30 Things to Do In Barcelona, Spain on a Self-Guided Walking Tour Travel

One of the great things about Barcelona is that most everything is within walking distance. But there’s also a really fantastic public transport system if you’d prefer.

There are so many incredible things to do in Barcelona that I had a hard time narrowing them down for this list!

Here are 30 things you can do in Barcelona, Spain as a part of a self-guided walking tour:

1. Visit the cathedral and the surrounding neighborhood (Rue Ferran until La Rambla)

Cathedral of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

2. Have a glass of wine or a coffee at one of the rooftop bars during sunset

Rooftop Bars in Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

3. Day a day trip out to Montserrat

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By Ludwig BickelOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38650568

4. Visit the Santa Caterina Market

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By Christine Zenino (Flickr: Santa Caterina Market; Barcelona) via Wikimedia Commons”

5. See the Roman remains at El Born Cultural Centre

6. Visit the Cathedral Santa Maria de la Mar

7. Check out Monasterio de Pedralbes

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By Eugeniomondejar (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

8. Head over to the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

9. Eat churros

Tapas in Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

10. Walk down to the pier

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

11. Visit Onofre for an incredible meal

A review of Onofre Tapas & Wine Bar in Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

12. Sit on one of the benches near the Arc and people watch

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

13. Play “spot the Gaudi building”

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

14. Check out the Book Market in Sant Antoni on Sundays

15. Visit the El Salterio Tea House

16. See the Picasso Museum

17. Lust over chocolates at the Museu de la Xocolate

By Kippelboy (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

By Kippelboy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

18. Visit the aquarium of Barcelona

19. Have a drink at Marsella Absinthe Bar

20. Stroll around Park Güell

21. Visit the Montjuic Hill Olympic Pool

22. Visit La Boqueria to enjoy fresh empanadas and juice

La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

23. Look up – and you’ll see gorgeous balconies and windows

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste
A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

24. Visit La Rambla and enjoy a glass of sangria at one of the restaurant patios (even if it is a touristy thing to do)

25. Walk the Gothic Quarter (El Barri Gòtic)

26. Catch some rays at one of Barcelona’s many beaches

27. Visit one of the many bakeries around the city

28. Visit the Maritime Museum

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

29. Just get lost while strolling down the various streets

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste
A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste
A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste
A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste
A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona, Spain | Eurolinguiste

30. Visit the Sagrada Familia

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If you’ve ever made it to Breizh Café, or if you plan on trying it out on your next trip, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. If you have a favorite creperie, I’d love to hear about it, too!

What about you?

Have you been to Barcelona? What did you enjoy while you were there?

If you haven’t been, what would you like to do most in Barcelona?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!



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  • Colin B

    I loved the Mies Van Der Rohe pavilion, such a simple elegant design, and near other good places to visit too.I heart BCN and went 8 times, sometimes just for a three-day “puente” and other times for two weeks in language schools. The Museum of Chocolate is good to see and also to pick up little inexpensive gifts, my classmates back in Glasgow enjoyed the bars of choc I got them from there. If I was going back to Spain now I think I’d like to visit Bilbao and San Sebastian, I think I would prefer somewhere a bit less busy, but for younger people it’s hard to beat Barcelona. Thanks for a great article which made a wonderful trip down memory lane for me!

  • Colin B

    I loved the Mies Van Der Rohe pavilion, such a simple elegant design, and near other good places to visit too.I heart BCN and went 8 times, sometimes just for a three-day “puente” and other times for two weeks in language schools. The Museum of Chocolate is good to see and also to pick up little inexpensive gifts, my classmates back in Glasgow enjoyed the bars of choc I got them from there. If I was going back to Spain now I think I’d like to visit Bilbao and San Sebastian, I think I would prefer somewhere a bit less busy, but for younger people it’s hard to beat Barcelona. Thanks for a great article which made a wonderful trip down memory lane for me!

    • Wow! 8 times! And you’re so right – the chocolate museum is a great place to pick up gifts.

      Going to San Sebastian or Bilbao would be amazing – I hope you get to make it there.

      Glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for leaving a note!