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What to Do in Barcelona: Must See Attractions

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Barcelona, a Spanish city that is both modern and ancient and everything in between at the same time is one of the most loved tourist destinations on the planet. Barcelona receives visits from several million guests every year, and the balmy climate and top quality Barcelona City activities ensure that they'll continue to return for many years to come.

Before you solidify your plans to visit this beautiful city in Spain, you should contact us here at Expedia and allow us to provide you with the latest information on money-saving deals on Barcelona City excursions, specials on lodging accommodations and good deals on transportation. We can also advise you which local spots offer the best value and give you a list of must see places so you and your companions will have the best possible time on your vacation.

Culture in Barcelona goes back over 2,000 years. Things to do in this city includes relaxing with a fruity cocktail on one of the most magnificent beaches on the planet, going deep sea fishing off the coast, exploring local cafes, art galleries and shops, as well as attending live theatre and musical performances. If you or your companion happen to be an ancient history buff, you will find yourself with no shortage of top quality things to explore during your visit to the City of Counts.

Although the tourist infrastructure in Barcelona is extremely well developed, you should make a point of procuring a map before you embark on your adventure. A number of Barcelona tours are available for those who would prefer an experienced guide show them around. Whether you want to explore beaches, peruse artifacts in museums, or go on a wine tasting tour, you will be able to find appealing attractions in Barcelona. Here at Expedia, we can help show you this enchanting city in Spain and make your vacation something that you will remember fondly for the rest of your life.

Things to Do in Barcelona with Kids

Barcelona is a superb place for a family escape. Bring the youngsters along and enjoy these fun family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Barcelona

Traveling on a limited budget in Barcelona? Spend time instead of money on fabulous experiences.

Diocesan Museum of Barcelona - Crammed with exhibits and objects, this gallery is a paradise for inquiring minds.

Mosaïc de Miró - This is a terrific place to get your culture fix and learn all about the buzzing local arts scene.

Parliament of Catalonia - Architecture fan or not, you're sure to be wowed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Virreina Palace - If you're fascinated by bygone times, this is one stop you really should visit.

Rambla del Raval - Find out why locals and travelers alike enjoy the unique atmosphere of this place.

Library of Catalunya - Pay a visit and find out the importance of this place to the community.

Parroquia de San Agustin - Get in touch with your spiritual side or just get lost in the serene atmosphere at this holy place.

San Sebastian Beach - Inhale the sea air and watch the waves roll in at this coastal spot.

Montjuic - Appreciate the stark contrast between the urban jungle and nature's wonders at this beautiful spot.

Jardins de Joan Brossa - Grab your picnic blanket, throw together a few snacks and find a shady spot to relish nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Barcelona

Gothic Quarter

If you love exploring medieval streets, watching street artists and eating tapas along shared tables in tiny bars, head straight for the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona.

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Eixample

This upscale part of Barcelona charms with grand buildings, modernist architecture, fine dining, and trendy bars and luxury shops.

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Barceloneta

A tough port neighborhood turned youthful beach hangout provides a sense of Barcelona’s many faces, with sea views as well.

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Poblenou

Gentrification has turned this former industrial district into one of Barcelona’s most artistic and edgy neighborhoods. Come see it before the masses arrive.

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Gracia

A high-end fashion district in Barcelona, located just north of the modernist hub of Eixample, is home to the wonderful realm of Park Guëll.

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El Raval

Visit this area of the city that’s full of attractions and cultural surprises. Walk through the district to appreciate its character.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Barcelona on a sunny day?

Take advantage of the nice weather (and get some exercise while you're at it) with these top activities:

What to do in Barcelona on a rainy day?

Dive into one or two of these popular indoor activities and turn a miserable, rainy day into something memorable:

What is Barcelona famous for?

Take a family happy snap at Sagrada Familia — it's a renowned attraction.

What should I not miss in Barcelona?

If you'd like to see the best of this destination, pencil these attractions into your schedule:

  • La Rambla
  • Camp Nou
  • Placa de Catalunya
  • Park Guell

Are there cheap things to do in Barcelona?

If you're vacationing on a shoestring budget, think about adding the following thrifty experiences to your to-do list:

What can you do in Barcelona for free?

You could put your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • La Rambla
  • Placa de Catalunya
  • Park Guell
  • Barcelona Cathedral