Barcelona Viewing points

Our most recommended Barcelona Viewing points

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Tower Access

1. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Tower Access

Admire the interior of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Skip the lines and follow your guide through the heavy doors with hand-carved vines. Witness Barcelona from one of the towers. See the rows and rows of tree-like pillars that seem to reach to the heavens stretch out before you. Look up at the stained-glass windows and bathe in the warm light that filters through. Note the Christian iconography as you hear about the history of the church. Understand Gaudí's modernist vision as your guide brings the symbolism of the stonework to life. At the end of your tour, ascend one of the basilica's towers and gaze out over the views of Barcelona. Once back down at ground level, continue exploring the monument as long as you like.

Sagrada Familia: Private Tour with Tower access

2. Sagrada Familia: Private Tour with Tower access

Dive deep into the history and mysteries of the Sagrada Familia on an in-depth tour guided walking tour of the famous sight. Follow your private guide around both the outside and the inside of the basilica to fully understand this unfinished masterpiece and iconic sight of Barcelona. Admire Gaudí's mastery of modernism as you gaze up at the tree-like pillars and soft lighting from the stained-glass windows. Allow your guide to decode the symbolism the architect used to represent Christian ideology as you marvel at the surrounding architecture. Immerse yourself in the history of the basilica's construction, noting recent milestones and newer additions – with some still being added today. Learn about and see first-hand how Gaudí's life influenced his work and how his vision is still being completed today. Finish your tour with grand, unfurling views of Barcelona from one of the basilica's high towers overlooking the city. Take your time at the end of the tour to continue exploring the sight to your heart's content.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour

3. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour

Explore 2 of Gaudí's best-known works in one day. Enjoy the convenience of organized transportation to get you from one place to the next. Begin at Park Güell Park and admire stonework and mosaics in the Modernisme style. See the salamander statue, “El Drac,” at the park entrance. Then, take a break for lunch. Travel to the Sagrada Familia and start by comparing the contrasting Nativity and Passion façades. Go inside the forest-like basilica to bask in the rays of light through stained-glass windows. Learn about how the ongoing construction of Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece.

Barcelona: Mirador Torre Glòries Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Barcelona: Mirador Torre Glòries Skip-the-Line Ticket

Ascend Barcelona’s famous 30-story skyscraper, the Mirador Torre Glòries, and take in vast views of the city. Enjoy skip-the-line entry and have more time to spend checking out the tower’s lookout. Enter and explore the Cloud Cities Barcelona sculpture at an additional cost. First, observe the huge tower from the outside. Allow yourself to be impressed by its might and appreciate this dramatic and modern addition to Barcelona’s skyline. Visit the building after sunset to be able to see it lit up with blue and red lights. Begin on the -1 floor in the 'Hipermirador Barcelona', an exhibition space that shows the city beyond first impressions, as a living being with a beat that impacts how we inhabit it. A space where art, music, technology, and large-format audiovisuals are combined to give rise to artistic installations based on the collection of data from Barcelona in real time. Next, take the lift to the double lookout, which will provide you with a 360-degree panoramic view of Barcelona, from a height of 125 meters. Spend some time looking out over the city and even get a glimpse of the sea and the Collserola Massif. You can also see the 'Cloud Cities Barcelona' walkable sculpture designed by Tomás Saraceno for an additional cost. This multisensory installation is suspended at the top of the dome, 130 m high, and offers a unique immersive walk through its interior. An experience that will make you rethink the way you see things, your role in the city, and how you imagine it. Change your perspective of the city as you interact with the installation from different viewing points.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

5. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

Discover the medieval villages of Catalonia on a guided small group tour around the area. Visit Besalú, Rupit, and Travertet, with a mix of free time to explore and storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide in central Barcelona in the morning before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. Continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, which has been declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café at your own expense or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour Combo with Transfer

6. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour Combo with Transfer

Explore 2 of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks on guided tours. Book both tours together in this combo package to see more of the city in one day, with free time in between. Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Barcelona. Drive to Park Güell on Carmel Hill in the north of the city to admire some of Antoni Gaudí’s finest handiwork. Marvel at the Art Nouveau (Modernisme) motifs of its main highlights, such as the mosaic tiles of the salamander statue (“El Drac”) at the park entrance. Take a 1.5-hour break for lunch. Then, make your way to the Sagrada Familia Basilica in the 19th-century extension of the L’Eixample. Admire the contrasting façades of Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Learn the history and symbolism of the depictions of the Holy Family as an expression of Christian ideology on the elaborate Nativity and Passion façades. Go inside the basilica to look up at the towering pillars and stained-glass windows. See models of what the cathedral would look like when completed, as imagined by Gaudí. Then be dropped off back at your hotel.

Barcelona: Bike Tour & Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Tickets

7. Barcelona: Bike Tour & Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Tickets

Explore the streets of Barcelona with a bike, and learn more about the city’s historic center and 19th-century expansion into what it is today. With a bike, you can see more of the city than on foot in the utmost comfort. You'll see some of Gaudi's most famous buildings as well as some of the best sights of the city. After your cycling tour, immerse yourself in the masterpiece that is Gaudi's la Sagrada Familia. Enter the church without waiting in the lines thanks to our priority access pass. Our small group tour ensures a personalized experience, so you see all the highlights Barcelona has to offer.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia & Montserrat Full-Day with Pickup

8. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia & Montserrat Full-Day with Pickup

Learn the history of Barcelona, from its Roman origins through the Middle and Ages and the modernist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Marvel at the extraordinary architecture by Antoni Gaudí, including his unfinished basilica of La Sagrada Familia. Travel up Montjuïc hill and stop at the Mirador de l'Alcalde to get stunning views from the terrace. Explore the back streets of the Gothic Quarter and find hidden imprints left by the Romans. Save precious time with a skip-the-ticket-line entrance reservation to La Sagrada Familia. Next, head to the sacred mountain of Montserrat to discover the natural monument and Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat. Learn about its important role in the cultural and spiritual life of Catalonia and explore the story of the venerated Virgin Mary there.

Barcelona & Sagrada Familia Half-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

9. Barcelona & Sagrada Familia Half-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

During this exciting half-day tour, visit some of the most beautiful places in Barcelona. You will also get to explore La Sagrada Familia where you will skip the line in order to save precious time.  After pick-up at your accommodation in Barcelona, journey by private transport to experience the different faces of Barcelona. During the tour, your expert guide will share fascinating stories about the city’s unique architecture, culture, and history. This half-day tour will let you discover the real essence of Barcelona. Enjoy the world-famous landmarks, the hidden secrets, and the fantastic sights of Barcelona together with an enthusiastic guide in a small friendly group. Begin your tour in Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s central square. The plaza connects to the avenue Passeig de Grácia, which features some of the best examples of Catalan architecture. Take a moment to admire the striking façades of private Modernist buildings, among them Gaudí´s famous La Pedrera. Follow in the footsteps of Gaudí as you explore l’Eixample next. After visiting the majestic Hospital de Sant Pau, continue to Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.  See the different parts of the building and the many examples of religious symbolism hidden in its unique façades. You are sure to be captivated by Gaudi’s incredible architectural style: the peculiar shape of the columns, ceilings, walls, and the organic architecture of the basilica. This tour also includes a relaxed walking tour through the charming corners of the Gothic Quarter. Your guide will take you through its quaint little back streets to find the hidden imprints left by the Romans and medieval times in this world-famous neighborhood.  After visiting the seafront, head to Montjuïc Mountain and stop at the Mirador de l'Alcalde, a beautiful terrace with wonderful views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline offering fantastic photo opportunities.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour Combo

10. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour Combo

Explore 2 of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks on guided tours. Book both tours together in this combo package to see more of the city in one day, with free time in between. Start at Park Güell on Carmel Hill in the north of the city to admire some of Antoni Gaudí’s finest handiwork. Marvel at the Art Nouveau (Modernisme) motifs of its main highlights, such as the mosaic tiles of the salamander statue (“El Drac”) at the park entrance. Take a 1.5-hour break for lunch. Then, make your way to the Sagrada Familia Basilica in the 19th-century extension of the L’Eixample. Admire the contrasting façades of Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Learn the history and symbolism of the depictions of the Holy Family as an expression of Christian ideology on the elaborate Nativity and Passion façades. Go inside the basilica to look up at the towering pillars and stained-glass windows. See models of what the cathedral would look like when completed, as imagined by Gaudí.

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based on 7,335 reviews

Miquel was the best tour guide we've ever met. He was energetic, funny, and very informative. Lots of great stops on the tour of the city itself, he took photos for us in creative ways that came out awesome, and was great at pointing out unique details about the city we'd have never known otherwise. This was a great finishing touch on our visit to Barcelona, thank you again Miquel!!

Alfredo, our guide was very knowledgable and personable. He took the time to answer all our questions and gave That’s a good understanding of Barcelona’s history.

Awesome experience. Our tour guide Giovanni was great made it fun and he’s very knowledgeable. Highly recommend

This was incredible! I definitely recommend it if you’re looking to step up your Instagram game!

Daniel did a great job. Informative. Light and cheery.