Barcelona: A City Straight Out of a Postcard
With its beautiful architecture, mouthwatering food, and scenic landscapes, Barcelona has become one of the top places in the world to travel to.
Whether you’re going to Barcelona for a relaxing vacation or for an adventure, we’ll give you a guide to some of the most fun things to do in Barcelona. These are the perfect spots to visit while you’re in Barcelona because you’ll get to eat some delicious food, learn about the culture, and of course take some beautiful selfies.
Are you ready to pack your bags? We've curated a list of the most fun things to do in Barcelona to get the most out of your trip.
Also, we’ve got a little something special for you when you finish reading!
But before that, here are 12 fun things you must do in Barcelona:
Take Beautiful Photos at Park Güell
A park unlike others!
It is difficult to describe how beautiful this park is and pictures can only show a glimpse of it. Park Güell is one of the works of the Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí. The whimsical and colorful park makes this location the perfect place to take photos. If you want to learn more about the history of the architecture and check out the museums, guided tours are also available in multiple languages.
Entrance Fee: You can buy general admission tickets for €7.50 online and €8.50 at the ticket office. If you go in a group of 10 people or more, the tickets may be cheaper.
Opening Hours: The hours vary depending on the season you go. They usually open around 8- 8:30 am. Make sure you check their hours before you visit.
Explore and Eat at La Boqueria
Visit where local chefs like to shop
Located at Las Ramblas, the center of Barcelona, La Boqueria is Europe’s most famous market. You will be able to find a variety of fresh produce, fruit, seafood, cheese, restaurants, and bars. You will find yourself feasting on all sorts of food while you are here.
Get a refreshing drink from a fruit stand or go to a candy shop if you have a sweet tooth. Whatever you are craving, there is something that everyone would like.
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-8:30 pm
How to get there: Metro-Liceu (Green line, L3) Address: La Boqueria Market Rabla, 91 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Visit the Enormous Sagrada Familia
This church is one of the most iconic landmarks in Barcelona!
The Sagrada Familia is a large unfinished church that has been under construction for over 100 years. This building was also designed by Antoni Gaudí. As you can probably already tell, he had a huge influence on Spanish architect. Unlike some of his other works, this building has more of a Gothic style.When the construction is finished, the church should have 18 towers.
Entrance Fee: There are different packages but the basic ticket cost €15. There are audio guides available, where you wear headphones and a guide will speak into it.
Address: La Sagrada Familia Carrer Mallorca, 401 08013, Barcelona, Spain
Tour Around for the Best Tapas
What are tapas?
Tapas are not a particular kind of food but it is typically a small appetizer that is eaten with a drink. It is very popular in Spain, and you will see restaurants and bars serving it everywhere! Common examples of tapas include some form of potatoes, Spanish ham, or croquette.
Each restaurant and bar makes it differently so you will see a lot of variations.
Whether you are eating it as an appetizer or as an entire meal, tapas are usually eaten with a combination of either wine or beer. Some bars even give tapas on the side for free. Many people eat tapas with wine so going to a bodega for wine and tapas will make you feel like a local.
Make your own tapas!
Are you interested in learning more about tapas and how to make them? There are many cooking classes in Barcelona that teach travelers how to make authentic tapas.
Take a Stroll Down Passeig de Gràcia
Shop till you drop!
Whether you want to shop for designer brands or boutiques, Passeig de Gràcia is the place to go. Be prepared to spend a few hours here because there are a lot of restaurants and souvenir stores to see as well.
Two of Gaudí’s work, Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, are also located on this street so it attracts a lot of people. If you’re not interested in shopping then check out these other attractions!
How to get there: You can take the metro (L2, L3, and L4) and get off at Passeig de Gràcia
Take a Spanish Cooking Class
What’s a better way to learn about authentic Spanish cuisine?
Taking a cooking class is a great way to learn about the culture and you’ll be able to meet other travelers as well! Some of the cooking classes around Barcelona also offer market tours which will show you where chefs like to shop for their ingredients.
Most of these cooking classes are around 3-4 hours so make sure you plan enough time in your schedule.The cooking classes are also taught by professionals, so all the food is guaranteed to be delicious.
Whether it is seafood, tapas, paella, or wine, there is something that will fit your palate.
Rent a Scooter to Explore the City
You can explore more of the city in less time!
Exploring the city of Barcelona on a scooter just makes everything so much more fun. One of the most famous routes for tourists to travel is the Gaudí route. If you follow this route, you’ll be able to see some pretty popular and famous landmarks that were designed by Gaudí.
You can visit most of the locations that were mentioned above in one day if you travel on a scooter.
There are many locations that allow you to rent scooters but one of the most popular places that a lot of tourists go to is Best Rent A Scooter.
Tip: If you are not a citizen of a country of the EU, you may need an international driver’s license to rent a scooter. An international driver’s license can take a day or up to a few weeks to process, so make sure you plan ahead!
Cost: Depending on the type of scooter you rent, prices can be €30 and up. Most places will also ask you for a €100-300 deposit.
Spend a Day at Montjuic
Magic Fountain and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
The beautiful building that you see above is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Art Museum of Catalonia). If you are an art enthusiast, then you can take a stroll around the museum. If you stay long enough, you can watch a very popular water show at night.
The Magic Fountain, that is located at the bottom of the museum, is a must-see show. The mesmerizing flow of the water dances along to music and colorful lights.
Hours: The Magic Fountain show is usually on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9-10 pm. Each show is 30 minutes long so it starts at 9 and 9:30 pm.
Castle on the Hill
That is exactly what you will see when you go to Montjuic. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the castle since it overlooks the Barcelona harbor. You can reach the castle by taking a cable car up.
Check Out a Local Beach
Relax and explore Barcelona’s local beaches
Barcelona is located on the coast, so go relax or cool down by the beach! The beaches here are more than just sand and water, there are usually events and performances that go on as well. Here are some popular beaches you should visit in Barcelona.
One of Barcelona’s more touristy beach, it is the crowdest beach but it is the most entertaining. You will be able to find performers, sand artists, and a lot of restaurants on this beach. People love coming here to eat seafood and tapas! Check out number 3 for more information on the Spanish appetizer that so many people love.
Nova Icaria Beach:
Located near Las Ramblas, this beach is mostly visited by families. You can play beach volleyball, participate in some water sports, or just sunbathe. There are many activities you can do while you are here.
Get Lost at Gothic Quarter
Medieval Streets and Trendy Bars
This must-visit neighborhood in Barcelona dates back 2,000 years. As you walk the streets of the Gothic Quarter, it will feel like you’ve been transported back to medieval times. The labyrinth-like streets in the neighborhood are very narrow so there are not many cars. This makes it easier for tourists to explore and take pictures!
Gothic Quarters is also full of nightlife since there are a lot of bars, clubs, and cocktail lounges nearby. You can also eat at one of the oldest restaurants in Barcelona, Can Culleretes. This restaurant has been around since 1786 and was even mentioned in the Guinness World Records!
How to get here: Metro-Liceu (Green Line, L3) or Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)
Get a Bird’s Eye View of Barcelona at the Bunkers of Carmel
Watch the Sunset or Sunrise
The Bunkers of Carmel is growing in popularity because of its scenery but it is still secluded enough so not too many tourists come here. This spot has the most scenic viewpoint of the entire city so grab a blanket and some snacks as you enjoy the beauty of Barcelona.
Tip: Check the weather before visiting since it can get very windy and cold after sunset, especially during the winter. Also, use the restroom before going because it might be difficult to find a restroom when you’re on the top.
How to get there: We recommend taking the bus instead of the metro since the walk is much shorter. Take the V17 bus and get off at the last stop (Pl Mitja Lluna), then walk up for 8 minutes.
Watch a Football Game at Camp Nou
Experience Spain’s national sport
Football, also known as soccer, is a huge part of Spanish culture. Whether you are a football fan or not, going to Camp Nou will help you understand the culture more. Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe and second largest in the world.
If you can get a ticket to a football game, then that will be an unforgettable experience.However, you can visit the museum or take a tour of the stadium if you are unable to attend a game.
Cost: The general cost of the museum and tour is €25.
Opening Hours: The stadium and museum are opened every day except on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Operating hours and tours may be affected due to games and events.
YES! These are the 12 most fun things that you must do in Barcelona!
There are plenty of fun things you can do in Barcelona and we hope this guide helps you to make the most of your trip.
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