15 Fun Things To Do in Barcelona
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Barcelona is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. Full of charming cafes, beautiful beaches, all night clubs, food markets and fantastic architecture, Barcelona is a city that should not be skipped on a trip through Europe.
Here are some of the best Barcelona tourist spots as well as unique experiences in Barcelona. Let’s go!
Oh and if you are traveling to Barcelona this summer, be sure to take a look at our packing list for Spain.
15 Fun Things To Do in Barcelona
Hit the beaches: The wide swaths of sand are definitely the top natural attractions in Barcelona. You’ll find fun beach bars, cafes and clubs as well as quieter sections of shoreline where you can get away from the crowds. In the summer you can even catch a film while sitting on the sand, a great idea if you are looking for fun things to do in Barcelona at night.
See Sagrada Familia: You can’t visit the city without checking out the top Barcelona tourist spots. Sagrada Familia is a fascinating structure designed by Antoni Gaudi. The cathedral, started in 1882, is still unfinished, and may not be completed until after 2025. You can admire the outside or take a tour inside. It is best to visit in the early morning when the sun shines through the stained glass windows. Get your fast track tickets here or take a guided tour.
e-Bike tour: A great way to get oriented in Barcelona and see the neighborhoods outside the Gothic quarter is to hop on two wheels and take an electric bicycle tour, complete with vermouth, tapas and wines. Your guide will point out the tourist sights as well as share some Barcelona hidden secrets and cool places to visit in Barcelona you might not know about. Plus with an ebike you won’t have to worry about any hills.
Picasso Museu: Visit the Picasso Museum to explore the works by this world famous artist. Combine your visit to the museum with a Picasso themed city walking tour. If you are a fan of museums and plan to visit Museu Picasso, MACBA and Fundació Joan Miró, check out the Art Passport card which gives you access to six Barcelona museums.
Night SUP: Are you looking for fun things to do in Barcelona at night? Here’s something a little different. Why not go night standup paddleboarding and enjoy the ocean after dark. SUP is just one one of the exciting adventure activities in Barcelona, and a perfect thing to cool off in the summer.
Cava tasting: Are you looking for fun things to do in Barcelona for couples? Why not head out of the city to El Penedès and do some cava tasting? Take a winery tour and taste cava and wine at family owned vineyards. Enjoy the romance of the wine country together.
Cook from the market: Barcelona’s markets are world famous and full of delicious fresh ingredients. Are you staying in accommodations with a kitchen? You can go to the local market every day, Barcelona has one in each neighborhood. Check out Mercat de Sant Antoni or famous La Boquería. If you don’t have your own kitchen, visit the local La Boqueria market with a guide then head to the kitchen to prepare (and eat!) a feast. Definitely one of the best activities to do in Barcelona if you love food. Plus you might learn some new recipes to prepare back home.
Take in the views: Ride the funicular and cable car up to the top of Montjuïc and enjoy the amazing views from the top. Montjuïc is one of the fun places to go in Barcelona where you can enjoy a picnic or just sit and chat with a friend. In the summer they even have concerts and movies at the foot of the castle. Montjuïc is also the site of the Joan Miró museum and botanical gardens.
Do a food tour: Barcelona is full of delicious food and drink. Learn from a local and explore the yummy local dishes. You can sample traditional Catalan food as well as Spanish specialties. Culinary Backstreets offers a deep dive into the local food culture, and Devour Barcelona offers fun tapas tours. Taste tapas and then have a full dinner complete with wines. Or head out of town to taste wine and local specialties in the Catalan countryside. Use the code “WKNDGD” to get 5% off Culinary Backstreets food tours.
Visit Park Güell: This magical park above Barcelona is a wonderful place to explore, with fantastic views over the city and many fascinating details. You will need a ticket to enter the park, and to avoid the long lines it is recommended to get them in advance online. Learn all about the history of the park, which was originally conceived as an upperclass utopian housing community, on a guided walking tour.
Go horseback riding: Escape the city for a half day adventure riding horses in a nature park just outside Barcelona.
Montserrat wine tasting: These jagged, rocky mountains are the site of the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, and the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. Take the train to the beautiful Montserrat monastery and national park then taste local liquors, wine and tapas in a medieval castle on this guided day tour.
Casa Batllo: This fascinating building remodeled by Gaudi looks like it is made from animal bones and dragon skin. Take a tour inside the building and learn more about its construction.
Sunset sail: Go for a sunset sail onboard a yacht and enjoy the sea breeze and Barcelona views with a drink in hand. Being out on the water is one of the best things to do in Barcelona in the summertime.
Experience la Pedrera at night: Visit Gaudi’s iconic building under cover of darkness. Watch an amazing audiovisual display on the roof terrace with a glass of cava in hand and see multiple projections on the rooftop stairwells of Casa Milà. Its a wonderful option for alternative things to do in Barcelona in the evening besides drinking and clubbing.
Are you planning to visit Sagrada Familia and other museums and attractions while in Barcelona? You may want to consider the Barcelona City Pass which gives free access to many sights as well as free public transport. Click here for more information.
I hope this list helps you find some unique experiences in Barcelona and fun things to do in Barcelona during your visit. Go beyond Las Ramblas to experience more Barcelona hidden secrets. Enjoy!
Looking for the best area to stay in Barcelona?
Check out El Born, Barceloneta (by the beach) and Gracia. Compare lodging prices in Barcelona across booking engines at Hotels Combined. Or take a look at Airbnb and use this link to save around $37 off your reservation. If you prefer to use Booking.com you can register at Booking.com using this link and get $20 cash back after your stay!
Headed to Barcelona this summer? Take a look at our packing guide for your trip to Spain!
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