Barcelona Top Travel Tips

Book tickets for tours and activities in advance

If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona, deciding what you want to do before you get there is a great way of saving time after you arrive, letting you see even more of the city.

  • Top tip: book tickets now in order to avoid horrendous queues – and save money in the process!

The City Pass is the only grouped ticket to include fast-track access to Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, in addition to giving free access to public transport around the city and between the city and the airport. If you want to make life easy for yourself, this is the pass for you!

Sagrada Familia cheap guided tour: Discover Sagrada Familia by taking a guided tour, which lasts around 90 minutes. The guide will explain – in English – the fascinating history of the construction of the basilica, and will point out the main architectural features of this unique building! This is the cheapest option we tried and it’s a great tour!

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Private tours: How about a stroll through the streets of Barcelona, in the company of a local who can let you in on all of the city’s secrets? Discover Barcelona on a made-to-measure tour!

Sagrada Familia guided tour + access to one of the towers: Want to see all of Barcelona from above? Following the guided tour of the façades and interior of the basilica (as above), this option gives you access to one of the towers. Don’t forget your camera!

Guided tour of the Barri Gòtic: Discover the secrets of the Barri Gòtic, the ancient heart of Barcelona, on this 2-hour walking tour. This budget-friendly option offers a fascinating glimpse of the city’s 2000 years of history!

Modernism tour: When someone says “Barcelona”, you’re almost certain to think of Gaudí and of art nouveau architecture, also known as modernism. This two-hour visit will help you to understand the evolution and symbolism of this iconic style. You won’t see Barcelona in the same light afterwards!

Picasso tour: You can enjoy a two-part guided tour of the city: a walking tour of the area where the artist lived, followed by a guided visit to the Picasso Museum (entry is included). A real bargain!

Guided tour of Camp Nou: Want to discover the legendary Barça stadium and find out what goes on behind the scenes? Follow Olivier, tour guide and Barcelona FC expert, for an exclusive and fascinating experience!
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La Pedrera: with its unusual wavy façade, extraordinary terrace and small but fascinating Gaudí museum, you really shouldn’t miss the chance to visit La Pedrera.
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Gaudí’s Casa Batlló is a fabulous, otherworldly experience, mixing architectural marvels, homages to nature and dreamlike elements. You’re bound to fall under its charm!

For 3, 4 or 5 days, the Barcelona Card gives free access to public transport and to certain museums. It also gets you up to 20% off visits to certain cultural attractions, restaurants, shops and shows in the city.
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Staying in Barcelona for 48 hours? In that case, choose the Barcelona Card Express, which offers the same advantages as the Barcelona Card, but for two days.
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Barcelona Night Card: with this card, you get access to 22 nightclubs in Barcelona for the price of one, over the course of a weekend or a week. One for party animals!
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1 ticket for 6 museums! With the Articket, discover the Picasso Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Catalan National Museum of Art, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture and the Tàpies Foundation.
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The Palau de la Música Catalana is a fantastic example of Art Nouveau architecture in Barcelona. Its multicoloured, stained glass dome is simply breathtaking. Unmissable!
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Looking for somewhere a bit different to visit? Don’t miss the Liceu, Barcelona’s oldest and most prestigious theatre! Experience the magnificent hall and discover hidden Modernist treasures. A fascinating, many-sided place to visit!
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If you’re a big fan of Gaudí, go and see the crypt at Colònia Güell! Just 20 km from Barcelona, this is one of the famous architect’s lesser-known, unfinished works. It’s well worth the trip!
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If you’re a fan of Art Nouveau, you’re sure to love Barcelona’s Museu del Modernisme, a must for enthusiasts!
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Visits to the Barcelona FC museum include a tour of the Camp Nou stadium, and an immersion into the world and the history of Barça. One for football fans!
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Open all year, Barcelona’s Aquarium is a great place to visit as a family, with friends, or even on your own! Take the tunnel through the Oceanarium for a close encounter with some pretty scary sharks…
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At Poble Espanyol, you can see the whole of Spain without leaving Barcelona! Discover the picturesque charm of this unique location.
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CosmoCaixa, Barcelona’s science museum, aims to bring out the scientist in all of us through a variety of exhibitions and activities. One for children, from 6 to 99!
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CaixaForum is a magnificent art nouveau setting which plays host to multiple temporary exhibitions, covering a variety of disciplines such as painting, architecture, photography, cinema and classical, modern and contemporary art.
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The City history museum is home to over 4000 m2 of archeological remains. Wander through the site and learn more about Barcelona’s ancient history. Fascinating!
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Chocolate Museum: Barcelona’s original homage to the “nectar of the Gods”. Mmmm…
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Located 500 metres above sea level, the Tibidabo theme park includes 25 attractions and offers spectacular views across the city. A great place to visit as a family or with friends!
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Las Golondrinas: Take to the seas on Las Golondrinas! Enjoy a superb boat trip along the coastline, and discover Barcelona from the sea!
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Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum: Want to learn more about the world of cannabis? Head for this museum! Housed in a spectacular modernist mansion, the museum shows the plant’s vast and surprising array of uses.
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See a match at Camp Nou: If you dream of seeing Barcelona FC play on their home turf, make sure you see a Barça match at Camp Nou during your stay! A unique experience, not to be missed by any self-respecting football enthusiast.