Barcelona: Top things to do and see

Throughout Europe, Barcelona is one of the most visited cities and the second biggest one in Spain after Madrid. When it comes to sightseeing, Barcelona has a hell lot to offer! Be it churches, works of Gaudi, witnesses of Barcelona’s history or modern skyscrapers – check out in advance what to do and see best in the city of Barcelona!

  1. Enjoy Tibidabo Barcelona

Tibidabo is the name of the mountain overlooking Barcelona. Moreover, an amusement park can be found up there.

When the weather is good and not too foggy, you can enjoy amazing views of the city of Barcelona. That’s especially great when taking a ride in the amusement park.

  1. Visit Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is located on the summit of Tibidabo. Even though the church has a very historical touch, the idea of building a church on the summit actually came up in the 19th century.

Completed in 1961, it is very impressive to visit the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But it is not pompous, but rather elegant. Have a look yourself!

  1. Learn something about Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí lived from 1852-1926 and was a Spanish architect, having heavily influenced the movement around Modernism. Most of his famous works can be found in Barcelona such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell or Casa Batllo. Religion, nature and architecture are the three key elements which have influenced him when designing his works. What is special about him is that he introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials.

  1. Admire La Sagrada Família

La Sagrada Familia is a true gem and definitely one of a kind. Even though the church is still incomplete, it is already listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Construction works began in 1886 and are planned to be finished at the 100th death anniversary of Gaudí in 2026. Until today, there are way more architects involved who studied Gaudí’s style of architecture and ideas for years, but surely influence the landmark with their own visions.

  1. Check out Gaudí’s design

Motifs from the animal world as well as from the nature can be found in Gaudí’s works. What’s also very special is the fact that Gaudí plays with different colors like nobody else.

Casa Batllo Barcelona

Casa Batllo Barcelona

Gaudi Casa Mila Barcelona

Casa Mila Gaudi

His unique style of architectural design characterizes Barcelona’s cityscape. Even though the entrance fees are high, I highly recommend to take a look inside of the buildings. It’s one of a kind and really worth it to gain an impression of an outstanding artist!

  1. Stroll around in Park Güell

Park Güell also is one of Antoni Gaudí’s works in the city of Barcelona.

Park Güell Barcelona Gaudí

Park Güell Barcelona Gaudí

Park Güell Barcelona Gaudí

Inspired by the English Gardens, Gaudí was hired by a client to create something alike in Barcelona. While some parts of the park are freely accessible, others can only be accessed when paying an entrance fee.

  1. Take a photo of Triumphal Arch

Seems like every bigger city has a Triumphal Arch!

Triumphal Arch Barcelona

As the one out of brick in Barcelona is pretty photogenic, be sure to take a picture of it when you are in the area!

  1. Get an impression of Torre Agbar

As soon as it comes to modern architecture, Torre Agbar is most probably the most interesting building.

Torre Agbar Barcelona

But when it comes to the inside, Torre Agbar is rather boring as there are simply offices inside.

  1. Climb Castell de Montjuic Barcelona

Castell de Montjuic Barcelona is something like the fortress of the city.

It is not only interesting to stroll around there and get an impression of the history of Barcelona, but it is also possible to enjoy fantastic views of Barcelona and of its old port!


More about Barcelona can be found on our city page!


2 Comments on “Barcelona: Top things to do and see”

  1. Thank you for not listing the Rambles. I’ve been to Barcelona so many times, and every time I find something new. This is a fairly good starter list! For the BCN veterans, I would add the Carretera de les Aigües hiking trail on Tibidabo that gives amazing views of Barcelona without the tourists 🙂

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