I may be overkilling it with tips on traveling Barcelona, but with good reason! I spent a month in the city studying Spanish language & culture, exploring hidden nooks, eating churros con chocolate, and touring local landmarks. I recently spoke with a colleague regarding a trip she is taking this summer, which includes several days in Barcelona, and I realized while I had written several pieces on my favorite places in the city, I hadn’t taken the time to write a cumulative piece compiling my top sites. This is much easier to look over than searching for these destinations one by one!
Without further ado, my top five places in & around Barcelona:
Park Güell is one of the most well-known parks in Spain, and probably in the world. This is my all-time favorite place in Barcelona, with sweeping views of the city, gorgeously unique architecture, & magnificent works of art. I can’t explain how beautiful it is without you seeing it for yourself. Read my full post on Park Güell here.
La Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Família is one of the world’s most famous churches, created by Antoni Gaudí. It is so intricate a work, it’s still not completely finished. You could spend an entire day at the basilica if you wanted to, exploring its interior, exterior, & towers. The towers are something I didn’t do while during my visit, simply because I had had plenty of sky-high views of the city. If I were only there for a short period of time, however, I would have taken every opportunity for a good view. If you visit the city, definitely tour the towers.
If at all possible, during your visit to the basilica rent the listening pieces or hire a guide. The history and architectural design elements deserve an explanation, and makes the tour of the church so much more interesting. Visit Sagrada Família’s website here to book your visit or to learn more (or both!).
Montjuïc Castle is a close second to Park Güell in terms of my favorite tourist places in Barcelona. I mean super close. I absolutely love the history of Montjuïc Castle, its architecture, & beauty, not to mention its amazing views. It has been around for many, many years, and has withstood the test of time.
It is located on top of a hill (called Montjuïc, of course ;)) and provides exquisite views of both the city and the sea. Read my full post on Montjuïc here.
Montserrat is one of the more peaceful places that you can visit during your time in Barcelona. It’s technically outside of the city (about an hour) but worth every second of the trip. Take the train and hop off just to hop onto a cable car! Visit the monastery, little village, & explore the surrounding mountains. Read my full description & Montserrat travel tips here.
Barri Gótic is the old quarter of Barcelona, with winding streets, unique architecture, vendors, museums, & restaurants. It’s also home to Las Ramblas, the most tourist-y place in the city. Although I might not be the biggest Las Ramblas fan (for several reasons), I am a fan of anything historical, and with Barri Gótic comes lots of history. Simply walking the cobblestone streets & looking at the architecture is worth the visit. So much to explore.
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