Things to do
What are the best things to do in Barcelona? From endless beaches to the charming Gothic Quarter, and designer shopping to art galleries, you’ll find it all here. Whether you’re heading to Barcelona for a short weekend break or a long summer holiday, plan your trip in advance so you can see the best of what the Catalan capital has to offer.
Places to go
Barcelona may be a big city, but it’s compact enough to get around on foot. Steer clear of the metro and tourist bus and get lost in its cobbled streets - one of the best things to do in Barcelona if you want to get to know the city at your own pace. Plus, you’ll find plenty of pit-stops serving delicious fare and tipples along the way, how about some pintxos and sangria to keep you going?
It’s packed with impressive buildings too, like the dramatic Barcelona Cathedral and the old military fortress Montjuïc Castle. There are also lots of pretty parks to discover, such as the Parc de la Ciutadella and Parc de Joan Miró. If you want to explore a little-known area, it’s worth checking out Eixample. Sitting on the edge of the Old City, most people come here to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views.
Admiring the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí (a famous Catalan modernist, born in 1852) will be at the top of the list of things to do in Barcelona. As you make your way through the city, you’ll discover dozens of examples of his distinctive work. Some of the most famous include; the La Sagrada Família, an unfinished Roman Catholic church, Park Güell, an enchanting and fantastical outdoor park and garden, and La Pedrera, which translates to ‘the stone quarry’. it is also the last private residence designed by Gaudí, completed in 1912.
Places to visit
If the beach is what you came for, then you can take your pick from the likes of Sant Sebastià, La Barceloneta, Nova Icària and Mar Bella. Feeling peckish while you sunbathe? Look out for the many chiringuitos serving food and drinks. Just a short drive from Barcelona are some smaller coastal towns, a great option if you want to escape the crowds for an afternoon, or explore beyond the city.