Top 5 things to do in Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona is a great city to visit in Spring or Autumn. The weather is perfect for a city trip and, you’ll love wandering around town and enjoying the sun on one of the many beautiful squares. In this article, I’ll share my top 5 favorite things to do in Barcelona.

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Park Güell

Top 5 things to do in Barcelona - Park Guell

Park Güell might be the place where most tourists in Barcelona gather. For a good reason, because it’s one of the most beautiful places in the city. You will see art and architecture by Gaudí everywhere, and the park has some great viewpoints. The houses of the entrance and the long bench are beautiful. If you climb further to the top, you will see fewer tourists and have an incredible view of the city.

Sagrada Família

Top 5 things to do in Barcelona - Sagrada Familia

The impressive cathedral Sagrada Família is definitely the eyecatcher in Barcelona. Gaudí’s most famous building is still not finished, but breathtakingly beautiful. The inside of the cathedral is just as impressive as the outside, so get your ticket in advance and visit this stunning place.

Casa Batlló

Top 5 things to do in Barcelona - Casa Battlo

Let’s continue on the Gaudí-trip because you should definitely visit one of his apartment buildings: Casa Milà or Casa Batlló. I’ve visited both, and Casa Batlló is my favorite. The shapes are so weird (but awesome) and the building is very colorful!

Castell de Montjuïc

Top 5 things to do in Barcelona - Montjuic

The ancient Castell de Montjuïc is a fortress on a hill in the south part of Barcelona, next to the Mediterranean sea. If you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet, this is the place to be. Around the fortress, you will find some beautiful gardens with flowers and cactuses. On top of the fortress, you’ll have an amazing view of the city. And the best thing: there is no entrance fee!

Daytrip to Montserrat

Top 5 things to do in Barcelona - Montserrat

Do you want to get out of the city for a day? Take a train to Montserrat! You can reach the famous Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey by funicular (the fast way) or with a cable car (long wait, but spectacular views). The Abbey itself is beautiful, but it can be very crowded. However, if you like hiking, make sure to climb to one of the viewpoints and explore the trails around the abbey. The views are incredible, and it’s not very crowded on the trails.

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