If football is what comes to your mind the moment you hear about Barcelona, you’re just at the right place. No, we aren’t going to highlight our love for football or ‘Barca’ here, rather move the spotlight to the best things to do in Barcelona for your Europe trip. Well, because this cosmopolitan capital of Spain is so culturally rich and popular amongst the tourists, has so much in store to wow anyone, that it’s time it gets its fair share of love and attention from you too!
Disclaimer: Before you scroll down, rest assured about keeping your hopes high, because Barcelona does have something for everyone. We’re sure you would end up with no regrets!
1. Admire the architectural genius of Antoni Gaudi
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Every ‘best things to do in Barcelona’ list is absolutely incomplete without mentioning about Gaudi. Being the famous Catalonian architect in the city, buildings designed by him are a must-visit for anyone. Right from the moment you enter the city to the last place (if you can discover it), the majority of the places were idealized by him. So, make sure you take enough time out of your schedule, and visit at least the most famous Sagrada Familia and Park Guell!
- Sagrada Familia
November to February: 9 AM to 6 PM
March: 9 AM to 7 PM
April to September: 9 AM to 8 PM
October: 9 AM to 7 PM
- Park Guell
January 1st to March 25th and October 29th to December 31st: 8.30 AM to 6.30 PM
March 26th to April 30th and August 28th to October 28th: 8 AM to 8.30 PM
May 1st to August 27th: 8 AM to 9.30 PM
Cost: The charges for the entry ticket is around €15 or INR 1,080 and above for Sagrada Familia, and INR 490 for Park Guell if booked online.
- Sagrada Familia: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
- Park Guell: Carrer Olot 5, 08024, Barcelona
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2. Touchdown at the Camp Nou Stadium
Whether you love football or not, the Camp Nou Stadium is one place you should definitely visit in Barcelona. It falls under the top 10 things to do in Barcelona, and you know why! Just let your eyes believe the dream you’ve always seen by watching a live match here. If you aren’t lucky enough to visit during the matches, worry not. Apart from FC Barcelona, this stadium is also home to a lot of concerts at times!
Timings: 9:30 AM to usually 6 PM for taking a tour of the stadium.
Cost: The ticket for the match starts from €10 or INR 700, and for the tour and museum starts from €20 or INR 1,440 and can be booked online through the official website.
Location: Carrer d’Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona
3. Enjoy the thrilling tram & the funicular ride en route Tibidabo Mountain, and soak in the gorgeous views from the Ferris wheel
Trekking to the Sants Montjuic or Tibidabo Mountain is one of the top 10 things to do in Barcelona. If trekking isn’t what gets your heart pumping, get ready to be amazed by the thrilling Tramvia Blau, the tram that drives you till the base of the funicular, which further takes you way up to the mountain. Now what makes this place a haven for adventurers is the perfect Ferris wheel in the amusement park, from where you can sit and admire the beautiful view of the city. Absolutely non-cliche’, isn’t it?
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Cost: The ticket charges for the tram are around €4.60 or INR 330, and €3 or INR 215 for the funicular ride.
Location: Sierra de Collserola range, Barcelona
4. Sail through the city in a classic yacht
There’s no point in visiting Barcelona and not exploring it at all. So, we found the classiest way for you to see the city and at the same time enjoy a laid-back day out. Get yourself on board a yacht, sail through the crystal clear waters, and witness everything that the city boasts at once. Now you don’t have to sit in your room and wonder about what to do in Barcelona at all!
Timings: This is usually a two to three hour sailing trip.
Cost: The tickets for two people is around €190 or INR 13,600.
5. Shop your heart out at Passeig de Gracia
Situated in the central part of Eixample, this is the place to be to satiate your shopping desires. It’s one of the major shopping avenues in the city, and also the most expensive. But who travels to Barcelona everyday right? So leave all the guilt behind, stroll through the street, and buy what your heart desires from the flagship stores of the top Spanish and other international brands here.
Timings: Most of the stores are usually open from 10 AM to 9 PM everyday except Sunday.
Location: Eixample, Barcelona
6. Watch the Flamenco show in Sants Montjuic
Just in case you are fortunate enough to tick Sants Montjuic off your ‘best things to do in Barcelona’ list, dance with joy. Because another great thing to do in the city can also be experienced right here in Tablao De Carmen. The flamenco show is a traditional Spanish performance of dance, song, and guitar music, which will soothe your eyes and ears like never before!
Timings: 6 PM to 6:45 PM and 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
Cost: The ticket for the show along with an excellent cocktail costs around €43 or INR 3,090 if booked online through the official website.
Location: Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13, 08038 Barcelona
7. Dine at Torre d’Alta Mar
Fabulous food with fabulous views, what else does one want during a holiday? Amongst all the romantic things to do in Barcelona, having a fancy Mediterranean luncheon or dinner here definitely tops the chart. Situated 75 metres above the sea level in a cable tower, this restaurant not only offers breathtaking views of the city, but also an experience that you will cherish forever.
Timings: 1 PM to 3:30 PM and 8 PM to 11:30 PM from Tuesday to Saturday, and 8 PM to 11:30 PM on Sunday and Monday.
Cost: €75 or INR 5,400 for two people.
Location: Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 88, 08039 Barcelona
8. Visit the Barcelona Cathedral at night
A visit to this cathedral is definitely one of the best things to do in Barcelona! This is the most beautifully built cathedral in the city, which looks even more gorgeous at night. The coolest thing here is the elevator that takes you up to the roof, and lets you enjoy the spectacular views of the Gothic Quarter and the skyline. So even if you’re not one of the religious kind, make sure you visit here for a unique experience.
Cost: While you can visit the temple and the cloister for free, you will have to pay €3 for a visit to the heart and the roof.
Location: Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona
9. Party at Shoko Beach Club like there’s no tomorrow
Counted amongst the ‘top 5 cities in the world famous for their nightlife’, Barcelona and its every other evening calls for a party! Famous nightclubs, fancy bars, and cheap pubs, there’s every kind of a place to chill and unwind. Shoko is one of the top beach clubs for the wildest celebration. Also, it is the hub for the after-tour parties for celebrities such as Madonna, Coldplay, and Lady Gaga. Sure, you don’t need any more convincing now!
Timings: The club is open every day and night from 12 PM to 6 AM.
Cost: The charges for the entry to the club are around €15 or INR 1,080.
Location: Passeig Marítim, 36, 08005 Barcelona
10. Take a segway tour of the beaches, monuments, and the streets
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Walking around the city to explore it is too mainstream, isn’t it?! It’s time you hop on a Segway and tour around like a smart traveler. Be it visiting the beaches or admiring the monuments and famous streets, you can do it all on your Segway tour. Also, this is one of the best things to do in Barcelona if you’re traveling in a group!
Timings: You can take a Segway tour between 9:30 AM to 6 PM.
Cost: The ticket for one person for a simple tour is around €55 or INr 3,960.
11. Explore the streets of El Raval
This is one of the coolest activities to do in Barcelona if you’re on a look out for a hippy holiday experience. The colorful streets of El Raval have all the kind of unusual bars, cheap food, which lets you chill and make the most out of your holiday here. This is undoubtedly the most hippiest neighbourhood in the city.
Best Bar: Casa Almirall
Popular Attractions: Liceu Opera, La Boquería, and El Gato de Botero
12. Admire the beauty of the art at Picasso Museum
Art lover, are you? Well, Barcelona’s got more than Antoni Gaudi for you. Keep some time off your day for visiting the museum of Picasso to admire some of his famous paintings and artworks. Who knows, you might just get inspired and fill a canvas with colors yourself!
Timings: The museum stays open from 9 AM to 7 Pm from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 AM to 9:30 PM on Thursday, and remains closed on every Monday.
Cost: The ticket starts from €5 or INR 360.
Location: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona
13. Dive with the sharks in the Aquarium Barcelona
Irrespective of whether you’re traveling with your kids or your friends, visiting the tunnel aquarium is amongst the best things to do in Barcelona! You can gaze at the fishes from a distance and even dive along with the sharks. Now, that’s what we call a mini adventure!
Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM from Monday to Friday, and 10 AM to 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: The entry ticket is around € 18 or INR 1,300 if booked online, and INR 1,440 if bought from the aquarium.
Location: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n, 08039 Barcelona
14. Indulge in some scrumptious Tapas and fancy drinks
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We’re sure you’ve heard of Tapas if you have had a thing for this city. If not, it is one of the staple starters that every localite loves to indulge in. It’s served as small pieces with a toothpick and is best enjoyed with some cava (Spanish champagne) or fine wine. Don’t wait for this one, just head out!
Best Bar: Quimet & Quimet
Timings: 12PM to 4 PM and 7 PM to 10:30PM from Monday to Friday
Cost: €11 to €20 or INR 790 to INR 1,440
Location: Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona
15. Celebrate like the locals, be a part of La Mercè
The best way to explore and experience what a city has to offer is by living like the locals do. This time, we won’t ask you to drink like the Barca people do. Rather, we suggest that you attend the famous La Merce festival that happens in honour of Barcelona’s patron saint, the Virgin of La Mercè. But to tick this off your best things to do in Barcelona list, you just have to be lucky enough to be traveling in September to experience the real madness of this festival.
Date: The main festival or the feast day is on September 24, while the celebrations begin a few days ago itself.
Cost: Entry to most of the events and venues during the festival is free.
Fallen in love with the city already or still falling? Well, however you may feel, we hope you have no regrets, but only excitement to plan your trip. And while you’re at it, make sure you customize your Europe holiday with TravelTriangle to experience the best of Barcelona in the most unique way possible! Have a crazy, memorable, and a happy holiday!
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