Barcelona's Top 20
Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
Carrer de la Marina, 253, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
The art nouveau buildings of Antoni Gaudí, the 19th-century architect whose works are some of Barcelona’s most iconic sights, can be seen throughout Catalonia, but Barcelona has the best examples of his genius at work. Former...
Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
One of Barcelona's most exclusive streets, Passeig de Gràcia is home to modernista masterpieces like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló as well as the massive luxury storefronts of brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Mandarina Duck, and...
Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
This modern white-cement-and-glass building designed by Richard Meier houses art by Spanish, Catalan, and international artists, particularly from South America and Eastern Europe. Check out abstracts from the 1950s and European pop and...
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373 - 385, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Originally an early-20th-century bullfighting ring, the building fell into disuse after the final bout in 1977 and was converted into a shopping mall in 2010. Take the elevator or escalators to the rooftop terrace restaurants—the...
La Rambla, 65, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Amble down La Rambla, stopping to admire fresh flowers, original artwork, and Barcelona souvenirs at your leisure. Watch living statues come to life when you drop a euro in their cups—most will pose with passersby, for a price, of course....
Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Start at the top with sweeping views of the Catalan capital from Montjuïc Castle and the Olympic Park (Paseo Olímpico, 17-19). Then, learn about everything Miró at Fundaciò Miró before you widen your horizons at the Museu Nacional d’Art de...
La Rambla, 99, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Plaça Comercial, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Inside this 1876 market, you can see the footprint of 18th century Barcelona and read about what life was like before the city’s siege during the War of Spanish Succession. The airy iron and glass market, modeled on Parisian architecture is the...
3, Placeta de Manuel Ribé, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Before they were forcibly expelled from Barcelona in 1391, most of the city’s Jewish residents lived in El Call, a maze of narrow streets between the Cathedral and Plaça Jaume. Gain insight into the Jewish Quarter’s history at the Centre d’...
Plaça Portal de la pau, s/n, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Constructed for the 1888 Universal Exposition, the Columbus Monument (Mirador de Colom) reminds locals and visitors alike that Spain’s Catholic monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand received Columbus in Barcelona after his first trip to the Americas. A...
Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
“One of the biggest parks in Barcelona, Parc de la Cuitadella is situated near the port and for years was one of the city’s only green spaces. Today it is home to a zoo, a lake, a lovely fountain, as well as a few museums. This is also the home of...
La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain
The city’s old fishing quarter, Barceloneta, is a warren of narrow residential streets dotted with classic family-owned seafood restaurants. The neighborhood is charming, if a bit scruffy, but its biggest asset is its proximity to Barcelona...
Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
One of the best places to wander in Barcelona is the city's charming Gothic Quarter, right off the famous La Rambla. A highlight is the area's beautiful Gothic cathedral, one of the few interesting buildings in the city that was not designed by...
Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
The oldest garden in the city, the Laberint d’Horta was once the property of the Marquise Desvalls. Explore lush green spaces in search of striking statuary and plant life, then find love—in the figure of Cupid at the center of the neoclassical...
Carrer de l'Hospital, 23, 08770 Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Barcelona, Spain
Less than an hour from Barcelona’s city center, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the perfect day trip for wine aficionados, particularly fans of cava, the sparkling wine from Catalonia. Tour the grounds at multinational operations like Cordoníu and...
08199 Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain
Spend a day away from Barcelona’s hustle and bustle hiking Montserrat’s trails, with a stop for a traditional coca d’ou (a sweet egg pastry) to be savored along with the breathtaking views. Back at the monastery, pay your respects to the famous...
C. d'Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Imagine the crowds cheering on the home team at the Football Club Barcelona’s stadium, check out a space dedicated to Argentinean superstar Leo Messi, admire the Club’s many trophies, your favorite players’ jerseys, and learn about the history of...
08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Don't forget to stray from the secluded and upscale beach of Sitges to wander its cobblestone streets for small moments of joy like looking up at these vibrant flowers dangling overhead, ready to drop, in one-of-a-kind Spanish ceramic pots.
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