A mix of art nouveau architecture, Catalan culture, and oceanfront charm make Barcelona one of Europe’s most irresistible cities. These unique activities offer a different (and sometimes unexpected) spin on Barcelona’s must-do experiences, whether you want to explore local culture, learn a new skill, or get off the grid entirely.
Learn a New Skill
A culture-focused class can bring an interactive spin to both family-focused vacations and solo trips. Take notes from Barcelona’s artistic and culinary masters as you explore architect Antoni Gaudi’s signature mosaic techniques, or learn the perfect spice blend for seafood paella.
Get Off the Beaten Path
With some 30 million annual visitors, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular destinations. These unique tours allow you to branch out from the typical tourist haunts, and uncover a secret side of Catalonia that most people never get to see. Escape the crowds as you tour the city’s literary side, hike to a remote mountain monastery, or set sail on the Balearic Sea.
Eat Like a Local
Barcelona is famous for its sparkling cava, tapas, and fresh seafood—but it can be a challenge to sift through the city’s huge range of restaurants. Enlist the help of a local foodie to find hidden gems in a sea of similar eateries, and uncover the city’s best bites as you learn about Catalan food traditions along the way.
Opt for the Unexpected
Most visitors quickly become familiar with Barcelona highlights—artworks by Gaudi and Picasso, Las Ramblas boulevard, and sandy beaches—but that just makes some of the city’s more unusual things to do all the more delightful. From experiencing Gaudi’s work in virtual reality to playing with fire, these activities let you dig a bit deeper beneath the surface of the Catalan capital.