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Things to do in Barcelona

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Concert Hall
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“At Apolo you get exquisite electronica with DJ Fra and Kosmos as your gurus. Downstairs in La [2] it's Astin, where you'll hear the best house and disco with DJ Coco, Arnau Obiols and Morgan Hammer. Nitsa is Guardiola's Barça of Barcelona clubs, a place where some of the best DJs have got the dance floor pounding, and the heavy-hitters just keep coming. Apolo's three spaces also feature label-free gigs. Note that buying tickets for the band doesn't include admission to the club night: you'll need to re-enter for that, and pay an extra charge. Emerging acts and veterans of pop, rock, folk and electronica from around the world take to the stage every day of the week.”
  • 223 locals recommend
Park
“Park Güell came out from the imagination of Antoni Gaudi. Located mountains of Barcelona, boasts amazing views. The city iconic picture”
  • 155 locals recommend
Theme Park
“The oldest amusement park in Spain is in Barcelona. It’s around 100 years old, has a charming retro feeling. Great views of Barcelona. ”
  • 262 locals recommend
Castle
“Montjuïc Castle (Catalan: Castell de Montjuïc, Spanish: Castillo de Montjuich) is an old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640, built on top of Montjuïc hill in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It currently serves as a Barcelona municipal facility. ”
  • 200 locals recommend
Art Museum
“When traveling to Barcelona, you will inevitably come across art works by the artist Joan Miró: when you arrive at the airport, you will be greeted by a huge mosaic of Miró and the city's most representative bank, la Caixa, has a star created by the artist in the logo. Just like Gaudí, Joan Miró was a quintessentially Catalonian artist, and a visit to his museum will give you a more vivid picture of Barcelona’s spirit and style. The foundation Fundació Joan Miró was initiated by the artist Joan Miró himself and the same year, the museum was opened on June 10th in 1975. The artist relinquished the majority of his works to the foundation. Other works are presents from his wife Pilar Juncosa, Joan Prats und Kazumasa Katsutas. Well known skulptures such as the "Couple d’Amoureux aux Jeux de Fleur d’Amandier" (1975) and a large, lavishly designed wall hanging, made particularly for the foundation, are among these works. The museum owns over 10.000 paintings, drawings, sculputes, stage designs and carpets from Joan Miró - the earliest drawings are from 1901. On the roof top terrace you can admire Miró's colourful sculpures together with a wonderful view of Barcelona. The Miró museum enfolds by far the largest collection of Joan Miró's works today. Miró wanted to create an international, interdisciplinary centre, which makes art publicly available. Until today the foundation organizes alternating contemporary exhibitions from the 20th and 21st century, as well as academic research projects and cultural events. Among others we recommend the "Nits de música" (nights of music) with numerous offers of classical music, where international artists perform each Thursday. The centre received the European Museum of the Year Award in 1977. ✨To get there from our apartmets: take metro line L2 (purple) from "Sagrada Família" to "Paral·lel" and walk about 20min (all the trip about 30min). or take metro line L2 (purple) from "Sagrada Família" to "Universitat", then change it to bus num. 55 (all the trip about 40min).”
  • 157 locals recommend
Hotel
“On the 26th floor of this emblematic hotel is the Eclipse bar. Fantastic to enjoy incomparable views of Barcelona and its coast. Good atmosphere and good drinks, although the price of consumption can be quite high. Although you do not want to consume, it is worth contemplating ...”
  • 263 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Razzmatazz is an iconic nightclub and concert venue that was established in 2000. Dubbed a ‘super club’ and with a capacity for 2,500 people, it has five unique rooms playing different styles of music.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Museum
“Whether you’ve managed to snag tickets for a home game or booked on a behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary Camp Nou Stadium, a visit to the FC Barcelona Museum is a must for football fans. One of the city’s most popular museums, drawing an average of 1.2 million visitors each year, the FC Barcelona Museum is right next door to the stadium and offers an unbeatable glimpse into the city’s top football team. Completely refurbished back in 2010, the ultra-modern museum now features a giant interactive glass touch screen, audiovisual displays and a 3D cinema, alongside its vast collection of football memorabilia, personal memoirs and photo galleries. The largest exhibition deals with the team’s illustrious history from its humble beginnings in 1899, through a stream of international championship winnings, to becoming the world’s second-richest football team.”
  • 219 locals recommend
Market
“Great market to find all the food you need to prepare a healthy and tasty meal at home. And the shopkeepers will always advice you about the best way to prepare it!”
  • 234 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth).”
  • 125 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“It might be too touristic but is one of the little shopping centers opened on a sunday.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Plaza
“This is where I decided to live in Barcelona, there is a lovely museum there and if you take the inside escalator until the very top of the shopping center right in there, you can reach the 360 hotel viewpoint!”
  • 187 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Just round the corner from Rambla Catalunya . Perfect for family, couples or friends get together. Fantastic tapas!”
  • 190 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“In 1888, Barcelona organized the Universal Exhibition. As a gateway to the fair, located in the Parc de la Ciutadella, was the Arc de Triomphe. A monument of classical form and proportions but with sculptural and decorative finishes, groundbreaking and full of symbolism, which is one of the icons of the city. At the top of Passeig Lluís Companys, the Arc de Triomphe stands out. Gateway to the 1888 Universal Exhibition, the arch presided over the then Sant Joan Hall, the walkway that led to the fairgrounds in Parc de la Ciutadella. The architect Josep Vilaseca conceived a work of classical character and proportions as an allegory of Barcelona's respect for the nations and provinces participating in the Exhibition. As a counterpoint, Vilsaeca chose to clad the monument with exposed work and give it a totally neo-Mudejar air, a fashionable style in the Spain of that time. The combination of the use of the brick with the set of friezes that surround the arch make it a singularly beautiful piece. A detailed look at this portal makes us understand that the Arc de Triomphe was the gateway to the modernity of Barcelona at the end of the 19th century. On the one hand, the frieze facing Paseo de Sant Joan represented Barcelona receiving the nations. On the other hand, we can see how the city gives the awards to the participants of the Exhibition. The side reliefs symbolize Agriculture and Industry on one side and Trade and Art on the other. And above the arch, the coats of arms of the 49 Spanish provinces are presided over by the coat of arms of Barcelona.”
  • 166 locals recommend
Zoo
“Barcelona Zoo is a zoo in the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The zoo used to be internationally known as the home of Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla, who died in 2003.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Church
“most famous building in Barcelona. If you think about entering buy your tickets at least the day before online. That will help to avoid queuing for hours. ”
  • 98 locals recommend