Barcelona is my most favourite city destinations when travelling.

Being an art lover and a novice architectural photographer, Barcelona is the perfect place to really appreciate this.

Home to some of the most recognisable modern architectural masterpieces such as Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia, its hard not to take a good photo here.

With so much going on all year round, Barcelona is the perfect stop for both its sandy beaches and bustling city life, hosting an array of musical festivals, summer-long siestas and galleries all throughout the city.

Barcelona is certainly not short of historical landmarks either and very easily discoverable by foot. If art and history is your thing, then you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice here.

I’ve had the privilege of visiting Barcelona a few times, so I’ve put together a shortlist of my top highlights which the city has to offer.

Whether this is your first time visiting or just a quick stopover, our top picks of things to do in Barcelona will inspire you to check out these spots, or at least include something new to add to your itinerary.

So here are my 5 Top Picks.

1. Admire the works of Antoni Gaudi

When visiting Barcelona it is inevitable that you will run into some of many works of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. So add it to the top of your list of things to do!
Easily recognisable for its colourful dreamlike designs, extravagantly detailed facades it’s hard not to miss these masterpieces throughout the city. Some of Gaudi’s most famous builds include Casa Batlló, Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia.

2. Transbordador Aeri Del Port

If you’re looking for a truly unique way to admire the city then I highly recommend a cable-car ride over Barcelona harbour. Starting from Barceloneta, this iconic ride takes you all the way across to Montjuïc, offering spectacular views across the city skyline.
The cable car itself offers 360 views which you can walk around to grab those perfect photo opportunities.
To get there, head to Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 88 (Torre Sant Sebastià)

3. El Bosc de les Fades – The Fairy Forest Bar

Enjoy sangria in a hidden enchanted fairy forest.
Hidden away just off the busy street of La Rambla, El Bosc de les Fades is a truly unique bar experience that will certainly transport you.
Surrounded by trickling waterfalls in a mythical forest setting along with ambient woodland sounds, this place will truly feel like you’ve stepped into another world.
Be sure to explore the hidden nooks and corners of this place whilst snapping some otherworldly photos (and fairies)

4. Tibidabo

Tibidabo is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola National Park, offering stunning views across the city and coastline.
To truly make the most of these amazing 360 panoramic views then I highly recommend you visit Tibidabo Cathedral and make your way up the winding steps, on the top.
Whilst your there, be sure to check out the amusement park nearby.

5. Font Màgica de Montjuïc (Magic Fountain of Montjuic)

One of my favourite things to do during my stay in Barcelona was taking a visit to the Magic Fountain. The magic fountain is an amazing display of light, classical music and water acrobatics, an absolute must-see. Be sure to take a picnic and grab a spot as the park fills up pretty quickly.

The dates below will ensure you don’t miss this amazing opportunity:
June 1 – September 30: from 21:30 to 22:30 (Wed-Sun) Oct: from 21:00 to 22:00 (Thurs-Sat)


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Sara | Girl About Europe

Sara is a York-based travel blogger on a mission to see the world but more importantly to see it differently. You can find all her amazing articles on her blog Girl About Europe