20 things to do in Barcelona

Barcino National Event is right around the corner. Next weekend, Barcelona will welcome thousands of international students doing their exchange program in Spain. We will enjoy tours around the city, a Flag Parade, parties in the most emblematic clubs… It will be awesome! And to live it to the fullest, we suggest you 20 additional plans.

1. Eat “pa amb tomàquet” and fuet

“Pa amb tomàquet” consists of tomato rubbed into bread and seasoned with olive oil. It is the most typical Catalan dish. Mix it with fuet -kinda like a pork sausage- and you have and amazing dish suitable for any time of the day.

2. Get a profile picture with the city’s skyline

Hop on the 22 bus up to Búnkers del Carmel to enjoy the wonderful view of the city and get an incredible new profile picture.

3. Find Barça’s shield in La Catedral del Mar

On July 17th, 1936 a fire damaged Santa Maria del Mar’s windows. During the 60s, these were restored financed by a sponsorship campaign. FC Barcelona did a big donation and, in turn, the church windows contain a small Barça shield.

4. Discover the Catalan gastronomy at El Mercat de la Boqueria

Right in the middle of the Ramblas we find El Mercat de la Boqueria, the city’s most famous market. It has more than 300 stands offering delicious food.

5. Relax at the beach

Barcelona can get a bit too busy and loud sometimes. In that case, head off to the beach to enjoy the relaxing sound of the sea. It is just 20 minutes away from the city center!

6. Ask for a wish at Arc de Triomf

Close your eyes, think of a wish and walk through the red triomph arch without opening them. It might come true!

7. Have a beer at l’Àntic Teatre

Very close to El Palau de la Música, we find l’Àntic Teatre, a bar with a quiet patio. Perfect to relax with a beer and their yummy nachos.

8. Discover the urban art at Poblenou

Poblenou neighbourhood -in the middle of a modernization- hides many interesting graffitis in its murals.

9. Feel the history at Plaça Felip Neri

The facades of the church and the school at Felip Neri square show the remains of the shrapnel of a bomb the national tropp dropped during the Civil War and which killed 42 people.  

10. Enjoy “braves” with two sauces at König

The origin of König restaurant lies in Girona -an hour away from Barcelona-, but its success has been such, that the chain has expanded over the capital. You cannot miss its bravas potatoes with two sauces: brava and 4 cheeses.

11. Be amazed by the skaters at Plaça dels Àngels

The MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona) surroundings, in the city center, has become a skate park. When trying to cross the square, you will be able to see their twirls.

12. Find a treasure at Els Encants

Els Encants is the biggest flea market in Barcelona and has been running for centuries. Clothes, decorations, vinile CDs, bikes, musical instruments… You can find almost anything there.

13. Picnic at El Parc de la Ciutadella

Relax at one of Barcelona’s lungs eating a picnic, lying down and enjoying the sun on your face, or  doing slackline.

14. Have some churros con chocolate at Petrixol street

Petrixol street is home to two of the most famous “granjas” in Barcelona: La Pallaresa and Dulcinea. Take a break and warm up after the tours with hot chocolate and “churros”

15. Be dazzeled by the roman colums

In the middle of Ciutat Vella neighbourhoud, hidden near the city hall, four roman columns dated back BC stand magestuously. Will you be able to find them?

16. Find your way out Laberint d’Horta

Feel like Alice in Wonderland trying to get out of the Laberint d’Horta maze. It might sound familiar since it has been the scenery of many famous films such as “The Perfume”

17. Stroll down las Ramblas

Head down from Plaça Catalunya to Colon along the busy and eclectic Ramblas. You will stumble upon flowers, delicious snacks and human statues.

18. Discover the town inside the city

Even though being in busy and cosmopolitan Barcelona, Gràcia neighbourhood still feels as a town. Get lost in its streets and enjoy the calm having a beer at one of the many squares.

19. Feel like Pretty Woman at Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gràcia is to Barcelona the equivalent of 5th Avenue in NY. If you want to go out on a shopping spree to the most luxurious shops in the city, then this is your place.

20Admire Gaudí’s architecture

If you don’t have enough time to enter the temple, at least take some minutes to admire the incredible facade of la Sagrada Família, in construction since 1882.


Will you have time to do them all?

See you in Barcelona!

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