Things to do in Barcelona
Discover all that the city can offer you. Party, culture, art, gastronomy …by 5 star hotel barcelona
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta
When traveling, one of the objectives is to make the most of the time and return home with the feeling of not having missed anything of the most important of the newly discovered city. It’s a complicated task, we know, that’s why we’re going to help you with this selection of the 20 things you can do in Barcelona. If you have many left in the pipeline, you can always come a second time.
1. Stroll to discover the city
Barcelona is a big city, but it is a perfect size to get to know it on foot. Forget about a day of the subway or the tourist bus and walk around giving nice walks and gathering strength in its wide gastronomic offer. You can choose to visit the most important buildings and parks in the city such as the Ciutadella, the Joan Miró park or the Montjuïc castle, but there is also a Barcelona that does not appear in the guides. We encourage you to go up to Horta, to know the charm of the Sant Andreu district, to see one side of the less known Eixample and to enjoy five unique panoramas.
But there is also the opportunity to get to know the city by pedaling. Numerous are the routes that run through it, we suggest 10 itineraries through the city and surroundings so you can discover Barcelona by pedaling, whether you are in shape or not.
And if you are fans of running and you do not allow yourself a truce or being on vacation, this is your option.
2. Gaudí and Modernism
Undoubtedly, one of the tourist attractions (and also for those who live here) is to admire the modernist architecture and the works of Gaudí in particular. You can find several examples of their work throughout the city, whether civil or religious buildings. The most famous are the Sagrada Familia, impressive on the outside and inside; the Park Güell, an almost story-like place that emulates an English garden, or La Pedrera. But do not miss the opportunity to visit other Gaudí buildings that sometimes occupy a smaller place in the guides. For example, the Palau Güell, the Casa Batlló, the Casa Vicens or (making a short escape outside of Barcelona) the crypt of Colònia Güell, in Santa Coloma de Cervelló.
But Gaudí was not the only exponent of Modernism who left his mark on Barcelona. They also deserve a visit, for example, the Casa Amatller and the Palau de la Música, Puig i Cadafalch; Casa Lleó Morera, designed by Domènech i Muntaner or Casa de les Punxes. Another example is the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, a World Heritage Site and whose gardens are an oasis amid the bustle of the city.
To get away from the established routes, we are talking about 5 lesser known modernist jewels.
3. Go to concert
Barcelona has many live music venues, such as Razzmatazz or Sala Apolo, but it also has wonderful concert halls. The Gran Teatre del Liceu is a splendid survivor, decorated with gold leaf, luxurious red carpets and much ornamentation. Check the schedule, since the tickets are not always as expensive as it may seem and it is a place that deserves a visit. On the other hand is L’Auditori, an elegant space with a capacity for 2,400 spectators who not only schedule concerts of classical music, but also jazz, or world music. The Palau de la Música Catalana is famous for its modernist architecture and for the amount of activities it hosts. Barcelona also hosts several festivals, from the Primavera Sound to the Barcelona International Jazz Festival, the Sonar and the Cruïlla, among others.
4. Discover the Barcelona of the young Picasso
Picasso remembered Barcelona as beautiful and bright, a city where he spent his early years. Follow the steps of the genius visiting the enclaves that marked his youth. Walk down the street of Reina Cristina and then cross to number 3 la Mercè street and see where your family lived, although the building was destroyed. If you need to make a stop along the way, get closer to Els 4 Gats, a place where the artists of the time gathered to do gatherings, dinners and art meetings. Finally, visit the Picasso Museum, a gallery that houses the works of Picasso’s formative years.
5. Tapas, pintxos and vermouth
The pintxos, bite-size dishes that are served on bread (the Basque version of the tapas) are also a culinary trend in Barcelona. One of the best places is Euskal Etxea, where you can taste empanadillas of ham, tempura chicken pintxos with saffron mayonnaise, melted provolone cheese with mango and ham, or a mini-skewer of pork, but there are many more places.