Barcelona, that great city that everyone falls in love with, for being so rich in all aspects, its food, museums, hotels and bars.
If you want to visit Barcelona, it’s good to have the best references, about which places are best. According to the experience of the friends who have visited it, it is a cosmopolitan city open to the Mediterranean Sea and with a great diversity of cultural and leisure activities.
In addition to strolling through its neighbourhoods and squares, getting to know its museums and enjoying its beaches, Barcelona has many places to see.
Equally synonymous with modernist architecture, good food and beautiful beaches, Barcelona is one of our favourite destinations in Europe. And we’re sure that after visiting her, she’ll become one of your favorites too!
In addition to an incredible traditional Catalan cuisine, we assure you, they will make you fall in love with it within minutes of knowing it.
Places of interest in Barcelona.
Where to stay in Barcelona?
The first thing is to find a place to spend the night, and for that there are many recommendations depending on the cost you want to pay.
A place of reference is to visit the website of gothic apartment Barcelona, where you can locate nearby places of cultural interest or search for shared apartments and low-cost hotels.
Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Spain and Europe, so the offer of accommodation throughout the city is very large and literally with options for everyone.
Perhaps at first it is a bit overwhelming to choose a hotel in the city at a good price and well located, but with patience everything is achieved.
The first place to meet would be.
The Holy Family
The Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia is the unfinished masterpiece of the brilliant architect Antoni Gaudí and the most visited monument in Barcelona.
Gaudí, maximum representative of the Catalan modernism, took the reins of the construction of this church in 1883, of which a year before the first stone had been placed, leaving to his death, in 1926 all the plans so that future architects could finish the work.
The interior and exterior of La Sagrada Familia are a marvel, nothing comparable to other churches in the world, using Gaudí’s experience and new techniques, creating a naturalistic style, where all its elements flow in complete harmony.
Outside, the 3 facades dedicated to the Nativity, Passion and Glory of Jesus and the towers that will reach 18 when the monument is finished stand out.
Recently the date of 2026 was set as the year of completion of this spectacular Catholic basilica, so we are already impatient, as each day is less and less to see the Holy Family in its full splendor.
The Viewpoints of Barcelona
Barcelona is not only fortunate to be in front of the Mediterranean Sea, but the Collserola mountain range also encloses the city in front of the sea and along its profile offers bird’s eye views with which we can even see the Balearic Islands in good weather.
The Carretera de les Aigües crosses the mountain range from side to side with hardly any slopes and is the favorite place for runners or cyclists.
Some of its best watchtowers include the Sarrià viewpoint, the Magalora turó or the Torre Baró viewpoint.
Barcelona has more than 4.5 kilometres of beaches, from Sant Sebastià to Levante. A good part of them are located in Barceloneta, an old seafaring and working class neighbourhood on the island of Maians from the 17th century onwards.
It is worth taking a walk through its streets to discover some of the original houses of the neighborhood, two-storey buildings little ostentatious but full of charm.
Another attraction of the neighborhood is its varied and excellent gastronomic offer: from tapas and vermouths, to paellas and seafood.
Get lost in the Gothic Quarter
One of the city’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods, the Gothic is famous for its narrow, labyrinthine streets.
Among the main attractions of this neighborhood we can highlight:
Barcelona Cathedral: Although it is “overshadowed” by the Sagrada Familia, this marvellous 14th century construction has interesting points such as the crypt of the martyr Santa Eulalia, the choir and the terrace, from which we can observe the whole city.
Although the entrance is free, to access the choir and the terrace we must pay €3 respectively.
La Plaza Real: One of the main squares in Barcelona where you can find restaurants, bars, nightclubs and street shows. Pay attention to the central fountain and the two lanterns next to it that were designed by Gaudí.
The Jewish Quarter: The Call (the Catalan name for Jewish quarters) was once one of the most important in southern Europe. Nowadays we can find vestiges of it walking through its beautiful streets.
Although the gastronomic offer of the Gothic is very frequented, the prices to eat are not usually very high if you look well.
One of our favourite places is Tucco Real Food, just a few blocks from Plaza Real, where you can eat very well for less than €10.
Paseo de Gracia (Casa Batlló, La Pedrera)
Passeig de Gràcia is the best known avenue and one of the most essential places to visit in Barcelona.
This street connects the popular Plaza de Catalunya with the district of Gracia and stands out for its modernist buildings, restaurants and shops of the most famous and luxurious brands.
Among the jewels of Catalan modernism on Paseo de Gracia is the Casa Batlló, one of the masterpieces of the genius Antonio Gaudí, declared a Unesco World Heritage Site, and our favourite building in the city.
Next to Casa Batlló is the beautiful façade of Casa Amatller, near which you can also find Casa Mulleras and Casa Lleó i Morera, the work of another of the great modernist architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The mountain of Montjuic, located in front of the sea and with a height of 173 meters, has become one of the best viewpoints of Barcelona and an ideal place for leisure activities, culture and sport.
Thanks to the 1929 World Expo and the 1992 Olympic Games, this mountain has become one of the favorite spots for tourists and locals. From Plaza España, crossing the Venetian towers, you can access the Magic Fountain of Montjüic, where a show of lights and water takes place at night.
From there, going up the stairs, you will reach the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, with a large collection of Romanesque art.
Above you will find the Olympic Ring, where you will find the Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Bernat Picornell Swimming Pools and the Calatrava Telecommunications Tower.
The castle of Montjuic stands out at the top, a defensive fortress with marvellous views of the city and the sea.
The Labyrinth of Horta
I have to admit that I didn’t find out that Horta had one of the biggest labyrinths in Spain until well into the next few months. But since I saw them for the first time I’ve had to repeat.
If you like labyrinths take advantage of this place, because it is worth setting up a Sunday plan and approaching this park to lose yourself through the labyrinth.
It’s a lot of fun, promised, and I assure you that you will be able to spend a good time indoors going round and round to try to get out. That said, a perfect activity to do in Barcelona, and one of the things I liked most about the city.
Horta Labyrinth Park is said to be the oldest garden in the whole of Barcelona, in what used to be the Desvalls family estate (1794).
In the park there is a neoclassical garden from the 18th century and a romantic garden from the 19th century.
More things to see and do in Barcelona
Observe the Monument to Columbus with your right arm outstretched and your index finger pointing towards the sea.
However, we must bear in mind that it does not point to America as it is in the opposite direction and that it is not necessary to climb on the iron figures of the lions at the bottom to take a photo.
Find the Plaza de Sant Felip Neri, one of the most beautiful squares in the city, in the Gothic Quarter.
Disconnect from the city by strolling through the Parque de la Ciutadella, with several monuments and a beautiful lake.
Go shopping in the Portal de L’Angel, near Plaza Catalunya, and one of the most commercial streets in the city.
Walk through the Gothic Quarter, the old town of Barcelona, full of charming corners and one of the best things to do in Barcelona. A good way to learn more about the history of this neighborhood is to book this tour of the Gothic and Palau Güell with a guide in Spanish.
Visit the Picasso Museum, with some of the most important collections of the painter, especially from his youth where he spent an important period of his life.
Discover the neighborhood of Poblenou, open to the sea, an area full of bars, restaurants, shops and a lot of atmosphere both day and night.
Do a little running, skating or biking along the promenade. Barcelona is one of the cities that is creating more bicycle lanes and promoting this less polluting transport.
How to get around in Barcelona?
Barcelona is a relatively large city, and having its attractions distributed in various parts of the city itself it is important to know how to move from one place to another.
Transport in Barcelona is divided into zones, there are 6 and generally the main thing is found in the first zone.
One of the main means of transport in the city is the Metro, which has 12 lines and 197 stations. It is the most popular means of transport in Barcelona.
You can also travel on different bus lines (TMB), local trains (FGC) and tram (TRAM). Barcelona is very well connected, so you can practically move to almost any point without any problem and in a safe and comfortable way.
I highly recommend you to buy the T-10 pass to be able to move without problems in any means of transport throughout the city during your stay. This pass, as the name implies, includes 10 trips in the area you have chosen.