Favorite things to do in Barcelona

Favorite things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia in Spain, is a city that captures the hearts of visitors with its unique blend of history, culture, and modernity. Nestled along the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is renowned for its stunning architecture, exemplified by the iconic works of Antoni Gaudí, including the magnificent Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Barcelona is for sure one of my favorite cities. I have family there and I try to visit as much as I can.

I want to share with you my list of favorite things to do in Barcelona:

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

The Sagrada Familia is an architectural masterpiece and an iconic symbol of Barcelona, Spain. It is one of the most famous landmarks of this city, a monumental church based on the plans of the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. He abandoned the project in 1883 and Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to continue with it. It has been under construction for 135 years and is not yet finished; an ongoing piece of art. It is hoped to be completed in 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death.

Visitors can explore the basilica’s museum, offering insights into Gaudí’s creative process and the history of the Sagrada Familia. The ongoing construction adds to the allure of this remarkable structure, ensuring that every visit to the Sagrada Familia is a unique and captivating experience.

Visiting Sagrada Familia is definitely a must and it is no wonder that thousands of people choose to do so, over 3 million people visit the famous temple every year. It is vying for the title of most popular tourist attraction in the world.

Each of the 18 towers of the finished design will represent a figure from the Bible; with the largest tower dedicated to Jesus Christ. A great place to get a panoramic photo of the city; or to admire the beautiful organic forms, as Gaudí took his inspiration from the nature.


Gràcia Festival

Festival de Gracia, Barcelona, Spain

Gràcia is a relaxed district of the city of Barcelona. The area is usually walked by artists and a generally bohemian crowd.

It is well-known for its festival (held for 5 days in August)  with creative street decorations and colourful displays. Each street in the neighbourhood choose a theme and compete to win the prize of being the best decorated street; (and believe me, they take the competition very seriously). This week-long event transforms the streets into a spectacle of color, creativity, and community spirit.

You can expect to have a great time, with incredible food, drinks, live music and a variety of different events. The Gràcia Festival is an enchanting celebration that allows both locals and visitors to experience the true essence of Barcelona’s vibrant and diverse community.

Las Ramblas

Close up in Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas, also known as La Rambla, is one of Barcelona’s most famous and bustling avenues. This vibrant pedestrian street stretches for about 1.2 kilometers, connecting the Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus Monument at Port Vell. Las Ramblas is one of the most touristic streets in the whole city, an attraction on its own, filled with live performances, human statue art, artists and my favorite, the Boqueria Market.

Although Barcelona is a safe place, I recommend to keep an eye open if you are going to be walking around The Ramblas at night. Some pickpockets and scam artists like to surround this area to take advantage of the tourists.

La Boqueria

Mercat St Joseph la boqueria barcelona

La Boqueria, officially known as Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, is a renowned food market located in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. With its vibrant atmosphere and abundant selection of fresh produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, and gourmet products.

La Boqueria Market has everything you could possibly imagine for a delicious mediterranean meal. The Mercat de Sant Josep is the largest market in Barcelona, one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla.

This market is a feast to your senses, with the numerous smells and a rainbow of colors that cover every stand. You can find foods of all varieties and nationalities here. (The fresh oysters are my favorites for sure).

Whether you’re picking up ingredients for a picnic, enjoying a quick snack, or simply taking in the bustling atmosphere, a visit to La Boqueria is an unforgettable experience that embodies the essence of Barcelona’s culinary heritage.

Passeig de gracia

Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most famous boulevards in Barcelona, containing several restaurants, bars and remarkable architecture (Like Casa BatllóCasa Amatller, Casa Milà in between others). It links the Plaça Catalunya with the district of Gràcia. Along Passeig de Gràcia, visitors can marvel at iconic landmarks such as Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, both designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí. These architectural masterpieces showcase Gaudí’s distinct style and creativity, with their intricate facades and unique shapes. In addition to the architectural wonders, Passeig de Gràcia is lined with high-end boutiques, designer stores, and upscale restaurants, making it a premier destination for luxury shopping and dining.

Whether you’re admiring the architectural gems, indulging in retail therapy, or simply enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, Passeig de Gràcia is a must-visit destination that showcases the elegance and allure of Barcelona.

Passeig de gracia, Barcelona, Spain

Barrio Gótico

Barrio Gotico in Barcelona

Barrio Gótico, also known as the Gothic Quarter, is a captivating neighborhood in the heart of Barcelona that exudes charm, history, and architectural splendor. Its narrow and medieval streets make up the ideal scenario to enjoy the center of the city without haste, delighting in the remains that are preserved from the city’s glorious past.

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona has many tourist attractions like the Santa Eulalia Cathedral (a famous example of Catalan Gothic architecture), The Plaza Sant Jaume (the place where the Town Hall and the Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia are located), and The Museum of the history of the city, in between others.

The Gothic Quarter also houses remnants of ancient Roman walls and the remains of the Roman Temple of Augustus, adding layers of history to the neighborhood. With its timeless charm, historical significance, and atmospheric ambiance, Barrio Gótico is a captivating destination that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Barcelona.

Park guell

Park Guell in Barcelona

Created in 1900, Park Guell is one of the major works of Gaudí in Barcelona and one of the most beautiful icons of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is a stunning fusion of nature and architecture, with its colorful mosaic-covered structures, curvilinear forms, and organic shapes. As you wander through the park’s pathways and terraces, you’ll be greeted by stunning views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.

A enormous park system composed of gardens and stunning architectonic elements, is another of Barcelona’s must-seen.


FC Barcelona

Soccer is, for sure, one of the main attractions of Barcelona, for both locals and tourists. A soccer game at the Camp Nou (The largest soccer stadium in Europe, with a seating capacity of 100,000) is an unforgettable experience, even if you’re not a sports fan.

Today, in addition to catching a game, guests can tour the stadium and visit the Museum on the Camp Nou. Tickets cost 23 Euro and include a walk on the field. From the hallowed grounds of the pitch to the impressive trophy room, a visit to FC Barcelona offers a glimpse into the club’s illustrious past and present.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or simply appreciate the beautiful game, a visit to FC Barcelona offers an immersive and unforgettable experience that encapsulates the passion and legacy of this iconic football club.



Montjuïc is a prominent hill in Barcelona, Spain, known for its stunning panoramic views of the city and its rich historical and cultural significance.

You can enjoy the incredible views of Barcelona from the cable car, right next to the funicular Station (a € 10.80 ride that is totally worth it). It takes you to the Montjuic Castleat the top of the mountain,  with exhibitions about the Castle’s history and breathtaking views of the Barcelona harbour

The cemetery of MontjuïcThis cemetery was built on the rocky walls of Montjuïc, in the mid-nineteenth century, due to the lack of space in the old cemetery of Poblenou. Walking around you will find the most famous tombstones of Catalonia, such as the Catalan president Lluís Companys, the painter Joan Miró, writer Santiago Rusiñol or the first president of FC Barcelona Joan Gamper.

Olympic Stadium of Montjuïc: The Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium was originally built in 1929 and was the main stadium for the Olympic Games in 1992. It also has the museum.

The Magic FountainNear the Plaça d’Espanya and below the Palau Nacional , you can find one of the most visited attractions of Montjuïc. Built in 1929 by Carles Buïgas, this monumental fountain has crazy water and light games that are accompanied by music. I recommend that you inform yourself about their schedules, since they change their performances.

With its breathtaking views, historical landmarks, cultural attractions, and lush gardens, Montjuïc is a must-visit destination that captures the essence and beauty of Barcelona.

Labyrinth Park of Horta

Laberinto de la Horta in Barcelona

The Labyrinth Park of Horta is a hidden gem that offers a serene and enchanting escape from the bustling city. This historic park, dating back to the late 18th century, features a captivating labyrinth made of manicured hedges, creating an immersive and magical atmosphere. A historical garden in the Horta-Guinardó district and the oldest of its kind in the city.

Along the route through the enclosure, you will find all kinds of flora. In the so-called garden of love there is also a plantation of agapanthus, known as the flower of love.

Undoubtedly, the Horta labyrinth is an excellent option to escape from the madding crowd of the city.

Dining and Nightlife

Aside from the touristic places I have mentioned, I would like to give you a short list of my favorites places to dine & party:

El Nacional: Located on a small alley off the Passeig de Gracià, El Nacional contains four restaurants (meat, fish, tapas and rice dishes and a fast-food delicatessen), four bars (beer, wine, oysters and cocktails) and a private lounge. Located in an emblematic building of 1889 (a former garage), the building has been transformed with a stunning interior that will take your breath away.

Cerveceria Catalana: A classic of tapas in Barcelona, a bar for tourists and locals. Although the prices are not cheap, it is always crowded.

VinitusDelicious, fresh and typical Mediterranean dishes. The menu is always a surprises as it changes according to the seasonality, adding an extra to the experience.

Sushi Shop: The best sushi I had in my life!. They offer a wide variety of rolls (my favorite is a lettuce roll with mint inside) and a good service.

Nightlife: Barcelona has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the best nightlife in Europe (although is not cheap), with a little bit of something for all tastes. Gracia is great to go bar hopping with its artsy and bohemian vibe. La Rambla has several amazing locations for grabbing a midnight drink and partying hard at a nightclub. El Barrio Gotico exudes a different kind of vibe with a lot of irish pubs and drinking caves.

Barceloneta Beach

La barceloneta playa barcelona

Barceloneta Beach is a sandy stretch of coastline that offers the perfect combination of relaxation, recreation, and Mediterranean charm. With its golden sands, clear blue waters, and a lively promenade, Barceloneta Beach is a hub of activity throughout the year. La Barceloneta is the oldest and most famous of the beaches of Barcelona, it was remodeled just before the 1992 Olympic Games.

In addition to swimming and relaxing under the spanish sun, there are many other things to do. Windsurfing and kite surfing are very popular, and the beach is also lined with vibrant beach bars, restaurants, and cafes, where visitors can savor traditional Catalan dishes and refreshing drinks while taking in the scenic views.