Cool Things To Do In Barcelona
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Are you a first-time visitor keen to hunt downBarcelonas unmissable attractions? Or maybe you searching for anunforgettable experienceto share with friends? Here are my most inspiring tips, both on andoff the beaten track: the highlight of your trip is waiting for you on this very page!

This article was first published in 2010, and last updated on 6th May 2022. You can reach me .

Everyones heard ofthe main attractions in town, likeLa Sagrada Familiaand thePicasso Museum, but what about some of the cool and different things to do in the capital of Catalonia?

In a city as magical and mysterious as Barcelona, theres plenty to savour that goes beyond the ordinary experiences that stay with you long after youve left

In a city as magical and mysterious as Barcelona, theres plenty to savour that goes beyond the ordinary experiences that stay with you long after youve left and which, at the very least, will leave you with plenty of holiday snaps that go beyond the usual photo fodder of greasy paellas and overpriced jars of sangria onLas Ramblas.

From unique experiences, quirky museums and one-of-kind bars, to authentic local tours, secret gardens, nudist beaches, unusual sights and thrilling activities, weve compiled a few of our favourite original and alternative ways to pass the time in Barcelona.

To make this list more manageable, and your trip easier to plan, weve divided this list into themes starting with theunmissable attractionsand ending with ideas on how to live lifelike a local. In between, we highlight plenty of unique inspiration you wont find on any other best things to do list.

1.Classic Attractions with a Twist!

So without further ado, lets get going

Lets start with the classic attractions you absolutelymust seeon a first time visit to Barcelona. But of course, we like to be original, so let me share my local perspective on how I would visit these sights

Were hardly sharing a secret when we saythat Gaudis landscaped gardensare one of the best places to visit in Barcelona. But given they are on a hill above the Gracia district, they are a bit of a pain to get to at least if youre not on a 9-speed e-bike! New for 2022, you can now whizz up to Park Guell withGaudi Bike Tourson an easy-riding electric bicycle, and visit the gardens iconic viewing terrace, the Hypostyle room and the Dragon Stairway, without even getting on the metro. And while Park Guell is undoubtedly the highlight of the tour, youll also visit La Sagrada Familia, and visit the UNESCO-listed Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. The tour also includes drinks on the rooftop of the 5-star Casa Fuster hotel (where you can enjoy more amazing views!). Click on the link below to find out more about The Gaudi Life & Legacy Tour; or, if you prefer to visit the park independently, grabadvance tickets on Get Your Guide.

No doubt youre planning on visiting La Sagrada Familia (youd be crazy not to!), but dont miss half the fun with a standard ticket entry. If you can afford it, Id strongly recommend a guided tour with access to one of the church towers, from which youll enjoy panoramic views over the whole of the city whilst also getting up close to some of the incredible architectural details at the top of Gaudis basilica. There aretwo towers that are open to the public, but only a few tours include tower access as part of the experience, so check before booking. One that definitely does is thishighly-rated experience on Get Your Guide(note:you take the lift up, but have to descend by foot, so this option is only appropriate for folks with no mobility restrictions).


Fast Track Entry:Advance tickets are essential for La Sagrada Familia. If a guided tour with tower access is too expensive, then you canbuy fast track tickets here.

If you are keen to visit both La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell then you can save time and money by purchasing The Barcelona Pass, which also includes tickets for the Hop on / Hop Off Tourist Bus and audio guides to both attractions. Price €86.50.

Not every tourist makes it to Montjuic, but every tourist should. This coastal hill is home to a veritable treasure chest of attractions, that include Montjuic Castle, the Olympic Stadium, the Botanical Gardens and the Joan Miro Foundation, one one side of the hill, and Poble Espanyol, the MNAC museum and Magic Fountain on the other side. If you plan on making it all the way tothe castle at the top of the hill, then undoubtedlythe Montjuic cable caris the most fun way to arrive, as you can enjoy sensational views over the city as you ascend. Checkour full length article on Montjuicfor how to explore this area.

Obviously, the best way to experience Camp Nou is tobuy tickets for a Barça home fixture(hint: tryhere!). But if your travel dates dont align with the fixture list, then you can still revel in the glory of FC Barcelona by signing up for the clubsfamous Camp Nou Experience. Your ticket includes a stadium tour that takes you to the stands, players tunnel and away dressing room, before you head to the FC Barcelona Museum to see the array of glittering silverware and the dedicated Lionel Messi room. Tickets are just €28, although a fun new upgrade exists which includes audio guide and Robokeeper Challenge (€37, and you get three chances to take a penalty against a robotic goalie!). Mega fans should consider thePlayers Experience Tour, which is led by an official club guide and takes you to the pitch, press room and home dressing room.

Time to greet Madonna on a magic mountain! Not theLike A Virginsinger, but the real virgin Mary, or at least her image The Black Madonna. This medieval statuette is kept safe at the spectacular Montserrat Abbey, up high in the peaks of Montserrat Mountain, where it draws pilgrims from around the world. Its not just the religious who visit Montserrat though, as the jagged mountain is breathtaking to behold and is Barcelonas most popular day trip destination. You can get thereby public transport, or several tour providers will take you Id personally recommend thisMontserrat & Wine Tour, which combines a visit to the abbey with ecological wine tasting in a 10th Century castle. You canbook it on Get Your Guide.

Now its time to go deeper. To discover, to learn and to experience Barcelona and its unique culture with the help of friendly and expert guides. Heres our list of the most authentic tours in the city

Exploring Barcelona by bikehas several advantages. 1) You can see a lot more of the city in a short space of time, including getting off the beaten track. 2) Its an economically friendly and sustainable form of tourism. 3) The city is flat (for the most part) and there are over 300km of cycling paths. Of the many bike tours operating in the city,Steel Donkey Bike Toursare definitely the most authentic. Gaudi and Las Ramblas are off the menu. Instead youll ride in a small group (max. 8 people) around the back streets of El Borne, the village district of Gracia, or the resurgent Poblenou, taking in recycled workshops, flea markets and street art en route, as well as stopping off for local snacks. Barcelonas original alternative tour, this is an action-packed day out on two wheels with rave reviews.

Cava is, of course, the Spanish version of Champagne and during this zany activity youll take the train out to a 1,000 year old farm house in thePenedes wine region of Spainand bottle your own brew! Youll taste three different varieties of the sparkling stuff and then disgorge the bottle and apply your own custom made label, whilst learning a lot about Cava production in the process. The activity is great value at just €49 per person, with the option to add tapas pairing (€15) or a full rustic lunch (€28). This is one of the most popular activities weve ever written about on Barcelona Life! Click the button for full details, or keep reading for morewine-related trips and tours, including city-based tastings.

If youre a fan of creative tourism one great option that combines sightseeing with learning and creativity is to take a photo tour.Shutter Kings Barcelonaorganise tailor-made photographic walks for budding shutterbugs, and their professional team will lead you through some of the citys fascinating, labyrinthine backstreets where you can capture the soul of the city with your lens. No matter whether you shoot with a state-of-the-art DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or just your camera phone, their team have plenty of tips for making your shots stand out from the crowd. For just €75 per person you advance a lot in this fantastic life skill and have fun at the same time.

Learning how to prepare the perfect paella and mix the tastiest sangria by taking thiscooking class with a Spanish chef which is just €52 per person, food and drink included. The paella of course is one of Spains signature dishes a vast platter of rice and meat / seafood / vegetables (or all three!) made to share. Fun, friendly and a little bit messy, this is a great activity to do alone or with friends and learn a skill that will definitely make you popular back home. Click the button to book your spaces with Get Your Guide, or check out our article on food and drink activities formore gastro fun and frolics.

Sometimes the obvious choice is the best one, and most travellers will want to sign up for a free walking tour when in Barcelona to get their bearings and get a little guidance on exploring the narrow labyrinthine of the Gothic Quarter (one of the medieval districts that make up the Old Town). Barcelona has a rich history that stretches back to Roman times and beyond, and a walking tour is the best way to soak up some of that history and hear some of the legends and stories of the Catalan capital. While labelled free most walking tours work on the basis of tipping the guide €5-10 per person, and places need to be reserved. Guru Walks comparesall the best tours.

Barcelona comes alive at night (fullarticle here!), with flamenco shows, rooftop concerts, boat parties and nightlife tours amongst your options for evening entertainment.

Ok you dont actually dance flamenco. Thats best left to the professionals! But you do get to see a first class show by some of Spains foremost musicians and dancers, and then enjoy some traditional Spanish cuisine in the form of tapas. This night is great way to combine two of Spains most famous traditions into one evening at an unbeatable price itsjust €42all included. For more options read our article on all thebest flamenco shows in town.

No need to queue up with all the tourists during the day,Gaudis curvy little number, La Casa Mila, throws its doors open at night for itsLa Pedrera: The Origins show. The evening starts with a night tour of the premises, and you can wonder at the architects flair for epic interiors, before you slowly make your way up to the mansions rooftop. Here youll be treated to a mesmerising audiovisual show projected onto the terraces undulating forms and magnificent chimneys. Included in the price is a glass of sparkling Catalan champagne and snacks. Tickets availablevia Get Your Guide.

Thats right mhearties, get as drunk as a sailor with a horde of other wild young things during an epic Barcelona booze cruise, which sets sail several times a week during the warmer months, especially during weekends. In fact, there arefour different parties to choose from, and whilst most feature BBQ, DJs, games and a shipload of beer, cocktails and sangria, you can even opt for a more sophisticatedChampagne Sunset Cruise, which is a great evening event with a touch of elegance. Definitely one of the best things to do in BCN for party animals!

Its not often you need a fur-lined Arctic coat to enter a bar in Spain, but atBarcelonas Ice Baryoull be grateful for it and the gloves as well. Literally on the beach at Port Olimpic, you can switch from sweltering hot sands to Siberian sub-zero temperatures in seconds, or swing by in the evening for an aperitif. Drink vodka from a frozen glass, admire Gaudi-esque ice statues and then ask the cutie next to you if theyd like to share body warmth just for survival purposes of course! Click on the link above to read more, find location map and see reviews, or click the button below to head straight to Ice Bar website and reserve your tickets.

This is a city that knows how to party, and you can hardly say youve visited if you didnt spend at least one night drinking and dancing until dawn. Ourguide to going outrecommends a range of great bar and clubs where you can spend the evening, or check outthis VIP Nightlife Tourfor an unforgettable night in the citys most glamorous venues. For just €49.95 you will tour three amazing bars (free drinks in each) and finish the night with VIP entry to the hottest club on the beach. Click the button for full details.

The Catalan capital has more than its fair share of extraordinary activities, magical moments and Instagram opportunities for travellers ready to spoil themselves

From March to October, you can grab a minibus from Barcelona city centre and within a couple of hours be kayaking on the sparkling emerald waters of the Costa Brava, paddling around breathtakingly beautiful coves and bays. The water here is crystal clear and youll be able to see all manner of marine life below, and if you need a closer look at the fishes this day trip also includes swimming and snorkelling in caves. If you love nature and a bit of exercise this is the activity for you! There are a couple of different options, including a6 hour day tripand an8 hour version check ourbest kayak toursfor full comparison.

When in Barcelona, you would be crazy not to take the opportunity to set sail on the glittering Mediterranean sea, and enjoy sensational views of the citys coastline with the sun warming your skin and the wind blowing in your hair. We have listed all ofthe best boat tours in the city right here, where your options include 2 hours on a sailing yacht, with a glass of vermouth, a 3-hr sunset cruise with Cava and live music, plus several private experiences like thisChill Out Sailing Tour, which is perfect for couples or small groups of friends.

See Barcelona from a completely different perspective during a breathtaking helicopter flight over the citys coastline. With the Mediterranean below and the Collserola mountain range to the North West, Barcelona looks stunning from the air, and youll be able to appreciate the scale of epic architecture like the Olympic Port, the Torre Glories, Parc del Forum and of course La Sagrada Familia (which is even bigger than you think!). Get Your Guide offer a highly-ratedhelicopter flight, boat trip and walking tourin one, which works out at insanely good value at just €119.99 per person.

Soar through the skies in a hot air balloon over the spectacular Catalan countryside during this unforgettable activity. Youll need to set your alarm for the crack of dawn, but it will be worth it when youre floating over forest, field and mountain, with the Pyrenees in the distance and the blue blanket of the Mediterranean to your east. The activity takes place in the Natural Park of Montseny, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve, just an hour or sos drive from Barcelona. Your hosts will pick you up from your hotel and the experience also includes a slap up breakfast in a Catalan country house. Available on Get Your Guide for€195 per person.

Its not every day you get to sit behind the wheel of a Ferrari, let alone drive one around the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A ride in a California convertible starts at just €88, whilst those with a bit more time and money can choose to motor along the winding roads of the Catalan countryside, where you can pretend youre James Bond on the way to Monte Carlo. Click on the button below for more details about these luxury supercar experiences.

The same company that offers toteach you the art of street photography, also offers to turn you into the next Gisele Bundchen well for one glorious afternoon at least. During theShutter Kings photoshoot experienceyou step in front of the camera for your own private modelling session, with some ofBarcelonas most Instagram-friendly locationsas a backdrop. By the end of the day, youll have a portfolio of incredible portraits that youll want to share with friends, family and followers, which also double as visual souvenirs of your time in the Catalan capital.

Barcelona isnt all about beaches and tapas you know here are some unmissable museums and other cultural attractions.

Take a deep dive into the world of the 20th centurys greatest artist, Pablo Picasso, at Barcelonas very own museum dedicated to the maestro. Picasso was born in Malaga, but came of age here in Catalonia, staging his first ever exhibit inEls Quatre Gats cafe. This huge palace holds over 4000 of his works, with a focus on his earlier Blue and Rose periods, but going right the way to Cubism and also his later forays into sculpture. Given this is the citys most popular art museum, its best to reserve advance tickets or even take a guided tour with an expert.

This stunning UNESCO-listed art nouveau buildinghas finally started getting the recognition is deserves amongst travellers, who now flock to take the very reasonably price self-guided tour of the Palace of Catalan Music. The highlight of course is the main auditorium, with its stained glass ceiling and incredible inverted golden dome (representing the sun and the sky). However, both the interior and exterior, designed by the legendary Domenech i Montaner, are an absolute treasure, andits balconyis one of the citysmost Instagramable spots!

If I just called Picasso the 20th centurys greatest artist, then Salvador Dali must run him close. Amazingly, the world-famous surrealist also has his ownvast museum(and mausoleum!) in Catalonia. Located in Dalis home town of Figueres, the museum is actually a converted theatre decorated in typical fantastical style and chockfull of hundreds of his legendary works, such asRainy Cadillac,Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, andMae West Lips Sculpture. An absolute must visit for art lovers, you can take the train to Figueres, but probably the best option is to jump on this day tour that also goes to the gorgeous medieval town of Girona (a major shooting location forGame of Thrones!).

Ok, weve already mentioned a few cooking and tasting tours, but youre in Barcelona a city where Spanish and Catalan traditions mix with the creative legacy of Ferran Adrias molecular cuisine. Lets delve in

Available at both midday (11am) and also evenings (6pm), this 3+ hour tour winds through the Old Town districts of El Born and the Gothic Quarter, as you drop by a total of four authentic tapas bars and sample nine different Spanish and Catalan tapas, accompanied by a glass of local wine in each venue. A great way to satisfy both your cultural and gastronomical curiosity at the same time. The activity takes place in a small group only, and if you select the evening tour you can choose to visit a flamenco show afterwards. Reservevia Get Your Guide.

Catalonia has 12denominacion de origenwine regions, the nearest of which is Alella just up the coast, while the most famous is the Penedes, just a short way away by train or private transport, and the home of Cava (aka Spanish Champagne). Further afield is Priorat, which is actually considered the second best wine region in the whole of Spain (after Rioja). There area number of great toursthat leave from Barcelona on a daily basis, which allow you to tour the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process and of course taste plenty of the good stuff! For connoisseurs you can even embark on aprivate wine tour with a sommelier, who will pick you up from your hotel.

Like most of the world, Barcelona has experienced a craft beer revolution with scores ofboutique breweries, beer bars and festivalsappearing from nowhere to wet our whistles with delicious artisan ales. Youll find great bars dotted all around the city, with a concentration of cool venues above Plaça Universitat in what is unofficially known as the beer mile. You can eventake a tourof some of them in the company of a local expert and brewer.

The dreaded M word (museum!) neednt be a drag when theres a whole village to explore. Or planetariums to discover

Teach your kids about marine life with a trip to one of Europes biggest and best aquariums. Home to over 450 species of underwater animals, the Barcelona Aquarium is in fact located in the centre of town, at Port Vell (the Old Port), not too far from the bottom of Las Ramblas. The cynosure of the aquarium is its huge Oceanarium display, a 5 metre deep tank, with a long winding tunnel through it for close up views of sharks, gilt heads and morays.Skip the line ticketsavailable on Get Your Guide.

The so-called Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol) is one of Montjuic and Barcelonas top attractions. It was built for the 1929 International Fair and encompasses reconstructions of emblematic architecture from all corners of Spain. Its the only place in the world where you can see all of the countrys architectural styles in one place. Not only that but the village contains art museums, audiovisual shows, workshops, flamencotablaos, souvenir shops, restaurants and even nightclubs. Head to our article for more onattractions, opening times and getting there, or go ahead and get your tickets right awayon Get Your Guide.

For amazing views over the city and a great place to escape the heat, its worth climbing up the hill to thePiscina Municipal de Montjuic. Despite the awesome location, the pool doesnt tend to get too crowded and you should find a spot to lay down a towel and sunbath, as well as of course swim and enjoy the vistas. Open July and August only.

If youre in town for longer, or just far too hip to see the mainstream sights, the following suggestions should keep you busy

Recently recommended in the New York Times, in this top-rated experience you will learn how to make your very own pair of Spanishespadrilles. These simple but elegant sandals were first popularised by Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, and are still worn by the likes of Nathalie Portman, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton today. After choosing your preferred base (with different heel sizes for ladies), you can select from different regional styles and colours from around Spain, before sewing the material to fit, and adorning it with your choice of flourishes. The class takes place at 10am every day, lasts 2 hours and costs just €65 per person. Thats actually less than you pay for a new pair ofespadrilles(and naturally you get to keep the pair you make!), so youre actually saving money and dressing like a stylish local at the same time! mto reserve (were friends with the owners, so expect star treatment!).

Few locals ever make it as far asthe Parc del Labirint in Horta(nearest metro is Mundet), making this green space a great place to lose both yourself and the crowds. As you have guessed by the parks name the centrepiece is its wonderfully intricate maze, designed in the 18th Century by the architect Domenico Bagutti. Theres a token entry fee of around 2 euros, although if youre really feeling the squeeze theres free entry on Wednesdays and Sundays. All in all a great option if youretravelling with kids. More on Barcelonas beautiful parkshere.

Thats right grandpa, Barcelona has been considered the skateboarding capital of the world for well over a decade now, and the hobby is all the rage with the Catalan cool kids who take their boards wherever they go. You can catch them practicing their tricks every evening on the Plaça del Angels byMACBA, and soak up some of the alternative vibe with 1 euro beer from a friendly Pakistani vendor. If you want to join in check out FTC Barcelona Skate Shop just round the corner to pick up a board.

Barcelonas residents are not shy, as anyone whos visited the citys beaches will testify. Half-naked is standard, but if you really want to let it all hang out then head down to either Mar Bella beach, or the southern stretch of Barceloneta (called San Sebastien) towards theW-Hotel. On both these stretches of sand youll likely to find some liberal folk bronzing their bits and youre more than welcome to join in! At Mar Bella youll also find some cool gay-friendlychiringuitosfor post-tanning mojitos. For more on the citys beach scene,keep reading.

Barcelona is big on the Bohemian style and youre much more likely to score style points in the Catalan capital with faded Americana shirts and 80s leather jacket than the latest labels from the high street. Carrer Tallers is the best place to hunt for hand selected and hard to find items from yesteryear, or read more onour feature article. If you simply cant do without your Prada, Diesel and Zara check outour guide to shopping in the city.

If youre in town for longer than a few days you might want to consider signing up for an intensive Spanish course in which case check outour page on language schools in Barcelona. Speaking a foreign language is certainly an exhilarating experience, and at the same time its a great way to meet other students and make some new friends with whom to explore the city. If you dont have time for that you can always check out our pages onSpanishandCatalan language tips.

If you havent heard ofCarlos Ruiz ZafonsThe Shadow of the Windhead straight to ourBarcelona bookssection now! This magical masterpiece has inspired more than one paperback lover to descend on BCN and retrace the footsteps of the young protagonist Daniel Sempere.Take a literary tour with Get Your Guideand youll mingle fiction with reality as you step into the very streets and visit the actual buildings that form the backdrop of the book.

Whether youre here for a hen do, stag weekend, wedding, team building event or birthday celebration, you can find plenty of ways to keep your crew entertained

In this group activity (min. 8 players), you race against both the opposing teams, and the clock, as you navigate the winding streets of theBarri Goticand beyond in a bid to find the (proverbial) treasure in this interactive urban game. Youll have to solve cryptic clues, consult your compass and move sharpish to claim the winners bottle ofSpanish champagne.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Sherlock Holmes, or even Indiana Jones, then pit your wits against the puzzles and challenges ofone of Barcelonas great escape rooms. There are several companies operating in the city and each has one or more interactive games where you have to frantically search for keys, crack codes and solve conundrums to progress and eventually leave the room! Some of the storylines are a lot of fun, and if youre looking for something different to do in a small group of friends this might just be perfect for you.

If youve been ordering the same thing behind the bar for too long now, then how about enrolling for some cocktail classes in Barcelona under expert guidance youll learn how to mix some of the tastiest concoctions known to man and serve them up with panache. Mark our words, once youve mastered the simple art of putting together the perfectcaipirinhayoull be the most important guest at any party. Organising by partners of Barcelona Life, the experience is perfect forstag dosorhen parties, or any party-minded group of friends. Theres also a regular Cocktail Masterclass & Tapas session for smaller groups can join. Click the button below to learn more.

Still not sure what to do in BCN? Are you crazy??? Try swinging byour guide sectionfor the essential attractions and a break down of the best districts. Or read up onour recommended tour providersfor more original (as well as tried and tested) activity ideas

For a different take on things consult this nearly-as-awesome-as-ourslist by Time Out.

Duncan established Barcelona Life in 2009, whilst freelancing for the likes of Conde Nast, The Guardian, Easyjet Magazine, CNN Traveller and many more. From interviews with Ferran Adria to revealing the secrets of the citys poetry brothels, he knows the city inside out and shares all his best tips right here.

thanks for sharing such a nice information

I also enjoyed these fabulous things during my last journey and have a joyful time with my mates.

I loved the Escape game and the Ice bar, all tested !

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