The beautiful capital of Spain’s Catalonia, Barcelona is perhaps most well known for its striking architecture by Gaudi, such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, and that within Parc Guell, its lively nightlife, and proximity to gorgeous beaches. Once you’ve hit the major highlights though, how about stepping a bit away from the typical tourist trail and discovering some of the city’s more quirky and unusual attractions and activities? There’s plenty of fun to be had in Barcelona! Here are some ideas of different things to do in Barcelona:
Watch the Cool Kids Skateboarding
Watching people skateboard might not sound all that appealing to begin with, but once you see the super cool kids performing their awesome tricks on their skateboards you are sure to be captivated! Barcelona is often referred to as the skateboarding capital of the world, and it’s easy to see why when you’re there. Plaza del Angels is one of the best spots to be wowed, and you’ll be blown away by the skill and precision. Get your video setting ready!
Feel the Chill in an Ice Bar
The heat of Barcelona doesn’t really make you think about being in cold and icy conditions, but a trip to Barcelona’s Ice Bar can be a welcome respite from the hot temperatures outside. And, it’s certainly something different! Step into the chilly bar (don’t worry – appropriate warm attire is provided!) and marvel at the cool icy décor as you enjoy a super cold drink and see your breath in front of you! The ice sculptures are a talking point.
See Beautiful Street Art
Barcelona has plenty of lovely street art to admire, but it’s knowing where to find it … head to the Gothic Quarter and take a stroll and you’ll come across many pieces of colourful public art adorning the walls and doorways. The skill of the artists is clear to see.
Watch a Summer Movie by the Beach
Head to San Sebastian Beach on a arm summer’s evening and you can catch a movie in the delightful open-air cinema. Free to enjoy, grab a spot on the sand and chill out as you watch an independent film with the ocean in the background. It’s even more magical as the sunsets and the colours of the sky change through reds, pinks, and yellows.
Take a Rickshaw Ride
Spain might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think about exploring by rickshaw, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience this in Barcelona. A different way to hit the city’s main sights, rickshaws are also the ideal way to journey through narrower streets, which cannot easily be accessed by other forms of transportation, and also save your leg power.
Dine in the Dark
Dans le Noir is a restaurant with a twist – you can’t see what you are eating! Located on Passeig de Picasso, it employs visually impaired staff and shows patrons what life is like when you cannot see. Your other senses, including taste, will become heightened and you can savour the flavours of your tasty meal in a fun and unusual environment.
Luxuriate with a massage with chocolate, learn how to cook paella, and experience some of the city’s more unusual festivals (pillow fight anyone?!), and enjoy seeing a different side of vibrant Barcelona.