Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. There are plentiful charms that will definitely bring in the attention of tourists, to visit Barcelona at least once in their lives.
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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Barcelona
10 Casa Batllo
The Casa Batlló, a remodeled nineteenth century building, is one of Gaudí’s many masterpieces in Barcelona. Often overlooked for La Pedrera, La Casa Batllo is equally as stunning with its unique architecture and infamous two ornamental pillars in the entrance to the terrace. Its unique interior is just as extraordinary as its fairytale-like exterior.
Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top to the southwest of the city center. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city’s harbor immediately below. The top of the hill was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which remains today. Another interesting sight is the Palau Nacional (National Palace), originally built as the central pavilion for the International Exhibition. The majestic building in neo-Baroque style is home to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Montjuïc is also home to a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Olympics..
For a perfect getaway from the noise and busy city, you need to visit the Montjuic Gardens. To experience peace and tranquility in a garden of lush vegetation, this is the place. To relax and gather your thoughts in a place that has a breath taking view of its surroundings. All visitors to Barcelona should visit this Garden to capture the aroma, the spectacular view of the sea and the museum.
8 Placa Reial
Plaça Reial is a picturesque square situated just off La Rambla. The square offers you a relaxing spot to have a coffee or a bite to eat and just take in the atmosphere. The square has a beautiful fountain in the centre and some fine restaurants and bars. There are also two large, distinctive lamposts in this square which were designed by Gaudí’s and represent some of his first commissioned works. At the foot of each these lamposts you will see a plaque that clearly identifies them.
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7 Park Güell by Gaudí
Park Güell is a wonderful large park created by Antoni Gaudí. There is both a free and admission free part to the park. You will see amazing stone structures, colorful ceramic tiles and the house wHere Gaudí lived. You can easily spend half a day on a visit to this park.
Guell’s garden city is a large park filled with architectural genius and beauty. It is littered with many attractions designed by the famous Gaudi, with a new piece appearing at every step of the way. It was built between 1900 and 1914 and named after Eusebi Guell, who had designated it to be used as a luxury villa for himself. On one occasion it was slated to be used for luxury houses for the rich residence of Barcelona, but eventually this was changed to the current free public park.
The park was declared a UNISCO World Heritage Site because of its beauty and contained Gaudi’s old house, which was converted to a museum, La Torre Rosa. There are many statues and attractions including an area with a café to view the city from an elevation. To get to the top there is a steep walk but there are outdoor elevators to assist in this regard.
6 Magic Fountain show
The Font Mágica Fountain. The Magic Fountain is a “must see” Barcelona attraction. You have never seen a fountain like this. It really does feel magic to experience the beautiful show of water, light and music. The Magic fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the Barcelona World Fair and the Font Magica is still one of the most famous spots in Barcelona with an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually.
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5 Barrio Gotico area of Barcelona
The Barrio Gotico gothic quarter is the medieval city of Barcelona from the middle ages. It grew around the old Roman town of Barcino which is the oldest part of Barcelona. The Gothic part of the city has many beautiful churches, plazas, markets and museums and you can see parts of the old Roman walls.
If you visit the Barcelona history musuem – Museu d’Història de la Ciutat – you can see remains of Roman houses and streets of Barcino in Roman times under the museum.
4 Camp Nou Stadium
If there are no matches then you can visit the stadium and museum. If you can see Barça play a home match, then that is the best Camp Nou experience but the museum is worth a visit. The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are among the most popular attractions in Barcelona attracting millions of visitors a year. Camp Nou has the one of the largest Nike stores in Europe packed with Barca merchandise.
3 Las Ramblas street
La Rambla is another must-see. Also called Las Ramblas. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said about La Rambla, “It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end.” La Rambla starts at Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Monument of Columbus at the Port Vell harbour of Barcelona. La Rambla it is not a spectacular sight, but very pleasant to stroll down and enjoy the human heartbeat of Barcelona. If you have not strolled down it, you cannot say you have been in Barcelona.
2 Picasso Museum Barcelona – Museu Picasso
The world’s most famous painter Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, but lived in Barcelona with his family from 1895 to 1904. It was here he spent his formative years as an artist. With over 4,000 works by the painter, the Museu Picasso houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century.
In particular, the Museu Picasso reveals Picasso’s relationship with the city of Barcelona, a relationship that was shaped in his youth and adolescence, and continued until his death. The museum is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces in Barcelona’s La Ribera.
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1 Sagrada Familia
The fabulous unfinished church of “La Sagrada Familia” designed by “Antoni Gaudi”. This is a very unusual construction is Barcelona’s most famous and most visited tourist attraction. It is rated as one of the world’s top attractions by Trip advisor users. It is free to see from the outside, but going inside is another matter.
La Sagrada Familia welcomes over 3 million visitors a year, so expect long queues to get inside. The mornings are busiest. Late afternoons are less crowded. A good tip is to buy skip-the-line tickets in advance.