With so many incredible things to see and do, how do you decide on the best activities in Barcelona? With its perfect sunny weather, incredible food, sandy beaches, a thriving cultural scene and laid-back lifestyle, it can be hard to know where to start.
The capital of Catalonia is one of those amazing cities that ticks all the holiday boxes. Barcelona is an incredibly vibrant, colourful and creative place. Not only is it a buzzing urban city, Barcelona is also has the perks of being right on the coast and with wonderful weather all year round, it really is an ideal holiday destination.
Home to some of the world’s most famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudi, there are plenty of ways to discover their modernist styles and creative genius. Through some fun, inspirational, delicious and educational activities, you can also discover the wonderful Catalan culture that runs hot through Barcelona’s veins. Try the local cuisine and delicacies, enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the locals and learn about the region’s long and turbulent history.
With so much to see, do and experience, your biggest worry will be deciding where to start! Here are the best activities in Barcelona that you shouldn’t miss.
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What is special about Barcelona
The Catalan Culture
Barcelona lets you experience the best of Catalonia through its food, language and sports. Absorb the language that Catalans are immensely proud of and learn a couple of phrases to impress the locals. When it comes to food, traditional meals like Calçots, tomato bread (Pa amb tomaquet) and Catalan paella (Fideuà) will take you to foodie heaven. You can also experience the region’s passion for sport and tour FC Barcelona’s stadium, or hold your breath at a Human Towers (Castelles) competition.
The Creative Culture
Barcelona has a long history with art. It was once home to some of the world’s most famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Antoni Gaudi and Salvador Dali. So it’s no surprise that the city is also now home to many wonderful museums and monuments, showing off its artistic roots. Barcelona is also known for being home to some incredible up-and-coming talents too. You’ll find them showcased at the likes of MACBA in El Raval.
The Urban Culture
Barcelona is a colourful, creative and sunny urban jungle. Alongside its picturesque seaside, it’s also a bustling metropolitan city that’s home to 1.6 million residents. Exploring local and authentic areas like Gracia or the Raval is an excellent way to get to know the ‘real’ Barcelona through the eyes of its residents. From independent tapas bars, boutiques and coffee shops to pop-up galleries and rooftop bars. Barcelona is the ultimate city break!
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