With millions of visitors each year it’s easy to see why Barcelona is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations. Whether you are interested in history, architecture or shopping, this incredible city has it all.
Here are 5 of the top sights you can't miss on a trip to Barcelona.
1. Park Güell
As one of the major works of Gaudí, the gardens, unique buildings and mosaics in Barcelona's Park Güell are a must-see. The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful gated community and was the brainchild of Count Eusebi Güell, after whom the park was named. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. You will be sure to come away with some amazing photographs!
2. La Rambla
Popular with tourists and locals alike, this famous tree-lined street in central Barcelona is the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by. Enjoy traditional tapas or check out the Boqueria market. La Rambla stretches for 1.2 kilometres so don’t forget your comfortable footwear!
3. The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is the perfect place to ramble around the old city and pick up any last-minute souvenirs. You will be spoilt with the choice of restaurants and bars, especially around Plaça Reial which is always full, day and night. The Barri Gòtic area is the first choice for many visitors to Barcelona. It is the cultural hub of the city and a great spot for any type of traveller.
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4. Montjuic Mountain
Montjuïc is a hill located near the centre of Barcelona. It features a large number of attractions including the Spanish Village, the Magic Fountain and MNAC, one of the city's most important museums. Best of all, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the harbour from the top of the hill.
5. Sagrada Família
It’s almost impossible to visit Barcelona and not see the famous Sagrada Família. Boasting Spanish Gothic architecture, you will always find tourists outside trying to capture the perfect picture of this massive basilica. Construction of the Sagrada Família began in 1882 with architect Francisco Paula de Villar. Taking over the project a year later, Gaudí brought his inimitable architectural and engineering style to the project, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí spent the last years of his life dedicated to the project, but by the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the construction was complete. Work continues on the Sagrada Família to this day.
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