100 Things to Do in Barcelona

You'll never get bored in this seaside city in Spain

We could make this list 1,000 things to do in Barcelona, but for the moment 100 will do. From Pedralbes Monastery to the Picasso Museum, Gaudi architecture to the Grácia Festival, here's our heavyweight list of 100 things to do in Barcelona. So get your Barcelona metro ticket—the ideal way to get around the city—and off you go.

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100 Things to Do in Barcelona

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The best way to plan a tour of Barcelona is to divide the town into districts, beginning in the center and working your way out to the suburbs. Each area is easily worth a day of your time, but if you have time constraints, each can be covered in one morning or afternoon.

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10 Things to Do Around Las Ramblas

Boqueria Market, Las Ramblas
Image: (c) Damian Corrigan
La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

Spain's most famous promenade can be a river of tourists, but it's worth getting swept in for a couple hours to enjoy the stalls, human statues, and eclectic mix of landmarks, from ceramics by Mirò to the Liceu Theatre and elegant but seedy Plaça Reial.

  1. Check out the street itself
  2. Eat at La Boqueria Market
  3. Watch street performers
  4. Relax in Plaça Reial
  5. Visit a cafe
  6. Go up the Colon Monument
  7. See a show at the Liceu
  8. Palau de la Virreina
  9. Bethlehem Church
  10. Erotic Museum
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10 Things to Do in Barrio Gotico

Placa del Pic, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona
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Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 15 15 54

Barrio Gotico is the Gothic Quarter, where the La Seu Cathedral, Plaça del Pi, and myriad dark, winding alleyways preserve the area's rich medieval heritage.

  1. Walk around La Seu Cathedral
  2. Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
  3. Els Quatre Gats
  4. Human Towers and Sardana dancing in Plaça Sant Jaume
  5. Plaça del Pi
  6. Treasure hunting in the Gothic Quarter
  7. El Call Jewish Quarter
  8. Barcelona City History Museum
  9. El Bosc de les Fades wax museum
  10. Plaça del George Orwell
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10 Things to Do in El Born

Palau de la Musica Catalana
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El Born is the site of one of Spain's finest Gothic churches, Santa Maria del Mar. The medieval passageways adjoining it will take you to the unmissable Picasso Museum and La Palau de la Musica Catalana, while Passeig del Born is one of the trendiest places for a paseo—an afternoon stroll—in the city.

  1. La Palau de la Musica Catalana
  2. Picasso Museum
  3. Passeig del Born
  4. Medieval Palaces on Carrer Montcada
  5. Cocktail bars of El Born
  6. Chocolate Museum
  7. Arabic baths
  8. Seafood at La Paradeta
  9. Santa Caterina Market
  10. Santa Maria del Mar
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10 Things to Do in Barceloneta

Port Vell, Barceloneta, Barcelona
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Moll del Dipòsit, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 17 61 35

Barceloneta is Barcelona's fishermen's barrio. It has the most popular beaches in the city, some of the best seafood eateries, and a magnificent port.

  1. Port Vell
  2. Ciutadella Park
  3. Bar-Celona
  4. Museum of the History of Catalonia
  5. La Jaica
  6. Paella on Sunday
  7. Nudist beach
  8. Barceloneta Cable Car
  9. Gas Natural Tower
  10. Barcelona Zoo
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10 Things to Do in El Raval

MACBA musem raval, Barcelona
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Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 12 08 10

El Raval looks, smells, and tastes different. This multicultural hub showcases delicious international cuisine, much of the city's best graffiti, unusual drinking spots, and contemporary art in the award-winning MACBA Museum.

  1. MACBA Museum
  2. CCCB Cultural Centre
  3. Els Tres Tombs Bar
  4. Rambla del Raval
  5. Vegetarian food at Sesamo
  6. Bar Marsella
  7. Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu​
  8. Palau Güell
  9. Clothing shops
  10. Bar Crawl on Carrer Joaquin Costa
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10 Things to Do in Eixample

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Image: (c) Damian Corrigan
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 08 04 14

Eixample is all about the extraordinary modernist architecture of Gaudi, Domènech ​i Montaner and Cadafelch, centered upon the surreally beautiful Passeig de Gràcia. It's also Barcelona's top shopping avenue. 

  1. Sagrada Famí​lia
  2. Hospital de Sant Pau
  3. Casa Milà​ "La Pedrera"​
  4. La Fira
  5. Casa Amatller
  6. Casa Batllo
  7. Casa Calvet
  8. Catch a cabaret show
  9. Fundació Antoni Tàpies 
  10. Passeig de Gràcia
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10 Things to Do in Gràcia

Park Guell, Barcelona
Image: (c) Damian Corrigan
08024 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 09 18 31

Gràcia sees itself as a village within the city, but visit its buzzing Carrer de Verdi and Plaça del Sol and you'll find a vibrant community whose festival in August is one of Barcelona's most unforgettable.

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10 Things to Do in Montjuïc

Catalonian National Art Museum, Barcelona
Image: (c) Damian Corrigan
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
+34 936 22 03 60

Montjuïc is dominated by the presence of its 17th-century castle, Olympic Stadium, and Royal Palace of Pedralbes. It is also home to some of Spain's finest museums, including the Miró Foundation and CaixaForum.

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10 Things to Do in Tibidabo

Mount Tibidabo as seen from all over Barcelona
Image: (c) Damian Corrigan
Plaça del Doctor Andreu, s/n, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 11 79 42

A funicular ride to the top of Mount Tibidabo provides the best views of Barcelona. Lower down, the Royal Palace of Pedralbes has a wonderful ceramics museum, and Pedralbes Monastery stores a treasure trove of religious art.

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10 Day Trips From Barcelona

Montserrat, near Barcelona
Image: (c) Damian Corrigan
Montserrat, 08691, Barcelona, Spain

From the amazing rock formations of Montserrat to the charming seaside resort of Sitges and Salvador Dalí's hometown of Figueres, here are some of the top treats within a couple of hours' reach of Barcelona. 

  1. Montserrat
  2. Figueres (Dalí Museum)
  3. Sitges
  4. Andorra and the Pyrenees Mountains
  5. Nonviolent bullfighting at Finca Tiana
  6. Tarragona
  7. Girona
  8. Torres Winery (Bodega), Penedes
  9. PortAventura World
  10. Caldes de Montbui
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