Top 6 Barcelona things to do

Top 6 Barcelona Things to Do


Art, history, beaches, and divine cuisine – when it comes to perfecting the recipe for the ideal holiday, Barcelona seems to have hit the jackpot. While the city is on top of everybody’s must-visit list, it is easy to get lost in the city’s charm and forget to plan what to do in Barcelona. With our top Barcelona things to do list, explore the best the bustling city has to offer.

1. Take a Gaudi architecture tour

Barcelona and Antoni Gaudí’s architecture go hand in hand. When Antoni Gaudí received his degree from the School of Architecture in Barcelona in 1878, the Director, declared: “I do not know if we have awarded this degree to a madman or to a genius; only time will tell.” Explore the eccentric, nature inspired, one of a kind architecture of the creative madman on a Gaudí walking tour, an absolute must on every Barcelona things to do itinerary. From the oddly visceral masterpiece Casa Batlló to the basilica that has been under construction for over 100 years, Sagrada Familia, every creation of Gaudí is equally mindboggling. 
Visit Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

2. Marvel at Santa Maria del Mar

After having explored the unconventional styles of Gaudí, take a look at the stunning specimen of Catalan Gothic architectural style of the Santa Maria del Mar Church. Walk inside to admire the incredibly tall columns, beautiful stained glass windows, and other intricate artworks. The 14th century church survived a fire in July 1936 that burned for 11 days and traces of it can still be seen in the black stains on the structure’s ceiling. 
Explore Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

3. Go into the locker room of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou

Even if you’re not a football buff, to visit the biggest stadium in Europe is a thrilling experience and something to add to your what to do in Barcelona list. Through a guided tour you will have the chance to visit the players’ changing room, the press room, go through the player’s tunnel to the pitch and even walk along the pitch where some of the biggest football matches have played out. 
Camp Nou Barcelona, Spain

4. Eat at Barcelona's oldest market

With more than 200 traders peddling the choicest local and international gastronomic products, La Boquerias deserves a mention on your Barcelona things to do list. The presence of meat stalls on the Pla de la Boqueria were first documented in the early 13th century. Today, the market does more than just sell meat. On your trip to La Boquerias, you can look forward to a wide variety of activities – from shopping for farm fresh fruits and vegetables to taking a paella cooking workshop. 
Explore La Boquerias Market in Barcelona, Spain

5. Admire Picasso's work

With over 4,000 works of the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso on display, Museu Picasso is an art lover’s paradise. Housed within five medieval palaces, the historic buildings feel like museum exhibits themselves. Explore artworks from Picasso’s formative years and discover the various phases that the painter’s art went through, including the Blue Period, the Rose Period and the Barcelona Years. Art lover or not, Museu Picasso is certainly something to add to your ‘what to do in Barcelona’ agenda.
Explore the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, Spain

6. Watch a flamenco performance

One of the top Barcelona things to do is to watch an authentic flamenco performance. The passionate performance of dancers in flamboyant outfits stomping their feet and clapping their hands to the tune of gypsy guitars and singers with the most amazing vocal ranges is surprisingly soul-stirring. Find a tablao, a place where flamenco shows are performed, staging the most authentic performances, book a seat closest to the stage and sit back with your glass of champagne as the lights are dimmed for one of the most entertaining shows you will witness. 
See a Flamenco Performance in Barcelona, Spain
Scenic Eclipse brochure cover

Top Barcelona Cruises & Tours