We put together a full list of 77+ COOL Things to do in Barcelona to let you enjoy the Mediterranean Pearl from different perspectives.
Whether you love to enjoy free things (seriously, who doesn’t?!), unusual stuff (like undercover restaurants) and fun activities (like land-sailing).
This list is for everybody looking for the unusual, different lifestyle locals enjoy in Barna (and yes, we locals call our city BARNA!).
We at Hostelgeeks care highly about useful information. This is why we had an extensive research. And as Barcelona is our home, we know the Catalan capital like the back of our hand.
In addition to this list of activities in Barcelona, we created a secret guide with 5 Secrets to Barcelona. You can download it for free!
Get ready for some cool inspiration. Shall we?
1. Have an authentic Raval 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.
Check out their concerts at 23 Robadors’ website.
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.
Where to rent a red Vespa? We found the only awesome option:
- The rental place is called Via Vespa, right downtown. 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”.
UPDATE: We just saw the Via Vespa offers a 15% discount only on the online bookings!
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. If you are curious about it, just check their season program of Liceu Theater.
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 inside. You can get your tickets with Viator.
BTW: For the luxury experience, there are also private tours for Camp Nou.
6. Visit the Funeral Carriage Museum
Curious about the funeral carriage used in the past? You can check them out in Montjuic Cemetery Museum, they have Barcelona Funeral carriages and Hearses collection, a unique collection in Europe about carriages used in funerals.
7. Improve your mood and energy with Chocolate
No, we are not saying that you must eat all chocolate on earth, we are talking about being a Chocolate wrap! Yes, we just said that. Have you heard about Chocolate treatments? If you would like to discover this magician and relaxant sensation, try it in one of these Centers.
8. How about driving 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. 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.
9. Dinner in the dark
Feeling curious about how would you survive a meal if you were not able to see? Would you like an interesting and new sensation? Dinning in the dark will do stark your other senses, we are sure you will taste the food like never before!
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)
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.
Find out how to enter Tintoreria Dontell here.
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!
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. Pretty epic!
Here’s the info in a nutshell.
- Tour: 2 and a half hour cruise on a double story stunning white catamaran
- Drinks: Free flowing Cava, champagne cocktails, beer Spanish Sangria and soft drinks.
- 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 85€ for this tour.
17. Cooking lessons (Paella, Tapas, Sangria)
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. Here is our extended review of Foodie Experience Barcelona. The place is called “Foodie Experience Barcelona”. 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.
If you are a wine lover just contact us, we know fabulous sommeliers and wine tours in Barcelona which could be interesting for you.
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.
21. Cooking Classes + Market Tour (+5% discount)
Join a 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.
Find more info with them directly at www.bcnkitchen.com.
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!=)
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.
As an example, have a look at Edgebrewing.
25. Live music aka. Concerts
There are always concerts in Barcelona. Whether it is a famous band or a local one, have a look at the TimeOut Magazine for all live music venues in Barcelona.
Plenty of them are actually for free as well.
26. Chupitos Bar – Schnaps, anyone?
Have you ever tried Chupitos? Chupito is a Schnapps. 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.
Here you can find all Flea Markets in Barcelona.
29. Calcotada – Burned Onions – WHAT?!
How about burning some onions on a big fire, peel them, dip them in an orange-colored sauce and eat ’em? Calcotada is a big tradition in Catalonia. And you know Spring is around the you see the first Calcotadas.
There are public ones all over the city during February and March.
30. Public Theater in a Park
As you can imagine, Barcelona has quite an artistic scene. Some actors sometimes perform a famous stage play right in a public park.
31. 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.
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.
Nerd fact: You can have a virtual tour for the Sagrada Familia on their website (Spoiler Alert!). If you want to enter, make sure you buy the tickets ahead of time rather than queuing. You can buy your tickets here.
35. Park Güell
Since 2014 the main area in Park Güell has an entrance fee. Yeah, we know: BUUUHH!
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!
36. 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.
37. 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.
38. 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!
39. 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.
40. 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. A nice and famous place to try it is La Champañería. This famous bar is the place to be to get some street-food styled Catalan food along with the Cava.
41. Eat “Pintxos” and Tapas in Poble-Sec
“Pintxos” and tapas are very tasty, and you can discover a great and cheap selection in the district Poble Sec, one of the trendy neighborhoods in Barcelona. Try some of them and decide what is your favorite Pintxo!
42. Get sun-burned at the beach
Yes, we talk about the sun-burned north-European tourists! Go to the beach and enjoy your day so you can show off your
color tan afterwards.
But please, please, please: do use sun-cream in order to avoid serious sun-burns. We are not your mommy, but c’mon!
43. Have an Absinthe in the oldest bar in Barna
Bar Marsella is known as the oldest bar in Barcelona and it is rumored that even Picasso, Dali and Hemmingway used to go to this bar to have an Absinthe. Just go there and ask for an Absenta (Spanish for Absinthe). But be careful, because Absinthe is a very strong drink. If you drink too much maybe the famous ghosts may show up!
44. Get an amazing 360º city view and enjoy sunset from “Bunker del Carmel”
Bunker del Carmel is one of the best places to have a panoramic view for free! Many music videos, ads and movies like “3 metros sobre el cielo” were filmed here. The former anti-aircraft bunkers used during the Spanish Civil War allow you to get a 360º overview of Barcelona. It is stunning.
Smart Travel Tip: Just bring some food, drinks and head over to Bunker del Carmel for the sunset!
45. Dance until the sun rises (and start with a boat party!)
For locals in Barcelona, the real party starts only after midnight and goes until the sun rises. Just join this party time and you will start your journey in a very differently and funny way! Anyway, isn’t it easier to find your way back to your Hostel in Barcelona during sun light?
The best way to get the night started is an EPIC boat party.
You can find schedules, prices and more party photos with http://stoketravel.com/partyboat
Also, the tour usually goes on after the boat ride ends. You will have met new friends and going home ain’t no option!
Prices start from 42€.
46. Eat “Chocolate con Churros”
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!
52. 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!”.
53. Eat a Bocadillo whenever you are hungry
Boca-what?! 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. Check the movies and schedules of Cines Verdi and Melies Cinemes.
55. Include a siesta in your day to re-charge your energy
Not all the people in Spain do siesta, because they do have to work. But YOU are on holidays, aren’t you? Then just get a small nap and recover your energy. If you do it during the hottest hour of the day, you will avoid the sun a little bit and have more energy for the Barcelona’s nightlife.
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- roof top terraces
- quirky coffee shops and
- a bar with skate park
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