It would be very easy to make a ‘top 10 places to visit’ list if it were any tourist destination having only a handful of places to see. But, Barcelona is simply a paradise for a wanderlust soul filled with world renowned tourist attractions which collectively attract more than 7 million tourists every year. In fact, the city is the fourth most visited city in all of Europe after London, Paris and Rome. This article has tried its best to cover the most important places to visit in Barcelona which are carefully chosen to suit people of all ages and tastes. Here’s the list.
1. La Sagrada Familia
It would be a shame if you visit Barcelona and don’t get to see this magnificent and majestic basilica, which is still under construction. It is an architectural marvel that was designed by Antoni Gaudi and is expected to be completed by 2026, marking his death centenary.
2. Las Ramblas
Next in the list of top places to visit in Barcelona is the busiest street of Barcelona, the city’s commercial hub, Las Ramblas. It is also one of the busiest streets in the entire world that is a 1.2 km stretch lined with trees, street performers, kiosks, cafes, shops, restaurants and local markets on both sides of the road.
3. The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is one of the highly regarded and recommended places to visit in Barcelona. The Gothic Quarter used to be the center of the old native Barcelona, which has its own characteristic and charisma, telling stories of the Medieval and the Roman age through its narrow streets, churches and architectural buildings.
4. Museu Picasso
Spain is the home of many world famous, talented artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Museu Picasso is an art museum dedicated to the praise and appreciation of Pablo Picasso’s genius and the first of its kind to open during his lifetime. The museum has a collection of 4249 art works of Picasso and has had 1,045,837 visitors as of 2010.
5. Barceloneta Beach
Barcelona shares its coastline with the Mediterranean Sea and there are 9 beaches along its coastline. Barceloneta beach is the most famous and the most visited of all beaches and is certainly a top place to visit in Barcelona for action, fun and excitement.
6. Camp Nou
Football’s Spain most popular sport and any football fan would know what FC Barcelona means. Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona is the biggest football ground in Europe, which also has a football museum adjacent to it, belonging to FC Barcelona. Consider yourself lucky if you get to see an action packed match!
7. Montjuïc Hill
Montjuïc hill is one of those places to visit in Barcelona that you cannot afford to miss. You can reach the top of the hill on a cable car and brace yourself for some extraordinary panoramic views of the city while the cable car ascends to the top. The hill is also noteworthy for the Magic Fountain Show, Montjuïc castle, Poble Espanyol, Spanish Village and important museums.
8. Tibidabo Amusement Park
If you are on a family trip, Tibidabo hill has to be on your list of places to visit in Barcelona. You can reach to the top of the hill on a funicular train ride, only to see a much bigger excitement, The Tibidabo Amusement Park on top of the hill.
9. Barcelona Aquarium
If you are travelling with your kids, the Barcelona Aquarium is also another great option. This particular aquarium is one of the highly regarded aquariums in the world and has more than 11,000 different fishes belonging to 450 different species.
10. Parc Güell
If you want to indulge yourself in peace and tranquil, you could visit Parc Güell, another masterpiece designed by Antoni Gaudi. The park is known for its architectural genius and is also recognized as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Barcelona-Budget is an online tourist guide providing up-to-date, insider information on things to do and places to visit in Barcelona for both first time and seasoned visitors. The site also provides about accommodation and travel available in the city with a budget friendly approach. For more interesting places to visit in Barcelona, visit USNews.com.