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86 things to do and see within Barcelona Metropolitan.

Barcelona is the capital of the Catalan autonomous region of Spain. It is a medium sized city famous for its modernism. Barcelona city has had many periods of growth culturally and in size. Notable were the 1888 World exhibition, 1929 Barcelona Universal Exposition and 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Barcelona is also home to a unique style of modernism architecture pioneered by Antionio Gaudi, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, and many more incredible designers.

In the gothic centre, Barcelona has medieval and roman city buildings and streets. There are some incredible green space parks and gardens to explore.

This page lists all the things you can do and see in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is a long list and is ordered by the number of times people have clicked on that item, I have not chosen the order!

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37 things to do and see in downtown Barcelona medieval centre.

Palau De La Musica Catalana

Palau De La Musica Catalana

UNESCO world heritage site. Modernist 1908 concert hall by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. Visit for concert or guided tour. Famous for glass dome skylight.

Views: 625
Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Town Hall in Plaza Sant Jaume

Town Hall in Plaza Sant Jaume

Neoclassical facade & gothic interior such as the 14th century Great Hall designed by Pere Llobet. Government building closed except on special visiting days.

Views: 618
Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Playing Cards Museum Casa Ardiaca

Playing Cards Museum Casa Ardiaca

Historic playing cards museum. Beautiful interior courtyard & roof terrace open to the public. Building also houses the (private) historical archive of Barcelona.

Views: 605
Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Forest Of Fairies Bar Barcelona

Forest Of Fairies Bar Barcelona

The Fairies enchanted Forest decorated theme bar that serves tapas and drinks.

Views: 597
Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral

Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral

Gothic cathedral built in 1383 at the peek of Catalonia's Maritime and mercantile prominence. Free entry but also offers a guided tour including visit to the rooftop.

Views: 556
Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Barcelona City History Museum

Barcelona City History Museum

Ground floor is a large vault over preserved roman street ruins with extensive artefacts. The museum includes the Temple of Augustus and Plaza del Rei.

Views: 538
Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Arc De Triomf and Paseo Luis I Companys

Arc De Triomf and Paseo Luis I Companys

Designed by Josep Vilaseca as a gateway to a promenade with wrought iron lamp posts leading to the 1888 Universal Exposition in Parc de la Ciutadella.

Views: 523
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Palau Guell castle style house

Palau Guell castle style house

Former Mansion of Eusebi Guell (and now Museum) designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1886 and Recently restored in 2011. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Views: 491
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

La Boqueria Sant Josep Food Market

La Boqueria Sant Josep Food Market

The oldest and most famous food market in Barcelona located in Raval off las Ramblas. Market is surrounded by small tapas bars and restaurants.

Views: 451
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

History Of Catalunya Museum

History Of Catalunya Museum

Former General Warehouses of Commerce - Palau de Mar. Industrial building housing museum documenting stone age to present day with multimedia exhibitions.

Views: 436
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Correos Post Office Barcelona

Correos Post Office Barcelona

Barcelona's main telegraph office designed by Josep Goday i Casals and Jaume Torres i Grauin 1927. Today, a post office with spectacular main customer hall.

Views: 419
Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Miramar to Port Cable Car

Miramar to Port Cable Car

A 1931 cable car that runs from Miramar hotel and gardens to Barceloneta with a mid-point tower at the world trade centre Ferry and cruise ship terminal.

Views: 403
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Parc Cuitadella and Waterfall Monument

Parc Cuitadella and Waterfall Monument

Park with gold topped chariot waterfall monument, built for the 1888 Universal Exposition. Park was built on the site of huge demolished citadel fortress.

Views: 397
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Museu Frederic Mares

Museu Frederic Mares

Private collections donated by Frederic Mares - twentieth century Catalan sculptor & renowned collector. Housed in part of the Palau Reial Major.

Views: 396
Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Plaza Reial Grand square

Plaza Reial Grand square

Grand Plaza built on the site of former monastery in 1835. Known for its nightlife, restaurants and Antoni Gaudi lamp posts.

Views: 395
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Barceloneta Beaches

Barceloneta Beaches

Notable features are W Hotel, Sant Miquel and Barceloneta Beach, numerous chiringuitos (beach bars). These beaches suffer from pickpockets and bag thieves.

Views: 395
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Placa Del Fossar De Les Moreres

Placa Del Fossar De Les Moreres

Former graveyard of Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral & burial site of the fallen from the 1714 siege of Barcelona. Today, a plaza and memorial with eternal flame torch.

Views: 394
Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Chocolate Museum

Chocolate Museum

Chocolate origins in South America, cultivation & arrival in Europe. Mythical & medicinal properties, nutritional values & traditions of chocolate consumption.

Views: 387
Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Catalan Parliament Old Citadel Buildings

Catalan Parliament Old Citadel Buildings

Former Arsenal of the Citadel fortress, one of the few surviving citadel buildings. Not tourist attraction however it is possible to organise an interior visit.

Views: 383
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Three Dragons Castle and Greenhouses

Three Dragons Castle and Greenhouses

Cafe-restaurant by Domenech i Montaner for 1888 universal exhibition along with two green houses. Former natural sciences museum. Closed for refurbishment.

Views: 381
Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Torre Colom Barcelona

Torre Colom Barcelona

built for the 1888 World Exposition, the Columbus Monument has an elevator to a narrow enclosed viewpoint below the crowning statue by sculptor Rafael Atche.

Views: 379
Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Franca Railway Station Barcelona

Franca Railway Station Barcelona

Rebuilt for 1929 International Exhibition by architect Pedro Muguruza with grand concourse. Last remaining Mainline surface railway station in Barcelona.

Views: 375
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Born Cultural Centre

Born Cultural Centre

Exhibition space & archaeological ruins. Designed by architect Antoni Rovira i Trias. Former food market for the wholesale of fruit and vegetables.

Views: 375
Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Liceo Theatre Grand Opera House

Liceo Theatre Grand Opera House

Ornate Grand Opera house dating from 1837, offering guided tours as well as concerts and plays.

Views: 373
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Goleta Karya Barcelona Boat Tours

Goleta Karya Barcelona Boat Tours

A modern but vintage styled sailing vessel constructed in 2008 and providing tourist day trips and evening cruises around the port and costal area of Barcelona.

Views: 373
Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Maritime Museum Barcelona

Maritime Museum Barcelona

Former shipyards of Drassanes that housed up to 30 galleys. Now the maritime museum housing a varied collection from small fishing vessels to a large royal galley.

Views: 372
Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Sant Pere De Les Puelles Church

Sant Pere De Les Puelles Church

10th Century Romanesque Gothic Benedictine monastery. What remains today is the 11th century ground floor church.

Views: 370
Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral

Spectacular gothic cathedral whose current building dates to the 14th Century. The cathedral visit includes access to the secluded cloister and roof terrace.

Views: 368
Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Former Monastery Sant Agusti

Former Monastery Sant Agusti

Former monastery that was taken over to make officers barracks in the citadel and now Ruins and civic centre within a courtyard with a chic cafe bar.

Views: 368
Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Sant Miquel Del Port Church

Sant Miquel Del Port Church

1755 Church in fisherman's village of Barceloneta. Built under the orders of Jaime Miguel de Guzman Davalos y Spinola, 2nd marques of mines and capital.

Views: 366
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Barcelona Roman Wall Remains

Barcelona Roman Wall Remains

The remains of the Roman wall run through plaza Ramon Berenguer III (horse statue) and along Carrer de la Tapineria to Plaza Dels Traginers.

Views: 363
Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Maremagnum Shopping Centre

Maremagnum Shopping Centre

Unique shopping centre opened in 1995, built in the middle of and under jurisdiction of the port of Barcelona allows for Sunday openings of the shops.

Views: 361
Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Sailboat Santa Eulalia

Sailboat Santa Eulalia

Schooner Santa Eulalia built in 1918 is restored and fully functioning sailing boat forming part of the Maritime museum collection.

Views: 358
Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo

Located in Parc Ciutadella. Inaugurated in 1892 and famous for being the home of albino gorilla snowflake till 2003.

Views: 358
Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Sant Caterina Market

Sant Caterina Market

Food market from 1848 with remodelled roof (2005) by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. contains a small display area preserving historic ruins.

Views: 358
Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Las Ramblas and Living Statues

Las Ramblas and Living Statues

Tree lined pedestrian street running between Raval and Gotico neighbourhoods, from Barcelona Port to Plaza Catalunya, Known for its living statues and kiosks.

Views: 356
Updated: May 20, 2020

Our Lady Of Mercy Basilica Barcelona

Our Lady Of Mercy Basilica Barcelona

Baroque-style basilica built 1775 by architect Josep Mas i Dordal. Visits inside are free and the church is highly decorated. Guided visits also on Saturdays.

Views: 341
Updated: Sep 22, 2021

23 things to do and see in Montjuic and Tibidabo Mountains.

Tibidabo via forest path and Observatory

Tibidabo via forest path and Observatory

EASY 3.44Km forestal path route from Barcelona FGC Av. Tibidabo to Tibidabo Church, viewpoint and parc de atraciones via Observatori Fabra.

Views: 797
Updated: Sep 17, 2021

FGC Funicular Vallvidrera and Tibidabo Bus

FGC Funicular Vallvidrera and Tibidabo Bus

1906 mountain railway from the lower station at Peu del Funicular to Vallvidrera village near Tibidabo which is reachable via short 10min bus ride or 30 minute walk.

Views: 649
Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuic Cemetery

Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuic Cemetery

Public display of funeral carriages. Museum dates from 1970, moved in 2012 to its current building, located within the grounds of Montjuic Historic Cemetery.

Views: 541
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Montjuic Gardens

Montjuic Gardens

Scenic romantic gardens with multiple city viewpoints. Early Gardens built for 1929 International Exposition with more recent gardens for 1992 Olympics.

Views: 463
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Tram Blau and Funicular Tibidabo

Tram Blau and Funicular Tibidabo

1901 Tram from Plaza Tibidabo to the lower station of the Funicular de Tibidabo that goes to Tibidabo church and parc de atraciones. Both closed for modernisation.

Views: 460
Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Historic Sensorial Botanical Garden

Historic Sensorial Botanical Garden

A small garden nestled in the hollows of two disused quarry pits situated on the shady side of Montjuic behind MNAC.

Views: 452
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Parc Atracciones Tibidabo

Parc Atracciones Tibidabo

Children's theme and amusement park with a range of modern and vintage fairground rides built within a tree filled enclosure at the peak of the collserola hills.

Views: 423
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC

Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC

Museum of visual art located in The Palau Nacional, built for 1929 world exhibition. Collections include Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern and many more.

Views: 406
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Miramar to Port Cable Car

Miramar to Port Cable Car

A 1931 cable car that runs from Miramar hotel and gardens to Barceloneta with a mid-point tower at the world trade centre Ferry and cruise ship terminal.

Views: 403
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Fabra Observatory

Fabra Observatory

Historic 1904 fully functional observatory by architect Josep Domenech i Estapa. Observatory offers guided visits and summer evening dinner & stargazing.

Views: 402
Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Magic Fountains Venetian Towers and Fira 1

Magic Fountains Venetian Towers and Fira 1

Magic Fountain by Carles Buigas. Venetian towers modelled on the campanile of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. Exhibition halls. All built for 1929 International exhibition.

Views: 398
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Torre Collserola Viewpoint

Torre Collserola Viewpoint

Norman Foster designed Teleco Tower built as a transmission hub for the 1992 Olympic venues. One floor as a spectacular viewpoint open to the public.

Views: 396
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Montjuic Castle Fortress

Montjuic Castle Fortress

1640 Military fortress, former prison and execution site from the civil war. Army Barracks till 2007 when ownership transferred to Barcelona city council.

Views: 396
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Caixa Forum Barcelona

Caixa Forum Barcelona

Art gallery, museum & exhibition space. Former textile factory of entrepreneur Casimir Casaramona. Built 1911 by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Views: 386
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Sacred Heart Of Jesus Temple Tibidabo

Sacred Heart Of Jesus Temple Tibidabo

Modern Minor Basilica with Romanesque fortress crypt from 1911 and neo-Gothic Main church from 1951. viewpoint at the base of the Crowning Jesus statue.

Views: 382
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Poble Espanol Replica Walled Village

Poble Espanol Replica Walled Village

A walled village Built in 1929 for the universal exhibition containing scale reproductions of buildings, squares and streets of different regions of Spain.

Views: 382
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Montjuic Cactus Garden

Montjuic Cactus Garden

The Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens offer a spectacular panoramic view of the city's coastline and port. The garden specialises in low water consumption succulent plants.

Views: 382
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Montjuic Botanical Gardens

Montjuic Botanical Gardens

Modern 1999 open-air botanical gardens. Exhibits from regions with a Mediterranean climate such as Australia, Chile, California, South Africa, Canary Islands.

Views: 381
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Montjuic Funicular and Cable Car

Montjuic Funicular and Cable Car

1928 TMB mountain railway from Metro Paralelo to Montjuic. Gondola cable car from Montjuic station to Montjuic castle.

Views: 380
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Teatre Grec

Teatre Grec

Former quarry converted for 1929 International Exhibition by Ramon Reventos. Used for plays and dance by Festival Grec de Barcelona in summer. Space for yoga classes.

Views: 379
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Museu Olimpic Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch

Museu Olimpic Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch

2007 Museum dedicated to sport & 1992 Olympic games. Museum houses many sports exhibits, old and modern, and has an interactive zone on the lower floor.

Views: 374
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Montjuic Olympic Stadium

Montjuic Olympic Stadium

Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys built by architect Pere Domenech i Roura for the 1929 world Exhibition and extensively remodelled for the 1992 Olympics.

Views: 366
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Palau Sant Jordi

Palau Sant Jordi

By Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and opened in 1990 for the 1992 Olympics as the largest indoor arena in Spain. Today it is predominantly a live concert venue.

Views: 360
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

28 things to do and see in Barcelona city suburbs.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Partially completed, Antoni Gaudi designed, modernist gothic art nouveau cathedral. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Views: 1k
Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Tibidabo via forest path and Observatory

Tibidabo via forest path and Observatory

EASY 3.44Km forestal path route from Barcelona FGC Av. Tibidabo to Tibidabo Church, viewpoint and parc de atraciones via Observatori Fabra.

Views: 797
Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Casa Mila aka La Pedrera Modernist House

Casa Mila aka La Pedrera Modernist House

Casa Mila, Known as La Pedrera (the rock) is a former grand residence (and now museum) commissioned by Pere Mila and designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1906.

Views: 638
Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Recinte Modernista Sant Pau

Recinte Modernista Sant Pau

Museum in a former Grand hospital built in the style of Modernism, designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Views: 576
Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Parc Guell

Parc Guell

UNESCO world Heritage site. 1926 Public park, that was originally commissioned by Eusebi Guell to be a luxury housing estate designed by Antoni Gaudi.

Views: 462
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Collserola Caraterra de Aiguas walk or Cycle

Collserola Caraterra de Aiguas walk or Cycle

A great walking, running and cycling route in the collserola foothills with spectacular views of Barcelona city. Accessible from multiple points in Barcelona City.

Views: 458
Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Carmel Bunkers

Carmel Bunkers

Spectacular viewpoint and night hangout that has the ruins of an anti-aerial bombardment gun battery from the civil war.

Views: 447
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Parc Joan Miro

Parc Joan Miro

Modern Park with children's play area, public library and sculptures that was founded in 1979 on the site of the city's former municipal slaughterhouse.

Views: 444
Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Barcelona Arenas Shopping Centre

Barcelona Arenas Shopping Centre

Bull fighting arena 1900 to 1977, Closed 2000 - 2011 for remodelling to convert it to shopping complex. 360 degree panoramic viewpoint roof terrace.

Views: 415
Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Casa Batllo Modernist House

Casa Batllo Modernist House

Private residence remodelled by Antoni Gaudi in 1904 in style of modernist art nouveau. Famous for bright coloured tiles. First floor & roof open as a museum.

Views: 406
Updated: Sep 15, 2021

La Modelo Former Prison

La Modelo Former Prison

Former prison Opened in 1904 and closed 2017 that was used for political prisoners during the era of Franco is now a museum.

Views: 398
Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Avenida Antonio Gaudi

Avenida Antonio Gaudi

Pedestrian street linking La Sagrada Familia with Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau and decorate with ornate wrought iron lamposts designed by Pere Falques.

Views: 392
Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Sant Gervasi I Bonanova Church

Sant Gervasi I Bonanova Church

1962 Modern church (Architect Josep Danes Torras and later Joaquim Porqueras Baneres) In the style of a roman temple with incredible ceiling and arches.

Views: 382
Updated: Oct 3, 2021

Torre Bellesguard Castle House

Torre Bellesguard Castle House

Private residence, ornate garden, guided house tour. Remodelled by Antoni Guadi, including medieval castle ruins of Martin I the Humane, King of Aragon.

Views: 382
Updated: Oct 3, 2021

CosmoCaixa Science Museum

CosmoCaixa Science Museum

Child friendly science museum located in a vast modern space with 1909 Facade by architect Josep Domenech i Estapa. European Museum of the Year in 2006.

Views: 380
Updated: Oct 3, 2021

Parc Laberint Horta

Parc Laberint Horta

Oldest gardens in Barcelona comprising 18th-century neoclassical, 19th-century romantic and hedge Maze, located on the former estate of the Desvalls family.

Views: 378
Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Gracia Civil War Air Raid Shelter

Gracia Civil War Air Raid Shelter

One of only two surviving air raid shelters from the civil war. Built underground by a co-operative of residents in Gracia Neighbourhood. Guided visits on Sundays.

Views: 377
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Casa Vincens Modernist House

Casa Vincens Modernist House

UNESCO World Heritage Site. 1st house designed by Antoni Gaudi for Manuel Vicens i Montaner as a summer residence. One of the first Art Nouveau buildings.

Views: 373
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Avenida Tibidabo

Avenida Tibidabo

Avenue from Plaza John F Kennedy to foot of the Collserola hills that has many former grand modernist houses. Most are converted to private medical clinics.

Views: 370
Updated: Oct 3, 2021

Plaza Virreina Barcelona

Plaza Virreina Barcelona

Lively plaza with bars and restaurants. Central is the Sant Joan Baptista Romanesque church dating from 1884.

Views: 367
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Tamarita Gardens

Tamarita Gardens

Former manor gardens of wealthy cotton merchant abandoned after the civil war. Opened to public 1995. Features are the ponds, fountains and marble statues.

Views: 362
Updated: Oct 3, 2021

Placa Vila De Gracia Barcelona

Placa Vila De Gracia Barcelona

Lively plaza with bars and restaurants. Central is a 33-metre bell tower, built by Antoni Rovira i Trias in 1864. Blue facade town hall by Francesc Berenguer in 1904.

Views: 340
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Sants Food Market

Sants Food Market

Mercado de Sants is a beautiful, recently refurbished, large, modernist, brick, cathedral like, food market dating from 1913.

Views: 333
Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Port Forum and Parc Litoral

Port Forum and Parc Litoral

A 1992 Olympic port with secret beach nearby that has views of the futuristic power plant behind.

Views: 329
Updated: Jan 4, 2021

Pedralbes Monastery Museum

Pedralbes Monastery Museum

Former monastery Founded by King James II of Aragon in 1326. 3 tier courtyard garden and preserved rooms such as the kitchens, dining hall, basement and Church.

Views: 304
Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Parc De Cervantes Rose Garden

Parc De Cervantes Rose Garden

Public rose garden with over 2000 flowering rose bushes and 27 spiecies of trees. Best time to visit is May to July when Roses are in full flower.

Views: 287
Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Pedralbes Gardens

Pedralbes Gardens

French and English styled majestic Gardens of former royal palace with fountains, ponds, tree lined boulevards, statues and sculptures.

Views: 259
Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Maternitat Gardens

Maternitat Gardens

The gardens are a space for enjoying the tranquil ambience of a health-care complex built at the end of the 19th century.

Views: 239
Updated: Oct 13, 2021

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