Top 5 Places to Visit in Barcelona

This bustling capital has been breaking ground in art and architecture since the 19th century. Barcelona continues to impress visitors today with its iconic Gaudi structures, the Gothic Quarter and the Picasso Museum, among others. If you find yourself in this lively city, don’t miss visiting these incredible spots.

Park Guell

Park Guell, Barcelona
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This whimsical public park was originally supposed to be a housing community. Today Parc Guell covers 42 acres of land with a quintessential Antoni Gaudi twist. The park is built around the natural elements of the land and was modeled after gardens Gaudi had seen in England. The colorful mosaics and Dr. Suess-style architecture draws thousands of visitors daily.

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona
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The Gothic Quarter is the oldest part of Barcelona and also one of the liveliest. Lose the map and let yourself wander through the streets where you will spot Roman and Medieval architecture as well as cafes, bars, clubs and shops. Walk down Placa de la Catedral to see the stunning Barcelona Cathedral.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
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For over 40 years Catalan art nouveau master Antoni Gaudi devoted himself to the construction of La Sagrada Familia or Church of Sacred Family. He was not able to finish the structure, but it remains his most recognized work. Gaudi worked off of the neo-Gothic style but went for something more innovative. Through his architecture he aimed to teach people about Catholicism. The four towers represent the 12 apostles and the carved facades show the life of Christ.

Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso, Barcelona
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Discover the many sides of Pablo Picasso at the Museu Picasso. On display are several thousand pieces featured on a timeline that allows you to follow Picasso’s progression from more controlled works to the whimsical paintings and sculptures at the end of his career, including several works from his famous blue period. In addition, you can explore his lifelong relationship with the city of Barcelona.

Palau de la Musica Catalana

Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona
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The Palau de la Musica Catalana is one of the most beautiful modernist buildings in the city. The polychromatic exterior draws visitors in and the flamboyant interior keeps them coming back.  Lluis Domenech I Montaner depicted the Catalan modernista style through the ornate sculptures and inverted stained glass dome. Join a guided tour or better yet, watch a concert!