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The Top 10 Things to Do in Barcelona
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Written by Hector

Founder of Latinomad, your Go-To Guide to living in Latin America as a Digital Nomad. My goal is to help people design a life that’s worth living; full of experiences, not things.
Last Updated:
Feb 6, 2022

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There are almost an unlimited amount of things to do in Barcelona.

Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain and one of the most visited in the entire world. It usually makes the Top 20 most popular cities list; with an estimated 9 million visitors in recent years.

As soon as you get here, you will know why tourists love it so much.

Its location in the Mediterranean sea, the beautiful Gaudi architecture, and crazy nightlife make it an unbeatable destination. It is one of those places that you must see at least once in your lifetime.

Every first-timer Spain itinerary MUST include the capital of Catalunya.

As with any other city of this size, figuring out what to do in a limited amount of time is no easy task. This place has plenty of awesome stuff to see and do.

To help you with the planning process, I have decided to compile the things I believe you should not miss during your visit.

Without further ado, here are The Top 10 Things to Do in Barcelona.

Top 10 Things to Do in Barcelona

1.      Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Officially “La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia”, is a roman catholic basilica designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The construction of the temple started in 1866 and is still under construction. The basilica is expected to be completed in 2026.

Hours:

November through February: 9 am to 6 pm.

March and October: 9 am to 7 pm.

April through September: 9 am to 8 pm.

25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January: 9 am to 2 pm.

Last tickets sold thirty minutes before closing time.

The opening times and days may occasionally be modified by the management due to special events taking place inside the Basilica.

Cost:

  • Basic Ticket
    • Adults: 20€
    • Students: 18€
    • Seniors: 16€
    • Children under 10: Free
  • Ticket with Audio Guide:
    • Adults: 26€
    • Students & people under 30: 24€
    • Seniors: 23€
    • Children under 11: Free
  • Basilica and Gaudi’s Museum
    • Adults: 28€
    • Students & people under 30: 26€
    • Seniors: 23€
    • Children under 11: Free
  • Basilica and Towers
    • Adults: 33€
    • Students & people under 30: 31€
    • Seniors: 27€
    • Children under 11: Free

Sourcesagradafamilia.org

2.      Park Güell

Park Guell - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

A public park also designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí. The construction of the park started in 1900, and was originally intended to be a residential park for sixty single family residences. The project was never completed and became city property in 1923. It is now one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, and Gaudi’s most colorful project.

Hours:

  • From January 1 – February 14, 2020: 8:30 a.m. to 17:30 p.m.
  • From February 15 – March 28, 2020: 8:30 a.m. to 18:00 p.m.
  • From March 29 – April 26, 2020 : 8:00 a.m. to 19:30 p.m.
  • From April 27 – August 23, 2020 : 7:30 a.m. to 20:30 p.m.
  • From August 24 – October 24, 2020: 8:00 a.m. to 19:30 p.m.
  • From October 25 – December 31, 2020 : 8:30 a.m. to 17:30 p.m.

Cost:

  1. General ticket: €10
  2. Children under 6: Free
  3. Children 7-12: 7€
  4. Seniors (over 65): 7€
  5. People with disabilities + companion: 7€
  6. Additional Information: parkguell.barcelona

3. Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Large boulevard in the heart of Barcelona. It is mostly for pedestrians; only two one-way roads on each side of the boulevard.

La Rambla (also known as Las Ramblas) goes from Plaça de Catalunya to the Mirador de Colom at Port Vell. Just walking La Rambla is an attraction itself. There are shops, restaurants, bars, and a few popular monuments. One attraction that you must not miss while exploring La Rambla is Mercat de la Boqueria.

4. Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Bustling medieval neighborhood in the city center filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs. The oldest part of the city of Barcelona, and its historic center. Here you will see many ancient buildings that go back to the original Roman colony, Barcino. Nightlife is fun every single day at the El Gótic, especially around Plaça Reial.

Things to see at El Gótic:

  • Plaça Reial
  • Cathedral of Barcelona
  • Plaça del Pi
  • El Call “The Jewish Quarter”
  • Museu d’Historia de La Ciutat

Favorite Nightlife Spots:

5. Bunkers del Carmel

Bunkers del Carmel - Top 10 Things to Do in Barcelona

Old military bunkers that offer a panoramic view of the city. They are located at the top of Turó de la Rovira, in El Carmel district. This is the best spot to watch the sunset in Barcelona. Locals and tourists come here to do picnics, play music, drink beer, and socialize while enjoying the wonderful view. Feel free to bring your own drinks.

Address: Carrer de Marià Labèrnia, s/n, 08032 Barcelona, Spain

6. La Barceloneta

La Barceloneta - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

The famous seaside neighborhood of Barcelona. Many tourists come here to surf, hang out at the beach, or simply to taste the delicious seafood. It also has a very nice marina and a popular outdoor gym called Las Barras. If you are coming to town in the summer months, you have to spend at least a day in Barceloneta.

7. Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gracia - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona’s most luxurious avenue, known as Passeig de Gràcia, is the most important boulevard in the city for shopping and business. It goes from Plaça de Catalunya all the way to the Gràcia neighborhood. In addition to having some of the best gastronomy, hotels, and stores it is also home to a few architecture wonders. Here you will see two popular Gaudi’s projects: Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.

8. Montjuïc

Montjuic - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Monjuïc means Jewish Mountain in Catalan due to being home to the city’s Jewish community in the past. Many years ago, it played a huge role in the defense strategy of the city of Barcelona. Now, it is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions.

Top things to see and do at Montjuïc:

  • Montjuïc Cable Car
  • Montjuïc Castle
  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
  • Magic Fountain

9. Camp Nou

Camp Nou - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

The biggest “futbol” Stadium in Europe, 3rd largest in the world, and FC Barcelona’s home since 1957.

If you want to learn more about Spanish culture, this is a really cool way of doing it. If you are from the USA, you probably don’t know this: “Futbol” is the most popular sport on the planet. You will be amazed when you see how much the Spanish people love this sport.

The best way to experience it is by attending a “futbol” match.

If not possible, they have several tours available:

  • Camp Nou Tour Plus: 35 €
  • Basic Tour: 26€
  • Player Experience Tour: 149€
  • Camp Nou Guided Tour: 45€
  • Match Day Tour: 119€

For more info: fcbarcelona.com

10. Casa Mila/Casa Vincent/Casa Batllo

Casa Mila - Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Three of the most popular Gaudí’s projects. Casa Milà and Casa Batlló are located on Passeig de Gràcia. Casa Vicens is just a little bit up north in the Vila de Gràcia neighborhood. These three attractions can be covered just by hanging out one day at this neighborhood.

Casa Milà (lapedrera.com)

28 February 2020 – 1 November 2020

  • From Monday to Sunday: 9:00 h – 20:30 h
  • Night tour: 21:00 h – 23:00 h
  • Estimated visits: 1h/1h30m

Christmas

  • 26 December 2019 – 3 January 2020
  • From Monday to Sunday: 9:00 h – 20:30 h
  • Night tour: 21:00 h – 23:00 h

4 November 2019 – 27 February 2020

  • From Monday to Sunday: 9:00 h – 18:30 h
  • Night tour: 19:00 h – 21:00 h

Ticket Cost:

  • La Pedrera Essential – 24€: Your own pace with audio guide
  • La Pedrera Premium – 29€: Open date, audio guide, premium admission.
  • La Pedrera Night Experience – 34€: Guided tour, Rooftop show, audio visual screenings, glass of cava.

Source: lapedrera.com

Casa Batlló (casabatllo.es)

Hours: Open 365 days a year, 9:00 – 21:00.

Three different experiences:

  • Visit Casa Batlló, “A real work of art”
    • Blue – 25€: Visit + smartguide
    • Silver – 33€: Smart guide, private hall, and free cancellation.
    • Gold – 35€: Smart guide, exclusive room, fast pass, vintage photo, and free cancellation
  • Be the first, “Arrive early to take the best photos”
    • Adult: 39€
    • Juniors (7-18): 39€
    • Children (under 7): Free
  • Theatrical visit, “The most enjoyable visit”:
    • Adult: 37€
    • Juniors (7-18): 37€
    • Children (under 7): Free

Source: casabatllo.es

Casa Vicens (casavicens.org)

Open every day except December 25 and January 6.

From October 15, 2019 to March 31, 2020

  • Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Last admission 1:40 p.m.
  • From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Last admission 5:40 p.m.

From April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020

  • From Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Last admission 6:40 p.m.
  • Free days/Open doors days: May 22, Santa Rita.

From October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

  • Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Last admission 1:40 p.m.
  • From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Last admission 5:40 p.m.

Rates

  • General: 16€
  • Senior (65+): 14€
  • Students (12-25): 14€
  • Member large or single-parent family: 14€
  • Children (Under 11): Free
  • People with disabilities 14€
  • Surcharge for guided tour: 4€
  • Disabled person’s companion: Free

Source: casavicens.org

Final Thoughts

Barcelona is one of the most touristy places in the world. Unless you are planning a long-term stay in the city, it will be extremely difficult to cover everything this place has to offer.

However, if you follow this “Top 10 things to do in Barcelona” list, you will be ahead of most tourists out there. These 10 things will give you exposure to every bit of Barcelona’s culture: its history, architecture, nightlife, beach vibes, and its passion for “futbol”.

You should be able to cover everything in about 3-4 full days, without sacrificing the hardcore nightlife.

On the safety side, it is a relatively safe city in terms of homicides. However, it has some of the best pickpockets in the world. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in crowded places like La Rambla.

In addition, due to the crazy amount of visitors, you will notice that locals have a low tolerance for tourists. Nothing to be concerned but something to have in mind.

Stop postponing that Euro trip.

This is the year.

Have fun,

Hector

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