Barcelona Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Barcelona

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Barri Gòtic Medieval Quarter
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The Gothic Medieval Quarter of Barcelona is part of the larger Old Barcelona, or Casc Antic district. Locally, the Gothic Medieval Quarter is called Barri Gòtic. You can easily reach the area by taking the L3 metro line to the Liceu stop. After that is best to rely on your feet to get you from place to place.

There are many things to see in Barri Gòtic. It is one of the best preserved and integrated medieval cities in Europe. You can find evidence of Roman inhabitants dating from the first century AD, and many of the 3rd century AD Roman walls are extant. The best architecture in the Medieval Quarter comes from the 13th to 15th centuries.

One of the highlights of the Gothic Medieval Quarter is the La Seu Cathedral of Barcelona (Santa Eulalia Cathedral). It began construction in 1298, and is full of exquisite Gothic carvings, especially in the chorus area... read more arrow
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Montjuïc
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Montjuïc is a large hill and wooded area located southeast of the center of Barcelona in Spain. Parts of Montjuïc overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Montjuïc is a big place, but the best metro access comes on lines 1 and 3 at the Espanya stop. No matter from where you leave the park, you should be able to find bus service. The Montjuïc area is open all the time, but timings vary for its different attractions. Make sure to do some research before planning your trip.

Montjuïc is a haven of fresh air and quiet in the busy city of Barcelona. There are pedestrian friendly paths throughout the entire area. At the top of Montjuïc is the Castle, constructed as a watchtower in 1679. From there you have a sweeping view of Barcelona and the sea.

There are a number of museums throughout Montjuïc, any of which will take a half day or more to tour... read more arrow
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La Sagrada Familia
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La Sagrada Família, or Church of the Holy Family, is located in central Barcelona. Take the metro line 2 or 5 to the Sagrada Família stop. Admission is 11€ ($16) for adults and 9€ ($13) for students and seniors. This price does not include the lift up to the spire. Before you plan a trip to La Sagrada Família, it is best to visit the cathedral's website; not only do timings change seasonally, but access can be restricted due to mass or construction work.

La Sagrada Família is the architectural brainchild of Antoni Gaudí. He began to design the cathedral in 1882, and construction work is still going on to this day. It is an expiatory church, which means its construction costs are being covered strictly by donations. Construction is scheduled to be completed sometime before 2035.

Gaudí used La Sagrada Família to demonstrate improvements to the traditional Gothic cathedral design... read more arrow
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Las Ramblas is the main artery of Old Barcelona. It is approximately half a mile of boulevard that intersects the city center. On one side of Las Ramblas is the Gothic Medieval Quarter; on the other side is the Raval area. Las Ramblas sees primarily pedestrian traffic, so it is best to reach there by taking the L3 metro to the Drassanes, Liceu, or Catalunya stops.

During the day, Las Ramblas is a great place for first-time visitors to Barcelona to stroll, soaking up the sun and atmosphere of the old city. Many travelers have compared it to New York City's Times Square: you have to go once, but you probably won't want to go again. Also, be careful at night as the southern half of Las Ramblas is considered a red light district after the sun goes down.

There is plenty of shopping on Las Ramblas. Many specialty shops cater to tourists and their prices will be elevated compared to the rest of the city... read more arrow
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The Barcelona Aquarium is located on Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell off the Ronda del Litoral in Barcelona, Catalonia, and directly on the waterfront. The aquarium opens at 9:30am all year round, but its closing times vary according to the seasons; check the website before planning your trip. Admission to the Barcelona Aquarium is 17€ ($24) for adults and 12 ($17) for children. Tickets are available for online purchase.

The Barcelona Aquarium opened in September of 1995, and has had over 14 million visitors since then. It contains 35 tanks that hold 11,000 animals of 450 different species. It is the top aquarium worldwide for the study of Mediterranean wildlife. Fourteen of its tanks are devoted to showcasing natural Mediterranean habitats such as the cave and crevice community and Neptune grass community.

There are 7 tanks devoted to coral reef and other tropical communities at the Barcelona Aquarium... read more arrow
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The Columbus Monument is called Monument a Colom in Catalonian. It is located near the crossroads of Passeig de Colom and Rambla de Santa Mònica. It is on the waterfront at Plaça del Porta de la Pau. You can reach it by taking metro line 3 to the Drassanses. The exterior of the monument is always open and free of charge. If you wish to go inside the tower it is open year round from 9am to 8:30pm. Entrance fee is 2€ (or approximately $3).

The Columbus Monument was completed in 1888. It was one of Barcelona's showpieces at her International Exhibition held that same year. The monument commemorates Columbus's discovery of the Americas at the place where he was greeted by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella upon the return of his first voyage back to Spain.

When you visit the monument, it is possible to take a lift up to the top of the 47 meter structure... read more arrow
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The Cathedral of Barcelona can be found in the Medieval Gothic Quarter of Barcelona (or Barri Gòtic). It is best reached by taking line 3 of the metro and getting off at the Jaume I stop. The cathedral is open to the public, but visiting hours vary throughout the cathedral complex and depend on that day's mass schedule. It is advisable to call or visit the cathedral the morning you wish to visit and confirm that day's timings.

The full name of the Cathedral of Barcelona is Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia. It is dedicated to the patron saint of Barcelona, Eulalia. The extant gothic cathedral is built on the site of two former cathedrals, a Visigoth basilica built in the 4th century and destroyed in the 10th, and a Roman cathedral built in the middle of the 11th century. The chapel adjacent to the Roman cathedral was preserved in the current gothic design... read more arrow
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Casa Batllo is located near the crossroads of Carrer d'Aragó and Passeig de Gràcia in central Barcelona. To reach it by metro, take line 3 to the Passeig de Gràcia stop. Casa Batllo is open year round from 9am to 8pm, however their hours are subject to change, so check their website before planning your visit. Tickets are available online or at the door and cost 15€ ($21) each.

Casa Batllo was designed and built by world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí between 1904 and 1906. It is the jewel in the crown of the Modernista style that swept Barcelona during the fin de siècle period. It creatively shapes light, form, and color in a startling number of different media. You will see wood, glass, ceramics, iron, and stone being used in Casa Batllo. In 2005, Casa Batllo was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tours of Casa Batllo last about an hour and are accompanied by a complimentary audio guide in seven different languages... read more arrow
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Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is better known as Estadi Olimpic de Montjuїc. It is located inside of Montjuїc Park in Barcelona. You can reach it by taking metro lines 1 and 3 to the Espanya stop. You will need to take the escalators and walk a bit after disembarking. It is open daily from 10am to 8pm in the summer and 10am to 6pm in the winter. Before visiting, check to see if any major events are taking place.

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is named after Lluís Companys, president of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War. Construction began on the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in 1922, and it was completed in 1929, just in time for Barcelona's International Exhibition. The stadium was also Barcelona's major selling point when she bid for the 1936 Olympic Games. The stadium was in continuous use up until about 1955, when it began to fall into disrepair... read more arrow
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The National Museum of Catalonian Art is located near Parc de Montjuїc and the waterfront. It can be reached by a variety of bus lines and L1 and L3 on the metro. Get down at the Pl. Espanya stop. The National Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2:30pm. A two-day general admission is 8.50€ ($12) and includes a self-guided audio tour. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and families and the first Sunday of each month is free. Inside the museum, you will also find a book and artifact shop as well as a café.

Art has been on public display in Barcelona since 1880. In 1990, the collections of Museu d'Arte de Catalunya and the Museu d'Arte Modern were combined to form the National Museum. The current collection of the National Museum of Catalonian Art features works from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Modern periods... read more arrow
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The Picasso Museum is located in central Barcelona on Carrer de Montcada. It is well-connected by the Metro. You can take Line 1 to the Arc de Triomf station, Line 3 to the Liceu station, or Line 4 to the Jaume I station. There are also many buses available. The museum does not have its own parking lot. The Picasso Museum is open from 10am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is 9€ ($13) for the general public but children, seniors, members, and teachers get in for free.

There are five Picasso museums in Europe, two in Spain, two in France, and one in Germany. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona was the first to open. It was inaugurated in 1963, and has a world class collection of Picasso's work during his formative years when he was living in Barcelona. The museum claims its works are exhaustive up until the Blue Period... read more arrow
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Parc Guell is located near the northwestern edge of Barcelona just off the Sant Josep de la Muntanya. You can reach it by taking metro line 3 and getting off at the Lesseps stop and walking. It is open year round from 10am, but closing hours vary with the seasons. Before going, check online if you are planning an afternoon trip. Admission to Parc Guell is free.

Parc Guell was built and designed by Antoni Gaudí, that brilliant architect who left such a large footprint on Barcelona's landscape. He was commissioned by Eusebi Güell in 1900, to design gardens fit for the aristocracy. The idea was to fill Parc Guell with sixty luxury villas that would be available for purchase by Barcelona's richest families. When the park was completed in 1914, the home sales didn't go as planned and Güell's money-making scheme failed. In 1923, Parc Guell became a municipal park owned by the city of Barcelona... read more arrow
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Casa Mila is located on Passeig de Gràcia in central Barcelona. It is a near neighbor to one of Antoni Gaudí's other architectural masterpieces, Casa Battlo. You can easily reach Casa Mila by taking metro lines 3 or 5 to the Diagonal stop. Once there, it is possible to take a tour of one interior apartment and the roof, however this is not recommended. It is possible to view a sample of the interior design in the lobby for free, but most the innovation of Casa Mila can be seen from the street.

Casa Mila is better known as La Pedrera, or The Quarry. When it was first built between 1906 and 1910, its unconventional architecture was thought ugly by some, hence the derisive nickname. Today, connoisseurs view Casa Mila more as a sculpture than a building. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. It is an imaginative example of the Art Nouveau style... read more arrow

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