What to See/ Do In Barcelona


Barcelona attracts millions of tourists each year, and when you visit, it’s easy to see why.

This cosmopolitan city offers great weather, an array of cultural attractions, and ample opportunities to get out and have fun. Whether you are on a backpackers budget or living the high life in five-star hotels, you are sure to find something that piques your interest, compliments your budgets, and leaves you saying “I love this city”.


This was my second time visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona, so I have put together my Top Five Things to See & Do from both of my visits.

At the Barça game in 2010
At the Barça game in 2010. Tickets can be affordable, if you choose wisely.

Go to a Football Game
Looking back I’m still unsure of how we accomplished this on our backpackers budget, but I would assume we cut out a few shopping trips to make it happen. As everyone is aware of, football is life in Spain. It is essentially a religion, and the faith runs deep. You can witness this firsthand at a game in Camp Nou, the official home of Futbol Club Barcelona, and the largest stadium in Spain. The energy is palpable and even if soccer isn’t your jam, the experience of the event is worth going to. You can buy tickets here at the official website. If you are an avid football fan, you might also be interested in the Camp Nou Experience and Tour which you can read more about here.


La Rambla
La Rambla – Tourist central

Wander La Rambla
Now, wandering La Rambla is not to get confused with eating on La Rambla, or purchasing something on La Rambla – that would just be silly. La Rambla is a street in Barcelona that stretches for 1.2km, and is lined with beautiful trees and has some of the best people watching in the city. It is however tourist central, which results in everything being overpriced and overcrowded. It’s great to walk once and see what all the hype is about, but then, get out of there!


La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia. Estimated completion date, 2028.

Visit La Sagrada Familia
I’m not going to go on about La Sagrada Familia seeing as I just did an entire post about it, which you should definitely check out. But I will say, you can’t go to Barcelona without taking in a glimpse of Gaudi’s masterpiece.


Picasso's Artwork on the School for Architecture
Picasso’s Artwork on the School for Architecture- Seen on the Walking Tour

Take a Walking Tour
I know, I know, I say this about every city but I really mean it. A “free” walking tour is the best way to get acclimated with the streets and receive a history lesson simultaneously. I did the walking tour with SANDEMANs New Europe both times I was in Barcelona and had a different experience each time, both of which were great. Ruby was our tour guide for this one and she was a pleasure (I didn’t do a TripAdvisor review, so here’s my shout-out Ruby!).


Pub Crawling in 2010
Pub Crawling in 2010

Indulge in the Nightlife
Barcelona is world renowned for it’s nightlife, and last time I was in the city it did not disappoint. If you’re up for it, put your dancing shoes on, have a couple shots with new friends, and get ready for a night you will (hopefully) remember. Barcelona Nightlife offers great information on nightlife around the city, as well as packages (pub crawls, VIP events, etc.) that you can check out here. For those with the stamina, you can party all day and all night, with many locals not returning home until well after sunrise.

For more suggestions check out Time Out: Barcelona’s 20 Great Things to Do in Barcelona here. Also, grab a copy of their magazine or check out their website before you go for a complete list of what’s going on in the city.

For more information on Barcelona check out Matt Goulding’s 23 Things to Know Before You Go To Barcelona here or The Blonde Abroad’s Barcelona Travel Tips here. Love these bloggers!

Have you been to Barcelona? What is the one thing you would say is a ‘Must-See’?



  1. May 5, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    I’ve never been to Barcelona, but I definitely want to go one day! Great pictures!

    • Sarah Lynn
      May 5, 2015 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks Michelle! Barcelona is definitely a must see. Put it on your list!!

  2. May 6, 2015 / 2:23 am

    Great list, I’ve always wanted to see a football game in Spain. It’s not very popular here in Canada, so it would be something awesome to experience!


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