Known for Museums, Architecture and Cathedrals
Cultured yet trendy, Barcelona is one of Europe’s great cities. The Mediterranean Sea is just minutes from the center, its streets are filled with Modernist and Gothic treasures and the food is simply divine. Shop in bustling markets, take a stroll through the old city, stay up late and party with the locals and visit one of the city’s many world-class museums and galleries.
Be wowed by Barcelona’s eye-catching collection of architecture. Start in La Rambla, the famous tree-lined pedestrian street, which features flower stalls, sidewalk cafés, creative buskers and interesting shops, before delving in to the labyrinthine alleys of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). Among the 14th-century buildings sit treasures such as the spectacular Santa Maria del Mar Church and the grand Barcelona Cathedral, where gargoyles peer down from the ornate façade.
Spend some time in the Museu d'Història de Barcelona. Its exhibits bring to life the city’s long history. The impressive building is located on Plaça del Rei, where concerts are often held.
It is impossible not to notice the artistry visible in Barcelona’s public spaces. Gaudí, Picasso and Miró have left their indelible marks on the Catalan capital in monuments including the fantastical twisting turrets of La Sagrada Familia cathedral and the fantastical modernist sculptures and mosaics adorning Park Güell. Barcelona-born Joan Miró is honored in the Fundació Joan Miró while Picasso’s works are on display at the Museu Picasso.
To enjoy Barcelona’s nightlife like a true local, don’t even consider going out until midnight. Start with a late dinner in one of the city’s fabulous restaurants. Opt for acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants or venture into El Born to find tiny tapas bars heaving with hip locals. Discover everything from jazz venues to nightclubs pumping out techno, or sip cocktails in alfresco bars.
Barcelona is one of Europe’s aviation hubs and welcomes flights from around the world. Explore the city on foot to really soak up the architecture and get to know the locals. Among the best places to people-watch are at the city’s busy markets such as La Boqueria.
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.
Venture beyond the borders of Catalonia for an only-in-Europe experience—visiting 3 different countries in a single day. Roam medieval lanes in a sleepy Spanish village, soak your feet in the natural springs of an ancient thermal spa town in France, and discover the capital of the jewel-like country of Andorra.
Soaring skyward in the heart of Barcelona, the Sagrada Famíla—Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece—is as awe-inspiring a place of worship as they come. 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.
Nestled high on a craggy peak in the Catalonian countryside, majestic Montserrat has drawn pious pilgrims to its remote Royal Basilica for ages. Pay a visit to this striking spiritual site to see its 12th-century Black Virgin sculpture, hear the stirring vocals of the Escalonia children's choir, and stroll hilltop trails for panoramic views.