Barcelona - What to Visit in Barcelona ?



This page is a short version of the Barcelona Tour. Put this page on your smartphone during your stay in Barcelona and you will know what there is to visit and how to get there.

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Barcelona Tourist Attractions :

Barcelona Tourist Attractions :

La Rambla zone

Plaza de Cataluña

plaza catalunya bcnWhat is it ? The most central point of Barcelona, a big and nice square. Big stores like El corte Ingles, Fnac, Apple store. Tourist Information points. The Airport Bus. The beginning of La Rambla avenue.
How to Get there ? Metro station : Cataluña
Map : Look for the drop red (color red, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

La Rambla avenue

rambla bcnWhat is it ? The most famous avenue of Barcelona. More than 1 km long. From plaza de Cataluña to the sea.
How to Get there ? Metro stations: Cataluña, Liceu, Drassanes
Map : Look for the drop red (color red, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

La Boquería market

boqueria bcnWhat is it ? The famous food market of Barcelona. Entrance from La Rambla avenue.

How to Get there ?
Metro station: Liceu.
Map : Look for the drop red (color red, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.


Plaza Real

plaza real bcnWhat is it ?  A very nice square with cafés, restaurants and a fountain.

How to Get there ? Metro station: Liceu
Map : Look for the drop red (color red, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.


Colón statue

colon bcnWhat is it ?  A high statue of Colombus. It is possible to get up with an elevator, but you don't really need to do this, there are better views from Montjuic hill.
How to Get there ? Metro station: Drassanes. The statue is at the end of la Rambla, near the port.
Map : Look for the drop red (color red, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Port zone

Port Vell

port vell bcnWhat is it ? The touristic port at the end of la Rambla with yachts. Very nice views.
How to Get there ? Metro station: Drassanes.
Map : Look for the drop green (color green, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.


Maremagnum mall

maremagnum mall bcnWhat is it ? A pleasant, medium size touristic mall at Port Vell.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Drassanes.
Map : Look for the drop green (color green, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.


Commercial Port

big ship bcnWhat is it ? Where the very big boats (passengers and cargo) are stopping. the easiest and most amusing way to visit it, is with the Golondrinas touristic boats from Port Vell. (40 minutes trip).
How to Get there ?Metro station: Drassanes.
Map : Look for the drop green (color green, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

La Barceloneta zone

Barceloneta residential area

barceloneta bcnWhat is it ? The residential neighborhood of the Barceloneta beach. Narrow streets, nice squares, cafés, restaurants, special atmosphere.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Barceloneta.
Map : Look for the drop light blue (color light blue, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Barceloneta Beach

barceloneta beach bcnWhat is it ? The closest beach to Barcelona center, the most animated beach. The cable car to Montjuic hill is here.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Barceloneta.
Map : Look for the drop light blue (color light blue, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Hotel W

hotel w bcnWhat is it ? A big Hotel in form of a sail. I mention it because it is the only thing you see, if you look to the right. There is a bar upstairs to visit at sunset. The promenade along the beach is nice.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Barceloneta.
Map : Look for the drop light blue (color light blue, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Puerto Olimpico

puerto olimpico bcnWhat is it ? A marina. At night there are dancing clubs and a casino.
It is nice to walk from the Barceloneta beach to Puerto Olimpico.
How to Get there ?Metro station: "Ciutadella Villa Olimpica".
Map : Look for the drop light blue (color light blue, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

The Gótico

Plaza Sant Jaume - the municipality square

jaume square bcnWhat is it ? A nice and central square of the Gotico. The barcelona municipality building and the Catalunya administration building.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Liceu or Jaume I
Map : Look for the drop orange (color orange, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

The Flamboyant-style bridge in the Gotico quarter

bridge born bcnWhat is it ? A small, very nice decorated bridge between two buildings. All tourists are taking pictures of it.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Liceu or Jaume I
Map : Look for the drop orange (color orange, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Roman Columns of the Temple of Augustus

roman columns bcnWhat is it ? Remains of the Roman temple of the emperor Augustus
How to Get there ?Metro station: Liceu or Jaume I
Map : Look for the drop orange (color orange, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

The Call - the antique Jewish quarter

call bcnWhat is it ? Streets that were once the Jewish quarter of Barcelona
How to Get there ?Metro station: Liceu or Jaume I
Map : Look for the drop orange (color orange, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Cathedral - Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia

cathedral bcnWhat is it ? The main, biggest, most famous Cathedral of the Gotico
How to Get there ?Metro station: Liceu or Jaume I or Cataluña
Map : Look for the drop orange (color orange, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Portal del Angel

portal del angel bcnWhat is it ? The main shopping area of Barcelona
How to Get there ?Metro station: Cataluña

Map : Look for the drop orange (color orange, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

El Born

Paseo del Born

paseo del born bcnWhat is it ? The most central street of El Born. At night, many trendy bars.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Jaume I or Barceloneta
Map : Look for the drop brown (color brown, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Church "Santa María del Mar"

church born bcnWhat is it ? Main Cathedral of El Born.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Jaume I or Barceloneta
Map : Look for the drop brown (color brown, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.



Park de la Ciutadella

park de la ciutadella bcnWhat is it ? The main park of Barcelona, with a lake and a Zoo.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Jaume I or Barceloneta
Map : Look for the drop brown (color brown, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Zoo

zoo bcnWhat is it ? A big Zoo.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Jaume I or Barceloneta
Map : Look for the drop brown (color brown, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.



Train station - Estación de Francia

estacion de francia bcnWhat is it ? A train station with nice architecture (but not the main station of Barcelona. "Sants" is the main station)
How to Get there ?Metro station: Jaume I or Barceloneta
Map : Look for the drop brown (color brown, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Centro Cultural del Born

centro cultural bcnWhat is it ? Excavations of Barcelona from around 1700. Exhibitions about Cataluña .
How to Get there ?Metro station: Jaume I or Barceloneta
Map : Look for the drop brown (color brown, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Arc de Triomf

arc de triomf bcnWhat is it ? A beautiful Arc de Triomf
How to Get there ?Metro station: Arc de Triomf
Map : Look for the drop brown (color brown, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.



Palau de la Musica

palau musica bcnWhat is it ? A place with classical concerts. The building is very nice, a Unesco world heritage
How to Get there ?Metro station: Urquinaona
Map : Look for the drop brown (color brown, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

El Raval

The gardens Rubió I Lluc

garden raval bcnWhat is it ? A beautiful garden with student atmosphere. Schools and libraries around.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Liceu
Map : Look for the drop purple (color purple, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.


La Sagrada Familia zone

La Sagrada Familia

sagrada familia bcnWhat is it ? The most famous tourist attraction of Barcelona. An impressive church designed by the famous architect Gaudi. The construction began in 1882 and it still continues.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Sagrada Familia.
Map : Look for the star green (color green, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Sant Pao

sant pao bcnWhat is it ?  A former hospital, now a museum. Very nice facade of building, a Unesco world heritage.
How to Get there ?Metro station: "Sant Pao Dos de Maig" or "Guinardo Hospital de Sant Pao" or just walk from the Sagrada Familia.
Map : Look for the star green (color green, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Park Guell Zone

Park Guell - Gaudi Gardens

park guell bcnWhat is it ? A park designed by Gaudi with great achitecture. One of Barcelona's main tourist attraction, A Unesco world heritage site.
How to Get there ? Metro station: Lesseps or Vallcarca or Alfons X. Need to walk 30 minutes from the metro stations.
Map : Look for the star yellow (color yellow, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Paseo de Gracia zone

La Rambla de Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia avenues

paseo de gracia bcnWhat is it ? Commercial streets. La Rambla de Cataluña is a walking street (like the famous Rambla), it starts from Plaza de Cataluña and goes up. Paseo de Gracia is parallel and also starts from plaza de Cataluña. Both avenues have many shops.
How to Get there ?Metro stations: Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal.
Map : Look for the drop yellow (color yellow, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

La Pedrera - Casa Mila

pedrera bcnWhat is it ?A building designed by Gaudi and a museum about Gaudi. A UNESCO world heritage.
How to Get there ?Metro station: diagonal
Map : Look for the drop yellow (color yellow, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Casa Batló

casa batlo bcnWhat is it ?Same as la Pedrera: A building designed by Gaudi. A UNESCO world heritage. Nice facade. Can be visited inside.
How to Get there ?Metro station: Paseo de Gracia
Map : Look for the drop yellow (color yellow, balloon shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Plaza de España zone

Plaza de España

plaza espanya bcnWhat is it ?A major and nice square. Access to Montjuic hill, the magic fountains, pueblo español. Las Arenas mall, Airport Bus.
How to Get there ?Metro station: España
Map : Look for the star blue (color blue, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.


Arenas mall - Plaza de Toros

arena mall bcnWhat is it ?Before, it was a stadium for bull fighting shows. Now, a nice medium size mall with a Terrace at the top for great views.
How to Get there ?Metro station: España
Map : Look for the star blue (color blue, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Magic fountains

magic fountains bcnWhat is it ? Show of fountains with lights and music, begins at sunset, every half hour.
How to Get there ?Metro station: España
Map : Look for the star blue (color blue, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.



Pueblo Español

pueblo espagnol bcnWhat is it ? Streets that represent the architecture of different places in Spain, a sort of village. Need to buy a ticket to access.
How to Get there ?Metro station: España
Map : Look for the star blue (color blue, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Montjuic hill

Montjuic hill

montjuic bcnWhat is it ? A hill at the south of the city, close to the center. Nice views over Barcelona. The hill starts at plaza de España (inland) and ends at the sea. (See plan below)
How to Get there ?
  1. Funicular (see explanation below).
  2. Teleférico del Puerto (see below).
  3. Touristic bus
  4. Regular bus, Taxi
  5. By foot from Plaza de España or from the commercial port area.
See this plan of Montjuic. Click to enlarge :
Plan Montjuic

Funicular to Montjuic hill

funicular montjuic bcnWhat is it ? A funicular that goes from the metro station Parallel and arrives to Montjuic. It travels underground.
The ride is included in the regular ticket metro, it's like changing a metro line, no need to buy a new ticket.
How to Get there ? Metro station: Parallel
Map : Look for the star red (color red, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Teleférico de Montjuïc

teleferico montjuic bcnWhat is it ? A cable car for travelling inside the Montjuic hill. It starts at the point where the Funicular ends and arrives to the castle. No long queues.
How to Get there ? One possibility is by taking the Funicular.
Map : Look for the star red (color red, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Teleférico del Puerto - for Montjuic hill

teleferico del puerto bcnWhat is it ? A cable car that starts at la Barceloneta beach and gets to Montjuic. Nice view. Long queues.
How to Get there ? Metro station: Barceloneta, then needs to walk 10 minutes to the beach.
Map : Look for the star red (color red, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Castle of Montjuic hill

castle bcnWhat is it ?An old military castle dating from the middle ages era. Nice views over the port.
How to Get there ? With the Teleférico de Montjuïc or by walking in the roads on the hill.
Map : Look for the star red (color red, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Olympic facilities of Montjuic hill

stadium montjuic bcnWhat is it ? A stadium that was renovated to host the 1992 Summer Olympics games. This is not really a tourist attraction, but a nice point if you choose to walk in the mountain.
How to Get there ?  It is in the middle way between Plaza de España and the Castle (long walk).
Map : Look for the star red (color red, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Gracia zone

Gracia neighborhood

gracia neigborhood bcnWhat is it ?A residential area above the Diagonal avenue. A Student atmosphere. Nice squares. Small nice restaurants. Cinema Verdi at the main street Verdi with movies in original soundtrack language.
How to Get there ? Metro station: Fontana
Map : Look for the star blue light (color light blue, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Tibidabo zone

Tibidabo

tibidabo bcnWhat is it ?A mountain peak overlooking Barcelona, about 4 Km from the city center. A children park attraction. A church. Nice view over Barcelona.
How to Get there ?
Option 1 : Metro + Blue Tram + Funicular : Get down at the metro station "Av Tibidabo" then take an ancient "blue tram" (Tramvia Blau) that dates from 1901, then a funicular to the top of mountain.
Option 2 : Metro + Bus + Funicular : same as option 1 but instead of the "blue tram" you take a bus (same stop), because the Blue Tram doesn't operate every day.
Option 3 : Direct Bus from Plaza de Cataluña : Inform yourself at the Tourist Information booth in plaza de Cataluña because this bus doesn't operate all the time.
Option 4 : Touristic Bus : The touristic bus has a stop at the Metro station "Av Tibidabo", then you have to continue as in option 1 or 2.
Option 5 : Taxi

Map : Look for the star orange (color orange, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Camp Nou zone

Camp Nou Stadium - The Barça museum

camp nou bcnWhat is it ?The famous football stadium of Barcelona and a museum about the Barça team. Big Barça shop.
How to Get there ? Metro stations: Les Corts or Maria Cristina or Palau Reial or Badal. Need to walk 20 minutes from the metro stations. The Touristic Bus has a stop.
Map : Look for the star black (color black, star shaped) mark on the map at the top of the page.

Museums in Barcelona

  • history museum bcn History of Cataluña - Interesting museum about the history of Cataluña, from the prehistory till now. Take into account that it takes time to read all the explanations. Also, nice terrace at the top (café) with view over port Vell. See where is the museum on Map.


  • history museum about barcelona bcn History of Barcelona - Super interesting museum, but it's still a museum, you'll need at least 2 hours in order to read (or hear) some stuff. The museum is situated in the heart of Barcelona, in the Gotic, the place where Barcelona began and in the underground there are ruins from 2000 years ago. You can clearly see :a wash house, a tinting place, a winery, pipelines and a city wall. See where is the museum on Map.


  • art museum bcn Art museum of Cataluña - A world class Art museum. (Art is about paintings, statues and this kind of stuff). If you don't want to look at old paintings you can buy a partial ticket and get access to the roof of this nice building (the mirrador) and have one of the best views over Barcelona, you can then tell your friends that you have visited Barcelona Art museum, nobody will really think to ask you if you've been on the terrace or inside the halls. See where is the museum on Map.
  • Modern Art museum of Barcelona  See where is the museum on Map.
  • Maritim museum. See where is the museum on Map.
  • Picasso museum. See where is the museum on Map.
  • Gaudi related museums (mentioned before on this page):
  • Centro Cultural del Born (mentioned before on this page)
  • Sant Pao Hospital (mentioned before on this page)
  • Camp Nou - Barça museum (mentioned before on this page)
See Full list of Museums in Barcelona

Out of Town Destinations :

Sitges

sitgesWhat is it ? A small coast town, 35 Km south of Barcelona. Known for its annual film festival and as a popular destination for gays and lesbians.
 
How to Get there ?With the suburban train, it takes less than 30 minutes from the main station "Sants" or from "Paseo de Gracia" (near plaza Cataluña).
See the Map of the Suburban Trains. See Metro Map.
See where is Sitges on Google Map.

Montserrat Mountain

montserratWhat is it ?A mountain with several peaks of about 1200 meters, situated about 50 Km from Barcelona. Nice views. Hiking and climbing trails. monastery Santa Maria.
How to Get there ?Suburban train from Plaza de España (about 1 hour) with an interchange to a cable car or a funicular to climb the mountain.
See the Map of the Suburban Trains. See Metro Map. See where is Montserrat on Google Map.

Lloret de Mar - Costa Brava

lloret del marWhat is it ?A very touristic seaside town at the Costa Brava. Very nice bay and beaches and views. A place to party at night.
How to Get there ?With a suburban train from Plaza de Catalunya. Need to get down at the station Blanes and then a short bus ride till Lloret de Mar (in total 2 hours). Nice travel along the beaches with the train.
There are also direct buses from the train station Sants or from the bus station Estació del Nord.
See the Map of the Suburban Trains. See Metro Map.
See where is Lloret del Mar on Google Map.

Girona

gironaWhat is it ?A very nice medieval city, 100 Km from Barcelona. Colored houses beside a river, a big cathedral, an old fortification, old Jewish quarter.
How to Get there ?Suburban train from "Paseo de Gracia" or "Sants" stations. A little bit more than 1 hour.
Also an high speed train from Sants station, just 40 minutes ride, but the frequency of this train is low.
There are also buses to Girona, of course, from Sants station or Estació del Nord.
See the Map of the Suburban Trains. See Metro Map.
See where is Girona on Google Map.

Figueres

figueresWhat is it ?A town 150 Km from Barcelona, almost on the French border. The Dali museum is the main tourist attraction.
How to Get there ?The same trains that go to Girona, continue also to Figueres. The two towns are just 40 Km apart.
See the Map of the Suburban Trains. See Metro Map. See where is Figueres on Google Map.

The Baleares Islands

balearesWhat is it ?Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca. Very Touristic Islands about 250 Km from Barcelona
How to Get there ?A night boat from Barcelona port (about 8 hours) or a speed boat (4 hours).
Also, flights from the airport, about half hour.

Andorra

andoraWhat is it ? A small independent state between France and Spain on the Pyrenees mountains. Ski stations around.
How to Get there ? With a special Bus, about 3 hours. Bus site.
See where it is on Map

Special things not to miss in Barcelona

The Touristic Bus

touristic bus bcnWhat is it ? A double deck bus that has a sightseeing trajectory in Barcelona. It's possible to get on and off the bus at the many stations. There are 2 companies : Barcelona Bus touristic and Barcelona City Tour.
Take this bus if you are short of time in Barcelona. Otherwise, you can easily arrive by yourself to the tourist attractions by walking or with the metro.
How to Get on the bus ? Buy a ticket at the hotel, tourist information offices or at the bus itself. The ticket is per days, not journey.

Tapas Bars

tapas bcnWhat is it ?The special way Bar-Restaurants all over Spain, expose and serve the food.
Visit also the page : Vegetarian options in Barcelona for good places to eat in town.





Estrella Damn Beer

estrella beer bcnWhat is it ? One of the Best beers in the World (I'm serious). A Catalan brewery.





La Merce feast (September)

merce feast bcnWhat is it ?The biggest feast in Barcelona. A feast in honor of Barcelona city. four days starting the 24 of September. Music shows, popular dances, Giant dolls, human castles, overbooked hotels.





Note 1: Barcelona is a city with very beautiful streets. You can enjoy life by just walking in the central zones of Barcelona and eat an ice-cream.
You don't necessarily need to wait in queues in order to enter inside every monument someone has built. I personally know people who just saw the Sagrada familia from the outside and then went to the beach.
Note 2: Most tourist attractions are in the central zones of Barcelona and you can arrive to them by walking.

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