Heading on your travels? Looking for the best things to do in Barcelona? Here’s 10 activities for your Barcelona-Bucketlist.
Explore an architectural jewel of the Modernisme movement with an entrance ticket to Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, designed by the acclaimed architect between 1904 and 1906. A landmark monument of Catalonia’s Art Nouveau style, the building draws the eye on Barcelona’s upscale Passeig de Gràcia boulevard. It’s one of the top attractions in Barcelona so something you really have to see!
Inspired by Casa Batlló? Then why not explore the unfinished masterpiece of Sagrada Familia. If you think it looks like a magical palace outside, wait until you step inside! With an interior full of natural light, stained glass windows and beautiful white tiles, learn more about Gaudí’s use of color as an expression of life, along with his organic use of materials such as rock and stone. A must-see in Barcelona and with good reason.
Want to dig a little deeper? Check out this Guided Tour With Tour Access. Starting from the bottom, heading right the way up for panoramic views at the top! For one final masterpiece by Gaudi, you may also want to consider venturing over to Park Güell. Pretty cool huh?
Head on the Montjuïc Cable Car for an unforgettable way to see views of the whole of Barcelona; from the Serra de Collserola to the Mediterranean Sea. Climbing approximately 270 feet (84.5 meters) on a 2,460-foot (750-meter) run this is certainly an experience to break up the sight-seeing!
Talking of different things to do… step into a new culture with dancers, musicians and singers taking you on a stunning journey through one of Spain’s most popular folk traditions with a Flamenco Show at Palacio del Flamenco. One of the best things to do in Barcelona and an evening activity to throw into the mix!
Looking to escape the city for a few hours? Get a bit of fresh air away from the crowds? Then head on over to Monterrat, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. On the way to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed of unique needle-shape formations. Delight yourself with the unbeatable panoramic views of the famous monumental Rosary of the Virgin and visit the monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions to this day, with over 150 monks!
I’m a big fan of bike tours: active, engaging, insightful AND with the right tours, it means you won’t miss anything you really want to see. For the top bike tour in Barcelona, I recommend this one.
If you fancy something a little bit different, I also highly recommend this Segway Tour. A great price, incredible value and a new way to whiz around the city… perfect!
Fan of football? Then you don’t need me to tell you to check out Camp Nou. This stadium holds the largest capacity in all of Europe. If your dates don’t match to go and see a game, the next best thing has got to be a stadium tour! Behind-the-scene access, retrace the steps of players that have made history.
(8) Admire the Work of Europe’s Greatest Artists
Love art? Then I have two recommendations. First:
Located in the green oasis of the Parc de Montjuïc, the building was once described by Miró as “an open, radiant architecture focused on the vision of art and the contemplation of nature: a garden for everybody.” Get an overview of the different stages of Miró’s oeuvre and the different media he worked with in the course of his career. In addition, get access to the temporary shows and see exhibitions of work by emerging artists at Espai 13, with activities suitable for all ages.
See masterpieces by renowned national and European artists, before chilling out on the rooftop. A perfect, chilled morning or afternoon activity to add a bit of a mix to your Barcelona itinerary.
As the world’s most important marine leisure and education center dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life, this has GOT to make it on the list of the best things to do in Barcelona! See the 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks that are home to 11,000 animals from some 450 different species. The most spectacular of all is the immense Oceanarium, 5 meters deep and 36 meters in diameter. A transparent 80-meter-long tunnel runs through the Oceanarium, making it possible for you to walk among sharks, gilt heads, morays, ocean sunfish, and many other species. Amazing right?!
Psst, if you love marine life, you may also want to consider this 1.5 Hour Boat Tour, a 2-Hour Shared Sailing Boat Tour (to really step it up a notch!) or if you’re in the party mood- a Champagne Sunset Boat Cruise. If you’re over for a special occasion and want to go all-out, you might also want to indulge in this Private Sailing Boat Cruise. Plenty of options to find the right one for you!
One of the best things I did on my last trip to Spain was a hands-on cookery experience. Food is the spice of life! So I honestly couldn’t think of any better way to round off this list. Learn how to cook a traditional Spanish seafood paella. Visit La Boqueria with the chef to buy ingredients, and take a walk through the old town. Sample some tasty tapas, make sangria, and get involved as the chef prepares a paella de marisco for you to enjoy.
So that rounds it up for now! Want to make the trip a little easier? You may also want to check out this Public Transport Ticket or the Barcelona Card for free transport and attraction admission. That’s all from me! Grab some of our other travel guides here.
And if you’ve been to Barcelona before, I’d love to hear what you found were the best things to see and do, sharing in the comments box below.