Known for the delicious food, upscale shopping, and famous art, Barcelona is a must on any Mediterranean trip. With Gaudi’s art scattered throughout the city, many visitors come just for this! Whether you are here for a weekend trip, or here just for a day, here is a list of my favorite things to do while in Barcelona.
Here Are My Top Eight Things to Do in Barcelona:
- St. Joseph’s Market– Located on Las Rambles (the main street), St. Joseph’s Market is filled with lots of appealing food! The best subway station to access the market is Lisceu. My favorite things were the fresh dates, manchego cheese, kiwi juice, nugget candies, and pomegranate seeds. This market is the impeccable place to pick up gifts to bring home such as Spanish seasonings, or enjoy a local lunch. There is an abundance of fresh offerings that can be found here, and they are very reasonable. There are also fresh fish, meats, and every other nourishment imaginable.
- Park Guell– This is the famous park that Gaudi designed, filled with unique art pieces. An entire afternoon could be spent here, but is worth a visit if running short on time. The total occasion at minimum to be spent here is thirty minutes. The cost is approximately 7 Euros, and tickets can be purchased ahead of time online. The sights of the city alone are stunning from this location. Park Guell is located between two subway stops, Vallcarca or Lesseps- green line. Either one will do, but expect a long 15 minute uphill walk to the entrance of the park. You will earn your gelato after this adventure.
- Sagrada Famalia– This is the famous Gaudi Church that is still under construction. It’s expected to be completed in 2026, but can be toured today. The outside is breathtaking and very photogenic. The inside can be visited for a small fee, as tickets can be purchased virtual. If time does not allow for the full inside visit, be sure to stop and take photos of the exterior. This is the highest building in Barcelona, and is one of the most prevalent as well.
- Las Rambles– This is one of the most recognized streets in Barcelona. This area in Barcelona is known as the, “Times Square” of the city. There are miles and miles of different variety shops. In between the stores, there are small gelato shops and eateries. A full day can be spent here wondering the streets, sightseeing, and grabbing a bite to eat. Las Rambles was my highlight of Barcelona. While trolling the area, be sure to glance up at the different buildings. One of my favored things to do in Barcelona is finding art at the top of the buildings. Gaudi artistically designed many of the buildings in Barcelona.
- Bike Tour– On one of my visits to Barcelona, we spent the afternoon exploring the city by bicycle. Not only was this a fun way to work off all the scrumptious Mediterranean food I was eating, but a way to grasp all the landmarks of the city. Bicycles can be rented for the afternoon, although I recommend taking a guided tour. Fat Tire Bike Tour provided us enough information about each landmark we were looking at, without feeling overwhelmed.
- Eat Spanish food– My preferred part about traveling is trying the various cultural food. Some of my favorites in Barcelona included: paella (a Spanish rice mixed with seafood), Pa amb tomàquet (similar to an Italian bruschetta), and Mediterranean inspired pizza.
- Visit a local winery- Alta Alella Winery is a short 20 minutes from downtown. An afternoon spent here, will consist of wine tasting, delicious snacks to pair with wine, and a winery tour. There are other local wineries that you can visit nearby, such as: Bouquet d’Alella, Castillo Perelada, Cellers Scala Dei, and Celler Can Sais.
- Visit the beach– Visiting the beach is a widespread activity to do at all times of the day. I enjoyed a scenic lunch in the sand, munching on nachos and sipping a beer. Some people enjoy visiting the nearby beaches during the evening to go to a succession of bars, with a brief stay at each.