This is a very long list for Barcelona. The city offers many beauties besides of main tourist attractions so if you have enough time, just explore it yourself. Otherwise, you will not go wrong following my path.
- La Sagrada Família
Construction of Sagrada Família had started in 1882 and Gaudí got involved in 1883 however only a small part of the project was completed when he died in 1926. It is expected to be finished in 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and deserves a long visit. I booked my ticket online with an audio guide which I definitely suggest you to do. Also in order to spend hours on exploring the geometry, light, colors and the technique Gaudí used, make sure to go there early otherwise you will have hard time among big crowded tourist groups.
- Park Güell
I am sure you have seen that colorful place when you looked for Barcelona pictures and noticed the beauty even if you did not know its name. It is Park Güell I am talking about, where the concept of colorful urban Instagram pictures was developed. The park itself is huge but you need to have a ticket to enter the prettiest part. Buying the ticket online will save you from waiting in a endless line. There is something very important to keep in mind. Park Güell staff is very strict about entry times. You will have 30 minutes to enter monumental zone after the time stated in your ticket. And if you arrive even one minute later, you will not be taken in.
- The Illa de la Discòrdia
Barcelona is a city of great architects and this is your stop in order to see work of four different Modernista.
Casa Mulleras / Passeig de Gràcia 37 / designed by Enric Sagnier
Casa Amatller / Passeig de Gràcia 41 / designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch
Casa Lleó-Morera / Passeig de Gràcia 35 / designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner
Casa Batlló / Passeig de Gràcia 43 / designed by Antoni Gaudí
- Parc de la Ciutadella
Ciutadella is one of the many parks Barcelona offers to its guests. It is conveniently close to beach so you can visit it on your way. It is not only a green area you will find but also a lake, a zoo, a museum and famous fountain so make sure to spare some chill out time for it.
- Parc del Laberint d’Horta
So you visited Ciutadella but found it too crowded? Or touristy? Then head to Parc del Laberint and stroll around the beautiful gardens. You may find it familiar if you have watched Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
- Casa Milà
The last civil work of Gaudi, and again one of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
- Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
Sant Pau, being the world’s largest Art Nouveau Site, is a place you should definitely pay a visit.
- Palau de la Música Catalana
You go to opera when you are in Vienna. And you go to Palau de la Música Catalana when you are in Barcelona. Make sure to visit their website and pick one of the many great performances.
- Camp Nou
It was off-season when I visited Barcelona so I missed the chance of being among Barça fans. If you are any luckier than me, go see a game. It will worth it even if you are not a football fan.
A science lover visiting Barcelona? CosmoCaixa is your place!
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Located on Montjuïc hill, MNAC has an incredible collection of medieval romanesque, gothic, renaissance, baroque and modern art. Admission is free on Saturdays, from 3.00 pm onwards and the first Sunday of each month.
I’d suggest you to visit Montjuïc hill, come down to MNAC and make your way to watch Magic Fountain show on a Saturday.
- Font màgica de Montjuïc
Imagine a great combination of colors, light, music and water acrobatics. You will witness a great show of Magic Fountain and be amazed by its magical dance.
- Arenas de Barcelona
Former bullring of Barcelona now serves as a shopping mall. Go up to the terrace and have a great view of city.
- Arc de Triomf
The Arc de Triomf was built in 1888 when Barcelona hosted the Universal Exhibition. Nowadays you may stroll around and enjoy street performancer’s great shows.
- Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia
This Gothic cathedral definitely deserves a visit, even if only from the outside. You are super lucky if you happen to be there during a ceremony to feel the true spirit of this incredible building.
Tibidabo is a mountain which offers a spectacular panoramic view of Barcelona to its visitors. You may also visit Sagrat Cor church or have some fun time at Tibidabo Amusement Park.
- Barceloneta Beach
Imagine you hop on the metro and arrive to a sandy beach where you can find nice restaurants and clubs all around. Barceloneta is a place where you can visit day and night!
- Ciutat Vella
Ciutat Vella simply means Old City in English, and is District 1 of Barcelona. If you like to discover a city on foot, just pick a start point (La Barceloneta, El Gòtic, El Raval, Sant Pere) and stroll around.
Though it is super touristy, it is still very nice to walk down from Les Rambles and to visit each unique parts of it. You can stop at La Boqueria to freshen up yourself with fresh juice and all other endless food options.Raval and Barri Gòtic are the neighborhoods that you need to visit, prefarably with no map because it is great just to walk around and discover all of the hidden places.