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Top 10 tourist attractions in Barcelona - Top 10 Sights

Top Ten Guide to the most popular sights and attractions in Barcelona.

Below you will find links and information for the 10 most popular sights in Barcelona. The list is based on statistics from Barcelona's official tourist office.

Each attraction has a short description and information on how to reach it. There are also links to more information in our tourist guide as well as external links to the attraction's official pages.

Two very popular attractions in Barcelona are the Parc Güell and the Magic Fountain. They are not listed below since they have free entry so they don’t figure in official statistics.

1. Temple de la Sagrada Familia

Number of visitors in 2007: 2 839 030
Metro: Sagrada Familia L2 and L5
Address: Calle Mallorca 401, 08034
Opening hours: 9 am - 6 pm (October-March)
9 am - 8 pm (April-September)
Admission: €12

Designed in the shape of a Latin cross with five hubs and three facades. The temple is most famous for its slender towers that rise nearly 100 metres above ground and with pinnacles decorated with ceramics.

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Sagrada Familia

2. CosmoCaixa Barcelona

Number of visitors in 2007: 2 458 832
Metro: Tibidabo L7 (Ferrocarril)
Address: Teodor Roviralta, 47-51
Opening hours: 10 am - 8 pm (Tue-Sun)
Admission: 3 Euro

Barcelona's science and nature museum. CosmoCaixa was renovated in 2004 and in 2006 it received recognition as Europe's best museum. Here you can walk through a rainforest, explore the universe at the planetarium or visit the toca toca! - where you can play with animals such as starfish, fish and desert mice. A personal favourite in Barcelona.

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CosmoCaixa - a great museum

3 . CaixaForum Barcelona
Number of visitors in 2007: 1 626 069
Metro: Espanya L1 och L3
Address: Av. Marquès de Comillas, 6-8
Opening hours: 10 am - 8 pm (Mon-Sun)
Admission: Free

An exhibition hall operated by the organization Fundació La Caixa, owned by the Catalan bank La Caixa. Entry is always free at CaixaForum and you can often look at great art along with other interesting exhibitions. Check their website for the full program.

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 It's always free admission to CaixaForum

4. Barcelona aquarium

Number of visitors in 2007: 1 626 069
Metro: Barceloneta L4
Address: Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell
Opening hours: 9.30 am - 9 pm (January-June, September to December)
9.30 am - 11 pm (July and August)
Admission: Adults €17,50, Children (4-12) €12,50

Barcelona has one of the world's largest aquariums. Here you can go into a tunnel under the water while the sharks swim right over your head!

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Barcelona host one of the world biggest aquariums.

5. Museu FC Barcelona, Camp Nou

Number of visitors in 2007: 1 397 574
Metro: Collblanc L5
Address: Aristides Maillol
Opening hours: 10 am - 6.30 pm (Mon-Sat)
10 am - 2 pm (Sunday and holidays)
Admission: €17, Children (4-12) €14

Walk the self-guided tour through the Camp Nou, taking you through the changing rooms, the press room and of course to the players’ dugout beside the pitch. The tour ends in the Barcelona Museum, where you can admire all the trophies the club has won through the years.

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Champion League Trophy

6. Poble Espanyol
Number of visitors in 2007: 1 366 338
Metro: Espanya L1 and L3
Address: Av. Marquès de Comillas
Opening hours: 9 am - 8 pm
Admission: €8.50, Children (4-12) €5.50

In this Spanish village you can see architecture and crafts from all over Spain. The village was built for the World Exhibition in 1929 but not as you might think to show Spanish architecture to the world, but to show that Spain was represented in Barcelona and Catalonia.

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Poble Espanyol - The Spanish Village

7 . La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
Number of visitors in 2007: 1 349 574
Metro: Diagonal L5 och and L3
Address: Provenca, 261-265, 08008
Opening hours: 9 am - 8 pm
Price: €10

La Pedrera (The Quarry in English) was built by Gaudí between 1906 and 1910. The house is designed as an apartment building and initially the plan was to have two indoor ramps so the residents could drive their cars all they way up to the apartment doors. This was not possible to implement so instead Gaudí decided to build a garage, which became the first garage in Barcelona.

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Gaudí's La Pedrera, also known as Casa Mila

8. Museu Picasso

Number of visitors in 2007: 1 145 249
Metro: Jaume 1 L4
Address: Montcada, 15-23, 08003
Opening hours: 10 am - 8 am (Tue-Sun)
Admission: €9

The Picasso Museum is Barcelona's most visited art gallery. The museum mostly displays his early works, but the exhibition also includes examples of his later works. Since all his works are in chronological order, you can easily follow this extraordinary artist's development.

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Picasso spent many years of his life in Barcelona

9. Fundació Joan Miró

Number of visitors in 2007: 1 118 757
Metro: Espanya L1 and L3
Address: Parc de Montjuïc, 08038
Opening hours: 10 am - 7 pm (Tue-Sat)
10 am - 2.30 pm (Sun)
Admission: €8,50

The Fundació Joan Miró is situated on the Montjüic mountain and contains numerous works of this painter and sculptor. The beautiful building is itself a notable example of modern design. To get there you can either take the Metro to Espanya and then walk for 15 minutes, or you can take the Bus Turistic which stops right outside the museum.

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Joan Miró

10. Barcelona Zoo

Number of visitors in 2007: 1 102 939
Metro: Vila Olímpica - Ciutadella L4
Address: Parc de la Ciutadella
Opening hours: 10 am - 7 pm (Tue - Sat)
10 am -2.30 pm (Sunday)
Admission: Adults €16, Children (4-12) €9,60

There are over 500 different species at the Barcelona Zoo. Learn about everything from cute seals and dolphins to impressive gorillas and giraffes! There is also a farm for children where they can pet goats and lambs.

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Barcelona Zoo is located in the beautiful Ciutadella Park.

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