Visiting Barcelona for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do
From churches and architectural masterpieces to Catalan cuisine and a buzzy nightlife, Barcelona has a lot to offer first-time visitors—so much so that it can be a challenge to fit it all in. Here are our recommendations for what to see and do on your first trip to the Catalonian capital.
Take a skip-the-line tour
Make the most of your time.
Barcelona’s popularity means top attractions often have a line, but you can maximize your time by booking skip-the-line entry ahead of time. See the stained glass of the Sagrada Familia, admire Gaudí’s tile work in Park Güell, or learn more about the modernista movement at the art nouveau Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana).
Tour the neighborhoods
See the diversity of the city.
Tuck into tapas
Barcelona is a foodie haven
No trip to Barcelona would be complete without treating your tastebuds to the local cuisine. Since it’s your first visit, ensure you find the best options when you join a local for a tasting tour through the old city, or learn to make some typical dishes for yourself during a cooking class.
Cruise the Mediterranean
Make the most of Barcelona's beachy location.
Visit the Costa Brava
Take a day trip.
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