Sun, sea, and fiestas; Barcelona has plenty of entertainment and sights for the traveler. Step away from la Ramblas and check out our 5 alternative things to do in Barcelona.
5 Alternative Things to do in Barcelona
With a reputation for partying and avant garde architecture, Barcelona has plenty of sights and sounds to pull the crowds, whether it’s music festivals, art or beach life. There are also a huge number of bars, restaurant and cafes to enjoy the culinary delights, so when you’ve ticked everything of your list of ‘things to do in Barcelona’, then check out our 5 alternative things to do!
Taking a boat out to sea is one of the best ways to get a great view of Barcelona and the waterfront is also a lively place to hang out in the sunshine. There are plenty of sailboats offering private trips out to sea but they can be pricey unless you’re in a group. If you’re travelling on a budget, you can take a trip on the historic ‘Las Golondrinas’, public boats that take groups around the harbour for 30 minutes or an hour at a reasonable price. They’ve been doing the harbour run since 1888. Departures in Spring are from 12pm and you go in the evening you can see the sunset over the mountains from the water. Find out more about them here
Yes the city is full of great food and reasonable prices, but there are also delicious treats to be found in the city’s food markets and delicatessens which you can take and enjoy as a picnic in the park. The city’s main park, Ciutadella, is a lively green space with dance lessons, drum music, acrobatics and yoga and ping pong all taking place throughout the year. It’s also home to the famous fountain seen in movie ‘Vicky, Christina, Barcelona’ and the parliament building, zoo and numerous botanical buildings. There’s also a boating pond where you can row around for only 6 euros. Pick up some Catalan delicacies at the nearby Santa Caterina Market or one of the shops in neighbouring Born and eat your heart out!
There is a famous mountain in Barcelona that stands at 512m and has a famous church on the peak affording spectacular views of Barcelona and out to sea. This is also the location of a 100 year old funfair – Tibidabo Amusement Park, complete with a rollercoaster ride and a Sky Walk with incredible views of the city. It’s over 500m above the city and with over 25 rides and concerts in the summer, it’s worth checking out. It opens for the 2016 season March 5th. Find out more here
4. Take a Trike
If you’re tired from all that walking around the sights and shops then why not get someone else to ride you around in comfort? Funk Cycle will take you on a tour of Barcelona with a friendly tour guide and space for three in the back. Think of a rickshaw with a bit of shade and lots of fresh air. Rides are from only 7 euros, find out more about how to take a trike here
The weather is just about warm enough so if you’re open minded and not too shy to get an even tan then visit one of the nudist beaches in Barcelona. Mar Bella beach is to the north a short walk from Barcelonetta (and has a few gay-friendly beach bars on the sand in summer) or the short stretch of beach by The W hotel – San Sebastia are both nudist friendly. The rest of Barcelona is pretty liberal too, but locals have protested about nude Italians in the local supermarket so stick to designated areas. Find out more here
Stay at Equity Point Barcelona
Our hostels are located in the best parts of town to give you the opportunity to explore; Equity Point Gothic, Centric and Sea are perfect budget options for staying in the city. Chose between the upmarket shopping district, medieval old town or right on the beach front. All hostels have great facilities and are sure to give you a great option for budget accommodation. Book your bed here
We hope you enjoyed our guide to 5 Alternative Things to do in Barcelona!