Complete guide to the Barcelona neighbourhoods

The most popular Barcelona neighbourhoods range from the city’s historic quarters to up-and-coming areas designed with the citizen in mind.

In this complete guide to the Barcelona neighbourhoods, we explore the different areas of the city to take sure you don’t miss out on the culture, history and diversity each one brings.

Whether you’re looking for a jam-packed afternoon in areas bustling with tourists and locals alike or a quiet stroll along the beach, Barcelona and its neighbourhoods have something for everyone.

El Gòtic or the Gothic quarter

Arguably the most historic of the Barcelona neighbourhoods, here you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time. Discover the origins of the city and its Roman ruins at the Museu d’Història and get lost exploring in its charming medieval streets with artisan stores and hidden bars and cafés.

The true heart of the city is also home to Barcelona’s stunning cathedral in Gothic Catalan style, the Pont del Bisbe bridge – one of the city’s most photographed spots – and Plaça Reial, a stunning square and popular nightlife spot. Discover our one-day guide to the Gothic quarter here.

Our modern three-bedroom Macca apartment is located in this Barcelona neighbourhood steeped in history and is a perfect choice to explore it.

Barcelona Neighbourhoods - Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic)
Barcelona Neighbourhoods – Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic)

El Born

El Born is one of our favourite Barcelona neighbourhoods and if you’ve read our Born guide you’ll know why: picturesque squares, thought-provoking museums, traditional bars and innovative eateries, not forgetting its alternative boutiques.

If you’re looking for things to do in El Born, we’d recommend going to a concert at the Palau de la Música concert hall to experience this modernist gem in all its glory. The Basilica Santa Maria del Mar is one of the city’s oldest churches with stunning stained glass windows, and makes for the perfect afternoon plan.

Barcelona neighbourhoods - El Born
Barcelona neighbourhoods – El Born

Eixample Dreta and Eixample Esquerra

This expansion district has become synonymous with Barcelona. We can’t get enough of its stunning architecture, wide avenues and sophisticated vibe. This Barcelona neighbourhood spans north of Plaça de Catalunya, encompassing Passeig de Gràcia – with either side being referred to as ‘Right’ (Dreta) and ‘Left’ (Esquerra).

This extensive neighbourhood has something for everyone, from shopping for the latest luxury brands, discovering art at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, or marvelling at masterpieces by Antoni Gaudí – including Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and the Sagrada Família.

You can discover more about this beautiful area our complete guide to Eixample here. And if you’ve fallen in love with Eixample Esquerra, we’d recommend staying in our romantic ArtBlue penthouse with two bedrooms.

Barcelona neighbourhoods - Eixample
Barcelona neighbourhoods – Eixample

Gràcia

One of the most charming of the Barcelona neighbourhoods is Gràcia: once the holiday destination of those who lived in the centre of the city, this small village was eventually engulfed by the metropolis and now forms part of it.

Explore this Barcelona neighbourhood on foot to soak up its village atmosphere and enjoy its pretty squares. It’s also home to Gaudí’s first project: the summerhouse of Casa Vicens, and it’s also within walking distance of the marvellous Parc Güell.

Barcelona neighbourhoods - Gracia
Barcelona neighbourhoods – Gràcia

Barceloneta and Port Vell

Once the fishing quarter of the city, this Barcelona neighbourhood is now one of the most popular given its seafront location. This urban beach area is also perfect for catching some rays, playing volley ball and exploring its numerous outdoor brunch stops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

Barceloneta is also close to the city’s Port Vell (Old Port) at the end of La Rambla, the Maritime Museum and the city’s aquarium, a perfect plan for those visiting with family.

To explore this Barcelona neighbourhood more, we’d recommend our stunning one-bedroom Colonial apartment on Passeig Colom, which combines traditional elements with modern design.

Barcelona neighbourhoods - Barceloneta
Barcelona Neighbourhoods – Barceloneta

Raval

One of the most alternative, multicultural Barcelona neighbourhoods, Raval is brimming with street vibe. Home to cultures from all over the world, this area enjoys great diversity – visible above all in its diverse cuisine, second-hand stores and eclectic bars.

Raval is also home to MACBA – the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona – which celebrates the most up-and-coming artists with regular exhibitions and workshops. This wonderful neighbourhood also runs parallel to one of the most famous streets in Barcelona – La Rambla. Our three-bedroom Parsifal apartment is just off the La Rambla and steps away from its Liceu Opera House, which opened in 1847.

Barcelona Neighbourhoods - El Raval
Barcelona Neighbourhoods – El Raval

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10 Barcelona museums that are free on Sundays 2023

Which are the Barcelona museums that are free? It’s that time of year again. Now known as blue week, the middle of January is a rather dismal time: winter is most definitely here, all the excitement of Christmas is over and our bank accounts are still recovering from the festivities of the previous month.

Yet fear not! We’re here to brighten up the bluest time of the year with this list of 10 museums in Barcelona that are free on the first Sunday of every month or, in some cases, every Sunday!

So beat the January blues by delving into all the culture, art and history Barcelona can offer you. And the best thing is, you don’t need to spend a penny! As these are (still) strange times, we recommend checking the websites before visiting and booking your spot online, if necessary.

BarcelonaMuseums that are free o Sundays
Barcelona museums that are free on Sundays

Barcelona museums that are free on Sundays

The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

Capturing a century of art in the region, the stunning MNAC stands proudly at the foot of the city’s Montjuic mountain. It has a fantastic permanent art exhibition dating back to the Middle Ages and also features temporary exhibitions on artists like Gaudí. Don’t miss the rooftop view point!

Entry is free on every Saturday of the month after 3 pm, the first Sunday of the month and on the museum’s open days. You can book your spot here.

Museum of Music

Carrer de Lepant, 150, 08013 Barcelona

Boasting a collection of both ancient and contemporary instruments, the Museum of Music in Barcelona is an unmissable stop for music lovers. The museum is free on the first Sunday of the month (all day), every Sunday after 3 pm, and every Thursday after 6 pm.

Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA)

Plaça del Rei, s/n, 08002 Barcelona

Delve into the history of Barcelona – once known as Barcino ­– at this museum located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. The MUHBA forms part of a group of essential museums that put Barcelona in historical context, including Bunker 307, Park Güell, and the Temple of August.

The museum is free on Sundays between 3 pm and 8 pm and all day on the first Sunday of the month.

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (CCCB)

Carrer de Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona

The CCCB has something for everyone: from art installations, round table discussions, activities and workshops especially for kids, cinema, interactive exhibitions, and more.

Admission is free every Sunday after 3 pm but tickets must be reserved in advance. Free tickets become available every Wednesday for the upcoming Sunday and go fast, so be sure to book yours here.

Picasso Museum

Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona

This light-filled museum is home to one of the biggest collections of works by Malaga-born artist Pablo Picasso, and can be found in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Visit for free on Thursdays after 5 pm and the first Sunday of the month. We recommend reserving your free ticket before visiting here.

Museu Frederic Marès

Plaça Sant Iu, 5, 08002 Barcelona

The sculptor, artist and collector Frederic Marès donated his entire collection to the city, resulting in this beautiful museum tucked away in a section of the city’s Royal Palace. Entrance is free on the first Sunday of the month from 11 am to 8 pm and every Sunday from 3 pm onwards.

Design Museum of Barcelona

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, 08018 Barcelona

This modern museum in Barcelona’s tech district explores different areas of the world of design and offers a journey into the aesthetics of every day life, from fashion, furniture, advertising and graphic art, textiles, and more.

Admission is free on the first Sunday of the month from 10 am to 8 pm and every Sunday from 3 pm onwards.

Maritime Museum (MMB)

Av. de les Drassanes, s/n, 08001 Barcelona

Learn about the important role the sea has played in making Barcelona the city it is today. Don’t miss the full-scale replica ships in this museum that was once the city’s royal shipyard. Admission is free every Sunday after 3 pm.

Museum of Natural Sciences

Plaza Leonardo Da Vinci, 4-5, 08019 Barcelona

This sprawling museum in Parc Forum makes for a great day out for the whole family. The building itself is a work of art and its contemporary exhibitions are often based on fun and exciting themes from the natural world. Free on Sunday afternoons after 3 pm and the first Sunday of the month.

Montjuïc Castle

Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, 08038 Barcelona

This modest yet majestic castle dates back to 1640 and boasts spectacular panoramic views of the city. Discover more about this military fortress with free admission on Sunday afternoons after 3 pm and the first Sunday of the month.

So there you have it, a list of 10 Barcelona museums that are free on Sundays. We know what we’re doing this weekend – do you?

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The best shops to find your perfect wedding dress in Barcelona

Pronovias

Barcelona is a city known for its exciting boutique and designer fashion, so what could be a better place to find a beautiful and unique wedding dress? Check out these designers with Barcelona-based shops for a selection of original wedding dresses to see if you can find your dream gown.

No list of wedding dress shops in Barcelona would be complete without Pronovias, perhaps the most famous Spanish wedding dress brand. Pronovias started off its life in 1922 as a store in Barcelona that specialized in silk, lace and other high-quality fabrics, and now has stores worldwide. The shop owes its initial fame to designer Alberti Palatchi Ribera, who became renowned for revolutionising the bridal-wear industry with his ready-to-wear gowns. Stylish and classy, Pronovias has something for everyone, with their extensive collections spanning multitudes of themes and designs.

Location: Rambla de Catalunya, 129

Rosa Clará

Since 1995, founded by Rosa Clará herself, Rosa Clará bridal house has been making its beautiful and dreamy wedding gowns. Their goal has always been to create pieces using the best quality fabrics as well as prioritizing style and design. Having become one of Barcelona’s most famous wedding dress designers, their dresses have been worn by worldwide celebrities, including Eva Longoria and Sofía Vergara. Not only this, but Rosa Clará has also collaborated with famous designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Lacroix to create unique and exciting wedding collections.

Location: Diagonal, 409

Aire

If you’re looking for a classic wedding dress, Aire might be the shop for you. With collections that range from the simple to the stunning, all Aire gowns have an air of elegance about them with their gorgeous silhouettes and perfectly placed details and embroidery. If you’re thinking of having a beach wedding, Aire has you covered as they even have a special Beach Bridal collection!

Location: Via Augusta, 32

Yolan Cris

Started in Barcelona, this boutique was created by sisters, Yolanda and Cristina, who have been inspired by their youth when their mum owned a bridal boutique of her own. Since its inception in 2005, Yolan Cris has gone on to design gowns for celebrities including Christina Aguilera, Shakira and Kim Kardashian’s bridal party. The two sisters combine their extensive knowledge of the industry and traditional production methods with high fashion and innovative designs. Currently featuring collections like ‘Boho Chic’ which incorporate an element of 60’s nostalgia into the design, these dresses are not for traditionalists but for those who want a haute couture edge. 

Location: Diagonal 508, Principal 1ª

Otaduy

Another designer to look out for, Carolina Otaduy was inspired to start her wedding dress company when living in New York. Formerly an indie music producer, she takes that creativity into her designs inspired by art, music and film, focussing on the concept of dresses designed for women who want to be themselves on their wedding day. If you’re looking for something unique and handmade, this could be the place where you find the wedding dress that you feel truly encapsulates your personality.

Location: Torrent de l’Olla, 45

Cortana

One of the more popular bridal boutiques in Barcelona, Cortana is headed up by designer Rosa Esteva. Born in Majorca, her designs have a decidedly Mediterranean influence about them, taking inspiration from art and contemporary dance. It’s easy to find those themes in the flattering carefree forms her dresses take, with an elegant, chic and boho feel. You can be assured of the quality of the bridal gowns, as they are all flawlessly crafted in small ateliers throughout Barcelona.

Location: Provença, 290

L’Arca

If you’re a lover of all things vintage and looking for something a little more niche, L’Arca might just be the wedding dress shop for you. L’Arca both carefully curates gowns, as well as well as bridal accessories from all periods of time, but also make dresses to measure – always with a vintage inspiration – and customisable from their current collections. With the inspired idea of bringing the past into the present, L’Arca holds over 40 years of expertise in period designing, having worked with Hollywood directors and renowned designers alike. 

Location: Banys Nous, 20

So now you have your options for just some of the beautiful and unique dresses you can find amongst Barcelona’s streets, why not check them out to see if your dream gown is waiting there for you.

8 Secrets about Barcelona that are sure to surprise you

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.

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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!

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Corporate Housing Barcelona, an Easy Solution for your Employees

Corporate housing Barcelona you can trust

If you’re looking for corporate housing Barcelona for your employees and business partners, you’ve come to the right place. Our specialty is accommodation for short- and long-term corporate rentals with modern, renovated and spacious options for all.

Business trips are an essential way of reinforcing professional relationships, bagging new clients and ensuring successful new deals. Ensure everything runs smoothly by securing your employees stress-free accommodation, with all the home comforts they could possibly need during their stay.

At BizFlats we offer a range of corporate housing to suit all needs and budgets, from studio apartments with modern workspaces and high bandwidth Wi-Fi, to 3- and 4-bedroomed flats with larges spaces for entertaining guests and sun-bathed terraces, perfect for enjoying downtime in the city.

So why choose Bizflats for your corporate housing Barcelona?

Corporate housing Barcelona
Corporate Housing Barcelona

Corporate housing Barcelona that combines comfort and luxury

Why would you not want to give your employees a luxury experience in Barcelona? No noisy hotel neighbours, their own space to cook, and spacious living areas where they can kick back and unwind. Bizflats can offer them a home away from home with modern amenities and facilities, and no fuss.

Our Noname apartment is where comfort and luxury come together. With a cosy living space and large modern kitchen, your employees will never want to leave. What’s more, this property is within walking distance of the Fira de Barcelona conference centre, which hosts exhibitions and large-scale business events – perfect for networking!

If you want your employees to live a true Barcelona experience, choose our Parsifal apartment, in the heart of one of the city’s most emblematic spots: La Rambla. Its large plasma TV, dining table for six and three themed bedrooms make it the perfect option for a group travelling together, who still want their own space and privacy.

Corporate housing Barcelona with modern workspaces

Looking for corporate housing Barcelona with space for your employees to work from home? Our properties boast convenient workspaces, high bandwidth fibre optic Wi-Fi, and all the comforts needed to boost productivity.

ArtBlue is a stylish penthouse with two cosy bedrooms plus a convenient, private workspace, perfect for making business calls and logging on to ensure you don’t miss a thing in between events and client meetings.

Gardenhouse in Eixample is a gorgeous diaphanous space with three bedrooms and a luxury private terrace, perfect for working with a view. There’s also a desk in the master bedroom, an ideal working space offering privacy and peace and quiet.

Corporate housing Barcelona in the heart of the city

If you’re looking for corporate housing Barcelona a stone’s throw away from the city’s most emblematic landmarks and the best restaurants and bars, you’ve come to the right place.

Ensure your employees see the best the city has to offer while working from Barcelona with our flats located near Passeig de Gràcia: home to luxury brands and Gaudí’s masterpieces La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Our light-filled La Mimosa apartment boasts 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is located in the heart of one of Barcelona’s most stylish neighbourhoods, l’Eixample. Dandi is our most charming property, offering a designer experience also in l’Eixample. It sleeps six and is spacious, comfortable and chic.

There’s also our Ascot apartment, located close to Torre Glòries – an area known as the city’s technological hub. Ascot features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, in addition to a sun-filled terrace and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests will also be delighted to know it’s within walking distance of the city’s gorgeous Gothic quarter, home to boutique stores, history and culture.

There’s also Les Corts – Barcelona’s financial district – where your employees will never be far from innovation. It’s also where FC Barcelona football club is located – so why not reward your employees for all their hard work with a guided tour of this monumental stadium. Our Gatsby apartment with a terrace is perfect for staying in the heart of this thriving business district.

Corporate housing Barcelona at the best price for your company

Our corporate housing Barcelona is on average 30–50% less than hotel accommodation. What’s more, your employees can expect luxury facilities, from state-of-the-art kitchens, modern bathrooms, and decoration that oozes exclusivity and design.

Starting at €60/night, we offer a range of prices and options to ensure your business trip or working stay in Barcelona doesn’t go over budget. Our large, spacious apartments are perfect for groups of employees and also a great way to cut costs.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today to find out more about our corporate housing Barcelona. Looking forward to seeing you here!

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10 Barcelona sayings that will inspire you

Barcelona sayings about the city, its streets and lifestyle.

Sometimes all you need is an inspirational saying or quote to change your whole mood. And even better if that saying is about your favourite city break destination: Barcelona!

Open your mind and allow these many different perspectives of the city to inspire you to come visit. From famous writers who called Barcelona home for a number of years to singer-songwriters who were inspired by the city. Not forgetting some typical Barcelona sayings in Catalan, the region’s official language.

Barcelona Sayings
Barcelona Sayings

1. Barcelona es bona si la bossa sona, però tant si sona com si no sona, Barcelona sempre és bona.

This typical Catalan saying was apparently coined by merchants who, when docking in the city to seek out potential buyers, would say that Barcelona was a good place only if they were able to sell their cargo!

2. In Barcelona I learnt things I thought I knew, when I actually knew nothing at all.

Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño was a Chilean writer who arrived in Barcelona when he was 27. He’d spend three years in the city, living in the district of Raval, with this Barcelona saying a beautiful reminder that, in actual fact, knowledge isn’t everything.

3. Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a novelist, born in Barcelona, whose name has become synonymous with the city thanks to his famous Shadow of the Wind series. This is just one of his Barcelona saying, but there are many more!

4. Being in Barcelona “was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle”.

George Orwell

When writer George Orwell first arrived in Barcelona in 1936, he was astounded to find a city which lived and breathed revolution. It was in his novel ‘Homage to Catalonia’ that he penned the above words, inspired by the city’s spirit to keep fighting.

5. Barcelona is Gaudí’s and Rome is da Vinci’s.

Kamand Kojouri

Author Kamand Kojouri couldn’t have got it more right. Barcelona is a city in which Gaudí is everywhere. There’s Casa Battló and La Pedrera, his masterpiece the Sagrada Familia that towers over the city, and his sanctuary Parc Guell, to name but a few!

6. We were young, weren’t we? And Barcelona seemed not only beautiful and cultured, but, above all, the most fun city in the world.
Mario Vargas Llosa

We love this Barcelona saying by Peruvian writer and Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, who lived in the city in the 70s. We completely agree, Barcelona simply has it all!

7. Roda el món i torna al Born

Another typical Barcelona saying in Catalan, which can be translated as “Travel the world and return to el Born”. In this way, it pays homage to the city’s beautiful central district, home to culture, shops and history, a place every traveller always dreams of going back to, no matter all the other places around the globe they see.

8. Barcelona was a mythical memory

Gabriel García Márquez

This Barcelona saying is by this famous writer, author of ‘A Hundred Years of Solitude’, who lived in the city for almost a decade. It captures perfectly the city’s fleeting essence, its streets steeped in history, and the feeling that once you leave being there feels like it was almost nothing but a dream. It is said that his novel ‘The Autumn of the Patriarch’ was written during his time here.

9. To travel across Spain and finally to reach Barcelona is like drinking a respectable red wine and finishing up with a bottle of champagne.

James A. Michener

This Barcelona saying reminds us that the city is like a bubbly glass of champagne, or rather cava. It is a place bubbling with life and simply irresistible!

10. The only street in the world which I wish would never end.

Federico García Lorca

This Barcelona saying can be attributed to the famous Spanish poet who was referring to Las Ramblas. Brimming with life and never empty, this sprawling promenade is a must see on your trip to the city. We think it’s one of the happiest streets in the world – but we’ll let you decide!

And unfortunately, this article has come to an end! We hope these Barcelona sayings inspired you to book your next trip to the city!

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!

And if you need to book an apartment in Barcelona, let us know and we will help you 😉

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We’ve compiled 8 of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona here in this list to make sure you don’t miss out on your trip to the cultural hub that is Barcelona.

From Gaudí and his modernisme masterpieces to towering cathedrals and chocolate factories straight from a fairy-tale, we’ve got you covered. So grab a pair of comfy shoes and get ready to go on a tour of Barcelona’s gorgeous examples of architecture, spanning centuries of history and still surprising visitors to this very day.

Sagrada Família

Calle de Mallorca, 401

A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without visiting the Sagrada Família. Its construction was started in 1882 and well over 100 years later, this temple still remains unfinished. Be sure to book your ticket in advance on the official website here.

We recommend dedicating an entire morning to exploring its light-filled interior and marvelling at the stunning sculptures that decorate its façade. Discover more about this building’s fascinating history and some curious, lesser-known facts here.

Most Beautiful Buildings in Barcelona
Beautiful buildings in Barcelona – Sagrada família

La Pedrera

Passeig de Gràcia, 92

La Pedrera –translated as ‘stone quarry’ due to its outer rugged appearance – was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Over the years this building has served as a home, event hall, consulate, and more. Today it is home to a Gaudí museum and often hosts jazz concerts and other live music events ­– check out the programme and get your tickets here.

Our classic and charming Dandi apartment is a stone’s throw away from this magnificent building and offers breath-taking views of the Eixample neighbourhood. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, it’s perfect for a family getaway.

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La Pedrera – Casa Milà

Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gràcia, 43

Also located on Passeig de Gràcia – the place to be for luxury shopping in Barcelona – is Casa Batlló, a dream made reality and a fairytale-like experience you simply can’t miss! Delve into Gaudí’s colourful imagination in this stunning example of Catalan modernisme.

Fancy discovering more of Gaudí’s creations? Discover our guide to his most popular and some lesser-well-known buildings.

Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló

Casa Amatller

Passeig de Gràcia, 41

Next on our tour of Barcelona’s most beautiful buildings is Casa Amatller, literally right next door to Casa Batlló. This stunning manor house was the home of a family of chocolatiers. The already existing building was designed and remodelled by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch between the years 1898 and 1900.

Another stunning example of modernisme architecture, this building offers a range of tours and visits for the whole family, from activities for kids such as workshops and chocolate tasting sessions, to evening tours with Teresa Amatller herself.

Casa Amatller

Barcelona Cathedral

Plà de la Seu

In the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter stands the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, named after the city’s patron saint, and she is buried in here in the cathedral’s stunning Gothic crypt.

The lively square where the cathedral stands is always buzzing with street artists, walking tours and more. Don’t miss the antique market on most Thursdays and Fridays (however the dates can vary, so please check them here before going).

Discover more things to see and do in the area in our one day guide to the Gothic Quarter.

Catedral de Barcelona

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Plaça de Santa Maria, 1

This church, often referred to as the Cathedral of the Sea, was a lot closer to the shores of the Mediterranean than it is now. This truly stunning example of Gothic architecture makes our list of Barcelona’s most beautiful buildings thanks to its striking stained glass windows (see if you can spot the FC Barcelona crest), its striking 13-metre high columns and the stunning panoramic views from its rooftop.

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Palau de la Música

Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6

Built in a mere three years, this modernisme jewel by Lluís Domènech i Montaner was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. It’s easy to miss this stunning concert hall tucked away in Barcelona’s Sant Pere neighbourhood.

We recommend a guided tour to learn more about the history behind this stunning monument which opened its doors in February 1908, or alternatively why not go to a concert to enjoy this venue filled with the melodies of a wide genre of music. Find upcoming events and concerts on the Palau’s official website.

Palau de la Música

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26

It wasn’t until recently that Casa Vicens opened to the public. Gaudí’s first ever major project, this stunning summerhouse was designed for the Vicens family in what was the village of Gràcia (now a neighbourhood of Barcelona). This beautiful building takes inspiration from nature and Japanese art and was built between 1883–5.

Now remodelled as a museum and cultural space, the grounds feature a main garden, rooftop and temporary exhibition space.

Casa Vicens – Most beautiful buildings in Barcelona

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