Things to do in Barcelona Spain is a small helpful guide to help you get the best out of your trip to Barcelona especially if you have never been to this wonderful Catalan city. Whether you come for a quick weekend break or even a week long trip, you won’t fail to discover why this is a real gem of a city tucked away on Spain’s north East coast on the mediterranean.
I have split the article into four main sections that will briefly deal with the essential things to do in Barcelona.
Things to do in Barcelona Spain – Sightseeing
This is a big one and one that most people enjoy. Barcelona is not the biggest of cities but it has some of the finest buildings you’ll ever see and so we made it one of the things to see in Barcelona Spain. Below is a small list of must see buildings and are possibly the top attractions in Barcelona Spain.
- • La Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s Temple Masterpiece
- • La Pedrera – An Amazing Gaudi building on Paseo de Gracia
- • Casa Batllò – Another Gaudi building also on Paseo de Gracia
- • Parc Güell – Antoni Gaudi’s beautiful park not far from the centre of town
- • Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia – Very gothic and worth a visit, found in the gothic quarter of the city
- • El Camp Nou – For football fans all over. Barcelona FC plays here
- • Palau de la Música Catalana – A spectacular concert hall with its outstanding Modernista workmanship. A real gem.
Things to do in Barcelona Spain – Shopping
Everyone likes to do a spot of shopping while on a trip and shopping in Barcelona can be a real experience. Here are few noted stores and areas where you can buy some really cool gifts.
El Corte Inglés – A shopper’s paradise. There are a number of these department stores around the city and can be described as a type of Macy’s of New York or Selfridges of London. They have absolutely everything you’ll ever need and more. Go up to the restaurant and and treat yourself to lunch!
Puerta del Ángel – lots of nice shops in this area which lies between Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas
Paseo de Gracia – Lots of upmarket Shopping to do here in this cool area just off Plaza Cataluña. Definitely one of the top things to do in Barcelona.
La Roca Village – Not actually in the city but you can get a coach from Plaza Cataluña that takes you there for around 10-12 euros return. This place is a designer shopper’s paradise. All the top names are to be found here including Burberry, Hacket, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger and Custo.
Things to do in Barcelona Spain – Eating Out
Eating out in Barcelona is great fun and definitely it’s one of The things to do in Barcelona Spain. Here’s a real chance to taste some real Catalan food along with traditional Spanish tapas. There are some very good restaurants in Barcelona to dine at and below I’ve put a mix of medium priced and affordable restaurants. Eating out in the city is one of the things to do in Barcelona Spain in July as the weather is perfect for outdoor dining.
La Fonda – a great place to have lunch or dinner while you are visiting the city. If you have lunch choose their daily menu as it is reasonably priced and very well presented. It’s located at Escudellers, 10 which is just off Las Ramblas.
Les Quinze Nits – Run by the same people as La Fonda and not too far away is Les Quinze Nits (15 Nights). Decor is splendid and you can lunch or have dinner at a reasonable price. It’s located in La Plaza Reial, 6.
Tapaç24 – You will find excellent food quality here at Tapaç24. You’ll find the usual tapas along with cod croquettes and fried prawns. Chef Carles Abellan however likes to experiment with playful snacks in keeping with his own style. For example, the Bikini sandwich is a small version of his take on the ham and cheese toastie; his Bikini comes complete with truffle! You can find Tapaç24 at Calle Diputació 269.
Alkimia – Highly recommended and a cool place to dine at which is found at Calle Industria, 79 Barcelona. Internationally renowned chef Jordi Vilà runs this place and in 2005 he received a Michelin star and the award for Best Patissier, with a rating of 8.5, from the Lo Mejor de lo Gastronomía (The Best Cuisine) guide. Lunch is around 37€ and dinner can be between 65€ and 84€ per head.
Moo – this chic restaurant is found at the Omm hotel on the ground floor and is wonderful.
Head Chef Felip Llufriu takes traditional Mediterranean cuisine as a starting point and creates modern and very personal interpretations of them.
Roger Visuà, who has recently crowned the best sommelier in Europe, can propose if you wish, a wine for each culinary dish. There’s nothing like drinking the correct wine with your food!
Moo has a very beautiful wine cellar, too. Prices are more than reasonable for such a high level of esthetics and ambience. For a pre-dinner drink why not try the foyer cocktail bar, one of the hottest places around! Moo is found at Calle Rosselló 265 and prices are as follows:
Starters from 14 to 21€ – main courses from 16 to 20€ – desserts 10€ – Tasting menu 81€ and 118€ with the agreed wines chosen beforehand.
Things to do in Barcelona Spain – Clubs and Bars
A visit to any city is not complete without a visit to a cool bar or club and Barcelona is no exception. Going to a club or bar is considered a must do in Barcelona. Barcelona has many great clubs, discos and bars and if it’s spotting famous people that you are into we have a few suggestions here below.
Diobar – A very popular club set in the basement of a Greek restaurant. From Thursday to Saturday night, it becomes a haven of funk, soul and assorted Latin beats as DJ Fred Spider hits the wheels of steel.
Try Dionisus, the Greek restaurant upstairs if you feel peckish before hitting the music scene.
Can Paixano – The ‘Champagne Bar’, as it’s known by locals and tourists alike, has an immense following among young Catalans, English teachers and the many foreigners who think they discovered it first. It looks like a shabby run down old place but it’s brimming with atmosphere. They have such delights as a foie and blue cheese sandwich all topped off with a glass of red or white Spanish Cava, delicious! You’ll find this place down by the port at Calle Reina Cristina 7
Mirablau – A great place that is both swanky and uptown, literally. This small bar is located at the top of Tibidabo and is usually packed with Barcelona’s high flyers whether they are footballers or international businessmen out on the razzle. It also has an amazing view that is best enjoyed on hot summer nights. You’ll find Mirablau at Plaça Doctor Andreu 1
Otto Zutz Club – A great place in the centre of town found at Calle Lincoln, 15. You’ll find Otto Zutz full of trendy wannabes dancing and strutting their stuff on the dance floor. It’s divided up into 3 floors that caters for House, Funky & Hip Hop and varied music tastes. Like all Barcelona’s nightclubs, don’t expect it to get going until around 2.a.m.
That just about rounds up this little guide for finding great things to do in Barcelona Spain and as with many other tourist cities around the World there are many more things to do but haven’t touched on them. We’ll leave it to you and your imagination. Enjoy your trip!