Barcelona

Join us on Facebook for easy access to What's on, up & wow in Europe.
See map of Barcelona
Guide to Barcelona Useful information Barcelona attractions One day out of Barcelona Barcelona culture History of Barcelona Barcelona eating out Barcelona entertainment Shopping in Barcelona Barcelona Events 2013 Barcelona gallery
Choose other city guides
Top Sights and Attractions in Barcelona

Even though Barcelona is a vast city, the best way to sightsee is on foot. One of the themes you can concentrate on while sightseeing can be the work of the most famous Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudi, since Barcelona features a lot of his structures. Starting with the overwhelming, yet still unfinished, Temple of Sagrada Familia, through the magical Parc Guell, to numerous apartment buildings such as La Pedrera (Casa Mila), you can walk around the city in search of more of his buildings. To see the whole panorama of the city and its vicinity, go to the Monjuic Mountain, from where you can feast your eyes on all of Barcelona, from the sea to the mountains. Once on the mountain, there are also many places where you can rest while enjoying the surrounding nature, practice sports or visit the castle which now houses a military museum.


Torre Agbar
add your photo
Torre Agbar, by Klaus Dolle
 
Agbar Tower
Address: Avignuda Diagonal, 211
 
see map see map

The glittering monumental Agbar Tower is the ultimate expression of the modern soul of Barcelona. The characteristic bullet-like shape of the building symbolises the progressive spirit and optimism about the future which permeates the Catalonian capital.
more  
Mapfre Tower
add your photo
Mapfre Tower, by Marcel Germain
 
Mapfre Tower
Address: Sant Marti
 
see map see map

Torre Mapfre and Hotel Arts are among the most modern skyscrapers towering over the distinguished historic centre of Barcelona. Proudly facing the seafront, these impressively towering buildings are also among the tallest buildings in the country.
more  
The Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
add your photo
The Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona , by Santiago Muñoz
UAB
Address: Plaça Cívica
  Phone: +34 93 581 11 11
  e-mail: [email protected]  
Website: http://www.uab.es/servlet/Satellite/1096481710281/Contact.html  

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona or Autonomous University of Barcelona (in brief UAB) is a public university which was established in 1968. UAB is the second largest public higher educational institution of the city with over 50,000 students. It is situated in Bellaterra in the vicinity of Barcelona, while some parts of the campus spread in other towns of the area.
more  
 
Parc Guell
Address: Carrer d'Olot 7
  Phone: +34 93 213 04 88
 
Website: http://www.bcn.cat/parcsijardins/  
see map see map

Parc Guell is a municipal garden, designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. It was under construction from 1900 to 1914 and is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. Gaudi's other buildings, likewise distinguished by UNESCO, are Casa Mila, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Vicens, the Colonia Guell crypt and Palau Guell. All of these buildings are located in Barcelona and many in the Eixample district. Parc Guell is located in the district of Gracia. Originally the park was supposed to be a residential area, but this enterprise proved unsuccessful. Later a wealthy businessman, Eusebio de Guell, commissioned the construction. He wanted an elegant park for the high echelons of Barcelona society.
more  
Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia
add your photo
Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, by Olivia Heredia
Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia
Address: Pla de la Seu
  Phone: +34 93 315 15 54
 

The Cathedral de la Santa Creu, also known as the Cathedral or simply the Seu, is one of the most beautiful and impressive churches in the city, an excellent example of the Mediterranean Gothic architecture. The construction of the building began in the final decades of the 13th Century, during the reign of King Jaume II. The cathedral was preceded by a number of different constructions, including a Roman temple, a mosque, and a few early Christian churches.
more  
Monestir de Pedralbes
add your photo
Monestir de Pedralbes, by Oscar
Monestir de Pedralbes
Address: Baixada del Monestir 9
  Phone: +34 93 203 92 82
 

Monestir de Pedralbes is a marvellous Gothic church dating back to the 14th Century. Constructed following an order of Queen Elisenda of Montcada, it was the seat of an order of St Claire. As a truly wonderful example of the Catalonian Gothic architecture, it boasts a gathering of impressive stained-glass windows as well as a splendid three-storey cloister which originally preceded the adjacent church.
more  
Sagrada Familia
add your photo
Sagrada Familia, by Marco Vianna
Sagrada Familia
Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401
  Phone: +34 93 207 30 31
  e-mail: [email protected]  
Website: http://www.sagradafamilia.org  

La Sagrada Família, or the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, is one of the most famous landmarks of Barcelona. This still unfinished Catholic basilica was designed by the talented Antoni Gaudi. Started as a project for a modest, neo-Gothic church, later it evolved into a most unique example of the Art Nouveau architecture and an artistic combination of a multitude of religious symbols. According to plans, it will be completed in 2026.
more  
 
Grand Teatre del Liceu
Address: La Rambla, 51-59
  Phone: +34 93 485 99 98
 
Website: http://www.liceubarcelona.com/  
see map see map

Barcelona's El Liceu opened in 1847 and ever since has maintained the status of one of the world's most important opera houses. A major portion of the building burnt in 1861 and later in 1994 and needed to be substantially refurbished. In fact, the Liceu, also known as the Barcelona Opera House, is the city's top cultural attraction, as it houses Europe's second biggest hall for operatic performances. El Liceu opera company includes long lists of famous names, and maintains an educational entity where throngs of international students from the Netherlands, The United States, Switzerland and Israel study music. Its setting, near the Gaudi cathedral, over the main Plaza Sant Jaume, makes it a city landmark in its own right. Although the Liceu facade is not a glamorous spectacle, the interiors are lavishly decorated, featuring lots of Neo-Classical ornamentation. The horse-shoe shape offers excellent acoustics and has a seating capacity of 2,292.
more  
1 2 3 4