Bon día and welcome to a useful full list of awesome and cool things to do in Barcelona! Say good bye to those boring bucket lists to tick the tourist box. We put together a full list of 77+ COOL Things to do in Barcelona to let you enjoy the Mediterranean Pearl from different perspectives.
This list is for everybody looking for the unusual, different lifestyle locals enjoy in Barna (and yes, we locals call our city BARNA!).
Whether you love to enjoy free things to do in Barcelona (seriously, who doesn’t?!), unusual stuff (like undercover restaurants) and fun activities (like land-sailing).
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. Party Sunset Boats (our recent discovery)
This is our recent discovery – and oh boy, this one is FUNtastic! It is 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: 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 super cool recommendation.
It’s a cooking course for Paella, Tapas and Sangria.
The guys from Stoke Travel run these fun cooking classes we highly recommend!
Stoke Travel for a three-hour culinary adventure where you’ll explore renowned food markets like La Boquería or the Santa Caterina Market. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you select fresh, locally sourced ingredients for your traditional Spanish dishes.
You’ll learn to create mouthwatering treats such as paella, tapas, and sangria. Roll up your sleeves, put on an apron, and get ready to cook up a storm while indulging in our delicious sangria.
These cooking classes are not just about food; it’s a cultural experience. The chefs will share insights into Spanish traditions and provide cooking tips along the way. After the cooking session, sit down with newfound friends and savor the fruits of your labor (if you’re still standing after the sangria!). Raise a glass for a toast, enjoy more sangria, and celebrate with an amazing group of people.
To top off the experience, why not continue the night with drinks in the lively Gothic Quarter bars or venture into one of Barcelona’s hottest nightclubs?
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.
Anther beautiful piece of architecture is the Palau de la música, shown in the photo below.
6. Park Güell
Since 2014 the main area in Park Güell has an entrance fee.
Yeah, we know: BUUUUUUHH!
However, the park itself of Park Güell remains free and you can still enjoy awesome views to the city. If you fancy to enter the most popular space you can get your Park Güell Tickets here.
Although you can buy your ticket right at the entrance, at busy times it is likely you will have t come back in a couple of hours.
Therefore, seriously, buy your ticket beforehand if you really want to enter!
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.
You will travel on open-top double-decker buses with a choice of 2 different routes and 40 stops. This tour includes also unlimited hop-on hop-off bus ticket for the time period selected (either 1 day or 2 day), multilingual audio commentary and WiFi on board. And you can start/end the tour at any of the allocated stops. The buses come every 20-30 minutes and each route is around 2 hours.
The highlights of this tour are:
Visit the famous Sagrada Familia – the largest Roman Catholic Church in the world
See the Park Guells’ unique mosaic-covered buildings and monuments
Explore the Medieval streets along the Gothic Quarter
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.
14. Explore the Casa Milà
Discover one of the most outstanding and innovative buildings of the 20th century on a skip-the-line audio tour of the Casa Milà (La Pedrera), built at the pinnacle of Antoni Gaudi’s career.
In this tour you will:
Immerse yourself in the legacy of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi
Skip the lines and go straight inside one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, Casa Milà
Learn more about Gaudi’s architectural innovations at the Espai Gaudi exhibition
Go to the rooftop to see the whimsical chimneys up close
Experience Casa Milà in a unique format with a pair of mixed reality glasses
Talking about Amphitheater, Barcelona has even that! The Amphitheater is part of the Greek garden in Barcelona. This one is truly a hidden gem.
20. Visit the unique Barcelona Aquarium
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. The aquarium is the perfect place to learn about the seabed and the many species that live there. See the 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks that are home to 11,000 animals from some 450 different species.
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.
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.
22. 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!
23. 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.
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.
25. 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 🙂
26. 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
27. 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.
You came to Barcelona in winter expecting cold and you did not find it?
Then you should go to Ice Bar Barcelona, where they do even serve the drinks in ice-glasses.
29. 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?!
30. 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!
31. 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. There are some specialized Craft Beer tours, but you can also go on your own and explore different bars.
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!
34. 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.
35. 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. 🙁
39. 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).
40. 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!
41. Gothic Quarter – Old Town
The Gothic quarter is the very heart of the old town Barcelona.
The tiny, narrowed streets are beautiful to walk. Walking around the Gothic quarter and you will discover the romantic streets where all people picture themselves.
Talking about “Gòtico”, as locals call the Gothic quarter, there is no way you will miss the next Must Do in Barcelona.
42. Walk down the famous “Las Ramblas”
Las Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona, if not even Spain.
Or even Europe?
However, stroll along the most popular street in Barcelona and enjoy the street art that is happening there. You can have lot of fun just watching and trying to figure out who is who.
The Ramblas divide the El Raval district and el gòtico. When strolling down the Ramblas you will pass by a the next must do on this list.
Extra Tip: Please make sure you pay attention to your personal belongings, as there are many pickpockets in this area.
43. Have a smoothie or fruit bowl at la Boqueria
This is a must do, but definitely also one of the cool things to do when in Barcelona!
La Boqueria is the most famous market in Barcelona and it really deserves to be seen, as they do offer lot of food and drink possibilities, as well as Gourmet products.
One of the best things while visiting La Boqueria is to have a fresh fruit Smoothie.
There are plenty of options, so just choose your flavor!
Smart Travel Tip: Do NOT buy the at the very first stall! Walk in, get lost, and buy a smoothie at one of the stalls inside La Boqueria. You will get a better price!
Even Smarter Travel Tip: If you stop by before La Boqueria closing time, many stalls often offer 2 smoothies for 1! SCORE!
44. Daydream in Felip Neri Square
The damaged facade of the church in the tiny Sant Felip Neri Square reminds is a witness to the bombing during the Spanish Civil War in this part of Barcelona.
Hidden in Barri Gòtic, this square has a special, melancholic atmosphere. Just sit there and enjoy some time.
Some walking tours and bike tours have this square on their list on things to see.
45. Drink Cava – Catalan Answer to french champagne
“Salut y forca al canut” – this is what you need to say to your Catalan bar mates and you will have new friends!
Cava is the Catalan answer to French champagne, and you can choose to drink white or rosée.
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.
52. 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.
53. 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.
54. 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!
55. 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!
56. Order a Beer like a local
“Una caña” is a glass of beer in Barcelona.
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!”.
57. 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.
58. 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.
59. 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.