Barcelona City Guide

First StepsSightseeing


There are plenty of sights to see in Barcelona, from the Modernist facades of Gaudi's landmarks and Eixample to the Gothic flavours of the Old City. Here we will cover the absolute essentials.

Plaza Catalunya

Most people begin their tour of Barcelona at Plaza Catalunya, and this is a great place to start. From here people generally head in either up or down to begin their tour: Down the Ramblas, towards the Port area or Up through the shopping districts of Eixample.

The main tourist office is located here, as are central terminals for the bus and metro, there is even a connection to the local railways here for heading out of the city.

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is actually a collection of streets that lead down to the port. It has become one of Barcelona's most famous attractions and is worthy of the acclaim. It is studded with performance artists, bars and cafes and it's flanks are lined with tall trees. A slow stroll down this famous street can take all day long if you wish to take in all the sights it has to offer. Don't miss the Boqueria market on the right hand side and the Plaza Reial on the Left.

Statue of Columbus

At the foot of the Ramblas stands the statue of Columbus, you can ride the elevator up to the top for a great view of the city.

Casa Batllo

On Paseig de Gracia, (heading towards the hills from Plaza Catalunya) you will find, and will not miss, the Casa Batllo. Privately owned and quite expensive to enter, it is emblematic of Gaudi's peculiar style and stunningly beautiful, especially when illuminated at nights.

La Pedrera

Another of Gaudi's monuments, La Pedrera revels in the Gaudi Modernist style. Visitors can also reach the rooftops for a view of the city.

Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia requires little introduction. Gaudi again left his mark on Barcelona, but unfortunately died before its completion. It is still incomplete and even under threat from the high-speed train that will be passing right underneath it. The Paseig Gaudi, lined with restaurants and bars will lead to another Gaudi masterpiece which is the Hospital de Sant Pau.

Gothic Cathedral (Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia)

Built from the 13th century and consistently under restoration (hence the enormous advertising banners across it) the Gothic cathedral is a must-see on any Barcelona tour. Just further down, crossing the Via Laietana you will also find the renovated Mercat de Sant Caterina with its colourful roof, which is crammed with great stalls and a market. Further up the Via Laietana you will also find the Palau de la Música Catalana which is a beautifully designed modernist treat by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

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Barcelona Key Information:

Currency Euro (EUR)
TimeZone GMT +1
Country Tel. Code +34
Bank Hours Generally from 8:30 h to 14:00 h with extended afternoon hours on Thursday.
Electricity Standard 220V 50hz, with 2-pin plugs
Languages Castellano (Spanish), Catalan.
Some English Spoken.
Single Fare 1.20 (On Bus and Metro)
Coffee Between 0.90 and 1.20 EUR.
Lunch Menu Between 7 and 15 EUR.

Airport +34 932 983 838
Fireman 080
Emergency 112
Police 092
Citizen Information 010
Chemists +34 934 810 060
RENFE (Trains) +34 902 240 202
Medical Emergencies 061
Taxis +34 934 811 085
Tourist Office +34 932 853 834



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