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Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain (TOP 5 LIST)

Updated on June 29, 2013

Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain (TOP 5 LIST)

The city of Barcelona, Spain has an estimated population of about 1,621,530 residents (according to the 2010 Spain Census). This makes it the 2nd most populated city in Spain. Barcelona offers a variety of attractions and activities to both tourists and locals alike. Here are the top 5 things to do in Barcelona, Spain:

1. La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia was built by Antoni Gaudi and is an excellent example of modernist architecture. The architectural value of the building is enormous and even minute details have been taken great care of. Gaudi devoted his entire life to build a structure so towering and meaningful that the construction of the La Sagrada Familia was only 25% complete by the time of Gaudi’s death in 1926. Furthermore, the construction still has not been completed as of today. The projected completion date of La Sagrada Familia is anticipated to be 2026, which is the centennial of Gaudi’s death. The staff provide a guided tour that is very informative. The guides are very knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. La Sagrada Familia is the first attraction all visitors in Spain should see, as the symbolic meaning of La Sagrada Familia is what all locals living in Barcelona appreciate.

2. Palace of Catalan Music
The Palace of Catalan Music is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. You need to book in advance and have to accompany a guided tour to view this building. The building is an architectural wonder which was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, the then director of the School of Architecture of Barcelona. There are a number of architectural features that are worth noting such as the huge sculptures on the sides and the back of the stage; the stained glass skylight; the concert hall with very nice seating arrangement; and more. The palace also has a very nice museum store. The site was named as a world heritage site in 1997.

3. Camp Nou
Home of the Barcelona Catalan football (soccer) giants, the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona is much more than a simple stadium housing football, it is a means of life for local natives of Barcelona. The 100,000+ capacity stadium is full in every home Barcelona football match, as the Catalanonians live through their classy, creative, and inspirational football. Barcelona is currently home to the best football team in the world and any traveler to Barcelona should spend a day at Camp Nou to watch a football match and see just how the world’s elite team plays the world’s sport.

Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain (TOP 5 LIST)

4. Parc Guell
Parc Guell is an iconic landmark in Barcelona. Parc Guell was designed by the inspirational Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, who had also designed La Sagrada Familia. Parc Guell was built between 1900 and 1914 and this iconic monument is on top of one of Barcelona’s mountains. The symbolic meaning of Parc Guell cannot be undermined, as the works of art at Parc Guell are truly inspirational. Furthermore, the view of Barcelona from Parc Guell is simply stunning. Parc Guell is a definite must-see attraction for all travelers to Barcelona.

5. Beach
No visit to Barcelona can be complete without hitting the sun on one of Barcelona’s top beaches. Barcelona is home to one of the most active beach lifestyles in the world. With beach shack’s playing music and serving as many beverages as your heart desires, locals and visitors can take part in volleyball being played or relax soaking in the sun. Barcelona has two main beaches, Barceloneta and Villa Olimpica. The Villa Olimpica is by far my top recommendation. The atmosphere at Villa Olimpica is amazing. Friendly locals, friendly bars, friendly people, all while soaking up the sun and playing volleyball is the true definition of Barcelona.

Enjoy Barcelona!
Thank you for reading my top 5 list of things to do in Barcelona, Spain. Please visit my profile below for more "Top 5 Things To Do" in other cities around the world. If there is anything that you think should be added to any of my top 5 lists, please comment and share your experiences and knowledge. Your opinions are highly welcomed. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      I'm actually planing to visit Barcelona next spring, so this will definitely come in handy. A very good hub, vote up from here! :)

    • JannyC profile image


      5 years ago

      Wow... great hub! I think you put travel agents to shame! You sold me!

      Hola Spain!

    • Pamela-anne profile image


      5 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks for sharing the great pics and info on Spain; I am sitting in my house suffering with the humidity today that beach looks wonderful. I just want to jump right in to the water. Take care pam;)

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      5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I am so ready to pack my bags now, thanks for the info.

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      Tom London 

      5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I'm about to get there next month! Great advice.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Tony, that's so interesting and informative post about Spain, really enjoyed it a lot, would love to read more of your hubs in spare time, thanks for sharing, voted up, useful, interesting and really beautiful post, thanks and blessings for sharing!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Tony, great list and very timely as we are planning a 2014 trip to Barcelona and other parts of Spain. Great job and welcome to HPs.

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      Imogen French 

      5 years ago from Southwest England

      I love Barcelona, it is such a vibrant city. My favourite bits were Las Ramblas, which is always buzzing with street performers and market stalls, the Gaudi architecture is fantastic, and the Picasso museum is also well worth a visit. It's difficult to choose just five things - and even though I crammed a lot in when I went there I'm going to have to go back there one day to do some more of the things on your list!

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      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the fanmail. Awesome photos!!! Barcelona is one place in Europe I plan on visiting next year. Thanks for the insightful hub of all the wonderful things to do in this beautiful city.

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      Brian Leekley 

      5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting. I would love to someday have the means and opportunity to visit Barcelona. Meanwhile, I appreciate the opportunity to visit it in imagination through your hub.

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      Sandra Busby 

      5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Hello, Worldinquirer, thanks for the visit and the fan mail. Your hub about Barcelona is very informative and interesting. I was in Barcelona for only a few hours a couple of years ago as a stopover on a Holland American cruise. I did, in fact, find it a city I would like to spend more time in. Who knows?

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      Nat Holistic Health Professional IAHT IANLPC 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Hi World Inquirer/Tony, Thanks for the fanmail and follow.Always happy to share my experiences and what I have learnt. Your articles are informative too! Also love the beautiful photos! Great insight of travel destinations and hot spots, will definitely continue following you. Lovely to meet you. Stay in touch Tony.

      Purple falcon/Nat

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      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Worldinquirer! You have rekindled the fantasies of my mind regarding Spain and its most beautiful and recognizable place worldwide that is Barcelona.

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      Susan Bailey 

      5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Las Ramblas; colourful and vibrant, always worth a visit. Another great hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Peter Geekie 

      5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear worldinquirer

      I am due to visit Barcelona next year and your hub gives a good Pre-taste. Thank you. Voted up, useful and interesting.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Riviera Rose 

      5 years ago from South of France

      I'd love to visit Barcelona one day - I'll get there in the end!

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      Kelley Marks 

      5 years ago from California

      If I were going to Europe, Barcelona would certainly be on my top ten list for places to visit. Thanks for the tips. Later!

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      Tony A. 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you! Make sure you do visit Barcelona - it is a wonderful city!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      I've never been to Barcelona but it is on my short list of places to visit. I will revisit this list when I do go!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      The Palace of Catalan Music -- a world heritage sight would be my pick in Barcelona, but I'd see them all if I could. Thanks for sharing.


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