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Picasso Museum

El Born / La Ribera 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For Picasso and art lovers, the museum affords a unique look at the artist’s early work, which makes sense given that Picasso spent his formative years here in Barcelona. — goop

Especially good on the artist's early work—Picasso spent his formative teenage years in Barcelona and donated the paintings. — Condé Nast Traveler

Houses one of the most extensive collections of the Spanish artist’s work, with more than 4,000 pieces, including paintings from his early years, Blue Period, and the "Las Meninas" series. — Departures

Upon entering, there are a series of rooms that start from Picasso’s earlier years and lead into his critical success. — Let's Go

Five medieval mansions in a row contain a massive collection of the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). — Frommer's

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC

Montjuic 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Although its mammoth collection also covers the Gothic period and the 19th and 20th centuries, the MNAC is perhaps the most important center for Romanesque art in the world. — Frommer's

The sculpture-framed view over Barcelona from outside the museum can’t be beat,and more treasures await on the inside. — Let's Go

An extensive collection of Catalan art, from Modernista sculptures to paintings by Dalí... also has large holdings of European Renaissance paintings. — Condé Nast Traveler

Journey up to the Parc de Monjuïc to see the work of Picasso's Barcelona contemporaries at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. — Travel + Leisure

The Gothic paintings and Modernista furniture are two sections that really stand out, but my favourites are the Romanesque murals, painstakingly transferred from abandoned churches in the Pyrenees. — The Telegraph

Joan Miró Foundation

Montjuic 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This foundation and modern art museum, located on Montjuïc hill, was created by Miró himself to encourage young artists to get involved in contemporary art — Departures

After an illustrious career in Le Corbusier's Paris studio and then as Harvard's dean of architecture, Josep Lluís Sert designed the Joan Miró museum in memory of his lifelong friend. — Concierge

The Miró Foundation, a gift from the artist Joan Miró to his native city, is one of Barcelona's most exciting showcases of contemporary art. — Fodor's

The Joan Miró Foundation contains over 10,000 works by the artist, who is one of the great names of the 20C avant-garde movement. — Michelin Guide

Born in Mallorca in 1893, Joan Miró was one of Spain's greatest artists and, along with Tàpies, the undisputed master of contemporary Catalan art. — Frommer's

Casa Milà

Eixample 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Just as bizarre—but not as gaudy—as much of his other work, this is a good counter-argument to critics who believe that Gaudí exemplified bad taste. — Condé Nast Traveler

La Pedrera occupies a corner block, and its sinuous, rippling facade is in sharp contrast to its neoclassical neighbors. — Frommer's

It is a stupendous and daring feat of architecture, and the culmination of the architect's experimental attempts to recreate natural forms with bricks and mortar. — Time Out

The rooftop is now a destination for lovers of Barcelona and Antoni Guadi's "Modernisma" style. — Afar Magazine

With its wavy, curving stone facade undulating around the corner of the block, is one of Gaudí's most celebrated yet initially reviled designs. — Fodor's

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Barcelona 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.  — Atlas Obscura

This Gaudi-designed church is a tour fixture for almost every visitor to Barcelona... “Holy Family” is one of the world’s most debated works of architecture. — Condé Nast Traveler

Featured in every panoramic shot of the city, it’s the Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty of Barcleona. It was Gaudi’s lifelong project that he died working on. — Let's Go

Gaudí's incomplete masterpiece is one of the city's more idiosyncratic creations -- if you have time to see only one Catalan landmark, you should make it this one. — Frommer's

As well as being one of the most astonishing churches in the world, La Sagrada Familia is a true symbol of Barcelona — Travel + Leisure

Park Guell

Barcelona 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This magic place half-way between reality and fantasy, looks onto two quite unique mushroom-shaped buildings straight out of the fairy tale book. — Michelin Guide

The fantastical exuberance of Gaudí's imagination remains breathtaking. — Time Out

Gaudí's whimsical Parc Güell often seems like light relief and is for many his best-loved and most accessible work. — Frommer's

North of Gràcia and about 4 km from Plaça de Catalunya, Park Güell is where Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening. — Lonely Planet

Gaudí's iconic mosaic lizard and two fairy-tale gatehouses are harbingers of the fantastical landscape that lies beyond this park's entrance. — Concierge

Palau Guell

El Raval 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Gaudí built this mansion in 1886–89 for textile baron Count Eusebi de Güell Bacigalupi, his main patron and promoter. — Fodor's

A fantastical town house built by Antoni Gaudí for his long-time patron Eusebi Güell — The Telegraph

Palau Güell is mixture of medieval and modern influences and is an ideal point from which to begin an exploration of Catalan modernism and the world of Gaudí. — Condé Nast Traveler

Finally reopened in its entirety in May 2010 after nearly 20 years under refurbishment, this is a magnificent example of the early days of Gaudí’s fevered architectural imagination. — Lonely Planet

Commissioned by Eusebi Güell, the wealthy industrialist of Parc Güell fame, Güell Palace has stood tall since its 1888 completion as the master creation of none other than Antoni Gaudí — Let's Go

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

Pedralbes 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The three-story Gothic cloister, one of the finest in Europe, surrounds a lush garden. — Fodor's

This convent has housed a community of nuns from the Order of St. Clare since the 14C ... a magnificent example of Catalan Gothic architecture. — Michelin Guide

Off the beaten track, and correspondingly peaceful, is this beautiful 14th-century convent, still home to a body of Poor Clare nuns — The Telegraph

The building is hardly recent – it’s a Benedictine monastery dating from the 9th century – but the contents are new. — Time Out

The Gothic cloister is one of the city's most tranquil spots. — Travel + Leisure

Palace of Catalan Music

El Born / La Ribera 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner's masterpiece, the Palau de la Música, was built between 1905 and 1908 in El Born. — Concierge

Undoubtedly the most striking symbol of the Catalan middle classes in the 1900s and one of the masterpieces of Modernism. — Michelin Guide

The Palau de la Música is, for many, the most outstanding contribution of the modernist movement. — Frommer's

Commissioned by the nationalistic Orfeó Català choral society, this jawdropping concert hall was intended as a paean to the Catalan renaixença. — Time Out

This concert hall is a high point of Barcelona’s Modernista architecture. It’s not exactly a symphony, but more a series of crescendos in tile, brick, sculpted stone and stained glass. — Lonely Planet

Casa Batllo

Eixample 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This masterful work by Gaudí is part of the famous "Apple of Discord" and was built between 1904 and 1906 in pure Modernist style, with ceramic coloured glass disks and a fishscale roof. — Michelin Guide

Gaudí at his most spectacular, the Casa Batlló is actually a makeover: it was originally built in 1877 by Emili Sala Cortés, one of Gaudí's teachers, and acquired by the Batlló family in 1900. — Fodor's

Join the Gaudi gawkers in front of the architect's surreal Casa Batlló. — Travel + Leisure

Next door to the Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló was designed by Gaudí in 1905 and is hands-down the superior of the three works in the manzana. — Frommer's

The building itself is an apartment block, dramatically remodelled by Gaudí in the early 1900s, and now mostly open to the public, who can finally appreciate his swirling interiors and woodwork. — The Telegraph

MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

El Raval 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Definitely worth a visit, if only to admire the stunning building. — Afar Magazine

This gleaming explosion of light and geometry in the darkest corner of Raval houses a permanent collection of contemporary art as well as traveling exhibits. — Fodor's

Bursting out of the narrow streets and into its own spacious plaza, American architect Richard Meier’s bright white edifice has sought to bring artistic enlightenment to the masses — Let's Go

Macba (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona) has become the city's foremost contemporary art centre, with captivating exhibitions for the serious art lover. — Lonely Planet

The Raval district's futuristic, all-white museum designed by Richard Meier looks like something out of The Jetsons and contains a world-class collection of art created in the past 50 years. — Travel + Leisure

Gran Teatre del Liceu

La Rambla 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Though La Rambla itself is one of Europe’s grandest stages (tourists being the main performers), the highbrow Liceu is known for its operatic and classical presentations. — Let's Go

This Grand theatre was created in the middle of the 19C by Carthaginian Amilcar Barca. — Michelin Guide

During its second life El Liceu consolidated its reputation as one of the finest opera houses in the world. — Frommer's

The opulent Liceu was built in 1847 as a paean to the arts, with gilded ballrooms, a hall of mirrors, and an auditorium similar to Milan's Teatro alla Scala. — Concierge

Barcelona's opera house has long been considered one of the most beautiful in Europe, in the same category as Milan's La Scala. — Fodor's

Maritime Museum

El Raval 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

These mighty Gothic shipyards are not as extensive as their Venetian counterparts but they’re an extraordinary piece of civilian architecture nonetheless. — Lonely Planet

In the 13th century, Catalonia was a powerhouse at sea, and many of the kingdom's ships were built in the mammoth Drassanes (Royal Shipyards) in Barcelona. — Concierge

The superb Maritime Museum is housed in the 13th-century Drassanes Reials (Royal Shipyards), at the foot of the Rambla adjacent to the harbor front. — Fodor's

In this museum, you are given a fulfilling, interactive lesson on the history of the Catalan Navy, which includes many extremely valuable pieces. — Michelin Guide

In the former Royal Shipyards (Drassanes Reials), the city's Maritime Museum is the finest of its kind in Spain. — Frommer's

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Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi

Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic) 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An unmissable 14th-century church, not especially captivating from the outside, but spectacular within — The Telegraph

The church is a regular venue for classical guitar concerts by well-known soloists. — Fodor's

A large Gothic basilica dating from the 14C. which houses a great number of chapels. The most noticeable decoration on the façade is the rose window. — Michelin Guide

The city's most spectacular flowering of the original style is Santa Maria del Mar, built between 1329-1384... a parish church on the grandest scale. — Condé Nast Traveler

At the southwest end of Passeig del Born stands the apse of Barcelona’s finest Catalan Gothic church, Santa Maria del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea). — Lonely Planet

Poble Espanyol

Montjuic 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Created for the 1929 International Exhibition as a sort of artificial Spain-in-a-bottle, with faithful reproductions of Spain's various architectural styles punctuated with boutiques. — Fodor's

This ‘Spanish Village’ is both a cheesy souvenir hunters’ haunt and an intriguing scrapbook of Spanish architecture built for the Spanish crafts section of the 1929 World Exhibition. — Lonely Planet

This re-created Spanish village, built for the 1929 World's Fair, provokes mixed feelings: Purists see it as the height of kitsch, while others delight in its open spaces and Disneyland feel. — Frommer's

One of the few original relics from the 1929 International Exhibition that still dots the mountain, the Poble Espanyol originally aimed to present a unified Spanish village. — Let's Go

This square uniting Majorcan markets, Baroque Valencia facades, Galician houses and Castillian squares charts Spains architectural history. — Michelin Guide

Frederic Mares Museum

Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic) 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the wildest collections of historical curios lies inside this vast medieval complex, once part of the royal palace of the counts of Barcelona. — Lonely Planet

Here... you can browse for hours among the miscellany assembled by the early-20th-century sculptor-collector Frederic Marès. — Fodor's

One of the biggest repositories of medieval sculpture in the region is found in this interesting museum, situated behind the cathedral. — Frommer's

In a town with no shortage of quirky museums, this might be the most idiosyncratic — The Telegraph

This museum is home to an iimpresive collection by the sculptor Frederic Marès. — Michelin Guide

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Fundacio Antoni Tapies

Eixample 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The rooms are huge, the walls let the works of art breathe, and browsing here is wonderfully relaxing. — Travel + Leisure

This former publishing house—and the city's first building to incorporate iron supports, built in 1880—has been handsomely converted to hold the work of preeminent contemporary Catalan... — Fodor's

This is the third most popular Barcelona museum, after the Miró and Picasso, to be devoted to the work of a single, prolific artist. — Frommer's

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is both a pioneering Modernista building (completed in 1885) and the major collection of leading 20th-century Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies. — Lonely Planet

The collection at Fundació Antoni Tàpies may be a little esoteric for non-art buffs, but it’s certainly a legit, if less mainstream museum experience. — goop

St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral

El Born / La Ribera 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most beautiful example of early Catalan Gothic architecture, Santa Maria del Mar is extraordinary for its unbroken lines and elegance. — Fodor's

Do visit the wonderfully carved choir, and go up to the roof for an amazing panoramic view of the city. — The Telegraph

This marvellous church was the result of a popular initiative, and soon became the spiritual centre of the district. — Michelin Guide

At the southwest end of Passeig del Born stands the apse of Barcelona’s finest Catalan Gothic church, Santa Maria del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea). — Lonely Planet

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Las Ramblas

La Rambla 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Through all Barcelona's self-styled reinvention, the pedestrian walkway known as La Rambla has remained the city's most enduring icon. — Concierge

La Rambla may be a Barcelona cliché—but it's one of those classic experiences that no visitor should miss — Afar Magazine

Flanked by narrow traffic lanes and plane trees, the middle of La Rambla is a broad pedestrian boulevard, crowded every day until the wee hours. — Lonely Planet

This open-air avenue and theatre is Barcelona's most famous street, lined by cafés, flower and bird stalls, a famous market, and street artists. — Michelin Guide

La Rambla de les Flors has maintained the spirit of the 19th century, when La Rambla was the only place in Barcelona where flowers were sold. — Time Out

Parc de Montjuic

Montjuic 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Castle of Montjuïc crowns the southwest part of the mountain and has some fantastic views over the city and the Mediterranean Sea. — On the Grid

This hill was completely transformed as a result of the 1929 Universal Exhibition, when its slopes became gardens. — Michelin Guide

Welcomes more than 15 million visitors a year to its museums, concert arenas, sports centers, and gardens. — Concierge

The 360 views of the city and sea are fantastic on a clear day. — Afar Magazine

The present uses of the space include a Interpretation Center for Peace, a Space for Historical Memory, and a Montjuïc Interpretation Center, along with cultural and educational events. — Fodor's

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