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Camp Nou

The home of FC Barcelona is a must visit for any football fan. Visitors can discover the history of the club and attend a stadium tour with the Camp Nou Experience.

Sagrada Familia

Gaudí’s genius shines through in his most famous work; la Sagrada Familia. Currently unfinished, visitors can marvel at the exuberant façade, the recently completed interiors and climb one of the towers for views over the city.

Casa Batlló/La Pedredra

Gaudí’s residential buildings were no less extravagant than his larger projects. Casa Batlló, on Passeig de Gràcia was remodeled by Gaudí at the beginning of the twentieth century and reflects his passion for the natural world. La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà, is found a few blocks away on the same street and was designed by Gaudí after completing Casa Batlló. The undulating façade is reminiscent of a stone quarry (hence its nickname) and visitors can marvel at the Modernist interiors and rooftop on their tour.

Park Güell

Originally conceived as a type of gated community for the Catalan upper classes, Park Güell was designed but Gaudí at the end of the 19th Century at the charge of Catalan business man Eusebio Güell. From the 60 planned housed only two were built but the impressive design of the gardens remain a top attraction for visitors from all over the world. Be sure to book tickets online for your visit.

Gothic Quarter

The centre of the city is now known as the Gothic Quarter and has been inhabited since Roman times. This neighbourhood is home to the Cathedral, the old Jewish quarter, the Town hall, and many medieval churches and landmarks. The ideal way to explore is to lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets to soak in the history and architecture of this ancient neighbourhood. Be sure to also visit the remains of the original Roman wall, still standing after 2000 years.

El Born

Commonly known as ‘El Born’ the official name of the neighbourhood is La Ribera. Located just to the south of the Gothic Quarter it can often feel like a continuation, although it has many sights and curiosities of its own. In the centre of the neighbourhood stands Santa María del Mar, often considered the area’s very own Cathedral. Built between 1329 and 1384 it is an outstanding example of medieval gothic architecture and guided tours can be arranged. El Born is also home to the Picasso Museum, housing a permanent collection of Picasso’s work as well as temporary exhibitions. The neighbourhood is also now home to many independent fashion boutiques and stylish bars. 

La Boqueria Market

Discover the incredible local products that go into one of the most popular cuisines on the planet at La Boqueria Market. Its origins lie in the open air markets held on the area outside the city walls, now La Rambla in the 13th Century. The wrought iron market we know today was finished at the beginning of the 20th Century and the market continues to be an important gastronomic centre for the whole city. Why not pick up some local produce and then sample some Catalan cuisine at one of the many market bars? 

Beaches

Barcelona is home to more than 4.5km of beaches and in the summer many take advantage of not having to leave the city to spend a day at the seaside. Why not try beach volleyball or paddle surfing? The beaches are also home to restaurants and bars perfect for a relaxing meal or drink overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Tibidabo

Tibidabo mountain which overlooks the city not only offers incredible views but also an interesting visit. Take the century old tramvia azul to the top of the mountain and visit the Temple of the Sacred Heart was just a hermitage until at the beginning of the 20th Century a more imposing temple was constructed. Tibidabo is also home to the Tibidabo Amusement Park, the oldest in Spain with its famous ferris wheel and attractions for the whole family.

Montjüic

Once home to the Jewish cemetery (hence the name ‘Jewish mountain’) Montjüic has become known as the green lung of Barcelona, with museums and parks to delight the whole family. Home to the Fundació Joan Miró, CaixaForum, National Art museum, among others, Montjüic is a cultural area as well as offering some of the most stunning views of the city. The area is also home to many installations of the 1992 Olympic Games and the castle which looks out over the port and city below.