Barcelona is a beautiful city with an amazing amount of activities and things to offer. Depending on your preferences, you might prefer to relax one afternoon at the beach or at the park, or you prefer to go for a drink at a café. Here you are going to find a few options available.
PARKS AND GARDENS
We all know that we are not in London, but the English are not the only lovers of parks. Here in Barcelona, the residents prefer to hang out in the main parks while waiting for summer. It might not be warm enough to go to the beach but it’s really nice to lounge at the park, with your towel, book and drink. Usually, you have people selling food and drinks to the visitors.
PARC DE LABERINT D’HORTA: This park is the oldest in Barcelona, but it has a bunch of different botanical species and it’s decorated with beautiful old statues. The perfect park to go for a date with your significant other. It’s free on Wednesdays and Sundays.
PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA: It’s a common social place to hang out here in the city. On one side, you can visit the zoo and on the other side you can have a calm picnic. Also, there are amazing museums to visit and enjoy. The best aspect of this park is the variety of people, especially on Sundays. You can see families, friends, couples, older and younger people, and artists. We can promise you that you will have a unique time here.
PARC GÜELL: An incredible place that was declared Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO. This park has to be one of the things to visit when you come for holidays or when you just arrived to the city. This impressive park was envisioned by the famous Spanish modernist architect Antoni Gaudí, who created a dreamlike place where you can let your imagination flow.
JARDINS DEL PALAU DE PEDRALBES: This is probably one of the quietest gardens in the city, even though it is situated in the busiest part of town. The best part about this place are the decorations and the geometrical disposition of the garden. The perfect place to go for a walk, either romantic or not.
JARDINS DE LA UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA: It’s a small botanical garden inside the campus of the Universitat de Barcelona. The most common visitors are students, aspiring poets and writers, couples, teachers and some tourists.
Keep in mind that we know that the Barcelona beaches (4,2 km in total) cannot compete with the ones in Costa Brava or the ones in Costa Dorada. In fact, because of the amount of pollution in the city, the quality of the water and the sand is inferior. But they are ideal for a lazy stroll one afternoon or for jogging. The most visited beaches are Vila Olímpica and Barceloneta. But you have many others to choose from. There are some street vendors (legal or not), in case you want a cold beverage or a foot massage.
Spain is known for its food and food culture, so we want to give you some guidelines so you can have the best experience here in Barcelona. If you want to know where to go to eat, you can check out our blog post about bars and restaurants in the city.
Gastronomy is one of Catalonia’s many fortes, driving thousands around the globe to experience its fine Mediterranean cuisine. From culinary innovation to Catalan rustic dishes, Barcelona is home to some of Europe’s finest chefs. With the Mediterranean diet including lots of olive oil, seafood, vegetables, meats, garlic and red wine, there are 5 different eating hours and plenty of time to savor the great cuisine Barcelona has to offer. Out of courtesy, we can tip the waiter but there is no established system in Spain like there is in some other countries, such as United States and Italy. In bars, you never tip but if you want to leave some extra money after you have a coffee or after a meal, then it is completely normal. You can leave one or two euros but not more. In fact, if you don’t want to tip or you are not use to do it, don’t worry because normally no one does it. On Sundays, between 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock, Catalan people like to get out for what they so call “vermut”. Even though “vermut” is an actual drink, it also became an activity. It’s a small appetizer before having lunch, when you go out for a beer or vermut, and you can also enjoy a few tapas.
To tip or not to tip?
When to eat?
Out of courtesy, we can tip the waiter but there is no established system in Spain like there is in some other countries, such as United States and Italy. In bars, you never tip but if you want to leave some extra money after you have a coffee or after a meal, then it is completely normal. You can leave one or two euros but not more. In fact, if you don’t want to tip or you are not use to do it, don’t worry because normally no one does it.
On Sundays, between 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock, Catalan people like to get out for what they so call “vermut”. Even though “vermut” is an actual drink, it also became an activity. It’s a small appetizer before having lunch, when you go out for a beer or vermut, and you can also enjoy a few tapas.
If you are feeling like going to the cinema but don’t want see the Spanish dubbed versions available here in Barcelona, don’t worry. There are many cinemas that offer the original versions but with Spanish subtitles.
- Filmoteca de Cataluña (Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1-9)
- Meliès (Villaroel, 102)
- Verdi (Verdi, 32 and Torrijos, 49)
- Renoir (Floridablanca, 135)
- Icaria (Salvador Espriu, 61, El Centro de la Vila)
- Maldà (Pi, 5, Galerías Maldà)
Barcelona is very famous for its variety of markets: secondhand, vintage, food, flowers, etc. If you want to know more about them, read the following blog posts: Barcelona – Land of the Second Hand Markets
This stadium is home to Barcelona Football club, situated in Avinguda de Joan XXIII, 08000, Barcelona. Camp Nou is open all year long except December 25th and January 1st. The price for an adult ticket is 22€ and the price for children aged 6 to 13 years is 16.50€. On match days during La Liga or Champions League, the tour will be closed all day and only the Museum will be open for visit. Check out the Nike shop while you’re there and see all the gear you can buy. From trainers to personalized shirts, there is a lot to see and buy for yourself or to find the perfect souvenirs!
This hundred year old amusement park is one of the oldest in the world and one of the many symbols of Barcelona. It was in 1901 when the Park and facilities were officially opened. The Tibidabo has one of the best views of Barcelona by the Mediterranean spread out below. The park also has a wide range of facilities for visitors including restaurants, amazing views and picnic areas. This was the place that Woody Allen chose to film the Oscar winning film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Tibidabo’s mountain is part of the Collserola range of hills and its highest point is 512m.
The summit of the mountain is occupied by the Sagrat Cor church, designed by Enric Sagnier. This church took 60 years to be constructed and is topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by Josep Miret Llopart.