Top 10 Things to Do in Barcelona

Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo

Barcelona has a wealth of attractions to offer. From markets and restaurants to museums and parks, there is enough to do there to keep visitors busy for weeks. To help you decide how to allocate your time in the city, below is my list of the top 10 things to do in Barcelona.

1.Casa Mila
Metro: Diagonal

Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, is one of Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona masterpieces. Built between 1906 and 1910, Casa Mila reveals Gaudi’s unique style, use of natural forms, and innovative techniques. Now owned by Caixa Catalunya, Casa Mila’s upper floors, roof, and art gallery are open for visits.

2. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) (Catalan National Art Museum)
Metro: Espanya, Funicular on Montjuic

Housed in the hulking 1929 Palau Nacional, the MNAC is home to an impressive collection of 11th to 18th century Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance works as well as photography and modern works of art.

3. Parc Guell
Metro: Lesseps

Antoni Gaudi’s gorgeous, otherworldly park in northern Barcelona is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic or a romantic sunset stroll.

4. Fundacio Joan Miro
Metro: Funicular on Montjuic

Perched high above the city on the hill of Montjuic, the Fundacio Joan Miro is one of the best and most comprehensive collections of the artist’s work in the world. The museum is huge, so make sure to pace yourself as you take in a lifetime’s worth of Miro’s work.

5. Barri Gotic
Metro: Liceu, Catalunya, Jaume I

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a stop in Barri Gotic. Tucked away in the narrow streets of the neighborhood are some of Barcelona’s best boutiques and specialty food shops, as well as historic buildings and famous museums.

6. Mercado de la Boqueria
Metro: Liceu

As if there wasn’t enough amazing food in Barcelona, Mercado de la Boqueria gives foodies even more to get excited about. From fresh fruit to filet mignon, pizza to pistachios, the Mercado de la Boqueria is the perfect place to pick up a healthy smoothie for breakfast or a light lunch from one of the many tapas bars. The food will give you energy to explore the rest of the top 10 things to do in Barcelona.

7. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Metro: Catalunya, Universitat

The MACBA, with its huge white facade and impossibly high ceilings, is home to Barcelona’s best contemporary art. The permanent collection is housed on the ground floor, and there is always a good number of temporary exhibitions on display on the upper levels of the museum.

8. La Sagrada Familia
Metro: Sagrada Familia

Perhaps Barcelona’s most famous landmark, Gaudi began work on La Sagrada Familia during the final years of his life. Still unfinished, the church is a living, growing tribute to its creator’s genius.

La Sagrada Familia’s entry fee is steep and the interior is still very much a work-in-progress, but the views from the roof are well worth both the price and the often long line for the elevator.

9. Picasso Museum
Metro: Jaume I

Perhaps Barcelona’s most visited museum, the Picasso Museum is housed in a beautiful historic building and houses an impressive collection of the artist’s work.

10. Casa Batllo
Metro: Passeig De Gracia, Diagonal

With arguably the most beautiful interior design in the city, the Casa Batllo is one of the highlights of the top 10 things to do in Barcelona. The excellent audioguide will take you through the main rooms of the house, all of which were designed by Gaudi with purpose, precision, and his own unique style.