What to do in Barcelona?

26th April 2021

What to do in Barcelona?

Are you going on a business trip to Barcelona and are you lost among all the activities to do? First of all, to feel comfortable during your Catalan stay, consider booking a furnished rental. These accommodations, apartment-hotels or furnished flats, are extremely comfortable and help you feel "at home". Once you are comfortable, you can enjoy the museums, leisure activities, walks and good restaurants of Barcelona. Discover our selection!

The monuments and places not to be missed in Barcelona

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan and cultural city. Its architectural gems and outstanding parks attract travellers from all over the world. Our top 4 must-see places to visit during a weekend or holiday in Barcelona.

Find an holiday rental in Barcelona near the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous buildings in Barcelona. It is the city's landmark! This building, which combines art nouveau and gothic styles, was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. This architectural work, which has remained unfinished for almost 150 years, should be finished by 2032!

Sagrada Família - Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

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Book an holiday apartment in Barcelona in the Barri Gòtic district

The Barri Gòtic is the historic district of Barcelona. Its oldest buildings, to be admired on the Plaça Nova, date back to the Roman Empire. Moreover, as its name suggests, this charming district of the Catalan capital is full of Gothic buildings built in the Middle Ages. People come here to stroll around the medieval squares (Plaça Reial and Plaça Sant Jaume), shop for antiques and visit the Holy Cross Cathedral. Book an holiday rental Barcelona

Barcelona Holy Cross Cathedral - Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

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Choose an aparthotel in Barcelona near Parc Güell

Parc Güell is an incredible place, also designed by the famous Gaudi. It is a place to get away from it all, to recharge your batteries and take in the sights. This garden-city with its columns in the shape of tree trunks, its caves, its fountains and its giant mosaic lizards will undoubtedly not leave you indifferent. The best part is that from the top of the park you can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the whole city. Book your Aparthotel in Barcelona

Parc Güell - 08024 Barcelona, Spain

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Find holiday apartment in Barcelona near Las Ramblas

La Rambla avenue is the most mythical street in Barcelona. This 1.2km long pedestrian thoroughfare connects the Port Vell to the Plaça de Catalunya. Often very lively, the Rambla is also very frequented by pickpockets, so be careful! Book your holiday apartment Barcelona

La Rambla - Barcelona, Spain

Museums to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona is a cultural and artistic city. Among the many museums and exhibitions, three are typical of the capital of Catalonia and offer collections that are worth a visit. Presentations. For more information, consult the Barcelona Tourist Office.

Accommodation in Barcelona near the Picasso Museum

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga but studied art in Barcelona. Moreover, it was in the Catalan capital that he exhibited his first works. Located in the Born district, in superb Catalan Gothic style houses, it contains more than 4000 objects, including paintings, sculptures and engravings. This museum, opened in 1963, presents a wide range of the artist's different works, with a special emphasis on his youth.

Picasso Museum - Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Short-term rental in Barcelona near the Joan Miro Foundation

Formerly known as the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Art Studies, the Joan Miro Foundation mainly houses works by the artist of the same name. Founded in 1968, it contains over 10,000 of his works. There are also works by his contemporaries, Dadaists and Surrealists, such as Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst. The Joan Miro Foundation is located in Montjuïc Park, another emblematic place in the city. So take a walk there and enjoy the breathtaking views of Barcelona.

Fundació Joan Miró - Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

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An apartment-hotel in Barcelona near the National Art Museum of Catalonia

The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) is also located in Montjuïc Park. It is particularly famous for its collection of Romanesque art, including murals that are unique in the world. It also houses works devoted to Gothic art in Catalonia, and then to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including paintings by Velázquez and Zurbarán.

National Art Museum of Catalonia - Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Relaxing and entertaining in Barcelona

For business travellers, the Catalan capital is the ideal city for bleisure! Here are our ideas for leisure activities to help you unwind during your business trip to Barcelona.

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Sunbathing on the city's beaches

Barcelona is a dream city for holidays. Only 15 minutes from the city centre you can go for a swim in the sea. The nearest one is Barceloneta beach, which is often crowded with tourists and locals. If you have time and need more peace and quiet, go along the Barceloneta beach to the much quieter Icaria beach.

Playa de la Barceloneta & Platja de la Nova Icària - Barcelona, Spain

Watch a football match at Camp Nou

If you're a football fan, take the opportunity to see FC Barcelona play at home at the Camp Nou stadium. An original idea during your holidays or to relax with colleagues or extend a professional stay into a bleisure weekend.

Camp Nou - C. d'Arístides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Taste Catalan specialities: the best addresses in Barcelona

Spain is a land of Mediterranean cuisine. Tasty, colourful, fragrant: Catalan gastronomy will delight your taste buds! Charcuterie, cheese, tapas, paella: our selection of addresses to treat yourself.

A journey of the senses at the Boqueria Market

If you want to be intoxicated by Catalan cuisine, head to the famous Boqueria market. It is easily accessible from its entrance on La Rambla. It is a truly historic market, open since the 13th century! You can admire the superb fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood, as well as the delicious cheeses and cold meats that flood the stalls. With around 300 stalls spread over 2500 m2, there is plenty to choose from. However, if you don't come to do your shopping, you can also have lunch there. And to enjoy your meal, you should go to the famous Pinotxo Bar. This bar located in the Boqueria Market is famous for its tapas, which some say are the best in the city!

La Boqueria - La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

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Tapas at an unbeatable price

Don't feel like mingling with the thousands of visitors to La Boqueria for tapas? Fortunately, there are other quality restaurants in Barcelona. Among the most famous restaurants is the Ciudad Condal. It is probably the most cited tapas bar in the tourist guides and this is not by chance. On the menu, a wide variety of tapas, with vegetables, hams, cheeses and sweet treats to taste the Catalan gastronomy in a few bites. The setting is warm and the terrace ideal for an aperitif, all for a very good quality/price ratio.

Ciudad Condal - Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Paella with your feet (almost) in the water

If you prefer a real main course, try the famous Spanish paella. And what better place to eat this typical dish than at a table by the sea. The right address is Xiringuito Escribà, a house founded in 1992 and located on the seafront with a superb view of the Mediterranean. The food here is well prepared, the seafood is fresh, the rice is carefully prepared and the dessert menu is well worth a visit.

Xiringuito Escribà - Av. del Litoral, 62, 08005 Barcelona, Spain