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Things to do in Barcelona

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Surely "the" museum to visit in Barcelona. For the artist and for the building. Imagine Montcada Street, in the Gothic quarter, five mansions united to form a museum, lovely to visit. About Pablo Ruiz Picasso the museum is essential to understand his formative years. The genius of the young artist is revealed to us through more than 3,500 works that make up this permanent collection.”
  • 392 locals recommend
Tourist Attraction
“The most iconic Food Market in Barcelona. A must visit! Also grab a bite the food court in the back of the market, you will enjoy great seafood!”
  • 474 locals recommend
Plaza
“Centre of the Barcelona with beautiful fountain. From there you may start your tour by Bus turístic ”
  • 342 locals recommend
Entertainment
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“A street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with Colombus statue.”
  • 444 locals recommend
Church
“The Cathedral of Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia observes the passing of time in a city in constant movement and change. The Cathedral is also a reflection of the passage of generations and architectural styles mixed in a building of mostly Gothic character that must be visited inside to understand its splendour. The construction of the Cathedral of Barcelona took place over six centuries. Suffering from the donations of medieval guilds and guilds, the Santa Creu began to be built in 1298, on the sanctified land where there used to be a 4th century Paleochristian basilica, destroyed by the troops of Al-Mansur. Only the baptistery remains of this one. From the Romanesque church before the Gothic one, the chapel of Santa Lucia remains, while the oldest door of the Cathedral is that of St. Ivo. On the other hand, the main façade and the tower were finished around 1890, following the initial plans and therefore following a neo-Gothic style. Once inside, we are surprised by the 25 side chapels, the magnificent 14th century cloister and the choir stalls, which were used to gather the members of the Golden Fleece during the visit of Emperor Charles V of Germany in 1517. Of great beauty are the pulpit and the crypt where the remains of one of the patron saints of Barcelona, Santa Eulàlia, to whom the temple is dedicated, rest. The Latin cross plan and the ribbed rounds, as well as the beautiful stained glass windows, fill the interior space of the Cathedral with light.”
  • 284 locals recommend
Church
“One of the best surviving examples of the Catalan Gothic style, this graceful basilica stands out for its characteristic horizontal lines, plain surfaces, square buttresses and flat-topped octagonal towers. Its superb unity of style is down to the fact that it was built relatively quickly, with construction taking just 55 years (1329 to 1384). There’s also some stunning stained glass, especially the great 15th-century rose window above the main door. The original window fell down during an earthquake, killing 25. The incongruous modern window at the other end was a 1997 addition, belatedly celebrating the Olympics.”
  • 280 locals recommend
Market
“Great market to find all the food you need to prepare a healthy and tasty meal at home. And the shopkeepers will always advice you about the best way to prepare it!”
  • 234 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth).”
  • 125 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The best places in Barcelona you will discover here in BarriGotich. amazing corners in the most older street of Barcelona. Don´t forget to find the best tapas in the city, full of small and largest restaurant offering it.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“An architectural work of art by catalan genius architect Gaudí. An impressive palace open for visits. Just meters away from my flat.”
  • 126 locals recommend
Department Store
“One of the biggest shopping mall, all streets around also full of big brand shops”
  • 81 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the city's most emblematic buildings and is one of Barcelona's most recommended tourist attractions. Built between 1905 and 1908 by the renowned architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of the country and an essential part of any visit to the city, along with other buildings by the contemporary architect Antonio Gaudí. This historic building, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, offers an experience so magical that visitors fall in love with it instantly. Hand in hand with experienced guides, the wonders of this architectural pearl are discovered and visitors enter a world full of details and references to nature characteristic of modernist architecture.”
  • 181 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, is the oldest and most prestigious active theater in Barcelona, ​​especially as an opera house, among which it is considered one of the most important in the world.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“The most important street for shopping in the historic with its continuation in Portaferrissa street.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Transportation
“The Columbus Monument, stands at the end of Barcelona's Rambla, near the sea. Take the lift inside the column to the viewing gallery at the top, 60 metres above the ground. This major landmark on the Rambla was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition as a tribute to Christopher Columbus, who chose to disembark in the port of Barcelona on his return from America. Inside, a lift raises the 51mts high of the column, made of cast iron and Corinthian style, to the viewing gallery. If you look north, you'll be able to make out the Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar and the bustling Rambla. If you look towards the sea, to the east, following the coastline, you will be able to see the Olympic Marina and the modern Forum. To the south, stands Montjuïc Hill, with its castle at the top and, finally, if you look west, you'll see Collserola Natural Park, the vast green lung surrounding the city of Barcelona. And in its top, dominating the sky of Barcelona, the statue of Christopher Columbus holding a navigational chart in his left hand, and pointing to the route to America with his right.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Night Club
“Even though it's been around since before the Beatles broke up, Jamboree is still the place in Barcelona where you can see the best jazz concerts in the city, as well as dance to the best of hip hop and R&B. Don't miss Thursday nights to educate your ears with the most current hits of the scene thanks to the BCN Or Die sessions with Flavio Rodríguez. Weekends mean obligatory visits to services with DJ Yoda, one of the biggest there are when it comes to urban sounds. Oh, and sneakers and caps are not only allowed but they're practically mandatory.”
  • 77 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Asian Restaurant
“Quality asian tapas with craft beer / good prices! Local with international vibe”
  • 144 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar and restaurant with the best music shows (jam session) at night from Thursday to Sunday”
  • 88 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Els Quatre Gats -( Catalan for "The Four Cats") is a café, restaurant , that famously became a popular meeting place for famous artists throughout the modernist period in Catalonia, known as Modernism. The café opened on June 12, 1897 in the famous Casa Martí, and served as a hostel, bar and cabaret until it eventually became a central meeting point for Barcelona’s most prominent modernist figures, such as Pablo Picasso and Ramon Casas i Carbó. The bar closed due to financial difficulties in June 1903, but was reopened and eventually restored to its original condition in 1989. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Its a restaurant but it has great drinks and nice outside seating, groups are welcomed and good price menus as well. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“definitely my favorite restaurant in Barcelona right now, try to avoid going on weekends or go very early to make sure you get in!”
  • 74 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“The design of this place is wery special and your experience will be unique! ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“One of the best tapas bar in Barcelona! Tourists and locals go to this tapas bar restaurant, hence a trustful sign it is a great one!! If more than 2... booking is recommended as it is usually very crowded.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Mexican Restaurant, chip price, very popular and very chip and good Mojitos, only 3,60 euros!!!”
  • 69 locals recommend

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