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Best Things to Do in Barcelona

Featured Barcelona Travel Tips
  • Plan an evening stroll through the enchanting Gothic Quarter
  • Take a tour of the architecturally breathtaking Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
  • Indulge in an evening of music at the Palau de la Música Catalina in El Born
  • Explore the historic Bunkers del Carmel in the morning to beat the crowds
  • Enjoy a cold drink while soaking up the sun at La Barceloneta Beach
  • Capture memories on a Flytographer photoshoot

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Michelle's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

We were in a very charming part of Gràcia and loved all the cafes and restaurants we went to. I don’t think I could narrow it down to just one! On our last night we took our teens to Les Quinze Nits in the Gothic Quarter which has traditional Catalan food. We enjoyed the views from the second floor dining room and a lovely dinner. My daughter especially liked the churros she had for dessert.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Casa Vicens in Gràcia is a gem! We had an excellent guided tour of this lesser known Gaudí attraction. It was also our meeting spot for our shoot and provided a beautiful backdrop for our first series of photos.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

We traveled with teens ages 12 and 14 this time. My travel tip is to observe siesta from 2-4 pm so the kids can rest and recharge. The city can be busy so it’s important to schedule time for rest.

Visited Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Katie's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

La Plateleria - such an amazing venue where the owner puts her heart and soul into the menu, service and ambience.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

Don’t bring them ;)

Visited Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Katy's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Bar Brutal was a great spot for a date night. We had drinks at SIPS as well!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

Use Miss Babysitter to hire a sitter for a date night; a family friendly tour of the Gothic Quarter where you hunt for dragons was a hit

Visited Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: El Born and Parc de la Ciutadella

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Matthias's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Sartoria Panatieri, for amazing pizza and other food. Xurreria Trebol for amazing Churros in all kinds of flavors!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Our engagement shoot in front of the La Sagrada Familia, and a guided tour through Park Guell. We also had a nice private stroll through Ciutadella Park. We also enjoyed a hidden spot in Massimo Dutti, where there is a nice park/terrace after the back stairs on the second floor, and where we got to admire Casa Mila.

Visited Barcelona in May

Photo Shoot Location: Sagrada Familia

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Michaela's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Sal Mar at Barceloneta Beach. An oceanside lunch with fresh seafood that I definitely will be craving.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

The guided tour at Sagrada Familia was definitely worth the extra money. It pointed out details I would have missed. Even the kids (6 & 7) were intently engaged.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

Plan a couple major things to do but leave time to really explore the city. And gelato is always a good idea!

Visited Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Ghazal's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Loved La paella de su diagonal for paella. Vinitus is also fabulous for tapas and sangria. But only if one doesn’t mind waiting since the restaurant doesnt take reservations.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Loved hanging out in Parc de la Ciutadella and going canoeing there as it was the perfect day. I also enjoy getting lost in the little streets in the Gothic quarter. I also enjoy sipping on sangria on the beach.

What is your best travel tip for Barcelona?

Just walk around everywhere. It’s a very walkable city with a great vibe and delicious food.

Visited Barcelona in May

Photo Shoot Location: El Born and Parc de la Ciutadella

Orlando in Barcelona for Flytographer


Cristina's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Dos Manos was a great unexpected find

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

All things Gaudi!

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Barcelona?

Seventy Barcelona Hotel made everything easy! Great access to metro and restaurants

Visited Barcelona in May

Photo Shoot Location: Sagrada Familia

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Jennifer's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

For the best meal in Barcelona you must book a table at Canete. While it's true you can get a good meal almost anywhere in Spain, the food here is extraordinary. Expect the highest quality and creativity from the kitchen here, set in an intimate space. It's the kind of restaurant that brings locals and visitors together with one goal, a great meal and a night to remember. I'm still dreaming of the croquettes and the tortitas de camaron! It'll be the first reservation I make when I head back to this incredible city - and it should be yours too.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

It had been 20 years since I lived in Barca so I spent a good deal of time just re-exploring the city with no agenda. That's how I found the antique and vintage stores of the Barrio Gothic. I spent hours browsing the shops, each of which felt like it's own mini-museum. From religious items to clothing, furniture and jewelry, there's so much to learn about a place by visiting it's local antique stores. It also gives you a chance to connect with the shopkeepers who are the experts of not only what they sell but their city too. If you look closely in my photos you'll see the long sterling silver necklace from the 70s I bought which is by a Catalonian brand called Puig Doria at my favorite of the shops called Heritage Barcelona.

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in Barcelona?

Every day of my trip was a celebration. Traveling solo is a special gift to give oneself. You can tune into your own rhythms and go where your hear takes you. Turning 50 is a milestone and I spent two days at Montserrat at the start of my trip to reflect in nature and gratitude. No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to this incredible spiritual site.

Visited Barcelona in May

Photo Shoot Location: El Born and Parc de la Ciutadella

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Ariana's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Gatsby - great nightlife! Hotel Colon - most incredible view!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Sagrada Famila - the most beautiful church by the famous Gaudi!

Visited Barcelona in April

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Martina in Barcelona for Flytographer


Monique's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Llamber in Born

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

La Sagrada Familia

Visited Barcelona in October

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Cathy in Barcelona for Flytographer


Fabliha's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

El Nacional!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Gothic Quarter Parc Guell Sagrada Familia

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

Barcelona has so many wonderful playgrounds pretty much everywhere! Check out the playground next to Sagrada Familia so your young ones can get their energy out while you take in the wonderful sights!

Visited Barcelona in September

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Mariah's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Batuar -located in the Cotton House Hotel is amazing! I never had a bad meal any where we went in Barcelona another great place was Peix Vela right by the W hotel!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

My favorite activity after our fun photoshoot was a tour of the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. I love looking at the different architecture and designs and both are so unique!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

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Visited Barcelona in September

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Shannon's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

CAJÚ gelato in El Born is the best gelato we’ve had in ages! The owners are so kind and really put a lot of care into sourcing the ingredients. We went multiple times and every flavor was delicious. For tapas, Cal Pep was absolutely worth the wait!

Visited Barcelona in August

Photo Shoot Location: El Born and Parc de la Ciutadella

Anna in Barcelona for Flytographer


Josaura's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

El Nacional. Such a fun concept with all the restaurants and bars located all in one space. The food was amazing and the best gelato stand was there!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Definitely booking a Flytographer shoot with Ramon at Park Guell. The park is breathtaking and being able to have such amazing photos of that space with my family is unforgettable.

Visited Barcelona in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Jenni's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Our favorite restaurant was Xavier Pellicer for fine dining. Our favorite bar was the rooftop bar at The Edition Hotel. Our favorite local hole-in-the-wall place was Espai Puntal and our favorite place for coffee and smoothies was Nudes (both located in the Born district).

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

La sagrada familia is a must see. It was worth it to book a tour for the church and one of the towers. We also loved the Born neighborhood full of trendy shops and art galleries. It felt like Etsy in real life. Loved seeing artisans working on their crafts in the stores!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Barcelona?

The rooftop bar at The Edition hotel is a perfect spot for an anniversary cocktail with a view of the whole city. Xavier Pellicer is a romantic spot for an upscale fine dining experience in a beautiful setting.

Visited Barcelona in July

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Cara's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

We took a Gothic Quarter free walking tour with Runner Bean Tours, a local company. It was a 2.5 hour tour filled with history and context and I would highly recommend it to have a best understanding of Barcelona’s development. If you can get Shira, be happy!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

Traveling with young kids is nice, but it is a bit hard in Barcelona because of the timelines. There is very little to do with children between 3pm-8pm as there are limited restaurants, very young kids cannot tolerate lots of walking/exploring/shopping and then dinners are quite late. Also, playgrounds are typically sand. So, if you enjoy them, be prepared to have cause for showering shortly thereafter and maybe a change of shoes should sand bother your children.

Visited Barcelona in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Cathy in Barcelona for Flytographer


Sherilyn's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Tipsy Tapas Tour and a full day tour to Costa Brava!

Visited Barcelona in July

Photo Shoot Location: El Born and Parc de la Ciutadella

Anna in Barcelona for Flytographer


Abbie's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

This isn’t the season of life for fine dining experiences, especially when traveling with 3 young kids. However, breakfast was definitely everyone’s favorite meal. Skip the overpriced hotel breakfast and pop into any cafe for a pastry and coffee.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

The VR tour done by Casa Batlló was really well done, and engaged my kids as well as the adults. It especially helped my kids connect with the nature-inspired elements of Gaudí’s designs, when I believe they would’ve had some trouble making those connections otherwise.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

When using the metro, get the family pass (T-Familiar) ticket. It’s good for 8 metro trips and is only €10, much cheaper than buying everyone their own individual ticket, and depending on the trip/time of day, can also be cheaper than a taxi (especially with a large family). The metro was quick and easy to use, and the kids love the new experience. Barcelona also has a lot of tucked away playgrounds, many of them near the main tourist attractions. We always tried to stop at an àrea de joc infantil so the kids can run it out on the way to a tour which may require them to be quieter than they like to be. All public playgrounds can be found on Google Maps ahead of time so you know when one is just around the corner.

Visited Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Restaurant on the water "Can Fisher" you MUST try the sea bass that's cooked solely in a salt tomb. It was delicious!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Gothic quarter has many great sights to see, including street performances. Spend some time walking along the beach boardwalk. Though touristy, there are some really fun nightclubs over there!

What is the best tip for solo travel in Barcelona?

For solo travelers, do not engage with anyone who approaches you randomly. Pickpocketers are very common here. Where a shoulder bag or be aware of your surroundings.

Visited Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Anna in Barcelona for Flytographer


Nidhi's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Flax and kale! Delicious and healthy and what a beautiful atmosphere. Really also liked Virens inside Almanac BarcelonaZ such a nice vibe and many dishes are vegetarian forward. Nice wine suggestions. And we brought our 3/7 yo right at 8 pm and the staff was so wonderful to them!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Tibidabo! Go early! Ride the funicular there. Love the views and old school kiddy amusement park charm. Also loved Laberint d’Horta, beautiful place and can get away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. Rowboats at ciutedella park were a huge hit with the kids. But mostly we loved roaming in Gothic quarter with empty bellies and attempted an unofficial food rawl!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

Google maps to see if restaurants are open, many don’t open until 8! If going with the kids, Get the kids adjusted early to sleeping late. We napped ours in the afternoon despite them no longer napping at home so we could be out often till 11 or so!

Visited Barcelona in April

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Meghan's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

A few of our favorites were Tortuga, Tapeo, and Elsa y Fred. All of these tapas bars had a great vibe and delicious food.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

A hidden gem was our paella cooking experience with @thisispaella_. We booked through airbnb experiences and it was a highlight of the trip! Our group got a tour of the Boquearieas Market and then returned to our hosts apartment to help make paella, sangria, and crema catalana for dessert! Our host Elias was so warm, welcoming, and knowledgable and it was the perfect about of hands-on. We could relax and enjoy while still participating a little bit!

Visited Barcelona in November

Photo Shoot Location: Sagrada Familia

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Kasia's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

Stop at playgrounds to give them a break from site seeing and play. Be flexible and ok with not getting everything on your list done and allow kids to help choose places to visit.

Visited Barcelona in September

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Krista's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Barcelona is a place with many amazing restaurants but our favorite place to head would be the mercados (markets)! Mercado de la Boqueria is a definite front runner with endless options of delicious food and drinks! Great for a group or family so that everyone can find something they love!

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

The beaches of Barcelona are beautiful but our favorite would be Platja de la Mar Bella for sure! Be sure to pick an area where you’re the most comfortable as it is a naturalist beach in some parts — it’s very family friendly down by a cute beach bar that rents our umbrellas and chairs called Caribe Bella Mar! We spent almost every afternoon at the beach after mornings filled with museums, landmarks, and other adventures!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

We have two boys - 5 and 7 years old - who love to explore but also are little kids! The beach was a great way to keep them busy but there is also a great aquarium, many kids parks in the city, and plenty of places to pique their interests! The mercados were a fun way to let them try new foods without being stuck! Barcelona is very family friendly - we would definitely go back!

Visited Barcelona in July

Photo Shoot Location: Parc Guell

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Argyro's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

Mirablau restaurant as it was high up on the mountain and you can over see the city. Beautiful at night, great food. Dont forget to do the tram to the top of the hill.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

The light show at the Art Museum- a must see Park Guell Hop off Hop on Bus Sagrada Familia

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Barcelona?

We have two kids ages, 16 and 10. Spain overall was an amazing to travel with kids of any age. We started in Madrid and took the high speed train to Barcelona. Make sure to allocate time for culture as well as fun. Museums and sites can be fun. Read up on it before going, Give the kids some background. Tell them you will have questions for them after the tour so they can feel engaged. And also make sure to listen to their needs and wants. My kids have been traveling oversees since 6 months old and they will tell you the memories and fun we have had, even doing museums.

Visited Barcelona in July

Photo Shoot Location: Parc Guell

Anna in Barcelona for Flytographer


Mindy's Travel Tips for Barcelona

What are the best places to eat and drink in Barcelona?

We loved Blu Bar (Rambla del Poblenou, 11). Its a completely Vegan place which helped with our kosher needs.

What are the best things to do in Barcelona?

Sitting and watching everyone play on the beach was really nice. Montjuic was really great -- they had an exhibit on the funicular and amusement park inside the castle that were incredible. 10/10 recommend

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to Barcelona?

Getting a hotel on the beach with a pool is a great way to split your time between "vacation" and "trip." We were able to split our time really easily this way. We'd spend an hour or two at the pool after touring Sagrada Familia or Park Guell. We got the best of both worlds! :)

Visited Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Parc Guell

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


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