See and Do in Barcelona
There are plenty of things for expats to see and do in Barcelona. The city has several beaches to enjoy, as well as vast municipal parklands. The views from the Montjuic and Tibidabo hills take in the entire city, including the tree-lined La Rambla pedestrian mall that stretches from the city centre to Port Vella, Barcelona’s oldest harbour. There is a wealth of ancient and modern architecture to explore, with many of the local buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi having been declared World Heritage Sites. There are also a number of museums and galleries in Barcelona that are worth visiting.
Recommended sightseeing in Barcelona
A pedestrian avenue in Barcelona’s ‘old city’, La Rambla, or Las Ramblas as the collection of street segments is known, is one of the most famous streets in Europe, and is home to numerous cafés, restaurants and boutiques for expats to enjoy.
Five medieval mansions in one of Barcelona’s greatest Gothic areas have been converted into the Picasso Museum, a site that houses an impressive collection of the great artist’s early work – a fantastic find for art-loving expats.
Tel: 932 563 000
Discover the delightful designs of architect Antoni Gaudi in the fascinating gardens of Park Güell, the city’s most popular recreational park.
La Sagrada Família
Known as the Church of the Holy Family, this is an unfinished but intriguing Modernista structure designed by Gaudi in the late 19th century.
Tel: 932 073 031
Overlooking Barcelona’s city centre, Montjuic Hill is an excellent viewing point from where expats can see many of the local landmarks and stroll in the fountained parks.
Tibidabo is another Barcelona hill worth climbing, and is linked to the city proper by funicular services. Those that make the effort to mount the summit often do so to visit the fantastic Parc d'Atraccions, Barcelona’s only remaining amusement park.
Dating back to the Roman era, Barri Gòtic is the oldest district in the city and home to many Gothic buildings and cathedrals worth exploring.
FC Barcelona Museum and Stadium
Camp Nou is one of the world’s greatest football stadiums. A collection of photographs, trophies, memorabilia and documents connected to the city’s beloved football team, FC Barcelona, can be seen here.
Tel: 934 963 600
Joan Miró Foundation
The Joan Miró Foundation celebrates this surrealist sculptor and painter's life and works with a display of his sculptures, paintings, drawings and textiles.
Tel: 934 439 470
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art was designed to make the most of natural light, and has a spacious interior filled with modern art by the likes of Basquiat, Klee and Barcelò.