Visiting Barcelona - What to See and Do
Quirky and atmospheric, Barcelona is one of Europe's top visitor hotspots. People flock to the sunny Catalonian capital for a host of reasons that combine to account for its title as La Gran Encisera, or 'The Great Enchantress'.
The city boasts stunning Art Nouveau architecture, hallmark edifices by the world famous Gaudi, great beaches and an enviable location on the temperate Mediterranean coast.
It's also an incredibly sociable place that's characterised by superb nightlife and friendly local tapas bars.
Ten things you must do in Barcelona
- Take a guided walking tour of Barcelona; it's one of the best ways to see the city's monuments, fantastic architecture and attractions.
- Explore Antoni Gaudi's famously unfinished La Sagrada Familia with its splendid towers, sculptures and crypt.
- Marvel at the creatures of the deep at L'Aquàrium, one of Barcelona's most popular attractions, complete with marine life from around the world.
- Enjoy lunch and a spot of shopping at Olympic Port (Port Olímpic). Opened to coincide with the 1992 Olympic Games, it's home to many shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
- People watch over coffee on the vibrant Las Ramblas, with its street entertainers, musicians, restaurants and bars.
- Delve into the life of Picasso at the Museu Picasso where you can enjoy a fine selection of works, many donated by the artist himself.
- Escape city life at Parc de la Ciutadella, home to Barcelona Zoo and boasting a small lake and lovely fountain.
- Chill out on Platja de Sant Sebastià, the nearest beach to town, complete with palm trees, lifeguards and children's play areas.
- Take the family to Barcelona Zoo, home to more than 7,000 animals including the only albino gorilla in captivity.
- Admire the architecture and sculptures in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, including the main square, Plaça Catalunya.