Here are some of my top recommendations for things to do if you’re lucky enough to be visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona! All of these are linked to my blog posts, so I’ll add more entries as I write them. Enjoy!
- Get to know the city with a fun bike tour with Steel Donkey Bike Tours.
- The Sagrada Familia – Gaudí’s famously incomplete church. Love or or hate it, it definitely makes an impression.
- The Font Màgica de Montjuïc, the magic fountain show! Way better than Vegas’s Bellagio.
- Take a stroll through the winding streets of the Barri Gòtic.
- Get the city’s best secret view from the Hotel 360.
- Gaudí’s lesser-known works, like the Palau Güell and Casa Vicens
Food & Drink
- Café Marti for an afternoon snack of delicious Spanish pastries and coffee.
- Go for tapas at El Rincón del Cava
- Try some of the city’s best burgers at Kiosko Hamburguseria
- Looking for vegan or vegetarian food in Barcelona? Try all-vegan restaurant and juice bar Juicy Jones.
- Have a go at making sangria
- If you love to cook, try your hand at making gambas al ajillo, espinacas con garbanzos, or pimientos del padrón.
Festivals & Parties
- February: see the crazy partying for Carnaval in the nearby town of Sitges.
- August: The Festa Major de Gràcia (check out photos from this year’s party here!)
- September, check out La Mercè, especially the castellers.
Other Cool Stuff
- Flea Market Barcelona. There are others in Encants, in front of the cathedral on Sundays, and near the metro Drassanes on Sundays, but the Flea Market is my favorite.
- Rent a bike to get around – it’s a flat city with lots of bike routes.
- Talk to some locals about Catalan identity, and the idea that “Catalonia is not Spain.”
- Looking for a unique souvenir? Check out local artist Xavi Julià’s beautiful work.
And one final note: watch out for pickpockets – seriously.