See and Do in Barcelona

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There are plenty of things for expats to see and do in Barcelona. Residents and visitors can enjoy vast municipal parklands and sun-flooded beaches.

The views from the surrounding mountains take in the entire city, including the tree-lined Las Ramblas pedestrian mall that stretches from the city centre to Port Vella, Barcelona’s oldest harbour.

There is a wealth of ancient and modern architecture to explore, with many of the local buildings designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudi having been declared World Heritage Sites. There are also a number of museums and galleries in Barcelona that are worth visiting.

Recommended attractions in Barcelona

Barri Gotic

Dating back to the Roman era, Barri Gotic is the oldest district in the city and home to many Gothic buildings and cathedrals worth exploring.

FC Barcelona Museum and Stadium

Camp Nou is one of the world’s greatest football stadiums. A collection of photographs, trophies, memorabilia and documents connected to the city’s beloved football team, FC Barcelona, can be seen here.

Joan Miro Foundation

The Joan Miro Foundation celebrates this surrealist sculptor and painter's life and works with a display of his sculptures, paintings, drawings and textiles.

Las Ramblas

A pedestrian avenue in Barcelona’s old city, Las Ramblas is one of the most famous streets in Europe and is home to numerous cafés, restaurants and boutiques for expats to enjoy.

La Sagrada Família

Known as the Church of the Holy Family, this is an unfinished but intriguing Modernista structure designed by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. Construction is expected to finish in 2027 at the earliest.

Montjuic Hill

Overlooking Barcelona’s city centre, Montjuic Hill is an excellent viewing point from where expats can see many of the local landmarks and stroll in the fountained parks.

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art was designed to make the most of natural light and has a spacious interior filled with modern art by the likes of Basquiat, Klee and Barcelo.

Park Guell

Discover the delightful designs of Gaudi in the fascinating gardens of Park Guell, the city’s most popular recreational park.

Picasso Museum Barcelona

Five medieval mansions in one of Barcelona’s greatest Gothic areas have been converted into the Picasso Museum, a site that houses an impressive collection of the great artist’s early work – a fantastic find for art-loving expats.


Tibidabo is another Barcelona hill worth climbing and is linked to the city by funicular services. Those that make the effort to mount the summit often do so to visit the fantastic Parc d'Atraccions, Barcelona’s only remaining amusement park.

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