Below is a list of fun things to do in Barcelona. I spent a few days there a couple of weekends ago and it was honestly one of the best cities I’ve been to. I’ve visited quite a few – though nowhere near as many as I’d like – and it’s up there in my top 3. That’s alongside Nice, Dublin and Monaco.
Day 1: Bus Tour Of Major Sights
The first day we hopped on one of those ‘City Sightseeing’ buses and went on the West route – I think – to see all of the major sights like the Gothic Quarter, Camp Nou, various famous statues and museums. You can see the full list here.
I didn’t actually realise how beautiful Barcelona was. It’s so pretty, the buildings are so decorative and big, kind of typical of every city but then the Sun and stunning parks that just pop up on random street corners really do make it.
After a day sightseeing, we then spent the evening in this really cool Irish bar in Las Ramblas where we literally took over the place, dancing on tables (and everywhere else), bought a shit tonne of highly priced roses from a street seller (which we continued to do every night we were there) and everyone bar me, got extremely drunk.
Day 2: Sagrada Familia & Rooftop Bars
The second day we first went down Las Ramblas and after pottering around the shops, admiring the artist streets and more, we went to a stunning rooftop bar. It was within a hotel called Hotel 1898. It had the best views of the city and this cute pool which would be amazing to use in the Summer when it’s a bit warmer. I’m still surprised no one got pushed in.
Anyway, after a few drinks and lunch, we got back on the bus and decided to do the East route which took us around the coast, the Port, Park Guell and of course, Sagrada Familia which, by the way, is huge. We spent a few hours exploring around there and then went back to our hotel (Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza) to freshen up for tea.
Day 3: Cathedral of Barcelona & The Port
The third day the lads (Tyler, Will, Lew, Mike and Sum) went to see Camp Nou and the rest of us went around the Port, had a look around the shops and other parts of Las Ramblas. We saw the Cathedral of Barcelona which is in the Gothic Quarter – probably one of my favourite parts of Barcelona – and got lunch at the Port. I had this amazing tomato spaghetti dish and of course, Patatas Bravas which is a must in Spain. It’s practically roast potatoes and a spicy, pale-mayo-looking sauce.
For tea, we went to this cool little tapas bar but not going to lie, me being me, I hate seafood, don’t like cheeses or weird hams like pepperoni, salami or those freaky little chorizo mini sausages so I went and got some spinach tortellini from this cute bakery. I can’t actually believe it was open until 9/10pm – the culture is so different to the UK and I love it!
We then went back to the Irish bar in Las Ramblas with the others and spent the whole night in their drinking and dancing all over again. Only Barcelona was playing on the TV and with it being a “sports bar” they weren’t too happy about our antics – plus it was packed. Still, it was amazing. I swear they’re the best company!
The bar was called Cheers and even though it does food, we always ate elsewhere. You can see it’s Tripadvisor reviews, here.
Day 4: Home Time
The day was pretty much a right off because of the night before. We stayed out until pretty late, eating crepes, dancing from bar to bar. Somehow we all got back to the hotel safe and sound. We went to Las Ramblas one more time, sat and had drinks near the big garden that’s at the top of the Las Ramblas “strip” and acts as a roundabout.
Then, we got to the airport got pissed off by the stupid Ryanair airport staff and before you know it, I was home. Moral of the story, don’t fly with Ryanair.
Got any other places to see in Barcelona? Comment below!