2. Barcelona  SPAIN  | Total Sights: 100+ | Nickname: The City of Gaudi

 

 

 

 

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Barcelona

Spain  Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city with a population of around  1.6 million, captivates with a delightful mix of fanciful architecture, sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, vibrant nightlife, fascinating museums and immeasurable culture.

The famous architect Antoni Gaudi (1852–1926) has left here a legacy of extraordinary works, which include the Park Guell, the Pedrera House and his still unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.

With its colourful interior and its extraordinary structure, it is by far Barcelona’s most awe-inspiring sight.

 The Catalan metropole scores consistently high in almost all of the relevant categories and enjoys on top of that excellent climatic conditions.

 The sights apart from the Sagrada Familia are not that impressive for a city ranked second (all rated at 6/10 or lower).

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

7/10

8/10

7.5/10

4/10

6.5/10

6/10

8/10

9.5/10 [4th]

6/10

7.75/10 [7th]

8.5/10

6/10 [1.6 Mio.]

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B. Top 10 Best Things to Do in Barcelona (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 7.0/10.

SAGRADA FAMILIA (Church of the Sacred Family)  9 
Designed by the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) this large Roman Catholic church is fascinating on the outside, but for sure the best part is the stunning colourful interior.

The Sagrada Familia is now in its 135th year and approximately 70 per cent finished. 

Church  (World Heritage Site since 1984)

1) SAGRADA FAMILIA (CHURCH OF THE SACRED FAMILY, WHS since 1984) | 9/10

by Thomas Quine / CC BY-SA 2.0

CASA MILÀ ESPAI GAUDÍ (LA PEDRERA)  6
Historic Building  (World Heritage Site since 1984)

Things to do in Barcelona | Best Cities | No. 2: Barcelona | CASA MILÀ ESPAI GAUDÍ (LA PEDRERA)

PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA  6
Historic Building (World Heritage Site since 1997)

Things to do in Barcelona | Best Cities | No. 2: Barcelona | PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA

PARK GÜELL  6
Park (World Heritage Site since 1984, designed by Antoni Gaudí, 0.14 km2 [37 acres], opened 1926)

CASA BATLLO  6
Historic Building  (World Heritage Site since 1984)

by Mstyslav Chernov / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Raval  6
City District

Things to do in Barcelona | Best Cities | No. 2: Barcelona | The Raval (city district)

 Barcelona Cathedral  5
Cathedral

Things to do in Barcelona | Best Cities | No. 2: Barcelona | Barcelona Cathedral

Las Ramblas  5
Street

Things to do in Barcelona | Best Cities | No. 2: Barcelona | Las Ramblas (street)

Picasso Museum  5
Museum

 Fundació Joan Miró  5
Museum

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Barcelona

-Gran Teatre del Liceu (Opera House)  5

-Barceloneta Beach (City Beach [Jun-Oct, 21-23° C]) 5

-Camp Nou (stadium)  5

-Tibidabo (viewpoint)  5

-Santa Maria del Mar (church)  5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Barcelona

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey (61 km from Barcelona)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Barcelona (including close-by excursions)

 SAGRADA FAMILIA (church by Gaudi)  9
CASA MILÀ (LA PEDRERA) (building by Gaudi)  6
PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA (concert hall)  6
 
Park Güell (Gaudí-designed park)  6
  CASA BATLLO (building by Gaudi)  6
The Raval (city district)  6
 Barcelona Cathedral  5
Las Ramblas (street)  5
 Museu Picasso (museum)  5
 Fundació Joan Miró (museum)  5



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