Barcelona: Eight things to do while you’re there

What to do in Barcelona

Here are EIGHT things to do while in Barcelona:

Outside the Sagrada Familia
Outside the Sagrada Familia, still under construction!
1) Visit the Sagrada Familia

When you go to the Sagrada Familia, which you should definitely do, book your tickets ahead of time, online. After ordering tickets online, we picked them up at a Servi Caixa, it’s a chain of ATM machines. The closest one to the Sagrada Familia was right by the McDonalds. Easy peasy and no lines.

Stained glass inside the Sagrada Familia
Stained glass inside the Sagrada Familia

We booked a tower tour as well and it was well worth it.

One of the views from the tower
One of the views from the tower

Fabulous views from the tower.

Everything at the Sagrada Familia is so intricate.
Everything at the Sagrada Familia is so intricate.
The staircase winding down the tower at the Sagrada Familia.
The staircase winding down the tower at the Sagrada Familia.
2) A cooking class

Do a cooking class! One of my favourite things to do when I travel, is a cooking class. Oh and while you’re there, ask your instructor for restaurant suggestions.

Cooking class at 'Cook and Taste'
Cooking class at ‘Cook and Taste’

We did a cooking class with ‘Cook and Taste’ and really enjoyed it.

This is the look I often get from D-Man (heehee!)
This is the look I often get from D-Man (heehee!)
Cooking a yummy seafood paella
Cooking a yummy seafood paella

You get a meal out of it… and the wine’s included! The class also included a walking tour through the city’s biggest market – Boqueria.

Rows of dried peppers at the market.
Rows of dried peppers at the market.
3) Shop and eat your way through Boqueria Market

We went on our own as well as with the guide from Cook and Taste. It was fabulous to have someone explain how everything’s done there. Walking through on your own is fun (watch your wallet in here for sure) but it’s even better with a guide.

Lots of different seafood is available, fresh at the market.
Lots of different seafood is available, fresh at the market.
Jamon, or cured ham is sooooo yummy. The really good stuff is extremely expensive.
Jamon, or cured ham is sooooo yummy. The really good stuff is extremely expensive.
Learning about salted cod while at the market.
Learning about salted cod while at the market.
4) Explore Montjuïc

We went to Montjuïc hill, there’s lots to do and there’s great views of the city.

Barcelona's National Museum of Art Catalunya at the top of Montjuic.
Barcelona’s National Museum of Art Catalunya at the top of Montjuic.
5) Wander

From what I’ve heard, Barcelona has great museums. As much as I’d like to pretend I’m cultured enough to enjoy museums, I usually don’t. We didn’t go to any in Barcelona. What we did do… wandered. And wandered some more. Seriously, my legs hurt so much after our week in Barcelona… just from walking and wandering.

6) Go for a picnic.
Getting ready for a picnic!
Got pickled garlic, olives, cheese, chorizo, baguettes and croquettes for our picnic.

We went to the market, got food for a picnic then found a park and hung out. Sounds boring but it was great to sit and people watch.

7) Shop ’til you drop

Hopefully you like shopping… because the shopping is good!! The boutiques are pretty expensive but fun. Honestly, I just loved the typical stores – Zara, Blanco, Mango, etc.

I bought as many clothes as I could considering we did carry on!!
I bought as many clothes as I could considering we did carry on!!
8) Eat the donuts and drink the coffee

Like sweet things? Eat the donuts. Like coffee? Drink as much as is sanely possible. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Just do it, you’ll thank me. Actually, just eat all the food.

Oh man, I ate so many donuts.
Oh man, I ate so many donuts.
I'm still dreaming of the coffee.
I’m still dreaming of the coffee.
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2 thoughts on “Barcelona: Eight things to do while you’re there

  1. Great suggestions – we’re planning a trip to Barcelona as well. Like the concept of a cooking class – how did you book it? Did you book it in advance?

    1. Thanks for reading!!
      I love doing cooking classes when I travel. I try and do one wherever I go!
      In this case we didn’t book in advance because we weren’t sure what day we’d want to do the class. We actually went to their cooking studio to book it. But if you know when you want to do it, mind as well book and know you have a spot! Looking at their website it seems really easy to book and see when they have available classes – http://www.cookandtaste.net
      Let me know how your trip goes!! When are you leaving?

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