7 fun things to do in Barcelona

Looking for fun things to do in Barcelona? Barcelona is a fun city, there’s no denying it! And with so many fun things to do, you can often be spoiled for choice. It’s got both mountains and sea, a great cultural scene, shopping options for all budgets – and not to mention its amazing restaurants and trendy bars.

However we’ve come up with a list 7 really fun things to do in Barcelona you might not have thought of before. Planning a hen or stag do in Barcelona? You’ve come to the right place! Or looking for a way to surprise your other half on a weekend getaway? We’ve got you covered.

These are our favourite fun things to do in Barcelona with friends or family, when we just want to have a really good time!

Fun things to do in Barcelona
Fun things tot do in Barcelona – Play padel in Barcelona

1. Wine tasting at one of Barcelona’s wineries

You may or may not know that the area of Catalonia is famous for its wine regions. From Empordà, Penedès, to Alella, Montsant, Terra Alta and Priorat ­– wine lovers are truly spoiled for choice.

For this reason we 100% recommend a fun trip to one of the region’s gorgeous wineries. An easily accessible option from Barcelona on public transport is Alella – this small town boasts several vineyards and wineries, some with sea views! At Bouquet d’Alella there’s the option to enjoy a tour of the winery and a wine tasting session, or to splash out on a private sunset picnic! Penedès is also reachable by train, with over a dozen wineries offering bespoke activities, including bike tours, taster menus and wine pairings, and more!

2. Play padel in Barcelona

Where tot play padel in Barcelona? Padel lovers will love the app Playtomic. Simply sign up and enter your level then search for matches to join nearby or set up a match with friends or new people. You can book a spot for one person or more, depending on the slots available. You don’t need to be a member of the clubs that appear to join the match so this makes easier the booking of the court and the availability to play. You will have also the possibility to find tennis matches.

With many great padel clubs in Barcelona, you’re sure to find a match to suit your level. We highly recommend it, is one of our favourite fun things to do in Barcelona.

3.  Play lasertag in Barcelona

More fun things to do in Barcelona? The vintage game is back in vogue! We all remember playing laser tag as a kid ­– the smoke machines, the music and the lights – so what could be more fun than a laser tag match in Barcelona?

Challenge your friends or family at Play Point with two centres in Barcelona: one Carrer Comte Borrell, 88 and the other on Carrer Cartagena, 329-331. We loves its adventure-themed mazes and impressive decoration. They also offer indoor paintball and virtual reality activities for true thrill seekers.

4. Paddle boarding in Barcelona

If you’re visiting Barcelona in the warmer summer months, what better way to cool off than one of the trendiest water sports activities?

We love SEA YOU paddle surf school on Platja de Sant Sebastià. It’s as simple as booking online and dropping by to grab your paddle board. This centre also offer surf lessons for those who want to learn how to hit the waves on a more traditional board, and paddle board yoga for those who want to put their balance to the test.

5. Try get out of an escape room in 60 minutes

Barcelona is brimming with escape rooms for all ages, tastes and abilities. This activity is perfect with groups of friends or colleagues as it really encourages team work, communication and working together under pressure.

Our favourites with clues and puzzles available in English are Lock Clock (Passatge del Patriarca, 4-10) – with a Gaudí themed room – and Xcape Room Barcelona (Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 258) with the genres of crime and thriller.

6.  Marvel at the heights of the city from the Montjuic cable car

Get ready to enjoy panoramic views of Barcelona for 750 metres along this wonderful cable car route. It runs from the Parallel metro station to the top of the Montjuic Mountain – where you’ll find the city’s castle dating back to 1640.

While you’re there, why not visit the Fundación Joan Miró, el Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya or Poble Espanyol with its artisan stores and traditional bars. We recommend going at sunset for breathtaking views!

7. Get creative at a drink and draw session

Paintbrush at the ready! The latest craze in the city involves wine and painting, and we have to say we could not be more onboard. No experience is needed, just eagerness to get creative. Drink and draw classes at Art Wine include all the painting materials you’ll need (paint, brushes, canvas and an easel), plus wine and water.

Join one of their regular sessions and get ready to make news friends and socialise over art, or book a class for a private group with your very own teacher to guide you through the steps. At the end don’t forget to take home your masterpiece.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our tips about fun things to do in Barcelona!

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Ready for 8 secrets about Barcelona that are surte to surprise you? Barcelona is one of the most popular cities for a getaway in Europe. Brimming with things to see and do, not to mention Gaudí’s Sagrada Família and Parc Güell, the destination welcomes more than 27 million visitors a year.

So let us let you in on some of the city’s best-kept secrets: from hidden places to visit, interesting unknown facts and spots off the beaten track, we’re hear to help you escape the crowds and discover something new in Barcelona.

If you’re travelling to the city for the second or third time or you’re simply looking for a new experience in Barcelona, be sure to keep this list of secret spots handy!

1. Barcelona’s Bomb shelters

During the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona was subjected to repeated bombings and attacks, with over 1,400 bomb shelters constructed to protect its citizens.

One of the best preserved of these shelters is that of Plaça del Diamant in Gràcia, featuring around 250 metres of tunnels with space for around 200 people, which was rediscovered in 1992. There’s also the huge Refugio 307 in Poble Sec, with capacity for around 2,000 people.

Read more about the city’s air-raid shelters and how to visit them in our complete guide to Barcelona’s bomb shelters here.

Bomb shelter in Barcelona -secrets about barcelona
Bomb Shelters – Secrets about Barcelona

2. Laberint d’Horta

Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 

One of Barcelona’s oldest gardens is in the neighborhood of Horta Guinardó. Entry is free every day from 10am to 8pm and we recommend visiting in autumn or spring to get lost among the maze and enjoy the pleasant climates these seasons bring.

A perfect magical spot for a stroll, a picnic or an Instagram photo shoot. For more beautiful lush green spots in Barcelona to get a breath of fresh air, visit our article here.

Parcs in Barcelona- Laberint d'horta
Laberint d’Horta – Secrets about Barcelona

3.  Cementeri de Poblenou

Av. d’Icària, 204, 08005 Barcelona

Some of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets can be found in this fascinating cemetery, which dates back to 1819. This peaceful spot is brimming with stunning statues and marble monuments. There’s a guided route at the entrance to make sure you don’t miss the graves of some of the city’s most important figures of the 19th century.

There’s also the impressive Petó de la mort (Kiss of death) by Jaume Barba in which a skeleton with wings leans over to kiss a young man on the cheek.

Secrets about barcelona - el peto de la mort poblenou
El Petó de la Mort – Secrets about Barcelona

4. La Biblioteca Arús

Passeig de Sant Joan, 26,

Did you know there’s a Sherlock Holmes collection in Barcelona? The Arús Library is one of Barcelona’s best-kept literary secrets. This magical library looks like something straight out of Harry Potter and is one of the hidden spots in the Eixample district.

With walls lined with books floor to ceiling, it’s the perfect place for book lovers to get lost and browse for hours. Check out its website for the opening times, guided tours and activities.

Biblioteca Arús

5. The unicorns of the Catedral de Barcelona

Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002

We’re sure you’ve visited Barcelona’s stunning cathedral, and some of you may have even spotted its gargoyles, but did you know there are also unicorns on its façade? If you’re taking a stroll through Barcelona’s Gothic quarter on your trip, be sure to look up when you reach the cathedral.

They say unicorns are symbols of power. If you look closely you may even spot some other animals on its facade from cows and dogs to elephants!

Unicorn in Catedral de Barcelona

6. Trajano Columns

Carrer de Paradís 10

Seeing as you’re in the area, we have another secret to tell you. Drop into the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya in the Gothic quarter and you’re in for a fantastic surprise. This was once the highest place in the city and here you’ll find the ruins of what was the Temple d’August.

Unfortunately today only 4 columns remain from this temple that dates back to 1 BC, of which there were originally 66!

Muhba temple d'august - Roman tour in barcelona

7. Jardins de la Tamarita

Passeig de Sant Gervasi, 47, 08022

These gardens are tucked away in the neighbourhood of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. Here you can enjoy almost two hectares of open green space – with centuries-old toweing oak trees, stone fountains, hidden pathways, and all types of exotic plants – in what once were the private gardens of the Craywinckel family.

Jardins de la Tamarita

8. Bobby’s Free

C/ de Pau Claris, 85, 08010

Because a list of secret places in Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without a secret bar. From the street Bobby’s Free may look like a barbershop, but actually this clandestine space is a 1920-s themed cocktail bar. Indulge in its speakeasy feel and order a signature cocktail or one of the best gin tonics in town.

What better way to finish off your tour of Barcelona’s secret spots!

Bobys free barcelona
Bobby’s Free

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