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Barcelona

Otherworldly architecture, colorful markets, and tasty tapas await you in the Catalan capital.

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Our most recommended Barcelona Museum Tickets

  • Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Fast-Track Access Ticket

    1. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Fast-Track Access Ticket

    Explore Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, with a convenient fast track entrance ticket. Gaudi's iconic work draws hundreds of locals and visitors alike to its impressive facades and awe-inspiring interior every day, making it one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Walk past the notorious long queues and start discovering the beautiful basilica at your own pace with an optional audio guide; admire the facades, interior, museum, and school. Work began on creating the true symbol of Barcelona back in 1882, and the Sagrada Familia remains a work in progress even today. Although unfinished, the basilica is by no means unworthy of a visit. A combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau forms, the UNESCO-listed structure dominates the Barcelona skyline.

    Took a little bit to figure out the audio but once o did all was well. Fabulous cathedral!

  • Barcelona Card: 25+ Museums and Free Public Transportation

    2. Barcelona Card: 25+ Museums and Free Public Transportation

    Make your trip to Barcelona unforgettable with free access to more than 25 unique attractions and museums. Enjoy free public transportation on trams, busses, and the metro with a map of the city to get around hassle-free. Opt for 3, 4, or 5-day Barcelona Card and save up to 77% compared to regular admission prices.   As well as the Barcelona Card, you will receive a map and a guidebook in 6 languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, and Italian) with information about places to visit. Enjoy up to 50% off admission to additional attractions and activities, including Gaudi’s Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, flamenco shows, and many others.    The Barcelona Card offers you free access to the following attractions:    Art Museums • Picasso Museum: skip the ticket line • National Art Museum of Catalonia: skip the ticket line • Barcelona Museum of Moderni...

    The travel card was invaluable on our trip! It was effortless to navigate around the city. It is certainly good value if a tourist is using public transport regularly throughout the day.

  • Casa Milà-La Pedrera: Skip The Line Ticket & Audio Guide

    3. Casa Milà-La Pedrera: Skip The Line Ticket & Audio Guide

    Explore one of the most outstanding and innovative buildings of the 20th century on a skip-the-line audio tour of the Casa Milà (La Pedrera), built at the pinnacle of Antoni Gaudi’s career. Once behind the façade of the extraordinary building on the elegant Passeig de Gracia, marvel at the eye-catching staircases and corkscrew chimneys that have become symbols of Gaudí’s Barcelona. Head to the rooftop to admire its sinuous forms and the whimsical chimneys up close. Then, go to the attic space to see the “Espai Gaudi” exhibition, the only exhibition dedicated to Gaudi's life and work. Learn more about his architectural innovations through the displays of scale models, building plans, historic photographs and videos.

    The building has 8 floors but only the roof and the top 2 floors were open to public…

  • Sagrada Familia: Tour

    4. Sagrada Familia: Tour

    Start your tour outside the UNESCO-listed basilica and meet your guide. Gaze up at the immense facades and towers and get your first impressions of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. Then, enter the basilica and see the awe-inspiring interior with its forest of pillars. Bathe in the colorful light from the stained-glass windows and understand what Gaudí's meant when he said that "the sun is the best painter." Discover a vibrant clash of Gothic and Art Nouveau designs. Home in on the symbolic details and modernist representations of the Holy Family with your guide. Hear how the current construction is progressing after over a century's worth of work. As you walk around the basilica, learn more about Gaudí's life through his work and the legacy he left behind. At the end of tour, enjoy the freedom to keep exploring with your newfound knowledge.

  • Barcelona: Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Picasso Museum

    5. Barcelona: Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Picasso Museum

    Skip the lines and delve into the history and work of Picasso with an expert guide. Explore the formative years of Pablo Picasso and discover the genius of the young artist admiring the 4,251 pieces that make up the permanent collection. Meet the guide at the museum entrance and, after a short explanation, admire the collection and temporary exhibit, providing a thorough chronology of Picasso's development as an artist. Admire work from his early days in Barcelona through his major later periods, visiting masterworks like "Science and Charity", "Royan", and "Las Meninas", a reinterpretation of the Velazquez painting of the same name. The Picasso Museum, opened in 1963, also reveals the artist's deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate relationship that was shaped in his youth and continued until his death. The discussion will finish with a focus on Picasso's contemporaries and hi...

    Jordi is very passionate about Picasso’s life and art. The right person to take you through the museum.

  • Barcelona: Poble Espanyol Skip-The-Line Ticket

    6. Barcelona: Poble Espanyol Skip-The-Line Ticket

    Located in the heart of Barcelona at Montjuic, Poble Espanyol is a unique site that allows you to delve into the soul of Spain. Poble Espanyol integrates audiovisual elements to help you really experience Spanish culture through spectacular sights and sounds. Learn all about the diverse cuisine, traditions and landscapes that make Spain so unique and exciting. Explore the country's most popular streets and squares, and experience the wonderful diversity of architecture and culture found within the 49 square meter facility. Feel the excitement of popular Spanish festivals, contemporary arts and all kind of cultural experiences designed for people of all ages.

    Es un lindo paseo, pero el dia que fuimos no todos los lacales estaban abiertos.

  • Barcelona: Skip-the-Line Entry to 6 Top Art Museums

    7. Barcelona: Skip-the-Line Entry to 6 Top Art Museums

    Skip the lines to enter Barcelona’s top art museums with this art ticket passport. Discover the world’s finest collection of Romanesque mural paintings, explore the Modernisme movement, and be surprised by works of contemporary art and creativity. Enjoy access to the permanent and temporary exhibitions of 6 world-famous art museums and galleries. Valid for 12 months, you can visit all of the locations at your own pace. The universes of Miró, Picasso, and Tàpies await you with this fantastic experience.  The galleries and museums included in the experience are: • Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art • Picasso Museum Barcelona • Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Joan Miro Foundation • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

    It is great value for money. If you have more than 3 days it is really worth it. We managed to see Picasso museum and the Joan miró museum, both wonderful experiences. The art pass process is fairly simple, but remember to keep the original booking from art pass not just the GetYourGuide voucher. You will be asked for it at the museum.

  • Barcelona: Entry Ticket for Erotic Museum

    8. Barcelona: Entry Ticket for Erotic Museum

    Discover the Erotic Museum of Barcelona and take a historical and cultural journey about the influence of erotism on men since the beginning. Embark on a passionate adventure that takes place in Barcelona, one of the most beautiful and erotic city of the world which attracts generations of artists, dreamers and adventurers. Find out how sexual diversity and tolerance in the city has achieved a unique erotic history. The Erotic Museum shares the richest culture of erotism which is part of mankind’s history. They offer the best erotic knowledge through entertaining and playful displays which you’ll be able to enjoy 365 days a year. The Museum is situated in front of the famous market La Boqueria, on Las Ramblas, the busiest promenade in Barcelona and one of the most historical attractions in the city.

  • Barcelona: Big Fun Museum Ticket

    9. Barcelona: Big Fun Museum Ticket

    Pay a visit to the Big Fun Museum, the most original illusions and entertainment museum in Barcelona and in the whole of Spain. Enjoy thematic rooms, incredible 3D facilities, dive into the ball pool, or walk through the upside-down house. Immerse yourself in an exciting world loaded with fantasies in 9 different museums: Believe it or not, Giant’s House, Topsy-Turvy House, Sweet Museum, Museum of Madness, Food Art, Alice through the Looking Glass, Dry Pool, or the Museum of Illusions (the latter requires a separate ticket). Upgrade your tour to also include entrance to the Museum of Illusions by selecting the option upon check out. Watch as 3D paintings painted by the greatest artists of Barcelona come alive. Try to pet a dinosaur, lean out on the Grand Cannon, and travel through amazing places. You will get incredible photos. The museum regularly updates all the interactive rooms to...

  • Barcelona: Wax Museum Entry Ticket

    10. Barcelona: Wax Museum Entry Ticket

    Discover one of Barcelona’s top attractions, the Wax Museum, located on the iconic Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. With your entry ticket, explore this newly renovated attraction at your own pace, with plenty of time to admire the impressive wax creations. See waxworks of celebrities and historical figures, including Barack Obama, Picasso, Billie Eilish, and Johnny Depp.  You can also marvel at all your favorite TV and film characters from hits such as “Money Heist” and “Star Wars." At the end of your visit, stop by the iconic El Bosc de les Fades, a magical bar set in an enchanted forest.

Frequently asked questions about Barcelona

What top attractions are a must-see in Barcelona?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days should you spend in Barcelona?

    There are plenty of fun things to do in Barcelona -- especially if you're also planning on partaking in the infamous nightlife scene. In three full days, you could visit all the major Gaudí sights, as well as the Picasso and Miró museums. You could also stay for a week or more. As for what to do with your extra days? Well, you'll have plenty of time to spend at the beach, visit the nearby village of Sitges, or go shopping in the Gothic Quarter.

  • What's the best way to get around town?

    Barcelona is a wonderful city to explore by foot. You can easily stroll from La Rambla to the beach and then back to the Gothic Quarter in one afternoon. The city is pretty flat, so biking is an excellent option. If you love transportation, we suggest taking a trip to Tibidabo, the 1890s amusement park that overlooks the whole city. You'll take the metro, a tram, and a funicular -- and a ferris wheel ride, if that counts!

  • Which tours are the most fun?

    We're glad you asked! From hot air balloon rides to bike tours to all-access guided walks of Gaudí masterpieces, there are a dozen options to spice up your Barcelona tourism. A lot of the architecture-based sightseeing is enhanced by the history and descriptions that a guide can offer you.

Good to know

  • Language
    Catalan and Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Barcelona is a beach city at heart, so it's most lively in the summer. If you want to experience Barcelona at its best, schedule your trip around the festival of Sant Joan, or the "night of fire." Each year on June 23, the city celebrates with bonfires and parties until dawn.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Barcelona

Laurence is a full time travel blogger and photographer, who shares his tips on travel and improving your photography on his website Finding the Universe. He has visited Barcelona many times, and you can see his guide to spending three days in Barcelona.

What should I do on my first trip to Barcelona?

A trip to the Sagrada Familia should be at the top of the list for any visitor to Barcelona. This incredible organic cathedral is the masterpiece of renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, and is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Definitely take the time to go inside and explore as well, because the inside is just as impressive as the outside!

What are some hidden gems to see in Barcelona?

The Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi, in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, is definitely worth a visit. It's a 14th century gothic church with a massive bell tower you can climb. The views from the roof across the Gothic Quarter are excellent, and from here you can really get a feel from the different epochs the city has gone through from Roman times.

How much time should I spend in Barcelona?

Two days would be the minimum amount of time to see the highlights of the city, whilst three days would let you add in a few of the hidden gems.

What food is Barcelona known for?

No trip to Barcelona would be complete without trying some tapas. These small plates features all sorts of different dishes, from patatas bravas (fried potatoes), through to squid, meatballs and lots more. Tapas can be found throughout the city, with many bars serving them as snack food as well.

What is the best way to get around Barcelona?

The majority of Barcelona can be easily explored by foot, although the city also has an excellent metro system that will get you around a little bit quicker. If you are aiming for the main tourist sights, the Hop on Hop off bus is also a good option.

What are the best months to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona can be visited most times of the year. Whilst the Mediterranean climate means the summer months are obviously hotter, the city conveniently has a lovely beach with swimming so you can cool off. However, if you want to do more sightseeing, the months of April - June are a good option. The city also hosts a number of festivals at this time of year which are worth checking out.

What is neighborhood "The Gothic Quarter" known for?

The gothic quarter is perhaps the most interesting neighbourhood to explore from a visitors point of view. The maze of winding streets is largely pedestrianised, and filled with interesting shops and tucked away churches and restaurants. Do expect to get lost though, as it's quite a maze!

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

For tucked away bars and courtyard dining, it's hard to go wrong with the Gothic Quarter, which is great for tapas and casual fare. For a quieter experience away from the tourist crowds and more of a focus on traditional Catalan cuisine, had to the Gracia neighbourhood.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The Passeig de Gracia, which leads away from the central square in the city, is well known as a good shopping destination if you're interested in luxury brands. If you're more of a market person, head for La Boqueria on Las Ramblas!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Barcelona?

If you'd prefer to be centrally located and within easy walking distance, or a short metro ride, from all the major attractions, then you'll want to stay in the Gothic Quarter. This part of the city is home to many of the attractions as well as plenty of dining, and it's easy to reach from the main transport hubs in the city.

What are the best beaches around Barcelona?

Barcelona has a series of incredible beaches with are popular with both locals and tourists alike. The closest, and one of the best, is definitely Barceloneta Beach, just a few minutes walk from the city.

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What people are saying about Barcelona

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 100,626 reviews

Sadly I cannot remember my tour guide’s name. I believe it is Jason. Regardless, of his name, he connected very well with everyone from the group. He was extremely accommodating considering my shellfish allergy. Truthfully, this class and tour were a highlight of my trip!! And if you are considering wit, don’t just do it and thank me later :)

Considerata l'ampiezza della città e il costo della singola corsa, praticamente un must, considerato cosa comprende.

Easy bus service and no queues for tickets when you arrive! Best option over when staying in Barcelona.

A very good tour with lots of details in very good English. Highly recommended!

Everything was perfect and fun , they are the best