1. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia- The majestic Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is the world’s biggest unfinished Roman Catholic Church. It draws design influences from Art Nouveau and Spanish Late Gothic among others.
2. Gothic Quarter- The Gothic Quarter will take you back in time to 19th and 20th century Barcelona. Go for a stroll through the charming neighbourhood and wait for nightfall when the streets come alive with jazz clubs and bars.
3. The Font Mágica Fountain- This stunning work of art is a sight to behold with its wonderful display of lights and water acrobatics. Built in 1929, the site takes on an even more amazing avatar at the annual firework show, Piromusical.
4. Picasso Museum- Art aficionados absolutely cannot skip a visit to the Picasso Museum that houses over 4,000 works by the acclaimed Pablo Picasso. You can trace his works from his formative years through the later part of his life.
5. Camp Nou Stadium- FC Barcelona’s home stadium is a place you don’t want to miss on your visit. The biggest stadium in Spain, it can hold close to 100,000 spectators. It’s not just used for football but for concerts too.
6. Park Guell By Gaudi- Park Guell is a world you won’t want to leave. With its whimsical design, colourful elements and gardens creating a lovely setting for relaxation, this UNESCO World Heritage Site also houses a museum that displays works by the park’s architect, Antoni Gaudi.
7. Barcelona Cathedral- The seat of Barcelona’s archbishop is a testament to the beauty of Catalan Gothic architecture. The cloister is incredibly idyllic with a fountain, pond and trees providing plenty of shade and room to relax.
8. Barcelona Zoo- Komodo dragons, dwarf hippopotamuses, cheetahs – Barcelona Zoo is where you come to see these magnificent animals. It’s also home to flora like plum pine and ginkgo biloba. In addition, it has an aviary and aquarium.
9. Poble Espanyol- Get a feel for Iberian village life at the Poble Espanyol, an architectural museum with over 100 building reproductions built to full scale. You can watch artisans busy at work, marvel at contemporary art and take an audiovisual tour of installations.
10. La Rambla Market- La Rambla is a picturesque spot that reflects Catalan architecture and culture. The tree-lined street is dotted with pavement artists, hawkers and performers. The bustling tourist magnet also leads to La Boqueria Market.
11. La Boqueria Food Market- Popular among locals and tourists alike, La Boqueria Market introduces visitors to a world of color, food and drink. There are several snacks and juice stalls that sell delicious refreshments to reenergize you during your tour.
12. Montjuic Hill- Another famous tourist hotspot, Montjuic Hill features many attractions that will keep you busy throughout the day. Cable cars, Montjuic Castle, gardens and pools are some of the sights to see. There’s also a museum dedicated to Catalan painter, Joan Miro.
13. Casa Batllo- Antoni Gaudi’s mastery of architecture shines again with Casa Batllo, a modernist building with fantastical elements that make it stand out instantly. Colourful masonry, eye-catching curves and coloured glass come together to create something out of a fairytale.
14. Montjuic Castle- Head up to Montjuic Castle and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of Barcelona. The 17th fort is today a municipal facility and can be accessed by a cable car, metro and a gondola lift.
15. Casa Mila- Antoni Gaudi amazes again, this time with Casa Mila, a private residence and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of two buildings with the roof adorned with skylights and chimneys. It’s also called La Pedrera or stone quarry in reference to its quarry-like facade.
16. Aquarium Barcelona- Enter an underwater world filled with marine animals and plant life at Aquarium Barcelona. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in Barcelona as it has a huge collection of animals (around 11,000) and is the only oceanarium in Europe.
17. Montserrat- Spain’s first national park holds several wonders that you can’t afford to miss. The rocky mountain range offers great hiking opportunities and is also the site of the Virgin of Montserrat statue. Take the 7-minute Sant Joan funicular ride to see the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and the countryside spread out below.
18. Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catalana- The Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catalana is a wonderful example of Catalan modernist architecture. The concert hall, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosts several musical performances each year. Take a guided tour of the hall to appreciate the finer elements of art nouveau.
19. Barceloneta Beach- Barceloneta Beach has it all from public showers and sun loungers to lifeguards, sports facilities, restaurants and a children’s games area. It’s one of the best places to visit in Barcelona because there’s so much to do.
20. Placa d’Espanya- Placa d’Espanya is one of Barcelona’s largest and most popular squares. Several main roads intersect here and the square can get quite busy. The area is also the site of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.
21. FC Barcelona Museum- Everyone knows Barcelona and football are like two sides of the same coin and FC Barcelona Museum showcases this love of the sport. Photos, trophies and an interactive wall let visitors immerse themselves into the club’s history.
22. Santa Maria del Mar- Catalan Gothic architecture is showcased in all its glory at Santa Maria del Mar, a 14th-century church that suffered through a fire and an earthquake. It’s known for its harmonious proportions and lack of religious imagery, the latter owing to a fire set by anarchists during the Spanish Civil War.