Tourist Attractions in Barcelona

  1. La Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia interior opened fully to the public in 2012. The exterior is still under construction and is currently at around 75 per cent finished, with only 8 of the 18 spires reestablished. The expectation is to finish the Sagrada familia in the year 2026 for the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death in 1926 and that will be 144 years after the initial construction started. Gaudi died tragically after being hit by a tram. At the time of this death only the nativity facade had been built but Gaudi knew that in order to finish the entire project long, a lot of time was necessary and once said, ‘My client is not in a hurry’. Visit the Sagrada familia on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or take the metro to station Sagrada Familia. From the outside it only takes 15 minutes to walk all around and it’s free. For a visit inside the Sagrada Familia church you need 1 to 2 hours inside.

  1. The Font Mágica Fountain

The Magic Fountain is a ‘must see’ Barcelona attraction. It really does feel magical to experience the beautiful performance of water, lights and music. The Magic fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the Barcelona World Fair and the Font Magica is still one of the most famous spots in Barcelona with approximatively 2.5 million visitors annually. There are evening water and lights shows in the winter, every Friday and Saturdays. In the summer, the evening lights and music show take place from Thursday to Sunday. Entry is free all year. Sometimes, due to exhibitions and events, the access to the fountain can be closed. Visit the Magic Fountain by metro to station Espanya.

 

  1. Picasso Musuem

The Picasso Museum is Barcelona’s most famous museum. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in the south of Spain, but the Picasso family moved to Barcelona in 1895 and Picasso lived here until 1904. Picasso’s father was an art teacher and although as a child Pablo Picasso already studied art in Malaga, it was in Barcelona that he spent his formative years. He considered himself as being from Barcelona and it was here where he spent his early years as an agitated young painter and first the place where he first exposed his work. The most famous Picasso paintings are not in Barcelona, but you can see a unique collection of 4000 works with early sketches and canvases, which shows his unbelievable evolution from a student to the world´s greatest artist. The museum is in several magnificent gothic mansions in the Born part of Barcelona’s old city. Nearest metro station Jaume I and then you take a 10 minutes’ walk.

 

  1. La Rambla street

Also called Las Ramblas because it is formed of different sections. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said ‘It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end’ and it almost doesn’t because it now continues into Port Vell marina. La Rambla starts at central square Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Columbus monument at the Port Vell marina. La Rambla it is not a spectacular attraction in any way, but it is very relaxing to stroll down and feel the human heartbeat of Barcelona. La Rambla is also called Las Ramblas because different stretches of the street have different names. Although La Rambla is safe to visit, be careful of pickpockets on La Rambla and in nearby Metro stations. In the early hours of the morning, from 2 – 4am, be careful on the lower part of La Rambla near the harbor.

 

  1. Camp Nou Stadium.

It is the home of Barcelona football team. If there are no games during your visit, then book the stadium and museum tour.  The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are the most popular attractions in Barcelona, attracting millions of visitors a year. Camp Nou also has the one of the largest Nike stores in Europe, packed with Barca items, which is unmissable for Barça fans. You can buy cheaper FCB shirts and scarves from market stalls outside stadium on match days, but they might not be original.