This blog post was originally posted on July 20, 2017, and was updated on September 1, 2017. Barcelona is the perfect city to explore. From its gorgeous architecture to its sandy beaches, there is truly something for everyone!
Although Barcelona is known to many as the land of sangria and paella, both of which can be delicious—there is so much more to discover in the beautiful Catalan capital. With so many things to see and do it can be hard to choose. However, arm yourself with this complete list of some of the top things to do in Barcelona and you’ll be guaranteed to enjoy the best this city has to offer!
Visit the Sagrada Familia—it is undeniably a must-see cathedral! Urban hike around Montjuic. Explore the Montjuic Castle and get some great views and photo opportunities too! Walk along Port Vell which is Barcelona’s old port. Go to the top of the Columbus Monument. Stroll up and down la Rambla. We recommend doing it early in the morning, therefore, avoiding the crowds! Experience La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most famous food market. Have tapas at the buzzing Bar Pinotxo. Go on a Spanish Civil War history tour. Devour a suis, a Catalan-style hot chocolate, at Granja Viader. See La Rambla from above at Hotel 1898. Check out some stunning 360 Barcelona views at Hotel Barceló Raval. Bar hop with the locals on Joaquin Costa street. Check out the latest food trends on Parlament street in the trendy Sant Antoni neighborhood. Stand in awe of one of Europe’s largest covered markets, the Sant Antoni Market.
The gorgeous Joan Miro Foundation, one of the many things to do atop Montjuic! Go for pintxos which are delicious Basque-style tapas, while on Blai street in
Poble Sec. Roam around the wide halls of the Picasso Museum.
a glass of cava at El Xampanyet. Visit the Born Cultural Center, and walk among the ruins of
medieval Born. Explore the Village of Gracia,
one of Barcelona’s most charming neighborhoods. Experience an authentic
neighborhood festival. See the
castellers, or human tower makers, in action. (Check them out in the video below—they’re impressive, to say the least!)
Have a vermouth at one of Barcelona’s many bodegas. Drink wine straight from the barrel on a tapas and wine tasting tour Make sure to drink wine from a porró! Try the delicious dessert of Catalonia, crema catalana. Discover some of the many historical markets of Barcelona. Go on a food tour! Visit the wonderful Joan Miró Foundation. Walk the streets of Poble Espanyol. Get out of town and hike around the beautiful Montserrat mountain. Eat a paella or fideuà. Take part in a traditional calçotada. Visit one of Europe’s oldest theme parks atop Tibidabo, the highest point in Barcelona. Dip churros in hot chocolate for a luxurious treat! Relax in an ancient bathhouse at Aire de Barcelona. Have a picnic in Parc de la Ciutadela. Ride a bike down the coastline of Barcelona. See a in action. correfoc Visit the Barcelona history museum and walk around the surprisingly beautiful old Roman city of Barcino. Find the best patatas bravas in town. Relax over a cafe con leche on a shady terrace. Explore inside the Gothic Cathedral and its cloisters. Roam the colorful and eclectic streets of the Raval. Visit old bunkers from the Spanish Civil War.
Choose from an endless array of mouth-watering pintxos lining the countertops in La Boqueria! Photo credit: Misty Barker Enjoy the light and music show at the Magic Fountain.
Shop inside the old bull fighting ring, Arenas.
Splurge in a tasting menu at one of Barcelona’s many
modern tapas restaurants. Do a
self-guided architectural walking tour of Gaudi’s work. See with your own eyes the incredible rooftop of La Pedrera.
Take a cable car up to Montjuic, and get great views while you’re at it.
Devour fresh seafood at La Paradeta.
live flamenco show. Watch a movie under the stars at the many
open-air cinemas in Barcelona. People-watch in the emblematic Plaça Reial.
Discover Barcelona’s amazing
nightlife scene. Stroll down a locally favorite pedestrian street, Enric Granados.
beautiful and original boutiques in the Born. Devour a delicious stuffed croissant at Pastisseria
Hofmann. Pick through antique treasures at Encants, Barcelona’s flea market.
Eat like a local! Our winery tour includes a tasty pre-lunch apertif at a local bodega. Visit Camp Nou and if you’re lucky, see a Barça match!
Travel back in time in
Barceloneta, the old fishermen’s neighborhood of Barcelona. See traditional
giant Catalan dolls, at the Casa dels Entremesos. gegants, Learn a new water sport like paddleboard.
Play volleyball on the beach.
Visit the Montjuic cemetery.
typical Catalan pastries on offer at Pastisseria Ideal. Try
jamón iberico de bellota, or Iberian acorn-fed ham, at a food market or tapas bar. Learn all about Catalan wine on a wine tour.
Visit the picturesque beach town of Sitges.
Have a cool glass of
orxata at Sirvent. Visit one of Europe’s oldest shipyards at the Drassanes Maritime Museum.
Experience the world-famous Tickets bar.
tapas and history tour to knock out two birds with one stone! Wander through El Call, the old Jewish Quarter, and find its hidden synagogue.
Enjoy some delicious Catalan style fideuà. Our version of Spanish paella. Take in the beauty at the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica.
Eat roasted chestnuts on the street during the first months of fall.
Go dancing with the locals at Marula Cafe.
Welcome summer by jumping over a bonfire on the
Nit de Sant Joan. Celebrate Barcelona’s patron saint, La Mercè, in
September. Watch the sunrise over the Mediterranean at the beach.
cocktail. sangria de cava Enjoy a glass of wine at La Vinya del Senyor with amazing views of the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica.
Visit Barcelona’s gorgeous botanical gardens.
Have the best set-lunch menu, which is called a
menú del día in town at La Pubilla. Discover the work of Gaudi’s right-hand man, Francesc Berenguer, around the streets of Gracia.
Have a glass of wine in Barcelona’s smallest
wine bar, Zim.
Visit Alella, an urban wine region just 30 minutes outside Barcelona. Learn to cook paella at
Marta’s famous paella cooking class. See the city from a different angle on a sidecar tour.
When in Barcelona, do as the locals do…make cava part of your daily routine! Visit Sant Sadurni and the cava producers there to
learn all about how Spanish sparkling wine is made. Go even deeper into the world of Catalan wine by visiting one of Spain’s most prestigious wine regions, Priorat.
Eat like a local! Try the most delicious salt cod fritters in Barcelona at Cal Papi.
Witness Gracia’s transformation for its annual street festival in August.
Visit the Pabellón, Miles Van der Rohe’s stunning work at the foot of Montjuic.
tinto de verano, the perfect summer wine and alternative to expensive and touristy sangria. Go sailing and see Barcelona’s beach from another angle.
Rent a car and explore around the Costa Brava.
Learn to truly live like a local in Barcelona!