101 things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant city full of activities and monuments that keep locals and tourists coming back for new, different or repeat experiences. After calling it home for the past 22 years, I’ve compiled a list for you to start ticking off, enjoy!

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101 things to do in Barcelona

Classic things to do in Barcelona

  1. Visit Parc Guell and enjoy Gaudí’s mosaic dragon
  2. Marvel at the impressive Sagrada Familia building both from outside and inside
  3. Enjoy the best sunsets and sundowners from the Bunkers el Carmel
  4. Experience the neighbourhood of Gràcia visiting the squares one tapa at a time (Plaça del Sol, Plaça del Diamant, Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça de la Revolució)
  5. Visit the Christ Pantocrator and learn about Catalan romanesque at MNAC
  6. Walk along Les Rambles avenue (early morning to avoid the masses) and..
  7. .. have a taste of Catalan gastronomy at the never sleeping market of La Boqueria
  8. Enjoy the majestic Cathedral
  9. Have a peak at the cutest wall on Plaça Isidre Nonell
  10. Feel like a local in Plaça Felip Neri, arguably the smallest and cutest little square in the Gothic Quarter
  11. View the city from a different viewpoint from The Castle of Montjuïc
  12. Walk the promenade o Passeig marítim from Hotel Arts to hotel Vela
  13. See the undulating façade of La Pedrera or Casa Milà, another of Gaudí’s buildings
  14. Get lost in El Born quarter, especially visiting C/Princesa
  15. Be amazed by Basílica Santa Maria del Mar
  16. Get ready for the busiest meeting point of the city: Plaça Catalunya
  17. Visit the Camp Nou, official stadium of Barça
  18. Walk underneath the Arc de Triomf
  19. Have a paella close to the sea. My favourites are Pez Vela and Cheriff
  20. Visit shelter 307 in Poble Nou

101 things to do in Barcelona: Horta Maze

Different things to do in Barcelona

  1. Stroll in the cacti garden of Jardins de Josep Mossen Batlle
  2. Hop on a bus for a day of sightseeing
  3. Break the bank shopping at Passeig de Gràcia, the “5th Avenue of Barcelona”
  4. Enjoy an orchestra in Palau de la Música
  5. Visit the Horta Maze and try to get out quickly (spoiler: I totally failed!)
  6. Read a book in La ciutadella park
  7. Take the blue tram to go from Avinguda Tibidabo to Tibidabo Theme park
  8. Enjoy the Picasso paintings in the Picasso Museum
  9. Catch up with the latest fashion trends in Pelai St
  10. Have Bravas at Bar Tomás or La esquinica – widely accepted as some of the best in town
  11. Find the enchanted Madrona Chapel
  12. Taste the typical Catalan dishes Fideuà at Arrosseria Xàtiva
  13. Roam the streets of the Raval for the best pre-drinks ambiance
  14. Learn in the Barcelona History Museum
  15. Spend sunset watching the Magic Fountain show in Montjuic
  16. See 360 views of the city from Las Arenas, an old bull fighting stadium turned into a mall
  17. Have brunch in one of the trendiest pedestrian streets in town, Enric Granados
  18. Drink vermut and eat ‘Bombs’ at Cova Fumada
  19. Soak up the sun in the terraces of Sarrià quarter
  20. Have a drink in the terraces overlooking the city at Mirablau or Mirabé
  21. Discover the party scene on the harbour strip
  22. Gamble away your money in the Barcelona Casino
  23. Eat all the Iberian ham/Iberian acorn ham in tapas
  24. Try the budget restaurant of chef Ferran Adrià at König (patates braves and burger 34 are my favourites!!)
  25. Go for a run/walk at carretera de les aigues
  26. Get lost in another time visiting Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
  27. Eat delicious tapas at La Flauta, a busy restaurant
  28. Go sailing and witness Barcelona from the sea
  29. Enjoy the Castellers human towers at the City’s various events

101 things to do in Barcelona: Plaça del Sol

More things to do in Barcelona

  1. Enjoy all the chocolate in the chocolate Museum
  2. Try to not stain your clothes while learning how to eat Calçots, a Catalan food
  3. Do an audio tour in Casa Batllo, one of Gaudí’s iconic buildings with an amazing façade
  4. Visit the modernist hospital of Sant Pau
  5. Go to the plane park next the airport to watch the planes landing and taking off
  6. Swim in La Barceloneta beach
  7. Walk along Rambla del Poblenau and discover the true Barcelona charm
  8. Enjoy a concert in el Jardí de Pedralbes or walk along the tranquil gardens
  9. Go to Palo Alto Market
  10. Visit la casa Vicens
  11. Visit gracia at night to mingle with the locals having drinks
  12. Walk around barri de la ribera to see the harbour
  13. Discover the narrow streets of the jewish quarter
  14. Visit the santa catarina market with its undulating coloured tiles
  15. Go see the modernism shops Colmado Murria
  16. Watch “l’ou com balla” (the egg that dances) at the cathedral during Corpus
  17. Wine tasting at La viniteca
  18. Go to Tibidabo
  19. Appreciate the façade of Casa Comalat (and check it from Corsega st for the back view!)
  20. Take a picture in the pink façade in Pàdua st
  21. Visit the roman temple of August (MUHBA)

101 things to do in Barcelona: Me_Lata art

Some extra things to do in Barcelona

  1. Walk Carolines st
  2. Visit the tunnels underneath Gracia
  3. Eat one of their 4 tapas in Bar la Plata, opened in 1945
  4. Travel back in time by walking in Passatge de les Manufactures to experience the old Barcelona
  5. Enjoy the architecture of the former monastery and church of Sant Pau del Camp
  6. Look down in Passeig de Gràcia and appreciate the tiles covering the street
  7. Get goosebumps in a classic concert at Auditori
  8. Visit els 4 gats, the bar where Picasso and Dalí met up and had dinner most nights
  9. Check the exhibits of Caixa Forum
  10. Visit the Olympic stadium of Sant Jordi
  11. Get lost in the Botanical Gardens
  12. Feel like a noble in Plaça del Rei and Palau Reial
  13. Visit the MACBA (museum of contemporary art) and marvel at groups of skaters in the square in front
  14. Attend any of the neighbourhood Festa Major, the party of each quarter (throughout the year, most of them during Summer months)
  15. Visit the Centre Cultural del born to see the ruins of one of the buildings that were demolished by Felip V
  16. Check for vintage and old things at flea market Els Encants Vells
  17. Look for AXE colours graffiti (featuring John Snow or Sansa Stark!)
  18. Look up to not miss the can sentences in different streets corners by Me_Lata
  19. Visit the underground tunnel of La casa de l’Aigua
  20. Relax in the Arab thermal baths and spa of Aire

101 things to do in Barcelona: John Snow graffiti

Further things to do in Barcelona

  1. Visit one of the better well-known clubs in the city, Razzmatazz
  2. Go back in time in Mercat de Sant Antoni on a Sunday and exchange cards, vinyl’s or chromos
  3. Watch the stars from Observatori Fabra
  4. Have a drink at OHLA hotel rooftop
  5. Enjoy 360 views of Barcelona from El Raval Barceló hotel
  6. Antiaircraft shelter underneath Plaça del Diamant
  7. Go to Pedralbes Monastery
  8. Take an amazing cooking class + dinner/lunch at Just Royal Bcn (their braves sauce and risotto recipe has earned me many good friends)
  9. Visit the famous Estrella Damm Factory
  10. Go up to the 10th floor of Torre the Collserola and admire the city from up high
  11. Attend Sonar Music Festival (only possible in June)

101 things to do in Barcelona: Sagrada Família

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101 things to do in Barcelona

101 things to do in Barcelona

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