Select the duration of the trip, the number of people in your group, the date and time of departure.
You will receive a confirmation email with the details and meeting point (Port Olimpic harbour in Barcelona ).
After meeting at the harbour, you and your group will chat with the skipper to decide which route to take.
2. Rent a red VESPA (you know, like in the movies!)
Barcelona is the perfect city to discover by scooter.
You can relax at the beach, drive by Sagrada Familia (make sure you purchase your ticket before to skip the line at Sagrada Familia and ride all the way up to Park Güell (you need to buy a ticket at least 1 day before for the main part of Park Güell) – all that in no time!
You can rent the scooters in Barcelona per hour or per day.
It is said that Opera are very expensive but if you buy the ticket in advance or to some small companies it can be very affordable. In the city center, located in las Ramblas, we find Liceu Theater, a architectural masterpiece for Theater and Operas in Barcelona.
Another beautiful piece of architecture is the Palau de la música, shown in the photo below.
4. Enjoy a drink in a “Centre Civic”
What on Earth is that? A Centre Civic is a neighborhood meeting place for locals. They do offer some activities and courses during the years for locals, and some of them have awesome cheap bars inside.
There are some really impressive buildings as well such as Centre Cívic La Florida, a modernist building.
Others Centre Civics offer nice views, like la Farinera del Clot, which is in front of Torre Agbar.
5. Visit FC Barcelona Stadium
The nostalgic and magical Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe. It is also home of what I consider the best football team in the world.
It is MUST-DO for every football fan to visit.
The museum is super interesting and the history of the football club is well presented. It is absolutely worth it to come over. It takes you around 2 hours, plus you will see the Camp Nou from the inside.
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.
Raval was considered a no-go area for tourist during many years due to lot of Cabarets and nightlife. With the Olympic games in 1992, Raval has been transformed and nowadays it is a must-see Cultural hub.
Raval offers plenty of different bars and pubs to have fun in. For an authentic Raval Experience, we do recommend the bar 23 Robadors, a bar which does also offer live music.
10. Anti-Karaoke in Barcelona
We have to admit we are not huge fans of Karaoke, what about you?
Join the anti-karaoke, the craziest theatrical Karaoke in Barcelona. Every Thursday in Apolo Club or every Saturday in Marula Café at 22:00.
11. Visit “Sala Gimbernat”
Sala Gimbernat in Barcelona is not only one of the most neoclassic building in Barcelona, but also the most important and well conserved anatomical amphitheater in Europe.
If you are into medicine facts, this might be an interesting place for you!
12. CRUISE around on a Segway Tour
Is there anything to add?
A segway Tour is pretty fun, especially next to the beaches. Have fun!
The most reliable guide for Segway Tours are the team from BCN.travel. Prices start from 29€. Enjoy and keep rolling!
Talking about Amphitheater, Barcelona has even that! The Amphitheater is part of the Greek garden in Barcelona. This one is truly a hidden gem.
14. Tintoreria Dontell (Restaurant behind a fake dry cleaning service)
Update: Unfortunately it seems like Tintoreria Dontell is no longer open.
Tintoreria Dontell restaurant looks like a dry cleaning service is one of the best places to surprise someone. The food is good, but the best about it is that you experience of “sneaking” into a secret restaurant.
15. Hidden restaurant in a Flat
More secret restaurants?!
There is a Secret Restaurant in a flat in Gràcia where you will feel like at home.
They even offer sleepers to the clients! It is called KoKun Restaurant and it is located at Carrer Fraternitat. KoKun restaurant is managed by a chef and his partner, who is a wine expert. We are sure you will be amazed by their menus and wines.
16. Chi-Ton Souvenirs
No worries, we are not recommending buying some Sevillanas dancer to put on top of your TV. Chi-Ton Souvenirs is a Secret Restaurant, located in Carrer Provença.
In Chi-Ton Souvenirs surprise your partner convincing them you must buy something for your family. Suddenly you are in a delicious restaurant!
16. Champagne Sunset Boats (our recent discovery)
This is our recent discovery – and oh boy, this one is FUNtastic!
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: A wide selection of Cava, champagne cocktails, beer, Spanish Sangria and soft drinks you can choose
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
One of the best experiences while traveling to a city is to try their food.
How about learning to cook it by your own? This way you can do it again once you are back home. There are so many cooking lessons in Barcelona, but in order to get a local experience we do have a local recommendation.
It’s a cooking course for Paella, Tapas and Sangria.
The place is called “BCN Kitchen”. We cooked Paella, handmade Sangria, and more. Prices start from 65€.
We also included a discount for BCN Kitchen, another fantastic cooking class we tested.
18. Wine tasting, please!
Barcelona and Wine – that goes always together! Would you like to learn about wine? There are lot of possibilities for wine tastings in Barcelona.
Update: Since we received so many emails about our wine sommelier contacts, we thought it is easier to give you the direct link. Here is our direct trusted partner for wine tours in and around Barcelona.
Please check Barcelona-Life’s article on the best wine tours. There you can directly book via email.
“Barcelona Wine Tours” runs unique wine tours that really changed my perception of wine and how I drink it – until today!
Here is photos of us enjoying the wine tasting with Enric. It also included cheese tasting and even vinegar. It was really a top experience. This is the tour we recommend our family too 🙂
19. Go green at “Can Masdeu Social Centre”
If you are interested in healthy and eco lifestyle, you could go to Can Masdeu, a social centre located in the Collserola park.
In Can Masdeu you can discover their organic garden and even take part in the workshops related to ecology, activism and perm culture.
Can Masdeu is open to visitors every Sunday
20. Open Air cinema – Beach and Montjuic
During summer season there are two open cinemas in Barcelona.
One open cinema in Barcelona is for free and located in the Barceloneta Beach. There you can enjoy a free movie with wonderful sea views front from July 9th to August 16th.
Another option for this “Cinema a la fresca” (that is how it is called opened cinema in Barcelona), located in Montjuic.
Montujic open air Cinema is not for free but is less crowded, and it includes a concert beforehand.
22. Dive in a swimming pool (overlooking Barcelona)
In summer season you can access to “Picornell swimming pool“. Located in Montjuic, this swimming pool is open for the general public.
The Olympic Games in 1992 were hold as well at the Picornell Swimming Pool.
Today it is still the place for official competitions. You can enjoy a hot day refreshing yourself, plus you can get amazing views of Barcelona.
Just have a look on the photo! Not too bad, right?!
23. Drink a Catalan Vermouth in Gràcia
Many travelers come to Barcelona to drink Sangria, but actually locals do not drink it not so often.
Locals do prefer Vermouth, which is an aromatized wine.
People drink Vermouth at midday with some chips, olives, calamaris. Just try it and decide which your favorite is!
Local Fact: If you want to do it like the locals do, only order a Vermouth on Sundays!
24. Craft Beer is big here!
Craft Beer anyone?
Barcelona offers a lot of different options. Barcelona is living a craft beer revolution. There are lot of craft beer bars, and you can also go to some breweries to participate in a Craft beer tasting.
It is quite funny to drink Chupitos when you are going out, (be careful and do not drink so many if you do not want fun to disappear the morning afterwards…). The Chupitos Bar Barcelona has thousands of different chupitos ready for you.
Our suggestion: Walk in and ask for a Chupito with fire. The bar tender will actually put fire on the bar.
Fool suggestion: If you want to fool a friend, order for him or her a “Monika Lewinsky”. Let’s see what happens!
27. Sor Rita Bar – one of the craziest bars in town!
There are thousands of Bars in Barcelona and each one has his own character!
Okay, some one them are really just regular bars, but there are really cool and unique ones!
If you would like to feel like in an Almodovar movie, we do recommend to get a drink at Sor Rita Bar in the Gothic quarter.
28. Flea Markets (we love them and so will you!)
We have to admit we are big fans of flea markets.
Especially in Barcelona, these markets have a special flair. You will find 2nd-hand clothing, handmade art and jewelry. Usually, a flea market in Barcelona goes hand-in-hand with Street Food.
UPDATE: The facebook page does not seem to be live anymore. We could not find any additional information. 🙁
32. Join a running race in Barcelona
NO, we don’t mean to join a tourist run through the old town!
There are plenty of running races being hold in Barcelona, even Marathons!
If you are a sports lover and you do like to run during your travels, why do not try to match your visit with one of these races? Here you can find all races taking place in Barcelona and surroundings (Catalonia area).
33. Eat “Pan con Tomate”
The easiest “dish” in the world, very common in all Catalan houses, will make you realize that most of times simplicity is the best option!
Order a “Pan con Tomate” along with other tapas – thank us later!
34. Visit Sagrada Familia – even if it is only from outside
You cannot miss the opportunity to see Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s Emblematic Temple, even if it is only from the outside.
If you want to enter, make sure you buy the tickets ahead of time rather than queuing.
After a whole night parting, the best way to finish the night before going to bed is eating Chocolate con churros.
Churros is a typical long and thin dusted pastry (some sort of Doughnut) which can be dusted in sugar.
Normally Churros are sold together with warm chocolate.
You can find Chocolate con Churros in some Granjas (local Cafés) and Market Vans, often located next to metro stations.
47. Montjuic (the Jewish mountain)
Montjuic is Barcelona’s mountain, well, hill.
It has not only a stunning view over the city and harbor, but also lot of green and playful parks.
The Montjuic hosted the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, and there are lot of parks, museums and also gardens hidden there.
On the top of Montjuic you will find the Montjuic castle.
There is an entrance fee though but worth it.
48. Passeig de Gràcia – Outdoor Modernist Gallery
This major avenue in Barcelona is not only an important shopping area, but also a Modernist Gallery!
Casa Batlló, la Pedrera, Casa Ametller, … are only some of the buildings you can be amazed by in Passeig de Gràcia.
49. Barcelona’s Cathedral
Remember we talked about Gothic Quarter?
The Barcelona Cathedral is dedicated to the co-patron of Barcelona and is one of the most important Gothic Symbols in the city. Barcelona’s Cathedral is located in the Gothic quarter, so you can stroll around it after your visit.
50. Tibidabo – “Cristo Redentor” of Barcelona
Okay, okay, this is exaggerated, but hey, there is a Jesus statue on the top!
Tibidabo is the mountain overlooking Barcelona on the upper side of the city and the views from there are amazing! Just go there and you will be impressed how beautiful and perfect the city during sunset looks like!
51. Get a Daily Menu
If you are in Barcelona during the week (from Monday to Friday), eat as locals and find a good “Menú del Día” (Daily Menu).
This is a menu where you can choose one starter, one main dish and dessert for a great deal.
Even some of the restaurants include drinks and coffee.
Just look for the best option that suits you and enjoy it!
If you are wondering where to find those, well, just walk around and you will see many signs with “Menú del dia”. Bon profit!
So if you want to feel like a local just order like a boss: “Una caña, por favor!”.
If you prefer something softer, get a Clara. A Clara is a mix of beer and lemonade in Catalonia. So, speak after us: “Una Clara, por favor!”.
53. Eat a Bocadillo whenever you are hungry
In Spain it is very common to eat a roll sandwich when you are hungry, they are called Bocadillo.
There are so many different tastes.
If you are hungry, just head to a bar and ask for their “Carta de Bocadillos” (Sandwich Menu). We are convinced you will find some option which will satisfy you – vegetarians can go with the cheese sandwich, most likely the only vegetarian option.
54. Cinema time!
Are you a film lover and you would like to go to the Cinema in Barcelona?
Same as in Madrid, there are plenty of Cinemas in Barcelona which do offer the possibility to watch the movies in English.
Barcelona is huge, and offers everything from surfing, beaches, snow boarding to architecture and world class football. And food…so great food! We hope this list is a great inspiration for you.
Spending 7 days in Barcelona?
Then this guide for One Week In Barcelona comes in handy. You will find more things to do, hotels and Airbnb recommendations, as well as plenty of tips.
Did we miss anything important on this list? Please, drop us a comment.
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