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Picasso Museum

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The setting alone, in five contiguous medieval stone mansions, makes the Museu Picasso unique (and worth the probable queues). — Lonely Planet

There can be a long wait to get in, but it's worth it, if only to see the extensive collection of portraits by the artist when he was a young man. — Travel + Leisure

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

Barcelona’s Picasso Museum 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,... — Departures

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

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC

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

A wonderful overview of Catalan art from the 10th century to the present day, and while it doesn't have the pull of the Picasso or Miró museums, the MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de... — The Telegraph

This majestic building perched atop Montjuïc isn’t quite as royal as it first appears. Designed by Enric Catà and Pedro Cendoya for the 1929 International Exhibition, the Palau Nacional... — Let's Go

This museum contains ten centuries of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the modern day. — Michelin Guide

Covering 1,000 years of Catalan art, this fully modernized museum on Montjuïc was carved out of the Palau Nacional for the 1929 International Exposition. — Concierge

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

Joan Miró Foundation

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With its high ceilings, arches, and airy passages, this innovative building houses the world's largest collection of Miró's work plus British art, from 1945 to 1968-that is, postwar to Pop. — Travel + Leisure

The monographic museum of Joan Miró, complete with paintings, textiles and sculpture created by the artist, is a must visit for lovers of contemporary and abstract art. — On the Grid

Joan Miró, the city’s best-known 20th-century artistic progeny, bequeathed this art foundation to his hometown in 1971. — Lonely Planet

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

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. Offering a very intimate look... — Departures

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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Gaudí dedicated 40 years of his life to his best-known work, which remains unfinished. — Michelin Guide

La Sagrada Familia - The Sacred Family - is arguably one of Gaudi’s most famous and impressive works, even though it is still not yet completed. Work began in 1882 and continues to this... — Afar Magazine

Begun by Gaudí at the end of the 19th century, this film-set cathedral is still a work in progress, but every time I visit I'm amazed at how things have speeded up over the last decade.... — The Telegraph

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

Never mind that it's a cliché: If you see only one sight in Barcelona, head to the Eixample and see Gaudí's resplendent Sagrada Familia. — Concierge

Park Guell

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Created by Barcelona's most famous architect Antoni Gaudí between 1900 and 1914, Park Güell was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The park features in just about every film ever... — Travel + Leisure

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

Gaudí's famously flamboyant architectural style is on full display in this sprawling park and garden.  — Atlas Obscura

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

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

Palau Guell

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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

The facade of the building is Venetian in style and marked by two huge arched entrances protected by intricate forged iron gates and a shield of Catalonia. — Frommer's

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

Palau Güell is an early Gaudí masterpiece, designed for his longtime benefactor, Eusebi Güell. — Afar Magazine

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

Casa Milà

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

This undulating beast is another madcap Gaudí masterpiece, built in 1905-10 as a combined apartment and office block. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

Casa Batllo

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

Built sometime between 1875 and 1877, the Casa Batlló was originally designed for a middle class family in the luxurious center l’Eixample. Take a peek at yet another of Gaudí’s... — Let's Go

Antoni Gaudi architecture is very unique. The Barcelona architect has several buildings which are listed as Unesco World Heritage sites, including the Casa Batllo. Part of the... — Afar Magazine

One of Antoni Gaudi's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.  — Atlas Obscura

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

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

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

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This peaceful old convent was first opened to the public in 1983 and is now a museum of monastic life. — Lonely Planet

Inside, it is decorated with murals by Ferrer Bassa, a major artist of Catalonia in the 1300s, depicting the Passion of Christ. — Frommer'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

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

Off the beaten track, and correspondingly peaceful, is this beautiful 14th-century convent, still home to a body of Poor Clare nuns. It's a closed order, so you won't see them, but... — The Telegraph

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

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

One of the world's most extraordinary music halls, with facades that are a riot of color and form, the Music Palace is a landmark. — Fodor's

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

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

When Richard Meier's cool, white, futuristic "ship" sailed into the heart of El Raval, it regenerated an area best known as the underbelly of Barcelona. — Concierge

A soaring white edifice in the once-shabby but rebounding Raval district, the Museum of Contemporary Art is to Barcelona what the Pompidou Center is to Paris. — Frommer's

Barcelona’s contemporary art museum (known as MACBA) focuses on mid-century abstraction and European Pop. — Condé Nast Traveler

Its vast white exhibition rooms display a permanent collection of 1,500 works from the second half of the 20C by leading Catalan artists such as Miró, Tàpies, Torres. — Michelin Guide

Gran Teatre del Liceu

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

If you can’t catch a night at the opera, you can still have a look around one of Europe’s greatest opera houses, known to locals as the Liceu. — Lonely Planet

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

The principal venue for opera, concerts, and dance since 1847, the hall reopened in 1999 after a major fire and is now one of the most technologically and acoustically advanced theaters in Europe. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

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

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

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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 sense of space in its single nave is majestic, with impossibly high pillars... — The Telegraph

This beautiful church devoted to the Virgin Mary is the best representation of Catalan Gothic acrhitecture in Barcelona. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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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

Built for the 1929 Exhibition and designed by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this composite Spanish village is charming or kitsch depending on your taste. — Time Out

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 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

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

Parc de Montjuic

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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

Built in 1640 by rebels against Felipe IV, the castle has had a dark history as a symbol of Barcelona's military domination by foreign powers, usually the Spanish army. The fortress was... — Fodor's

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

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

Southwest of the city centre and with views out to sea and over the city, Montjuïc serves as a Central Park of sorts and is a great place for a jog or stroll. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

In a town with no shortage of quirky museums, this might be the most idiosyncratic. Frederic Marès was a sculptor, collector and, reputedly, a kleptomaniac, whose position in Catalan high... — The Telegraph

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Las Ramblas

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

La Rambla may be a Barcelona cliché—but it's one of those classic experiences that no visitor should miss. Be careful with your wallets and purses, as this is an area where petty theft is... — Afar Magazine

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 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

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

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

Casa Lleo i Morera

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This beautiful house by Domènech i Montaner dates from 1905 and is part of the famous "Apple of Discord". — Michelin Guide

The ornate Casa Lleó Morera was extensively rebuilt from 1902 to 1906 by Palau de la Música Catalana architect Domènech i Montaner and is a treasure house of Catalan Modernisme. The... — Fodor's

This florid work, completed by Domènech i Montaner in 1906, is perhaps the least challenging of the three, as it represents a more international style of Art Nouveau. — Frommer's

Domènech i Montaner’s 1905 contribution to the Manzana de la Discordia, with Modernista carving outside and a bright, tiled lobby in which floral motifs predominate. — Lonely Planet

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Fundacio Antoni Tapies

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

Housed in a building by modernista architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies is unmissable thanks to the giant mess ball of wire and steel atop the low brick... — Let's Go

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 museum contains the most complete collection of paintings by the artist, and includes works from the famous "serie matérica". — Michelin Guide

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

The Tàpies foundation is an incredible red brick building (an early example of Catalan Modernist architecture from the 1880s) that features the works of Joan Tàpies—perhaps the most... — Travel + Leisure

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