Top 10 Things to do in Barcelona
From food, history, sights, siestas and more food, we’re sure that our Top 10 Things to do in Barcelona will make up some of the highlights of your trip. Since hosting the Summer Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona has quickly become one of Europe’s most-visited cities. And with a wide variety of interests such as architecture, food, history and sports, it’s easy to see why.
With vivid colours, amazing food and a relaxed culture (siesta anyone?), tourists from the world over are flocking to Barcelona each and every year.
With a vast 101km2 of Spanish ground to cover, we can guarantee that you’ll never have a dull day. But just to make sure, we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 Things to do when in Barcelona.
Feast on Paella, Tapas and Sangria
It goes without saying that when it Spain you need to feast of Paella, Tapas and as much Sangria as you can handle. Wherever you are in Barcelona, you’ll find a number of restaurants offering a delicious range of Spanish cuisines from tapas to paella. Of course it must all be enjoyed with Sangria, the national drink of Spain. Remember that it’s tradition to eat a large meal for lunch, and a smaller meal for dinner.
Stroll along Barcelona Beach
A walk along the shores of Barcelona beach is a must, particularly in the summer. A hot spot among tourists and locals, it’s a popular place to bake in the sun, even topless like the locals if you’re game, cool down in the water, or simply sit at a beachfront bar and sip on cocktails as you watch the world go by. If it’s too crowded for you during the day, sunset is a beautiful time for a walk before retreating into one of the waterfront restaurants for a bowl of Paella.
Do a food tour of Barcelona
A small group tour that focuses on showing you the real Spanish and Catalan culinary culture is the best way to sample the tastes of Spain. The Food Lovers Company provides one of our favourites around Old Town and will take you on a four-hour drinking and eating session, and once finished you’ll definitely be in need of an afternoon siesta.
See La Sagrada Familia
Just when you think all cathedrals look the same, this one will blow your mind. This is by far one of the most popular landmarks in Barcelona, and is among the most unique buildings in the world. It’s also been under construction since 1882. You’ll need to book your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out or have to queue for hours.
Visit Espit Chupitos Bar
Meaning ‘shots’ in Spanish, the Espit Chupitos Bar has over 150 different types of shots on the menu so there’s definitely something for everyone here. The one where the bartender lights the bar on fire, hands you a marshmallow to toast then dip into your shot and then eat, was a particular fave of ours.
Get lost in the Gothic Quarter
Spend a few hours wandering through the endless maze of alleyways, quaint shopfronts, hip bars and gothic architecture in the old city centre of Barcelona. Closed to traffic, you can wander the streets for hours and if you’re a photographer, you won’t run out of things to snap.
Admire the architectural genius of Gaudi’s
Another one that is certainly for all the photographer’s out there with amazing views and the vivid colours of Spain’s most distinguished architect, Antoni Gaudi. From Park Guell’s fun and ‘fairy tale-like’ buildings, to the La Sagrada Familia cathedral, the park is in an elevated position with views that are certainly worth exploring.
Watch the Magic Fountain Show
This magnificent display of colour, light, sound and water is an absolute must-see. The show occurs outside the National Museum of Art Cataluyna and its been a tradition since 1929. Be sure to check the website though, because show times differ depending on the season.
View Barcelona from the summits
Head up to the Bunker del Carmel to get the best panoramic views over Barcelona. This is a great space to watch the sun set and enjoy a sangria. There’s a 30-minute walk to get to the top, but the views are certainly worth it.
Another great place to see Barcelona from above is at Sagrat Cor. It takes a bit of effort to get to this church located on the summit of Mount Tibadabo, but once you arrive you’ll be rewarded with an impressive view of the city.
Eat as much as you can at La Boqueria Markets
With food stalls that sell just about everything you could possibly imagine, La Boqueria is Barcelona’s most famous markets. Rainbows of smoothies, fresh fruits and mouth-watering crepes welcome you as you enter, followed by food stalls offering a place to sit and feast on local delicacies.
HOW TO GET AROUND BARCELONA
Barcelona has a fantastic metro and bus network making transport between tourist spots easy and convenient. The city is also very bike-friendly and is fairly straight-forward to navigate. We still recommend that you walk as much as you can as it’s the best way to see as much as possible.
WHEN TO VISIT BARCELONA
June through to August is the busy tourist season and sees large crowds and long queues to the places to see. The shoulder seasons, April – June or September to October are when we recommend to go.
CURRENT DEALS AND TOURS TO BARCELONA
Our experienced Travel Partners will be able to tailor a package and/or tour to ensure you can experience all the flavours, flair and vibrancy that Barcelona, or greater Spain has to offer.
Safe travels from Travel Partners Australia!