Things To Do In Barcelona
Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain and is the country’s second largest city behind Madrid. It boasts a must-see list featuring the medieval Gothic Quarter, Camp Nou Stadium, La Sagrada Família and Park Güell. Experience all of these and more by giving the following activities a try:
1) Barcelona City Tour:
The Barcelona City Tour is a hop-on hop-off bus service that offers panoramic sightseeing throughout the Catalan capital. Its two east-west routes feature over 15 stops each, covering spots loved by both locals and tourists alike. Admire Gaudi at his finest by visiting Casa Batllo and La Pedrera, enjoy the activities and art of the Caixa Forum, or kick back on the beaches of La Barceloneta.
2) The Works Of Antoni Gaudí:
Barcelona's architecture is the basis of some of its finest activities. If your visit has to include the city's ultimate natural and man-made wonders then look no further than a guided tour of Park Güell and La Sagrada Família.
There's so much to discover in Park Güell, from the rainbow trencadís sculptures to the 86 Doric columns that a helpful guide is sure to prove both useful and entertaining. The Basilica of the Sagrada Família is such a popular attraction that a 'skip-the-line' tour is pretty much the only way to get inside without waiting significant lengths of time.
Of course, there's more to Spain's most famous architect than parks and churches. Check out our blog piece on the 14 finest Gaudí buildings and attractions in Barcelona for extra sightseeing inspiration.
3) Camp Nou Experience:
If you're a football fan visiting Barcelona then you won't want to pass up this self-guided tour of Camp Nou Stadium and the FC Barcelona Museum. There's hardly a facility you don't gain entry to, from the changing rooms, pitch access tunnel and television studio to the mixed zone, press room and commentary boxes, you'll see it all and unravel a legendary history.
4) Discover Barceloneta Paella:
'Best' may be a subjective term when it comes to dining, but we're confident this half-dozen selection of seafood eateries will satisfy the pickiest taste buds (if they like seafood anyway).
Taking inspiration from local experts and other travel bloggers we managed to assemble 6 paella restaurants located in and around the seaside Barceloneta district. Enjoy a taste of neighbouring Valencia with amazing scenery and golden beaches just a stones throw away.
5) Barcelona Card:
To unlock Barcelona's handiest selection of tourist discounts we'd strongly recommend checking out the Barcelona Card. Its two best features are the selection of free museum entries and free public transport entitlement.
Ascend to the beautiful mountain neighbourhood of Montjuïc and pay nothing to enter the postcard worthy National Art Museum of Catalonia. The nearby Magic Fountain of Montjuïc makes the experience all the better. Certain attractions still require an entrance fee, but are cheaper with the Barcelona Card. Journey to Barcelona's hilly north and get 20% off Tibidabo Amusement Park and Barcelona Zoo.
6) Barcelona Ice Bar:
Dreaming of cocktails by the beach during your next trip to Barcelona? Then there's a good chance that 'Ice Barcelona' deserves a spot on your nightlife itinerary. Based on a concept popular in big cities throughout Europe, the Barcelona Ice Bar first opened its doors in November 2007.
Easily the most stand-out feature of this chilly boozer is its location. Perched at northern end of Barceloneta Beach, its front terrace overlooks golden sands and warm Mediterranean waters.
Inside you'll find one of the city's most delightful contrasts, a -5°C bar area filled with dazzling ice sculptures and colourful lights. Warm jackets and a free welcome drink are provided upon entry. Remember, however, that you don't have to enter the cold room, as there's a specious lounge and terrace.
Entry is available from 12:00 to 23:15, and that includes kids, who're welcome to enjoy the sub-zero experience up until 23:00. This makes Ice Barcelona one of the Condal City's most versatile nightlife spots, ideal for individuals, families and party groups alike - be they locals or tourists.
To reserve your visit book a slot online. This guarantees entry on your chosen date along with added extras such as a free welcome drink. Once booked, simply turn up with your ticket, kick-back, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.
7) Barcelona iVenture Card:
Want to enjoy the ultimate Barcelona city break experience? Have a look at the Barcelona iVenture Card. Depending on your budget/timescale pick a card that includes as little as 3 or as much as 37 offers and activities! Highlights include: Poble Espanyol, Torre Bellesguard, skip-the-line Picasso Museum entry and a morning coach tour to Montserrat.
Cards can be ordered online then collected at four of the city's Julia Travel offices. Once activated, it's valid for 7 consecutive days.
8) Barcelona Zoo:
Purchase tickets before you travel and spend a fun-filled day at Barcelona Zoo. The city zoo is home to more than 4,000 wild animals in spacious, leafy enclosures. See dolphins, lions, monkeys and more, and learn about Snowflake, the much-loved, rare albino gorilla who lived here from 1966 until his death in 2003.
9) Picasso Museum & Gothic Quarter Tour:
Join a local guide and explore Barcelona's intimate connection to world-renowned artist Pablo Picasso. This 3-hour walking tour explores the locations of his early life, such as the Gothic Quarter and El Born, and includes skip-the-line Picasso Museum admission.
10) PortAventura Theme Park:
PortAventura Theme Park boasts 40 different rides that'll test your courage and get the adrenaline flowing. Discover one-of-a-kind roller coasters, some with European records for height, speed and size. There's also plenty of attractions suitable for younger visitors, plus 40 live entertainment performances. Book a return coach from Barcelona and get ready to enjoy this unforgettable summer excursion!
11) Caribe Aquatic Park:
Cool off and have a whale of a time at Caribe Aquatic Park south of Barcelona. Coaches depart from the Julia Travel Office on Carrer de Balmes, 5 during the summer months. Just remember your sun screen!
You can practice rafting, whizz down water slides or relax on a lounger surrounded by the sounds of the waves tasty reggae rhythms. Caribe Aquatic Park has pools and attractions to suit all tastes and ages, but only the brave might attempt 'King Khajuna', Europe’s highest free fall waterslide!