5 ‘must-do’ in Barcelona

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5 ‘must-do’ in Barcelona

I know it might sound reductive, because Barcelona is an amazing city that has so much to offer.  But since I never have enough time to do all I would like to, here are 5 things I am wild of and I consider as ‘must-do‘.

Lonely-Bike1. Hire a bike

That’s an awesome way to explore larger areas of the city, besides being greener and healthier. I strolled around Rome by bike in the past and had a lot of fun.

Prices to rent a bike range from as low as low as 10 Euro per day up to around 20 Euro, depending from the bike type and rental place.

A good place offering bargain prices is Barceloneta Bike, right on the beach.



2. Discover the unique Catalan Modernism

Whether you call it Liberty style, or Art Nouveau or Modernism, Barcelona has plenty of amazing architectural examples revealing the original and unique fashion Spanish artists interpreted this style. The most famous Modernism architect is Antoni Gaudì, but there’s much more than the Sagrada Familia, Parc Gűell or Casa Batlò.

Palau de la Mùsica Catalana – the Concert Hall created by the architect Lluís Domènech y Montaner – is a little gem, well worth a visit (reservation is strongly advised) if not a night at the concert.

Additionally, you can spend a couple of hours enjoying the Modernism Route to discover other less known but awesome architectural examples of Barcelona Modernism.


3. Nose around trendy and vintage shops

Well… that’s not for fashion victims! I’m not particularly wild about shopping and fashion brands and I prefer by far original shops in uncommon locations.

I discovered a nice one in a courtyard along Carrer Moncada , close to the Picasso Museum, and it’s only a matter of taking the eyes open to find out more odd ‘tiendas’.

If you like vintage fashion you’ll find plenty of shops in the little streets close to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The area is characteristic although somehow ill-reputed (at least, that’s what I understood), so an understated look and a close eye on your goods are recommended.


Barceloneta Beach

4. Enjoy the beach

Weather permitting, I cannot feel fully satisfied when visiting Barcelona without at least dropping in on Barceloneta beach.

Though being a ‘city beach’  I love its ambiance, the bars, and restaurants where you can treat yourself with a drink, a snack, and do some people-watching.

Or just having a long walk on the sea-shore…


tapas5. Last but not least…


Mmm… In case you have any doubt, I am wild about tapas! It’s such a lovely and funny way to taste lots of wonderful specialities.

And let me tell you… Any time is good for tapas! 🙂


What are your ‘must-do’ in Barcelona?


More reading:  A day trip from Barcelona, to the lovely Cadaquès?

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  • Anji
    Posted at 16:50h, 20 March Reply

    The Borne area is just great! I always find a new shop or café and it’s always full of people!

  • Hans - Roaming Vikings
    Posted at 22:26h, 18 October Reply

    we <3 Barcelona. It's such a shame that 'most' tourists don't venture much further than La Rambla

    Regarding the Tapas, i just have to sneak in a recommendation for an absolutely, brilliant little restaurant in Barceloneta called La Bomboneta… Not only is the food brilliant, but it's a perfect place to brush up on your spanish. I think the waiters average age is about 85. check out the sign:


    • Hans - Roaming Vikings
      Posted at 22:29h, 18 October Reply

      Uhm, correction, the restaurants name is La Bombeta

  • Mark
    Posted at 22:22h, 27 February Reply

    Great post Simon! I love Barcelona, especially getting lost in the Barri Gòtic and also spending lots of time in La Boqueria. I’m a sucker for markets and have to drop into the local ones whenever I’m in a city which has good ones!

  • LeslieTravel
    Posted at 23:29h, 30 January Reply

    Barcelona looks like fun! I’d love to visit one day and check out the museums, food and shopping 🙂

  • expat
    Posted at 12:16h, 01 December Reply

    Sorry but it is quite ignorant of you to refer to spanish modernism and spanish tapas. We catalans are a country “attached” to Spain. We have our own language, customs and government. We are different and with a bit of luck we will become independent in the next 10 years. Thank you for visiting my city. Next time please try to appreciate the local culture. Catalonia is not Spain.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 20:16h, 04 December Reply

      I’m sorry, I was not intending to upset Catalans. I might have been wrong, but I was referring to Spanish modernism or tapas thinking at Spain as a Nation.
      I know that Catalans have a different culture and history, by the way a very interesting one, and that they feel proud of their heritage, which is something very important.
      However, at present Catalunya is ‘one of the Kingdom of Spain’s seventeen autonomous communities‘ (Wikipedia).
      Apart from that, I find Catalunya amazing.

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 05:22h, 30 September Reply

    Good stuff Simon (except for the modern art part – not really a fan!) 🙂

    • Jeremy B
      Posted at 05:25h, 30 September Reply

      Sorry, I like art nouveau (Oops). Gaudi was very interesting. Loved Parc Guell! Not a big fan of shopping though! 🙂

  • lara dunston
    Posted at 00:09h, 16 August Reply

    Great post! Love Barcelona! The bike tracks are awesome aren’t they?

    Agree with Ciki though, the contemporary fine dining scene is a must-do for foodies – a far superior eating city than Paris or New York for instance. If you’re still there, highly recommend you check out some of these restaurants: http://grantourismotravels.com/2010/03/31/barcelonas-contemporary-catalan-cuisine/ Would love to know what you think 🙂

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:10h, 17 August Reply

      Unfortunately I do not live in Barcelona… 🙁
      But I’ll surely go back soon so thanks a lot for the culinary suggestions. I’ll surely try a few and let you know. Un abrazo!

  • Juno
    Posted at 05:56h, 01 August Reply

    Beah and tapas. On it!! 🙂
    I love spain eventhough I’ve never been. Ironic? 🙂

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 11:50h, 01 August Reply

      Spain is really a special place. The cities are gorgeous and so lively! You should put Spain in your Europe bucket list… Hugs 🙂

  • Nathan Nault
    Posted at 17:15h, 10 June Reply

    Great post. Bikes are a great idea, and if you’re short on time, the metro is another great option for only about 5 euro – quick and cheap. And if you’ve never been to an ice bar, definitely check out Ice Barcelona, its right on the beach!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 18:15h, 10 June Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Mmm… Ice Bar… Have to keep it in mind for my next visit to Barcelona! Thanks for sharing this nice tip. 🙂

  • ciki
    Posted at 16:03h, 10 June Reply

    thank u simon! u just made my day .. (as always!) actually just chatting with u is enough to make my day;)

  • RyukyuMike
    Posted at 12:37h, 10 June Reply

    Great tips and I always love a travel tip that includes food!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 15:00h, 10 June Reply

      Thank you Mike. Nice you liked it. Since I understand you are a foodie, I suggest you to follow http://cumidanciki.com/.

      Mei is passionate about food and is an amazing expert! I think you’ll enjoy her blog.

  • nothingprofound
    Posted at 18:10h, 08 June Reply

    Knowing me, I’d probably spend the whole time at the beach. But any spare moment I had I’d fill with your other wonderful suggestions.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 18:39h, 08 June Reply

      Well, why not? To me traveling means feeling free and doing what I like, when I like.
      If you’re a beach lover Barcelona can be great fun!

  • ciki
    Posted at 10:55h, 08 June Reply

    lovely!! but u missed out all the delicious fine dining too! hehe .. (which i will pester you to take me to once i come visit!!)

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 18:09h, 08 June Reply

      When is your next vacation? All you need to do is buy your flight. I’ll take you around! 🙂
      I wait 4 u!

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