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Why is Barcelona famous? +40 things to see and do

Barcelona is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Since it held the Olympic Games in 1992, the city has revealed its incredible architecture, its passion for sport, its unequalled gastronomy, its unique traditions and a thousand more things that make it a place you must visit at least once in your life.

In this article we want to explain why Barcelona is famous, and we will recommend various tours and experiences in and around the city, which will help you experience the true essence of Barcelona.

The legend of Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudi is one of the greatest architects in modern history, and the city of Barcelona is lucky enough to house his most influential works. The Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, La Casa Milà, La Casa Batlló and Palacio Güell are five of his most famous creations. See Gaudi’s magic along with a guide to find out all of his secrets.

Por qué es famosa Barcelona Sagrada Familia

Messi and FC Barcelona

In practically every corner of the world, the first thing you’ll hear about when Barcelona gets a mention is its football team and, of course, its star player, Lionel Messi. If you get the chance, go to a football match at the Nou Camp, one of the biggest and most symbolic stadiums on the planet, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Tapas, wine, meats…

Spanish gastronomy is one of the country’s biggest attractions. In Barcelona you’ll find restaurants offering paella, tapas, cold meats and wine of the best quality. You can even learn to cook paella with a professional chef.

Barcelona’s famous beaches

Barceloneta, Bogatell, Mar Bella or even Llevant beach, which is one of the best places to travel with a dog in Spain, are perfect for cooling off at any time of year. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the peaceful seaside which is just a stone’s throw away is something that makes Barcelona unique.

Its streets: from Las Ramblas to Born

Walk around Barcelona in constant awe. There are streets with luxury shops like Paseo de Gracia, streets full of history like in Born, streets connecting tourist attractions like Avenida Gaudí (between the Sagrada Familia and Sant Pau hospital) … and of course, the famous Las Ramblas!

Enjoy Barcelona’s music

Visit music halls such as the Liceu theatre and the Palau de la Música Catalana, popular pubs like the The Philarmonic or festivals like Sónar and Privamera Sound. Music is part of Spanish culture and in Barcelona, you’ll find all sorts. If you are a music lover, we recommend you check out the tapas tour with flamenco show.

The green lungs of the city

Barcelona is also famous for its parks. Parque de la Ciutadella, next to the Arco del Triunfo, is one of the most popular, although it’s also worth visiting Jardines del Grec, Montjuic park and the Laberinto de Horta maze. They are without doubt some of the vest places for selfies in Barcelona.

Barcelona’s surroundings

Although it may sound a little contradictory, Barcelona is also famous for having ideal trekking spots nearby, like Montserrat, for the paradise beaches of the Costa Brava and for the Alella vineyards. We can take you to all these sites and offer an experience you’ll never forget.

Find out more and enjoy Barcelona to the max!