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You probably know a bit about Barcelona, ​​the timeless Mediterranean city and one of the most popular travel destinations in Spain (and in the world as well), but probably not so deep as to have had the opportunity to discover hidden niches, live like the locals do, or try the authentic Catalan cuisine.

If you don’t want to end up like the “guiris” (foreigners) who spend their time walking up and down the Rambla drinking sangria and eating an expensive and not so traditional paella, read our tips on 30 things to do in Barcelona and watch the Barcelona Travel Guide video!

1. Wander the streets and squares of the Born and the Gothic Quarter and discover their hidden secrets.
Barcelona cultural center

Tip: Go to “Plaça Sant Miquel” and find the monument which is a homage to Castellers also known as human towers.

2. Walk down Passeig de Gracia and admire the many architectural works of art of Antoni Gaudi. Don’t forget to visit the “House of Bones”, officially known as Casa Batlló. The house is open to visitors 365 days a year from 9am to 9pm.

Photo by sezyilmaz via Instagram

Tip: The whole block (between calle Aragó and calle Consell de Cent) is called Block of Discord and there are other popular buildings such as Casa Amatller and Casa Llò Morera.

3. Skate (or walk) the Paseo Maritimo from the Barceloneta beach until the end at the Forum

Photo by Mari_Rosseta via Instagram
Photo by Mari_Rosseta via Instagram

Tip: Stop by beach bar commonly known as “chiringuito” for one mojito (or two!).

4. Have a drink at the Bar Marsella, the oldest in the city, and once a second home to Hemingway
Marsella. Barcelona

Tip: Drink a glass of absinthe which is the typical drink in this bar. Besides Hemingway there were other popular artists that also visited Bar Marsella, such as Picasso, Gaudi and Dalí.

5. See a free exhibition in Palau Robert (on Passeig de Gracia) or one of the many galleries in the city

Palau Robert exhibition
Palau Robert – Passeig de Gràcia, 107

Tip: Until 15 October 2017 there’s a free photography exhibition at Palau Robert entitled “Dalí, Breaking News”.

6. Relax with a cold beer in hand on the patio at the Antic Teatre and see a show

antic teatre barcelona
image source: lanticteatre.com

Tip: Arrive early in the afternoon if you want to sit outside at the patio because this popular bar gets full very quickly.

7. Have a picnic at the Ciutadella park and do a bit of people watching.

ciutadella barcelona
image source: barcelonabook.com

Tip: Search for the gigantic mammoth sculpture and take a photo!

8. Eat fresh tapas in a bar near the Barceloneta beach (Jai-Ca or Can Mano) and follow it up with a delicious paella at Can Ros

jai ca tapas barcelona
image source: shbarcelona.com

Tip: And to finish up go for a caña (beer) at “Bar Ke”.

9. Go to a live flamenco show, dance and drink a glass of vermouth on a Saturday afternoon at Bar Leo (Barceloneta)

bar leo barcelona
image source: elperiodico.com

Tip: Admire and enjoy the feeling and atmosphere of this emblematic bar.

10. Eat the fantastic “churros con chocolate” on calle Petritxol, in the Gothic Quarter

granja-la-pallaresa churros chocolate
image source: shbarcelona.com

Tip: Calle Petritxol was the first street in Barcelona without sidewalks, completely pedestrian and asphalted.

11. Take a break in the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) plaza, watching the skaters do their tricks

skate MACBA barcelona
image source: todobarcelona.org

Tip: If you get tired of watching the skaters go for a walk on “calle Joaquin Costa” to see some street art.

12. Spend an evening in the Gracia neighbourhood in one of the many bars or have a drink in the open air in the Plaça del Sol

gracia barcelona
Plaça del Sol, Gracia neighborhood

Tip: Go to Plaça del Diamant if the Plaça del Sol is too crowded.

13. See Messi score a hat-trick in the Camp Nou stadium

messi camp nou
Camp Nou – Carrer d’Aristides Maillol, 12 – image by rakumori on flickr

Tip: Pay attention to the “independence” chantings at the 17 minutes and 14 seconds mark.

14. Hunt for antiques and trinkets at the Mercat dels Encants (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays)

mercat dels encants barcelona
image source: ara.cat

15. See a movie in its original language at cinema Verdi in the neighbourhood of Gracia, or for a few euros a film d’essay at the Filmoteca (Raval)

filmoteca raval
image source: elpais.com

16. Have a seafood snack at the bar Pinotxo in La Boquería market

pinotxo barcelona boqueria
image source: livingthedreamrtw.com

Tip: Get a fruit smoothie while you’re at Boqueria.

17. Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the Montjuic Cable Cars, Teleferic de Montjuic. To get there, take the funicular from the Parallel metro stop (line 2 & 3).

teleferic de montjuic
Montjuic Cable Cars – Avinguda Miramar, 30

18. Instead of choosing the very touristy Barceloneta beach, try “Mar Bella” beach for a drink at a chiringuito (beach bar) and relax under the sun.

mar bella beach bar barcelona
image source: secretsofbarcelona.com

19. Observe the vibrant cultural melting-pot that is the Rambla del Raval.

rambla del raval barcelona
image source: ravaleando.es

Tip: Search for the cat sculpture made by Fernando Botero.

20. Stroll Gaudi’s Parc Guell at sunset.

Parc Guell
Parc Guell – Carrer d’Olot

Tip: the park is no longer free entrance, so save time and book your tickets online in advance.


21. Get lost in the labyrinth of the park “Laberint d’Horta”.

labyrinth barcelona
image source: travelwithmario.com

Fact: Some scenes of the movie “Perfume” were shot here.

22. Cycle along the beautiful Carretera de les Aigues in the Collserola park and see some of the best panoramic views of Barcelona.
carretera de les aigues

23. Sift through old volumes of books at the Sant Antoni Sunday market and explore the vintage shops in the Raval neighborhood.

sant antoni market barcelona
image source: viajeres.es

24. Try Catalan cuisine: esqueixada, escalibada, calçots amb romesco, butifarra de pagès, pa amb tomaquet, mel i mato, panellets, escudella, suquet…

calcots with romesco sauce
image source: tv3.cat

25. Go to a concert at the Palau de la Musica, enjoy the fantastic acoustics and architecture.

palau de la musica catalana barcelona
image source: wikimedia.org

26. Have any type of drink at the W Hotel, “Hotel Vela” (a bit expensive but worth it!).

w hotel barcelona pool
image source: nytimes.com

27. Take the tram “Tramvia blau“, the oldest in Barcelona, and admire the houses along Avenida Tibidabo.

tramvia blau barcelona
image source: barcelonabusturistic.cat

28. Walk the Eixample neighbourhood and see the eclectic houses of the “Passatge de Permanyer”.

passatge permanyer houses
image source: wikipedia.org

29. Unleash the Catalan rhythm and see a concert by the Barceloneta beach.
Barceloneta concert

30. Step back in time and take a tour of Gaudi’s Modernist marvel, Casa Milà, colloquially known as “La Pedrera“. It’s open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm. Tip: Go on a night visit, offered Wednesday-Saturday from 7pm-10:30pm.

la pedrera barcelona
source: @fabiola_garod on instagram

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And now you… What do you recommend to see/do in Barcelona? Let us know in the comments below!

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14 responses to “30+ Insider Tips on What to Do in Barcelona

  1. Having lived in Barcelona for few months in summer I definitely agree with you about beaches. To find the best beaches you need to go further than Barceloneta. Working in an event company in London I have attended many travel events and I learnt that about beaches. Barceloneta is always full of people.
    I would also add to Parc Guell that you can find some amazing viewpoints of all the city.

    Thomas @ Jorlio.com

  2. Great list – Another tip could be going to the Bunker on the Carmel Hill and from there enjoy the views over the city with the Mediterranean Sea on the horizon – Park Güell is as mentioned not for free anymore so book your ticket – the bunker is for free. I would strongly recommend everbody to book their tickets to all the sights that you would like to visit – book them before arrival to save queue time.

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