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Things to do in Barcelona

From Port Vell to the spires of Barcelona Cathedral in Barrí Gòtic, exploring Barcelona is easy. See Picasso's delicate, early sketches in the Old Town and Joan Miró's colourful masterpieces on Montjuïc. Architecturally, Gaudí reigns supreme; follow the trail from La Sagrada Familia cathedral in Eixample to fantastical Park Güell in Gràcia. Further out, Tibidabo mountain beckons with its charming funfair. Labyrinth Park in Montbau has playful topiary to get lost in.

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Lose track of time in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

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Picasso Museum, Barcelona. Photo by Ronald Stallard, © Museu Picasso, Barcelona 2008
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Picasso Museum

Spanish master

Barcelona's unmissable Picasso Museum houses an exhaustive collection of the Spanish master's early work, sprawling across adjoining gothic palaces in the Old Town. Find youthful sketches from his formative years, sculpture, ceramics and exquisite paintings from his Blue Period.



Cost

Permanent collection & temporary exhibition €9; temporary exhibition €5.80; Sun from 3pm & first Sun of the month free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-8pm

Address

15-23, Montcada, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 932 563 000

Transport

Jaume I (L4) or Arc de Triomf (L1) metro

Website

Picasso Museum Website

CaixaForum, Barcelona. Courtesy of Obra Social la Caixa
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CaixaForum

Important exhibition space

CaixaForum by Plaça Espanya square, is one of Barcelona's most exciting contemporary art spaces. Housed in an old modernista textile factory with a stylish modern walkway, courtyard and entrance, the gallery's three exhibition spaces display an eclectic programme of shows.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 10am-8pm (until 10pm Sat)

Address

6-8, Avenida Marqués de Comillas, Barcelona 08038

Telephone

+34 93 476 8600

Transport

Espanya metro (L1 & L3)

Website

La Caixa Foundation Website

Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona. Photo by Gaston Magrinat, courtesy of www.barcelonaexperience.com
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Joan Miró Foundation

Art on the mountain

The Joan Miró Foundation possesses an incomparable collection of work by the 20th-century master, and is an essential part of any visit to Montjuïc. Miró's iconic Spanish paintings are displayed on gleaming white walls, lit by natural light from above.



Cost

Permanent collection €8; concessions €6Temporary exhibitions €4; concessions €3

Opening Hours

Oct-Jun Tue-Sat 10am-7pm, Jul-Sep Tue-Sat 10am-8pm, all year Thu 10am-9.30pm; Sun 10am-2.30pm

Address

Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona 08038

Telephone

+34 934 439 470

Transport

Bus 50 or 55, or Funicular to Paral.lel metro

Website

Joan Miró Foundation Website

Chocolate Museum, Barcelona. Courtesy of Museu de la Xocolata
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Chocolate Museum

Sweet exhibits

It's an inescapable fact that the people of Barcelona love chocolate. Chocolaterias lurk temptingly all over the city but the Chocolate Museum in the Born district is the highlight. Exhibits include Snowy, Barcelona's famous albino gorilla, carved from white chocolate.



Cost

€4.30; concessions available

Opening Hours

Mon & Wed-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-3pm

Address

36, Carrer del Comerç, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 268 78 78

Transport

Arc de Triomf or Juame 1 metro

Website

Chocolate Museum Website

Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona. Photo by Poppy Da Costa, © Whatsonwhen
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Museum of Contemporary Art

Art and architecture

Richard Meier's cool white design, set incongruously in the Raval district, draws art lovers (and skateboarders) to this contemporary art showcase. If you find the Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibitions inaccessible, soak up the ambience of its vast light halls.



Cost

€7.50

Opening Hours

Sep-Jun Mon & Wed-Fri 11am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-3pm, Jun-Sep Mon & Wed 11am-8pm; Thu & Fri 11am-12am; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-3pm

Address

1, Plaça dels Àngels, Barcelona 08001

Telephone

+34 93 412 0810

Transport

Catalunya metro

Website

MACBA Website

Barcelona Aquarium, Barcelona. Courtesy of Barcelona Aquarium
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Barcelona Aquarium

Watery world

Barcelona Aquarium in Port Vell holds an impressive collection of marine life from giant conger eels to seahorses and even a penguin colony, but the highlight is the shark tunnel. Get up close to the craggy-toothed monsters if you dare.



Cost

€17; concessions €14; children €12

Opening Hours

Daily 9.30am-9pm (until 9.30pm Sat & Sun & public hols, Jun & Sep; until 11pm Jul & Aug)

Address

Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell, Barcelona 08039

Telephone

+34 93 221 74 74

Transport

Barceloneta or Drassanes metro

Website

Barcelona Aquarium Website

Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona. © Turisme de Barcelona/G. Foto
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Barcelona Cathedral

Soaring spires

Soaring above Plaça de la Seu square in Barrí Gòtic, attention-grabbing Barcelona Cathedral features smooth arches, skeletal spires and lofty towers. Inside the vaulted cloister awaits an oasis of palms and fountains. Take the lift for spectacular city views.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 8.30am-12pm & 5.15pm-7pmSat pm and Sun depends on mass times

Address

3, Pla de la Seu, Barrí Gòtic, Barcelona 08002

Telephone

+34 933 428 260

Transport

Jaume I metro

Website

Barcelona Cathedral Website

Camp Nou, Barcelona. Courtesy of Catalan Tourist Board, © Imagen MAS
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Camp Nou

Catalan football

Camp Nou in Les Corts is a large-scale temple to football and an impressive piece of architecture. Now architect Norman Foster plans to transform the building into a pulsating, light-refracting superstructure. See a match or take a guided tour.



Cost

Various

Opening Hours

Various; no tours on match days

Address

Avenida Aristides Maillol, Barcelona 08028

Telephone

+34 902 189 900

Transport

Collblanc or Maria Cristina metro

Website

Barcelona Football Club Website

Park Güell, Barcelona. © Turisme de Barcelona/Espai d'Imatge
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Park Güell

Unique Gaudí park

Park Güell in the Gràcia district is Catalan architect Gaudí's modernist utopia. Lush, shady parkland overlooks the city and fantastical mosaic-covered, sculptural buildings are curiously inviting. In the scorching summer months this is one of the coolest places to be.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

May-Sep daily 10am-9pm; Dec-Feb daily 10am-6pm; Mar & Nov daily 10am-7pm; Apr & Oct daily 10am-8pm

Address

Carrer d'Olot, Barcelona

Telephone

+34 93 424 38 09

Transport

Lesseps metro; buses 24, 25 to Lesseps

La Sagrada Família, Barcelona. © Turisme de Barcelona/Espai d'Imatge
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La Sagrada Família

Gaudí masterpiece

La Sagrada Família in the Eixample district is a crazed, towering cathedral and lifetime obsession of Gaudí, a unique symbol of the Catalan capital and a work in progress. Climb up inside its fantastical, undulating spires to see Gaudí's Workshop.



Cost

€11; concessions €10; lift €2.50

Opening Hours

Oct-Mar daily 9am-6pm; Apr-Sep daily 9am-8pm

Address

Plaça Sagrada Família, Barcelona 08013

Telephone

+34 932 080 414

Transport

Sagrada Família metro

Website

La Sagrada Família Website

Labyrinth park, Barcelona. © Daniel Daranas
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Labyrinth Park

Beautiful garden

Labyrinth Park, a playfully romantic park in Montbau, offers welcome respite from the urban bustle of Barcelona. Built in 1791, the grounds are situated on different levels with ornamented stairways and expansive gardens dotted with statues of Eros and Narcissus.



Cost

€2.17; discounts for groups

Opening Hours

Daily 10am-dusk

Address

La Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona 08035

Telephone

+34 9 3428 3934

Transport

Metro Mundet

Montjuïc, Barcelona. Photo by Nano Cañas, courtesy of Catalan Tourist Board
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Montjuïc

Culture, views and nature

Cable cars trundle from Barcelona's harbour to leafy Montjuïc, home to the Miró Foundation and the Spanish Village. Travel on a second cable car to the 17th-century castle for impressive views, or swim in the open-air Olympic pool in summer.



Cost

Teleférico single €9; return €12.50

Opening Hours

Teleférico winter 11am-5.30pm; summer daily 11am-7.15pm/8pm

Address

Barcelona 08038

Transport

Paral.lel or Espanya metro

CatHelicopter BCN Sky Tours, Barcelona. Courtesy of CatHelicopters
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CatHelicopter BCN Sky Tours

Thrilling helicopter ride

For James-Bond views of Barcelona, take to the skies on a helicopter ride. From a giddy height, CatHelicopter BCN Sky Tours take in soaring Gaudí spires, the ordered grid of the Eixample district, the glistening sea and distant green mountains.



Cost

5-min flight €45; 10 mins €80; 35 mins €240

Address

Heliport, Passeig d'Escullera, Moll Adossat s/n, Barcelona 08039

Telephone

+34 93 224 07 10

Transport

Paral.lel metro

Website

CatHelicopter BCN Sky Tours Website

La Pedrera (Casa Milà), Barcelona. © Turisme de Barcelona/L Bertran
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La Pedrera (Casa Milà)

Roof-top architecture

La Pedrera is a gem in the heart of the Eixample district. Across the street from the popular Gaudí House, this large corner building by the Catalan master boasts the sculpture-filled Espai Gaudí terrace providing roof-top views of the city.



Cost

€10; concessions €6

Opening Hours

Nov-Feb daily 9am-6:30pm, Mar-Oct daily 9am-8pm

Address

261-265, Provença, Barcelona 08008

Telephone

+34 902 400 973

Transport

Diagonal metro (L3 & L5)

Website

Caixa Catalunya Website

Tibidabo Amusement Park, Barcelona. Photo by Poppy Da Costa, © Whatsonwhen
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Tibidabo Amusement Park

Mountain funfair

Always visible from the streets below, Tibidabo Amusement Park is certainly worth the climb. A creaking funicular delivers visitors to the top where a gloriously antiquated amusement park entices with rickety rides and an unbeatable view along the coast.



Cost

€25; concessions €9; children under 90cm free

Opening Hours

Schedule varies please check before visiting

Address

3-4, Plaça del Tibidabo, Barcelona 08035

Telephone

+34 93 211 79 42

Transport

Avinguda Tibidabo metro, then Tramvía Blau (Blue Tram) to the funicular

Website

Tibidabo Website

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