Barcelona has its beach, its mountains, its amazing architecture, and of course plenty of fun things to do. If you are looking for some fun experiences around the city, here we created a list of things you can do to enjoy the Mediterranean pearl. Additionally, we had a deep research and put together a list of
However, the list here of fun things to do in Barcelona includes some beach and water sports, as well as meet ups for meeting locals and expats. No worries, if you are a solo-traveler in Barcelona, a couple, or a bunch of friends: Here are fun things to do in Barcelona.
1. Beach Volleyball
Do you like beach volleyball? All over the beaches in Barcelona you can find public volleyball nets. If you wanna even meet some locals and expats, just ask some people already playing. Maybe you can join for a match? Don’t be shy!
2. Be a local in Barcelona – 5 Secret & Local Tips for Barcelona
It always feels good to discover hidden spots in Barcelona, and to feel the local vibes. You can just get our Secret & Local Tips for Barcelona right here to do just that! We include 1 best place for paella, 1 local bar, and 3 more unique tips for Barcelona – by friends for friends.
This guide is for free and includes secrets only locals share with you in person.
3. Rent a red VESPA (like in the movies!)
Barcelona is the perfect city to discover by scooter. A scooter is the best and a Vespa most stylish way to get around the city. Instead of renting a regular scooter, you can get the more stylish experience for the same price: A hip red vespa – like in the movies!
You can relax at the beach, drive by the Sagrada Familia, and ride all the way up to Park Güell – all that in no time! You can rent the scooters in Barcelona per hour or per day.
Where to rent a red Vespa? We found the only awesome option:
- The rental place is called Via Vespa, right downtown in El Born. More information at http://www.via-vespa.com
- prices start from 9€ per hour
- You can also take GPS-guided tours with them (pretty handy and recommended!)
BTW: When we lived in Barcelona, we also owned a scooter named “The Blue Flash of Barcelona”.
4. The most romantic retreat
There is a super beautiful Arabic Spa in the city center. Only 20 people can enter for every 2 hours. The spa has several different spa areas like the hot tub, the cold one, the salty one. You can as well book massages, hop into the sauna. And all that in a beautiful medieval-style spa under the ground of the old town.
And here’s the kicker: It even opens at spot midnight!
The place is called AIRE SPA and we recommend it for couples as well as friends to unwind. You can find schedules, more info and prices with the official tourism board, the cheapest way we’ve found to book.
5. Bike Tour with Steel Donkeys
If you like getting to know cities by bike, the alternative bike tour of Steel Donkey will be your perfect choice. Instead of getting some knowledge out of a guide book, here you can actually experience Barcelona as a real local. You can find more information about Steel Donkeys Bike Tours Barcelona here.
6. Barcelona Pillow Fight
How about punching your friends and strangers with a pillow at a public square? The Barcelona Pillow fight is a flash mob event, attracting thousands of people every year to smash a soft pillow in any faces close. Read about Barcelona Pillow Fight here at pankchophoto.com.
7. Drive a kick-ass Ferrari (on the old Urban F Circuit)
Have we ever told you about the time we drove a Ferrari through Barcelona?
You can seriously rent a Ferrari, and the best part: Prices start from only 88€. Enjoy the speed of the beast, going from 0-100 in 3.8s. You can choose to drive it on one of 3 routes, our favorite being the drive up to Montjuic and making a lap of the old Urban F1 circuit. Sebastian Vettel watch out!
Make sure you bring your own camera, you will want evidence to prove to your friends that you actually did it. You can also place your own GoPro on the car to get some cool video footage to make your friends even more jealous. YIHA!!
Here comes the kicker:
We got you a 5% discount for the Ferrari ride
The promo code is
Apply your discount directly at the official website drivemebarcelona.com
or simply mention the code when you are at the counter.
8. Become a kid again at Montjuic’s hidden parks
Montjuic offers way more than just its castle and plaza espanya with the magic fountains. There are plenty of gardens and parks to discover on the way up or down the castle. Some parks even have their own “musical games/ instruments” like a human-sized whistle. Fun for kids and grown-ups!
9. Yummy! Cooking Classes like a boss
Spain is famous for its exquisite cuisine. OMG, we just love the Spanish cuisine. You can join some cooking classes around the town to impress your friends at home with a delicious Paella or Tapas. There are many many different options to choose from. However, if you want a good one, we enjoy the cooking classes by BonAppetour, a network of food-lovers and chefs. Highly recommended!
You can find all their tours and classes here.
10. Join a Segway Tour
Is there anything to add? A segway Tour is pretty fun, especially next to the beaches in Barceloneta. Have fun! You can find more info BCN.travel/tours/barcelona-segway-tour
11. Alternative to Segway: Skating along the beach
Fancy more some skating? Be a local and hit the boardwalk with your skates. You won’t be the only one skating there – promised!
12. Spanish Guitar in action!
Once we were wandering around the old town and saw this big sign: Spanish guitar concert tonight in a former monastery!
We joined, and it was simply amazing. If you are into music, you will enjoy a beautiful Spanish guitar concert, no doubt about it. The one we visited was also entertaining as three musicians started to play on one single guitar, for instance.
You can get some ideas for Spanish guitar concerts here.
13. Eat, Drink, and repeat at Restaurant La Xampanyeria
This is pure fun and absolutely famous for students and expats. The Can Paixano La Xampanyeria is a tiny, hidden bar serving delicious and authentic tapas and finger-food. Important: For every food you are ordering you have to order at least on Cava as well. You can find La Xampanyeria on Facebook here.
14. Wake Boarding and Cable Ski in Montgat
Just outside the city in Montgat you can improve your Wakeboarding skills! A short 15 minutes ride with the train from Plaza Catalunya to Malgrat you can find a nice and cozy beach bar called WasaWake where you can enjoy Cable Ski.
And by the way: This place is directly located next to the train station Malgrat, and the beach. It’s worth it to spend your beach day as well! Check out their official website at wasawake.com
15. Picnic Electronic Barcelona
Another great outdoor activity during summer is the Piknik Electronic, as well taken place at Montjuic. This small festival is a traditional picnic combined with electronic music. You see, Montjuic quite busy!
16. Move your hips and dance some Swing at Parc de la Ciutadella
If you feel like dancing some Swing, head over to Parc de la Ciutadella. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:00 until 14:30 you can join BCNSwing and its Swing classes. It is completely for free and they meet up at the Pavillon right in front of the fountain.
17. Couchsurfing Meetings
Like every other big city in Europe, couchsurfing meetings in Barcelona are quite common. Just check out all traveler meetings in Barcelona such as Tuesday Cs Weekly Language & Tapas Meeting or Monday Gràcia Meeting with Couchsurfing, just to name a few. Check out Couchsurfing events in Barcelona here.
18. Join several neighbourhood festivals around the city
Barcelona neighbourhoods have their own street festivals throughout the year. You can have a beer at a street concert in Poble Nou, or get lost in the stunning street decorations of Gracias fest “Fiestas de Gracia”. Find the full calendar of all the different street festivals in Barcelona on the official website here.
19. Festivals in Barcelona
There is not enough space to list all cool festivals, but these two are certainly the most important and biggest once: La Merce (every year during around 24th of September) and Primavera Sound (Summer).
20. Land Sailing Barcelona
Do you like GoKarting? Then you will love even more Land Sailing! A landsailing mini-yacht is a kart with three wheels and a sail. You can start a race against your friends next to the beach. There is even an official race, just check out Land Sailing Barcelona.
21. Local “Tapas & Beers” Tours
Eating tapas is synonymous with a visit to Barcelona, and the aptly-named Tapas & Beers food tour will take you to some of the most authentic tapas bars in the hip district of Gracia, to try classic Spanish and Catalan dishes like razor clams, patatas bravas and Iberian ham.
If you are crazy about cerveza they also have a dedicated craft beer tour, where you get to try some of the latest regional beers with a master brewer. Night owls should check out their “Hipster’s Bar Crawl”. More info about all three tours on their website.
22. Take a Climbing Course in Barcelona
Have you ever tried some indoor climbing? You can take a climbing course in Barcelona’s Climbat school at Monjtuic.
23. Stand Up Paddle Surf 2.0: Yoga on Paddle Surf
If you want to add an extra level of fitness to your #4 Fun Thing to Do in Barcelona, then this is your master piece. Stand Up Paddle Surf combined with some yoga lessons can be really challenging. Are you up for it? You can join Yoga-Paddle classes with the Urban Gorillas here.
24. Montjuic Cinema
Open-Air Film festival under the Barcelona Sky right at the Castle of Montjuic – do we need to say anything more? Hardly. Check out Sala Montjuic for specific dates.
25. Beach Cinema
There is also a beach-version of the open-air film festival. Feel the sand on your feet and watch movies from classic to alternative. Check out all the dates of beach cinema Lliure here.
Photo by instagram.com/cinemalliure
Extra 1: Who’s up for some Stand-Up Paddle Surf?
Barcelona’s beach is actually perfect for Stand-Up Paddle Surf as the wind is not that strong like in the Atlantic coast, and the sea is calm. Rent a paddle board and get started. It will be plenty of fun so more people you are.
Extra 2: City Slide Barcelona
City Slide Barcelona is opening its slides in 2015. You can stay up to date by following City Slides Barcelona on Facebook here.
Oh, you are still here?
We thought you would be hitting the road already having some fun in Barcelona! Do you have any additional tips for more fun things to do in Barcelona? Please, please, please share it with us! We are looking forward to read your ideas and activities!
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