Top 5 Things To Do In Barcelona

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Barcelona is a city that is close to my heart, I really adore it, have been there so many times, and think it has so much to offer during the summer and never gets boring. See our Barcelona Spain Travel Video and read our Barcelona, Spain City Guide

Here are my top 5 things to do in Barcelona:


Shopping In Barcelona

Shopping In Barcelona

There are so many different types of shops and areas, all from the big shopping complex El Corte Inglés and fancy luxury shops to little boutiques in the street corners.

Shopping is great along the Passeig de Grácia, but I have to say that I enjoy the streets in Barri Gotic more: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, Carrer de la Portaferrissa and Carrer de Ferran are my favorites, and should definitely be in the top list of things to do in Barcelona.

Wandering The Streets

Things To Do In Barcelona

Things To Do In Barcelona

Getting lost in the maze of alleyways is one of my favorite things to do in Barcelona, because you’ll be guaranteed to stumble upon something special.

Barcelona is like candy for the eyes, it’s a beautiful city with so many old amazing buildings and streets, just wandering these narrow little streets, admiring the architecture as well as visiting some churches is something you can spend a whole day doing.

The style is pretty but still rough and ‘worn’, and I really like that.

You’ll also find that Barcelona has some of the most impressive architecture in Europe, with Casa Milá, Casa Battló and the world famous church Sagrada de familia, by the praised artist Antoni Gaudí.

Also make sure you visit Park Güell, a very special garden complex with architectural elements by the same artist.

Take a Daytrip

Magic Fountain In Barcelona

Magic Fountain In Barcelona

Maybe this doesn’t have much to do with things to do in Barcelona itself, but enjoying a day away from the hustle and bustle is always nice, and there are some really nice places just outside Barcelona, like Sant Pol for example, which is only about half an hour away from the city.

The train ride along the coast is also a beautiful trip.

Another daytrip would be to spend a whole day at Mount Juic. As visiting this place is one of the local’s favorite things to do in Barcelona, it tends to get very busy in the weekends.

You can swim in the Olympic pool, have a picnic in the park and enjoy the view over the city. If you stay until the evening the fountain Font Mágica puts up a light show.

Try The Local Cuisine

Barcelona is famous for Paella

Barcelona is famous for Paella

One of the best things to do in Barcelona is try the local cuisine and sit by a cafe to do some people watching.

There are many restaurants offering what Barcelona is famous for Paella.

There are a lot of tourist traps, so the best way to avoid them are to steer away from the touristy streets.

Here are five good places that serve Paella:

  •  Lombardo, on Rambla Catalunya 49
  •  Pitarra, in the Barrio Gotic, on Calle Avinyo 56
  •  Can Majo, in Barceloneta, on L’Almirall Aixada 23
  • Sete Portes, on Passeig Isabel II 1
  • Can Ros, also in Barceloneta, on L’Almirall Aixada 7

There are also a lot of cosy little cafes to visit, and during the sleepy siesta hours I love to spend a few hours relaxing at a small cafe with a coffee and good company.

I like the cafes in the old town especially, there are some very nice cafes in the old town square.

5. Party!

Barcelona is one of the best party cities I’ve ever been to, and the nightlife is something not to be left out on any list of things to do in Barcelona. There are bars and clubs everywhere, and people are in party mood every day of the week. You can find more about this by reading our 24 Hours in Barcelona Guide and See our Barcelona Spain Travel Video

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6 Responses to Top 5 Things To Do In Barcelona

  1. ilunamanna June 28, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    Im a Europe first timer-traveler. Will start traveling in July 3. first Paris-Bordeaux-Vieux Baucau and Barcelona. This guide and your city guide-24 hours in Barcelona is really interesting. I wont be traveling alone though. My partner have already travel RTW but he doesn't know much about Barcelona.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. GlobalButterfly June 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    I wish that I had read this 3 weeks ago before I left for Barce, BUT I actually did everything you listed minus visiting nearby cities. Barce is definitely one of my favorite cities in the world now!!!

  3. Sofia June 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    What a nice trip there, nice to get the great beaches in Bordeaux as well as some great city life in Barca. I'm glad this will be useful or you when going there, you'll have so much fun!

    Enjoy your time 🙂

  4. kate September 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    You think that Barcelona shuts down just because your holiday is over? Think again, Barcelona has big and important events happening all year round. September happens to be one of the months that is jam packed with things to do. If you are here in Barcelona, or thinking about coming, here are some suggestions of things to do in the month of September during your stay in Barcelona:

    Football Club Barcelona schedule of games for this month:

    LEAGUE: Sunday September 19th at (19:00h)
    At.Madrid – FC Barcelona
    Vicente Calderón stadium
    LEAGUE Wednesday September 22nd at (20:00h)
    FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijón
    LEAGUE Sunday September 26th at (22:00h)
    Athletic Club – FC Barcelona
    San Mamés stadium

    CHAMPIONS Wednesday September 29th at (18:30h)
    Rubin Kazan – FC Barcelona
    Centralny stadium

    Feel like a concert before the big BAM music festival? Look no furthur. There are options for the music lovers and those that cannot wait until the festival.

    Eels, September 17th in the Sala Bikini.

    Vinodelfin, September 17th in the Sala Apolo.

    SUPERTRAMP, September 18th in the Palau Sant Jordi.

    BAM music festival as part of La Mercé
    Check out the official website for schedule details

    Darwin exposition

    Hipnotik festival
    September 18th
    This will be the 7th edition of the Hipnotik festival. What you can expect in this festival are concerts, graffiti, hip hop and all that is pertained to hip hop culture. There will be competitions, workshops and conferences about rapping, tagging, dance and more.

    September 24th
    A celebration and showing of various animated movies from all over the world. Entrance is free so check out the website for more information.

    Through Laberinths
    Open until January 9th 2011
    A look at the enigma and mystery that surrounds the idea of the laberinth through history and also defining the different types of laberinths that exist. There are archeological pieces, engravings, photos, maps, screenings and models, audiovisual, animated and interactive pieces.

    Asian Festival
    September 16th – September 26th
    Asian culture in Barcelona. This festival will present 2 concerts, a fashion show sporting traditional clothes and modern with a chance that you can try the outfits on, Henna painting, makeup make overs and manicure facilities, there will be a workshop on sushi, Filipino hip hop dance, demonstration and class about Aikido, haka and yoga, chinese drums form the School of Badalona, story telling, new born baby sitter care, playground, organized games and Asian cinema showing.

    Enjoy and have fun this September!


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