In the past two years, I have been extremely fortunate enough to travel more frequently than I ever have. Due to a combination of this blog and the rise of low fare airlines, city breaks have become much more accessible and I have seen some of the most wonderful places, however, with this, my travel planning has pretty much gone out of the window. I used to be the person that would plan trips down to the minute, but these days I am more likely to be reading a Marco Polo guide while walking around that very city. Which is exactly what I did on my last trip and I ended up finding some of the more unique places to visit in Barcelona.
Things to do in Barcelona
Bunkers of Carmel
Looking to get an incredible panoramic view over Barcelona? Then head to the Bunkers of Carmel. What was once an anti-aircraft fortification during the Spanish Civil War, the bunkers atop the hill of Turó de la Rovira were situated so that they could survey the entirety of the city. Now remains just rumble and a pretty amazing view. The closest Metro station is Alfons X on the L4 line followed by a thirty-minute walk uphill if you are feeling particularly adventurous head up in time to take in the sunrise from the top.
Labyrinth Park of Horta
Like something out of a story, the Labyrinth Park of Horta is one of the unique places to visit in Barcelona. The hedge maze sitting in the centre of Barcelona’s Parc del Laberint d’Horta is a hidden gem which first began in 1791, now it has over 2000 feet of twists and turns and anyone who makes it to the centre will find a statue of Eros, the god of love.
If you have a sweet tooth then head to the Chocolate Museum for some light-hearted family entertainment. The museum ( Metro station Arc de Triomf on L1 ) teaches of its origins, how it came to Europe as well as alternative uses for the sweet treat, the museum offers nothing ground-breaking but its good wholesome fun that smells incredible throughout.
Street Performers of La Ramblas
This one is a very touristy thing to do and of course, you can most likely do it in any capital city, but the street performers of Las Ramblas are next level, they go all out on their acts and costumes. Aliens, skeletons on bikes, humongous metallic angels, it is as if they are all competing against each other to stand out the most. Las Ramblas is the heart of Barcelona, inevitably you will walk down it at some point so when you do look out for them. However, avoid eating along Las Ramblas, you will find the food is a lot more expensive and not quite as good.
Homeground of the world famous Barcelona football team, Camp Nou (Metro station Palau Reial or Les Corts on L3 or Metro station Collblanc on L5) is a must visit for any football fan. It is the largest football stadium in all of Europe and the second largest in the world with a seating capacity of 99,354. At Camp Nou football fans have an opportunity to visit the stadium and museum, with the opportunity to even walk onto the pitch via the player’s tunnel – it is quite the experience.
Barcelona is full of things to do, from the touristic to the local, you will find something for everyone. During our visit, we used the new Marco Polo touring app to follow one of the many walking tours. Tours vary in length, travel style and can be followed at your leisure, they also work offline – preventing the need for internet data. They are perfect if it is your first time in a city and like me, like to see all of the tourist points before exploring a bit deeper.
Only have a short amount of time in the city? Here is an itinerary to see Barcelona in a day
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