Fun things to do in Barcelona

Fun Barcelona sights you need to see

Barcelona is a city like no other. Full of lively attractions and places to see, you’ll never be stuck for what to do in Barcelona for fun. Sprawl out on a city beach or discover the city’s intriguing past as the History Museum

  1. Head to the top of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
  2. Enjoy exploring the fantastic Olympic port area
  3. Head to the lively city beaches in Barcelona
  4. Go on some thrilling rides at the Parc d’Atraccions
  5. Stroll around the Barcelona History Museum

Head for some adrenaline-filled rides at the Parc d’Atraccions and explore one of the biggest opera houses in the world - Barcelona is an exciting city break for any time of year. Inspired? Take a look at our excellent selection of Barcelona Holidays.

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1. Head to the top of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

The Gran Teatre del Liceu has been restored many times. The latest restoration of the lavishly decorated interior took five years, and the opera house opened again in 1999, complete with a modern extension, the Espai Liceu, which also houses a music and gift shop and a café. You’ll see and learn most on the more expensive, hour-long 10am guided tour (the other, shorter, cheaper tours are self-guided). Highlights include the Salon of Mirrors and the impressive gilded auditorium containing almost 2300 seats, making it one of the world’s largest opera houses. Some tours also include the option of visiting the glorious modernista-styled rooms of the Cercle del Liceu, the opera house’s private members’ club. For Liceu performances, check the website for details and make bookings well in advance. The traditional meeting place for audience and performers alike, meanwhile, is the famous Cafè de l’Opera, just across the Ramblas.

Best for: Theatre

While you’re there: Don’t forget a stroll down the Ramblas. It’s one of the most fun things to do in Barcelona with its lively energy!

2. Enjoy exploring the fantastic Olympic port area

Approaching the Olympic port, slowly reveals itself to be a huge copper fish (courtesy of Frank Gehry, architect of the Bilbao Guggenheim). It’s the emblem of the seafront development constructed for the 1992 Olympics, incorporating the port itself - site of many of the Olympic water sports events - which is backed by the city’s two tallest buildings, the Torre Mapfre and the steel framed Hotel Arts Barcelona , both 154m high. Two wharves contain the bulk of the action: the Moll de Mestral has a lower deck by the marina lined with bars, while the Moll de Gregal sports a double-decker tier of seafood restaurants. The beach, meanwhile, turns into a full-on summer resort, backed by class-conscious clubs along Passeig Marítim appealing to local rich kids and A-list celebs.

Best for: Lively resort area

While you’re there: Barri Gòtic is another great area with its 14th and 15th century architecture.

3. Head to the lively city beaches in Barcelona

A series of sandy beaches stretches for four kilometres north of Port Olímpic. Split into different named sections (Nova Icària, Bogatell etc), which boast showers, playgrounds and open-air cafébars, it’s a pretty extraordinary facility to find so close to a city centre. A sunny day, even in winter, brings the locals out in force, and the sands are regularly swept and replenished. Enjoying the city beaches are one of the most fun things to do in Barcelona.

Best for: Enjoying the beach

While you’re there: To enjoy more of the outdoors, head to the Parc de la Ciutadella for a peaceful stroll.

4. Go on some thrilling rides at the Parc d’Atraccions

Barcelona’s self-styled “magic mountain” amusement park in the Parc d’Atraccions, Tibidabo, takes full advantage of its hillside location to offer jaw-dropping perspectives over the city. Some of the most famous rides (like the aeroplane - spinning since 1928 - and the carousel) are grouped under the discounted “Skywalk” ticket. It’s one of the best fun things to do in Barcelona, especially if you’re travelling with kids.

Best for: Enjoying thrilling roller coaster rides

While you’re there: Hop on the Diavolo, a swing ride, and you will feel like you’re flying over the city

5. Stroll around the Barcelona History Museum

The Barcelona History Museum comprises half a dozen sites across the city, though its principal hub is what’s known as the “Conjunt Monumental” (or monumental ensemble) of Plaça del Rei, whose crucial draw is an amazing underground archeological section - nothing less than the remains of the Roman city of Barcino (first century BC to the sixth century AD), which stretch under the surrounding streets as far as the cathedral. Excavations and explanatory diagrams show the full extent of the streets and buildings - from lookout towers to laundries - while models, mosaics, murals and finds help flesh out the reality of daily life in Barcino. There’s a well-stocked book and gift shop on site.

Best for: History

While you’re there: For more history, head to the Sagrada Família, one of the most famous churches in the world.

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