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100 Things To Do In Barcelona

100 Things To Do In Barcelona

100 Things To Do In Barcelona

Last Updated: 20th September 2018

You could feasibly soak up the unique culture of Barcelona just by sitting outside a vermouth bar and watching the world go by.

But there’s plenty of other ways tapas the time.

And while that will obviously include soaking up Gaudí’s architectural wonders; checking out the multiple art museums and hitting the beach, it might less obviously include learning how to drink absinthe the traditional way in Hemingway’s former haunt; going on a cryptic cocktail crawl; dining inside a cable car tower; picnicking with panoramic views of the city; finding a restaurant hidden in a bar; visiting a church filled with geese; and eating a 4 hour experiential dinner in a room with cloud ceilings.

So as your curators-in-chief, we’ve trawled the city and put everything in one handy list.

Here it is.


PS You can explore all of our favourite restaurants, bars, hotels, and things to do in our full Barcelona City Guide


1. WATCH FLAMENCO IN A BAROQUE PALACE
El Born | €€

Palau Damalses - 100 things to do in Barcelona

Or opera, if that’s more your thing. VIEW MORE INFO
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2. FIND A STREET PARTY IN GRACIA
Gràcia | Free

Street Party Gracia - things to do in Barcelona

The Festa Major in August is their most famous. VIEW MORE INFO
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3. GO ON A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF SPAIN AT POBLE ESPANYOL
Montjuïc | €

Poble Espanyol - things to do in Barcelona

It has 117 lifesize copies of buildings from across Spain. VIEW MORE INFO
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4. HEAD TO THE MUSEUM OF CATALAN HISTORY
Gothic Quarter | €

Museum of Catalan history - things to do in Barcelona

Then have a drink overlooking the port on their roof terrace. VIEW MORE INFO
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5. DRINK IN THE HISTORY AT A TAPAS BAR-BREWERY
Gothic Quarter | €€

Els 4 Gats - things to do in Barcelona

Picasso and his modernist mates used to hang out here at Els 4 Gats. VIEW MORE INFO
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6. TAKE THE CABLECAR UP TO THE JOAN MIRO MUSEUM
Montjuïc | €€

Joan Miro Museum - things to do in Barcelona

There are guided tours every Thursday at 1pm. VIEW MORE INFO
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7. AND MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE MERCURY FOUNTAIN
Montjuïc | Inside The Museum

Calder Fountain - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Steven Brace/Flickr

Don’t worry, they keep it behind glass now. VIEW MORE INFO
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8. THEN WATCH THE SUNSET WITH LIVE BOSSA NOVA AT CASETA DEL MIGDIA
Montjuïc | €€

Caseta del Migdia - things to do in Barcelona

It’s not hugely fancy, but the views are incredible. VIEW MORE INFO
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9. DRINK WINE, READ BOOKS AT MONVINIC
Eixample | €€(€€)

Monvinic - things to do in Barcelona

So. Much. Wine. VIEW MORE INFO
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10. CRICK YOUR NECK LOOKING AT THE SAGRADA FAMILIA
Sagrada Familia | €€€

Sagrada Familia - things to do in Barcelona

Work started in 1882, and it passed half completion in 2010. VIEW MORE INFO
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11. THEN SHOP FOR VERMOUTH IN CASA MARIOL
Sagrada Familia | €€

Casa Mariol - best things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Joselu Blanco/Flickr

Make sure you test some, first. VIEW MORE INFO
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12. SEE THE CITY FROM ABOVE
Gothic Quarter | €€

Grand Hotel Central - best hotels in Barcelona

There’s even a week in June dedicated to the city’s hotel terraces, with all kinds of special events. VIEW MORE INFO
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13. VISIT CASA BATLLÓ BY NIGHT
Eixample | €€€

Casa Battlo - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Elisabetta Stringhi/Flickr

And listen to live music with drinks in amongst the chimney pots. VIEW MORE INFO
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14. WANDER THROUGH THE GOTHIC QUARTER
Gothic Quarter | Free

Gothic Quarter - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Soomness/Flickr

And finish wandering when you get to El Paraigua. VIEW MORE INFO
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15. BOOK A TABLE AT SPEAKEASY
Eixample | €€€€

Speakeasy - things to do in Barcelona

It’s a restaurant… hidden within a bar. VIEW MORE INFO
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16. EXPLORE THE CITY BY VESPA
From El Born | €€€

Via Vespa - things to do in Barcelona

Stop off for tapas in each neighbourhood. VIEW MORE INFO
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17. LET YOUR MIND BE SLIGHTLY BLOWN BY PARK GÜELL
La Salut | €

Park Guell - things to do in Barcelona

It’s pretty Güell. VIEW MORE INFO
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18. THEN GO FOR FULL OVERLOAD AT CASA MILÀ
Eixample | €€

Casa Mila - things to do in Barcelona

Man, this guy was busy. VIEW MORE INFO
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19. EAT EXPERIMENTAL MICHELIN-STARRED CUISINE AT CINC SENTITS
Eixample | €€€€

Cinc Sentits - things to do in Barcelona

And go for a nightcap at Dry MartiniVIEW MORE INFO
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20. CLIMB UP TO THE PALAU NACIONAL
Montjuïc | €€

Palau Nacional - things to do in Barcelona

And check out the National Museum of Catalan Art inside. VIEW MORE INFO
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21. THEN CATCH THE EVENING LIGHT SHOW AT THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN
Montjuïc | Free

Magic Fountain - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Alexander Baxevanis/Flickr

It has a mere 7 billion possible light and water combinations. VIEW MORE INFO
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22. BEG, STEAL, OR SNEAK IN AN EXTRA TABLE AT ENIGMA
Sant Antoni | €€€€€

Enigma - things to do in Barcelona

It involves 4 hour, 40 course tasting menus; frozen caviar; and cloud ceilings. VIEW MORE INFO
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23. SEE A SUPERCOMPUTER INSIDE A CHURCH
Ciutat Universitària | By Appointment Only

Supercomputer - things to do in Barcelona

It’s got 13.7 Petaflops of power. Yeaaaah. VIEW MORE INFO
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24. TRY NOT TO GET CREEPED OUT IN MONTJUÏC CEMETERY
Montjuïc | Free

Montjuic Cemetery - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: –v/Flickr

They offer tours of the most artistically interesting monuments. VIEW MORE INFO
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25. THEN TAKE A LOOK AROUND EUROPE’S ONLY FUNEREAL CARRIAGE MUSEUM
Montjuïc | Free

Montjuic Funeral Carriage Collection - things to do in Barcelona

A rip-roaring day out for all. VIEW MORE INFO
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26. BUILD A PICNIC BASKET AT LA BOQUERIA
El Raval | €€

La Boqueria - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Jason Gessner/Flickr

It’s the Borough Market of Barcelona. VIEW MORE INFO
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27. …AND EAT THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOUR BY THE BUNKERS OF CARMEL
Can Baró | Free

Bunkers at Carmel - things to do in Barcelona

Feat. panoramic views of the city. VIEW MORE INFO
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28. OR HEAD TO THE QUIETER MERCAT SANTA CATERINA
El Born | €€

Mercat Santa Caterina - things to do in Barcelona

Snack on melt-in-the-mouth jamón before you… VIEW MORE INFO
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29. SEE A CONCERT AT THE PALAU DE LA MÚSICA ORFEÓ CATALÀ
El Born | €€

Palau de musica catalana - best things to do in Barcelona

Or take a guided tour if you want to know about the architecture. VIEW MORE INFO
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30. EXPLORE THE 19th CENTURY GARDENS OF CA N’ALTIMIRA
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi | Free

Gardens de ca n'altimira - things to do in Barcelona

They were built by a millionaire freemason who supposedly had an orangutan for a butler. VIEW MORE INFO
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31. DANCE IN EACH ROOM IN RAZZMATAZZ
Poblenou | €€€

Razzmatazz - things to do in Barcelona

They cover indie, house, disco, pop and dancehall. VIEW MORE INFO
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32. …THEN GET A 4PM BRUNCH THE DAY AFTER
Gothic Quarter | €€

Milk brunch - things to do in Barcelona

Milk serves their ‘Recovery Brunch’ daily, with lashings of cava and bloody maries. VIEW MORE INFO
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33. DRESS UP, WATCH THE BALLET AT THE GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU
La Rambla | €€

Gran Teatre del Liceu - best things to do in Barcelona

Seats are cheaper than you think, and the building’s insane. VIEW MORE INFO
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34. THEN EXPLORE THE STUDIO OF ITS FORMER SET DESIGNER
Gràcia | €€

Oleguer Junyent - things to do in Barcelona

It’s full of designs, costumes, and automata. VIEW MORE INFO
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35. GO WINDOW SHOPPING 19th CENTURY-STYLE AT HERBORISTERIA DEL REI
Gothic Quarter | €

Herboristeria del Rei - things to do in Barcelona

It’s the oldest herbal and cosmetic store in the city. VIEW MORE INFO
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36. HIT THE BEACH
Barceloneta | €

Beach - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: James Truepenny/Flickr

Then pick-your-own seafood at La Paradeta. VIEW MORE INFO
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37. SPEND A WEEKEND BROWSING THE VINTAGE & ANTIQUE STANDS AT MERCANTIC
Sant Cugat des Vallès | €€

Mercantic - things to do in Barcelona

And check out the craft workshops upstairs, too. VIEW MORE INFO
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38. THEN TAKE A LOAD OFF WITH A TRADITIONAL VERMOUTH BRUNCH
Sant Cugat des Vallès | €€

El Siglo Mercantic - things to do in Barcelona

They serve it in the old bookshop every weekend, with live music. VIEW MORE INFO
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39. WATCH A MATCH AT CAMP NOU
Les Corts | €€

Camp Nou - things to do in Barcelona

You can even go on a VR-enhanced tour. VIEW MORE INFO
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40. GO TO A CENTURY-OLD AMUSEMENT PARK
Sant Jordi | €€€

Tibidabo park - things to do in Barcelona

It’s one of the world’s oldest, and it’s still going. VIEW MORE INFO
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41. THEN TAKE A LOOK AT THE HILLTOP TEMPLE OF THE SACRED HEART
Sant Jordi | €

Tibidabo Church - things to do in Barcelona

You may need shades. VIEW MORE INFO
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42. SCUBA DIVE WITH SHARKS AT BARCELONA AQUARIUM
Port Vell | €€€€€

Barcelona Aquarium - things to do in Barcelona

You can go with or without the cage. VIEW MORE INFO
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43. BRUSH UP ON CONTEMPORARY ART AT MACBA
El Raval | €

MACBA - things to do in Barcelona

Then browse the shops down Portal de l’Àngel. VIEW MORE INFO
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44. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO MONTSERRAT
Monserrat | €

Montserrat - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Bert Kaufmann/Flickr

And visit the monastery in the mountains. VIEW MORE INFO
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45. HIT THE PICASSO MUSEUM
El Born | €€

Picasso Museum - things to do in Barcelona

The place is kind of a work of art in itself. VIEW MORE INFO
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46. THEN DRINK SPARKLING CATALONIAN WINE AT EL XAMPANYET
El Born | €

El Xampanyet - best bars in barcelona

It’s been around since 1929. VIEW MORE INFO
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47. GET LOST IN THE SECRET GARDENS OF THE LABERINT D’HORTA
Horta-Guinardó | €

Laberint d Horta - things to do in Barcelona

They’re crazy beautiful. VIEW MORE INFO
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48. CLIMB THE ROOFTOPS OF THE CANDLELIT SANTA MARIA DEL MAR
La Ribera | €€

Santa Maria del Mar - things to do in Barcelona

You can see the sun setting over the surrounding neighbourhoods. VIEW MORE INFO
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49. THEN ADMIRE THEM FROM BELOW, WITH WINE
La Ribera | €€

La Vinya del Senyor - best bars in Barcelona

La Vinya del Senyor is right opposite, and it’s excellent. VIEW MORE INFO

50. WATCH OLD FILMS AT THE FILMOTECA
Raval | €

Filmoteca - things to do in Barcelona

They always have great exhibitions on, too. VIEW MORE INFO
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51. SQUEEZE INTO QUIMET Y QUIMET
Poble Sec | €€

Quimet & Quimet - best bars in Barcelona

It’s tiny, but it might just be the best tapas you’ve ever had. VIEW MORE INFO
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52. TAKE A STROLL ROUND THE JARDÍ BOTÀNIC
Montjuïc | €/Free on certain days

Jardi Botanic - things to do in Barcelona

Walk through six different climates in one place. VIEW MORE INFO
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53. VISIT SOME OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE CITY

Best restaurants in Barcelona - things to do in Barcelona

We have a couple of ideas here… VIEW MORE INFO
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54. SEE SOMETHING AVANT GARDE AT THE ANTIC THEATRE
Eixample | €€

Antic Theatre - best bars in Barcelona

And discuss it over cheap beers in their secret garden afterwards. VIEW MORE INFO
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55. GAWP AT THE GIANTS OF SANTA MARIA DEL PI
Gothic Quarter | €

Santa Maria del Pi - things to do in Barcelona

You can also climb their bell tower – the tallest Medieval tower in the city. VIEW MORE INFO
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56. IF IT’S WINTER, ORDER A HOT CHOCOLATE AT LA GRANJA 1872
Gothic Quarter | €

La Granja 1872 - things to do in Barcelona

With churros, of course. VIEW MORE INFO
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57. AND IF IT’S CHRISTMAS, LOOK FOR EL CAGANER

El Caganer - things to do in Barcelona

Aka the heartwarming Catalan tradition of hiding a peasant taking a dump somewhere in the nativity scene. VIEW MORE INFO
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58. DRINK ABSINTHE IN HEMINGWAY’S OLD HAUNT
El Raval | €

Bar Marsella - best bars in Barcelona

200 years old, to be precise. VIEW MORE INFO
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59. TAKE A BIKE RIDE DOWN LA RAMBLA TO PORT VELL
Las Ramblas | €

La Rambla - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Mathieu Marquer/Flickr

It’s Barcelona’s most famous street for a reason. VIEW MORE INFO
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60. THEN HEAD UP TO THE MIRADOR AT COLUMBUS MONUMENT
Port Vell | €

Columbus Monument - best things to do in Barcelona

And score panoramic views of the city and sea. VIEW MORE INFO
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61. HEAD TO THE MARITIME MUSEUM
Port Vell | €

Maritime Museum - things to do in Barcelona

They have a full size galleon in there. VIEW MORE INFO
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62. WATCH THE SUNSET FROM CASA VICENS
Gràcia | €€

Casa Vicens - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Jon Ander/Flickr

Perfect for a night on the tiles. VIEW MORE INFO
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63. BROWSE WORK FROM UP-AND-COMING ARTISTS AT PALO ALTO MARKET
Poblenou | €

Palo Alto Market - things to do in Barcelona

And refuel on delicious street food. VIEW MORE INFO
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64. GET ICE CREAM FROM GELARTO ROSA
Gothic Quarter | €

Gelarto Rosa - things to do in Barcelona

Try the wasabi hazelnut. VIEW MORE INFO
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65. TICK OFF BARCELONA’S BEST BARS

Old Fashioned - best bars in Barcelona

We have some suggestions… VIEW MORE INFO
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66. WALK THROUGH AN UNDERGROUND ROMAN CITY
Gothic Quarter | €

MUHBA - things to do in Barcelona

It’s literally underneath the Plaça del Rei. VIEW MORE INFO
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67. RIDE A 1901 FUNICULAR TROLLEY UP TIBIDABO
Sant Jordi | €

Mirablau - best bars in Barcelona

Credit: Jon Ander/Flickr

Then watch the sunset with a cocktail from Mirablau. VIEW MORE INFO
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68. SWIM IN AN URBAN OASIS AT PARC DE LA CREUETA DEL COLL
Gràcia | €

Parc de la Creueta del Coll - things to do in Barcelona

It was built in a former quarry, and it’s lush. VIEW MORE INFO
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69. ORDER A FEAST OF TAPAS AND VERMOUTH AT BALIUS
Poblenou | €€

Balius - things to do in Barcelona

On Sunday afternoons, they have live jazz. VIEW MORE INFO
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70. SHOP AT A ZERO-WASTE SUPERMARKET
Sant Antoni | €€

Yes Future - things to do in Barcelona

Bring your own jars and bags, and stock up. VIEW MORE INFO
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71. HAVE A NOSE AROUND A 19th CENTURY FREEMASON’S LIBRARY
Fort Pienc | €

Biblioteca Arus - things to do in Barcelona

He bequeathed his 24,000 books to promote free thinking. VIEW MORE INFO
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72. SUNBATHE IN A CONVERTED INDUSTRIAL PARK
Sants | Free

Parc Industrial - things to do in Barcelona

There’s a lake, ping pong tables, and a giant kids’ slide shaped like a dragon. VIEW MORE INFO
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73. BROWSE FOR SCENTS AT LES TOPETTES
El Raval | €€

Les Topettes - things to do in Barcelona

It’s a super trendy soap boutique. VIEW MORE INFO
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74. SOAK UP THE SUN WITH WINE IN THE JARDINS DE RUBIÓ I LLUCH
El Raval | €€

Jardins de Rubio i Lluch - things to do in Barcelona

Fun fact: this ancient hospital is where Gaudí stepped off. VIEW MORE INFO
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75. SEE MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT THE TOURISTS
Eixample | €€

Casa Felip - things to do in Barcelona

Casa Felip is stunning, and sooo much less crowded. VIEW MORE INFO
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76. TAKE TEA AT SALTERIO
Gothic Quarter | €

Salterio - things to do in Barcelona

Or the Turkish coffee, if you’re after something stronger. VIEW MORE INFO
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77. WATCH A FILM ON SANT SEBASTIÀ BEACH
Barceloneta | Free

Cinema Lliure - things to do in Barcelona

It’s on all summer, and it’s free. VIEW MORE INFO
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78. CATCH YOUR BREATH IN THE SQUARE OF SANT FELIP NERI
Gothic Quarter | Free

Sant Felip Neri - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: Katherine Price/Flickr

It’s peaceful now, but you can still see where a nearby bomb hit in WW2. VIEW MORE INFO
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79. SEE SOME OF GAUDÍ’S MORE UNUSUAL ARCHITECTURE
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi | €

Torre Bellesguard - things to do in Barcelona

Torre Bellesguard is genuinely notable for his rare use of straight lines. VIEW MORE INFO
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80. LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC IN A MODERNIST FORMER HOSPITAL
El Guinardó | €€

Sant Pau - things to do in Barcelona

Ugh, more jaw-dropping architecture. VIEW MORE INFO
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81. WATCH DEVILS RUN THROUGH THE STREETS DURING LA MERCÈ

Correfoc La Merce - things to do in Barcelona

It takes place every September, and it’s mental. VIEW MORE INFO
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82. ORDER COCKTAILS AND CREPES AT CREPS AL BORN
El Born | €€

Creps al Born - things to do in Barcelon

This place is a hoot. VIEW MORE INFO
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83. EXPLORE THE AMAZON AT COSMOCAIXA
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi | €

Cosmocaixa - things to do in Barcelona

They’ve recreated 1000 square metres of the rainforest, complete with flesh-eating fish. VIEW MORE INFO
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84. IMAGINE LIVING IN THE BARCELONA PAVILION
Montjuïc | €

Barcelona Pavilion - things to do in Barcelona

Credit: malouette/Flickr

Sooo sleek. VIEW MORE INFO
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85. THEN SEE SOME MODERN ART AT CAIXAFORUM
Montjuïc | €

Caixaforum - things to do in Barcelona

Their exhibitions are always seriously cool. VIEW MORE INFO
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86. GO ROWING ON THE LAKE OF THE PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA
La Ribera | €

Parc de la Ciutadella - things to do in Barcelona

They also have a zoo, and it’s the seat of the Catalan Parliament. VIEW MORE INFO
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87. VISIT A 700 YEAR OLD MONASTERY
Pedralbes | €/Free

Monastery at Pedralbes - things to do in Barcelona

The chapel’s practically a mini Sistine. VIEW MORE INFO
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88. EAT RAMEN IN A JAPANESE BACKSTREET
Sant Pere | €€

Oishii - things to do in Barcelona

They’ve built fake apartment blocks and everything. VIEW MORE INFO
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89. GO TO BRUNCH IN THE CITY
Montjuïc | €€

Brunch in the City - things to do in Barcelona

This monthly electronica minifest sees parks fill with street food and workshops while the likes of Apparat and Mr. Scruff hit the decks. VIEW MORE INFO
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90. EAT DINNER IN A CABLE CAR TOWER
Barceloneta | €€€€

Torre Alta Mar - things to do in Barcelona

It makes an excellent spot to watch the Sant Joan fireworks in June. VIEW MORE INFO
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91. WALK OVER AN ANCIENT ROMAN NECROPOLIS
Gothic Quarter | €

Via Sepulcral Romana - things to do in Barcelona

It’s two millennia old. VIEW MORE INFO
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92. HAVE A SNOOP AROUND GAUDÍ’S HOUSE
La Salut | €

Gaudi House Museum - things to do in Barcelona

It’s filled with furniture he designed, too. VIEW MORE INFO
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93. FIND A BAR BEHIND A FRIDGE IN A SANDWICH SHOP
El Born | €€

El Paradiso - best bars in Barcelona

It’s called El Paradiso, and the cocktails are something else. VIEW MORE INFO
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94. FINISH OFF YOUR MODERNIST TOUR AT CASA AMATLLER
Eixample | €

Casa Amatller - things to do in Barcelona

A little Modernisme, a little Snow White. VIEW MORE INFO
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95. GET TO KNOW YOUR ONIONS AT A TRADITIONAL CALÇOTADA
Across Barcelona | €

Can Cortes Calcotada - things to do in Barcelona

It’s a way out, but Can Cortès is a good spot if you can’t find a street BBQ. VIEW MORE INFO
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96. WALK AROUND LA MODEL PRISON
Eixample | Free

La Model - things to do in Barcelona

It’s just opened its doors to the public this year. VIEW MORE INFO
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97. EAT PAELLA AT SET PORTES
La Ribera | €€

Set Portes - things to do in Barcelona

Order the Parellada version, it’s delicious. VIEW MORE INFO
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98. GO OUT ON A CRYPTIC COCKTAIL TRAIL
Gràcia | €€

Cryptic Cocktails - things to do in Barcelona

Solve clues to find the next bar. VIEW MORE INFO
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99. SPOT THE LIVE GEESE IN THE CLOISTERS OF THE CATEDRAL DE BARCELONA
Gothic Quarter | €

Cathedral - things to do in Barcelona

They represent the years of Saint Eulalia’s life before she was martyred. Obviously. VIEW MORE INFO
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100. TAKE A LOAD OFF BACK AT THE HOTEL – YOU DESERVE IT.

Retrome - best hotels in Barcelona

Haven’t picked yours yet? Happily, we have… VIEW MORE INFO

PS Looking for more inspiration? Check out our entire Barcelona guide


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