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9 Best Things to Do in Barcelona, Spain

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For a first-time visitor to the city, there is an overwhelming choice of the best things to do in Barcelona. For me, these are the absolute essentials; a mix of tourist must-sees with some local flavor mixed in to give you a taste of what Barcelona is really like!

Insider Tip: If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing while in Barcelona, make sure to get the Barcelona Card. The card gives you free admission to over 20 of the city’s top attractions, and free transport around Barcelona.

1. Get your Gaudí Fix

Antoni Gaudí is Barcelona’s most famous architect, and a visit to Barcelona isn’t complete without seeing at least some of the buildings he designed. His work can be admired from the outside for free, or head inside his crazy creations for a real immersion into his Art Nouveau world.

La Sagrada Familia is his unfinished masterpiece, and this enormous cathedral (due to be completed in 2026 after nearly 150 years under construction) is THE Gaudí work to see, and definitely worth a visit inside. Book your tickets online to avoid disappointment & horrific queues.

If you’re thirsty for more, head up to Parc Güell to admire his take on a wealthy housing estate with great views of the city. You can enjoy parts of the park for free, or pay to enter the terrace area where the mosaic benches & dragon lizard are. Book online for that too, or you could be disappointed.

Other Gaudí works worth a look are the magnificent Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, both on Passeig de Grácia and a pleasant walk from Plaça de Catalunya.

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2. Ramble Down La Rambla

La Rambla is a series of streets connecting Plaza Catalunya with the port, and is an iconic part of Barcelona. It does get incredibly busy though, and is notorious for pickpockets, so keep a close eye on your belongings and visit early morning to avoid the crowds.

Call at the wonderful Boquería market for fresh produce, delicious juices and tasty snacks, buy flowers from the stalls outside, and admire the street performers & human statues before arriving at the Christopher Columbus statue. From here, stroll along Port Vell to reach Barceloneta & the beach or meander around the Gothic Quarter.

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3. Eat, Eat and Eat Some More

One of the best things to do in Barcelona is eat. The city is stuffed full of delicious food, amazing restaurants and incredible dishes.

Head to Calle Blai in the Poble-sec area for drinks & pintxos (tasty morsels speared with a cocktail stick), try El Glop in Grácia for classic Catalan dishes & delicious grilled meats, enjoy seafood in Barceloneta at La Cova Fumada, or indulge in traditional tapas at La Viñateria del Call in the Gothic Quarter.

Wherever you are, be sure to order a side of pa amb tomaquet (bread with tomato, olive oil & garlic rubbed on top) – it’s delicious!

See my top best spots for brunch in Barcelona here.

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4. Catch Some Rays on the Beach

Barcelona is blessed with stretches of golden sand, and although the beach here was artificially created, you might never know!

The beaches at Barceloneta can get crowded and dirty in the summer though, so rent a bike and cycle up to Poblenou for quieter beaches where the locals go.

Alternatively, stroll along the beachfront to Vila Olímpica and the Mapfre Tower blocks. Here you can head out along the Moll de Gregal to escape the crowds, and appreciate an uninterrupted view of the sea.

You could also hop on a train to go to Sitges or any one of the pretty coastal towns outside Barcelona for a day trip, if you have the time.

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5. Visit a Museum or Two

Barcelona has it’s fair share of museums so if you have some time and you are into art and culture you have to visit at least one of them. Some of the most popular museums in Barcelona are:

Picasso Museum: The museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Pablo Picasso.

Fundació Suñol: Art museum with Josep Suñol’s contemporary art collection.

Fundació Antoni Tàpies: Cultural center and museum dedicated mainly to the life and works of the painter Antoni Tàpies.

CosmoCaixa: One of the most impressive science museums in Europe.

Fundació Joan Miró: Modern art museum honoring Joan Miró.

6. Explore the City

Get lost in the maze of streets in the Gothic Quarter. Don’t miss Plaça del Rei or Plaça de Sant Felip Neri behind the Cathedral. Just wander until your heart’s content.

Head to Grácia for more of a local, hippy vibe. This was once a town in its own right before it was swallowed up by the city’s expansion project.

Barceloneta was once the fishermen’s district. Now filled with great restaurants and of course tourists, a stroll along the beachfront is still worth it!

Poble-sec and Poblenou are the up and coming hip & trendy areas, where you will find cool street art, independent shops, art galleries, cafes and bars.

El Raval is still the dodgy area of town, where prostitutes mingle with the locals & tourists, but cheap rent also means plenty of boutique hotels, shops, and bars are popping up.

Check out La Rambla del Raval for a drink on one of the terraces, and keep an eye open for the fat cat statue by Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero.

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7. Take a Different View

Barcelona has more than its fair share of vantage points for incredible views, and seeing the variety of views is definitely one of the best things to do in Barcelona.

Montjuïc Mountain offers views of the port from the top, and you can take in views of Tibidabo mountain from the stunning MNAC building.

Or, head up to Parc Güell and walk up every step and path you can find until you reach the top, then rest to admire the view.

Higher still is Collserola Tower, which offers panoramic views of the city. From here you can also walk across to Tibidabo mountain and the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for another bird’s eye view of Barcelona.

Many locals argue that the best view of Barcelona is from the Turó de la Rovira and the old civil war bunkers at Carmel, there is only one way to find out – you have to go and judge for yourself!

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8. Enjoy the Nightlife

Bar hopping is a great way to explore areas of the city by night, and sample some delicious Catalan wines, vermouth and cocktails along the way! If you’re staying at any of the best hostels in Barcelona, the staff will be sure to point you in the right direction… they may even come with you!

My favorite area is the Gothic Quarter and Born/Sant Pere district, where tiny bars yield big results! Try La Vinya del Senyor for a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral, then disappear down a side street to Bar Rubi for awesome mojitos & homemade gins, or to Collage for a fancy cocktail.

Crossover Vía Laíetana to Calle de la Mercè in the Gothic Quarter and head to Sor Rita for camp, kitsch cocktails, and to dance the night away to salsa in El Bombón.

9. Take a Cooking Class

Ever wonder how the famous paella is made? The art behind the popular tapas patatas bravas? Or how to drink cava, the Catalan sparkling wine? If so, you should definitely add a cooking class to your Barcelona itinerary. We recommend Born to Cook.

The professional chef at Born to Cook takes you through both the popular must-visit tourist market – Boqueria and the local market – Santa Caterina. During your market visit you’ll learn the secrets of the markets, taste local products like jamón Ibérico, manchego, and salted cod, as well as pick up ingredients for your cooking class.

Afterwards, you get to roll up your sleeves, throw on an apron, crack open a few bottles of wine, and get cooking under the guidance of a trained chef. Spanish classics that you get to make and devour include gazpacho, patatas bravas, catalan cream, and of course, seafood paella.

This five hour small group cooking experience is definitely one of the best things to do in Barcelona and will be something you will remember forever.

Where to Stay in Barcelona

Here are our top recommendations of hostels and hotels in Barcelona. All are centrally located, highly rated and have excellent facilities.

  • Best Hostel: Hostel One Sants
  • Best Budget Hotel: Hotel Lloret Ramblas
  • Best Mid-Range Hotel: Ayre Hotel Gran Vía
  • Best Luxury Hotel: Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL
  • Best Airport Hotel: BAH Barcelona Airport Hotel

Don’t forget to also take a look at Airbnb. They have many accommodation options available in Barcelona, and many of them are cheaper than your average hotel. For recommendations check out our list of the best Airbnbs in Barcelona.

Popular Day Trips from Barcelona

Below are some popular day trips from Barcelona that you might enjoy doing. For a more comprehensive list of the best day trips and tours in Barcelona check out this article.

  • Costa Brava Half-Day Tour from Barcelona
  • Montserrat Day Tour with Wine Tasting & Black Madonna from Barcelona

I hope I’ve given you a sample of the best things to do in Barcelona. It is a city you can come back to again and again, and still do something different each time! So take your time and enjoy your visit to this incredible city!

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What are the Best Things to do in Barcelona?

Barcelona, the tempting, balmy Mediterranean city located in Spain is a beloved tourist destination. With year-round sunny days,  irresistible local cuisine and timeless art, Barcelona is one of the most vibrant places to experience on vacation. The list of the things to do in Barcelona is endless! Landmark architecture, iconic museums, galleries, beaches, shopping and a thriving nightlife make Barcelona a hub of all things fun, exciting and adventurous. Here is a definitive guide to the best things to do in Barcelona for every kind of tourist.

Top 15 Best Things to do in Barcelona

The island city of Barcelona is packed with activities and experiences that ensure an unforgettable vacation. Admire landmark buildings, visit museums and simply take in the elegant aesthetic of the city.

1. Sagrada Familia

Landmark | Cathedral | Architecture | Gaudi

Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia is an architectural marvel that attracts more than 4.5 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain. A must-see sight in Barcelona!

Hours: 9 am – 8 pm

Location: C/ de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona

Tip: Visit early morning to avoid crowds.

from €47

2. Park Guell

Gaudi’s Attraction | Park

Spread over 18 acres of hilly land, Park Guell is a testament to the famed architect Antoni Gaudi’s creative and visual prowess in Barcelona. It receives an annual footfall of around 12 million tourists!

Hours: 9.30AM – 7.30PM

Location: 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: Visit Park Guell in the evening to enjoy a beautiful sunset in Barcelona.

from €10

3. Casa Mila

Gaudi’s Attraction | House Museum

Apart from being known as a Historical and Artistic Monument of National Interest, Casa Mila has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also known as ‘La Pedrera’, that translates to ‘Stone Quarry’.

Hours: 9AM-6.30PM. 7PM-10PM

Location: Pg. de Gràcia, 92, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: The Casa Mila night tour is a unique experience and something you should definitely try out!

from €24

4. Casa Batlló

Gaudi’s Attraction | Landmark Building

Also known as Casa dels Ossos, “House of Bones”, Casa Batlló ranks high up in the list of the strangest residential buildings in Europe. It is said to be designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí at his hallucinatory best.

Hours: 9.30AM-5.30PM

Location: Pg. de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: Casa Batllo is an extremely popular attraction so book your tickets online in advance to ensure you don’t miss out!

from €35

5. Casa Vicens

Gaudi’s Attraction | House Museum

The flamboyant Casa Vicens, desgined by Antoni Gaudi, was meant to be a summer home for a stock market dealer. With its bright green and white tiles and its ornate cast-iron gate, it is a sight to behold!

Hours: 10AM – 3PM (Weekdays). 10AM-7PM (Weekends)

Location: Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, 08012 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: Although cloakrooms and lockers are available, visitors are advised against bringing heavy bags or suitcases.

from €16

6. Colònia Güell

Industrial Village | Tourist Attraction

Colònia Güell is an industrial village 23-km from Barcelona that was commissioned by Count Eusebi de Güell for his textile mill. It was an escape from the chaos, soot, and bustle of the main town and is wonderful to explore.

Hours: 9.30AM – 5.30PM

Location: 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: The Gaudi crypt is a highlight at Colonia Guell so don’t forget to check it out.

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7. Camp Nou

Football Stadium

Home to FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Spain and the third-largest football stadium in the world with the capacity to accommodate 99,354 people at a time!

Hours: 10AM – 7PM

Location: C. d’Arístides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: While there are restaurants in the stadium, they’re quite expensive. To stick to your budget, eat before your tour starts.

from €26

8. Poble Espanyol

History Museum

An open-air museum that resembles an actual village with replicas of 117 buildings from different Spanish region, Poble Espanyol houses artworks of prominent artists like Picasso, Dali, and Miro.

Hours: 10AM – 12AM

Location: : Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: If you’re traveling with children, check the activities tab on the official website to know the programs running on any given day.

from €14

9. Barcelona Cathderal

Religious Site | Landmark Attraction

This Gothic cathedral is a 15th century masterpiece with a rich history and stunning architecture throughout its premises. The roof offers breathtaking views of the city and is a destination you must visit.

Hours: 10.30AM – 6PM

Location: Cathedral of Barcelona, Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain.

Tip: Remember to dress appropriately and keep your shoulders and knees covered as it is a religious site.

from €9

10. Palau De La Musica Catalana

Concert Hall

This is the only concert hall in the world to be declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore this 100 year old building with its lavish décor and interiors for an unforgettable experience.

Hours: 10AM – 3.30PM

Location: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: Since this concert hall is completely illuminated by natural light, plan your visit for a sunny day to get the best views.

from €18

11. Barcelona Zoo


Home to four thousand animals and over four hundred species of mammals, reptiles, and birds spread over 11 distinct sections, the Barcelona Zoo is both educative as well as beguiling. A must visit with kids!

Hours: 10AM – 8PM

Location: Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: Do not feed or attempt to feed animals or cross barricades and barriers, it is against the rules of the zoo.

from €19.26

12. Barcelona Aquarium


With thirty-five aquariums and enclosures housing over 11,000 animals across four-fifty species, be mesmerised by the impressive oceanarium that offers close-up views of the marine life.

Hours: Opening hours vary across each season. Here’s the timetable.

Location: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, 08039 Barcelona, Spain

Tip: Book your tickets online to ensure you get the best deals and discounts.

from €21

13. MOCO Museum

Art Musuem

The intriguing and delightgul MOCO Museum Barcelona showcases artworks of modern geniuses like Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama. It is a great place to discover legendary artists of the future like Takashi Murakami and Nick Thomm.

Hours: Weekdays – 10 AM – 7 PM. Weekends – 10 AM – 9 PM

Location: Carrer de Montcada, 25, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. Find on map

Tip: Entry is free for children below the age of 12, so make sure to take advantage of the facility.

from €17.50

14. La Rambla

City Street | Tourist Attraction

Decked with kiosks, flower stalls, and so much more, La Rambla is a pedestrian-only thoroughfare in the heart of Barcelona. It’s a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard that runs for 1.2 kilometers and is an emblem of Catalan culture.

Location: La Rambla 51-59,Barcelona. Find on map

Tip: Pickpockets are pretty common in this area so be extra careful with your belongings.

Guide to La Rambla

15. Botanical Gardens Barcelona

Park | Nature

The Barcelona Botanical Garden is home to more than 1300 species of a variety of plants from different parts of the world. It is an incredible place to visit if you love being surrounded by nature.

Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM

Location: Carrer Doctor Font | Quer, 2, 08038 Barcelona, Spain. Find on map

Tip: Make sure you wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of walking required.

Guide to Botanical Garden

Explore the Best Museums in Barcelona

#Best Things to do in Barcelona

From contemporary art museums to football museums, you’ll always find the best things to do in Barcelona! Choose your pick from the top museums in Barcelona and enjoy learning a little more about the culture of the Catalonian capital.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Housed in the Italian-styled palatial architectural marvel Palau Nacional, this is a complete cultural experience for those visiting Barcelona.

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FC Barcelona Museum

Popularly known as the Camp Nou Experience, the Camp Nou (the largest stadium in Spain) attracts not only the Barça lovers but also non-football fans.

from €28

Fundació Joan Miró

An ode to the artist who embellished the Catalonian culture with modern, surrealistic art, Joan Miro Museum, in itself, is no less than a masterpiece.

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Gaudi House Museum

The Gaudi House Museum pays homage to the brilliance of Antoni Gaudi and happens to be a house he resided in.

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Picasso Museum

Located in the Ribera-district of the Old Town, Museu Picasso is an ode to the formative years of Picasso and reveals his magnificent artwork.

from €33

Museu del Modernisme

With over 350 works by 42 artists, Museu del Modernisme Català is the only museum dedicated solely to Catalan Art Nouveau.

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Visit the Best Theme Parks in Barcelona

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Head out to Barcelona’s delightful theme parks for a day of adventure and adrenaline-pumping fun! The theme parks offer some of the best things to do in Barcelona for all visitors!

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Tibidabo Amusement Park is one of the oldest functioning amusement parks in the world and has over 30 attractions for all age groups!

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PortAventura Park

One of the most popular amusement parks in Catalonia, PortAventura Park is filled with exciting adventures spread over 6 theme areas.

from €21

Ferrari Land Barcelona

Ferrari Land Barcelona is located within PortAventura World and is dedicated to the iconic Italia firm Ferrari. It has a series of thrilling rides perfect for adventure lovers.

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Barcelona Bosc Urbà

This is the oldest and first amusement park in Barcelona. It has a wide range of activities for people of all age groups and is one of a kind!

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Illa Fantasia

Illa Fantasia is a happening park with 22 water attractions and 3 swimming pools. It has a wave pool, water games, and rapids among other attractions.

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Aquopolis Costa Dorada

Aquopolis has a range of water activities and entertaining shows with dolphins and sea lions. It also has many restaurants on the premises.

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Unwind at the Best Beaches in Barcelona

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Every beach has a distinct character – from the youthful Nova Icària to tranquil Caldetes and forever bustling Barceloneta, there’s a beach in Barcelona for everyone.

Barceloneta Beach

From drummers to sand-artists, this is Barcelona’s most crowded and touristy stretch of sand, yet the most entertaining.

Nova Icaria Beach

Located on Barcelona’s central coast near the Olympic port, this is one of Barcelona’s best beaches for watersports.

Bogatell Beach

Considered one of Barcelona’s safest beaches, head here if you’re looking for a clean beach with a more tranquil vibe.

Mar Bella Beach

This beach is famous for its nudist stretch, legendary rave-nights and a favorite hangout for Barcelona’s LGBTQIA+ crowd.

Sant Pol de Mar Beach

Located on Barcelona’s northern coast, Sant Pol de Mar’s clear and charming beach is a gorgeous spot for a day trip.

Try Watersports in Barcelona

#Best Things to do in Barcelona

Beaches and Barcelona are synonymous! Aside from swimming in the blue waters, you can have so much fun experimenting with a range of water sports.

Experience Flyboarding

Experience this exciting flyboarding experience where you will be shot up 30 feet in the air and fly above water as you gaze at Barcelona.

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Paddle Surfing & Sailing Tour

Learn to paddle surf in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea with an opportunity to relax on the sailboat. An unmissable combination!

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Try eFoil

Sail the waters of Barcelona on a high-tech eFoil. This is a flying surfboard with a small, electric motor that levitates above the surface of the water and is controlled by Bluetooth.

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Go on a Banana Boat Ride

Hop on a banana boat and see how long your group can stay afloat on this inflatable banana!

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Go Windsurfing

Master the wind and the sea in this exciting and challenging water sport in Barcelona. It’s the perfect way to spend an adrenaline-filled afternoon!

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Romantic Things to do in Barcelona

#Best Things to do in Barcelona

If you’re in the city with your partner, here are some of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona for an unforgettable trip!

The Magical Fountain at Montjuic

An Evening Visit to Parc Guell

A Concert at Palau de la Musica Catalana

Take the Casa Mila Night Tour

Air Balloon at Sunset

Fun Things to do in Barcelona

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Aside from visiting museums, landmark buildings and lounging at beaches, Barcelona has a host of fun, offbeat things to do. Here are some really fun things to do in Barcelona!

Take a Flamenco Dancing Lesson

Learn to dance like a pro by taking a Flamenco dance lesson. You could also attend a Flamenco show and watch dancers mesmerize you with their moves!

Play Beach Volleyball at Playa de la Nova Icària

Considered one of the most peaceful beaches in Barcelona, Nova Icària Beach is well-known for beach volleyball.

Go on a Romantic Cruise

Together with your loved one, enjoy the setting sun over the Mediterranean Sea with the sky awash with vivid hues on a romantic sunset cruise.

Go Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is a popular adventure sport in Spain and when in Barcelona you must try it out!

Attend a Football Match

You can watch a memorable football match at the iconic Camp Nou that is known to accommodate approximately 120,000 spectators at one time.

from €32

Go on a Pub Crawl

Ideal for solo travelers or a group of friends, a pub crawl is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with city streets and the best nightlife Barcelona has to offer.

Take a Las Golondrinas Boat Trip

Get on Barcelona’s premier luxury boats and enjoy an exquisite cruise and sightseeing experience.

Helicopter Tour Over Barcelona’s Coastline

Witness breathtaking views of Barcelona on this unique helicopter tour that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Cool Things to do in Barcelona

#Best Things to do in Barcelona

Find some incredibly cool things to do in Barcelona for a unique, one-of-a-kind experience in this magical city!

Take a private sailing tour

Visit Sala Gimbernat

Enjoy views at Bunkers of Carmel

Explore Parc del Laberint d’Horta

Go Vintage Shopping

Discover Nature in Barcelona

#Best Things to do in Barcelona

Reconnect with nature and explore tranquil landscapes in nature for a rejuvenating experience in Barcelona. Discovering nature is truly one of the best things to do in Barcelona!

Montserrat Monastery Tour & Hiking Off the Beaten Path

Rural Catalonia Hiking Tour

Medieval Villages and La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Hiking Tour

Hiking Trails and Tossa de Mar Tour in Costa Brava

Vall de Núria Pyrenees Hiking Tour

Food & Drink Experiences in Barcelona

#Best Things to do in Barcelona

Experience the delicious cuisine of Barcelona and its flavorful drinks through all these exciting experiences centered around food!

Flamenco Show with Dinner

Montserrat Walking Tour with Wine and Tapas

El Penedès Hike & Wines Tour

Camp Nou Guided Tour with Brunch

Best Things to do in Barcelona with Kids

#Best Things to do in Barcelona

Whether you wish to participate in a cooking class with the kids or visit a museum to teach kids a bit of history, there’s a lot to do in Barcelona on your family vacation.

Barcelona Aquarium

Explore Barcelona Zoo

Enjoy Theme Parks

Montjuic Cable Car

Visit Museums

Best City Tours in Barcelona

#Best Things to do in Barcelona

Like the company of a local guide narrating interesting stories about the city as your tour Barcelona? These city tours are just what you need. We especially love guided culinary tours in Barcelona – exploring the local guides with an expert is simply terrific!

Barcelona City Tour – Hop on Hop Off

A hop-on hop-off tour is a convenient way to explore Barcelona, without having to worry about transport options and itineraries.

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360 degree Barcelona Tour

This experiences offers tours along the streets of Barcelona, across the Mediterranean Sea on a sailboat, and by a helicopter ride above the city!

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Cadaqués Walking Tour

Discover the fishing village of Cadaqués, Cap de Creus and the Costa Brava on this walking tour & boat trip.

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Sunset Sailing Tour

A trip around the length of Barcelona as the sun sets will let you see the city’s beautiful architecture from the sea.

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Things to do in Barcelona on a Budget

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Europe is famous for its shoestring travel destinations and Barcelona tops the list. If you’re looking for a bunch of things to do in Barcelona for free or less than 20 euros, here’s what you can add to your itinerary.

Explore La Boqueria

La Boqueria is Barcelona’s oldest market and has over 200 stands. Take in the sights and smells at this traditional market for absolutely no cost. While there are food stalls and stands selling a variety of things, you don’t need to purchase anything to experience this destination.

Visit Parc del Laberint d’Horta

This intriguing park in Barcelona is a literal maze for you to navigate. This Cypress maze is filled with Greek statues and this unique experience has an admission price lower than €3. Walk around and explore it to your heart’s content.

Admire Street Art

Walking around the streets of Barcelona is an experience like no other. The vibrant, exquisite street art across the city is a sight to behold at absolutely no cost!

Stroll Through the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter, located at the heart of the old city, is one of the most strikingly beautiful parts of Barcelona. Cobbled stones and buildings that date back to the Medieval period, a walk down the Gothic Quarter will transport you to another time and place. There are no entry charges.

Walk Through La Rambla

La Rambla is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona with old-school florists, gelaterías, and candy stalls. Take a leisurely walk through this area and find something delicious to eat along the way.

Go on a Day Trip from Barcelona

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After you’ve had your heart’s fill of Barcelona’s beaches, sunshine and Gaudi’s wonders, step out of the city and visit one of the many nearby towns. We strongly recommend taking a day trip if you’re staying in Barcelona for more than 3 days.


An hour’s drive (approx. 100 km) or a 40-minute train ride from Barcelona, Girona is a medieval town settled on the banks of River Onyar.

Costa Brava

The coastal city of Costa Brava is adorned with cobbled towns, calming mountain tops and beautiful beaches.


Nestled in the mountains and visited by the sea, Montserrat is an island that is perfect for a day trip from Barcelona.


Sitges is a popular coastal town in Catalonia, Spain bordered by the Garraf mountains and boasting a spectacular coastline.

Things to do in Barcelona at Night

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The magical city of Barcelona transforms into something truly unique and beautiful once the sun sets. Experiencing Barcelona by night is surreal and breathtaking. Here are some exciting things to do in Barcelona in the night.

Experience Casa Mila at Night

Visiting Casa Mila at a night is a beautiful experience. Get a chance to observe the intricacies of this monument in the moonlight and enjoy magnificent views of the city from the rooftop.

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Watch the magic fountain of Montjuïc light up in the night with a colourful show. The fountain is situated below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc mountain and near the Plaça d’Espanya and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona.

Take a Paella Cooking Class

Dabble in preparing this traditional Spanish dish in an exciting Paella class in the evening. Learn to cook and get a chance to experience Barcelona’s restaurants by night.

Go on a Romantic Sunset Cruise

Take your loved one and head out into the waters for a romantic sunset cruise. Watch the colors of the sky change into dazzling hues as you drift on calming waters in Barcelona.

Watch a Live Flamenco Show

Find yourself enthralled by energetic performances as you watch a live Flamenco show at night in Barcelona. Nothing defines Barcelona like a lively Flamenco show!

Frequently Asked Questions About Best Things to do in Barcelona

What is Barcelona known for?

Barcelona is known for its architecture, museums, lively nightlife and gorgeous beaches.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Some of the best things to do in Barcelona include visiting La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Battlo, Picasso Museum and many more attractions.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona with no?

You walk through the Gothic quarter, admire street art, visit La Rambla and lots more in Barcelona.

Are beaches free in Barcelona?

Yes, visiting beaches are free in Barcelona.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona for families?

Visiting theme parks, museums, zoos and aquariums are some of the best things to do in Barcelona for families.

Is it expensive in Barcelona?

If you plan your trip well and make your bookings online and in advance you can have a budget-friendly visit to Barcelona and enjoy all the major tourist attractions.

What are the best theme parks to visit in Barcelona?

Tibidabo Amusement Park, PortAventura Park are some of the best theme parks in Barcelona.

What are the best day trips from Barcelona?

Take a day trip to Girona, Costa Brava or Sitges that are located at a short distance from Barcelona.

What are the best museums to visit in Barcelona?

Picasso Musuem, FC Barcelona Museum, Fundació Joan Miró are some of the best museums in Barcelona.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona at night?

Watch a flamenco show, experience Casa Mila by night or take a paella cooking class. There is lots for you to explore in Barcelona at night.

What are the best city tours in Barcelona?

You can choose to explore Barcelona through a walking tour, get on a hop-on hop-off bus or taking a sailing cruise in the evening!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona on a budget?

There’s lots you can do on a budget in Barcelona. You can walk through the Gothic quarter, admire street art, visit La Rambla and lots more in Barcelona.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona with kids?

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Places in Barcelona to propose marriage

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Recently, Barcelona can compete with Paris for the title of “City of Lovers”. Tangled streets, picturesque squares and great cuisine make this city a great place to visit with your significant other. This is probably why our Barcelona Tourist Guide mailbox is constantly flooded with letters from men in love who want to find the perfect place in the city to kneel down and propose.

Of course, a marriage proposal is very personal, and for each couple it will have its own meaning. You will probably want to organize everything in your own way. But we decided to help you and recommend some special and undoubtedly romantic places in Barcelona. Once you find the right place, all you have to do is figure out how you propose!

Here is a list of the top five places to propose in Barcelona, ​​with detailed descriptions, directions and opening times where applicable.

Montjuïc Magic Fountain

Location of the Magic Fountain on Mount Montjuïc

Photo gallery of the magic fountain of Montjuïc. The fountain is often called the most romantic sight in Barcelona – goosebumps from it are guaranteed. The fountain is located in front of the impressive palace. An amazing action of water, light and music takes place in this round fountain. At intervals of fifteen minutes, the lights of the fountain are lit, and jets of water shoot up in rhythm with the music.

A great way to arrange a romantic evening without spending a dime. The visit to the fountain is free.

Opening hours:
Depending on the season, opening hours vary. We advise you to visit their website.
Official Website: Magic Fountain

Metro: España (Spain) (Red line, L1) or (Green line, L3)

Location map of the magic fountain and the nearest metro station


View of Barcelona from Tibidabo

Barcelona is surrounded by two mountains. The hardest thing is getting to the top of Tibidabo. It is located at an altitude of 512 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of Barcelona. At the top of Barcelona, ​​two different objects coexist surprisingly well – a Gothic church and an old quaint amusement park. Depending on which you like best, both are great places to propose romantically.

Tibidabo church

Adventure lovers can take a ride on an airplane or on a Ferris wheel in which you can slowly get down on one knee.

Those who love beautiful views will love the terrace in front of the church.

If you want to spend your entire holiday in a romantic setting, then the five-star Gran Hotal La Florida hotel is located on top of Mount Tibidabo.

In our Tibidabo theme park article, there are also instructions on how to get to the top of the mountain.

Romantic restaurant

Barcelona is full of romantic restaurants. The old buildings of the city with brick walls and dim lighting create a romantic mood. Of course, everyone has different tastes, and everyone determines for himself which place is romantic and which is not. I have chosen some interesting places:

  1. Torre d’Alta Mar – This restaurant is located at the top of the cable car tower. This luxurious and exotic restaurant offers great views of the city.
  2. Tapioles53 – Review of the Tapioles53 restaurant in Barcelona. This is a special restaurant. The restaurant seats only 20 people, which creates an intimate atmosphere. In a cozy, candle-lit hall, dishes prepared from the freshest products are served.


Olympic Torch – Monjuic

Besides Mount Tibidabo, on the other side of Barcelona is Mount Montjuïc. This mountain is easier to climb, and there are more various entertainments on it. On the way to the top of the mountain, you will pass by the Miró Foundation, the Olympic Stadium and a plethora of botanical gardens. At the top of Montjuïc is an old castle.

In summer, the moat of the castle becomes the venue for an open-air film festival. It looks so romantic as people walk up the winding road to the top of Montjuïc with tablecloths, picnic baskets and bottles of cava. Additional information about the film festival program and a special bus, the schedule of which is coordinated with the schedule of film screenings, can be found on this website.

If you want to propose in a more private place, take a bottle of cava with you and sit on the wall overlooking the lights of Barcelona at night.

For a romantic ride to the top of Montjuïc, you can take the cable car from Barceloneta Beach.

El Born – part of the old city of Barcelona

El Born

Barcelona’s old town is famous for its charm and attraction. The El Born area is often overlooked in favor of the more touristy gothic quarter. However, locals love El Born for its picturesque squares, small bars and excellent restaurants. Walking through the barrio will likely provide many opportunities for a potential marriage proposal. Walk around the area and see for yourself!

It was very interesting to chat with friends and find out from them which place in Barcelona they think is the most romantic. Let us know if I missed anything, and most importantly, tell us about your romantic adventure!

Top 10 things to do in Barcelona


  • 1. Walk along the Rambla
  • 2. See the Sagrada Familia
  • 3. See the city through the eyes of Antoni Gaudí
  • 4. Try local food
  • 5. Walk through the Gothic Quarter
  • 6. Visit the Palace of Catalan Music
  • 7. Walk to the El Born area
  • 8. Visit the Boquería market
  • 9. See the city from the Ferris wheel
  • 9 0079 10. Enjoy shopping in La Roca Village

Founded in 1899, the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, ​​makes you fall in love with it at first sight. The iconic architecture of Antonio Gaudí, the bright colors of the city and the sun-drenched streets will definitely not leave you indifferent.

Especially for you, we have compiled a list of top 10 things to do in Barcelona.

The Rambla.

The Rambla is a lively place in the heart of Barcelona. It is often referred to as a city within a city. Everyone who comes to Barcelona should definitely walk along the Rambla, the city’s most famous boulevard.

On the way you will meet souvenir shops, hospitable mimes, actors, cheerful musicians and talented artists. This place is loved not only by tourists, but also by locals, because in their opinion, the boulevard is the personification of the whole city.

Sagrada Familia.

Arriving in the Catalan capital, every tourist must see the legendary Sagrada Familia. The project of the cathedral was started back in 1882 by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi, but the construction work was pretty delayed. The Sagrada Familia is still under construction.

But despite the ongoing construction work, you can easily be inspired by the basilica: it combines several styles at once, including Catalan Art Nouveau and late Spanish Gothic. During construction, Gaudí was inspired by nature, which is reflected in the swirling lines and corners of the basilica.

If you want to go inside the Sagrada Familia, it’s best to buy tickets in advance online – this way you will avoid endless lines. Do you want to visit the Basilica for free? And so it is also possible. Come here for mass, which is held every Sunday from 9 am. But do not forget that in order to attend Mass, you must dress according to the canons of the church.

Casa Batlló.

Many travelers come to Barcelona to enjoy the beauty of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces. We invite you to get acquainted with the extraordinary creations of the great architect.

For example, you can walk to the Casa Batllo, located at Passeig de Gracia 43. It is famous for its almost no straight lines, and its facade is similar to the iridescent scales of a fairy-tale monster.

House of Mila.

Another popular house built by Gaudí is the Mila house at Carrer de Provenca 261. It is considered the last secular work of the architect and is a perfect example of Catalan modernism. You can admire its façade from the street, but we recommend taking a tour to the panoramic terrace located on the roof of the house. Walking along it, you can see and even touch the sculptures of creatures from myths, which not only decorate the terrace, but also serve as ventilation.

Park Güell.

And, of course, be sure to visit Park Güell, located at Carrer d’Olot 5. This is a model of a real residential area, which Antoni Gaudí brought to life. Every detail of Park Güell embodies the harmonious neighborhood of nature and architecture. In 1984, this park was even included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Tasting Barcelona is an important task for any tourist. You can start with a traditional Catalan dish – paella. Toppings can be very diverse. For example, you can order paella with seafood, or in general with everything at once – with seafood, meat and vegetables.

You can always have a snack with a simple but insanely delicious local snack – Catalan bread with tomato. The appetizer is toasted bread with the addition of grated tomato and, of course, heartily poured with olive oil.

Be sure to try the local seafood. They are here, for the most part, the freshest and incredibly tasty. And when you decide to sit in one of the local bars, be sure to order tapas. These are small sandwiches with a wide variety of fillings for every taste.

And if you like sweets, then pay attention to the Catalan dessert mato. It’s a goat’s or cow’s milk cheese served with honey. It sounds too simple, but believe me, it’s very tasty.

Gothic Quarter.

Not far from the Ramblas, there is another place ideal for leisurely strolls. This is the Gothic Quarter. Not only tourist, but also cultural and political life of the city is in full swing here.

Despite the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, most of the buildings in the quarter were reconstructed closer to the 20th century, as the houses built in the 13th-14th century were constantly on fire and suffered either from shelling or from cataclysms.

Now, walking through the Gothic Quarter, you can enjoy the buildings in the Gothic, Neo-Gothic and Neoclassical styles, as well as listen to local musicians, watch a dance performance or sit in one of the cafes, admiring the luxurious buildings.

Palace of Catalan Music.

Be sure to visit the Palace of Catalan Music. It was built at the beginning of the last century and is one of the most remarkable monuments of Art Nouveau architecture.

The palace is full of interesting decorations – columns with capitals, balconies and many shells. And inside it looks no less beautiful than outside. Why are only colored stained-glass windows.

It is also interesting that the Palace of Catalan Music is the only concert hall with natural light. At 19In 97, it was even included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

How to get to the palace? You can buy tickets for one of the events, as well as get here as a tourist on a paid tour.

El Born.

The El Born area is located in the Old City. You can stroll through its narrow streets and enjoy the charm of ancient Barcelona.

But most people come to El Born not only for the atmosphere. There are a huge number of shops with designer clothes, cozy cafes and bars. Also in El Born is the famous Picasso Museum, the Palace of Catalan Music and many other beautiful buildings.

If you want to know what shopping looks like in Spanish, then by all means go to one of the most fashionable areas of the city – El Born.

Boqueria Market.

From the Las Ramblas you can easily reach the Boqueria market. This legendary Barcelona market hosts many tourists every day. On the territory of 2583 m² there are a huge number of counters with food and products for every taste.

Here you can find out what Barcelona’s street food is like and try new unusual dishes. It is here that locals and guests of the city come in search of fresh fish, vegetables and fruits.