The best Barcelona for tourists bucket list is a complete must-do table of attractions that a local person would recommend. If you’re planning to visit Barcelona, there are plenty of attractions and experiences that you shouldn’t miss. Here’s an ultimate bucket list of some of the best things to do and see in Barcelona. 

Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world. As a local, I can say it was probably absolutely the best to live and to visit during the 90’s and the first 2000`s. Nowadays, it can be a bit crowded and kind of challenging in terms of prices. It may seem too spoiled since there have grown too many tourist services that reduce the authenticity of the local vibe. And mass tourism brings some scams and some small crimes as well. Nevertheless, Barcelona is still one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a wonderful Mediterranean open museum combining ancient landmarks and precious art with cosmopolitan modernity. 

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Ciutat Vella – Barri Gòtic 

This is the Gothic Quarter, the historic heart of Barcelona. Once upon a time, when I was a kid, this neighborhood was not as touristy as today. It could even be kind of dangerous. There was dirt and decadence. Currently, wandering through narrow streets and discovering its charming squares is one of the best things you can do in Barcelona. Barri Gòtic is full of history and provides everything you need for a very enjoyable visit.  

Barcelona Cathedral 

The Barcelona Cathedral is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. We have to warn that its marvelous façade is not properly gothic but it is still very beautiful. Admire its intricate details and climb to the rooftop for panoramic views is always a good plan in Barcelona. 

Façade and tourists of Barcelona Cathedral

Plaça Sant Jaume

Plaça Sant Jaume is in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. This is the place where you’ll find the City Hall and the Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia at the same time. It’s a vibrant square with historical significance and the main center of the Catalan politics.

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Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial is a charming square adorned with palm trees, lampposts designed by Gaudí, and lively restaurants and bars. It’s a great place to relax and people-watch. In the evenings is a vivid place for drinks where to collect some adventures.

Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA)

The history museum of Barcelona is MUHBA. You can find it in the Gothic Quarter. You will be able to explore the underground archaeological site to learn about the city’s Roman past and visit the permanent collections to improve your knowledge of the city.

Plaça del Rei

Plaça del Rei is a medieval square that houses the Palau Reial Major (Royal Major Palace). Here you will dive into the history of the city and you will spot the oldest buildings in town including those where the King of Aragon and the Queen of Castilla welcomed Christopher Columbus when he came back from his first trip in America.

King Martin Tower in Barcelona

Santa Maria del Pi

Santa Maria del Pi is one of the cutest Gothic churches in the world. It is known for its beautiful rose window and impressive interior. In the church, you can attend music concerts and some other culturals events.

Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

You will be able to experience the quiet and serene atmosphere of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, a hidden square with a tragic history. On the church façace the scars left by a bombing during the Spanish Civil War are still visible. Click here for more about Sant Felip Neri Square!

El Call

El Call is the Jewish Quarter of Barcelona. It is not a place is a small neighborhood. Walk through its narrow streets, visit the Museum of the History of Barcelona to learn about its Jewish heritage, and get one more surprise every corner. You can find in El Call local authentic taverns, cute boutiques and cosy tea shops.

Plaça Nova

Plaça Nova is a square near the Cathedral of Barcelona, which showcases remnants of the ancient Roman walls of Barcino, the Roman city that preceded Barcelona. It is worth to go early morning since it is usually very crowded.

Els Quatre Gats

Els Quatre Gats is my very favorite among the historic bars. This is a famous café that was a gathering place for artists and intellectuals. Enjoy a meal or a drink in this iconic establishment and get involved by the ancient intellectual vibe.

Els quatre gats, classic restaurant and bar in Barcelona

Casa de l’Ardiaca

Discover Casa de l’Ardiaca, a historic building with a beautiful courtyard. It houses the Archive of the Crown of Aragon and is a hidden gem in the Gothic Quarter. Maybe you are not interested in history but just take a look at the mailbox on the façade. You won’t regret it!

La Rambla

La Rambla is the best for a leisurely stroll. Nevertheless, this is one of Barcelona’s most famous streets and therefore its terraces can be very expensive and its shops a bit tricky. This is as well a famous boulevard for street performers. La Rambla is definitely the best place to experience the colors and flavors of Barcelona but you have to be careful with its services and watch your belongings.

La Rambla de Barcelona 2023

El Raval

El Raval is a neighborhood in the Ciutat Vella. It is a diverse and dynamic area known for its multicultural atmosphere, vibrant street life, and artistic character. El Raval has undergone significant transformation in recent years and has become an emblem of Barcelona’s urban renewal.

El Raval has a complex history and was traditionally considered a working-class neighborhood. Over time, it has evolved into a melting pot of cultures, attracting immigrants from various countries. This diversity is reflected in the neighborhood’s vibrant street life, eclectic mix of shops, and international cuisine.

While El Raval has seen significant improvements in recent years, it still faces social challenges, and certain areas retain a rough-around-the-edges character. However, efforts have been made to enhance the neighborhood’s safety and livability, and it continues to evolve as a vibrant and diverse part of Barcelona.


Start your journey at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Explore the museum’s collection of contemporary art, participate in workshops, or simply enjoy the striking architecture of the building.

La Boqueria Market

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of La Boqueria Market. Browse through the colorful stalls, sample fresh produce, and indulge in local delicacies. It’s a feast for the senses.

Palau Güell

Visit Palau Güell, a mansion designed by Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its unique architectural features, such as the intricate ironwork and rooftop chimneys. Take a guided tour to explore the stunning interior.

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)

Discover contemporary culture at the CCCB. The center hosts exhibitions, film screenings, and performances that reflect the city’s diverse artistic scene.

Carrer de Joaquín Costa

Take a stroll along Carrer de Joaquín Costa, a vibrant street in El Raval. It’s known for its trendy bars, art galleries, and alternative shops. Explore the local scene and soak in the urban atmosphere.

Sant Pau del Camp

Visit the Romanesque church of Sant Pau del Camp. Step inside to admire its ancient architecture and tranquil cloister. It’s a hidden gem in the midst of the bustling neighborhood.

Rambla del Raval

Explore the Rambla del Raval, a tree-lined boulevard that is home to sculptures by artist Fernando Botero. Relax in the terraces of the cafés or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants.

Maritime Museum of Barcelona

Learn about the maritime history of Barcelona at the Maritime Museum. Explore the exhibits, including model ships, navigational instruments, and artifacts from seafaring expeditions.

Carrer del Carme

Discover Carrer del Carme, a lively street in El Raval filled with trendy shops, vintage boutiques, and quirky cafes. It’s a great place for shopping and exploring the local fashion scene.

Palau Moja

Visit Palau Moja, a 15th-century palace that now serves as a cultural center. Discover interactive exhibits that showcase Catalan traditions, history, and innovations.


Eixample is one of the most iconic and vibrant areas of Barcelona. Its name, which means “extension” in Catalan, reflects its history as an expansion of the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Eixample is known for its unique urban planning by Ildefons Cerdà, a Catalan urban planner, who aimed to create a modern and organized district. The neighborhood is divided into two parts: Eixample Esquerra (Left Eixample) and Eixample Dreta (Right Eixample), with the famous Passeig de Gràcia acting as the boundary between them. One of the defining features of Eixample is its striking architecture. The neighborhood is full of modernist buildings and random art Art Nouveau on its landmarks.

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is one the most surreal and imaginative works of Antoni Gaudí. The façade is adorned with colorful tiles, and the interior showcases Gaudí’s attention to detail. To get into is very expensive and annoying because of the long lines. The most interesting part of it is the façade.

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Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia is one of Barcelona’s most upscale and stylish boulevards. Marvel at the modernist buildings and high-end shops. It used to be the street of and for the wealthy people. Nowadays is a promenade for everybody. It is very popular but still enjoyable to walk back and forth in a nice weather day.

Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Casa Milà is a Gaudí masterpiece. This building is known for its undulating façade and unique rooftop. It applies for Casa Milà the same as for Casa Batlló. You could visit it and pay the ticket and make the line. I would suggest just to take a look to the façade and enjoy the magnificient shapes that Antonio Gaudí designed to the purpose of impressing you.

Casa Amatller

Casa Amatller is one of the gems in Passeig de Gràcia promenade. The building is a stunning example of Catalan modernism and offers guided tours of its interior. It was one of the most celeable works of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, a brilliant architect always in the shadow of Gaudí.

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Casa Lleó i Morera

Casa Lleó i Morera is one more of the remarkable modernist buildings in Passeig de Gràcia. Its façade is adorned with intricate details and sculptures. It is a work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, a genius with several of his works in the World Heritage list by UNESCO

Hospital de Sant Pau

Hospital de Sant Pau is currently a visitable UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modernist complex is a work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner and features beautiful architecture and tranquil gardens. During many years it was closed to visits but now is open again for visitors. The complex is an excellent example of the early modernity of the social care in Barcelona. Very interesting for art and science lovers.

Mercat de la Concepció

Mercat de la Concepció is a lively market where you can find fresh produce, flowers, and local delicacies. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and indulge in some local flavors. As many other markets in Barcelona, the local vibe there is very enjoyable if you have some time to wander around.

Casa de les Punxes

Casa de les Punxes is a striking castle-like building designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Currently, this building belongs to Diputació de Barcelona, the province goverment. That means this building is only visitable in especial days. At least, you will be able to spot the sharp roofs from the distance.

Plaça Catalunya

The bustling Plaça Catalunya is Barcelona’s central square. It’s a hub of activity, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and important landmarks. Probably, it was more famous in the past than it is today, since nowadays Barcelona has more than one and unique center. Nevertheless, is a clear example of good balance in between modernity and open social spaces.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is probably the most famous icon in Barcelona. Start your visit with this iconic masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí. The breathtaking basilica is still under construction but is a must-visit for its intricate architecture. Soon they will finish the works but part of the magic has been the never ending work in progress.

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Barri de Gràcia

Barri de Gràcia is a vibrant neighborhood characterized by its narrow, winding streets, lined with colorful buildings adorned with intricate facades and balconies. It has managed to retain its distinct identity and escape the modernization that has transformed other parts of the city. The area is home to numerous small squares, where locals gather to enjoy a cup of coffee or relax in the shade of trees. Barri de Gràcia is also known for its lively nightlife, with a wide range of bars, restaurants, and clubs that cater to different tastes and preferences. The neighborhood hosts various festivals throughout the year, including the famous Festa Major de Gràcia, where the streets come alive with elaborate decorations and festive activities.

Park Güell

Explore Park Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Barcelona’s most iconic attractions. Designed by Antoni Gaudí, it features whimsical architecture, colorful mosaics, and beautiful gardens. Book your tickets in advance to ensure entry.

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Casa Vicenç

Casa Vicenç is an early masterpiece by architect Antoni Gaudí. Built between 1883 and 1888, it showcases his distinctive style with intricate details, vibrant colors, and a fusion of natural forms. The building’s façade features ceramic tiles and ornamental elements inspired by nature.

Sants-Montjuïc district 

Sants-Montjuïc is my district, so it’s difficult for me to be completely objective in my opinions. I would describe the area as having a historical background rooted in ancient villages that were forcibly incorporated into Barcelona. It was once considered somewhat of a suburb. The district consisted traditionally of a diverse population, with half being working-class individuals and the other half being a blend of gypsies and immigrants.

Nowadays is in the very center of the city. It has been rebuilt to something modern and well-connected and it has many assets for tourist still keeping its lovely essence.

Montjuïc Hill

Montjuïc is a green lung where to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Explore the Montjuïc Castle, visit the Magic Fountain, and discover the beautiful Montjuïc Gardens. It is still very popular among locals to stroll or making some sport. You may need time but it is a very beautiful city with some surprises and hidden details.

National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC)

You can discover the rich Catalan art and culture at this impressive museum housed in the Palau Nacional. The collection of MNAC spans from the Romanesque period to modern art. The location is perfect to enjoy the buildings around and the views from the top. Very much worthy.

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Montjuïc Castle

Montjuïc Castle is a historic fortress perched on top of the hill. Enjoy panoramic views of Barcelona and learn about the castle’s fascinating history. The walls of the castle are still there and you can get an idea about how it was when it was operative.

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

The Magic fountain is great for kids and adults. Witness the spectacular light and music show when the Magic Fountain comes alive with colorful displays in sync with the music, creating a mesmerizing experience. The show is free.

Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol is open-air museum showcases replicas of buildings from various regions of Spain. It is a perfect way to catch an idea about the diversity of Spain. The museum is a romantic project opened in 1929 based on an idea of Puig i Cadafalch. It has had its golden period already but still resist as a referent.

Montjuïc Olympic Stadium

This is the iconic stadium that hosted the 1992 Olympic Games. It was renamed as Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium because of political reasons but nobody call it that way. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of the games and explore the stadium’s facilities.

Montjuïc Cable Car

Ride the Montjuïc Cable Car to enjoy breathtaking aerial views as you ascend or descend the hill. More than a public transport this is a scenic way to reach the top or bottom of Montjuïc.

Montjuïc funicular in Barcelona

Joan Miró Foundation

Art enthusiasts should not miss the Joan Miró Foundation, dedicated to the works of the famous Catalan artist, Joan Miró. Explore the extensive collection of his paintings, sculptures, and ceramics.

Montjuïc Cemetery

Take a peaceful stroll through the Montjuïc Cemetery, known for its beautiful sculptures, mausoleums, and panoramic views of the city. It’s a serene and reflective spot.

Montjuïc Cemetery Funerary Carriage Museum

Explore the museum dedicated to funeral carriages and learn about the history and traditions of funerals in Barcelona. This is just at the Montjuïc Cemetery.

Montjuïc Botanical Garden 

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the serene Montjuïc Botanical Garden. Enjoy a variety of plant species, tranquil paths, and panoramic views of Barcelona.

CaixaForum Barcelona

This cultural center housed in a former textile factory is a cultural reference in town. CaixaForum Barcelona hosts a variety of temporary art exhibitions, cultural events, and educational activities. Everything used to be free. Not anymore, but fees are reasonable and the quality is high.

Mirador de l’Alcalde

Enjoy stunning views of Barcelona from the Mirador de l’Alcalde viewpoint. It’s a great spot to capture panoramic photos of the cityscape.

Parc de l’Espanya Industrial

Take a leisurely walk in this park, which features beautiful gardens, ponds, and open spaces. Parc de l’Espanya Industrial is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

La Caseta del Migdia

Visit this hidden gem located on the slopes of Montjuïc. La Caseta del Migdia is a small bar with a terrace that offers stunning panoramic views of Barcelona.

Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia

Discover the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia, located in Montjuïc Park. Explore the exhibits that showcase the rich archaeological history of Catalonia, from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.

Poble Sec

On the slopes of Montjuïc hill is Poble Sec, just southwest of the city center. Poble Sec is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood with a rich cultural heritage and a lively atmosphere. The name “Poble Sec” translates to “Dry Village” in Catalan, referring to the fact that the area historically had fewer water sources compared to other parts of Barcelona. Today, however, Poble Sec is known for its lively streets, bustling squares, and thriving arts scene.

Poble Sec is home to many theaters, performance venues, and cabarets, making it a hub for performing arts in Barcelona. The neighborhood hosts a variety of shows, including theater productions, dance performances, and live music events. The neighborhood is also known for its culinary offerings.

Carrer de Blai

Indulge in the local gastronomy on Carrer de Blai, a bustling street famous for its pintxos bars. Sample a variety of delicious bite-sized snacks and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

El Molino

Experience the vibrant nightlife at El Molino, a historic theater known for its cabaret shows. Enjoy an evening of music, dance, and entertainment in this iconic venue.

Mercat de Sant Antoni

Visit the newly renovated Mercat de Sant Antoni, a local market that offers a variety of fresh produce, meats, and seafood. Explore the market and soak in the authentic atmosphere.

Teatre Lliure

Catch a performance at the Teatre Lliure, a renowned theater that showcases a diverse range of productions, including theater, dance, and music. Check their schedule for upcoming shows.

Carrer de Blasco de Garay

Explore Carrer de Blasco de Garay, a charming street lined with small shops, cafes, and art galleries. Discover local artisans and browse through unique crafts and design.

Sala Apolo

Experience the vibrant music scene at Sala Apolo, a popular concert venue that hosts a variety of live performances, DJ sets, and club nights. Dance the night away in this iconic venue.

El Sortidor Square

Relax in El Sortidor Square, a charming plaza in Poble Sec. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, sip a coffee at a café terrace, or simply take in the surroundings.

Parc de les Tres Xemeneies

Take a stroll through Parc de les Tres Xemeneies, a park named after its three iconic chimneys. Enjoy the sculptures, skate park, and green spaces in this urban oasis.

Les Corts

Camp Nou Stadium

Start your visit at Camp Nou, the iconic stadium of FC Barcelona. Take a guided tour of the stadium to learn about the club’s history, visit the museum, and step onto the pitch. If there’s a match happening, consider attending to experience the electric atmosphere of a Barcelona football game.

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L’Illa Diagonal

Shop ’til you drop at L’Illa Diagonal, a modern shopping mall in Les Corts. Browse through a wide range of international and local fashion brands, enjoy delicious dining options, and take a break at one of its rooftop terraces.

Mercat de Les Corts

Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere by visiting Mercat de Les Corts, a traditional neighborhood market. Explore the stalls filled with fresh produce, meats, seafood, and local delicacies.

La Barceloneta and the Maritime Front

La Barceloneta is a neighborhood adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea. It has a rich history and is known for its maritime character and beach culture. Originally built in the 18th century as a fishermen’s district, La Barceloneta’s layout reflects its origins with narrow streets designed to accommodate the fishing community. The neighborhood has a unique architectural style characterized by small, colorful buildings that line the streets.

One of the main attractions of La Barceloneta is its beach, which stretches for approximately 1.2 kilometers along the coastline. The beach is a popular destination for both locals and tourists, offering a vibrant atmosphere and various amenities such as restaurants, beach bars, and water sports facilities. It is a great place to relax, sunbathe, or take a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean waters.

La Barceloneta has undergone significant transformation over the years, especially leading up to the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona. The neighborhood was revitalized and modernized to accommodate the influx of visitors. Today, it blends its traditional maritime charm with modern developments, making it a vibrant and sought-after area in Barcelona.

Barceloneta Beach

Start your visit by enjoying the sandy shores of Barceloneta Beach. Soak up the sun, take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, or simply relax and people-watch from one of the beachfront bars.

Port Vell

Explore Port Vell, the historic harbor of Barcelona. Take a leisurely walk along the promenade, admire the luxury yachts, and enjoy the views of the sea.

Port Vell de Barcelona

Barceloneta Market

Visit the lively Barceloneta Market, where you can find fresh seafood, local produce, and a variety of gastronomic delights. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and sample some of the local flavors.

Nova Icaria Beach

Nova Icaria Beach is in an excellent location, adjacent to Barceloneta Beach. It offers a more relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere, with plenty of amenities and water sports activities.

Passeig Joan de Borbó

Wander along Passeig Joan de Borbó, a lively street lined with seafood restaurants and bars. It’s a great place to savor delicious paella, fresh seafood, and other local specialties.

Sant Sebastià Beach

Venture to Sant Sebastià Beach, one of Barcelona’s oldest and most traditional beaches. It’s known for its golden sand and crystal-clear waters, and it’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

Olympic Port

The Olympic Port was built for the 1992 Olympic Games. Explore the marina, admire the impressive sculptures, and enjoy the wide selection of waterfront restaurants and bars. Perfect for being in your 20’s, meet people and having fun.

El Peix d’Or

You can admire the iconic golden fish sculpture, El Peix d’Or (The Golden Fish), designed by architect Frank Gehry. It’s a symbol of the Olympic Port and a stunning sight against the backdrop of the sea.

Casino Barcelona

For those feeling lucky, visit the Casino Barcelona. Test your skills at the gaming tables, enjoy live entertainment, or dine in one of the elegant restaurants. It is more than a Casino, this is rather a a cool place to spend money when you have a lot.

El Born

El Born is a neighborhood in Ciutat Vella district. It is known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and vibrant atmosphere. One of the main attractions of El Born is its medieval architecture. Walking through its narrow, winding streets, visitors can admire the well-preserved buildings and the Gothic-style Santa Maria del Mar church, which is one of the neighborhood’s most iconic landmarks. The area’s historical significance is evident in its architecture, and it provides a glimpse into Barcelona’s past.

El Born is also recognized for its artistic and cultural scene. The neighborhood is home to numerous art galleries, museums, and cultural centers. The Picasso Museum, located in El Born, showcases the works of the renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, providing insight into his early years and artistic development. The area is also known for its independent boutiques, trendy shops, and unique craft stores, making it a haven for fashion and design enthusiasts.

El Born is famous for its lively nightlife and entertainment options. The neighborhood is dotted with trendy bars, cozy cafés, and stylish restaurants offering a diverse range of cuisine. In the evenings, the streets come alive with people enjoying tapas, drinks, and live music, creating a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.

Picasso Museum

Art lovers should visit the Picasso Museum, which houses an extensive collection of works by the famous Spanish artist, showcasing his early years and development. Visitors can admire the museum’s extensive collection of his works, including early sketches and paintings.

Santa Maria del Mar

Marvel at the stunning Gothic architecture of Santa Maria del Mar, a magnificent basilica that dates back to the 14th century. Step inside to admire its grand interior and peaceful atmosphere.

Passeig del Born

Stroll along Passeig del Born, the main street of El Born. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, boutique shops, and trendy cafés lining the street. It’s a great place for shopping and people-watching.

Mercat de Santa Caterina

Experience the local market culture at Mercat de Sant Caterina. Browse through the stalls selling fresh produce, local delicacies, and handmade crafts. Don’t miss the striking mosaic roof of the market.

Santa Caterina

El Born Centre Cultural

Visit the El Born Centre Cultural, housed in a former market building. It offers an archaeological site that showcases the remains of the medieval city of Barcelona.

Palau de la Música Catalana

This is a marvel at the stunning modernist architecture of this concert hall. Palau de la Música Catalana has a deep meaning for locals in terms of art, identity and politics. You can have more information about Palau de la Musica Catalana on our article about What to do on a rainy day in Barcelona.

Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

Parc de la Ciutadella

Escape the bustling city and relax in Parc de la Ciutadella, a beautiful park with lush greenery, a boating lake, and the iconic Cascada Monumental. Enjoy a picnic or take a leisurely stroll.

Chocolate Museum

Indulge your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Museum (Museu de la Xocolata). Learn about the history of chocolate, see impressive chocolate sculptures, and sample delicious treats.

Mercat del Born

Discover the ruins of the Mercat del Born, an ancient marketplace that has been transformed into an underground cultural center. Explore the archaeological site and learn about the city’s history.

Basilica de Sant Pere de les Puelles

Basilica de Sant Pere de les Puelles is a charming Romanesque church with a tranquil courtyard. Admire its beautiful architectural details and serene atmosphere.

Carrer de Montcada

Wander along Carrer de Montcada, a picturesque street lined with medieval mansions that now house museums and art galleries. It’s a great place to appreciate the architecture and cultural heritage of the area.

Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM)

Visit the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, which showcases contemporary figurative art. Admire the collection of paintings and sculptures by emerging and established artists.

Pedralbes and the upper part of Barcelona

Pedralbes is a neighborhood in the northwest part of Barcelona. It has exclusive residential areas and serene atmosphere. Pedralbes is considered one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Barcelona and is characterized by its luxurious villas, spacious gardens, and tree-lined streets.

Pedralbes attracts affluent residents and expatriates who seek a peaceful and luxurious lifestyle. The neighborhood’s exclusivity is further enhanced by its private clubs, upscale boutiques, and gourmet restaurants.

Pedralbes Monastery

Begin your visit at the Monastery of Pedralbes, a stunning Gothic-style complex founded in the 14th century. Explore the cloister, chapel, and museum, which houses a collection of religious art.

Exterior of Pedralbes

Gaudí’s Bellesguard

Torre Bellesguard is one of the lesser-known works of Antoni Gaudí. This unique house blends Gothic and modernist styles and offers panoramic views of Barcelona from its terrace.

Güell Pavilions

Explore the Güell Pavilions, designed by Gaudí as part of the Güell Estate. These charming buildings showcase Gaudí’s distinctive architectural style and are surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Palau Reial de Pedralbes

Marvel at the grandeur of the Royal Palace of Pedralbes. This former royal residence features beautiful gardens, fountains, and an impressive collection of decorative arts.

Parc de Pedralbes

Take a leisurely stroll through Parc de Pedralbes, a peaceful and picturesque park. Enjoy the lush greenery, sculptures, and the beautiful Fountain of the Three Graces.

Real Club de Tenis Barcelona

If you’re a tennis enthusiast, catch a match or visit the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. This prestigious tennis club has hosted international tournaments and boasts excellent facilities.

Pedralbes Centre

Enjoy a shopping spree at Pedralbes Centre, a modern shopping mall located in the heart of Pedralbes. Explore a wide range of boutiques, international brands, and gourmet food shops.


Engage in interactive scientific exhibits at CosmoCaixa, a science museum housed in a former Modernist building. Learn about various scientific phenomena, explore the planetarium, and enjoy hands-on experiments.

Casa Roviralta

Admire the modernist architecture of Casa Roviralta, designed by Joan Rubió i Bellver. This residential building showcases unique decorative elements and is a fine example of early 20th-century Catalan architecture.

La Sagrera

La Sagrera neighborhood in Barcelona is a vibrant and evolving area known for its mix of residential, commercial, and cultural spaces. It offers a diverse range of amenities and attractions. It boasts a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, providing residents and visitors with a vibrant urban experience.

The neighborhood also benefits from its proximity to several green spaces, including parks and gardens, offering opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Additionally, La Sagrera neighborhood benefits from improved transportation connections, thanks to the renovation of Estació de la Sagrera.

Passeig de Maragall

Take a leisurely stroll along Passeig de Maragall, the main street in La Sagrera. Discover local shops, cafes, and restaurants, and experience the authentic neighborhood vibe.

Parc de la Pegaso

Enjoy some greenery and relaxation at Parc de la Pegaso. This park offers open spaces, playgrounds, and picnic areas, perfect for a peaceful break.

Torre Agbar

While not directly in La Sagrera, the iconic Torre Agbar is located nearby in the neighboring neighborhood of Glòries. Take a short trip to admire the unique architecture and stunning nighttime light shows.

Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona

Discover the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona (Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona), located nearby in the Forum Park. Explore its exhibits on paleontology, zoology, geology, and more.

Plaça Massadas

Plaça Massadas is a bustling public square located in the heart of La Sagrera neighborhood in Barcelona. It serves as a vibrant gathering place for locals and visitors alike, offering a lively and dynamic atmosphere. The square features open spaces, benches, and green areas, providing a welcoming environment for relaxation and social interaction. Plaça Massadas is often filled with people enjoying the outdoors, engaging in conversations, or simply taking in the surroundings. It serves as a hub for community events and activities, hosting cultural festivals, markets, and performances throughout the year.

Cultural Center Sagrera “La Barraca”

Check out the cultural activities and events happening at the Cultural Center Sagrera “La Barraca.” It hosts art exhibitions, workshops, performances, and community gatherings.


Horta is a charming residential area known for its tranquility and green spaces. It is characterized by narrow streets, traditional houses, and local shops. The neighborhood is home to the beautiful Parc del Laberint d’Horta, a historic garden featuring a maze and picturesque landscapes. Horta provides a peaceful escape from the bustling city center, offering a more relaxed and residential atmosphere.

Labyrinth Park of Horta

Take a short trip to the nearby Labyrinth Park of Horta, a hidden gem in Barcelona. Get lost in its maze, wander through the lush gardens, and discover its enchanting sculptures and fountains.


Carmel, situated on the slopes of the Collserola mountain range, provides stunning panoramic views of Barcelona. It is known for its hillside houses and winding streets that offer glimpses of the city below. The neighborhood is particularly famous for the Bunkers del Carmel, a former anti-aircraft battery during the Spanish Civil War that now serves as a popular viewpoint. Carmel provides a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and breathtaking views combined with a deep working class backdrop.

Bunkers del Carmel

Start your adventure at the Bunkers del Carmel, also known as Turó de la Rovira. This viewpoint offers breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona. It’s a popular spot to watch the sunset and take stunning photographs.

Panorama from Carmel Bunkers in Barcelona

Parc de la Creueta del Coll

Visit Parc de la Creueta del Coll, a tranquil park nestled in the hills of El Carmel. Relax by the lake, take a swim in the pool, or enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature.

Vallcarca Street Art

As you make your way from El Carmel to Park Güell, explore the vibrant street art in the neighborhood of Vallcarca. Admire the colorful murals and graffiti that adorn the walls, showcasing the city’s urban art scene.

El Coll Market

Experience the local atmosphere at El Coll Market, a neighborhood market where you can find fresh produce, meats, and other local products. Sample some traditional Catalan food and immerse yourself in the local culture.

El Carmel Church

Visit the El Carmel Church (Església del Carmel) and appreciate its architectural beauty. Step inside to admire the religious artwork and soak in the serene atmosphere.


Vallvidrera is a picturesque neighborhood n the Collserola mountain range, providing a serene and natural retreat just a short distance from the bustling city of Barcelona. Known for its lush greenery and stunning views, Vallvidrera offers a peaceful escape and a close connection to nature. The neighborhood is home to hiking trails, nature reserves, and parks, allowing residents and visitors to engage in outdoor activities and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape. With its tranquil atmosphere and panoramic vistas of Barcelona, Vallvidrera provides a serene haven for those seeking a harmonious balance between urban living and the tranquility of nature.


For those seeking adventure, embark on a hike from El Carmel to Tibidabo, the highest point in Barcelona. Enjoy the scenic trails and rewarding views of the city from the summit. Jus on the highest point of the Collserola mountain range, this is home to one of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks, the Tibidabo Amusement Park. Offering vintage rides and attractions, the park provides a nostalgic experience for visitors of all ages. Tibidabo also boasts the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, a magnificent church with a towering statue of Jesus Christ, which offers panoramic views of the city. The neighborhood combines recreational activities, religious significance, and stunning vistas, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

Panorama of Barcelona from Tibidabo

Sant Andreu

Sant Andreu is a vibrant neighborhood in the northeastern part of Barcelona, known for its rich history, diverse community, and lively atmosphere. The neighborhood retains its traditional charm with narrow streets, old buildings, and a strong sense of community. Sant Andreu offers a variety of amenities, including shops, restaurants, and local markets, providing a bustling urban experience.

The neighborhood also boasts several cultural attractions, such as the Sant Andreu Teatre and the Mercat de Sant Andreu, where locals and visitors can enjoy performances, exhibitions, and culinary delights. With its blend of history, vibrant community life, and cultural offerings, Sant Andreu captures the essence of Barcelona’s dynamic and diverse spirit.

Sant Andreu Market

Start your visit at the Mercat de Sant Andreu, a bustling market where you can find fresh produce, local products, and traditional Catalan specialties. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and taste some delicious treats.

Plaça d’Orfila

Visit Plaça d’Orfila, the heart of Sant Andreu. Enjoy the picturesque square, surrounded by quaint cafes and terraces. Grab a coffee or a refreshing drink and soak in the local ambiance.

Sant Andreu Church

Explore the Sant Andreu Church (Parròquia de Sant Andreu de Palomar), a historic landmark in the neighborhood. Admire its beautiful architecture and step inside to appreciate the interior and religious artwork.

Torre Baró Castle

Take a short trip to the nearby Torre Baró Castle, a medieval fortress with stunning views over Barcelona. Explore the castle grounds and enjoy the panoramic vistas from the hilltop location.

Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu

Explore Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu, the main commercial street in the neighborhood. Stroll along this lively avenue, browse through local shops, and stop for a bite to eat at one of the neighborhood’s restaurants or cafes.

Can Drago Park

Discover Can Drago Park, a unique green space in Sant Andreu featuring a dragon-shaped sculpture made of reclaimed materials. Enjoy a walk around the park and marvel at this whimsical artwork.

Sant Andreu Contemporary Art Center

Visit the Centre d’Art Contemporani Sant Andreu (CASA), an art center that promotes contemporary art and hosts exhibitions and cultural events. Explore the different exhibitions and immerse yourself in the local art scene.

Sant Andreu History Museum

Learn about the history of the neighborhood at the Museu d’Història de Sant Andreu. Discover artifacts, photographs, and interactive displays that showcase the heritage and evolution of Sant Andreu.

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Useful information about Barcelona

What is the best time to visit Barcelona?

Anytime is good to visit Barcelona. The weather is gentle all year long and the rest of the condicions in the city are quite similar along the four seasons.

Is the Barcelona safe?

Barcelona is generally safe, but tourists should be cautious of pickpocketing in crowded areas. Stay vigilant, keep belongings secure, and be aware of common scams. Follow local laws and customs, and stay informed of travel advisories. Enjoy your visit while practicing common-sense safety measures.

How is the weather in Barcelona?

Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers. It experiences abundant sunshine throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from around 10°C (50°F) in winter to 30°C (86°F) in summer. Rainfall is moderate, with most precipitation occurring during the cooler months.

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Barcelona?

Eixample, Gràcia and the district of Sants Montjuïc are our favorites to stay in Barcelona. They are close to everything and well-connected by public transport. At the same time those neighborhoods are calm and nice enough to make your stay memorable.

Best experiences in Barcelona

Barcelona has everything a visitor needs to have a great experience. Its natural beauty draws visitors from around the world- along with its numerous important sites and cultural heritage. As far as things to do in the place go, there are plenty of activities available for visitors.

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6 responses to “The best Barcelona for tourists – Ultimate bucket list”

  1. da-AL Avatar

    wonderful post! my father was from there <3

    1. Dhirendra.S.Chauhan Avatar

      Great place to visit, da AL! I would appreciate if can go through my blog on my site-‘travel and share’

    2. danigarciagimenez Avatar

      Thanks very much!

  2. Dhirendra.S.Chauhan Avatar

    Great detailed description of all destinations in Barcelona with beautiful photos! 👌I have been to Barcelona in August 2023 but couldn’t see all of these ❤️

    1. danigarciagimenez Avatar

      Thanks very much for your comment. I am glad you liked it!

      1. Dhirendra.S.Chauhan Avatar

        My pleasure ❤️

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