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Best things to do in Barcelona

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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.”
431 locals recommend
Market
“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!”
501 locals recommend
Paella Restaurant
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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.”
488 locals recommend
Plaza
“City center.. Restaurants and attractions all accessible from here. Metro’s and trains.”
382 locals recommend
Church
“Visiting a city like Barcelona without admiring its Cathedral doesn't seem right to me. Also, it is located and the heart of the Gothic Quarter, which is arguably the most popular area in Barcelona. The entire quarter is usually very busy, so try to go there early in the morning or around lunch time (between 1 pm and 3 pm). You should also see the Santa Anna's Church, the Roman Towers, Sant Jaume Square, Pi Square and Roial Square. Don't worry, although it looks like a lot, all these places are fairly close to one another. Leaving from the apartment, it would take you around 25-30 min with the subway.”
340 locals recommend
Church
“Barcelona is an architectural paradise, and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar remains one of it's oldest and best preserved treasures. It is a beautiful exemple of Catalan Gothic Architecture and it can be visited for free. Getting there won't take you more than 30 min from the apartment, whether you use the subway or a bus.”
302 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth).”
139 locals recommend
Market
“From the Barcelona Cathedral, an undulating, brightly coloured roof catches our eye. Attracted like insects to a colourful flower, we approach to discover a food market below the roof: the Santa Caterina Market. The original design of the building, as well as the treasure trove of produce displayed on its stalls, won't disappoint visitors to the neighbourhood of Santa Caterina. The refurbishment of Barcelona's first covered food market by the architectural practice of Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue was completed in 2005. The old Santa Caterina food market revealed a gleaming, undulating and brightly coloured roof designed to be seen from the air. The roof is attached to the building by a wooden structure, and a vast mosaic of coloured ceramic pieces, representing fruit and vegetables, boldly breaks with the traditional look of a market. The market has always been characterised by a desire to innovate. Santa Caterina Market was built in 1845 to provide the neighbourhood's blue-collar community with foodstuffs. The spacious, modern market building was constructed on the former site of the Convent of Santa Caterina, from which it takes its name. During the post-Civil War period, Santa Caterina became the main food supplier to the towns on the outskirts of Barcelona. People from Sant Adrià, Santa Coloma and Mataró came on the tram to buy food in this market in times of shortage. Today, the market is still worth a visit: the modern exterior ushers us into a traditional market with food stalls and restaurants which serve outstanding-quality produce.”
247 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Palau de la Música is a music auditorium located on Sant Pere més Alt Street in the Ribera district of Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by the Barcelona architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the leading representatives of Catalan modernism. ”
190 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“An architectural work of art by catalan genius architect Gaudí. An impressive palace open for visits. Just meters away from my flat.”
142 locals recommend
Department Store
“One of the biggest shopping mall, all streets around also full of big brand shops”
85 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“The most important street for shopping in the historic with its continuation in Portaferrissa street.”
126 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Are you into classic music, ballet, opera? One of Europe's most important Opera theatres since it was open in 1852. There are guided tours to see the foyer, the beautiful antique Mirror Saloon, and also backstage. Waling distance from my flat.”
106 locals recommend
Plaza
“Plaça Reial is a square in the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It lies next to La Rambla and is a well-known tourist attraction, especially at night.”
124 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Columbus Monument, stands at the end of Barcelona's Rambla, near the sea. Take the lift inside the column to the viewing gallery at the top, 60 metres above the ground. This major landmark on the Rambla was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition as a tribute to Christopher Columbus, who chose to disembark in the port of Barcelona on his return from America. Inside, a lift raises the 51mts high of the column, made of cast iron and Corinthian style, to the viewing gallery. If you look north, you'll be able to make out the Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar and the bustling Rambla. If you look towards the sea, to the east, following the coastline, you will be able to see the Olympic Marina and the modern Forum. To the south, stands Montjuïc Hill, with its castle at the top and, finally, if you look west, you'll see Collserola Natural Park, the vast green lung surrounding the city of Barcelona. And in its top, dominating the sky of Barcelona, the statue of Christopher Columbus holding a navigational chart in his left hand, and pointing to the route to America with his right.”
70 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Quality asian tapas with craft beer / good prices! Local with international vibe”
153 locals recommend