50 Things to Do in Barcelona
1. Go to Tibidabo Amusement park – this quirky theme park is perched atop Tibidabo mountain and makes a great day out, particularly when you’re with children. However, don’t worry if rides aren’t your thing, you can just take in the panoramic views of the city instead!
2. Check out some local events and festivals – Barcelona is a city where there’s always something going on! Be sure to check out events in advance in case you need to buy tickets.
3. Stroll along Passeig de Lluis Companys in the sun – lined with palm trees, this avenue is home to the majestic Arc de Triomf and makes the perfect walkway to Parc de la Ciutadella!
4. Take a bike tour around the city – Barcelona is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe, so why not take advantage of this? Discover the city the eco-friendly way!
5. Relax on a rooftop terrace – Barcelona boasts plenty of lovely rooftop terraces, and they’re the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail (or two, or three…) on a sunny afternoon or balmy evening in Barcelona.
6. Visit La Boquería market – situated on La Rambla, this market is home to the freshest and most colourful produce, and is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Be sure to head there early as it gets super busy!
7. Go on the cable cars at Montjuïc – a great choice for those thrillseekers wanting to see the city from a different perspective.
8. Visit Casa Batlló – a unique and beautiful architectural masterpiece by Gaudí, located on the beautiful Passeig de Gràcia.
9. Go for tapas – this is just a given! In Barcelona there are tapas restaurants on every corner. Be sure to try a Catalan favourite, pa amb tomàquet
10. Watch the sunrise on the beach – this is a good idea for the early birds amongst us. Head to the beach to watch the beautiful hues of the sky at dawn.
11. Grab a coffee at El Magnífico – a cool coffee shop in El Born famous for its tasty blends!
12. Enjoy a spa day – enjoy a day of ultimate relaxation in one of Barcelona’s top spas, there are plenty to choose from!
13. Attend one of Barcelona’s top music festivals – during the summer seasons, many top music festivals take place in Barcelona, such as Primavera Sound, Sónar, Cruïlla and DGTL, just to name just a few.
14. Enjoy a glass of Catalan cava from El Xampanyet – this quaint establishment is famous for its tasty cava and accompanying tapas dishes.
15. Visit the 1992 Olympic Park – home to several of Montjuïc’s many famous attractions such as the Olympic Stadium, this is an interesting place to visit and great if you fancy a bit of a hike!
16. Visit Casa Vicens – take the time to go and see this quirky, colourful Gaudí house in the Gràcia district!
17. Enjoy a picnic in Parc de la Ciutadella – a cool park space full of lush greenery, a beautiful fountain and a large lake – a perfect picnic spot!
18. Head up to the Bunkers del Carmel for 360° views of the city – perhaps the most loved viewpoint in the city, the Bunkers del Carmel are the perfect place to unwind and see the city from a new perspective. We recommend making the hike in time for the sunset to see the sky become a rainbow of colours!
19. Enjoy a glass of vermouth at Quimet i Quimet – a classic vermutería loved by locals and tourists alike.
20. Check out local vintage markets – there are often many vintage/flea markets going on in small locations across the city during the weekends. Facebook is a great way of finding out about these types of events!
21. Go rollerblading – rollerblades can be hired from certain bike/scooter rental stores. We recommend heading to Passeig de Marítim to put your skills to practice!
22. Take a Catalan wine tour – Catalonia is famous for its incredible wines, so why not discover more by taking a wine tour? Whether it’s tasting wines in different bars, or heading out to the fields, this is a great idea for wine-lovers in Barcelona!
23. See a flamenco show – there are shows all across the city in top venues such as Palau de la Música Catalana, Teatre Liceu and Teatre Poliorama. The passion of the dancers will amaze you!
24. Enjoy an ice cream at one of Barcelona’s many gelato shops – we recommend Chocolat-box, Gelaaati de Marco and DelaCrem.
25. Visit the enchanting El Bosc de les Fades – an enchanting fairy-themed bar/café situated on La Rambla that will be sure to impress.
26. Relax at Port Vell – take in the views of the Mediterranean at Barcelona’s main commercial port.
27. Take a cookery class – learn to prepare tasty Catalan and Spanish dishes from local self-employed experts or other companies.
28. Stroll along the Passeig Marítim promenade – the perfect way of enjoying the beauty of the beach without getting sand between your toes!
29. Explore Passeig de Gràcia – there are plenty of shops, restaurants and beautiful architecture along this grand boulevard.
30. See the light show at the magic fountains of Montjuïc – watch the fountains at Plaça d’Espanya illuminate for an exciting night-time light and music show!
31. Enjoy a typical ‘menú del día’ at lunchtime – 3 lunchtime courses for (usually) under €15 – what a bargain!
32. Visit the Sagrada Família – the most iconic piece of architecture in Barcelona… it really is a must-see!
33. Drink mojitos – tasty (and cheap) mojitos can be found in most bars in Barcelona, but we recommend Limehouse, Alsur Café and Rosa Negra!
34. Take a day trip to Sitges – just 35 minutes away on the train, this coastal town makes the perfect day trip. If you’re wanting to party, we recommend visiting the town in February during ‘carnaval’ season!
35. Check out Barcelona’s ‘Brunch Electronik’ events – a favourite Sunday electronic music event of many during the spring and summer season in Barcelona!
36. See a football match at FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou – or simply take the magical stadium tour. This is a must for footie fans!
37. Go shopping at the Maremagnum – situated across the Rambla del Mar bridge on its own artificial island, the Maremagnum is a great shopping centre that also boasts some great restaurants. What’s more, this shopping centre is open on Sundays and public holidays, when most shops are closed.
38. Explore Montjuïc – complete with museums, cafés, gardens, amazing views of the city and of course, the 1992 Olympics site!
39. Enjoy a tasty brunch at Milk Bar & Bistro – be sure to get there early to get a table as there is often a queue at this famous Barcelona brunch spot. Firebug and Marmalade are other great spots that are also ran by those who own Milk!
40. Bar hop on Passeig del Born – the majority of this street is made up of trendy bars, making it the perfect place to go for a drink in the evening. We recommend Bar Sauvage, Stereo 18 and Cactus Gin Bar.
41. Take a Gaudí tour – immerse yourself into what is often known as ‘Gaudí’s city’!
42. See the Barcelona Cathedral – another beautiful piece of Barcelona architecture, located in the Gothic Quarter.
43. Take a food tour – Barcelona is renowned for its incredible gastronomic scene, so why not take some tasty advice by going on a food tour?
44. Explore the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter – there’s just so much to explore amongst its labyrinthine streets!
45. Explore Poble Espanyol – this model village is designed based on a variety of Spanish architectural styles – a beautiful place to visit on a sunny day!
46. Take a day trip to Girona – the perfect escape for Game of Thrones fans, as many of the scenes were actually filmed there! Alternatively, there are plenty of other exciting things to do in Girona.
47. Enjoy some tasty churros at Granja La Pallaresa – one of Barcelona’s most famous spots for xurros amb xocolata, and rightly so!
48. Visit Park Güell – this colourful park designed by Antoni Gaudí is another must-see when visiting Barcelona.
49. Dine on Rambla de Raval – another street dedicated to serving up top food… our mouths are watering at the thought!
50. See the rest of the sights! – Palau Güell, the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Palau de la Música Catalana, just to name a few!
Travel tip by Lauren Regan