Looking for the best things to do in Barcelona? Barcelona is the cosmopolitan city you should consider when choosing the best places to visit in Spain.
Without a doubt this Catalan city has so much to offer; so if you visit the city, consider these 5 essential things to do in Barcelona that you will not forget, including top attractions and activities!
What’s the first thing you must do before exploring the city?
Getting a map of Barcelona and organize your trip well, especially if you are going to spend only one weekend in the city, so you can see the top attractions in Barcelona.
Then, you must find useful to get the Barcelona Go City pass, that gives you access to Barcelona’s top attractions and saves you money in more than 35 Barcelona attractions.
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Top Attractions & Things to do in Barcelona
1. Discover the wonders of Gaudí
Antoni Gaudí has been one of the most important architects of Modernism and has left an unforgettable impression in the city of Barcelona.
You can’t stop strolling around the city and have your eyes wide open to discover all his works.
Undoubtedly, the most important and well-known are the Güell Park, the famous Sagrada Familia and the Batlló House:
The Sagrada Familia
As you may know, the building is not finished yet. It has been under construction since 1882 and Gaudí was in charge of this work until he died in 1926. Since then, it has become Spain’s best-known building.
The Park Güell
The Park Güell is an architectural wonder that makes you doubt between what is nature and what is designed by Gaudí.
Full of colorful, curved shapes and carved animals, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxed morning in Barcelona.
Avoid going at noon and in midsummer, as it gets crowded and you will not be able to relax for a second!
The ticket cost 7 euros (4.9 euros for children over 7 years old), and you can buy the tickets directly on the website of the Güell Park to get the best price (at the office costs 1 euro more).
In 1904 the famous building was rebuilt by Gaudi. The change was spectacular; so much that it seems that the house has its own life. It is rightly one of the most photographed places in Barcelona.
The entrance is not cheap (21.5 euros), but it is worth knowing the Casa Batlló. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!
You can also visit other works of Gaudí as:
- Casa Milá
- Güell Palace
- Bellesguard Tower
- Teresianas’ College
Don’t miss this 4-day Barcelona itinerary to plan your perfect trip!
2. Cycling Barcelona
How about exploring Barcelona by bike?
If you are looking for cool and fun things to do in Barcelona, biking is a must. Besides, the city features flat terrain perfect for bikes.
Planning your own bike tour is the best thing you could do. My personal advice? After visit some of the main attractions, you could bike to the best flea markets in town (as Boqueria Market) and taste Spanish food. Yummy!
You can use the public bikes you’ll find throughout the city or hire a bike in Barcelona. It’s a must! I recommend you to look for companies like Donkey.bike, an online service for bicycle rental. It’s cheaper and easier.
3. Enjoy art at the Paseo de Gracia
If you want to walk and enjoy the buildings of the city, sit on a terrace to have a cafe or just enjoy an afternoon of shopping. Paseo de Gracia has it all.
Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, is a must. One of the most famous buildings on Paseo de Gracia, and of course, it’s another of the majestic works of Gaudí.
Don’t miss the Casa Amatller in Puig i Cadafalch, Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Fuster in Domènech i Montaner.
If you are looking where to stay in Barcelona, this area is a great one. Also you can choose hotels in El Raval, La Barceloneta and Les Corts.
And if you travel to Barcelona on a cruise and are looking for accommodation closed to the port, take a look at these hotels near Barcelona cruise port.
4. Stroll along the Ramblas
The Ramblas is one of the places to take a walk with more ambience of the city and one of the essential things to do in Barcelona.
With a length of just over a kilometer, this street that ends in Plaza de Cataluña is melt with tourists, local and merchants. Bustle is assured!
There are three places you can’t miss in your walk through the Ramblas:
- The Boqueria market, where you will find very good quality local products.
- The Mirador of Colón, a sculpture with the famous Christopher Columbus on top.
- The Gran Teatro of Liceo, the oldest theater in Barcelona and an entire artwork.
5. Lose yourself in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona
You can’t leave Barcelona without visiting its famous Gothic Quarter.
Lose yourself in its narrow streets and visit the majestic Cathedral of Barcelona. Many people forget about it or even think that the Sagrada Familia is the cathedral.
If you have read the novel The Cathedral of the Sea, you can’t miss the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. You will love it!
Bonus! Barceloneta’s Beach
There is no better place to enjoy the good weather of the city than the Barceloneta’s beach.
Perfect for walking through the promenade or jogging along its shore. Want to enjoy the beach in the evenings? Don’t forget to have a cocktail while watching the sunset.
To get to the beach, just take the metro to the Barceloneta stop. It’s so easy!
If you plan to visit the city, don’t forget these 5 essential things to do in Barcelona that will make your trip unforgettable.
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Are you spending more than 90 days in Spain?
Non EU passport holders can only visit Spain for 90 days. If you want to spend more time exploring Barcelona and surroundings, you can apply for a Non Lucrative Visa to stay as long as you want.