Thank you for visiting our popular and recommended guide to Barcelona’s Top Ten Tourist sights. As local residents and guides this is our choice of 10 best sights and the “must-see” top Barcelona attractions.
1 – La Sagrada Familia
Number 1 on Barcelona Top Ten Tourist Attractions list is the fabulous unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi. This unique and unusual construction is Barcelona’s most famous tourist attraction and the most visited, so it’s a must-see attraction.
To see the Sagrada Familia church inside you should plan to spend at least 1 to 2 hours to see it all and maybe go up inside some of the towers. Your ticket to the Sagrada Família is actually a donation to help finish the construction which is privately funded. The temple was designed by famous Catalan architecht Antoni Gaudi over 100 years ago – the foundation stone was laid in 1882, when the surrounding area was mostly fields.
2 – Fonts de Montjuic
The Magic Fountain is a “must see” Barcelona attraction. You have never seen a fountain like this. It really does feel magic to experience the beautiful show of water, light 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 an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually. There are evening water and light shows in the winter on Friday and Saturdays only. In the summer the evening light and music show is open from Thursday to Sunday. Admission is free all year.
3 – Picasso Museum Barcelona
The world’s most famous painter Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in the south of Spain, but lived in his youth in Barcelona with his family from 1895 to 1904. It was here he spent his formative years as an artist and first exhibited. The Picasso Museum is in the Born area of Barcelona and is Barcelona’s most famous museum and a top 10 attraction.
Picasso’s father was an art teacher. The young Pablo Picasso had already started art studies in Malaga, but Barcelona was a major influence on his early years as a struggling painter. Picasso first exhibited his work in Barcelona and considered himself from Barcelona. The Picasso museum in Barcelona does not have the most famous Picasso paintings, but the collection in Barcelona is unique and has 4000 works. You find early sketches and lesser known Picasso’s, which explain and show his development as an artist.
4 – FC Barcelona museum & Camp Nou stadium
Camp Nou Stadium home of Barcelona football team. Buy Tickets Barcelona games. If there are no games during your visit, then book the stadium and museum tour. TICKETS FC Barcelona Camp Nou Experience The Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are among 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 merchandise. Unmissable for Barça fans.
5 – Modernist Park Guell by Gaudi
Parc Guelli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to one of Gaudi’s most artistic works. Parc Guell is a Barcelona top attraction and definite must see. The park is on Carmel hill so seeing this attraction means quite a long and uphill walk if you take the hop-on-hop-off bus or metro station Vallcarca. If you prefer not to walk, then take a taxi to the Park Guell front gate.
The original idea of Park Guell was to build a private and exclusive residential garden village with 60 houses. This business idea of Guell’s didn’t work and after his death in 1923 the park was donated by his family to Barcelona´s city as a public park.
6 – Tibidabo hill
A visit to Tibadabo is a fun thing to do in Barcelona and great for kids. The views of Barcelona are fantastic and there is a small and fun vintage amusement park at the top, which is open in the summer from March to September. You can reach the top of Tibadabo via a vintage Blue Tram which connects to a mountain railway, Or take the bus from the Plaza Catalunya directly to Tibidabo.
The fun-fair is closed in winter, open at weekends in spring and autumn and generally open from Wednesday to Sunday in summer, but check before visiting. The Skywalk where you can enjoy the most beautiful views of Barcelona is free and open all year.
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