Things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona – World Heritage and Amazing Beach Life

Barcelona is known worldwide for its great architecture and lively city atmosphere. Barcelona has also hosted many international sports tournaments such as the Summer Olympics and is a favorite among holiday goers because of its Mediterranean climate and long sandy beaches. Yes, Barcelona sure is the hostess with the mostes and you can be sure to find a lot of amazing things to do in Barcelona during your visit to this vivid city.


Things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and capital of Catalonia. It is popular among tourists because of its beach culture, football stadium and bubbly city life. To witness the Catalan architecture dating back to 1800s, one must visit the Barri Gòtic. Many other buildings that show works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluís Domènech i Montaner can also be found here.


Barcelona Pavillion

Barcelona is such an architectural city. There are few places in the world with this kind of modern architecture on display. For example the city is home to the extraordinary modernist Barcelona Pavilion, designed for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929. The pavilion is made of glass, steel and marble. Take the metro to Espanya and walk towards Barcelona’s Palace which is also situated here. Why not make it into a day trip and visit the palace as well!


Museums in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to many museums, you can explore the Ramanesque art at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia and contemporary art at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. There is also a Picasso Museum with over 4000 pieces made by the painter. Barcelona has a great variety of art museums.


Skate Paradise

Barcelona is a skate paradise. You will find the typical hangout for skateboarders outside MACBA. A nice bar to visit if you are a skater or enjoy skating culture is Bar Manolo. A nice place even if you are not into skating and just want to enjoy nice beer in a relaxed atmosphere.


Barcelona Zoo

To get away from the busy city, you can visit the Barcelona Zoo. This is especially a place for families and children. The Barcelona Zoo is home to a great number of different species and also has a terrarium one can enter without extra cost. For families the Barcelona Zoo is a must-see!


Barcelona Aquarium

The Barcelona Aquarium is an aquarium with a Mediterranean theme. A great place to bring your kids, the Barcelona Aquarium has many activities for children, such as a themed play ground. For the real ocean experience there is an 80 meter long tunnel you can go through for an underwater experience. See all the 11 000 inhabitants in the Barcelona Aquarium, here you can see everything from colourful fishes and sharks to reptiles and crocodiles in this great aquarium.


Shopping in Barcelona

Shopping is great in Barcelona for international brands, designer and traditional products. Not to forget, Barcelona is the perfect shopping destination for the second hand lover! La Rambla is one of the main streets to visit. There are also many areas where you can find small shops and boutiques if you want a more unique shopping experience, like on the street Carrer de Mozart in Gràcia.


Barcelona Beaches

The busiest of the beaches in Barcelona is without a doubt the ever so popular Barceloneta, here there are always people and activities going on. Along the beach there are several bars where you can relax with a drink in the shadow. Along the Barcelona coast there are several beaches that stretch for as long as 4.5 km. Enjoy beach and water activities at any of the seven beaches in Barcelona which are rated top among top ten beaches around the world. Sant Sebastià, Nova Icària, and Somorrostro beaches are the most clean and beautiful beaches in Barcelona with golden sand and sea water optimal for bathing.


The Barcelona Stadium

The Barcelona stadium Camp Nou is home to one of the best football teams in the world, FC Barcelona. The stadium is the biggest in Europe and can hold almost 100 000 people. For the football enthusiast a visit to the Barcelona stadium is a must.


Cool neighbourhoods in Barcelona


Las Ramblas

Barcelona has many great neighbourhoods to visit. Las Ramblas is probably the area that most tourists know of. This popular area has some great shopping but is also known for pickpockets, so hold on to your bags if you decide to go here. La Boqueria is a food market just off Las Ramblas, here you find super fresh produce in a great milieu. This Market is a great visit to see where the locals get their groceries. While in the area a visit to Plaza Real is a must, this is a safe haven from the super busy Las Ramblas, enjoy a sangria in this beautiful gothic square.



Another area that is not yet that touristic but very up and coming is Raval. Here you’ll find some great bars and restaurants like Ambar on Carrer de Sant Pau 77. This is also where the amazing design hotel Barceló Raval is located.



If you want to see the old part of Barcelona then take a walk to Gotico. Stroll along the narrow streets and enjoy the atmosphere and a cup of coffee in one of the many cosy cafes. When hungry make sure to visit the restaurant Oviso on Plaza George Orwall that serves great food at a cheap price.



If what you’re looking for is a good area for some drinks then head to Born. On Passeig del Born 34 you’ll definitely find some good places for a light meal and some great drinks.


Parc Guëll

Parc Guëll is the place to have a picnic on a sunny Barcelona day. Barcelona’s Park Güell was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí and eventually became Barcelona’s most unusual public park. The scenery is nothing less than exceptional.


Barcelona Nightlife

Party lovers should not miss Nasty Mondays, an event held at Apolo in Parallell on Mondays. You don’t want to miss Nasty Mondays if you are spending a Monday night in Barcelona. Razzmatazz is another nightclub located in the industrial landscape of the city in a huge, unique building. Razzmatazz is five clubs in one, a music paradise for the party lover.


Primavera Sound

If you are into music festivals you should definitely visit Primavera Sound. It is one of the Biggest music festivals in Spain. The festival focuses on independent and alternative music, still it is known to have some of the biggest names on their line up every year. The festival takes place late may/early June.


Cava Bars

A must while in Barcelona is to visit one of the many Cava Bars. Cava is for the Catalan what Champagne is to the French. But so much less expensive! The atmosphere in a genuine Cava bar is often busy, loud and everyone is standing around the bar, if you are lucky you might get a barstool. But otherwise it’s standing that’s the way to hang here. Get a bottle of 5€ cava and order some great tapas to go with it.


When to go to Barcelona

Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, which consists of warm and dry summers and mild winters. The tourist season is therefore, open year around. August is the busiest tourist month of the year and can require further planning ahead than other times. Many major cultural events such as Gaudi’s masterpiece, boat rides, wine and cava, classical guitar at the Museus de la Música take place in winter and fall, when the prices of hotel and transport also drop down. In summer, you can enjoy local festivals such as Carnaval, Grec, and Festa Major, so it’s safe to say that you’ll always find things to do in Barcelona, whenever you choose to visit.


Things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona Facts

Population1 620 943
AirportBarcelona, Spain (BCN)

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Barcelona - Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau

Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Catalan art nouveau architect, is the author of two of the finest buildings in the city of Barcelona: the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de Sant Pau. Additionally, Domènech I Montaner was an important politician in the history of Catalunya. Situated in the historic centre of Barcelona, the Palau de la Música is one of the greatest Art Nouveau buildings that will amaze its visitors with its never-ending glass windows and rich decorations, especially in the great concert hall. The Hospital de Sant Pau is the biggest hospital in Modernist style, as innovating sa the Palau de la Música in its design and decoration.

Works of Antoni Gaudí

Scattered around the city of Barcelona, seven buildings by the architect Antoni Gaudí form an ensemble listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These properties are the Park Güell, the Palau Güell, the Casa Milà or La Pedrera, the Casa Vicens, the Nativity Façade and the Crypt of the Sagrada Família. The works of Gaudí were great creative contributions to the architectural techniques and artistic design of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, making him the most representative of the Modernista architects.

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Barcelona Opera House

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Gran Teatre del Liceu opened their gates to the public in April 1847. The idea was from the start that the opera house was going to be a hotbed for local students of performing arts. Today, the building is one of the most classic opera houses in the world and depending on the seasonal calender you can enjoy both old classics and modern pieces from established local and international talents. Verdi's Aida has for example taken place on the opera scene over 400 times, but opera is not the only thing going on in Gran Teatre del Liceu, also concerts, lectures and other cultural activities and meetings share the space. In case you are in Barcelona, you cannot miss this historical building!

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Museu de la Xocolata, Barcelona

Museu de la Xocolata is one of Barcelona's smaller museums but probably the one that will stimulate your senses the most. The museum covers the history of chocolate in Europe: its origins, how it got to us and how it was traded. It also shows the manufacturing of chocolate, from the cocoa bean up to industrial production processes. Many of the displays are chocolate sculptures, including various well-known Barcelona buildings. Read more about Barcelona here.

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Barcelona Marathon

The Barcelona Marathon has been around since 1978 and is annually held in March in the beautiful Spanish city Barcelona. The marathon has the famous Plaça Espanya as a start and finish point and the route features many of the landmarks in the city including Parc de Joan Miro, Teatre Coliseum, the famous Camp Nou arena, the old city and the shoreline. The Barcelona Marathon is one of the best urban marathons in Europe and is a great way of experiencing the great Spanish city.

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Golf in Barcelona

There are several great courses to chose from in the area surrounding Barcelona. The Metropolitan Golf Club is located about 20 minutes from Barcelona integrated into a forest with great views of the Spanish countryside. Another great club is the Real Club de Golf El Prat, featuring 45 great golf holes. Other courses include the Barcelona Golf Club, the Llavaneres Golf Club and the Sitges Terremar Golf Club, all located in close proximity of Barcelona.

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Water Parks in Barcelona - Cool off at Illa Fantasia Water Park

Barcelona offers you a wide range of water parks ready for you whenever you need to cool off during sunny days. Illa Fantasia Water Park is the most popular one and actually one of the largest water parks in Europe. This place has activities for everyone, from tiny tots to grown ups. Enjoy a day packed with fun among the many pools and water slides, simply a great concept! Some of the other parks in Barcelona are Aquadiver Water Park, Aquabrava Water Park and Aquopolis Water Park.

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Theme Parks in Barcelona - 8-looped roller coaster at Port Aventura

One of the symbols of Barcelona, Tibidado Amusement Park, is a great option when you are looking for a fun day with family, friends or both. Even though it is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, it is still going strong. It offers you both the classic carousels and some of the latest ones on the market as well! Everyone will have fun here, running around between the different rides that cater to all ages and tastes. And as icing on the cake, while going on the rides you get stunning views over Barcelona! Another amusement park is Port Aventura, located just a little over an hour away from the city. This is also a great option while looking for fun and at this place you can try the only 8-looped roller coaster in the world.

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