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 found more activities such as
- 77 COOL things to Do in Barcelona
- and 59 Free things to do in Barcelona
- 54 romantic activities for couples in BCN
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At the end of this article we included a guide on places to stay in Barcelona.
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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.
One of our recommendations to book tickets to sights or the activities is Tiqets. Here is our review of Tiqets.com and how to use it.
Here are fun and COOL things to do in Barcelona.
(Fresh Update for 2019)
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 Secrets)
It always feels good to discover hidden spots in Barcelona, and to feel the local vibes.
You can only download our Secret & Local Tips for Barcelona – it’s completely free! Or download it right here below.
Here we share our absolute best tips and only via this email.
- 1 best place for paella (besides the cooking class)
- 1 local bar and
- 3 more unique tips for Barcelona – by friends for friends
- + basic tips on how to stay safe and what NOT to miss
This guide is for free and includes secrets we only share with friends! Enjoy :)
Not sure if you can trust us? Have a look on what’s included in the guide. No pressure, but once thing is certain:
You will love our secrets!
Anyhow, keep scrolling!
3. Rent a RED VESPA (like in the movies!)
This one is actually an absolute must! Barcelona is the perfect city to discover by scooter.
It’s even in the Lonely Planet Guide.
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 your way to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell – all that in no time! (More info on Park Güell here)
You can rent the scooters in Barcelona per hour or per day.
This is perfect for cool couples, hipster and friends!
Where to rent a red Vespa? We found the only awesome option:
- The rental place we always use is Via Vespa, right downtown in El Born.
More information at the official website www.via-vespa.com
- prices start from as low as 9€ per hour
- You can also take GPS-guided tours with them (pretty handy and recommended!)
Via Vespa offers a 15% discount only on the online bookings!
UPDATE: They also offer Tapas Tours and guided tours.
Not sure if you can drive a scooter? Let Via Vespa know, they can arrange a driver-guide for you.
4. The coolest Bike Tour (with hidden gems)
There is actually many different bike tours in Barcelona – from boring to fun and even budget bike tours.
The best bike tour in Barcelona is Steel Donkey Bike Tour.
We tested it and it is the one we recommend to our friends and family.
Instead of hopping on a boring and overfilled sightseeing bike tour, here you can actually experience Barcelona as a real local. Obviously they cover as well sights. But more importantly, they take you the places only locals go.
For me, it was really the perfect mix between sights and looking behind the touristic facade.
They bring you to a local food market and a 2nd hand flea market.
- Price: 35€ on a normal city bike, 45€ on an ebike
- Duration: 4-5 hours
- Regular Departures: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10.00am (and flexible)
It is a perfect way to get more hints and tips on the city by the guides Edu, Mari and Milos.
The tour is by bike so you obviously need to know to handle a bike. etc. It is not super physically challenging, more easy-going riding.
Traveling on a shoe-string budget?
There is a small budget bike tours for backpackers for instance, that take you all the way to Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Exiample district, Parc de la Ciutadella – for 22€ only. It is a more classic sightseeing tour only.
5. Paella Cooking Classes (+ 5% discount for our readers)
How about food?
Barcelona is a serious foodie-paradise, perfect for some cooking classes. No wonder we recommend joining an awesome cooking class!
The best way to do it is joining a combo of visiting a market and cooking class.
It is the best way to impress your friends at home with a delicious Paella or Tapas. Here is a handpicked recommendation.
We highly recommend BCN Kitchen as their courses are fun and well-made. It’s really worth it the money.
You visit a local market and learn to cook Paella like a boss!
Here’s what you’ll learn to cook:
- Spanish tortilla
- Seafood Paella, the authentic taste of Spain (vegetarian options available!)
- Crema Catalana (delicious desert)
- Pá amb tomáquet (simple but delicious Catalan way of eating bread)
Prices start from 68€. We got a lovely 5% discount here as well!
5% discount for BCN Kitchen (only for our readers)
The coupon code is
How to apply?
- Visit www.bcnkitchen.com
- choose your date and class
- apply the discount
Bon profit and bon appetit!=)
6. Have a romantic Picnic organized
Oh oh ohh, this is one of the unique things to do in Barcelona for families and couples.
Imagine a romantic and fun picnic at sunset with stunning views over the city — with friends, the whole family or as a romantic gesture for your partner.
Picnic! Picnic! offers those unique experiences.
Get your picnic basket loaded with local culinary delights and get it delivered to the picnic spot of your choice. They can pinpoint unique spots, dotted over the city. This way you discover a real hidden gem in Barcelona and definitely a unique dinner or lunch.
How does it work?
- Order a picnic basket official website Picnic! Picnic! (from basic to luxury basket)
- Pick the local culinary delights (meat, fish and vegetarian option available)
- show up at your chosen picnic spot and ENJOY!
The Picnic Spot?
You can choose your own spot or you can ask for a recommendation to have the picnic.
On their website they list a selection of nice spots.
What I especially like: This can be a wonderful surprise for your partner or family.
Let the team know if you are planning something special like a surprise for the future husband or wife.
They actually help you out, and will be your partner-in-crime for this surprise set-up.
Important note: Make sure you book the original version, not any copy of it! The official name is Picnic! Picnic and the website is Picnic! Picnic!
Read: More 54 Romantic things to do in Barcelona
7. Champagne Sunset Boats (our recent discovery for summer wine)
Oh boy, this one is FUNtastic! The one and only Champagne Sunset Tour by Stoke Travel.
This is the #1 tip for everyone who wants to experience Barcelona at its best on a classy party cruise.
Get glammed up and treat yourself to an evening of champagne cocktails, delicious Spanish specialties, great company, waitress service and superb views of the Mediterranean.
Oh, and there is live music like chilled, jazz, bossa nova styles.
Here’s the info in a nutshell.
- Tour: 2 and a half hour cruise on a double story stunning white catamaran
- Drinks Consumption card: 4 drink stamps per person
- Food: Traditional Spanish Paella, with a side salad
- Views: Stunning coastal views of Barcelona
- Style: glamorous crowd with a great vibe
- After-Party: Free VIP club entry at a top Barcelona beach club
For prices and schedules, check out stoketravel.com/champagnesunset
Prices start from 65€ for this tour.
Good to know: Champagne Sunset VIP Sunset Cruises are running every Friday at 8:30pm from the Port Vell location during the season. Make sure you check Stoke Travel for their schedule.
8. Tour the Costa Brava – by boat
Just a 1 1/2 hour from Barcelona you have the stunning coastline of Costa Brava with gorgeous small coast villages.
Discover some of the most important villages of the Costa Brava like Tossa de Mar on a half-day tour from Barcelona. Visit the large tourist resort of Lloret de Mar and the charming village of Tossa de Mar, considered the “Pearl of the Costa Brava.”
This half-day tour from Barcelona explores the Girona coast, christened as the Costa Brava 100 years ago, due to its rugged coastline of small coves, pine forests, and crystal clear water.
Its superb natural beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas, such as Cap de Creus, the Emporda Marshes, and the Marine Reserve of the Medes islands. The area has also historically been a point of entry and settlement for different civilizations. Each has left a footprint, evidenced by the Greek and Roman sites in Èmpuries.
9. Learn Photography (with a pro photographer!)
Have you ever been disappointed with your travel photos?
Are there features on your camera, or your camera phone, that you have no idea how to use!?
Do you want to come home from Barcelona with sensational shots of its city streets, beaches, graffiti and stunning medieval and modern architecture?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then don’t hesitate to sign up for a photo tour with Shutter Kings Barcelona.
In the company of one of their international, professional photographers, you’ll explore some of the most scenic places in the city, as your guide explains everything you need to know about the art of photography, whether you’re a beginner or experienced shutterbug.
You’ll be amazed at how much you can improve your photos, in just 3 or 4 hours, thanks to their expert advice. And the tips you learn will stay with you, not just on your Barcelona trip, but for all your future travels. In other words, this is a great investment of your time.
Check out their website for more details on Barcelona photo tours.
Prefer to be in front of the camera, than behind it?
This time you’ll let the professionals do the hard work behind the lens, while you pose in front of some of Barcelona’s most stylish locations. This experience is perfect if you need some stunning new portraits of yourself for your Instagram, or dating profiles.
It’s also great for couples celebrating an engagement, recent marriage or a new addition to the family.
10. 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.
A popular and picturesque way to get up the Montjuic Cable Car.
I recommend getting your ticket beforehand. Fun for kids and grown-ups!
11. 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 s
ft pillow in any faces close.
Read about Barcelona Pillow Fight here at pankchophoto.com (plus photos).
12. Helicopter Ride- Barcelona from above
See the spectacular sights of Barcelona from the air!
You can charter a private helicopter ride in Barcelona starting from 79€.
During this 6 minute flight you will explore thousands of details, which you could never see from the ground: the World Trade Center, the Statue of Columbus, Maremagnum, the antique quarter of fishers in Barceloneta, the whole coastline till the Puerto Olimpico, the beach of Marbella and the Forum of the cultures.
Is it worth it? Yes, it really is!
Flying a helicopter along the Mediterranean coast for 79€ only is a bargain and one of the unusual things to do in Barcelona. 6 Minutes sounds like it’s a short time, but actually it’s all you need for a good experience.
For booking the helicopter ride, we recommend using BCN.Travel, a local travel agency. They even have an office downtown. Super helpful, reliable and quick in replying.
13. Casa Batllo and its video guide
The famous Casa Batllo is highly recommended to visit.
The art of architecture by Antoni Gaudi is simply remarkable. A true highlight to experience the genius work from the inside.
Good to know: Get the ticket beforehand to skip the ticket desk.
There is no “skip the line” ticket available, but this way you skip the ticket desk at least.
If you don’t wanna buy online, just go to Casa Battlo and queue up. Best time to visit is in the early morning.
Find the opening time here.
14. Pub Crawl (paaaaaartey!)
This one is for the party people out there.
The nightlife in Barcelona is legendary and so is the Pub Crawl. Get your tickets directly here.
Tickets start from only 15€ and covers:
- Free drinks and drink specials during the pub crawl
- Skip the lines at a top club with VIP admission
- an epic night to remember
Here you can find another full guide to nightlife in Barcelona.
Looking for something specific?
15. Celebrate Football at Camp Nou
This is for every football and soccer lover and fan.
You can visit the world famous Camp Nou, walk through it to see it from the inside, and admire the holy temple of European football.
The museum is included when visiting the Camp Nou Experience. And there is not shortage of trophies, history to learn. There are even the Ballon d’or that Messi won.
16. City Slide Barcelona
City Slide Barcelona is opening its slides in 2018/19.
Update: I could not find any official information for a schedule. I will keep this page up to date to let you know.
Fan of printed city guides?
17. Portaventura and Ferrari Land
Of course we want to cover as well more things to do for families and couples.
And this is by far the COOLEST thing to do: Portaventura!
The biggest theme park in Spain is located South of Barcelona. You can come here easily via coach or train.
The park is amazing for:
- families with kids
They have the biggest roller coaster in Spain and a numerous parks for kids-only as well as shows. For instance, the Ferrari Land. It’s a small inside park where kids can drive tiny Ferrari-looking cars and more.
PortAventura features six different zones.
Highlights include the
- Shambhala roller coaster (the fastest and tallest hypercoaster in Europe),
- mirror maze El Secreto de los Mayas,
- and Sea Odyssey 4D.
For the under-5s there’s a Sesame Street section that is also surprisingly enjoyable for adults.
And don’t forget your swimsuit! There are a ton of rides with water fights, splashes, and general wetness. Luckily, this is the Costa Dorada and that Spanish sun will have you all dry in no time!
The park opens for Easter until Halloween.
18. Cruise around in a Go Car
For me personally, a scooter is the best option for Barcelona.
However, you can also cruise around in the tiny, fun GoCars.
It feels like racing as Mario Kart through the city. I tried them once.
Besides the feeling of Mario Kart, you also have an electronic tour guide with you. So you will be lead through the city + get some info on buildings.
It’s a full day tour and starts from 59€ per person.
Important: The driver’s age has to be minimum 21 and you have to bring your driving license.
19. 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 Tripadvisor.
My personal tip: come here before 6pm. Order a cava (white or rosé) along with something to eat. I am usually here for max 30 min and move on to El Born.
Here’s a video for some impression from La Xampanyeria.
20. 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 Malamar Restaurant & Lounge for more info the wake boarding.
21. Yummy! Cooking experience
We’ve already covered the cooking classes and the market tour above, but here is even more.
Seriously, cooking and eating is a must-do here.
We joined our very first cooking class with BCN Kitchen – it was amazing! We cooked Paella, made some handmade Sangria and more.
Here is a list of cooking networks and classes:
- Spanish Paella cooking class with BCN Kitchen (find the 5% discount code below)
- Another foodie class we tested by Foodie Experience Barcelona.
- You can book a complete private cooking class here.
Remember, we got a lovely 5% discount here as well, valid for summer until end of 2018.
5% discount for BCN Kitchen (only for our readers)
The coupon code is
How to apply?
- Visit www.bcnkitchen.com
- choose your date and class
- apply the discount
Bon profit and bon appetit!=)
22. 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 is quite busy!
23. 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.
24. Day Trip to Montserrat Monastery
One of the best day trips from Barcelona is visiting the majestic Montserrat.
The Montserrat mountain played and still plays an important role for the Catalan culture.
Here was the only place the Catalan language was allowed during the dictatorship of Franco.
It always symbolized hope.
Besides the historic side, the Mountain of Montserrat is an incredible experience. You take a super steep cable car up the mountain. Here you have a restaurant, a museum and monastery to visit.
Inside the monastery, there is the famous black Madonna!
After the museum you can go for hiking. The views are breathtaking up here. Every time we went, we came here with the public train from Placa Espanya. There are tours you can join. This is actually recommended.
The tours start from 55€ and take away the hassle of finding the right train.
You can also book the Montserrat tour with a Wine Tasting and Tapas Tours.
We always recommend them to our friends and family!
If you would like to go by your own, check out how to get to Montserrat Mountain.
25. The most romantic retreat – AIRE Spa
There is a super beautiful Arabic Spa in the city center.
Here is a list of the best spas in Barcelona.
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. The place is called AIRE SPA and we recommend it for couples as well as friends to unwind.
Find schedules, more info and prices for Aire Spa with TripAdvisor.
Just select your dates to see availability and real-time prices.
And here’s the kicker: It even opens at spot midnight!
Good to know: There is only 20 people at a time in the 2 hour slot. A super romantic retreat.
Read: a list of 53 more romantic ideas for couples in the city.
26. 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.
27. Join the biggest Festivals in Barcelona
There is not enough space to list all cool festivals, but these two are certainly the most important and biggest once:
Here you can find more 16 European Destinations and their festivals (in Winter).
There is always something going on, whether it is winter, spring, summer or autumn. So keep your eyes open for those special events.
28. Boat Party (EPIC memory-kind of experience!)
Now, this one is for the party-traveler among us!!
Hee you get a crazy party with a bar of beer and Sangria, naughty games and naughty people, fun-loving DJ…….do I need to say more?
Prices start from 42€.
You can find schedules, prices and more party photos with http://stoketravel.com/partyboat
Good to know: There is limited space on this party boat, and they only run on Thursdays and Saturdys. make sure you check the schedule and book asap!
Also, the tour usually goes on after the boat ride ends.
You will have met new friends and going home ain’t no option! Many of the tipsy travelers move on to a bar downtown. Good times for sure!
29. Sailing Boat
Okay, a party boat trip is not your thing? Or you would rather have an easy-going boat trip?
There is so much to choose from.
- Vermut Sailing Trips
- Sunset Sailing Trips
- Private small group sailings
Find all sailing tours here.
My personal favorite is the Sunset Sailing Tour. Enjoy the sunset behind the city, have a few snacks and drinks and just kick-back.
It’s a great way to end the way.
Afterwards I like to go for Tapas in one of the many places in El Born. My tip here? La Luna restaurant.
31. Perfect for Families: Aquarium
We covered a lot of fun and party for young adults and adults.
What about awesome things to do in Barcelona with kids? Here you go:
The Barcelona Aquarium is located in Port Vell, the city’s old harbor area, and is the world’s most important marine leisure and education center dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life.
Most spectacular of all is the immense Oceanarium, 5 meters deep and 36 meters in diameter. A transparent 80-meter-long tunnel runs through the Oceanarium, making it possible for you to walk among sharks, gilt heads, morays, ocean sunfish, and many other species.
30. Join a Flamenco Show
There are many flamenco shows all around the city. And they are really entertaining. The one we like is the Tablao Flamenco in Palacio del Flamenco, downtown.
However, there are many around the city.
I recommend this to everyone looking for a tranquil night out, enjoying local culture. It is really worth it.
Update: Tablao del Carmen is the MOST popular show for Flamenco.
31. Hop on a Tapas Tour
Earlier we mentioned the cooking class. Of course you can also eat out!
Eating tapas is synonymous with a visit to Barcelona, and a 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.
I recommend the guys from www.foodtoursbarcelona.com.
On their official website you can find rates and schedules.
Their food tours take you on a journey of local tapas bars (that are actually more for the locals!)
More the party-kind of person? Then hop on the famous pub crawl.
32. 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..
33. Segway and its Alternative
A Segway Tour is pretty fun, especially next to the beaches in Barceloneta. Make sure you actually know how to handle the Segway. The tour guide will give you a prior training obviously, so you are safe.
Prices start from 29€.
Fancy more some skating?
Be a local and hit the boardwalk with your skates. You won’t be the only one skating there – promised! Check out the SkateClub.
34. 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.
For the Yoga-Paddle-Surfer, you can join Yoga-Paddle classes with the Urban Gorillas here.
35. Montjuic Cinema (summer special!)
Open-Air Film festival under the Barcelona Sky right at the Castle of Montjuic – do we need to say anything more?
Check out Sala Montjuic for specific dates.
This event only takes place from July to August. To secure your ticket, get your ticket directly with Sala Montjuic.
Also, there is usually live music before the actual movie starts. Come here beforehand, bring a picnic blanket and some snacks. This is one of my favorite activities in Barcelona!
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36. Land Sailing, Parasailing Barcelona and BBQ Boats
Do you like GoKarting?
Then you will love even more Land Sailing!
A land-sailing 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.
There is also an advanced level for the cool kids: Parasailing.
This is for the Adrenalin-junky around us – obviously!
It starts in the harbor and brings you around the coast line.
37. 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 all the dates of beach cinema Lliure here.
You do NOT need a ticket here, it is free!
Make sure you come early as it is usually very busy here. This is why I actually prefer the Montjuic Cinema, mentioned before.
Photo by instagram.com/cinemalliure
38. Spanish Guitar Concert
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.
Find prices and schedules for the Spanish guitar concerts here.
39. 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.
40. Enter Gaudi World: Casa Batllo
After the Sagrada Familia, the world famous Casa Batllo is a must-visit.
Visit Casa Batlló, one of Gaudí’s most impressive works, with an insightful video guide to explain the distinctive features and elements. You can actually enter the building, located on the prestige Passeig de Gracia.
Inside you will be walking around with a video guide with Augmented Reality in your hand (check the video below). The colorful windows, the shapes and the stories behind; Casa Batllo is really interesting. Even for the non-architects here.
For children, the playful house is also a curious visit. The best part, kids under 7 get in free and don’t need a ticket.
You will need to purchase a ticket to enter. Best recommendation I can give you, get the Skip The Line Ticket! The queues are really long. You will notice a long line every time you walk-pass the building.
41. Drive a kick-ass Ferrari (for only 88€!!!)
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.
THIS. IS. EPIC!
My recommendation: This is a perfect gift for your partner or friend.
If your friend or partner is into fast cars, I recommend this as a surprise gift.
Just make sure she/ he brings the driving license. You will need it to rent the car.
UPDATE: Park Güell and Sagrada Familia
As so many asked, we wanted to include this here as well.
There are only 2 things you have to prepare BEFORE coming here :)
Visit Park Güell – but book your ticket!
Since 2015 there is an entrance fee for the main part. You need to buy a ticket at least 1 day before for the main part of Park Güell.
I highly recommend to buy it as soon as you know your travel plans.
Otherwise you will be stuck with a ticket for 7am in the morning as everything else is sold out.
Again: You HAVE to get your ticket to Park Güell beforehand (to actually enter).
Same goes for Sagrada Familia!
Get your tickets as soon as you can!!
Make sure you purchase your ticket before to skip the line at Sagrada Familia.
I also recommend getting the audio guide. It gives you an insight of Gaudis intention and what different symbols mean. It is quite fascinating, especially the different animals on the windows inside.
Smart tip: Go before 10am in the morning, it’s less busy!
Printed guides we recommend:
As for printed guides, we recommend following books:
Where to stay in Barcelona?
Alright, now that you have the coolest activities, you want to know where you get your rest at night.
I divided my recommendations into different traveler types:
Just pick the one you need, I handpicked an accommodation for every type :)
1) Solo-Traveler and Backpacker
We summed up the 3 best hostels in Barcelona.
The quick overview is:
Those are the best options for solo-travelers and they are even recommended for couples. Here you can mingle with more travelers and stay in style.
Seriously, the hostels we cover here are true design treasures. Have a look:
An apartment is the best option for families. Here we recommend the BAI81 Apartments.
Located in Eixample, you are in walking distance to main modernist Gaudí attractions like Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo.
Their kitchen is well equipped and it’s a safe area The apartments are always clean. If my friends cannot stay with me, this is where I send them when visiting.
(here is a 35€ discount for your first Airbnb stay)
For the romantic city break, I recommend Hotel Mercer Barcelona.
Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter (really downtown!), Hotel Mercer Barcelona is set in one of the city’s ancient buildings, next to the Roman walls.
Chic decor, high ceilings with exposed brick walls, and an interior country yard with orange trees.
There is a even a super big roof top terrace with restaurant and bar!
This is my #1 tip for the romantic couple coming over for a few days.
4) groups of friends
When heading over with a group of friends, you want to have your own space. And it should be a cool one, preferably with a nice terrace.
My best tip: Inside Barcelona Apartments Mercat!
The apartment has everything you need from dish washer to terrace. They have more than 1 apartment here in Barcelona. I really like that every apartment has small terrace. I think this adds some extra quality time to your Barcelona adventure.
Therefore, this is my #1 recommendation. I mean, everybody loves terraces!
Read the full guide to where to stay in Barcelona – as first time visitors.
Oh, you are still here?
We thought you would be hitting the road already having some fun in Barcelona!
We keep this article always up to date. The city is our home and there is always something new and cool coming up.
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Looking for more ideas?
Here are …
- 77 COOL things to do in Barcelona by us directly
- 59 FREE things to do in Barcelona (for the ones traveling on a small budget)
- Our friends Dale and Franca from Angloitalianfollowus also put together 20 Free Things To Do in Barcelona.
How to get around Barcelona?
The old town is really walk-able, the rest not that much.
So you need to get some sort of transport.
The easiest way to get to all major tourist sights is without a doubt the Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus.
You can get your ticket with bcn.travel (it’s our trusted agency where we buy the tickets for our friends when visiting!)
2. Public Transport
However, the Public Transport here is almost perfect.
The bus is well-connected and there is a metro every 2-3 minutes. We recommend to get the HOLA BCN Ticket. It is a 2,3,4 or 5-day pass to use the public transport for a fix price.
Smart tip: NEVER buy a single ticket for the metro in Barcelona. Why? A single ticket costs 2€ already.
The HOLA BCN Ticket is 6,50€ per day.
When using public transport a lot, it really pays off.
Have a look on the offers at the vending machine.
3. Get a Vespa.
We mentioned this in point #3. Get a Red Vespa like in the movies.
Via Vespa offers a 15% discount on online bookings.
Epic Day Trips from Barcelona
There are plenty of trips you can take from Barcelona.
Here is a collection of 33 day trips from Barcelona.
Here is our video of Canyoning we did:
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If you would love any more info, please drop us an email. We are seriously keen about helping you. We could talk about BARCELONA all day long :)
Don’t forget to download our exclusive guide for Barcelona here.
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Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries