1. Cheer on FC Barcelona
Football reigns supreme in Barca. With Messi and Neymar, ridiculous players and heartthrobs, we’ve got a lot to be proud of. We are diehard FC Barcelona fans. You can hear our cheers all the way from la Ovella Negra by Poblenou to el arca de Colon.
2. Ping pong tournament at the park de la ciutadella
Gather a bunch of companeros and hit the park. Take a break after the match and go chill on the grass. Someone should be there playing music, as they do most nights.
3. Shopping at Arenas
A former matador arena turned mall in 2011, this iconic structure with a beautifully preserved facade houses anything from Desigual to Yamamay and has a sick view of Placa d’Espanya from the rooftop.
4. Take photographs at Tibidabo
Amusement park by day and an adult playground for photographers by night. At 512 meters high, Tibidabo is the highest mountain of the chain surrounding the city. This makes it an ideal spot for night shots of the Barcelona lights.
5. Tapas in el Born
El Born is a trendy neighborhood close to the beach, known for its dank restaurants. From small tapas (I recommend “la bomba de la Barceloneta” at La Taverna del Born) to full out fresh seafood meals, this is foodie central.
6. See a movie at Glories
A swanky open-air shopping center, you can kill an entire day at Glories. Restaurants, cafes, shops and an IMAX theater beckon you to spend your euro and time.
6. Eat at Els 4 Gats
The meeting place of iconic artists and writers like Picasso and Ramon Casas i Carbó, this bohemian tavern is one of the old centers of Modernisme. First closed at 1903 and re-opened in 2989, the restaurant will bring you back in time with its authentic atmosphere.
7. Climb up to the bunkers of Park Guell
Leave the actual theme park for the tourists. Go up into the mountains, by the bunkers, where you’ll lose yourself in lush greenery and will indulge in a romantic view of Barcelona swimming in light.
8. Get a tattoo at el Raval
El Raval is a hip neighborhood with a ton of alternative, gothy bars, pubs, and tattoo shops. My favorite is Siha tattoo where I got my first ink, but there are many other options in the narrow streets by the Museu d’art Contemporani.
9. Go to a flamenco show at Barri Gotic
The flamenco shows in the Gothic Quarter are wonderful and very authentic. Gathered in a small room at Tablao, you will feel the magic of this passionate dance first-hand.
10. Opera at Palau de la Música Catalana
If not for the music, at least go to Palau de la Musica for the interesting architecture. Vintage seats made of red velvet, gold decors framing the main stage, and heavy curtains will make you feel like the créme de la créme of local society every time you attend a show. I recommend that you dress the part.
11. Chill by the giant egg
AKA the Mapfre Tower. This giant, egg-shaped building houses the city water department and glows in a million colors at night.
12. Paella at the pier
Take it from someone who worked as a concierge in Barcelona, hit up the pier of la Barceloneta for some delicious seafood paella. I recommend Barraca.
13. Night at la Pedrera
What in the world are those weird dolls on top of that building, you probably think as you stroll down Passaig de Gracia. That is Casa Mila, a part of Gaudí’s la Pedrera. Gorgeous during day time, the tour of his architectural masterpiece is even more spectacular at night, during the intimate, “secret” tour.