Find out what there is to do while staying in the vibrant city of Barcelona
Things to do in Barcelona
11 April 2014
We have just launched a brand new internship programme in Barcelona, and this blog post will give you some ideas about great places to go to there, so sit back, and start dreaming of your trip to this stunning Catalan city.
This is going to sound really simple, but one of the best ways to view Barcelona is on foot. No need to worry about the weather, you will be able to walk around the city calmly in the beautiful Spanish sun. You could also spend a day using the metro bus service, and see sights such as the Parc de la Ciutadella, the Montjuic Castle and Parc de Joan Miro; popular sites included in many tourist books and on maps. Why not visit some lesser-known attractions too though? Make your own trail and experience the real culture of the Catalan natives; if you head up to Horta, you can admire breath-taking views of the Sant Andreu district.
Taking a stroll around the arty side of the city is an amazing idea, as it’s not only a great way to relax, but also a great way to discover some of Barcelona’s best artwork. Teatre Grec is home to wonderful gardens to wander through, and the Fundació Joan Miró holds over 14,000 pieces including 225 paintings, 150 sculptures and graphic work by the Spanish Surrealist painter, Joan Miró. There are many museums and art galleries in Barcelona, but one that stands out from the others is the MNAC,(Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), which displays pieces of art from the mid-20th century through to the Romanesque period. If you’re travelling on a budget or simply want to see more, these smaller galleries and museums will add to your experience of the great art of Barcelona:
- Joan Prats
- Galeria 3 Punts
- Toni Tapes
After a long walk and sightseeing, your next stop should be taking a dip in the Mediterranean to help cool you down. With miles of sand and 4 different beaches to choose from, set up your parasols and beach towels and chill out on the Spanish coast. Sant Sebastia, Barceloneta, Nova Icaria and Mar Bella are the beaches you can visit, (some of them hosting amazing nightlife), but other beaches are just a train or bus journey away if you feel like experiencing the Spanish coast in a different style.
Once you’ve seen Barcelona in the daylight, next you should experience the nightlife, and Barcelona will certainly give you a night to remember. Sala Apolo is a popular choice with tourists and locals, hosting different themed parties every day of the week! Razzmatazz has been a temple of partying for years, with five different party rooms under one roof; Sidecar is for the indie rockers amongst you; Magic is the Barcelona rock club; and if funk hip pop is more your thing, Marula is the place to be.
There are so many things to do and places to explore in Barcelona; we have only covered around 10%! So get researching, get planning and make the most of your trip to this wonderful Catalan city. Let us know where you explored and what you did!