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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”
  • 1049 locals recommend
Park
“Fabolous park even with a lake with little boats in it. Perfect place to have a picnic in the middle of the city. Marvelous fountain with beautiful statues. Right next to the Zoo of Barcelona.”
  • 740 locals recommend
Park
“You can´t come to Barcelona without seeing Park Güell. Best to buy tickets online before you go. You have to book a time to go in the park. You can walk around the outside of the park too on the hill. ”
  • 633 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.”
  • 461 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
“It is one of the buildings that are famous in Barcelona with its funny exterior. A tip is to go up a street and take a left and enter the big hardware store. On the first floor there is a small terrace and from there you can see the back of the building for free. ”
  • 414 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
“For a beautiful walk with amazing views over the city.. If walking all the way up is too much, take the Telefèric (cable car) to the top. Don't forget to take a look at the Castle. ”
  • 406 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”
  • 373 locals recommend
Plaza
“Centre of the Barcelona with beautiful fountain. From there you may start your tour by Bus turístic ”
  • 342 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.”
  • 284 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”
  • 245 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“You can find plenty of restaurantes on the top of the mall and a supermarkt called Mercadona in the floor -1.”
  • 333 locals recommend
Church
“One of the best surviving examples of the Catalan Gothic style, this graceful basilica stands out for its characteristic horizontal lines, plain surfaces, square buttresses and flat-topped octagonal towers. Its superb unity of style is down to the fact that it was built relatively quickly, with construction taking just 55 years (1329 to 1384). There’s also some stunning stained glass, especially the great 15th-century rose window above the main door. The original window fell down during an earthquake, killing 25. The incongruous modern window at the other end was a 1997 addition, belatedly celebrating the Olympics.”
  • 280 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“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! ”
  • 219 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
“Emblematic local with air of old train station that offers four types of cuisine in four spaces.”
  • 145 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. ”
  • 80 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!”
  • 146 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
Bookstore
“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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