- By lisa
- On Nov 25, 2018
- Travel Tips
We've rounded up the best things to do in Barcelona, from discovering modernista architecture to finding an authentic paella and everything in between. To book the tours of Spain from Barcelona on the site.
Top 3 Things To Do in Barcelona
Gape at the Sagrada Família
Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece church – the symbol of Barcelona and the city’s most visited attraction. The Sagrada Familia is a working church, consecrated in 2010 and due to be completed in 2026, on the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. Though you will have seen the church’s distinctive spires from a distance, nothing quite prepares you for what you find close up. Pick up the excellent audioguide to talk you through the church’s many features. Its extraordinary interior gives the illusion of being in a forest, with soaring columns blossoming with leaves and branches, and stained glass windows filtering light in a myriad of different hues.
Visitors can choose to take the elevator up the Passion and Nativity towers; the Nativity Tower is more interesting and allows a close-up view of the spires, as well as partial views of the city. To beat the crowds, buy tickets online both for the church and the tower elevators.
Visit La Pedrera
Gaudí’s weird and wonderful apartment building. Designed by Gaudí for a wealthy industrialist, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the architect’s most famous works. Unlike at Casa Batlló – Gaudí’s other famous work, everything here was designed by the artist, from the rippling façade, inspired by the mountains of Montserrat, to the tangled metal of the apartments’ balconies.
Visit Casa Batlló
Gaudí’s remarkable sea-inspired apartment building. In the late 19th century, Gaudí was hired to give a facelift to a boring apartment building. The results are striking. There’s barely a straight line in the entire place, and an organic feel to the entire building. The exterior is complete with balconies that look like toothy fish maws or carnival masks, and the interior is every bit as fascinating. The audioguides are terrific (if a bit long-winded), and point out interesting details that you’d otherwise miss.