What to see in Barcelona
Barcelona is famous for its large number of activities and interesting places to visit. Wherever you are in Barcelona, there’s always something to see.
Designed by the famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia is the icon of Catalonia’s Modernista architecture. This basilica is the most popular attraction in Barcelona.
If you’d like to visit the Sagrada Familia at your own pace, then the audio guide is the best option. An audio recording will help you to discover the façades, museum and the basilica itself.
he Gothic Quarter is one of the many historical places you can see in Barcelona. It’s characterised by its Roman origins. The Cardo Maximus and the Decumanus Maximus are the east-west and north-south axes for the top part of the district, at Plaça Sant Jaume.
There are a lot of places to see in this famous district in Barcelona, such as the cathedral, Plaça Sant Jaume, Plaça Reial, Museu d’Història de Barcelona, the old Temple of Augustus, etc.
The Gothic Quarter is easily accessed by metro.
The Picasso Museum is a benchmark for the artist, with works from all his formative years. You can also appreciate his strong links with the city of Barcelona. The museum’s Foundation also organises temporary exhibitions to enhance the works permanently on display.
You can enjoy of guided tour, contemplating the different works by this famous painter. Guided tours need to be booked in advance.
Another option are visits with an audio guide, a multimedia tool that guides you through the museum’s 51 works of art. And, if you don’t have much time, you can also focus on the 12 most important works, taking about 30 minutes.
Visits are also possible for groups larger than 10, although they must be booked in advance.
All the information you need for a visit can be found on the Picasso Museum website.
If you’d like to enjoy the best views of the city of Barcelona, Montjuïc is one of the best places. Its lovely “mirador” or viewpoint, which was formerly used for military purposes, is one of the best tourist attractions.
Between Plaça d’Espanya and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a wonderful sight thanks to its combination of lights.
Montjuïc Castle stands at the top of the hill of Montjuïc. Today its fortress serves as a wonderful viewpoint. You can walk up to the fortress or take a cable car.
The Olympic Ring on Montjuïc was built for the 1992 Olympic Games. It’s made up of the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Bernat Picornell Swimming Pools and the Calatrava Telecommunications Tower.
To see works of art in a broad historical context, you can visit the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. You can also visit the Fundació Joan Miró, a centre that promotes art with a more contemporary context.
Finally, there are also a lot of gardens throughout Barcelona. The Botanical Gardens hold over 2,000 types of plants and is therefore a wonderful place to visit.
Poble Espanyol is the ideal place to enjoy the culture and history of Spain. Its streets and squares are full of the architecture that defines the wide range of cultures in Spain. You can also witness Spanish crafts and skills first-hand. The ideal family trip.
Today most of its buildings are still intact, reproducing, real-size, the typical buildings, squares and streets of different regions in Spain. Strolling through the Poble Espanyol you will discover not only architecture but also skilled craftspeople who you can watch while they work, as well as contemporary pieces of art from universal artists such as Dalí, Picasso, Miró and Guinovart. There is also a new audiovisual facility, Feeling Spain, that provides a virtual journey through the geography and most authentic traditions of Spanish culture.
With a varied programme of events for families and adults, as well as shops, workshops, bars and restaurants open every day, Poble Espanyol is full of life 365 days a year. Family activities, shows, music, gastronomy… Poble Espanyol has it all, so you can enjoy, either alone or in company, a day in the open air in an unbeatable setting, without leaving Barcelona.
For football fans, the ideal plan is to visit the FC Barcelona stadium. In the Tour Camp Nou Experience you’ll see the most visited museum in Europe. Getting to know all the ins and outs of this stadium is the dream of many children (and those who are no longer children). See for yourself all the trophies won by the Club’s historic players, among many other adventures. The blaugrana experience is guaranteed.
The Barça Virtual Experience will help you get closer to the players, the facilities and thousands of fans enjoying the game’s goals.
The audio guide will make sure you don’t miss a single detail when you visit the facilities. Another option is to hire a guide from the Club when you visit the stadium.
Espai Barça Fundació offers you the chance to interact with touchscreens, robots and 360º vision. Here you can discover the transforming power of sport thanks to the Foundation’s work.
For a unique visit, the VIP Tour offers a tour of the most exclusive places. You’ll enjoy a glass of cava in the VIP zone and take a photo of yourself on the pitch.
Do you love animals? At Barcelona Zoo you’ll learn about and enjoy nature. Here there are various activities, such as feeding the penguins and watching dolphins.
Over 2,000 animals of more than 300 different species live at the Zoo, as well as over 1,300 trees, shrubs, plants and flowers of around 320 botanical species.
Continuing with animals, if you’re fond of aquatic creatures, the Aquarium is the place for you.
The Oceanarium is the largest aquarium on the continent with the largest number of species. In almost 4 million litres of water you can see fish such as gilt-head bream, moray eels, rays, sharks, etc.
Walking through an underwater passage 80 metres long, you will enjoy magnificent views and feel like you’re inside the Mediterranean, swimming among the sharks.
This aquarium, the most important in terms of Mediterranean species, is divided into 14 different communities where you can observe and learn the characteristics that make them unique.
The themed aquariums provide details on the marine flora and fauna which go unnoticed in other aquariums due to their size.
And for younger children, the ¡Explora! section is designed so they can interact with over 50 activities and thereby discover the mysteries of the sea. It’s divided into three distinct categories: the wetlands of Delta de l’Ebre, the Costa Brava and the Underwater Cave of the Illes Medes.
Are you ready to swim with sharks? You can become a diver for the day. Learn diving techniques and submerge yourself in the water with different species of fish and shark.
Santa Maria del Mar
The Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar is one of Barcelona’s oldest and most visited historical buildings. Its Gothic style is another clear example of the influence this architectural movement had on the city.
The Basilica is located in the La Ribera area, one of the most popular districts among tourists visiting the capital. Berenguer de Montagut and Ramon Despuig were the main architects of this wonderful building, constructed between 1329 and 1383 in the heart of Barcelona, just 30 minutes from Granollers.
If you’d like to visit this imposing building, here are the times it’s open:
Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8.30 pm
Sundays, 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm
La Boquería Market
Barcelona’s Boquería Market is one of the most remarkable tourist attractions in the whole city. La Boquería is a municipal market with over 300 stalls and an incredible range of products. You can buy all kinds of fresh foods and even herbal remedies. It’s Catalonia’s largest market and also the most visited by tourists.
You can find it in Barcelona’s famous Ramblas. It has an underground car park for those who prefer to travel by car.
- Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 8.30 pm
Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella, built at the end of the 19th century, has a considerable number of sculptures and landscapes. The fact that it shares the area with Barcelona Zoo means it’s a biodiverse place where you can see different types of trees and bird species.
It’s the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing day with the family or friends, taking in the different areas such as the large fountain and waterfall and buildings converted into museums. And, of course, the classic rowboat ride. You should also take time to appreciate the park’s various sculptures.
Palau de la Música
The Palau de la Música, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the cultural venues that should be visited in Barcelona.
Come and experience an essential icon of Modernista architecture. The Palau offers a range of guided tours so you can choose the best way to discover all the details of one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings.
There are private guided tours:
- During the Exclusive visit you will enjoy a guided group tour of the Foyer area and then see the Lluís Millet Hall and finally the Concert Hall. It lasts approximately 55 minutes.
- If you’d like to complement your visit, you can also enjoy a 20-minute piano recital.
- The Exclusive Premium tour includes the chance to see the offices installed on the roof of the Modernist Hall. It lasts approximately 60 minutes.
- In addition to the previous tours, the Exclusive On Top option also includes a visit to the roof terrace with views of the city. You can also choose between coffee break or glass of cava.
These tours are given in various languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.
Barcelona has a lot of places of interest to tourists. That’s why Granollers Tourism has decided to answer the question asked by so many visitors: “What is there to see in Barcelona?”.
In Granollers you’ll find a wide range of public transport that can take you to all these places in just 30 minutes. Granollers is therefore the perfect place to spend the night and relax after the hustle and bustle of a large city.
Our town will be only too delighted to welcome you and support all those visiting Granollers. Call us to ask for more information about our wonderful municipality!