Top Five Things to See and Do in Barcelona

Full to the brim with things to see and do, it is unsurprising that Barcelona has retained its status as a popular holiday destination for so many years now. However, with such a selection of sights to see, it is often difficult to know where to start, so we’ve handpicked the must-do activities in Barcelona. Here’s the top five …

1.       Picasso Museum

Soak up Barcelona’s substantial cultural heritage by spending an afternoon admiring Pablo Picasso’s iconic artwork. The Picasso Museum displays over four thousand superb Picasso originals that beautifully convey his Spanish roots and his link to Barcelona. Ordered chronologically, you can visually trace the changes to his painting style, documenting his transition from the traditional to the abstract. Wander round at your leisure or take a guided tour to find out the history of the exhibition’s key works. Every art fan should experience this.

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2.       Nightlife

Thousands of people flock to Barcelona every year to experience its unique, glittering nightlife where there truly is something for everyone. If you are looking to party the night away, head to Razzmatazz. This huge super club spans five rooms, each playing a different genre of music. From indie rock to techno pop, this club caters for all and is even a favourite haunt of the A-list. Looking for a quieter night? There is a huge selection of quieter bars and restaurants to satisfy everyone.

3.       Camp Nou

If football is your thing, a visit to the legendary Camp Nou is a must. Home to the world renowned FC Barcelona, Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in Europe. Enjoy a tour of the stadium and pretend you’re the team’s newest signing, as you explore the dugouts, press room and even the player’s tunnel. You’ll also get a chance to visit the football museum where you can explore the extensive history of the club through both interactive wall displays and large scale audio-visual exhibitions.

4.       Aquarium

Boasting over 11,000 creatures and 450 species, L’Aquarium Barcelona is a fantastic day out for both young and old. Find yourself surrounded by a range of sea creatures as you walk under transparent tunnels and marvel at the incredibly diverse range of fish. If this simply isn’t close enough, why not try a spot of shark cage diving? Accompanied by a qualified diving instructor, you and three others will be placed in a secure cage and plunged into a pool with sharks, rays and eels. This truly is a once in a lifetime experience that is not for the faint hearted!

5.       Beach

No holiday to Spain would be complete without a trip to the beach, so spend the day relaxing on the golden sands of Barceloneta. Over one kilometre in length, the beach is the perfect way to soak up the glorious Spanish sunshine and get a view of the iconic three chimneys, a symbol of Barcelona’s industry. Cool off with a dip in the refreshing Mediterranean Sea or purchase an ice cream from one of the many vendors located along the coastline.

With so many activities to pack into your Barcelona holiday, it is important to have a place to lay your head after a long day exploring. Barcelona offers a number of different hotels, including a range of luxury accommodation like the ALMA Barcelona. However, if you are travelling on a budget, operators like Very Cheap Holidays can offer cheap Spain holidays, providing hotels that deliver everything you need in a Barcelona base without breaking the bank.