54 places not to miss in Barcelona - must visit Barcelona attractions for first-time visitors

Last updated on 08-02-2024  –  What should you see in Barcelona?

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Barcelona is still one of the most popular destinations in Europe and as experienced guides in Barcelona we know the city like the back of our hands. Here we highlight what you need to know about Barcelona’s top sights and hidden gems. Discover the must-see places and activities that you should not miss during a visit in 2024.  For the most up-to-date information on public transport routes and times, you can use apps such as Google Maps or the official public transport website in Barcelona.

1. Sagrada Familia: an architectural wonder

Sometimes we notice that customers doubt whether they should visit the Sagrada Família. As guides, we can assure you: this is truly a must-see in Barcelona. Even if you’re not normally into churches or have seen many, the Sagrada Família is different and worth it! This world-famous basilica is an example of architectural mastery and rich history.

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece by architect Antoni Gaudí, is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city. Here’s the most up-to-date information for 2024 on opening hours, entrance fees, and how to best reach this iconic basilica.

Opening hours: The opening hours of the Sagrada Familia vary seasonally:
From November to February: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
In March and October: Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM.
From April to September: Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
On December 25 and 26, January 1 and 6, opening hours are from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Entrance fees: Entrance fees to the Sagrada Familia in 2024 are €26 for a standard ticket. There is also an option for a ticket with a guided tour, which costs €30. It is recommended to purchase your ticket via the official website of the Sagrada Familia

Accessibility: The Sagrada Familia is located on Carrer de la Marina. The basilica is easily accessible by public transport:

Metro: Lines L2 and L5 stop at Sagrada Família metro station.
Bus: Lines 19, 33, 34, D50, H10, and B24 stop nearby. The general entrance is on the Nativity facade, on Carrer de la Marina for individual visitors. Groups and students (Baccalaureate) use the group entrance, also on Carrer de la Marina.

The Sagrada Familia offers several free church services for visitors and believers.

International Mass on Sunday:
When: Every Sunday and on public holidays at 9:00 am.
Cost: Attending Mass is free, but capacity is limited.
Language: Various languages are used.
Entrance: Nativity facade (Carrer de la Marina).
Dress and behavior: Visitors are requested to dress appropriately.
Groups: Groups of more than 25 people must complete a form in advance

International Evening Mass on Saturday:
When: Every Saturday at 8:00 PM.
Cost: Admission to the Mass is free, but capacity is limited.
Language: Various languages.
Entrance: Nativity facade (Carrer de la Marina).
Dress and behavior: Visitors are requested to dress appropriately.
Groups: Groups of more than 25 people must complete a form in advance.

Note: The Basilica may occasionally change Evening Mass times and days due to special events taking place within the Basilica

With this information, you can optimally plan and enjoy your visit to the Sagrada Familia in 2024.

2. Casa Batlló: Gaudí's artistry at its best

Discover Casa Batlló, a testament to Gaudí’s genius and creativity. Admire the vibrant facade and organic shapes that characterize this early 20th-century masterpiece.

Here you will find practical information for your visit in 2024, as well as an answer to the question: What should you see in Barcelona?

Opening hours:
Casa Batlló is open daily from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
The last admission is at 8:45 PM, and the box office closes at 9:00 PM.
An average visit takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes

Entrance fees:
Standard tickets for adults between 18 and 64 years cost €35.
Young people between 13 and 17 years old and students with an ID pay €29.
Seniors aged 65 and over pay €32

Casa Batlló is located on Passeig de Gràcia nr 43, one of Barcelona’s most iconic avenues due to its modernist heritage.
Metro: Lines L2, L3 and L4 stop at Passeig de Gràcia metro station.
Train: RENFE – Passeig de Gràcia Station.
FGC: Provenca station.
Bus: Lines H10, V15, 7, 22 and 24

If you want to be sure of a ticket, it is best to reserve online for Casa Batlló (during holidays at least two days in advance).

3. Park Güell: a fairytale escape

A masterpiece by Gaudí, this park was originally designed for his good friend, Mr. Güell. Gaudí himself lived in Park Güell for many years, until he devoted himself completely to his work on the Sagrada Família and chose to live near the construction site. A short walk up rewards you with a beautiful view. Make sure you book your tickets in advance for this hugely popular park.

Park Güell in Barcelona is one of Antoni Gaudí’s most enchanting creations and an essential stop for anyone wondering: “What to visit in Barcelona?”. Here is the latest information for your visit in 2024.

Opening hours:
Park Güell is open from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM (after October 29, 2023, the closing time will change to 5:30 PM).
Please note: specific times are reserved for residents and Gaudir Més members, during which tourist visits are not allowed. This is from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM and from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (after October 29, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM)

Entrance fees:
General admission price: €10.
Children from 0 to 6 years: Free.
Children from 7 to 12 years: €7.
Persons with disabilities: Free.
Accompanying people with disabilities: €7.

Reservations for Park Güel via the official website.

Metro: Take the green line (L3) to Lesseps station. From there it is a 20-minute walk to the entrance to Avinguda del Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntanya which has an escalator. The Vallcarca stop is not recommended because the mechanical stairs at Baixada de la Glòria are sometimes out of use.

Bus: Lines H6 and D40. From the bus stop at Travessera de Dalt, it is a 10-minute walk. Access from Avinguda del Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntaya, with automatic stairs, or Carrer Larrard is recommended

Bus Turístic and Barcelona City Tour: For the Bus Turístic (blue line) and the Barcelona City Tour (green route) the stop is “Park Güell”. The stop is at Avinguda de la Mare de Déu de Montserrat and from there, it is a 10-minute walk to the entrance at Carretera del Carmel via Av. Pompeu Fabra

Taxi: There are two taxi stands at Park Güell, located on Rambla de Mercedes and Carretera del Carmel

Buses for groups: Coaches for groups can use the entrance at Carretera del Carmel where there is a specific Zona Bus coach parking lot (with prior reservation for organized groups)

With this information, you can optimally plan your visit to Park Güell in 2024 and enjoy one of the most enchanting places in Barcelona.

4. El Barri Gotic: unveiling the history in the Gothic Quarter

Discover not only the impressive Cathedral, but also countless picturesque alleys, unique little bars and restaurants, and the many pedestrianized, picturesque squares.

In the Gothic Quarter you will also find several fascinating museums, such as the Picasso Museum and the Moco Museum. Enjoy the cozy pincho bars, admire the beautiful Plaza del Rey, the old Jewish synagogue and the idyllic Plaza de Sant Neri.

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What to See in the Gothic Quarter:

Barcelona Cathedral: Dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, the city’s co-patron saint, with a beautiful courtyard and 13 white geese.

Walk along Las Ramblas: Barcelona’s most famous street, which forms the border between the Barrio Gótico and Raval. Note the flower market, street performers and Joan Miro’s abstract street mosaic.

Walking under the Pont del Bisbe: An ornate bridge built in 1929 in Gothic style with a striking skull and dagger underneath.

Explore Picasso’s Old Barri Gotic Sites: Carrer d’Avinyo was the cultural heart of the city and where Picasso spent his time, among others.

El Bosc de les Fades: A unique bar in the Gothic Quarter with a forest-like decor and simulated rain showers.

The Barcelona Historical Museum (MUHBA): Here you can learn about Barcelona’s 2,000 years of history and walk through ancient underground Roman streets.

Roman Temple of Barcelona: Hidden in a medieval courtyard behind the cathedral, these 2,000-year-old columns are some of Barcelona’s earliest relics.

Plaça del Rei: A picturesque and historic square surrounded by Gothic buildings including the former Royal Palace. A must-see for lovers of medieval architecture.

Mercat del Born: This former market hall is now a cultural center highlighting Barcelona’s history and heritage. It is also a place to see local art during one of the many exhibitions.

Santa Maria del Mar: An impressive Gothic church known for its beautiful architecture and serene atmosphere. It is an iconic example of Catalan Gothic design.

Santa Maria del Pi: Another beautiful Gothic church known for its impressive stained glass windows and rich history.

The Gothic Quarter is located in the old city center and is easily accessible.

Metro: Accessible via Metro Line 3 (Liceu station) or Metro Line 4 (Jaume I station).
Bus: Numerous bus services run around the edges of the small district.

5. De la Boqueria Market is the most famous fresh market in Barcelona, a feast for the senses

This market is a feast for the senses with its colorful displays and aromatic scents. You will find an extensive range of fresh products. Enjoy delicious fresh tapas at the counter of one of the small tapas bars. You can’t miss this market located on Las Ramblas – it is always pleasantly busy.

The Boqueria has a rich history dating back to the 12th century when traveling traders and farmers settled near one of the city gates to sell their products.

Opening hours:
La Boqueria is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Please note: some stalls close as early as 2:00 PM. The best time to visit is between 10 am and 12 pm when the market is fully set up but not yet too busy.

Address: La Rambla 91, 08002, Barcelona.
Metro: Accessible via the Liceu metro stop on the green line (L3).
La Boqueria is located about halfway along La Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous street.
From Plaça de Catalunya it is about an 8-minute walk downhill. From the Columbus Statue, it is a 15-minute walk uphill.
The closest stops from Bus Turistic are Plaça de Catalunya and Museu Maritim.
Accessible by buses 59, 91, and V13

A visit to La Boqueria is not only an opportunity to sample a wide range of local and international foods but also a unique way to become immersed in Barcelona’s vibrant culture and gastronomy.

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6. The Magic Fountain at Montjuíc

The Magic Fountain Barcelona is a true classic and an ideal evening activity. This free show is enchanting and totally worth it.

*NB! Due to a water shortage in Barcelona there are currently no shows. Check the Magic Fountain program here for the most up-to-date information. Magic Fountain 2024 Program.

Location and Accessibility:
The fountain is located on Plaça d’Espanya, a bustling roundabout in the heart of the city.
Metro: Accessible by the L1 or L3 metro lines, or the FGC train.
Tourist bus: Stops at the fountain if you come from the city center.
Bicycle: Easily accessible by bicycle. Where to rent a bike in Barcelona?

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7. La Rambla: the pulsating heart of Barcelona

Las Ramblas is undoubtedly the most famous street in Barcelona. A walk on this famous boulevard should certainly not be missed during your visit to the city. Although the street is best known for its name, it may not be the most special place in Barcelona, but it remains a street that you must walk when you are in Barcelona.

What to See on Las Ramblas:

Las Ramblas is known for its versatility for both good and bad.
The street offers souvenir shops and eateries, as well as historic buildings and the famous La Boqueria market.
There are some human statues and entertaining street performers at the end of the street.
The street starts at the famous square of Catalonia and ends at the old port of the city.
In the evenings it can become a bit shadier with the arrival of drug dealers and prostitutes, so be vigilant for pickpockets.

This dry river was transformed into a street in the early 16th century, so Las Ramblas connected the old quarter with the working-class El Raval district.

Location and Accessibility:
Las Ramblas is a mainly pedestrian area that runs through the middle of the city, between the Gothic Quarter and Raval.
The street is 1.2 kilometers long, running from Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus Monument.
Metro: Las Ramblas is served by three main transport stations: Catalunya (L1/L3), Liceu (L3) and Drassanes (L3). It is easiest to get off at Catalunya and walk down the entire street.
Bus Turistic: The stops for La Rambla are Plaça de Catalunya (top) and Museu Maritim (bottom).

Regular buses (59, 91 and V13) also run along the small streets next to La Rambla.

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8. Columbus monument in the harbor: a symbol of discovery

Visit the 60-meter-high Columbus Monument, which adorns the Barcelona skyline with its 60-meter height. Columbus himself, depicted in a 7-meter-high statue with a half-meter-long finger, is at the top. This monument is an ode to Columbus’s voyages of discovery and was specially designed for the 1888 World Exhibition.

What many people do not know is that the monument contains one of the very first elevators. This elevator is still in use today and takes visitors to the crown of the monument. There you will find a viewing platform with a 360-degree view where you can admire beautiful panoramas over the old harbor and the historic city center.

Location and Accessibility:
The monument is located near the Port Vell marina and the Maremagnum shopping center.
Metro: The nearest stop is Drassanes but you can also get off at Liceu if you walk a bit along Las Ramblas.

Visit to the Monument:
Visitors can take a lift to the top which offers breathtaking views of Barcelona and its harbour.
cost: €8.00.

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9. Barceloneta Beach: sun, sand and sea

Relax on Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona, just a short walk of about 35 minutes from Las Ramblas. Barceloneta, was originally built in 1732 as a village and today a lively working-class district. The beach itself was built especially for the 1992 Olympic Games. During the construction of Port Vell (old harbor), a dike was built connecting the small island of Maians with the city. This land formed the land on which the La Barceloneta district was later built. La Barceloneta was virtually an uninhabited area until the mid-18th century.

Getting There: Metro: Take the Yellow Line (Metro Line 4) to the Barceloneta metro stop.
Walking: From the end of La Rambla it takes about 30 to 35 minutes.
Bus: Take bus D20, 45 or 59 to Almirral Cervera or Passeig Maritim bus stop. There is also a hop-on-hop-off bus service that stops at Barceloneta

Water temperature:
The average water temperature in Barceloneta in winter reaches 14.1°C, in spring 15.1°C, in summer the average temperature rises to 23.9°C, and in autumn it is 21.3°C.
The swimming season in Barceloneta lasts from June to October. During these months the water temperature does not drop below 20°C and is therefore suitable for comfortable swimming. Although swimming is possible all year round if you like a refreshing dip.

Daily services such as lifeguards, first aid and rescue centers, public toilets, an environmental education center, a beach center on Barceloneta Beach (opposite the Hospital del Mar), and police safety points are usually open from May to September.
After September there may be beach services on weekends until mid-October depending on the weather.
Fishing is allowed on all beaches after 9:00 PM and until 10:00 AM.

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10. Parc de Montjuïc: a panoramic experience

Explore the mountain of Montjuïc for breathtaking views of Barcelona and discover the parks and museums of this green oasis in the city. The cable car ride completes the adventure. Although Montjuïc is often skipped on a first visit to Barcelona, it is worth it. The mountain is easy to reach by public transport, an E-bike or on foot. You will find the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic swimming pool, a 16th century castle, an impressive cemetery, a cactus garden and much more. However, it is mainly the beautiful panoramic views that make Montjuïc so special.

Here is a description of what there is to discover:

Montjuïc Castle: This historic fortress offers not only a fascinating glimpse into the past but also panoramic views over Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc: Known for its impressive light and water shows.

National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC): A cultural highlight with an extensive collection of Catalan art, from medieval to modern.

The Botanical Garden: Offers a serene escape with a diversity of plants and flowers ideal for nature lovers.

The Olympic Stadium and Olympic Swimming Pool: Major sporting venues from the 1992 Olympic Games are now open to the public and sporting events.

Poble Espanyol: A unique open-air museum that showcases the diversity of Spanish architecture and culture.

Montjuïc Cable Car: A fun way to reach the top of the hill with beautiful views of the city.

Fundació Joan Miró: Dedicated to the work of the famous Catalan artist, a must-see for art lovers.

Palau Sant Jordi: An impressive arena used for major concerts and sporting events.

The Climbing Wall: The longest climbing wall in Europe is free for climbing enthusiasts, and a great place to practice.

Montjuïc Cemetery: A place of peace and contemplation known for its impressive sculptures and mausoleums.

Restaurants and Bars: Montjuïc offers a small variety of dining options, from chic restaurants to cozy bars where you can enjoy local dishes and drinks.

Stunning Views: Everywhere on Montjuïc you will find breathtaking views of Barcelona, the harbor, and the sea, perfect for memorable photos.

Montjuïc is therefore a perfect destination for anyone looking for a day full of adventure, culture, and relaxation in Barcelona.


The Funicular of Montjuïc
Route: Connects Paral·lel metro station (L2 and L3) with Av Miramar in Montjuïc.
Practical information:
Fares: Included in standard public transport fares in Barcelona.
Frequency: Runs regularly, usually every 10-15 minutes.

Bus lines
Bus 150: Departs from Plaza España to Montjuïc Castle.
Practical information:
Fares: Standard city bus fare.
Frequency: Regular service, approximately every 10-15 minutes.

To walk
Route: Start at Plaza España and follow the hiking trails up.
Practical information:
Duration: About 30-45 minutes depending on your pace.
Experience: Enjoy nature and discover hidden paths and gardens.

E-bike rental
Rental locations: Several rental companies in the center of Barcelona.
Practical information:
Rates: Read more about renting a bike in Barcelona
Flexibility: Ideal for those who want to explore the hill at their own pace.

Barceloneta Cable Car (Port Vell Aerial Tramway)
Route: Connects the Barceloneta to the Montjuïc hill.
Departure point: The cable car starts at the Torre de Sant Sebastià in Barceloneta and goes to the Torre Jaume I at the port before ending at the Mirador de Miramar on Montjuïc.
Rates: Consult the official website for current prices.
Opening hours: These may vary depending on the season, so check online beforehand.

Montjuïc Cable Car (Telefèric de Montjuïc)
Route: Connects the Av Miramar station (near the Montjuïc Fountain) to the Montjuïc Castle.
Practical information:
Rates: Check online for current prices.
Opening hours: Vary seasonally, consult the website for current information.

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11. Parc de la Ciutadella: the green oasis of Barcelona

The Parc de la Ciutadella is the city’s largest and most beloved park by both locals and visitors to the city. Admire the majestic monument erected in honor of the 1888 World’s Fair. This beautiful park was created on the site of a former military fort built by the Spanish in 1714.

Within the boundaries of the park you will find the Barcelona Zoo, several botanical gardens and a picturesque lake where you can enjoy rowing. The park is easily accessible from the city center, making it a perfect escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

Opening hours:
The park is open and accessible daily.
from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm.
Please note: These times may vary, so it is advisable to check the current opening times before your visit.

On Foot: The park is within walking distance of Las Ramblas in Barcelona.
With public transport:
Metro: The nearest metro stations are Arc de Triomf (L1), Ciutadella | Vila Olímpica (L4) and Barceloneta (L4).
Bus: Several bus lines stop near the park.
By Bicycle: There are cycle paths leading to the park and there is plenty of space to park bicycles.

Facilities and Attractions:
Barcelona Zoo: Located within the park, with separate entrance fees and opening times.
Botanical Gardens: Freely accessible during park opening hours.
Rowing on the Lake: The lake offers rowing boats for rent, especially popular in the spring and summer.

General Tips:
Entrance to the Park: Free and open to everyone.
Activities: Perfect for picnicking, jogging, walking, and cultural activities.
Events: The park is often the location for festivals and events, so check the local calendar for special events.

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12. Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catalana: A symphony of art

The beautiful Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona is a piece of architecture. This concert hall designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner is a fine example of Catalan modernism. The ornate facade and vibrant stained glass windows invite visitors to a world full of wonders. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not just a venue for music, but a living testament to Catalan culture and creativity. A must-visit for music lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike.

Address: Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona​
On Foot: It is just a 5-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya
​Metro: The nearest metro station is Urquinaona (L1, Red Line, and L4, Yellow Line)​

Online: Tickets can be purchased online and printed or shown on a mobile device at access control. A management fee of 2 euros per ticket may be applied for printing tickets purchased online

Box Office for Visits: Located at c/ Sant Pere Més Alt, s/n and c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm​

By telephone: For visiting information, the Palau can be reached on (+34) 93 855 57 31, Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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13. Picasso Museum: a glimpse of artistic genius

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona houses an extensive collection covering the early years of Pablo Picasso and offering a unique insight into the evolution of his arts. The museum is an experience through the mind of a revolutionary artist. €14 per adult. Admission is free for people under the age of 18.

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is located at c/ Montcada, 15-23 and offers visitors a comprehensive look at the work of Pablo Picasso. Here is practical information for 2024:

Opening hours:
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, including public holidays
Closed: Monday, January 1, May 1, June 24, and December 25
Shortened opening hours: January 5 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, December 24 and 31 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

​Free admission times: Thursday afternoon from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the first Sunday of every month, and Open Door days on February 12, May 18, and September 24

General price: Online €14, at the box office €15 for the Picasso Collection + exhibition Miró-Picasso​
Reduced price: €7.50 for certain groups.

Contact information:
Address: c/ Montcada, 15-23 – 08003 Barcelona​
Phone: (+34) 93 256 30 00​
Email: museupicasso@bcn.cat​

The museum offers an in-depth look at the different phases of Picasso’s artistry and is a must-see for art lovers visiting Barcelona.

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14. Shopping in Passeig de Gracia: retail therapy in style

Passeig de Gracia is a boulevard filled with beautiful houses and luxury shops in the heart of Barcelona. The street is often called the Champs Elysee of Barcelona because all the famous luxury brands have a store there. The famous street is also synonymous with modernist buildings such as Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí and Casa Milà (La Pedrera). Metro: L3 green line Passeig de Gracias or Diagonal

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15. Dive into Barcelona's largest open-air flea market, Els Encants Vells

Els Encants Vells is the largest and oldest flea market in Barcelona. This market located in the Poble Nou neighborhood is a bustling marketplace where old and new come together. Sellers here offer a wide range of second-hand goods such as antiques, vintage clothing, electronics and more.

The lively, popular atmosphere of the market contributes to a unique experience for both enthusiastic shoppers and curious visitors.

Here is the latest information for 2024:
Opening hours:

Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Auction: Public auctions take place from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays​

Address: Castillejos, 158, 08013 Barcelona, Line 1 (Red Line): The nearest metro stop is Glòries. From here it is just a short walk to the market.

Els Encants Vells offers a unique living experience with a wide range of items, from antiques and vintage items to household items and clothing. It’s a fun place for both tourists and locals looking for bargains and unique finds.

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16. Bunkers del Carmel: A hidden viewpoint gem

The Bunkers del Carmel have long been a well-kept secret in Barcelona, offering stunning panoramic views of the entire city. Located on a hill, these bunkers once equipped with heavy artillery were intended to protect Barcelona from air raids during the Spanish Civil War. Today, the bunkers are a popular meeting place for locals and visitors.

Here is the most up-to-date information on accessibility for 2024

Accessibility: By Metro: Take the yellow line (L4) to Alfons X metro station.
From there it is about a 30-minute uphill walk to the Bunkers.

By Bus: Take bus V19 to the Pl Mitja Lluna stop which is the last stop, then followed by an 8-minute walk.
An alternative bus line is the 22 which also stops near the Bunkers.

On Foot: The walk to the Bunkers is quite steep and may be challenging for some. It takes about 20-30 minutes to reach the top. However, the route offers beautiful views and there are plenty of rest points along the way.

Please note: Barcelona City Council has announced that the Bunkers will be closed late in the evening and at night as it has become a popular place for parties.

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17. Gracia, a picturesque neighborhood with art and culture

Be sure to visit the Gràcia district, a lively and authentic neighborhood that exudes the real Barcelona feeling. Once an independent village, Gràcia has retained its unique charm with narrow streets, colorful buildings, and an abundance of local shops and workshops. This district is a paradise for lovers of art, culture, and gastronomy.

The numerous squares are dotted with terraces where you can enjoy delicious Catalan dishes and soak up the local atmosphere. Gràcia is also known for its vibrant nightlife, with a range of bars and clubs open until the early hours.

Park Güell: One of Gaudí’s masterpieces, known for its colorful mosaics and unique architecture.

Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia: The beating heart of Gràcia with an iconic clock tower and many bars and cafés.

​Carrer Verdi: A lively street with independent shops, theaters, and restaurants.

​Casa Ramos: A lesser-known modernist building designed by Lluís Muncunill.

​Mercat de la Llibertat: A local market where you can find fresh produce and tapas.

The Plazas of Gràcia: Various squares, each with its character, such as Plaça del Sol and Plaça de la Revolució.

Restaurants and Bars: Gràcia is a foodie’s paradise with a range of dining options from traditional Catalan dishes to international cuisines and excellent coffee
The district is also home to some of the best bars in Barcelona, from intimate wine bars to hip local hangouts.

Festivals: Festa Major de Gràcia. The most famous festival in Gràcia is held in August with colorful street decorations, live music, and traditional dances.

Accessibility: Gràcia is easily accessible from the center of Barcelona. Take the L3 (Green Line) metro from Plaça Catalunya; the journey takes less than 10 minutes.

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18. Casa Milá

Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera and designed by Antoni Gaudí for the Milà family, is an iconic example of Gaudí’s brilliant architecture. You will find this modernist masterpiece on the famous Passeig de Gracia in the heart of Barcelona. With its undulating stone façade and artistic wrought iron balconies, it is a visual spectacle that perfectly captures Gaudí’s organic and intriguing style.

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19. Sant Pau Hospitaal :

Hospital de Sant Pau, is a beautiful hospital in Barcelona designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The impressive building served as a fully functioning hospital for a century. The structure is a poetic blend of architectural beauty and functionality, with its beautiful mosaics, intricate carvings, and domed pavilions. Entrance: €16 – With audio guide €20.

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20. A wealth of history: Plaza Del Rey

Plaza del Rey, located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona represents a fascinating historic square. This square is surrounded by buildings that have their origins in the medieval and early modern period.

A special place on Plaza del Rey is the Palau Reial Major, an imposing building that in the past housed the Counts of Barcelona and later the Kings of Aragon. This palace steeped in legend is said to have been the place where Queen Isabella met Christopher Columbus, both before and after his legendary voyage of discovery.

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21. The picturesque Plaza Real

Plaza Real is a lively and iconic square in the heart of Barcelona. The picturesque square has palm trees and is surrounded by beautiful neoclassical buildings that exude an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur. Plaza Real is buzzing all day long, but even more so in the evening, when both locals and tourists flock to the bars and restaurants.

The square was designed in the 19th century by Francesc Daniel Molina and is known for its unique lampposts designed by Antoni Gaudí 1879 at the beginning of his career.

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22. Barcelona Cathedral

The Cathedral of Barcelona also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. This church is dedicated to Santa Eulalia, a 13-year-old goose herder who lived during the Roman occupation.

One of the striking features of the cathedral is the cloister courtyard inhabited by 13 geese, a symbol of Santa Eulalia’s age at the time of her martyrdom.

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23. The cactus garden in Barcelona

The Cactus Garden on Montjuïc Hill in Barcelona has an impressive collection of numerous and unusual cacti and succulents. Officially known as Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens, the garden is a natural oasis and tribute to the diverse world of desert flora. The carefully composed landscape shows the beauty of these plants, ranging from the towering saguaros to the special shapes of agaves.

Close to the city center and accessible free of charge, this garden offers the perfect opportunity to spend an hour relaxing.

views not to miss in Barcelona

24. The Barcelona Olympic swimming pool

What should you see in Barcelona?” A must-see is the Olympic swimming pool –  Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc. This swimming pool, located on the Montjuïc hill, not only offers a refreshing dip but also a breathtaking view of the city.

It became famous during the 1992 Olympic Games and has been attracting locals and tourists alike ever since. Swimming in this historic pool is a unique experience; you’ll feel the Olympic spirit as you swim laps. Besides swimming, you can relax and enjoy the sun.

Nice to see in Barcelona?

24. Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

Plaça de Sant Felip Neri hidden in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a small square known for history and tranquility. There is also a charming Baroque church surrounded by elegant old buildings. This church known as the Church of Sant Felip Neri shows the scars of the Spanish Civil War, a poignant reminder of the city’s tumultuous past.

The atmosphere on the small square is peaceful and offers a welcome respite from the surrounding hustle and bustle. The soft sound of the fountain and the tranquility of the surroundings create a dreamy atmosphere.

In the city center close to the cathedral and accessible free of charge.

Fun places not to miss in Barcelona

25. Tibidabo amusement park.

Tibidabo is the highest mountain in the Serra de Collserola mountain range overlooking Barcelona. At the top is the Expiatori del Sagrat Cor church, an imposing site with panoramic views from the church’s public terrace. But also an amusement park that has a nostalgic character with classic attractions combined with modern attractions.

The journey to the top of the mountain via a vintage tram and a cable car is an experience in itself. Although you can also easily get there by bus from the center.

Facinating places not to miss in Barcelona

26. Hospital de la Santa Crue

The former hospital known as the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona is a hidden gem located on a lively side street just off Las Ramblas. This historic building offers a serene courtyard with orange trees and impressive architecture. This old hospital, once the hospital for the less fortunate, is also known as the place where Gaudí died after a tram accident.

Located a 5-minute walk from Las Ramblas, free admission.

New places not to miss in Barcelona

27. El Forum

El Fòrum excels with its vast open space and soothing atmosphere, ideal for those looking to escape the city bustle. The modern design of this modern park, including an open-air swimming pool, attracts attention and invites you to a relaxing voyage of discovery. The climbing park for children and the large Blau museum also offer added value. The place is also distinguished by its famous status as a venue for major concerts and festivals. The park is easily accessible by bicycle. The entire route is approximately 7 kilometers long and runs along the beach, making it a particularly beautiful ride. Want to know more about renting a bicycle in Barcelona? The park can also be reached via the yellow line L4 and then get off at El Forum. Free admission

Nice places to see in Barcelona?

28. Santa Caterina Markt

The Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona is an experience for the senses and culture lovers. Known for its colorful and wavy roof, this market is an architectural gem and the city’s second most popular fresh food market. It offers an authentic Catalan experience with an abundance of fresh produce from local cheeses to seafood. Smaller and less busy than La Boqueria, Santa Caterina offers a more intimate atmosphere where you can experience the local culture.

The market is also close to the Gothic Quarter, making it a perfect starting point for a broader exploration of the city center. Within walking distance of other attractions such as the cathedral, Las Ramblas, Plaza del Rey, The Gothic Quarter, and more.

Modern places not to miss in Barcelona

29. Torre Glòrie

Torre Glòries, formerly known as Torre Agbar, was designed by the famous architect Jean Nouvel. The building is a work of modern architecture and urban design, with its striking shape and colorful lighting at night it is also a visual spectacle. The tower symbolizes technological progress and the dynamic spirit of Barcelona. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the city from the top. Located in the Poble Nou district, known for its modern buildings. A little further out of the city but easily and quickly accessible by the red metro line. Nice to combine with a visit to the market of Les Cants and El Forum.

Stadium places not to miss in Barcelona

30. The Olympic stadium on Montjuic

The Olympic Stadium located on Montjuïc offers an insight into the 1992 Olympic Games.  There is also a sports museum where visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits and even test their speed against Usain Bolt! And at least for the football season of 2024 and 2025, the stadium will be used by FC Barcelona due to renovations to the Spotify Camp Nou Stadium. Very easily accessible on foot from the center, also with metro line L3 or Hop on bus. Can easily be combined with a visit to Montjuic Castle, Plaza España, the Olympic swimming pool and the cactus gardens.

Musea places not to miss in Barcelona

31.CaixaForum Museum

CaixaForum Barcelona is a museum housed in a former textile factory on Montjuïc, it is a  fascinating fusion of historic architecture and modern art. With its changing exhibitions, the museum offers a rich variety of works of art from impressionist paintings to contemporary installations. Good to combine with a visit to Plaza España and the mountain of Montjuic. The famous Pavilion by Mies Van der Rohe is also a 3-minute walk away. The Poble Espanyol is an 8-minute walk from the museum.

Nice sights in Barcelona?

32. Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum in Barcelona offers a fascinating dive into the city’s maritime history. Housed in a beautiful Gothic building, this museum offers an opportunity to discover the close link between Barcelona and ancient shipping.

Met een indrukwekkende verzameling die de Catalaanse zeecultuur illustreert is het museum een schatkist van maritieme artefacten waaronder schepen en navigatie-instrumenten.  Voor zowel geschiedenisliefhebbers als nieuwsgierige bezoekers is het Maritiem Museum een fascinerende plek om de maritieme geschiedenis van Barcelona te verkennen.

Art places not to miss in Barcelona

33. National Museum of Catalan Arts

The National Museum of Catalan Arts (MNAC) Located in the majestic Palau Nacional, this museum offers an unparalleled glimpse into Catalan art, from Romanesque murals to modern masterpieces. It’s not just the art that impresses; the building itself, with its imposing architecture and panoramic views over Barcelona, is an attraction in itself. In the MNAC you will find a rich collection that brings Catalan culture and history to life.

Opening hours:

Winter (October to April): Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Summer (May to September): Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Closed on Mondays, except public holidays. Closed annually on January 1, May 1 and December 25.

Entrance fees:

General admission: €12 (valid for two days within one month of purchase).
Basic ticket: €2 (allows access to the building, the Rooftop Viewpoint, and a self-guided tour).
Special exhibitions: Vary in price, such as €6 for an exhibition or €10 including a brochure.
Guided tours: €18 (available from June 1 to August 31).
Free admission: Every Saturday from 3:00 PM, every first Sunday of the month, and on open days (online reservations recommended)​


Metro: Lines L1 and L3, stop Pl. Espanya.
Bus: Lines 55 (stop closest to the museum), 150, 13, and other lines that stop at Pl. Espanya.
Tourist bus: Barcelona City Tour and Tourist bus Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
FGC (Catalan Railways): R5, R6, R50, R60, S3, S4, S8, S9, L8, Espanya stop.
Funicular: From Metro Paral·lel with the Funicular from Montjuïc.
Easily accessible on foot from the center.
Parking: Paid municipal parking next to the museum, also for coaches and with spaces for the disabled.

Nice sights to visit in Barcelona?

34. Joan Miró museum

The Joan Miró Museum is dedicated to the famous and influential Catalan artist. The museum offers a deep dive into Joan Miró’s imaginative world. His works are known for their vibrant colors and abstract shapes. The museum itself is located on the mountain of Montjuic.

Entrance fees

Adults: €14.00.
Students, seniors (65+): €7.00.
Children up to 14 years: Free.
Audio guide: €4.00.
Free entry with the Barcelona Card and the Articket Barcelona​


Metro: Take line L2 or L3 to Paral·lel, then Funicular de Montjuïc to Montjuic. From there it is about a ten-minute walk.
Bus: Line 50 from Plaza Universitat or Plaza de Espanya

35. Palau Güell

What should you see in Barcelona?

This masterpiece designed by Antoni Gaudí is a hidden gem in the heart of Barcelona just a 1-minute walk from Las Ramblas. It is one of the first major commissions that Gaudí received from Eusebi Güell, his best friend and client of several projects. Palau Güell stands out for its special design and artistic details.

Opening hours
April – September: Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to
8:00 PM (last entry at 7:00 PM).
October – March: Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to
5:30 PM (last entry at 4:30 PM).
Closed on Mondays, December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 6

Entrance fees
Adults: €12.
Students and people over 65: €9.
Children from 10 to 17 years: €5.
Children under 10 years: Free​

Free entrance
First Sunday of every month.
On specific dates such as February 12, April 23, September 11, September 24 and 25, and December 15

Metro: Line L3, Liceu or Drassanes stops.
Bus: Lines V13, 59, 91, 120.
Hop-on Hop-off bus: Get off at the Columbus statue at the bottom of the Ramblas.
Bicycle: From Plaça Catalunya it is about 5-10 minutes by bike.
On foot: About a fifteen-minute walk from Plaça Catalunya

Also, consult the Palau Güell website or contact us for the latest information, especially in case of special events or temporary changes in opening hours or entrance fees.

What should you visit and see in Barcelona?

36. Santa Maria del Mar church

This basilica located in the historic El Born district is an example of Catalan Gothic. Built in the 14th century, the church tells a story of sailors and traders who contributed to its construction. The building is a church and monument that reflects the rich history and culture of the city.


Metro: Line L4, Jaume I stop

Bicycle: From Plaça Catalunya it is about 15 minutes by bike.
On foot: About a 30-minute walk from Plaça Catalunya
Bus: Lines 47, 120, H14, V12, V15, N0, N6, N28, N70.
Tourist bus: Red route, stop Pla de Palau – Parc de la Ciutadella

Jewish places not to miss in Barcelona

37. The Jewish Quarter (El Call)

This historic district with narrow streets dates back to the 12th century and is one of the oldest but also best-preserved Jewish neighborhoods in Europe. The El Call district was once the heart of Barcelona’s Jewish community. Spain’s oldest synagogue, Sinagoga Mayor is a symbol of Barcelona’s deep heritage.

38. Colonia Guëll

What should you visit and see in Barcelona?

Colonia Güell just outside the city is a lesser-known work by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Here you will find the Cripta de Gaudí, a church that looks nothing like the Sagrada Familia but is also a masterpiece.

The crypt which is part of a larger unfinished project showcases Gaudí’s experimental approach to architecture with his signature wavy lines and organic shapes.

Entrance fees:
Ticket + audio guide: €10 (adults), €7.5 (older people over 65 / young people/students).

Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC): From Plaza Espanya, Barcelona, with lines S3, S4, S8 and S9. Station – Colonia Güell. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a special FGC train decorated with images of Gaudi’s Crypt.

Gaudi places not to miss in Barcelona

Another unknown pearl was designed by Gaudi. The Bellesguard Tower is known for its medieval style with modernist elements and for its beautiful views over Barcelona. https://bellesguardgaudi.com

Entrance fees:
Guided tour: €16 for adults, €12.80 for under 18s and pensioners, free for children under 8.
Visit with audio guide: €9 for adults, €7.20 for young people under 18 and pensioners, free for children under 8 years

Public transport:
FGC: Take the L7 from Pl. Catalunya and combine this with bus 196.
Bus: Lines V13 or V15 combined with bus 196. The alternative is bus 123.
Other options: For the tourist bus, choose the Blue Route (Bus Turístic) or the Eastern Route (Barcelona City Tour) towards Tibidabo.

What should you see in Barcelona?

40. Born Cultural Center

The Cultural Center in El Born was originally a fresh market. Located in the vibrant El Born district, this center offers visitors a unique insight into the city’s past through the remains of the old city uncovered beneath the building. The space now used for exhibitions and cultural events.

Street art places not to miss in Barcelona

41. Botero's cat

Deze excentrieke kat van Botero valt te bewonderen in de wijk El Raval, dit charmante sculptuur is een blikvanger gemaakt door de beroemde Colombiaanse kunstenaar Fernando Botero. Deze kunstenaar staat bekend om zijn unieke stijl van ‘volumineuze’ kunst en deze kat is een perfect voorbeeld van zijn werk. Misschien heb je zijn volumineuze stier in New York wel eens gezien.

Fun for kids places not to miss in Barcelona

42. The Laberint park d'Horta

This park hidden in the quiet Horta district is an oasis of peace and beauty. The park famous for its beautiful maze is a green labyrinth where visitors can enjoy beauty and nature. In addition to the maze, the park also offers beautiful gardens and romantic corners.

Skater places not to miss in Barcelona

43. CCCB Museum

A visit to the CCCB Museum is a must for culture lovers. Located in the heart of the city, the Center de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is a hotbed of contemporary art and urban culture. Adjacent to the famous MACBA, this museum offers a fascinating glimpse into modern society through its dynamic exhibitions.

From photography to multimedia installations, the CCCB challenges visitors to think about current themes and offers a unique experience that goes beyond traditional art. The building itself, a converted charity home, combines historic architecture with modern elements, making it a visual spectacle in itself.

What to see in Barcelona?

44. Sant Antoni Markt

Located in a bustling area of Barcelona, this vibrant market offers an authentic Catalan experience. Here you will find a wealth of local products, from fresh fruit and vegetables to artisanal cheeses and meats. The market is not just a place for groceries; it is a cultural meeting place where you can really taste the local atmosphere.

The surrounding streets, such as Carrer del Parlament, are known for their foodie offerings, making your visit to the market easy to turn into a culinary discovery tour. The architecture of the market hall itself, with its iron structure and glass roof, is also a feast for the eyes. Sant Antoni Market is more than a market; it is a vibrant hub where commerce, culture and community come together.

Skater places not to miss in Barcelona

45. Plaça dels Àngels

This iconic spot, known as ‘MACBA Square’, is more than just a square; it is a lively meeting place where the energy of the city is palpable. Here you’ll see skaters of all levels demonstrate their impressive tricks and skills, making for a fascinating spectacle. The combination of MACBA’s modern art and dynamic skate scene creates a unique atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else in Barcelona.

The square is not just a place for skaters; it is a cultural melting pot where locals and visitors come together to enjoy the vibrant urban vibe. Whether you’re a skater yourself or just want to enjoy the energetic atmosphere, Plaça dels Àngels is a must-see spot in Barcelona.

Churches and places not to miss in Barcelona

46. Santa Maria del Pi church

Located in the heart of Barcelona, this historic church is an architectural masterpiece with a rich history. The Gothic style of the building, with its impressive facade and beautiful stained glass windows, offers a breathtaking view that you will not soon forget.

Inside the church you will find a serene atmosphere, ideal for reflection or simply enjoying the peaceful surroundings. The church also offers unique views of the city from the tower, giving you a different perspective of Barcelona. The combination of history, art and spirituality makes Santa Maria del Pi an unforgettable experience.

Expensive places not to miss in Barcelona

 47. Illa de la Discòrdia

Illa de la Discòrdia located on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona is a unique collection of modernist buildings. Illa de la Discòrdia means the “block of discord” and offers a fascinating contrast between different architectural styles making it a must-see for architecture and history enthusiasts. Each building reflects the creativity and vision of its designer, including works by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch.

Roman places not to miss in Barcelona

48. Pillars of the Temple of Augustus

Hidden in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, these impressive remains of Roman times are a rare and fascinating piece of history in the heart of the modern city.

The four colossal columns, remains of a temple that once formed a focal point in ancient Barcino, are an impressive sight. They offer a direct connection to the distant past and let you feel the grandeur of the Roman Empire. The contrast between the ancient columns and the surrounding modern buildings is a perfect example of how Barcelona cherishes its rich history while moving forward.

Old things and places not to miss in Barcelona

49.Tramvia blau Barcelona

A ride on the Tramvia Blau is an unforgettable experience! This historic tram, dating from 1901, is not only Barcelona’s oldest running tram, but also a charming piece of living history. It offers a unique journey through time as it climbs through the picturesque streets of Barcelona.

The Tramvia Blau route, which starts at Plaça J. F. Kennedy and ends at the foot of the Tibidabo, is like a journey through a living museum. Along the way you will see beautiful Modernista and Noucentista buildings, a reflection of the city’s rich architectural heritage.

Gaudi houses and places not to miss in Barcelona

50. Casa Vincens

Casa Vicens, the very first house designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, is an absolute must-see. Located in the charming Gràcia district, this architectural gem is a stunning example of Gaudí’s early work and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The house stands out for its striking colors, innovative designs and the mix of Moorish, neo-Gothic and traditional Catalan influences. Visiting Casa Vicens is like stepping into the world of Gaudí’s imagination, where every detail and corner tells a story. It is not just a house, but a work of art that embodies the spirit of Barcelona’s modernist movement.

Statues and places not to miss in Barcelona

51. The goldfish statue

Meet the 52-meter-high goldfish sculpture, a unique sight on Barceloneta beach. The glittering steelfish called Peix is a captivating testament to Barcelona’s artistic spirit. The monument, which for many people represents a fish, also has another meaning: it must also represent the helmet of the conquistadors.

This artwork was designed by Frank Gehry for the 1992 Olympic Games.

This sculpture is located on Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta.

Metro: The nearest stop is “Ciutadella / Villa Olimpica” on metro line L4 and tram line T4
About a 40-minute walk from the end of Las Ramblas. About 25 minutes by bike from the center.

Train stations and places not to miss in Barcelona

52. Train station Estació de França

Estació de França in Barcelona is a special building with an elegant facade and beautiful interior. The marble floors, bronze statues and the glass roof are worth a look. Whether you are a train traveler or just an architecture lover, Estació de França is located in the Gothic Quarter and easily accessible.

53.Plaça de Prim

Plaça de Prim in Barcelona is a lesser-known place for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This small charming square located in the Poblenou district offers a typical old-fashioned Catalan atmosphere with its cute white low houses and quiet streets. It is a simple but special place enriched by three imposing old gnarled trees that add a unique charm. The proximity to the sea and the famous fish restaurant Els Pescadores make it an ideal location for a nice meal.

places not to miss in Barcelona

54. The Pedralbes district

The Pedralbes district has a mix of elegance and history. Also visit the famous monastery of Pedralbes.

What to do in Barcelona?

Top Sights in Barcelona

Conclusion: Barcelona remains a city of wonders and discoveries. With this comprehensive guide to what to see in 2024, you’ll be well prepared to experience the beauty and charm of this unforgettable city.

Please note: Although the information on this page has been carefully collected, I recommend that you visit or contact the website of the museum or activity in question for the most up-to-date information especially regarding special events or temporary changes to opening hours or entrance fees.

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Greetings from Barcelona! I’m Perry, city guide and driving force behind Perry Tours. For over twenty years, this fascinating city has been my beloved home. After a rewarding journey as a city guide, we share our love for Barcelona by organizing daily guided bicycle tours in Barcelona.

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