Planning a trip to the Catalan capital? Between amazing architecture, culture, food and the beach, Barcelona is a beautiful and bustling city, a great place to visit at any time of year! If you’re stuck on where to start, we’ve got you covered with some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and tours. Time to take it all in and add these top things to do in Barcelona to your travel itinerary.
This spectacular stadium is both home to the one of the greatest football teams in the world, as well as the largest football stadium in Europe. You’ll get to see some of the key areas in the stadium as part of the Camp Nou Experience – your very own behind-the-scenes look at where players such as Pique and Neymar get themselves in the zone, ready for kick-off.
From reliving the nail-biting experience that any visiting football team encounters in the away changing rooms, to viewing the range of trophies the club have earned over the years, there is so much to see and plenty of opportunities for a selfie, if that’s what you’re into. Even if you don’t like football, this is effectively a modern day coliseum, so it’s pretty interesting to visit regardless of your views on the sport.
Less about the destination and more about the journey, this double-decker bus tour is a comfortable way to get your bearings. An audio guide is provided in a variety of languages, to tell you more about the locations you’ll pass en route. It’s a hop-on hop-off tour, and there are a number of different colour-coded routes the bus covers, for a convenient sightseeing experience.
If you wanted to ride the bus through each of the routes, from start to finish they vary from 40 minutes to 2 hours, but of course that’s traffic dependent. The buses run for the majority of the day too, from around 9am to 9pm in the summer, or until 8pm in the winter. There’s one every 5-25 minutes, so you’re spoilt for choice if you want to stop-off at each of the sights. Highlights include the famous Park Güell and of course, the Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Top tip: you may need to wait for a few stops for a seat on the top deck, so try to sit near the stairs so you can grab a vacating seat easily.
By far one of the best things to do in Barcelona, this quirky cathedral is still a work in progress – but don’t let that deter you by any means! One of many works by the unique and talented Antoni Gaudí, this iconic temple presents a true architectural masterpiece. Started in 1880, it’s still being built today. Since they’re regularly adding new bits, there is always something new to see!
Another Gaudí masterpiece, this UNESCO World Heritage Site with its famous roof terrace and Noble Floor are sure to leave you speechless. The modernist façade hides many architectural surprises and insights into the fascinating life of the Batlló family. It’s such an imaginative and creative building that’s full of life, that it’s easy to see why it’s been deemed the crowning architectural achievement of Gaudí’s.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our top picks of the top things to do in Barcelona. We’re just scratching the surface here, there is honestly so much to see and do. And that’s without even mentioning the beach, which we’re sure you’ll be finding yourself on numerous times! Did we miss out any of your favourite hotspots? Let us know in the comments!