7 – Park Güell
Park Güell, declared a World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful parks in the world and another of the essential places to see in Barcelona.
This huge fairytale park by Antonio Gaudí surprises all visitors with its sculptures, fountains and buildings inspired by the undulating forms of nature. One of our favorite corners is the Plaza de la Naturaleza, which has on one side a wavy bench full of beautiful mosaics and incredible views of the entire city.
The most famous image of the park and one of the typical souvenirs of Barcelona is found in the Dragon Staircase, a grand staircase with a fountain and the famous dragon sculpture.
Other interesting corners of the park are the Sala Hipóstila, the Casa del Guarda, the Pórtico de la Lavandera and the Jardines de Austria, although it is best to wander aimlessly and be amazed.
A few years ago access to the park was restricted and it was no longer free. In addition, entry is allowed only every half hour to a quota of 400 people, so long lines form, especially in high season and weekends. A good way to avoid them is to book this guided tour of the park. If you do not want to take a guided tour, we recommend that you book this ticket in advance.
Visiting hours: every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
8 – Viewpoints of Barcelona
Another of the best things to do in Barcelona is to go up to one of its natural viewpoints or located in buildings to watch the sunset over the city or simply enjoy the views.
In addition to Park Güell, these are our favorite viewpoints of Barcelona:
Montjuic: This iconic mountain located 175 meters high offers views of the entire city from various points such as: the Montjuic Castle, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Gardens of the Mirador del Alcalde and the cable car.
Basilica Santa Maria del Pi: This church offers the best panoramic views of the old town from its huge bell tower over 50 meters high.
Bunkers del Carmel: located in the upper area of Turó de la Rovira, 250 meters above sea level, this viewpoint is perfect for a sunset picnic next to the remains of anti-aircraft bunkers and incredible views of the city.
Tibidabo: located in the Sierra de Collserola, more than 500 meters high, it is an excellent viewpoint as well as having a fun amusement park to visit in Barcelona.
9 – Casa Milà (Mila house)
Going up the Paseo de Gràcia from the emblematic Plaza de Cataluña you will reach Casa Milà, another of Gaudí’s most famous works to visit in Barcelona.
This modernist building, built between 1906 and 1912, was popularly called La Pedrera for its sober stone facade, forming wavy arches. During this stage, Gaudí was in one of his most creative moments, providing new architectural solutions that would take him to the top of architecture with his naturalistic style, which is reflected in this building.
In addition to its façade, it is worth taking a tour of its interior passing through the old floor of the Señor Milá located on the first floor and going up until reaching the roof terrace, which marvels with its large ventilation towers and chimneys transformed into works of art.
As in all the works carried out by this architect, endless queues form at the entrance, so it is advisable to book this entrance in advance.
Also, an original way to visit La Pedrera is to book this night visit that includes an audiovisual show on the roof.
Visiting hours: every day from November to February from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the rest of the months from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.