15 Things to do in Barcelona, Spain



1. Eclipse Bar at W Barcelona

Eclipse Bar is located on the 26th floor of the most sophisticated hotel in Barcelona. Floor-to-ceiling windows show an amazing view of Barceloneta Beach! We were able to redeem our welcome drink tickets that we received at check-in. I would suggest going up during sunset if you’re there for a quick visit. They also have DJs playing the best tracks if you’re up for a night out.


2. Barceloneta Beach


Spend a day at this man-made beach, or have a nice stroll along the sand at night.


3. Pannus


Chain coffee shop and bakery, you'll find Pannus all over the city. It's the perfect place to take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a cup of coffee!


4. Creps al Born


If you want to find some seats and try a crepe, try to come early! Swinging light fixtures and high energy run throughout the bar! We ordered espresso and matcha cocktails! Our bartender was so accommodating, she gave us a complimentary round of shots because we were visiting Barcelona!


5. La Pizza del Born


After drinking, stop by the restaurant next door for some inexpensive, but delicious pizza by the slice. They have many toppings to choose from, going above and beyond from the basics. They also have empanadas and don’t forget to get a glass of cerveza.  


6. Cruising Barcelona Bike Tours


Best way to tour around Barcelona. After eating all the tapas and drinking glasses of beer, burn off the calories by riding a bike through Barcelona’s points of interests and landmarks. Ride on a comfortable cruiser bike on a 3-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide! We covered a lot of ground in a small amount of time, it was super helpful having someone take you through the city, especially if you are a first timer. Read more about our experience here.


7. Sagrada Familia

Make sure you buy tickets online before arriving! This unfinished masterpiece is definitely something you have to see in person. The exterior is just as beautiful and detail as it in on the inside. Rainbow stained glass windows and an intricate altar will leave you in awe. Walk across the street to the park with the pond to get a great photo of the whole building! 


8. Park Guell

If you have time, go explore Park Guell, another masterpiece by Gaudi. You do have to pay to get into the core of the park, but there is plenty of free parts to walk around. In the core, you can get up close to the mosaic lizard statues and the gingerbread-like buildings. If you go to the top area, you can get a great view of Barcelona!


9. Plaza Real


Just off of La Rambla Street is Placa Riel or Plaza Real. Enjoy a patio lunch at one of the restaurants that line the square or stop by for a morning café con leche.


10.  Parc de la Ciutadella


This park is home to the famous Cascada Monumental, this is a perfect place to take photos and admire the golden statues on the fountain.


11.  La Boqueria Market

A busy market near La Rambla, here you can find various food and drink vendors! If you’re hungry, you can buy jamón, fresh sandwiches, paella, and fresh fruits. If you’re here to shop you can find fresh seafood and spices for your dinner. Grab a small juice for 1 euro and explore the isles at La Boqueria!


12. Can Paixano (La xampanyeria)


There’s always a crowd here, and for a good reason. We ordered two sausage mix plates and a whole bottle of cava to share. Expect to stand and squeeze through people to order.


13. Just Royal BCN Cooking Class

One way to immerse yourself in Spanish culture is to take a cooking class! In our class with Just Royal BCN, Janelle and Chef Alfredo took us on a tapas tour right in the kitchen. We were able to sample about 10 different tapas representing different regions of Spain. After that, we cooked a three-course meal, which included Catalan Creme, Paella, and Tortilla. We enjoyed a nice lunch with the other people in our group. Read more about our cooking experience here.


14. La Tasca del Corral

Come here to try their vermouth! It’s very affordable, so stay here and have a few glasses. Also get the Diablo chorizo “flaming sausages” for some fire action! We also got a glass of Panther’s milk, not sure what it’s made of, but try it out!


15. Gocce di Latte


It’s always a good time to get gelato, my favorite flavors were Chocolate Sea Salt with Olive Oil and Dates with Orange.

Other Tips

-   At the airport, purchase a t-10 pass that gives you 10 metro rides for only 10 euros. We used this to get around the city by subway and bus. At first, the maps are intimidating, but google maps can tell you which stops to get off and transfer at.


-  Stay at W Barcelona. We had such a relaxing stay and the views were amazing!