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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC

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

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

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

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

From across the city, the bombastic neobaroque silhouette of the Palau Nacional can be seen on the slopes of Montjuïc. — Lonely Planet

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

Joan Miró Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Casa Milà

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

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

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

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

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

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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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

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

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

If you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. — Lonely Planet

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

Park Guell

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

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

This park is one of Gaudí's, and Barcelona's, most pleasant and stimulating places to spend a few hours. — Fodor's

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

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

Palau Guell

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

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

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

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

This stunning residence, built between 1886 and 1890 to extend the home of the Güell family (with ten children), is a fine example of Gaudí's architectural style. — Michelin Guide

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

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

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

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

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

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

Palace of Catalan Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

Casa Batllo

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

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

This house takes its cues from bones. The emtry staircase looks like a spinal column, and this hallway was inspired by a ribcage. — Afar Magazine

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

The Liceu is a chocolate-box opera house for the 21st century. — Condé Nast Traveler

Maritime Museum

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

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

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

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Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi

Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic) 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The church resides on one of the most charming squares (of the same name) in the Barri Gòtic. — Frommer's

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

The oldest giants in Catalonia are now displayed in a 14th-century Gothic church.  — Atlas Obscura

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

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

Poble Espanyol

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

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

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

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

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

Frederic Mares Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

This former publishing house...has been handsomely converted to hold the work of preeminent contemporary Catalan painter Antoni Tàpies, as well as temporary exhibits. — Fodor's

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

CaixaForum

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

In addition to its striking installations – the spiky entrance by architect Arata Isozaki, and the colourful Sol LeWitt mural – there is a permanent collection of 800 artworks, shown in rotation. — The Telegraph

A center for art exhibits, concerts, lectures, and cultural events. Well worth keeping an eye on in newspaper and magazine leisure listings, for special exhibitions. — Fodor's

This is one of the city's more exciting contemporary art spaces, in terms of both its setting and what's inside. — Frommer's

CaixaBank is Spain’s largest bank, and its foundation, La Caixa, is one of the largest in the world — goop

A unique piece of industrial modernist architecture, Caixa Forum is old Catalan textile factory built in the early 20th century and designed by the architect Puig i Cadafalch. — On the Grid

Las Ramblas

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

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

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

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

Parc de Montjuic

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

This mass of military stone is now surrounded by serene gardens. Barcelonans come here for Sunday picnics. — Frommer'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

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

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

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