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Here are 6 sights in Barcelona you cannot miss

Barcelona is a stunning city bursting with history and culture. It’s been rated as the third best city in the world for “overall travel experience”, and truly does have something for everyone. Here are the top 6 sights you simply must see when visiting this beautiful Catalan capital.

  1. La Sagrada Familia


This unfinished church is Barcelona’s most famous and most visited tourist attraction, designed by Antoni Gaudi. The intricate designs captivate 3 million visitors every year, making this structure the most visited monument in Spain.

The Sagrada Familia started being built in 1882 but only opened fully to the public in 2012. The exterior is still under construction and is currently at around 75% completion. The building of the church, which relies entirely on donations, is anticipated to be completed in the first third of the 21st century. Exciting!

  1. Parc Guell

Parc Guell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Gaudi’s most artistic works. From here you can enjoy the most spectacular views of the city, plus see a glimpse of some of Catalan’s colourful architecture. Pack a picnic for a fun day out.

  1. La Rambla


La Rambla is not a spectacular attraction in any way, but very pleasant to stroll down to feel the human heartbeat of Barcelona. You’ll find plenty to see here including the Boqueria Market, considered one of the best markets in the world.

  1. Barceloneta Beach

Barcelona isn’t just a thriving city, but it also has access to seven beaches! There were no beaches in Barcelona until 1992, when the city underwent a makeover before hosting the Olympics. Now there are lots of places to relax in the sun and Barceloneta is known as one of the top urban beaches globally. It’s surrounded by cool “chiringuitos” (beach bars) and you can find some of the best seafood here.

  1. FC Barcelona museum and Camp Nou stadium

Home of the Barcelona football team. If there are no games during your visit, then book the stadium and museum tour. The FCB museum and Camp Nou stadium are among the biggest attractions in Barcelona, bringing in millions of visitors every year. An unmissable trip for Barca fans.

  1. Barrio Gotico

A gothic city and Barcelona’s oldest neighborhood. It boasts beautiful churches, plazas, markets and museums, as well as the spectacular Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona, constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries.

Journeying through this neighbourhood, not only will you discover plenty of Roman ruins, but you’ll find a variety of bars and restaurants, making this place a top spot to visit at night also.

Of course there is so much more to see and do in Barcelona, making it a great excuse to come back for another trip!

Have you been to Barcelona before? Let us know some of the sights you saw in our comment box below!


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