer stadium of Europe that can accommodate 100,000 spectators at a time. If you plan to visit Barcelona then visiting Camp Nou is must. Camp Nou also accommodates FC Barcelona Museum that is among the most visited museums in Catalonia, hosting 1.2 million visitors per annum. So you can not only watch a soccer match in the majestic stadium but also visit one of the top museums of Spain in just one day. If you are short on time, you can also get a quick tour of the stadium and then head to the museum, whatever suits you.
Timings – Museum & Panoramic view of stadium from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tickets – Adult €23 | Children (6 to 13 years) €17
2. Park Guell
Park Güell is a one of the largest public parks in Barcelona that was inaugurated in 1926 and ideal for Barcelona sightseeing. The beautiful park system comprises different gardens and buildings that were designed by a famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The park is located on Carmel hill, so be prepared to have some up-hill walk to reach the park. You will be amazed to see modern Spanish architecture of the park and its ambiance will leave you in awe.
Timings – High Season – 8:00 am to 9:30 pm | Mid-Season – 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Low Season – 8:30 to 6:15 pm
Tickets – Adult- €8 | Children (7 to 12 years) €5.6 | Disabled – €5.6
3. Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia is an iconic Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona that was designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. This place is among the most popular places to visit in Barcelona. During the construction of the church Gaudi passed away, left it as an unfinished masterpiece of his architectural design. It is still under construction and is scheduled to be finished by 2026. The church is now the popular landmark of Barcelona attracting around 3 million visitors per annum and is also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Timings – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (high season)
Tickets – Tour without guide- €15 | Tour with guide- €19.5 | Tour with audio guide- €19.5
4. Casa Mila
Casa Milà is a unique building that is an epitome of Modernist style architecture and a Barcelona must see attraction. It was built in 1900’s by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. This apartment building is the largest construction of Gaudi that is known for its twisted walls, as the building doesn’t have any right angle. The building is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984, and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Don’t forget to put Casa Milà on your list when visiting Barcelona, you will surely love it!
Timings – Monday to Sunday – 9:00 to 20:00 | Closed on 25 December and from 7 to 13 January
Tickets – Adult- €20.5 | Children (7 to 12 years) €10.25
5. Magic Fountain of Montjuic
The magic fountain is a famous fountain in Avenida Maria Cristina area of Barcelona. The fountain is famous for its spectacular multicolor water dance show in the night. If you see it at day time you will find it as a usual fountain but during the night it gets full of colors and the streams of water dance on the beat of music. You will be mesmerized to see the show full of magic, life and colors and will never forget this wonderful experience.
Timings – November to March – Friday & Saturday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
April to October- Thursday to Sunday 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm
6. Aquarium Barcelona
Aquarium Barcelona is a famous aquarium at the Port Vell harbor of Barcelona that consists of further 35 different aquariums. These aquariums houses 11,000 animals of 450 different species, providing all of them their natural habitat to ensure their survival and your unique experience. The aquarium is 30 years old and presently attracts 14 million visitors each year from all over the world.
Timings – June and September- 9:00 am to 9.30 pm | July and August- 9:00 am to 11.00 pm
Tickets – Adult- €20 | Children (5 to 10 years) – €15 | Children (3 to 4 years) – €7
7. Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral is one of famous tourist destinations of Barcelona as it is rich with history and beautiful architecture. It is the magnificent Gothic Cathedral that is located at Barri Gothic and is among the few buildings that survived Spanish Civil war. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Eulalia and presently is a seat of Archbishop of Barcelona.
Timings – Weekdays- 8:00 am to 12:45 pm, 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturdays and Festivals- 8:00 am to 12:45 pm, 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Sundays and Holidays- 8:00 am to 1:45 pm, 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Tickets – Main Entrance is free | Visit to the choir- €3 | Visit to the roof- €3
8. Parc De La Ciutadella
If you want to have a fun day out you can head to Parc De La Ciutadella. It is a huge park facility that not only has beautiful green oasis, an artificial lake, a waterfall but also has Barcelona Zoo and Catalan Parliament Building on its grounds. You can boat on the lake, play with your kids, see different performances or indulge in different seasonal activities in the park to have a fun day. Whether you are with friends or family, you will surely love this place.
Timings – December-February: 10:00 am-6:00 pm | March & November: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
April & October: 10:00 am-8:00 pm | May-September: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Tickets – Free Entrance
9. Barcelona Zoo
Barcelona Zoo is located at Parc De La Ciutadella, Barcelona. Till 2003 it was known as ‘the home of Snowflake’ the only albino gorilla who is now dead. It presently houses 315 species of 2000 animals and its major goal is to preserve and protect the endangered wildlife, research and learning. You can bring your kids for a fun plus learning trip to the zoo and take back lots of pictures as a memory with you.
Timings – 1 January to 28 March- 10:00 am to 5:30 pm | 29 March to 15 May- 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
16 May to 15 September- 10:00 am to 8:00 pm | 16 September to 24 October- 10: am to 7:00 pm
25 October to 31 December- 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Tickets – Adult- €19.9 | Children (3 to 12 years) – €11.95 | Free entry for disabled
10. Museu Picasso
Museu Picasso is the world famous museum in Barcelona that houses extensive range of collections of 20th century popular artist Pablo Picasso from 1895 to 1904. This is one of the most popular Barcelona points of interest. Housed in a series of stone medieval palaces, it contains more than 3000 permanent artworks consisting drawings, paintings, sculptures, engravings and ceramics from different periods. Visiting Barcelona without going to Museu Picasso is like cake without icing, plan your trip to this museum beforehand!
Timings – Tuesday to Sundays- 9:00 am to 7:00 pm | Thursday- 9:00 am to 9:30 pm | Monday- closed
Tickets – Permanent collection & Exhibition- €14 | Permanent Collection- €11 | Temporary Exhibition- €4.5
We hope that our Barcelona Travel Guide was helpful and now you have enough fun places to go in Barcelona. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and visit Barcelona- the wonderful city!