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To schedule your Barcelona Spain vacations in this season. And to visit Barcelona, it can be a challenge, so we've worked to come up with this list of musts to help guide you as you explore the city. If you can't get to them all, you can always come back.

Discover the Best Things to do in Barcelona for Families

 

Wander through Barri Gòtic

Barcelona’s labyrinthine Gothic Quarter. Just east of the Ramblas, the city’s Gothic Quarter marks the very heart of Barcelona, with buildings dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. The tangle of narrow streets is lined with tapas bars, shops, museums, and cafes; getting lost in there is a whole lot of fun.

Don’t miss the venerable Els Quatre Gats café where Picasso and his bohemian friends used to hang out, and marvel at the vast Catedral de Barcelona – Barcelona’s center of Christian worship since the 14th century. Other highlights include the Roman Temple of Augustus, the Plaça de Sant Jaume, and the former Jewish quarter, with its tiny synagogue that’s now a museum.

 

Catch an exhibition at MACBA

Barcelona’s premier contemporary art museum. The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona’s striking glass-fronted white building really stands out against the backdrop of the surrounding buildings in El Raval. Inside, the museum makes terrific use of natural light, with the ramps leading up to the top floor giving a great view of the square outside, busy with stunt-performing skateboarders.

The museum’s permanent collection focuses mostly on contemporary art movements in Catalunya and Spain since 1945, and portions of it are displayed at any given time in regularly changing themed exhibitions. Alongside the permanent collection there are typically two or three visiting exhibitions shown.