An overview of Barcelona
Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, offers visitors a cultural and culinary treat! An ancient city, with the historic architecture to match, you will also find an underlying modernist feel in this bustling metropolis. Situated on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, it's the perfect choice for anyone who is an equal fan of beaches and boutiques! The combination of sunshine and seaside with vibrant city life makes this a popular destination. There are simply so many things to do in Barcelona! Take an architectural tour throughout the ages with treasures dating back more than 2000 years. Feed your creative curiosity by seeing the work of some of the world’s greatest artists of all time including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. Munch on tapas in the taverns, sip cocktails as the sun goes down and feel the infectious rhythms of flamenco. You are in good hands with City Sightseeing, so take a look at our Barcelona travel guide and let us help you get the most out of your trip.
Things to do
One of the most iconic Barcelona sights is the magnificent Sagrada Família. Designed by master architect Antonio Gaudí, it has been under construction since 1882. Other iconic Barcelona landmarks include the 19th-century Casa Batlló, with its colourful fairy-tale exterior. The Plaça de Catalunya is Barcelona's busiest square and home to wonderful cafés, sculptures and bars. A trip to the Picasso Museum will get you close up to a range of Pablo’s most famous paintings from his very early days to his final work. La Rambla is Barcelona's most famous street and the place to go for a lively variety of restaurants and street performers. It's also the ideal area to shop till you drop with a range of stores, but if you're looking to go upmarket then head to Passeig de Gracia for designer brands. Hop on a City Sightseeing Barcelona bus to Port Olímpic for an attractive marina packed with modern sculptures, bars and restaurants. Soak up the sunshine with over 4km of golden sandy beaches to choose from, only 10 minutes from the city centre; including Icària, Barceloneta and Marbella beach.
Neighbourhoods in Barcelona
L'Eixample is the biggest of all Barcelona neighbourhoods and wraps around much of the city. An elegant area, it boasts many Barcelona attractions and architectural highlights. Home to wide boulevards you will find stylish hotels and shopping opportunities, with stores like Gucci and Tiffany's. The central El Born is for trendy travellers with an abundance of boutique shopping, restaurants and nightlife alongside a perfectly preserved medieval heritage. El Ravel is also very central and offers a more authentic slice of Barcelona life with an eclectic mix of people. Gotico, otherwise known as the Gothic quarter, is the city’s oldest neighbourhood. Located in the very heart of the city, this truly picturesque area is the most popular with tourists. If you want to escape the crowds, then head north to the bohemian Gracia district. A short commute to the centre, it has a peaceful and artsy feel. Wherever you go, we at City Sightseeing will make sure you see the very best Barcelona has to offer.
Top tips when in Barcelona
• For La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera at Casa Milà or Casa Batllò buy tickets online and skip the long queue so you can enjoy longer inside these great attractions!
• Remember that lunch and dinner in Spain is late, around 14:00 and 21:00-30, so don’t get caught out.
• Just like in the majority of Europe, remember that stores are closed on Sundays, so do your shopping beforehand and enjoy museums and sightseeing on this day.