Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Barcelona! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Barcelona’s most important sights. 

A friendly guard in Parc Guell

Photo credit: Michelle Collier

1. Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) 

The magnificent architecture in the Gothic Quarter is a testimony to Catalonia’s golden age as a Mediterranean power. A maze of dark, twisting medieval streets and sunny squares lined with revered churches and lavish palaces.

2. La Sagrada Família  

This cathedral with its gigantic towers winding their way skywards – which is still under construction today – has become the world famous symbol of Barcelona.

3. Las Ramblas

Like people watching? The famous promenade teems with a mix of tourists, theatergoers and pickpockets, culture vultures and vendors, elegant opera patrons and harried waiters. Las Ramblas is a non-stop human spectacle.

4. Palau de la Música Catalana

A flamboyant art nouveau concert hall – a lavishly decorated monument to Catalan Modernisme. The curved dome of the stained-glass skylight is uniquely beautiful.

5. Park Güell

Serpentine figures, crooked arcades and doric columns: it is no wonder that even Salvador Dalí admired Gaudí’s fairy tale park with a breathtaking view over Barcelona.

6. Casa Milà

Gaudí’s strangest, and most famous, residential building has a remarkable rooftop landscape and a panoramic view.

7. Illa de la Discòrdia 

(Or  Manzana de la Discordia.) Three of the main figures of Modernisme have created monuments next door to each other. The Casa Batlló, designed by Gaudí, is especially striking.

8. Museu Picasso

Housed in five medieval palaces on the elegant Carrer Montcada, Barcelona’s most popular museum provides an unforgettable impression of the artist’s work.

9. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Catalonia’s art under a single roof – from the Romanesque period to the present day. The collection of Romanesque frescoes is unparalleled worldwide.

10. Santa Maria del Mar

Catalan Gothic in its purest form: the unique house of worship became famous all over the world through Ildefonso Falcones’ best-seller “Cathedral of the Sea”.

 

Content taken from the Barcelona Marco Polo Spiral Guide.

Barcelona Spiral Guide

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