Barcelona Top Ten places to visit

It is very difficult to write a Top Ten list of essential places to visit for a city such as Barcelona. On the one hand we must put aside some very important places, on the other hand, the interest varies according to each visitor.

The following list, aims to bring the reader, at least 10 places that could be considered a must-see in Barcelona, and guarantees you that there has not been any commercial interest in its collection.

The order of presentation has nothing to do with its importance, as this is subjective.

La Rambla

La Rambla de Barcelona

It is the most famous street in Barcelona. Popularly known as Las Ramblas this is the street that connects Catalonia Square with the maritime port. It is very difficult for it not forming part of a Top Ten list.

On this street you will find the famous human sculptures with which you can shoot a photo in exchange for a tip.

La Rambla de Barcelona

At the top, there is located the Canaletas Fountain, whose tradition says that whoever drinks its water will return to Barcelona. Halfway up you will see one of the most famous markets in the world, the Boqueria Market, and in its lower part stands the Columbus Viewpoint an emblematic monument of the city.

Catalonia Square

Plaça de Catalunya

It is with Urquinaona Square (Plaça d'Urquinaona) and University Square (Plaça Universitat) one of the three squares in the center par excellence and the most famous one in Barcelona

Catalonia Square (Plaça de Catalunya) is usually used as a meeting point for the locals themselves to go to many places in the Gothic Quarter or the Raval, as well as other places in the old town of Barcelona. La Rambla and Portal de l'Angel adjoin its southern part while Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla de Catalunya do it in the north.

Anyone visiting Barcelona should know Catalonia Square.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

It is one of the most famous religious temples in the world. The masterpiece of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Possibly also one of the main icons of Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia is located in the Eixample district, about 500 meters from another place which also should be in a Top Ten list. The former Sant Pau Hospital, now converted into the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, one of the main art nouveau places in the city.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic

Magic Fountain of Montjuic

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is a fountain that offers a spectacle of music, lights and water really amazing, very close to Spain Square (Plaça d'Espanya).

With the National Palace in the background, its shows in the summer nights are hard to forget.

Magic Fountain of Montjuic

It is one of those shows you should not overlook under any circumstances, especially on summer nights.

The Gothic Quarter

Gothic quarter

It is one of the four quarters of the old town (Ciutat Vella) and has many commercial streets through which you should walk.

At the top of Portal de l'Angel, close to Catalonia Square there is located a beautiful Gothic church, the parish of Santa Anna, and a little further down you will get to the square where you can visit the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Gothic Quarter of Barcelona

Any street where you decide to walk of the Gothic Quarter will become a urban showcase but you should know that the entire old town district can be considered an essential visit.

The Barcelona Olympic Park in Montjuic

Olympic Park Montjuic

A visit to Montjuic Park, through the Magic Fountain and the National Palace, will take you to the sports facilities par excellence of the 1992 Olympic Games.

In the Barcelona Olympic Park in Montjuic you can visit the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi or the Telecommunications Tower in the Europe Square (Plaça d'Europa).

Europa Square, Olympic Park of Barcelona

In addition, near the stadium you can visit the Olympic Museum of Barcelona.

The Olympic Park is a privileged outdoor space in this wonderful mountain of Barcelona.

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia

It is another of the most famous streets of Barcelona. The two main attractions of Passeig de Gràcia are its architecture and the shops of luxury fashion brands.

Passeig de Gràcia connects the Diagonal Avenue with Catalonia Square, and buildings like Casa Batlló in the Block of Discord and La Pedrera makes it a must.

Casa Batllo, Passeig de Gràcia

Regard to shopping, you'll find luxury brands, mainly fashion, but also many international brands such as Zara or Mango.

Undoubtedly walking this street is one of those must-see tours for all who come to visit the city, and it should be in any Top Ten list.

Park Güell

The Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to build this park declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

It is located in the northern part of Barcelona and it is one of the many icons of the city.

You can visit the former residential estate caretaker's home, now a museum and you will find a park with a masterful use of the trencadís technique, widely used by Catalan Art Nouveau (modernisme).

El Moll de la Fusta and el Port Vell. The old Maritime Port.

Moll de la Fusta, Port Vell

This is an area that offers very pleasant walks. Port Vell means old port in Catalan. It is ranging from the Columbus Monument at the lower end of La Rambla, to the end Via Laietana.

Today it is a marina with a wooden bridge leading to the shopping center named Maremagnum. This bridge is called La Rambla del Mar, and could be considered the continuation of La Rambla. It leads to the Moll d'Espanya, and it is where the Imax and the Aquarium of Barcelona are, among other places that you should also visit.

Moll de la Fusta, Port Vell

The Moll de la Fusta quay is parallel to the sea which leads to the lower part of Via Laietana and its official name is Moll de Bosch i Alsina.

A walk along the Moll de la Fusta becomes a must for anyone coming to visit Barcelona and should be undoubtedly in a list of tours that you can not overlook.

MUHBA - Museum of the History of Barcelona


To conclude this list of 10 essential places of the city we consider you can not miss the Museum of the History of Barcelona, known by its acronym MUHBA.

The museum does not only transport you through the history of the city, but also through it physically, as it has different centers distributed throughout it.


We recommend you to start at the center called MUHBA Plaça del Rei, in the district of Ciutat Vella (old town), where you will find breathtaking underground archaeological ruins of the city, from different periods that will confirm you that the visit was worth.

There, you can find out about the other centers of the Museum of History, locations and schedule. Some of them are not far from Plaça del Rei.

More recommended visits

The list just given, is made according to the criteria of its author. It left many places in Barcelona that should also not be missed.

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