Barcelona has its beach, its mountains, its amazing architecture, and of course plenty of fun things to do.
If you are looking for some fun experiences around the city, here we created a list of things you can do to enjoy the Mediterranean pearl.
Additionally, we had a deep research and found more activities such as
- 77 COOL things to Do in Barcelona
- and 59 Free things to do in Barcelona
- 54 romantic activities for couples in BCN
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However, the list here of fun things to do in Barcelona includes some beach and water sports, as well as meet ups for meeting locals and expats.
No worries, if you are a solo-traveler in Barcelona, a couple, or a bunch of friends.
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Here are fun and COOL things to do in Barcelona.
(Fresh Update for 2019)
1. Beach Volleyball
Do you like beach volleyball?
All over the beaches in Barcelona you can find public volleyball nets. If you wanna even meet some locals and expats, just ask some people already playing.
Maybe you can join for a match? Don’t be shy!
2. Be a local in Barcelona (5 Secrets)
It always feels good to discover hidden spots in Barcelona, and to feel the local vibes.
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Here we share our absolute best tips and only via this email.
- 1 best place for paella (besides the cooking class)
- 1 local bar and
- 3 more unique tips for Barcelona – by friends for friends
- + basic tips on how to stay safe and what NOT to miss
3. Rent a RED VESPA (like in the movies!)
This one is actually an absolute must! Barcelona is the perfect city to discover by scooter.
It’s even in the Lonely Planet Guide.
A scooter is the best and a Vespa most stylish way to get around the city. Instead of renting a regular scooter, you can get the more stylish experience for the same price: A hip red Vespa – like in the movies!
You can relax at the beach, drive your way to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell – all that in no time! (More info on Park Güell here)
You can rent the scooters in Barcelona per hour or per day.
This is perfect for cool couples, hipster and friends!
Where to rent a red Vespa? We found the only awesome option:
- The rental place we always use is Via Vespa, right downtown in El Born.
More information at the official website www.via-vespa.com
- prices start from as low as 9€ per hour
- You can also take GPS-guided tours with them (pretty handy and recommended!)
4. The coolest Bike Tour (with hidden gems)
There is actually many different bike tours in Barcelona – from boring to fun and even budget bike tours.
The best bike tour in Barcelona is Steel Donkey Bike Tour.
We tested it and it is the one we recommend to our friends and family.
Instead of hopping on a boring and overfilled sightseeing bike tour, here you can actually experience Barcelona as a real local. Obviously they cover as well sights. But more importantly, they take you the places only locals go.
For me, it was really the perfect mix between sights and looking behind the touristic facade.
They bring you to a local food market and a 2nd hand flea market.
- Price: 35€ on a normal city bike, 45€ on an ebike
- Duration: 4-5 hours
- Regular Departures: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10.00am (and flexible)
It is a perfect way to get more hints and tips on the city by the guides Edu, Mari and Milos.
The tour is by bike so you obviously need to know to handle a bike. etc. It is not super physically challenging, more easy-going riding.
Traveling on a shoe-string budget?
There is a small budget bike tours for backpackers for instance, that take you all the way to Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Exiample district, Parc de la Ciutadella – for 22€ only. It is a more classic sightseeing tour only.
5. Paella Cooking Classes (+ 5% discount for our readers)
How about food?
Barcelona is a serious foodie-paradise, perfect for some cooking classes. No wonder we recommend joining an awesome cooking class!
The best way to do it is joining a combo of visiting a market and cooking class.
It is the best way to impress your friends at home with a delicious Paella or Tapas. Here is a handpicked recommendation.
We highly recommend BCN Kitchen as their courses are fun and well-made. It’s really worth it the money.
You visit a local market and learn to cook Paella like a boss!
Here’s what you’ll learn to cook:
- Spanish tortilla
- Seafood Paella, the authentic taste of Spain (vegetarian options available!)
- Crema Catalana (delicious desert)
- Pá amb tomáquet (simple but delicious Catalan way of eating bread)