Best things to do in Barcelona, Spain

September 24, 2018

by Bryanna Loaiza

Spain is a country with many beautiful cities; however, Barcelona is one of my favorites. Barcelona is a great and energetic city with plenty to do from Gaudi to Messi, morning adventure to night exploring. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to explore this city. While there is a lot to do here is my list of the best things to do in Barcelona.

Catedral de Barcelona

While walking around the Gothic Quarter you are bound to find the Catedral de Barcelona. I mean it is hard to miss and while it’s not as famous as La Sagrada Familia or oldest church as Sant Pau del Camp it definitely has its own charm with its gothic style architecture. One of the most interesting things about the Catedral is finding out why they have 12 white geese in the cathedral cloisters. Going to the Catedral takes about an hour to walk around and learn about the history.

Watch a football match

Football or soccer to Americans is a big sport in Barcelona and as a Messi fan, I and I was not about to miss the opportunity to watch him play. Everything from walking to the stadium to the end was a celebration. People were dressed in BCN gear and chanting throughout the streets walking towards the stadium. The game itself was amazing. Everytime BCN scores the crowd would go wild, there was chanting and singing. However, when I went to the game I did have to go up several flights of stairs. At one point coming down, I got dizzy from going in a circle. But, it is definitely an experience you do not want to miss!


Correfoc is a Catalonia festival where a drumline, people dress up like devils dance around with fireworks. The festival lasted about an hour and we walked around a neighborhood following the procession.  Every time we turned a corner the procession would stop to set off a set of fireworks. This is when people would dance under the fireworks and the people dressed as the devil would try to scare the audience by passing fireworks by their feet. It is such a great festival to just dance to the beat and have fun dancing under the fireworks or just relax and watching everything from afar. If you choose to dance under the fireworks you should wear protective clothing to protect yourself from being burned.

Walk around the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is one of the famous places in Barcelona. Walking around the Gothic Quarter is free to do, but it can take hours because you can easily get lost. So wear comfortable shoes and make sure you can find a way out from the maze.  Which can be a good or bad thing. While walking around you can find some cool places such as the Old Jewish Synagogue. You can also learn the history about Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. While I lived in the Gothic Quarter I was always finding new things such as new places to eat or shop at. There is so much history to learn about.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Tibidabo is an Amusement Park on top of a mountain. It’s a great place to get some amazing view pictures of the city for Instagram. If you just want to walk around and get on one of the panoramic rides such as the Ferris wheel it would cost about 2 euros. Besides the rides, you have food stands, gift shops, and restaurants. To get there you can either walk or take a bus depending on where you are coming from. I walked from Av. Tibidabo and it was like a 20-minute walk and then I took the train up to the amusement park. Also, depending on when you go you want to bring a jacket because it gets cold.

Ride a bike by the beach

This is a must! I personally have not ridden a bike since I was a kid and getting back on one was so much fun. You can rent a bike from multiple places and pay different amounts depending on how long you want to use it. While I did have a lot of fun riding the bike by the beach and there are bike lanes to use. The place was crowded and I did have some difficulties maneuvering around the people.  

Go clubbing

Barcelona has a great nightlife, but it doesn’t start until midnight. The first time I went out to the club my friend and I wanted to go to Razzmatazz. Razzmatazz is about a six-story floor club with each floor having different music to party to. However, We were going out on Halloween and it was booked. So we ended up at Club Catwalk at 11 PM, unfortunately, my friends forgot their IDs and had to go back to get it, but when I went inside there was like five people in the whole place. I didn’t think 11 PM was early but it was. Eventually, around 12 everything started picking up and it was amazing. The drinks prices are standard expensive so definitely pregame before going out or you’ll spend a lot of money. The music varies from English to Spanish and there was a variety of genres. When it’s time to leave there are taxies waiting, but around to take you though there can be a line depending on when you decide to leave.

Go to the beach

Barcelona has a nice beach to go to and take a nice swim or soak in the sun. Though the beach is clothing optional so if you don’t want to see anyone naked then you might want to check your surroundings before setting up. Beside the beach, you have several restaurants to go to eat and shops to buy bathing suits and swimming gear.

Tapas and Drink Tour

Tapas are savory dishes that you can get at several restaurants. Going on a tapas and drink tour is just a relaxing and fun thing to do. It can be a little expensive though.  Every time my friend and I went out we would always order a tapa to try out. But, out of all the tapas I had my favorite was the patata bravas which are just potatoes and cheese. Every time you get a new tapa you should definitely try a new drink, whether its alcoholic or not. This gives you a culinary insight into Barcelona.


Bryanna Loaiza

By Bryanna Loaiza

I'm a freelance Travel Writer with a knack for getting lost. I enjoy anything from luxury to adventure travel. I'm currently living in Savannah, Georgia.


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