Things to do in Barcelona

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



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846 local Airbnb host recommends

Park Güell Located in the city of Barcelona, the ​​Park Guell is one of the most beautiful icons of the city. It's a work of Antoni Gaudi located in the upper part of Barcelona, which has wonderful... read more

It's a work of Antoni Gaudi located in the upper part of Barcelona, which has wonderful views of the city. You can reach there taking the metro L3. The metro stop is 2 minutes walking from home. Th... read more

554 local Airbnb host recommends

ROUTE C - Casa Batlló (14 minutes walk distance from home / 18 minutes walk distance from Museo Arte Contemporáneo) The building that is now Casa Batlló was built in 1877 by Antoni Gaudi, commissi... read more

One of the Gaudi's master piece. One of the most beautiful buildings in the city. It is expensive but it's worth. Also the ticket includes an audioguide in order to understand the wonderful interio... read more

454 local Airbnb host recommends

Nowhere else in Barcelona is a tourist attraction so closely associated with the daily life of the locals, like the Mercat de la Boquerìa, right on the Rambla. Visiting the market and Old Town To... read more

About two thirds of the way up the Ramblas, on the left, you will see one of Europe's largest and most famous food markets. This is a place where I love to spend an hour or so feasting the senses. ... read more

1005 local Airbnb host recommends

The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901).

The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). The Sagrad... read more

The temple of Sagrada Familia it's the most visited landmark in Spain. It is an obligated visit if you come to Barcelona, it is one of the most wonderfull things you'll see in your life. Advices. ... read more

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Ciutadella Park

Parks & NatureParks
21 Passeig de Picasso·Map·Website·

634 local Airbnb host recommends

El parque del Guinardó, que ocupa unos terrenos que antiguamente se habían destinado principalmente a uso agrícola y asciende cuesta arriba, es uno de los espacios verdes más grandes de Barcelona. ... read more

The Parc de la Ciutadella is very idyllic and probably the greenest oasis in the megacity of Barcelona. It invites you to relax, to rebound and to go for long walks, as well as for a picnic. You ca... read more

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Sala Apolo

Drinks & NightlifeNightclubs
113 Carrer Nou de la Rambla·Map·Hours·Website·

214 local Airbnb host recommends

Apolo is Bcn's most popular concert hall and nightclub located in an old theater. With Nasty Mondays, Crappy Tuesdays, Caníbal Sound System, Cupcake, Nitsa Club it opens every day.

Apolo is located in the Carrer Nou de la Rambla in the Gotic district and is composed of two places, Teatre Apolo and Sala Apolo. The teatre Apolo is a theatre build in 1904 and which hosts shows, ... read more

501 local Airbnb host recommends

The Picasso museum is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the 4,251 works that make up the permanent collection.

ROUTE A - Museo Picasso (23 minutes walk distance from home / 5 minutes walk distance from El Born, Centro Cultural) The Picasso museum is a key reference for understanding the formative years of P... read more

Located in the El Born quarter, the Picasso Museum was born out of a donated selection of Picasso’s work from his secretary and friend, Jamime Sabatés. Picasso was one of the most famous and loved ... read more

176 local Airbnb host recommends

Just a step from the flat there is a great place to taste Spanish and Catalan Cuisine. It is always crowdy there, but worth waiting a table. Fresh seafood, local tapas, Spanish wine. Must visit place!

Best place for Tapas ever¡¡¡¡ just one thing, this place is so good that it's always crowded and you may need to wait to get in,, but believe me it is worth it waiting.

One of my favourite tapas places! Ask to the tender how long you need to wait for a table. Best time is 7PM or 11PM if you don't want to wait.

171 local Airbnb host recommends

I don't have words, this is my city. The best city of Spain. Come here and visit the whole city if you can, don't forget to visit Gotic district, El born, El parc de la ciutadella, Plaça Catalunya,... read more

405 local Airbnb host recommends

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. The Collection starts with the materic abstraction of the fifties and follows the evolution of European pop, the avant-gardes of the sixties and seventies, the... read more

Barcelona's Museum of Modern Art, a huge white, light-filled building housing art from the 1940s to the present & large Catalan collection too, great for rainy days, often has temp exhibitions :)

266 local Airbnb host recommends

ROUTE D - El Palacio de la Música (19 minutes walk distance from home) Is a concert hall in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was b... read more

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The concert hall is one of the most beautiful in... read more

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner

602 local Airbnb host recommends

Casa Milà, popularly known as 'La Pedrera' (the stone quarry), is an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, it was constructed by Antoni Gaudí - A must see in Barcelona... read more

The Casa Milà is a reflection of Gaudí's artistic fullness: it belongs to his naturalistic stage (first decade of the twentieth century), a period in which the architect perfects his personal style... read more

332 local Airbnb host recommends

One of the major avenues in Barcelona where you could find important shopping and business areas and several pieces of architecture (La Pedrera, La Casa Batlló,...)

Passeig de Gràcia is one of the major avenues in Barcelona and one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city's most celebrated pieces of architecture like Ca... read more

One of the major avenues in Barcelona containing several of the city's most celebrated pieces of architecture like Casa Batlló, Casa Milà o La Pedrera.

135 local Airbnb host recommends

Lovely Cafe also serving very nice breakfast and other food. Don't miss the small terrace upstairs. They also have free WIFI there. What I always like is their fresh flowers or plants on the main t... read more

The Federal Café is officially one the best Brunch place in Barcelona. Fresh juices and various options of delicious energetic brunch plates to kick off the day. Great breakfast, milk, eggs, servic... read more

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Mosquito

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 46 Carrer dels Carders·Map·Hours·Website·

134 local Airbnb host recommends

Mosquito’s speciality is Chinese dumplings but its tapas comprise a grab bag from all over the continent. The steamed pork dumplings and crispy duck are more than toothsome.Has xcellent homemade beers

Very cheap, relaxed and special chinese restaurant owned by an English guy who fell in love with Asia. Must try: steamed rice in banana leaf, steamed dumplings (prawn, veal or vegetable ones), roas... read more

Because life without dumpling is not worth living, that’s their slogan, this restaurant became my favorite in the Born. Their serve exotic asian tapas, with influences from Hong Kong, China and Vie... read more

356 local Airbnb host recommends

A street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with Colombus statue.

La Rambla (Catalan pronunciation: [ɫə ˈrambɫə]) is a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) connec

La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike. A 1.2 kilometer-long tree-lined pedestrian street between Barri Gòtic and El Raval. La Rambla is the most fa... read more

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La Paradeta

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 7 Carrer Comercial·Map·Hours·Website·

127 local Airbnb host recommends

A place to enjoy really fresh seafood -- crabs, prawns. You pick out what you want at the counter, it's weighed up and heaved away, and you pick it up crisp and steaming on a platter. However, the ... read more

Apparently its an inexpensive restaurant to enjoy really fresh seafood -- crabs, prawns. You pick out what you want at the counter, it's weighed up and heaved away, and you pick it up crisp and ste... read more

El paraíso para amantes de los mariscos. Restaurante con excelentes precios para disfrutar de mariscos muy frescos - cangrejos, gambas. Usted escoge lo que quiere en el mostrador, se pesa y lo rec... read more

351 local Airbnb host recommends

Visit Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona for a game. When you have a ticket for a game, you can reach the stadium in about 45 minutes of walking distance. If you couldn't get a ticket, you can foll... read more

#19

Razzmatazz

Drinks & NightlifeNightclubs
$$· 122 Carrer dels Almogàvers·Map·Hours·Website·

127 local Airbnb host recommends

The Razzmatazz nightclub has been in Barcelona for such a long time already that it might even be considered an institution. It is huge and it offers a unique mix of people as it attracts clubbers ... read more

#20

Tickets

Food SceneRestaurants
164 Av. del Paraŀlel·Map·Hours·Website·

126 local Airbnb host recommends

Michelin Star Chef Ferran Adrià has created a tapas bar but of course not a traditional one. At Tickets tapas are innovative and creative like all avant-garde culinary ideas of Adrià - Its necessar... read more

The Tickets restaurant is the new concept made by Ferran Adrià (the chef of 'El Bulli', for many years the best restaurant of the world) to create the "queen of tapas" bar, simply a UNIQUE experien... read more

The origin of the project was born with Albert Adrià, who after several years at Bar Inopia, decided to give life to an offer that was not possible with the physical limitations of the place. In th... read more

#21

Arenas de Barcelona

ShoppingShopping Malls
373 - 385 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes·Map·Hours·Website·

298 local Airbnb host recommends

A mall built inside a bullfight arena, right in Plaza de España. Refurbished by Richard Rogers architect this building combines the architecture of the old bullfighting ring and a contemporary stru... read more

Refurbished by Richard Rogers architect this building combines the architecture of the old bullfighting ring and a contemporary structure and contains a wide variety of shops, amenities and restau... read more

Huge shopping mall built in an ancient Plaza de Toros. To go there just take the metro at Torrassa and get out at Plaza de Espanya. It takes less than 6 minutes and you will be amazed with all de s... read more

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Avinguda del Portal de l'Àngel

Food SceneRestaurants
Avinguda del Portal de l'Àngel·Map·

120 local Airbnb host recommends

The heart of the Barcelona shopping district; spanning from Passeig de Gracia, down to the Cathedral. Adventure outwards though to find designer boutiques and non-chain stores.

Portal de l'Àngel is a pedestrian street in the Ciutat Vella district and part of the large shopping area that homes international shopping brands, including Zara, Massimo Dutti, Benetton, etc...

The most popular shopping street with the shops like Zara, Bershka, el Corte Ingles, H&M, Oysho, Stradivarius, Benetton, Massimo Dutti etc...

459 local Airbnb host recommends

In this place you can find the biggest firms of the city such as El corte ingles, Fnac, Hard Rock café and many others. This is also where you can find the tourist office.

ROUTE B - Plaza Catalunya (19 minutes walk distance from home) Is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city (Barr... read more

Very centric square, connected with lots of public transportation, bus, aerobus, train, subway, taxis. Also a place for shopping, you can found Corte Ingles, Fnac, Apple Store, Hard Rock Cafe, Zuri... read more

288 local Airbnb host recommends

"La Barceloneta" draw us into a world of modest buildings and small ground-floor restaurants and tapas bars, filled with chatter and noise, and permeated by the constant smell of the sea.

The beach is obviously the main attraction of Barceloneta, and is absolutely packed with locals and tourists alike all summer long. Thanks to the people who patrol up and down selling everything fr... read more

#25

El Nacional

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 24 Bis Passeig de Gràcia·Map·Hours·Website·

88 local Airbnb host recommends

Beautifully designed by Lazaro Rosa Violan  this enormous space 3,500 square meters (a disused car park) feels like a bit like a food court, but a luxurious one. Sky high ceilings, hanging candelab... read more

The first restaurant with different areas where we can try traditional recipes from around the Iberian Peninsula, prepared with high quality produce in unique surroundings, reflecting the social an... read more

Beautifully designed by Lazaro Rosa Violan this enormous space 3,500 square meters (a disused car park) feels like a bit like a food court, but a luxurious one. Sky high ceilings, hanging candelab... read more

275 local Airbnb host recommends

The magic fountain is a spectacular display of color, light, motion, music and water..The magic fountain is a "must" show and highly recommended if you come to Barcelona.

The magic fountain is a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics - if you mix all these elements together in just the right combinations, you end up with pure magic !

The Magic Fountains light show of Montjuic takes place at night. Its an impressive show of illuminated water and music, kids and adults love it ! Check the website for times as times vary throughou... read more

#27

Ciudad Condal

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 18 Rambla de Catalunya·Map·Hours·Website·

98 local Airbnb host recommends

Very good tapas. Full of tourists but still a good place to go! If it is full go up the Rambla Catalunya and go to Cerveseria Catalana, same owner, same place! And btw, who is the count of Barcelona?

Fantastic bar-restaurant for seafood, tapas etc Try Pulpo a la gallega (grilled octopus), chipirones (fried baby squids), tortilla (Spanish omelette with potato), shrimps, bread with tomato and ham

Best tapas in Barcelona, nice area, sit at the bar and try the “pulpitos” and the duck paté . Early for lunch is best, at the bar, so you can point and eat. They all speak english. If it’s full sit... read more

86 local Airbnb host recommends

Very impressive rock formations. The Montserrat has a strong place in Catalan history. The local monetary gets busy and it is where you are supposed to go if you want to have children, maybe better... read more

The Benedictine Monk retreat at Montserrat offers you some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya. You will learn about the holy grotto where visitations by the Virgin Mary were report... read more

Located about 1 hour away from Barcelona but it is a great day trip! You can easily get there by train and then a cable car ride up from Plaza España metro/train station. Make sure to check the tra... read more

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Quimet & Quimet

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 25 Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes·Map·Hours·Website·

129 local Airbnb host recommends

Right in front of the Charming Parallel is the Quimet & Quimet, with its high walls lined top-to-bottom with a colorful array of bottles, the tiny Quimet & Quimet, a charming tapas bar in El Poble Sec

I love this place!!! Its very charming and cute. Its a small bar where you will be surrounded by hundreds of wine bottles. The tapas are good quality and very delicious! Its very popular bar so us... read more

*Right in front of the Charming Parallel is the Quimet & Quimet, with its high walls lined top-to-bottom with a colorful array of bottles, the tiny Quimet & Quimet, a charming tapas bar in El Poble... read more

92 local Airbnb host recommends

A really popular place to have dinner or try typical tapas and "flautas" (tiny sandwiches) . This restaurant is extremely popular among the locals, which is a good sign! The prices are also friendly.

One of my favourites. Excellent price/quality ratio. Clean, fast service and very good fresh food. Do not forget to try the assorted tapas (Surtido de tapas). Metro Digonal (only 3 stops from Liceo).

Flauta is a typical sandwich stuffed with different things depending on what you want, that's the reason for the name but this restaurant also has good tapas and the price is low, it is very busy s... read more