EPIC BARCELONA Itinerary! (August 2019)

Our EPIC Barcelona itinerary will show you all of the best things to do while you are in Barcelona - no matter your travel style!

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Filled with outdoor markets, restaurants, museums, and churches, but with a Spanish atmosphere all its own, Barcelona is one incredible city!

Visit Gaudi’s vibrant masterpieces and enjoy the Catalonian and Spanish traditions! These include a long-standing love for good chocolate and the seductive art of Flamenco.

There’s so much to see and do in the beautiful, busy city of Barcelona. We’ve put together an itinerary of all the very best! So if you’re spending 2 days in Barcelona, or much longer, here’s all the things you should be sure to tick off the list. As well as tips on how and when to do it!

 

Best time to visit Barcelona

when to visit Barcelona

These are the best times to visit Barcelona!

Barcelona is balmy in summer and temperate in winter. So there’s no bad time to visit! It all depends on your preferences.

 Average TemperaturesChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
January10°C / 50°FMediumCalm🙂
February10°C / 50°FMediumCalm🙂
March12°C / 54°FMediumCalm🙂
April13°C / 55°FMediumMedium😀
May16°C / 61°FMediumMedium😀
June20°C / 68°FLowBusy🙂
July23°C / 73°FLowBusy😐
August24°C / 75°FLowBusy😐
September22°C / 72°FLowMedium😀
October18°C / 64°FLowMedium😀
November13°C / 55°FMediumCalm🙂
December11°C / 52°FMediumMedium🙂

 

Where to stay in Barcelona

where to stay in Barcelona

These are the best places to stay in Barcelona!

Barcelona, like most modern cities in Europe, has a great variety of neighborhoods! From bohemian to ancient, and even super-chic. You can find an environment that suits you perfectly, or get totally out of your comfort zone!

Stay in the charming Gothic Quarter, with narrow medieval streets filled with food-and-flower vendors, unusual bars, clubs, and exciting restaurants. The neighborhood’s Gothic church is really impressive, and hosts a weekend art market!

There’s so much to see in this old-town area, you’ll always enjoy the walk back to your hostel every evening.

For something a little different, book a hostel in the neighborhood of Gràcia on Carrer de les Carolines. The first house designed by Antoni Gaudi, Casa Vicens Gaudí, can be found here! It is a great example of Art Nouveau, which Barcelona embraced, and is just super cool! There are lots of trees and old buildings in the neighborhood. It’s beautiful!

 

Best Hostel in Barcelona – Garden House Hostel

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Garden House Hostel is our pick for the best hostel in Barcelona!

This is a lovely place to stay and get to know the locals! The staff are experienced and multilingual and love to chat. It’s a perfect place for chilled-out travelers, with a great atmosphere. It’s a bit out of the way, but the dorm room rates are some of the lowest prices you can find, and it’s well worth the easy trip!

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Best Budget Hotel in Barcelona – Hotel Pelayo

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Hotel Pelayo is our pick for the best budget hotel in Barcelona!

Just a two-minute walk from the famous La Rambla, this value-for-money hotel is a great stay! It’s vibrant and clean. The rooms have great views, and there’s a snack bar! It’s right in the middle of everything. With clean, comfortable rooms, you’ll find you have everything you need!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Barcelona – H10 Casa Mimosa

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H10 Casa Mimosa is our pick for the best luxury hotel in Barcelona!

This 4-star hotel is amazing! All the rooms have beautiful views of the city. There’s a brilliant restaurant, a bar, fitness center, and a garden. The building is gorgeous and stately, and the rooms are elegant. Enjoy the rooftop chill-out terrace with plunge pool and sun lounger area!

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Barcelona Itinerary

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Welcome to our EPIC Barcelona itinerary

Barcelona is super easy to get around, with all the public transport options. The trains and trams are completely safe and well-priced. You can even get a public transport ticket!

The great thing about Barcelona is that everything is in walking distance! So if you’re a healthy walker, you won’t even need  public transport.

If you’re feeling a little daring, rent a scooter for the day! So many locals get around with scooters. You’ll see them everywhere. They are lots of fun, and a great way to see the city. This is, of course, only for those with licenses! Often, rental places will accept a non-Spanish license, but they won’t let you drive if you have none at all.

However you’re getting around, this city is a great place to explore! Pack your walking shoes and sunscreen, this is going to be memorable. Let’s get into what to do in Barcelona for 3 days and more!

 

Day 1 Itinerary in Barcelona

Casa Batllo | La Boqueria Market | Picasso Museum | Museum of the History of Barcelona | Sagrada Família | Flamenco Dance Show at the City Hall Theatre

 

Stop 1 – Casa Batllo

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s a world-renowned legend of architecture!
  • Cost: $28, $44 for an early tour or $42 for a theatrical tour
  • Food nearby: Get tapas for breakfast at Cervesería Catalana

This brightly colored fairytale building is an absolute must-see in Barcelona! A modernist masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi, you’ll find no straight lines here. Multicolored mosaics and organic shapes make it really unique and super vibrant!

Marvel at the details and the building’s utter rejection of traditional architecture. This house is more of a sculpture than a building. The morning sun does wonders with the colorful glass!

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo, Barcelona

Inside, you can go on an augmented reality tour! It brings the experience to life in weird and wonderful ways and is a really exciting innovation in tourism. We’re hoping it will happen more!  

Totally different to anything else you’ll see, you will be really glad you didn’t miss it!

Insider Tip: Book online and get here early! It’s one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions, and you’ll be vying for a space to stand outside it if you go at peak times!

 

Day 1/Stop 2 – La Boqueria Market

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s a 13th-century market still going strong!
  • Cost: Free
  • Food nearby: Buy street-food in the market, or get some Mexican at the nearby Rosa del Raval

This huge public market has been around since the 13th century. It’s amazing to stroll through it and think about everything that must have changed, and everything that has stayed the same!

Locals sell fresh produce and haggle at all the stalls. You can find fresh fruits, fish, vegetables, and seafood, among other things. We recommend you try the fruit smoothies! They are phenomenal.

La Boqueria Market

La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Full of different colors and odors, the market is a sensory cornucopia! There’s so much to experience, you will want to dedicate at least 2 hours to it. The stall-holders and merchants are very fast and friendly.

You can really find a lot of interesting produce! Buy some local handmade chocolates for the folks back home, and some exotic fruits to eat while you walk! It’s a foodie’s heaven – and those chocolates are famously good! In fact, forget the folks back home, buy a bunch for yourself!

If you’re spending less than 2 days in Barcelona be sure to tick this one off! It’s an integral part of the city.

 

Day 1/Stop 3 – Picasso Museum

  • Why it’s awesome: See the early work of Picasso and get to know more about the famous man
  • Cost: $8 -13.50
  • Food nearby: Experience something different at the Ziryab Cocktail & Shisha Lounge

This incredible museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso!  

Before he died the artist himself began the project, and now a massive 4,251 works are exhibited here! The fact that one artist could have painted so many pieces blows our minds, never mind the fact that most of these are his early works!

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum, Barcelona (photo credits:Club Villamar)

If you’re interested in art, the museum is a key reference for understanding the artist’s formative years! Picasso spent his apprenticeship as an artist in Barcelona and returned to live here later.

The museum is well set out and informative. A lovely touch is that the story of Picasso’s life is overlaid with the paintings. This way you can see the important transitions in his style over key life events! No matter how well you know the artist and his work, you’ll come away knowing more about him than before!

The Best Travel Backpack?!

Pssssst! Not picked the perfect travel backpack yet? The Broke Backpacker team has tried out over thirty backpacks this year! Our favourite carry on backpack is the Nomatic Travel Backpack.

Check out this post to read our full review!

 

Day 1/Stop 4 – Museum of the History of Barcelona

  • Why it’s awesome: Roman ruins and an exciting history make this museum well worthwhile
  • Cost: $8
  • Food nearby: Amazing ice-cream at Gelaaati Di Marco

This is one of the best Barcelona city highlights! This medieval museum conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the historical heritage of the city of Barcelona. From the city’s origins in Roman times until the present day, it has everything!

The coolest part of the museum tour is the excavations of the Roman ruins beneath the museum. Here you can see that there is a whole city beneath the streets of modern Barcelona!

Museum of the History of Barcelona

Museum of the History of Barcelona, Barcelona

It is the best opportunity to really see the way Barcelona has developed over the millennia. You’ll see an ancient launderette, factory, dyers, and winery!

The audio tour is excellent, and allows you to go through the museum at your own pace, with all the information you need to understand and appreciate what you’re seeing!

Insider tip: If you’re spending the weekend in Barcelona you’re in luck! Entry is free on Sundays.

 

Day 1/Stop 5 – Sagrada Família

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s a church absolutely unlike any other!
  • Cost: $19
  • Food nearby: Have dinner at Colombia Pan y Sabor

Closing off your daytime adventures with a stop at another Antoni Gaudi masterpiece, we have the Sagrada Familia! The church like no other. Combining several architectural styles and ignoring the rules of all of them, this massive eclectic church is something to see!

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

It is still under construction, 140 years on. But that doesn’t stop it from dominating its surroundings and changing your mind about what a church should look for like!

So beautiful and complex, the late afternoon sun shining through the colored-glass windows will leave you in awe. It also shows Gaudi’s love for organic shapes and animals!

Insider Tip: We have to suggest you go for the audio guide and tower ticket! It’s $36, but it’s an incredible experience and well worth it.

 

Day 1/Stop 6 – Flamenco Dance Show at the City Hall Theatre

  • Why it’s awesome: A vibrant and beautiful experience of Spanish culture!
  • Cost: $21
  • Food nearby: Make a reservation at El Nacional

This traditional Flamenco show is a must-see! Appreciate the artistry of the talented performers and experience the vibrant spirit of this authentic form of Spanish dance and expression. Flamenco includes music, singing and dancing arranged together in a beautifully seductive atmosphere!

Flamenco Dance Show at the City Hall Theatre

Flamenco Dance Show at the City Hall Theatre, Barcelona

Some of the most talented artists in Spain perform at the City Hall Theatre! Watching the show, you can participate in the Jaleo, the hand-clapping, foot stomping, and shouts of encouragement of traditional Flamenco! It is a lot of fun. You’ll also enjoy the lovely traditional features of the City Hall!

Looking at what to do in Barcelona for 2 days that will make memories for a lifetime? This is one of those!

 

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Garden House Hostel
This is a lovely place to stay and get to know the locals! The staff are experienced and multilingual and love to chat. It’s a perfect place for chilled-out travelers, with a great atmosphere.
  • $$
  • Free Wifi
  • Fully equipped kitchen

 

Day 2 Itinerary in Barcelona

Park Güell | Las Ramblas | Cathedral of Barcelona | Barceloneta Beach | Palau de la Música Catalana | Barcelona Gothic Quarter by Night

 

Stop 1 – Park Güell

  • Why it’s awesome: The best of Antoni Gaudi’s contributions, this park is a defining feature of Barcelona!
  • Cost: $12.40
  • Food nearby: Enjoy home-style cooking at Bar Casi

This huge public park system is composed of gardens and architectural elements designed by Gaudi! It’s a playful urban park, with plenty of winding paths and peaceful greens, as well as Gaudi’s many sculptures and mosaics. It gets really busy because of the park’s status as a primary landmark, so it’s good to get here early!

Enjoy the tranquility of the early morning. You could even have a picnic in the park, with stunning views of Gaudi’s creations while you snack. The exceptional park is a beautiful mix of nature and art!

Park Guell

Park Guell, Barcelona

The staff ensures that the park does not get over-crowded by limiting the number of people in at one time – another reason to go early! With more than 17 hectares, it is one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona.

Gaudi’s structures and unique, colorful fantasy are present throughout the park. The highest point in the park also gives you a great view over much of the Barcelona sights!

 

Day 2/Stop 2 – Las Ramblas

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s free and fun and a great break from the indoors!
  • Cost: Free
  • Food nearby: There are lots to choose from on the road!

Las Ramblas is just a street. But it’s one of Barcelona’s top tourist destinations for a reason! This tree-shaded boulevard runs through the heart of the city and is really gorgeous.

Take in the beautiful buildings on either side. Enjoy the street performances and artists, tossing a coin into their hats. Some really great performers can be found here, and many go on to perform at live venues!

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Stop for quality ice-cream or pastries at one of the lovely little delis! Strolling down the street with a snack is extra amazing! This is also a great place to people watch, and just soak in the sunshine.

After all the architectural awe – and getting ready for some more – it’s just what the doctor ordered. You will also enjoy the diversity of cultures and languages gathered here. But you’re not all rushing to see the same thing. You’re just strolling through the city!

Insider Tip: Pickpockets target people in this area, so keep your phone and wallet close and stay aware! If you’re not an easy target you’re not a target.

 

Day 2/Stop 3 – Cathedral of Barcelona

  • Why it’s awesome: Epitomising Gothic architecture, this Cathedral is not to be missed!
  • Cost: $8
  • Food nearby: Try the paella at Restaurant La Taverneta Barcelona

This Gothic cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The cathedral was constructed from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, and has been one of the most important structures in Barcelona since then!

The views from the exterior are amazing as you stand on the street in the sunshine. It’s easy to appreciate the magnitude of the architecture from any angle! The interior is equally beautiful and very gothic.

Cathedral of Barcelona

Cathedral of Barcelona, Barcelona

Throughout there are beautiful religiously themed paintings and sculptures. You can spend a long time wandering through the cathedral and admiring all it has to offer!

A small drawback is that the candles are electric rather than real. This means the atmosphere is not quite the same as it was historically. But this measure ensures nothing important burns down!

 

Day 2/Stop 4 – Barceloneta Beach

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s a long white-sand beach. Gorgeous!
  • Cost: Free
  • Food nearby: Seafood and cocktails at Surf House Barcelona

Continuing the relaxing portion of your day, take a trip to the beach! The white-sand beach stretches far. If you’re inclined, you can walk the length of it and enjoy watching locals and tourists enjoying the sun, sand, and sea. Otherwise, join them!

You can rent a beach lounger, or lay a towel on the sand and catch a late-afternoon tan. Wash off the sweat of the day in the calm blue ocean. Barcelona is a Meditteranean city, and its beach attests to that!

Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach, Beach

The water is reasonably warm, and it’s really lovely to swim in Summer! If you’re visiting in Winter, you may not want to swim but the beach is still worth a visit. All-year round you’ll see happy suntanners and sunny skies. It just depends on the day!

The beach can get quite crowded in Barceloneta, but this should be late enough in the day that it’s emptied out nicely. Either way, you’re sure to find a spot to lay down your towel and to swim! The brightly colored towels and happy people only add to the scene.

 

Day 2/Stop 5 – Palau de la Música Catalana

  • Why it’s awesome: Two-in-one! Experience the historic architecture and Catalan’s best musical experiences at the same time.
  • Cost: $11 – $68 depending on concert
  • Food nearby: Have dinner at Elsa y Fred

The concert hall itself is really something to see! But if you’re lucky, you can even enjoy a performance here. The musical offerings range from symphonic orchestras and opera to jazz and Cançó, traditional Cantonese song!

Built in 1908, the architectural style has been described as a ‘riot of ornament’. You will immediately see why, with the vibrant colors and patterns, and the decorative flourishes! Still, function is prized over form here. Every seat in the house has a perfect view of the stage, and the sound is exquisite! It’s quite an experience just to see how function and beauty work together so beautifully.

Palau de la Musica Catalana

Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona (photo credits:Palau de la Música Catalana)

The concert hall has shows on most nights, so book early and be sure to go to one! You can also visit the gorgeous hall on a tour, but we recommend the acoustic experience of a real Spanish concert! It’s actually cheaper than most tours of the place.

Go early and have a drink in the lounge so you can soak up the building’s unusual beauty before the show. It’s a really unique experience and the perfect end to the day!

 

Day 2/Stop 6 – Barcelona Gothic Quarter by Night

  • Why it’s awesome: experiencing authentic Spanish nightlife is quite a thing!
  • Cost: Free – different clubs may have entry fees
  • Food nearby: Koku Kitchen Ramen

The day doesn’t end when the sun goes down! Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter changes at night. By day, it’s one of the best tourist areas because of its beauty and old architecture. At night, it’s popular for very different reasons!

The bars scattered among the labyrinthine alleys are hip and fun. Filled with locals and foreigners, you’re sure to meet some interesting people! If you’re looking to make friends, just buy a group drinks and get chatting. Most people here are super friendly, and always happy to meet a backpacker!

Barcelona Gothic Quarter by Night

Barcelona Gothic Quarter by Night, Barcelona

There’s a large number of British and Irish pubs catering mostly to tourists, with good beer and reasonable prices. You can also find great cocktails at the obscure and interesting Polaroid Club!

For live music and a great vibe check out Harlem Jazz Club. The entry fee is always reasonable and everyone’s having fun. It’s also really cool to see some of Catalan’s talent! Once you’ve had a few drinks and met a few cool people, move onto one of the neighborhood’s dance clubs.

It’s charming and trendy and a load of fun!

Casa Batllo

You should always have emergency cash hidden on you – pick up this awesome security belt with its hidden pocket before you travel, it’s perfect for hiding money, a passport photocopy.

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Day 3 and Beyond

Bike Tour | Montjuïc Cable Car |Paella Cooking Class| Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour |Painting Class with a Local

Looking at what to do in Barcelona for 3 days? There’s so much! Take your pick of these exciting classes, activities, and tours. They really round out the Barcelona experience!

 

Go on a City Sights Highlight Bike Tour

  • You get to see all the best of Barcelona’s sights in a unique way
  • Cycle around obscure areas, admiring the architecture and enjoying the views
  • Highlights are pointed out and explained by your guide

Get your day started right with this awesome bike tour! You join a fun and knowledgeable local guide and ride around the streets of Barcelona on a 3-hour tour. Explore the unique era of Spanish Art Nouveau amidst the modern city!

You will be able to see so much on this activity. That’s why we love cycle tours! It’s faster than by foot, but so much more engaged than by car.

On the tour, you’ll see ancient aqueducts, Barcelona’s first World Fair, parks, memorials, and plazas. 17th-century factories which epitomize the Industrial Revolution and a lovely ride along the beach promenade are two highlights of the tour!

Go on a City Sights Highlight Bike Tour

(photo credits:GetYourGuide)

It’s a brilliant combination of historic and contemporary Spain. And you’ll hear interesting facts and details about all of it!

This is a great tour for groups of friends or families. But if you’re alone, don’t worry! You’ll meet others in the group. The tours are conducted in English, French, and German. Local guides will show you the hidden corners of this exciting city and tell you their secrets!

The tour starts at 10:30 am and ends at the same place it starts. There are only two tours daily and it’s a popular one, so we suggest you book your ticket early! You can also request a private tour for something a little more romantic.

 

Catch the Montjuïc Cable Car to the top of the historic hill

  • The cable car ride is super scenic, with great views over the beach and the city
  • There’s a gorgeous castle at the top of the mountain!
  • The hill is lovely and has panoramic views over Barcelona

This hill above the city is one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona! Surrounded by woodlands, the historic castle is a sight to see. The original fortress dates back to 1640! Some of this structure remains, but it’s been bombed and resurrected multiple times since!

From the cable car the castle is just a short walk up the slope. It’s steep, so pack some water and prepare to lean against a wall and breath heavily. It’s a classic pose in tourism, and must be accomplished at least once on a trip! Here’s your chance.

The gardens are beautiful and exotic, carefully curated by the castle groundskeepers. You’ll be able to see all the other stops on your itinerary up here! Get some photos pointing to a few of your favorites. The views over the port and city are unbeatable!

Catch the Montjuic Cable Car to the top of the historic hill

Catch the Montjuic Cable Car to the top of the historic hill, Barcelona (photo credits:WeBarcelona)

For centuries the hill overlooking the harbor played a strategic role in Barcelona’s defense. The castle served as a political prison for some time and was a bit of a sinister symbol all-round. Now, however, it’s positive associations override the negative.

It’s a popular place to visit both for locals and tourists! You can learn its long history and appreciate the artifacts collected here on a self-guided tour.

The cable car was recently upgraded and refurbished. Now the 8-man cabins are super cozy, and the best way to get up to the castle! You can also take the bus – a handy option for those who are staying in Barcelona for a longer period and have a bus pass!

If you’re spending 3 days in Barcelona, this is a really worthwhile activity.

Want to learn more about what to do and see in this dynamic city? Check out our in-depth backpacking Barcelona travel guide for more insider inspiration!

 

Take a Paella Cooking Class with Boqueria Market Tour

  • Learn to make your very own seafood paella!
  • Buy fresh ingredients with the chef at La Boqueria market
  • Make sangria and eat tasty tapas

You must have had a few great paellas in Barcelona by now! Here’s your chance to learn to make it yourself. Bring home a bit of Barcelona with you! There’s nothing that reminds us of a great trip like cooking the traditional food. And eating it!

This is a really great experience for those of you looking for an authentic Spanish activity. Explore the world famous La Boqueria market, which dates back to the 13th century. You’ll have strolled through it on Day 1, but this is a totally different way to experience the market!

Here you’ll find fresh seafood, herbs, and vegetables for your paella, guided by the chef. You also tour the beautiful old town on your way from the market.

Take a Paella Cooking Class with Boqueria Market Tour

Take a Paella Cooking Class with Boqueria Market Tour, Barcelona (photo credits:GetYourGuide)

Try the most authentic traditional Spanish and Catalan tapas and learn how to build your own traditional Basque Pintxos or Montaditos. Learn how to make an enormous paella with your group in an interactive lesson! The actual cooking is done by the chef, with instructions and tips as you go along.

There really is a lot to this class! You will also learn all there is to know about Sangria and make your own. We can’t think of anything better than sipping on sangria and eating tapas and paella, after learning to make it all yourself!

You will walk away with all the recipes, and a great appreciation for Barcelona’s food and culture!

 

Indulge in a small-group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour

Accompanied by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guide, you get to explore the long-standing and ever so exciting sweet tradition of Spain!

Learn about the important role chocolate plays in Spanish culture while you taste them. You visit established patisseries and cafes, with over 10 tastings.

Prepare yourself for lots of chocolatey goodness! You can pair your churros and chocolate (just two of the tastings) with hot chocolate, tea or wine! Anything you want really.  

Indulge in a small group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour

Indulge in a small group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour, Barcelona (photo credits:Julia Travel)

You also explore the Gothic and Born quarters of the city, two of Barcelona’s most exciting architectural areas! It’s a lovely walking tour, limited to 15 people. You’ll get to know everyone while you enjoy tastings of all the delicious treats and explore the town!

The tasting locations and food samples vary according to the season, adjusting the treats for the season! If you have dietary restrictions, just be aware that some tastings include nuts and egg. So be sure to ask your guide about that!

Spain’s tradition of chocolate is so rich, this is a really great tour to go on! Totally unique and fun, you’re sure to enjoy it. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, and is stuffed to the brim with interesting details and deliciousness!

 

Try out a Painting Class with a Local

This is so much fun if you’re into getting a little creative with some strangers! Your experience level is not important here. It’s all about having a good time. To this end, beer and wine are only $1 a glass, and unlimited!

The class price includes all materials to create your painting. And you get to eat traditional Spanish snacks during the class! All ages are welcome. It’s another one of those experiences which work great for couples, families, solo travelers and friends! It just works, all around.  

Try out a Painting Class with a Local

Try out a Painting Class with a Local, Barcelona (photo credits:Triple)

In the class you’ll paint in layers, going slow and step-by-step. The instructor guides you and helps with anything you’re struggling with or want to know! They are super friendly and passionate about art.

You’ll paint for a while and then take a break to give the painting time to dry. During the break you can mingle some more, swapping travel stories and praising the beauty of Barcelona! You get to enjoy some Spanish snacks – ham, cheese, bread, chips, and olives. Then you return to painting!

You can take your painting home with you. Hang it up in your house to remind you of your good times. Or give it to your mom – she’ll be proud even if it’s objectively terrible!

The class is wheelchair accessible and open to all ages.

Don’t forget to pack a good book!

Rick Steves Pocket Barcelona This is our top recommendation for an awesome and inspiring read on this magical city.

 

Staying Safe in Barcelona

As with all cities, there are some valuable safety precautions to take in Barcelona. This will ensure that you leave the city with as much or more than you came with!

Violent crime is really uncommon in Barcelona. It’s considered safe to walk around and take public transport during the day and night! Still, we suggest never walking around alone at night, particularly for women. Walk in groups and stick to the well-lit areas!

There are pickpockets in the busier areas, so keep your bag closed and close to you. It’s always better to stay alert and aware. So don’t walk while looking at your phone. That makes it clear you’re a tourist and not a very aware one at that.

Criminals choose easy victims – so if you make it clear you’re not going to be taken unawares, you’ll be just fine!

A popular scam in Barcelona is the distraction/theft scam. So if anyone asks you for directions or assistance in a public place, and you feel a little suspicious, trust your gut! It’s usually right.

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads now, our favourite travel insurance provider.

 

Day Trips From Barcelona

Barcelona isn’t the only amazing part of Catalonia, Spain! The surrounding areas have so much to offer. If you’re spending more than 3 days in Barcelona we suggest you get out and explore what there is! From snorkeling in abundant blue waters to horse riding across the mountains, there’s plenty of adventure to be had.

 

Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

This stunning 8-hour tour is such a great experience! Explore underwater caves and marine reserves. Swim in the Meditteranean Sea and kayak its calm waters. Marvel at the brightly colored fish and the excess of life under the ocean!

You get to see the exotic marine life from above and below! It’s the perfect combination of adrenaline and relaxation. The tour includes all equipment, storage, and sandwiches! But be sure to bring water, sunscreen, and a towel.

If you want to get out of busy Barcelona for the day, this is the best place to go – the ocean! The guides are super professional, and you’re sure to make friends with your 12-person group.

Especially in places like this, it’s important to travel and explore responsibly! If you are careful, this place will survive much longer, to awe the next generations.

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Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

Half Day Montserrat and Horse Riding Tour

It’s not every day that you get to go horse riding through the national park of another country! This memorable tour includes a visit to the imposing Montserrat Abbey on top of the mountain and horse-riding through the fields and mountains.

The perfect getaway for nature lovers! You will really enjoy the unique landscape and rocky outcrops of the hills. The horses are so lovely and very friendly. Bring them a carrot from town, and make a friend!

Everyone has to be over 12 years old and under 95 kilograms. The horses’ well-being and your own safety are super important! The guides are really friendly, funny and knowledgeable. They are also bilingual, so nothing will be lost in translation!

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Salvador Dalí Small Group Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

Salvador Dali Small Group Full Day Tour from Barcelona

Now this one is for the art lovers and eccentrics! Spending 4 days in Barcelona? Get out and visit the Dali Museum and experience the Costa Brava landscape which inspired his surreal art, exploring all his old haunts.

The tour includes a trip to the nearby coastal village of Cadaqués, where you’ll enjoy lunch. Many of Dali’s works include scenes from this fishing village, making it a vital part of the tour! Besides being stunning and quaint.

Also included is a privileged tour of Dalí’s private home in Port Lligat. To see the home of someone so unusual is a surreal experience.

If you are interested in his work, you will be in heaven! And if you never were, you’ll find you’re strangely drawn to them and the strange man behind them.

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4×4 Winery Tour with Tapas & Wine Tasting from Barcelona

4x4 Winery Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting from Barcelona

Visit two gorgeous family-run wine farms outside of Barcelona. In the first, you taste wines and tapas with gourmet pairings for everything! The expert wine-maker will run you through the details and history of each incredible wine, and of the farm and wine-making process. All this in the old subterranean wine cellar!

You’ll visit the traditional manor house and the vineyards with your guide. Then a 4×4 drive will take you through millennia-old vines in the company of a local viticulturist!

On the second farm, you taste cava, a uniquely Catalonian sparkling wine. Tour the estate, which has cutting-edge facilities in ancestral holdings! It is a truly unique and enjoyable educational experience.

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Barcelona Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Barcelona Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Fly a thousand meters above the landscape of Catalonia, driven only by the wind! Marvel at the birds-eye views of mountains, forests, winding streams, green hills and vast fields.

Just a half-hour drive from Barcelona after being picked up in the city, the area you’re flying over is declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It’s pristine!

Afterward, you will enjoy a traditional Catalan breakfast, awestruck by the experience! The dishes are all popular local foods. The meal takes place in an old country manor, which you can explore at your leisure.

You will never forget this view. Nor will you have to – they take photographs of you and the views, for no extra charge!

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Conclusion

Now you know all the best things to do in and around Barcelona! It’s a really magical city, with so much to offer.

So whether you’re doing Barcelona in 3 days or more, this is the best way to see Barcelona! With lots of exciting stops and a good range of things to do.

If you’re working with a shoe-string budget, don’t worry! Budget travel is more possible than ever. So save up, book your tickets and get pumped! To explore Barcelona will be one of the best trips of your life.

 

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