15+ Insider Tips on What to Do in Barcelona

You probably know a bit about Barcelona, ​​the timeless Mediterranean city and one of the most popular travel destinations in Spain (and in the world as well), but probably not so deep as to have had the opportunity to discover hidden niches, live like the locals do, or try the authentic Catalan cuisine.

If you don’t want to end up like the “guiris” (foreigners) who spend their time walking up and down the Rambla drinking sangria and eating an expensive and not so traditional paella, read our tips on 30 things to do in Barcelona!

1. Wander the streets and squares of the Born and the Gothic Quarter and discover their hidden secrets.
Barcelona cultural center

Tip: Go to “Plaça Sant Miquel” and find the monument which is a homage to Castellers also known as human towers.

2. Walk down Passeig de Gracia and admire the many architectural works of art of Antoni Gaudi. Don’t forget to visit the “House of Bones”, officially known as Casa Batlló. The house is open to visitors 365 days a year from 9am to 9pm.

Photo by sezyilmaz via Instagram

Tip: The whole block (between calle Aragó and calle Consell de Cent) is called Block of Discord and there are other popular buildings such as Casa Amatller and Casa Llò Morera.

3. Skate (or walk) the Paseo Maritimo from the Barceloneta beach until the end at the Forum

Photo by Mari_Rosseta via Instagram
Photo by Mari_Rosseta via Instagram

Tip: Stop by beach bar commonly known as “chiringuito” for one mojito (or two!).

4. Have a drink at the Bar Marsella, the oldest in the city, and once a second home to Hemingway
Marsella. Barcelona

Tip: Drink a glass of absinthe which is the typical drink in this bar. Besides Hemingway there were other popular artists that also visited Bar Marsella, such as Picasso, Gaudi and Dalí.

5. See a free exhibition in Palau Robert (on Passeig de Gracia) or one of the many galleries in the city

Palau Robert exhibition
Palau Robert – Passeig de Gràcia, 107

Tip: Until 15 October 2017 there’s a free photography exhibition at Palau Robert entitled “Dalí, Breaking News”.

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6. Relax with a cold beer in hand on the patio at the Antic Teatre and see a show

antic teatre barcelona
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Tip: Arrive early in the afternoon if you want to sit outside at the patio because this popular bar gets full very quickly.

7. Have a picnic at the Ciutadella park and do a bit of people watching.

ciutadella barcelona
image source: barcelonabook.com

Tip: Search for the gigantic mammoth sculpture and take a photo!

8. Eat fresh tapas in a bar near the Barceloneta beach (Jai-Ca or Can Mano) and follow it up with a delicious paella at Can Ros

jai ca tapas barcelona
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Tip: And to finish up go for a caña (beer) at “Bar Ke”.

9. Go to a live flamenco show, dance and drink a glass of vermouth on a Saturday afternoon at Bar Leo (Barceloneta)

bar leo barcelona
image source: elperiodico.com

Tip: Admire and enjoy the feeling and atmosphere of this emblematic bar.

10. Eat the fantastic “churros con chocolate” on calle Petritxol, in the Gothic Quarter

granja-la-pallaresa churros chocolate
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Tip: Calle Petritxol was the first street in Barcelona without sidewalks, completely pedestrian and asphalted.

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11. Take a break in the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) plaza, watching the skaters do their tricks

skate MACBA barcelona
image source: todobarcelona.org

Tip: If you get tired of watching the skaters go for a walk on “calle Joaquin Costa” to see some street art.

12. Spend an evening in the Gracia neighbourhood in one of the many bars or have a drink in the open air in the Plaça del Sol

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Plaça del Sol, Gracia neighborhood

Tip: Go to Plaça del Diamant if the Plaça del Sol is too crowded.

13. See Messi score a hat-trick in the Camp Nou stadium

messi camp nou
Camp Nou – Carrer d’Aristides Maillol, 12 – image by rakumori on flickr

Tip: Pay attention to the “independence” chantings at the 17 minutes and 14 seconds mark.

14. Hunt for antiques and trinkets at the Mercat dels Encants (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays)

mercat dels encants barcelona
image source: ara.cat

15. See a movie in its original language at cinema Verdi in the neighbourhood of Gracia, or for a few euros a film d’essay at the Filmoteca (Raval)

filmoteca raval
image source: elpais.com

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16. Have a seafood snack at the bar Pinotxo in La Boquería market

pinotxo barcelona boqueria
image source: livingthedreamrtw.com

Tip: Get a fruit smoothie while you’re at Boqueria.

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