Barcelona and its architectural masterpieces attract million of tourists from all over the world. If you are going to visit this magnificent city, you should see the top 10 attractions in Barcelona, and you will understand why this city can undeniably be called “open air museum”.
Barcelona top attractions
It’s impossible to list all the masterpieces of the architectural structure of Barcelona, but you can always select the most popular and visited places. Amazing collections in the museums of Barcelona will satisfy even the most refined art lovers. It would be useful to buy a Barcelona attractions map, as it will help you easily to find the right directions.
Barcelona Cathedral is the main cathedral of Barcelona. It’s a fine example of Gothic culture, and although its massive cathedral recalls joyless Middle Ages, some of its elements inspire optimism. The cathedral was built in the period from 1298 to 1420.
The elements of Neo-Gothic style were added later. It’s quite easy to get to the Cathedral: begin at the Gothic Quarter and find the Piazza San Jaume. Pedestrian street Carrer del Bisbee will lead you from there straight to the cathedral.
The full name of the temple is Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. It’s the most famous unfinished temple in the world, whose construction began in 1882 and is maintained to this day. This is also one of the famous projects of Gaudi. Undeniably this attraction can be called one of the most important and obligatory for visiting for any tourist programs for Barcelona.
And although the Sagrada Familia is a long-term construction, this building has enormous popularity and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can reach the temple by bus or subway, and get off at the station or stop Sagrada Familia. This place is available all year round. Be prepared to see long queues because of the popularity, but believe me the wait is worth it.
Las Ramblas is a pedestrian street from Plaza Catalunya Square to Portal de la Pau – Old Port, which has a length of 1.2 kilometers. It is located between the Gothic Quarter and Raval quarter. This is the most famous street in Barcelona, it’s full of celebration and fun, and where life does not stop for a minute. There are many shops and cafes on the boulevard, a huge number of sellers of flowers. As well, there are a variety of attractions in Barcelona, such as the Royal Square lined with palm trees, the famous place of celebrating the victory of the football team Barcelona – Rambla de Canaletes.
You can see the Rambla San Jose which is famous for its tiled mosaics Boqueria market, the Liceu Theatre and the Palace Vireyna. Besides all of these, you can visit the Wax Museum and the Museum of Erotica.
It’s another of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona. Quarter is located between Las Ramblas and the Laietana street, and starts from Plaça Catalunya. It is the center of Barcelona. Gothic Quarter got its name because of the surviving buildings here which were built in the Middle Ages (14th-15th century).
Despite that, at first glance, everything seems bleak, there are enough nightclubs, restaurants and shops to attract many visitors. The Quarter looks like a spider’s web of narrow streets, rectangular squares, closely surrounded buildings. Most of the streets are pedestrian, and some of sights of Barcelona are located here. The most popular are the Cathedral, the building of the Government of Catalonia, the ruins of the ancient Roman walls, the Temple of Augustus, Archbishop’s Palace, House Archdeacon, as well as the Jewish Quarter with the ruins of the synagogue.
It also has a second name – House of Bones. Casa Batllo is a house which was built for the textile magnate Batlló-and-Kasanovasa and is located at Passeig de Gracia, 43, Eixample district. This is also known as a project of Gaudí. The building is very popular among tourists for its unusual “dancing” façade, which is decorated with mosaics, stained glass, and recognizable chimney.
The interior of the mansion is also admirable. If you want to to visit Casa Batllo, you should come as soon as it opens, after which the queue length reaches incalculable dimensions.
Casa Mila is another one of those sights of Barcelona, which is included in any tour program of the city. It’s also a popular creation of the famous Gaudi. The building is located at the intersection of Passeig de Gracia and Carré de Provence. Initially, this eccentric building of Barcelona was not appreciated, and was nicknamed “quarry” because of its “heavy” facade, but today it is one of the many buildings in Barcelona included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The curiosity of this residential building at construction time was considered the presence of windows in each room. Today there is a museum dedicated to Gaudi on the site of the building. You can also go to the roof and enjoy the views.
Park Guell is the famous landmark of Barcelona with Gaudi architecture. But at the beginning nobody expected it would be included into a list of the popular attractions in Barcelona Spain. In 1901 Guell bought fifteen acres of land for the building of a residential area which had to look like the English garden-city, but local citizens didn’t like the prospect of the separation of the area. In spite of it the area was built, but due to the economic failure he was forced to sell the place to the authorities of Barcelona, which turned it into a city park, although some of the building of the park are still privately owned.
The central entrance is decorated with two gingerbread houses, a grand staircase with fountains leads to the Hall of hundred columns, although in fact there are only 86 columns there, a mosaic salamander is the Gaudi’s favorite character, and long in form is a sea serpent bench – these are the main attractions of the park. The last thing that Gaudi managed to create in the park is a winding system of paths on which you can just wander in the shade and enjoy the beauty of the park.
Palace of Catalan Music
Palace of Catalan Music is another masterpiece of architectural creation. It also is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It presents the only European concert hall with natural light. By the way, Gaudi has nothing to do with it, this building was built by architect Domenech i Montaner in the style of Catalan Art Nouveau, and was opened in 1908. Over half a million spectators annually visit this concert hall. Palace of Catalan Music is located in a small street Carrer de Sant Francés de Paula in La Ribera.
Barcelona Aquarium is one of the most popular destinations included in the list of tourist attractions Barcelona. In addition, the Aquarium has a proud title – the most important entertainment and educational center of the Mediterranean sea. In this center you will find thirty-five aquariums with more than eleven thousand inhabitants. Its main attraction is an underwater tunnel, which has a length of eighty meters.
There is also another interesting mini-aquarium where you can see very small underwater creatures, which are difficult to observe in bigger areas of water. In general, fourteen ecosystems are presented here – sandy and rocky coastline, underwater caves and seagrass beds, coral reefs and much more.
If you want to acquaint yourself with architecture, art, gastronomy, crafts, and to plunge into the atmosphere of Spain, you can just stay in Barcelona. It’s enough just to visit the Spanish Village. Spanish Village is an open air museum; it’s the architectural complex. You can find the architecture of different regions of Spain here. The main entrance is a medieval fortress. The handicraft boutiques and restaurants are located here.
So as you can see Barcelona Spain attractions are truly worth to visit. Have a good time in Barcelona, but if you prefer a beach vacation look at the Top 10 resorts in Spain.