Forget Las Ramblas and La Sagrada Familia, or better yet, once you’ve seen Barcelona’s tourist attractions, make sure to make time to enjoy the things listed below because you can only do them here – these unique experiences in Barcelona belong to this city only – you think you’ve seen them somewhere else? We bet they can’t even compare!
1. Hips don’t lie when it comes to Flamenco in Barcelona.
Flamenco is still really famous in Barcelona and you can find plenty of places where you’ll have to buy a ticket to access. Our top tip is to ask around for those underground bars where the locals go instead. The show will be more authentic and the experience will be unforgettable.
2. Eat the REAL Patatas Bravas & taste the BEST Vermouth.
Vermouth is still going strong in Spain and in particular in Barcelona. Make sure to get a glass or two with the typical Patatas Bravas if you really want to feel like a local.
3. Explore the city of chocolate!
If you are a sweet tooth, Barcelona is your paradise. Sure, you can get sweets pretty much anywhere in the world, but did you know that the history of chocolate actually started in Barcelona? The city is home to some of the oldest chocolate shops which include Pasteleria Escribà – make sure you give it a visit!
4. Bored of sand castles? Try making human castles instead!
Do you know those human towers you (try to) make with your friends on the beach? Well, Los Castellers is a Catalan tradition of building human towers goes back to the 18th century and it still goes strong today. Check the website of the Castellers de Catalunya and don’t miss the chance to watch the building of a castell! (And to make things slightly controversial, a child usually climbs on the top of this human tower.)
5. Cinema on the beach? We’re so in!
Alright, alfresco cinema isn’t that unique, you can even find it in freezing London on a September night! But in Barcelona, you can actually enjoy classics and new movies with sand among your toes. Beat that!
6. Explore Gaudi’s genius architecture.
Ok, that isn’t something to do but it’s certainly something you cannot miss while in Barcelona. Gaudi’s houses are amazing beyond creativity, beyond imagination and completely out of this world – even if they are mentioned in all your tourist guides, they’re a MUST SEE. If you only have time to choose one, make sure to pick Casa Batllo’, located on Passeig de Gràcia, 43.
7. Party on the street with Barcelona locals
Each August the charming area of Gràcia bursts into a colourful festival where the residents of the neighbourood compete for the best-decorated street. Not to be missed if you are in town at the right time – this years’ festival begins on 15th August and lasts until 21st August.
8. Museu de l’Eròtica de Barcelona. Enough said.
The one in Amsterdam is might be more famous, but the Barcelona one also doesn’t fail to impress cute couples, travel mates and locals with its collection of local and Japanese…erm… sex artefacts (and more).
9. Amusement park on the Tibidabo Mountain.
The Tibidabo Amusement Park opened in 1899 and is one of the oldest in the world – still functioning and with most of the original rides still in use (don’t worry, totally safe). The park was also featured in the Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona with Scarlett Johansson.
10. El Carmel bunkers for the best view of the city.
Get there early. Like, early early, before the sun even begins to rise. Just trust us on this one. (Although this night shot isn’t necessarily bad either.)
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