Barcelona is one of the most vibrant cities in Spain. With a host of rich culinary experiences, a unique sense of style that is evident from its art and architecture, outdoor activities that can take you to either a beach or a mountain, and the distinctive warmth of Spanish people, Barcelona is a city unlike any other.
There are countless things to do in Barcelona and regardless of your travel budget, companions or preferences, the city promises something fun and exciting for everyone. Head over to your nearest SOTC branch to know about Barcelona tour packages and Spain tour packages to plan out your Barcelona holiday and have the trip of a lifetime!
Whether you have one day or one week in Barcelona, here are some of the things that you simply must experience.
The city is a strong reflection of the Catalan Modernist movement in art and architecture. You will spy the influence and work of several renowned masters from this time, including Antoni Gaudí, who designed the infamous La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Park Güell – all important places to see in Barcelona – and Josep Maria Jujol, who not only designed Casa Milà but also worked with Gaudí on Casa Batlló and Park Güell. The best part is that you don’t have to visit a museum or gallery to immerse in the art – it is all around you.
A list of things to do in Barcelona is incomplete without mentioning the city’s delicious offering of food and drink. Tapas, the unique style of Spanish appetizers that can be served both hot and cold, are an absolute must-try. Patatas bravas (cubed and fried potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce), tortilla española (Spanish-style omelette with potatoes and onions) and croquetas (breaded and fried fritters with stuffing) should be at the top of your hit list. If you’re non-vegetarian, make sure you also sample the delicious cured meats and sea food that Spain is known for. For classic fare, visit one of the many food markets dotting the city (La Boqueria is a good one) or traditional restaurants. If you have some extra time, make sure to experiment with modern Spanish cuisine – the ultimate melange of old and new.
Whether you are a wine novice or a connoisseur, one of the most enjoyable things to do in Barcelona is a wine tour. There are plenty of wine tours near Barcelona, with Montserrat being a popular destination. Book your tour in advance to get the best possible experience, host and price. Most tours typically include a visit to 2 – 3 wineries near Barcelona for wine tasting, along with lunch or tapas served throughout. Not only will you learn a thing or two about wine and food pairings, you will also have the opportunity to meet and socialise with other travellers from across the world.
To get to know a city well, you have to soak in some local culture – and what better way to do that than by moving your feet? The Spanish people love song and dance, and Sardana is the traditional dance of the Catalonia region, where Barcelona is located. It is performed by holding hands in a circle and dancing in time to the melody of a Catalonian flute. There are many Sardana contests held throughout Barcelona on Sundays. You can either watch from the side lines, or actively learn and participate – it’s really up to you!
Barcelona is unique because it offers both beach and mountain terrain for you to explore. That feature, combined with the inviting weather, means that outdoor activities are simply a must-do when it comes to Barcelona sightseeing. Enjoy the stunning skyline by visiting the peak of Montjuïc, either by hiking or taking the cable car to the top. If you have extra time, we recommend visiting the Carmel Bunkers at sunset for a breath-taking view of the city from a lesser-known vantage point – pack a picnic basket and you’re good to go!
If you’re more of a beach type person, head over to Barceloneta Beach for an afternoon, where you can frolic in the sun, sand and sea, or try your hand at water sports like jet skiing, fly boarding and paddle surfing.