All you need to know about the arts, culture, local fare and activities in Catalonia’s capital city. This is your guide to Barcelona.

Things to Do in Barcelona

Check out travel tips for a day at the beach, a night in the Gothic Quarter or a long weekend at an outdoor music festival. Know what to bring, how to get there and what to see so you can coast along in the city of beaches. There’s no shortage of things to do in Barcelona – let us be your guide.

First Timer’s Guide to Barcelona’s Mercat de la Boqueria

September 14, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Fresh juice, breakfast, seafood or tapas chased with a refreshing beer are sure to give you a taste of the region and beyond.

Get Out on the Water in Barcelona

September 12, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

If you’re thinking of snorkeling, sunbathing, fishing or setting out on a simple sunset cruise, it’s best to plan ahead of time to ensure a spot on board.

5 Ways to Keep Cool in Barcelona

August 28, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

From sipping on local drinks to visiting a beachside, sub-zero ice bar, there are plenty of fun ways to beat the heat in Barcelona

Visitor’s Guide to Plaça de Catalunya

August 07, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

If you’re spending a day in the Gothic Quarter or strolling along Las Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya doubles as a bustling entry point and distinguished landmark.

Delve into the Mediterranean at the Barcelona Aquarium

August 02, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Penguin feeding, shark tanks and an underwater tunnel draw thousands of visitors annually.

6 Things to Do in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

July 23, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Have a coffee in Picasso's old stomping grounds, visit the 13 geese that reside in the Barcelona Cathedral, and shop Portal de l'Angel in the city's oldest quarter.

A Visit to Güell Park in Barcelona

July 20, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Check out Gaudí's House Museum, see if you can spot the washerwoman, take a photo with "el Drac" and more at Park Güell.

Best Local Fashion Boutiques in Barcelona

July 09, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Make a day in Barcelona to shop around for threads you can wear year round.

Barcelona Beach Guide

May 10, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Want to play volleyball? Sunbathe in the nude? Read on a quiet beach? The Barcelona Coast has something for everyone.

Scenic Views of Barcelona

May 08, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Take a look at our favorite observation points in Barcelona.

Pedal Around Barcelona With Our Martone Bikes

April 12, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Bicycles are available for guests to rent and explore the city at The Gates Hotel Diagonal Barcelona.

On Bended Knee: 5 Romantic Places to Propose in Barcelona

February 07, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

If you’ve been thinking about popping the big question, the city of Barcelona makes for the perfect setting.

Jardins de Ca'n Altamira

January 10, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Take to Jardins de Ca'n Altimira on a sunny day to enjoy vegetation, architecture, and plenty of fresh air. Here’s what you need to know for your visit.

5 Free Things to Do in Barcelona

January 03, 2018 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Looking to save some during your visit? There’s plenty of free activities to enjoy in the city if you take the time to research. Luckily, we’ve done the dirty work for you, so you can plan ahead of time for an expense-free, fun-filled day.

5 Activities For Winter In Barcelona

December 29, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Come wintertime and cooler weather, you may be left wondering how to prepare for your trip to Barcelona. But not to worry—there’s plenty of fun to be had both indoors and out. We’ve researched and found five memorable activities to take on when the temperature drops.

Parc del Laberint d'Horta

November 29, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona


Parc del Laberint d'Horta, also coined the “Labyrinth Park of Horta” is Barcelona’s oldest conserved garden, best known for its beautifully groomed labyrinth and Neoclassical and Romantic architecture. Here’s a bit of history and detailed overview of the park to prep you for your visit.

Parc de Ciutadella Tour Guide

October 30, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Looking to get in touch with nature on your trip? Look no further than Parc de Ciutadella, located on the northeastern edge of Ciutat Vella.

5 of Barcelona’s Best Cycling Routes (The Bikes Are on Us!)

October 25, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Did you know on-site, complimentary bicycles are included when you book a stay with us? To kick off your expense-free adventure, we’ve mapped out the most scenic routes for you to take.

Tibidabo: The Amusement Park In the Clouds

October 19, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Looking for a day trip the whole family will love? Hop aboard the tram on the Funicular de Tibidabo Railway and take a journey to Tibidabo Amusement Park, perched on the summit of Tibidabo mountain—the largest in the Serra de Collserola!

Bunker El Carmel: The Best View of Barcelona

October 04, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

If you enjoy getting off the beaten path, consider a visit to the Bunkers Del Carmel on your next trip to Barcelona. One of the city’s hidden gems, the Bunkers Del Carmel sit atop the Turó de la Rovira, a hill in the district of El Carmel. The bunkers offer a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the ocean beyond.

Barcelona’s 5 Best Marketplaces to Shop and Eat

August 22, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

The best way to experience the Catalan culture is by shopping and eating in Barcelona’s famous markets, featuring everything from fresh produce and meat to artisanal finds, clothing, and one-of-a-kind antiques.

Get a Breathtaking Bird's-Eye View of Barcelona

August 21, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Take in Barcelona from soaring heights with an unforgettable cable car or gondola ride.

Get in Touch with Your Wild Side at the Barcelona Zoo

August 18, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

For a fun family gathering or laid-back day in the sun, plan a trip to the Barcelona Zoo.

Set out to Sea with Barcelona’s Top 5 Water Sports

August 11, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

Sunbathing in the sand and swimming in the sea is a steadfast way to enjoy Barcelona’s famous beaches.

Barcelona’s 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

July 07, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

With over 8 million international visitors and growing each year, Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain and the 4th most visited in Europe.

The Sagrada Famíla - Barcelona's Most Visited Landmark

June 14, 2017 | Things to Do in Barcelona

At the turn of the 20th century, Barcelona was the center of the Catalan Modernist architectural movement. The goal of Catalan Modernism was to promote Catalonian culture and transform Barcelona into a city on par with the great European cities. Featuring asymmetrical shapes and a preference for curves over straight lines, the architectural style was considered quite rebellious for the time.