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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Church
“What i like most about this must-see in Barcelona is the exhibition they have in the underground of the cathedral with the models Gaudí created to build it During the summer is necessary to book it in advance if you want to go in, if not it would be almost impossible to get a ticket for the day”
  • 1054 locals recommend
Park
“Nearby park with options to paddle a little boat or take kids to play in a dedicated space for them (Espai Ludic)”
  • 739 locals recommend
Park
“The "Park Güell" was designed by Gaudí following its trend of botanical architecture, the result is spectacular and the visit and walking through its interior are wonderful.”
  • 636 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Casa Mila, popularly called "La Pedrera", is a modernist building designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, built between 1906 and 1910 in the Eixample district. One of the essential works of Catalan genius.”
  • 462 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Surely "the" museum to visit in Barcelona. For the artist and for the building. Imagine Montcada Street, in the Gothic quarter, five mansions united to form a museum, lovely to visit. About Pablo Ruiz Picasso the museum is essential to understand his formative years. The genius of the young artist is revealed to us through more than 3,500 works that make up this permanent collection.”
  • 392 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Another of Antoni Gaudí’s most postcard-friendly creations, everyone knows this "gingerbread house" - the dazzling colours, wavy architecture, eye-catching balconies, gorgeous rooftop, and a very good augmented reality tour. You won’t need to have visited Barcelona to recognise the building’s roof, the tiles of which are the scales of a great dragon. Like all of his work the inside and outside of Casa Batlló has that sinuous quality, with few straight lines, and dazzling attention to detail. *To get there: take metro line L2 (purple) from "Sagrada Família" to "Passeig de Gràcia" (all the trip about 12min). We recommend to get there by feet at least once thought - will take you about 25min, but on your way you will see 3 famous buildings of Antoni Gaudí - Casa de les Punxes, La Pedrera-Casa Milà and finally Casa Batlló. Walk down to Avenida Diagonal and continue on Passeig de Gràcia - great architecture, nice restaurants and luxury shops. ”
  • 413 locals recommend
Tourist Attraction
“The most iconic Food Market in Barcelona. A must visit! Also grab a bite the food court in the back of the market, you will enjoy great seafood!”
  • 474 locals recommend
Castle
“There are lots of gardens on this big, green, city lung where you can walk, rest, play, do sport or just enjoy nature. The botanical garden lays out its collection of Mediterranean plants on steep slopes that provide a great viewpoint. You can also enjoy the plants and views in the Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera, featuring cactus, and the Jardins de Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer,where the numerous species means there are flowers in bloom all year round. ”
  • 404 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Meier embraced the difficult task of creating a building that would ultimately display a variety of contemporary artworks that were unknown to him at the time of design. The choice to build the museum in the Plaça dels Ángels is consistent with Meier’s vision to situate the building amongst some of Barcelona’s oldest streets and buildings, in addition to revamping the public space of the Raval. After the completion of the $35 million construction, local media referred to the museum as “the pearl” amongst the old architecture and narrow streets just a few blocks from Gothic center of Barcelona.The building’s architectural style has strong references to Modernism. The large (120 by 35 meters) white building has much of its southern elevation glazed, providing the visitor with views across the plaza, and allowing for an abundance of natural light to illuminate the interior galleries. The museum has three main galleries, which can be subdivided, as well as five smaller galleries, one of which is in a tower. Collection The permanent collection of around 5,000 works(up from 1,100 works at the time of the museum's opening in 1995) dates from the mid-20th century onward. There are three periods of modern art represented: the first one covers the forties to the sixties; the second spans the sixties and seventies; the third period is contemporary. The collections focus on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art, although some International artists are also represented”
  • 372 locals recommend
Plaza
“Plaza Cataluña is the center of Barcelona, a must-see where you can visit the entire Gothic quarter, La Rambla, Paseo de Gracia, so on.”
  • 344 locals recommend
Entertainment
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“A street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with Colombus statue.”
  • 444 locals recommend
Church
“The Cathedral of Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia observes the passing of time in a city in constant movement and change. The Cathedral is also a reflection of the passage of generations and architectural styles mixed in a building of mostly Gothic character that must be visited inside to understand its splendour. The construction of the Cathedral of Barcelona took place over six centuries. Suffering from the donations of medieval guilds and guilds, the Santa Creu began to be built in 1298, on the sanctified land where there used to be a 4th century Paleochristian basilica, destroyed by the troops of Al-Mansur. Only the baptistery remains of this one. From the Romanesque church before the Gothic one, the chapel of Santa Lucia remains, while the oldest door of the Cathedral is that of St. Ivo. On the other hand, the main façade and the tower were finished around 1890, following the initial plans and therefore following a neo-Gothic style. Once inside, we are surprised by the 25 side chapels, the magnificent 14th century cloister and the choir stalls, which were used to gather the members of the Golden Fleece during the visit of Emperor Charles V of Germany in 1517. Of great beauty are the pulpit and the crypt where the remains of one of the patron saints of Barcelona, Santa Eulàlia, to whom the temple is dedicated, rest. The Latin cross plan and the ribbed rounds, as well as the beautiful stained glass windows, fill the interior space of the Cathedral with light.”
  • 285 locals recommend
Art Museum
“It is located on Montjuic mountain , in a privileged setting that offers visitors a unique and magnificient view of Barcelona. It stands out for its collection of Romanesque Art considered one of the most complete of the world”
  • 242 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“You can find plenty of restaurantes on the top of the mall and a supermarkt called Mercadona in the floor -1.”
  • 331 locals recommend
Church
“There is a hidden FC Barcelona football logo in the stained glass window of the gothic basilica.”
  • 282 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Would you like to have a swim in the Mediterranean, or just stroll among its quaint narrow streets, have the choice of a great number of restaurants, tapas bars, cafes, take a walk along the shore... This is your choice! ”
  • 220 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Tapas Restaurant
“Just round the corner from Rambla Catalunya . Perfect for family, couples or friends get together. Fantastic tapas!”
  • 187 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“A great place Restaurant/Bar in the center of Barcelona. Beautiful decoration and it is divided into few spots : Meat, Vegie, Fish, Bar etc... ”
  • 146 locals recommend
Night Club
“Opium Barcelona is placed on an incomparable location with views to the Mediterranean sea and the Barceloneta beach, next to Hotel Arts. As the beach club accoutered with the greatest terrace in Barcelona, Opium has turned into the most cosmopolitan leisure’s proposal of the city. Opium merges the benefits of a very select restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge, with a club where best international DJ’s and artists have left a mark on. Opium becomes daily the place to be in the Barcelona nightlife and the hub of the most exclusive people. A chic and very careful designed environment, unique style and decoration, plus our service’s quality, undoubtedly make the difference. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Fresh fish from the market (you order by the Kilo like a market) and they cook it straight away in front of you. Very fresh. Try the chipirones!”
  • 145 locals recommend
Café
“A place nearby. If you want to sit down with a computer with some food or coffee.”
  • 146 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“If you are looking for a culinary experience check this Adrià's brothers restaurants (must book months in advance)”
  • 147 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Easy place for tapas in the city center. Not the cheapest but with decent quality.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Packed to the rafters with dusty bottles of wine, this classic but minuscule bar makes up for in tapas what it lacks in space. The specialities are 'conservas' (shellfish preserved in tins), which aren't always to non-Spanish tastes, but the 'montaditos' (sculpted tapas served on bread) are spectacular. Try salmon sashimi with cream cheese, honey and soy, or cod, passata and black olive pâté. Get there early for any chance of a surface on which to put your drink.”
  • 137 locals recommend

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