Casa Milà, commonly called “La Pedrera” by locals, is the last civil work of Antoni Gaudí. It began in 1906 and ended in 1912.
The house’s original name was Casa Milà because of the Milà family who owned the place. And the nickname “La Pedrera” comes from its external appearance, where mainly stone was used for the facade and balconies.
It is worth visiting the inside of Casa Milà. I did the night experience, and I highly recommend it. They will guide you through each room, giving complete information.
A curious thing about the building is that it does not have a single straight line. And it also has one of the most iconic terraces due to the sculptural chimneys and air vents.
It was fascinating to watch and hear about how this place was made. There’s a Gaudí’s Room, where you can learn about the architect and enter other rooms to see how wealthy 20th-century families lived. So worth it!
📅 Opening Times: From 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
🎟️ Entrance Fees:
Tickets La Pedrera Essential: 25€
Tickets Full Experience (VR and extra floor) 35€
Tickets La Pedrera Night Experience 35€
Students and 65+: 19€
0 - 6 years free admission and 7 - 12 years: 12.50€
The visit can take up to an hour to see everything. And it would help if you went early to avoid crowds or very late. Also, this church is for worship and prayer, so if you’re touring*,* expect to be lectured.
As this is a religious place, it has traditional dress code rules you must follow, such as covering your shoulders, having dresses/shorts/skirts at knee length, removing any caps or any headwear, and avoiding tank tops or “revealing clothing.”
Either way, for those who can’t bear the heat during the summer months (almost everyone), you should know there are people selling shawls for cheap money at the entrance.
**📅 Opening Times:**👇🏻
On weekdays: from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. (access will be closed at 5:45 pm)
On Saturdays and festive vigil: from 9:30 am to 5:15 pm (access will be closed at 4:30 pm.)
On Sundays and festives: from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (access will be closed at 4:30 pm.)
🎟️ Entrance Fees:
Regular tickets at selected times cost 7€
5€ if you come in groups
Chor entrance + Acces to the rooftop + Chapter hall + Virtual Audioguide+ Diocesan Museum: 15€
Vespertin Visits with limited capacity + Access to the terrace*: 24€
A visit to the roof as well as the chorus cost an additional 3€
The majestic building of the National Palace of Montjuïc is an absolute must-visit for anyone in Barcelona! Due to its size and location, it can be easily spotted from afar.
This place has a magic square with cascading waterfalls, surrounded by Roman columns in a building home to plenty of artwork collections.
Also, make sure to attend the fountain show of music and lights from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It’s amazing!
The best thing to do is climb up to enjoy breathtaking city views. Also, you can find small shops at the top.
In summer, exhibitions, concerts, and cinema screenings occur at Montjuïc Castle. Discover the program on their official webpage. For more plans and fun activities like this, read the following article:
The Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona’s central park.
Besides being a gorgeous park with many historical and important monuments, it is a recreation area for Barcelona’s residents and visitors.
Without a doubt, the most important monument of this park is its Monumental Waterfall. Also, the Castle of the Three Dragons, Barcelona Zoological Museum, Museu Martorell, and many sculptures from renowned artists.
This park is a beautiful place to sit, relax, and enjoy your surroundings.
You can also have a date, enjoy a picnic, watch the sunset, lie in the grass watching the trees and birds, or have a nice walk, rent a boat, cycle, and do many other activities! It’s fantastic to have such ample green space in the city.
📍Port Vell at one end and Plaça de Catalunya at the other.
Considered the main street in the Eixample district, La Rambla de Catalunya is the most transited street in Barcelona.
This is your place if you want to watch the world go by. Many shops and vendors are in the middle of the street, which is a pedestrian walkway, giving the place its unique essence.
You will see many shops, luxury brands, multiple fashion boutiques, and many restaurants to wine and dine. However, they can be overpriced. To enjoy a good feast in Barcelona, visiting one of these restaurants would be best:
However, if you fear crowds, visit this area in the morning or off-season, as the masses can be overwhelming.
It starts in Plaça de Catalunya, over here:
Ending in Port Vell:
I recommend this walk as you can appreciate a lively and energetic street in the city. I recommend making a pit stop to enjoy wine, cheese, tapas, and ham!
If you’re here, you can’t miss visiting these famous spots:
Gran Teatre del Liceu
📍La Rambla, 51-59, 08002 Barcelona
📍Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001 Barcelona
📍Pl. de Colón, 28001 Madrid
One last thing, at night, Las Ramblas turns into another location, where bars open their doors, and music and lights brighten the street.
📅 Opening Times: All Day.
🎟️ Entrance Fees: N/A
14. Barceloneta Beach
📍Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 16, 08003
This iconic beach brings life to the Barceloneta neighborhood, the most maritime district. You can’t miss visiting this beach as it is one of my favorite spots in the city and among the most important landmarks in Barcelona.
The sand is grainy and dry, so it doesn’t stick to you. There’s a beautiful sight and plenty of cafes and restaurants.
Some available services are an open gym, shower options, lifeguard, information point, luggage storage, adapted showers, public toilets, children’s play area, sun loungers, parasols, drinks and ice cream kiosks, bicycle parking, restaurants, and wifi.
Moreover, there is a gym area and a place to play beach volleyball, ta-ka-ta, and ping-pong.
People will generally visit this beach from around 11 am - 12 pm. So I recommend going around 8 am - 9 am. It will be quiet and clean then, but do not anticipate before the hour since you can see many drunk people coming out from clubs!
🚏 How to Get there?
Bus 45, 59, D20, N8, N28 (Platja de la Barceloneta Stop)
Buses N8, N28 (Platja de la Barceloneta Stop)
Buses 45, 59, D20, N8, N28 (Pg Mariti Stop)
📅 Opening Times: All day.
*All beach rescue and first aid facilities on Barcelona’s beaches are open to the public from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.*
🎟️ Entrance Fees: The entry fee for beaches in Barcelona is free.
To know everything about Beaches in Barcelona, read the following article:
The Arc de Triomf was built as the gateway to the Universal Exhibition fair in the Parc de la Ciutadella in 1888.
The building is incredibly majestic to watch. It has become one of the city’s iconic landmarks; you can only visit the outside. While you’re there, you’ll realize that the whole environment is full of vibrant energy in all aspects!
The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona is freely accessible 24/7 and is open to the public, making it a very budget-friendly landmark to visit and picture… Just saying!
People can walk in the square and sit on benches or rocks. It has a very accessible location with many buses stops nearby and is close to other main landmarks.
There are street musicians and painters in front of the monument. Then you can head down to La Ciutadella park and enjoy its lovely peaceful garden!
📅 Opening Times: Open 24 Hours
🎟️ Entrance Fees: Free!
So many landmarks and only one beach. Not bad for a city known for its sunny days on the Mediterranean coast. And these landmarks are just a few…
Did you expect it like that?
Now that you know that Barcelona is much more than its beaches, you must experience it! Let me know any questions you might have in the comments, and we’ll be happy to help you.
Inigo Navarro is a seasoned travel writer with a deep understanding of Spain's cities, culture, people and language. Born and raised in Spain, he has spent years exploring the country and is currently one of the most-read Travel Bloggers about Spain. Inigo is also an experienced digital marketer, a father to 4 beautiful children and a huge Real Madrid Fan. ¡Hala Madrid!