Unusual Things to Do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with many faces, only a few of which are seen by typical tourists. But if you have visited Barcelona before and done Park Guell and Las Ramblas, or if you are just more interested in going off the beaten path, below are some tips. Barcelona is a city of nooks, crannies and exotic finds for even the most experienced travelers. We’ve more suggestions on what to do in Barcelona and If reading our articles whets your appetite for a visit to the city, check out these flights to Barcelona.

An Alternative Beach

Barcelona’s waterfront is lined with beaches that are packed like Spanish sardines on a hot summer day. As any beach enthusiast knows, however, not all beaches are created equal. Skip the hoards of tourists in Barceloneta and head northeast to MarBella beach, where you will find a cleaner, less-crowded beach that is open to a variety of personal wardrobe preferences, including nudism.

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MarBella Beach

Get Your Funk On

Barcelona certainly has a party-friendly reputation and the fun isn’y only for the groups of teens you can spot in line at the clubs. For a more laid-back scene with eclectic playlists and diverse crowd, head to Marula Cafe in El Barri Gotic. Jam the night away and rub shoulders with the locals here.

Marula Cafe+34 933 18 76 90 CarrerDelsEscudellers, 49

The Labyrinth of Horta

The Labyrinth of Horta was formerly the estate of Marqua­s Desvalls and where he built an elaborate set of gardens, filled with gazebos, waterfalls, and an impressive labyrinth. Come here for a romantic picnic, a lazy stroll, or an epic game of hide-and-seek.

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The Labyrinth of Horta

+34 93 256 44 30 (for tour information) at Passeig Castanyers, 1

Vintage Shopping in the Old City

Paseo de Gracia in the Eixample has all of the commonly found international designer brands, but this area spanning the Raval, Born, and Gothic neighborhoods is where you come to get the original clothing pieces that built these classic brands. The stores range in quality and style, from by-the-kilo bargain buys at Flamingos to the curated collection of the Paella Showroom and true designer treasures at Le Swing.

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The Old City

Flamingos +34 93 182 43 87 at Carrer de Ferlandina, 20

Paella Showroom +34 93 667 43 41, at Placa de VicençMartorell

Le Swing +34 93 302 36 98 at Carrer de Rec, 16

Obscure Museums

Barcelona is full of these little gems, but some testing (and tasting!) proved these to be the crème de la crème. The Museo del Mamut is a small, charming ode to the furry mammoth during the Ice Age in Barcelona. Learn about the region’s geological history and feel a real mammoth tusk. Have you ever wondered how Europe became transfixed by chocolate? Do you feel compelled to see elaborate confection sculptures? Then stop by the MuseoXocolata, dedicated to the past, present, and future of this famous food, complete with a café serving chocolate specialties from around the world.

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Museo del Mamut

Museo del Mamut +34 93 268 85 20 at Carrer de Montcada, 1

MuseoXocolata +34 93 268 78 78 at CarrerComerç, 36

A Unique Way to See the City

Buff up on your history with English-language tours led by the historians most passionate about Barcelona. See how the Barcelona came to exist as we know it through the Spanish Civil War or learn about the radical roots that run throughout the Raval Neighborhood. These vetted guides will deepen your understanding of Barcelona’s checkered past and help make sense of the modern city.

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The Raval Neighborhood

While the line in front of Sagrada Familia is really worth the wait, the Boqueria Marketplace is a feast for all five senses, and that FC Barcelona game tops most people’s lists, you can always try these activities to catch a glimpse of a different Barcelona.