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Barcelona

Known for Museums, Architecture and Cathedrals

Millions of visitors are drawn to this Mediterranean city for its world-class attractions, cultural heritage and favourable climate. Never boring, Barcelona has something for everyone, making it a year-round top destination.

How do you get to Barcelona?

The capital of Catalonia is uniquely diverse. Each district tells a story, making the urge to explore unavoidable. On short visits, a bus tour is an excellent way to see the sights, but many can be seen on foot.

The top of the city’s most famous and shamelessly commercial street, La Rambla, is a good starting point when walking. Running 1.2 kilometres from the city to the sea, from here, plot a course throughout the kaleidoscopic city.

Turn off La Rambla to explore the winding streets and secluded squares of the medieval Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city, where history and modernity live side-by-side. Walk the picturesque Passeig del Born, and enjoy the 14th and 15th century marvels such as the Santa Maria del Mar Church.

To sample the regional delicacies, venture from La Rambla, to the Boqueria, Cataluña’s largest and most vibrant food market. Experience a sensory overload from the stunning displays of produce and marketplace bustle. Many visitors to Barcelona make a pilgrimage for the modernist architectural works of Antoni Gaudí.

The spectacular Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) church draws the greatest crowd and has become a symbol of the city. See where Gaudí’s work stopped and successors continued and, if you have a head forheights, climb the towers for a closer look. Allow two hours to visit and beat the queues by buying advance tickets. Park Güell is another display of Gaudi’s imaginative work on a grand scale. Set over 42 acres (17 hectares), this remarkable hillside public park, combines nature and modern design. The park entrance is a steep 20 minute hike from the Metro, so take a taxi or bus if this isn’t manageable. Admission is free. With many attractions in one place, the hill of Montjüic is a popular tourist spot. Travel by cable car or public transport for the National Palace, Museum of Catalan Art, Montjüic Castle and the Olympic Stadium. Descend from a day of touring for the free evening Magic Fountain illuminations show at Plaça Espanyol. Catalan cuisine is historically influenced and extremely varied. Barcelona’s fortunate location benefits from the finest local produce from the surrounding sea and mountains with excellent seafood, fish, meats and cheeses. Enjoy tapas with a ‘caña,’ (draught beer) or glass of Cava (regional bubbly). Personalise your break to Barcelona. Football fans can catch the local team Barça (FC Barcelona) at their home ground, Barcelona Stadium, or simply take a tour and visit its museum. Music fans might appreciate the music festivals - Sonar and Primavera Sound; and fashionistas will lap up the excellent shopping areas. Rest assured, you won’t be bored in Barcelona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Gaudí’s basilica in the center of Barcelona is an architectural marvel and offers views across the city from eight towering spires.

Gaudí designed this house for a family in the early 20th century and incorporated his signature elements into the design, including curved lines and bright colors.

This concert hall is an awe-inspiring example of modernist architecture. Tour the building or get in early for tickets to a performance.

These lively pedestrian streets in the heart of Barcelona are filled with flower stalls, tapas restaurants and street performers. 

This popular Barcelona meeting point connects the old city with the new and is famous for its shopping, monuments and festival celebrations.

Look out over the city from a Gaudí-designed terrace in this park in the city’s north.

The warm water of the Mediterranean Sea and aquatic sports, beach bars and nightlife combine to make this Barcelona’s most popular urban beach.

Barcelona’s cathedral dates back to the 1200s, and contains the remains of the city’s patron saint.

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A city of ground-breaking art, architecture, and style, Barcelona—Catalonia's cosmopolitan capital—is a treasure trove of sights and sounds. Explore this vibrant seaside metropolis on a double-decker bus to tour at your own pace, setting your own itinerary and hopping on and off as you please.

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Explore Barcelona at your own pace with the Barcelona Transport Card, which entitles you to unlimited rides on most of the city's metro, bus, train, and tram routes. Choose from passes that offer up to 5 consecutive days of rides and enjoy hopping around the Catalonia capital like a local.

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Football fervor hits a fever pitch in Barcelona, where the passion of the fans is almost as famous as the team itself. Set foot in Camp Nou—Spain's largest stadium—to experience the locker rooms, tunnel, and team museum firsthand.

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Get ready for an exhilarating ride and short breaths onboard a recently refurbished Montjuïc Cable Car. Enjoy the expansive views of Barcelona and reach the beautiful hill of Montjuïc in style. Once used as a ceremonial place by the Romans, Montjuïc is now a major tourist destination.

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Soaring skyward in the heart of Barcelona, the Sagrada Famíla—Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece—is an awe-inspiring place of worship. Bypass the long lines outside this icon of the city to step inside the light-filled interior, learning about the fascinating past and ambitious future of this modernist marvel.

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Bounce around Barcelona at your own pace with this convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Take in the Catalonian capitol's Gaudi-filled streets, visit the city's famous monuments and architectural wonders, and enjoy discounts to area attractions and local businesses along the way.

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