As well as thousands of amazing things to see, such as La Sagrada Familia, the Magic Fountain and the Gothic Quarter, with its great weather, mountains, beaches and rich culture, there are also plenty of great activities to experience in Barcelona.
I’m developing this new activities section of Hola Yessica with a little help from the city guide Barcelona Life, who offer travelers a lot of great activities via their website, as well as recommending many independent tour companies. Our idea is to develop this page together to create a great list of things to do in Barcelona, drawing from both my own experiences and their knowledge of the city – we’re both really keen to make this an awesome resource for travelers coming to the Catalan capital!
So in no particular order, here are some cool activities, tours, and things to do in BCN… but check back soon because this is just the beginning:
- Get on your bike! There are lots of bike tour companies in the city, mostly catering to young backpackers, but one I recently tried (and reviewed) was a Steel Donkey bike ride, which is a little different. It’s a small group alternative tour focusing on Barcelona’s more hidden treasures. Don’t want to explore with a guide? They also offer very affordable bike rentals.
- Watch a football match! Soccer is HUGE in Barcelona and the city’s beloved Barca FC are one of the best teams in the world. Not only that, but the team boasts one of the biggest and best stadiums in the planet – the 99,000 seater Camp Nou Stadium. Tickets for a game can cost anything between 10 euros (for an unimportant cup game against a lower-level team) to 1000s of euros for a VIP ticket to Barca vs. Real Madrid (this fixture, known as “El Clasico”, is soccer’s greatest rivalry!).
- Eat up! I’m sure you’re planning on visiting a few restaurants during your visit to the Catalan capital (in which case check out my reviews of Cafe Marti, Rincon del Cava and Kiosko – three of my favourites!), but what about taking a guided food tour of the city? Gastro-tourism is all the rage in Barcelona, whether you fancy a gourmet tapas crawl, cooking with a Catalan/Spanish chef or perhaps enjoying some artisan cheese tasting. To find out more about these, and several other culinary experiences, check out this nice list of cooking and food activities on Barcelona Life.
- Climb a mountain! Ok no need to actually climb one yourself; cable cars and a winding “cremallera” train will take you to the top of Montserrat mountain, famous for its medieval abbey, boys’ choir and sacred Black Madonna icon. One of Barcelona’s most popular day trips is a visit to Montserrat, which combines culture, religion and breathtaking scenery. This Barcelona blog has a handy article on visiting Montserrat by public transport.
That’s it for now! But like I mentioned, this is just the beginning of what I hope will be an inspirational resource for travelers coming to Barcelona. I’ll be adding more first-hand reviews of the city’s best soon!