What to see in Barcelona?
Barcelona is one of the most important metropolises in the whole of Europe. It lies in north-eastern Spain, on the Mediterranean Sea, close to the border with France. It is home to around 5 million permanent residents, with even more tourists visiting every year. It is a vibrant city where it is impossible to get bored. Whether you are most keen on museums, strolling among historic buildings or relaxing on the beach, you will definitely find something for you here. There are numerous monuments, nine of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. So where should you go during your trip to Barcelona?
One of the most important tourist attractions in the city is the famous Sagrada Familia church. It has been under continuous construction since 1882 and is already one of the tallest churches in the world, with the goal of measuring as much as 170 metres, when it is finished. It is considered one of Antoni Gaudi’s greatest achievements, even though the architect died in 1926, a century before the work was scheduled to be completed. The design of the church includes 18 towers and three facades, the most famous of which is the richly decorated Nativity Facade. The site is visited daily by numerous tours walking around Barcelona.
Not just the Sagrada Familia – the most interesting places in Barcelona
In addition to the Sagrada Familia, other works by Gaudí can also be admired in Barcelona – including the incredible Güell Park and Güell Palace, which the architect designed for his friend Eusebi Güell, as well as the characteristic houses: Casa Milà, Casa Vicens and Casa Batlló. All of these places are a must-see for any lover of Art Nouveau architecture. Gaudí’s lesser-known projects include the Cripta de la Colonia Güell, a small church that was unfortunately never completed.
The Palacio de Catalan Music and the Hospital of St Paul are also important points on the tourist map of the city. The former was built at the beginning of the 20th century on Carrer Sant Pere Més Alt. It too was designed in the Art Nouveau style. It stands out for its beautifully decorated façade with numerous sculptures, columns and balustrades. It houses a concert hall, illuminated by natural light that enters through walls made of stained glass. St Paul’s Hospital, on the other hand, is a complex of buildings in the Eixample district that dates back to the 15th century. The main part of the building in Art Nouveau-style was erected in 1930.
Tours of Barcelona will also lead you to many other areas. These include the imposing Gothic cathedral of St Eulalia, the neo-Gothic basilica of Sagrat Cor on Mount Tibidabo, the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, the baroque basilica of La Mercé, the medieval royal palace of the Palau Reial Major, the Spanish Town, the monument to Christopher Columbus on a 60-metre column, the Fabra Observatory or the Arc de Triomf triumphal arch. It is also worth taking a walk along Barcelona’s La Rambla. This is the most famous avenue in the city and connects the harbour to Plaza Catalunya.
Free walking tour – Barcelona with an experienced guide
If you are travelling with your partner, family or friends and want a guided tour of the city, opt for a so-called free walking tour. With an experienced, charismatic guide, Barcelona will reveal its many secrets to you. There is no charge to join such tour, the only thing you have to do it to book your place via our website. At the end of the free walking tour, you decide yourself how much you will reward the knowledge, commitment and hard work of the guide. Decide today on one of our unique free walking tours in Barcelona and enjoy its charms! Remember that we also operate in other Spanish cities: Madrid, Seville and Cordoba, where you can also join our free walking tours!