Fun Things to Do in Barcelona | Barcelona Travel Guide | Barcelona Tickets

Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia, is the confluence of art, architecture, sports, food, dance, and entertainment. When visiting Barcelona, you are never short of things to do with a bustling nightlife, sports events, walking tours of the city, flamenco shows, and adventure activities like bungee jumping. 

There is a whole spectrum of things that await you in Barcelona and all you need is proper planning and an open mind. Barcelona is a city of music and culture with a rich history, remnants of which can be felt as you walk by the brick walls and ancient streets. Our in-depth guide on Entertainment in Barcelona is here to make it easier for you!

Visiting Barcelona for Some Fun?

  • The unmatched nightlife of Barcelona is raucous, unexpected, and bright. Clubs like Sala Razzmatazz and Opium are fine establishments.
  • Live that beach life at La Barceloneta Beach with surreal views of the Mediterranean Sea and pristine white sands. 
  • Alternative and hipster lifestyles are celebrated in Barcelona with historic bars like Bar Marsella, which was once a favorite haunt of artists like Picasso.
  • Food is ambrosia for most and when in Barcelona, you have a buffet at every turn, whether it is tapas, like Bombas, or mató cheese drizzled with honey and walnuts.
  • Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona, is a paradise for football fans and with a capacity for 100,000 strong, watching a match here is nothing short of spectacular. 

Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Barcelona

Flamenco
Take a Flamenco Dancing Lesson

Learn to dance like a master with Flamenco4Travelers hosted by a group of experienced professionals. Practice palmas, baile, and some choreography for €75 / person. Another place where you can learn the basics is the renowned Arte Flamenco Gloria Belén. 

Paella Cooking Class
Take a Paella Cooking Class

Try your hand at making mouth-watering paella, a traditional dish made with rice, saffron, and chicken. Paella Cooking Class is one of the most popular experiences as it includes a walking tour of the food market, tapas, and sangria. Classes are held twice daily for three hours each and they are priced at €39/person. 

Learn How to Make a Cocktail
Learn How to Make a Cocktail

Barcelona is a pioneer in exquisite cocktails. What better than to learn how to mix a brilliant concoction straight from the masters? A cocktail class costs €35-€40/person and if you are traveling in a group, you may be up for a group discount.

Barcelona Cruise
Go on a Romantic Cruise

A romantic sunset cruise across the ocean is a mesmerising experience. Together with your loved one, enjoy the setting sun over the Mediterranean Sea with the sky awash with vivid hues. Sailboat offers a river cruise and sunset tour for €55 / person with beer, cava, or wine.

Barceloneta Beach
Play Beach Volleyball at Playa de la Nova Icària

Considered one of the most peaceful beaches in Barcelona, Nova Icària Beach is well-known for beach volleyball. The beach has a dedicated space, two volleyball courts, near Port Olímpic where you can enjoy a match with your friends and family. Nova Icària is a fun and family-friendly part of the city.

Pub Crawl
Attend a Pub Crawl

Ideal for solo travelers or a group of friends, a pub crawl is a sure-fire way to acquaint yourself with city streets and the best nightlife Barcelona has to offer. Visit popular bars in popular areas around the city, grab your free drink, meet new people, and enjoy a lot of cocktails.

Costa Brava
Go on a Day Trip

Day trips are a fun way to explore the city’s surroundings, such as the historic town of Girona, the coastal town of Costa Brava, or the surreal views from Montjuic. Take a private car or Barcelona’s trusted train. Better yet, take a guided day trip to any of these destinations.

Private Yacht
Rent out a Private Yacht

An ideal way to navigate the Mediterranean Sea is to charter a private, luxury yacht with a company like Charter&Dreams. The yachts are not only the epitome of opulence but come equipped with jet skis, wakeboards, donuts, etc. for an unforgettable experience.

Football
Attend a Football Match

For football fans, Barcelona is the place to be since it is the home of FC Barcelona and Camp Nou. You can watch a memorable football match at the stadium that is known to accommodate approximately 120,000 spectators at one time.

Bungee Jump
Go Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is a popular adventure sport in Spain and when in Barcelona, take a day trip to areas like Costa Brava to enjoy a rush of adrenaline. Some of the companies you can book an experience with include Catalonia Adventures, and BUNGEE Jumping Barcelona. 

Fun Places in Barcelona

Live Music Venues
Cinemas/Theatres
Sports Venues
Fun Tours
Things to Do with Kids in Barcelona
Harlem Jazz Club

Where: Carrer de la Comtessa de Sobradiel (Maps)

Genre: Jazz, swing, blues

Price: €6-€12

Sala Apolo

Where: Carrer Nou de La Rambla (Maps)

Genre: Rock, Indie, Pop

Price: €15

Luz de Gas

Where: Port Vell (Maps)

Genre: Blues, disco, vintage rock, pop-rock

Price: €15

Sidecar Factory Club

Where: Plaça Reial (Maps)

Genre: Alternative, soul

Price: €4-€7

Jamboree

Where: Plaça Reial (Maps)

Genre: Jazz, blues, funk

Price: €5-€10

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Cine Verdi

Where: Carrer de Verdi 32 (Maps)

Entertainment: English films, Catalan Films, art-house

Tickets: €4,8-€8

Sala Montjuic (open-air)

Where: Montjuic Castle (Maps)

Entertainment: Original-language films (Spanish subtitles)

Tickets: €6.50

Ciné Méliès

Where: Carrer de Villarroel (Maps)

Entertainment: Classics, New releases

Tickets: €6

Catalonia National Theater

Where: Plaça de Les Arts (Maps)

Entertainment: Catalan theater

Tickets: €13.70

Barcelona Teatre Musical (BTM)

Where: Carrer de la Guàrdia Urban (Maps)

Entertainment: Theater and musical shows 

Tickets: €19,90 (starting)

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Camp Nou
Camp Nou

Where: C. Arístides Maillol (Maps)

Event: Football

Tickets: €140 (Ap.)

Palau Blaugrana

Where: Av. de Joan XXIII, Camp Nou (Maps)

Event: Basketball, handball, futsal

Tickets: €80-€105

Palau Sant Jordi

Where: Passeig Olímpic (Maps)

Event: Gymnastics, handball, music concerts

Tickets: €30-€80

Reial Club de Polo de Barcelona

Where: Av. Dr. Marañón (Maps)

Event: Polo, hockey, tennis

Tickets: Membership

Circuit de Catalunya

Where: Maps

Event: Formula One, Moto GP

Tickets: €35-€440

Gaudi
Gaudi Tour

Meeting Point: Julia Office, Carrer de Balmes

Barcelona Tapas and Wine Tour with Devour Barcelona

Meeting Point: Passeig del Born

Price: €119

Savor Spain with Wanderbreak

Meeting Point: Café de L’Opera, La Rambla

Price: €109

City Bike Tours with Fat Tire Tours

Meeting Point: Plaça Sant Jaume

Price: €30

Camp Nou
FC Barcelona: Camp Nou Tour

Meeting Point: Self-guided 

Price: €26

Magic Fountain
Magic Fountain, Montjuic

Where: Plaça de Carles Buïgas (Maps)

Price: Free

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia

Where: Carrer de Mallorca (Maps)

Price: Adult: €20, Child (under 11): Free

PortAventura Theme Park
PortAventura Theme Park

Where: Avinguda del Batlle Pere Molas (Maps)

Price: Fast Pass €70

Gothic Quarter
Family Walking Tours

Where: Gothic Quarter (Maps)

Price: €20

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Barcelona Nightlife

Barcelona boasts one of the finest club scenes in all of Europe with historic establishments like Bar Marsella in Carrer de Sant Pau that opened in 1820. The bars are open till the wee hours of the morning and the party continues from Friday through Sunday. Erasmus parties are another favorite among students with themed nights and fanciful evenings. 

Average prices for famous clubs and bars range from €10-€25 and this may vary on themed nights.

Here are a few of the most popular places for drinks and dancing:

Razzmatazz, Carrer dels Almogavers

(€15)

Bar Marsella, Carrer de Sant Pau

(€4,8)

Marlowe Bar, El Born
Dux, El Born 
Paradiso, Carrer de Rera Palau

(€10)

Opium, La Barceloneta Beach

Top 5 Free Fun Things to Do in Barcelona

Visit a museum such as Museu Picasso and Museum of Barcelona History that have free entry on particular days or the first Sunday of each month. 

Take a self-guided tour of the Gothic Quarter marveling at Gaudí’s modernist architecture.

Enjoy a scrumptious food tour of La Boqueria Market with cheese, olives, fresh vegetables and fruits, and delicious local snacks.

Barcelona is beach heaven and spending a day on the sandy shores of Barceloneta or Marbella gazing at the Mediterranean Sea is paradise. 

Plan your trip around an annual festival such as La Mercè when the locals are out on the streets to celebrate.