"Here in Barcelona, it's the architects who built the buildings that made the city iconic who are the objects of admiration — not a bunch of half-witted monarchs." — Julie Burchill, "Patriotism is for Reactionaries," The Guardian, 2012

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7 Things Tourists Do in Barcelona That You Should Do Also

Famous attractions in Barcelona that you must visit...

2023 Travel Update: As of 2023, Spain essentially is open for tourism by both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers without Covid-specific documentation or testing. However, be sure to double check the official government site for up-to-the minute details.

Among the abundance of attractions in Barcelona — based on multiple, and often long-term, visits — here are's top seven things that are popular to do in Barcelona and that certainly should be on your list even for a brief stay. From charming medieval-era labyrinths and beautiful tree-lined walking streets to one-of-a-kind Modernisme architectural gems and luxurious oceanfront dining and nightlife, Barcelona offers much to see and do.

Perhaps most importantly, shows you how to make it to each destination exclusively via the Barcelona Metro (TMB, FGC), complete with the best exits to use and the most enjoyable walks for each attraction. Let's get started...

Click a photo for details on each attraction, how to get there, our favorite walks, what to see in each neighborhood, where to eat nearby, and much more. We also have these itineraries on a map.'s Top 7 Things to Do in Barcelona Map (Full Screen)


For worthwhile attractions overlooked or underappreciated by most tourists in Barcelona, be sure to also see our 7 Things Tourists Don't Do in Barcelona, but You Should.

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  • Writing & Photos By Brock Kyle. All Rights Reserved. Update Published 7 January 2023. Feedback.