What to do in Barcelona
Activities in Barcelona are varied and plentiful, from sporting options, group activities, family entertainment, weekend escapades, and outdoor pursuits.
Barcelona is a perfect destination for those who enjoy a busy and active Mediterranean holiday. As a city with an international reputation to uphold, it lives by the mantra that “there is always something to do in Barcelona”.
Let’s start at the Mediterranean Coastline. Along Barcelona’s 5km of coastline you are spoilt for choice.
Barcelona’s port is located at the bottom of Las Ramblas, behind the statue of Columbus. Here you can take boat cruises around the harbour and along the coastline, with the option of sailing in a catamaran. Further along the coastline there is also the option of joining a sailing club or hiring a boat for the day. The port is home to an IMAX and a stunning aquarium, which are fun activities for the family and those young at heart.
Starting from the port, a great way to see the whole of Barcelona’s coastline is by bicycle. Bike rental options in Barcelona are varied and cheap bike hire starts from around 5€. There is also the option of taking a bike tour, and many companies include the beachfront in their routes.
Rollerblading and skating are an extremely popular activities in Barcelona and the beachfront provides a great stretch for enthusiasts. There are plenty of skating clubs you can get involved with, from beginners and family friendly, and social clubs that take the meaning of group skating to a whole new level! The first time you see the social night groups is unforgettable: hundreds of skaters wearing high-vis vests pouring past you in the street, with designated blockers racing ahead to secure the next route, all covered in flashing lights and chattering away enjoying themselves.
Social activities are plentiful in the city, and mingling is certainly one of the most popular past times in Barcelona!
A little further along the coastline from Barcelona’s port you encounter the beachfront suburb of Barceloneta. The sand starts in front of the sail shaped W-Hotel and runs 5km north from here. One of the most popular fitness clubs in Barcelona is located on the waterfront just beside the W-Hotel. Gyms around town are world class and offer a popular way for locals or newcomers to get involved in the local scene as well as keep in shape for those excursions to the beach. There are many gyms in town, and prices differ substantially between the private and public ones.
Getting involved in sports in Barcelona is a major attraction for the family and the general public. Barcelona’s beaches offer an array of sporting options: from playing volleyball, hiring long-boards and cruising the boulevards, to extreme kite-surfing. And when the right conditions allow, newcomers to surfing can even try their hand at catching a wave.
Sport wise, in Barcelona football is a followed religiously. Football and basketball are most popular with the locals, and residents can get involved in semi-professional leagues or lively social leagues.
If you are seeking adventure in Barcelona there are many options. Activities organisers always have their finger on the pulse of some of the most fun things to do in Barcelona. For example, deciding to organise your stag or hen party in Barcelona is a brilliant idea because this town caters perfectly to embracing the last throws of freedom before the big day! Local travel agencies offer good deals for groups coming from abroad.
Bowling in Barcelona is another option, with many good facilities and lanes to accommodate any number of people.
One of the most popular local activities for kids is visiting the Port Aventura Theme Park. The park is located south of Barcelona, just a little further along the coastline from the town of Tarragona. Port Aventura is home to a particularly popular aquatic park, but there are also other water parks options in and around Barcelona, which are a particularly good idea in summer time! If an entire water park is not a viable option then there are many swimming pools in Barcelona to cool off in.
Soaring over Barcelona on a roller coaster is another star attraction not to be missed. Tibidabo theme park is located at the top of the highest mountain in Barcelona, and from here you can enjoy great views of the city. Tibidabo is also home to the iconic Temple of the Sacred Heart, the church lit up at night time that presides over the town.
Finally, there´s more to Barcelona ithan just sea and sun; the local skiing season here is from December to April, so check out the sports-skiing section for links to popular resorts near to Barcelona.