Barcelona icons that you can not miss

If you’re coming few days to Barcelona and want a quick summary of the most important places that you can not miss, you’re lucky! We have prepared a list of icons of Barcelona sorted by type. Sure you will love!


  • Mercat de la Boqueria. Color and movement are the two attributes that best describe this market, where you will find the best ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine. Worth a visit if only for its picturesque appearance.
Las paradas del Mercat de la Boquería están repletas de colorido y productos de gran calidad

Mercat de la Boqueria

  • Els Encants. This bizarre market sells second hand items for centuries. As a special feature, we will tell you it is the only market in Europe that still uses the auction system. An icon of Barcelona that will surprise you, no doubt.
Los encants de Barcelona son ideales para encontrar tesoros (Autor: Mr. Theklan / photo on flickr)

Encants de Barcelona (Autor: Mr. Theklan / photo on flickr)

  • Mercat de Sant Antoni. In its daily’ll find here fresh, as in any market, but on Sundays a book fair and coins and other collectibles is held.
Fachada del grandioso Mercat de Sant Antoni (Autor: loli jackson / photo on flickr)

Mercat de Sant Antoni (Autor: loli jackson / photo on flickr)

Modernist buildings

  • Sagrada Familia. Global icon of Barcelona, this expiatory temple is the most famous work of Gaudí. Its construction has had without interruptions since it began in 1883 and continue today.
Detalle del pináculo de la sagrada familia.

Sagrada Familia

  • Casa Batlló. This house Paseo de Gracia, also work of the genius of Gaudi, is located in the “Manzana de la discordia” (apple of discord), which hosts major works by other modern masters: the Casa Ametller  and Casa Lleó Morera.
La casa Batlló es junto a la Pedrera uno de los dos edificios de Gaudí en el Paseo de Gracia (Autor: / photo on flickr)

La casa Batlló (Autor: / photo on flickr)

  • Palau de la Música. Work of the great architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, it is one of the most beautiful examples of Catalan Modernism. Be sure to admire its interior decoration, will leave you speechless.
Disfrutar de un concierto en el Palau de la Música es una gran oportunidad para descubrir su genial arquitectura modernista (Autor: p_v a l d i v i e s o / photo on flickr)

Palau de la Música  (Autor: p_v a l d i v i e s o / photo on flickr)


Religious buildings

  • Catedral de la Santa Creu. Barcelona Cathedral stands proudly in the heart of the city. Do not miss its interior, with a small garden, and take a tour around: from Plaça Reial to Plaça del Pi, the Gothic Quarter will fascinate you.
El interior de la Catedral Gótica de la santa Creu destaca por el colorido de sus vidrieras

Santa Creu Cathedral

  • Santa Maria del Mar. This basilica was begun in 1328, and could be completed, in good apart due to donations of sailors and fishermen who lived in the neighborhood. Hence Ildefonso Falcones immortalized it as the “Catedral del mar” (Cathedral of the Sea) in his novel.
Fachada principal de la Iglesia de Santa María del Mar (Autor: Amaianos / photo on flickr)

Santa María del Mar (Autor: Amaianos / photo on flickr)

  • Monestir de Sant Pau del Camp. Despite being in the lively Raval, this small monastery s. XII lives up to its name and will surprise you with its stillness. Essential a bit of calm to admire every detail.
Sant Pau del camp es uno de los edificios románicos mejor conservados de Barcelona

Sant Pau del camp

Parks and squares

  • Park Güell. Another classic icon of Barcelona, an ideal place to enjoy Gaudí works. Discover the precious mosaics, like the famous dragon at the entrance. Not to be missed!
Pabellón de portería de  entrada al Park Güell

Park Güell entrance

  • Avinguda del Tibidabo. Going up through this avenue on board the Tram is an unforgettable experience that will allow you to see, during the journey, many modernist houses of the high Catalan society. Once up, enjoy the park and do not forget to visit the temple.
El Tram Blau serpenteando por la Avenida del Tibidabo (Autor: mouseshadows / photo on flickr)

Tibidabo Avenue (Autor: mouseshadows / photo on flickr)

  • Parc del Guinardó. If you want good views of the city, you will not find better than here. You go up to the park through a wooded setting that will make you feel like you are out of town, and once up, you will see a 360 ° panorama.
Desde el Parc del Guinardó hay una excelentes vistas de Barcelona (Autor: Daniel Cossio / photo on flickr)

Parc del Guinardó (Autor: Daniel Cossio / photo on flickr)

Photo credit Portada: Carlos Lorenzo / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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