Your ultimate Barcelona guide

Restaurants and bars, films, dance, art, concerts, clubs, shops, and more

Cosy bars
Bars and pubs

Cosy bars

Grab some friends and a drink and settle in to some cosy and relaxed Barcelona bars

20 beautiful places in Barcelona
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20 beautiful places in Barcelona

These Barcelona buildings, terraces, parks and more were born to be admired

Michelin-starred restaurants
Restaurants

Michelin-starred restaurants

Barcelona is a leader in cutting-edge, international cuisine with 23 Michelin-starred restaurants

11 spas to relax and unwind
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11 spas to relax and unwind

We put a lot of effort into finding Barcelona’s best spas so all you have to do is pick one and enjoy

Barcelona's best...

Cocktail bars
Bars and pubs

Cocktail bars

From red-velvety classic interiors and cocktails to modern joints and creative drinks, we've got a spot for you

Paellas
Restaurants

Paellas

Barcelona does paella right, and our list of 10 of the best restaurants for paellas and rice dishes will guide you in the right direction

Live music venues
Music

Live music venues

Time Out's list of the top venues in town for live-music aficionados

Tapas
Restaurants

Tapas

Dying to try tapas but not sure where to go? We help you find the restaurants, cafés, bodegas and tapas bars serving the best mini-meals in Barcelona

Gay bars
LGBT

Gay bars

Looking for the city's best gay and lesbian bars? You've come to the right place

Museums
Museums

Museums

In Barcelona's museums you'll find big names, but also plenty of collections from medieval times to the present

Four Barcelona musts

Restaurant: Alkimia
Restaurants

Restaurant: Alkimia

A modern and comfortable gastro restaurant where the dining experience is anything but boring

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Shop: Bramby Supply
Shopping

Shop: Bramby Supply

Denim and leather come together to make customised aprons, unisex bags and more in this gorgeous shop

Bar: Mutis
Bars and pubs

Bar: Mutis

Stop in to this 'hidden' bar and find out why Robert De Niro wanted to open a branch in New York

Club: Sala Apolo
Clubs

Club: Sala Apolo

This concert hall/nightclub has become the city's paradigm of indie clubbing and good live music

Autumn-winter getaways on the Costa Daurada

Getaway to Altafulla: History by the sea
Travel

Getaway to Altafulla: History by the sea

Enjoy all the calm and beauty of a coastal resort with an important artistic and cultural heritage

Culture, vineyards and water
Travel

Culture, vineyards and water

Explore the monuments and seafront in Vila-seca i La Pineda, as well as the locally produced wines

A passion for modernisme and the origins of vermouth
Travel

A passion for modernisme and the origins of vermouth

Reus, where Antoni Gaudí spent his childhood, boasts exceptional buildings, great shopping, and tasty vermouth

Getaway to the Prades Mountains and the Llaberia Serra
Travel

Getaway to the Prades Mountains and the Llaberia Serra

This Costa Daurada area is an ideal place to spend a couple of days in lush nature

Getaway to Priorat: The fruits of the earth
Travel

Getaway to Priorat: The fruits of the earth

Taste the flavourful olive oil and wines and explore the ancient streets of the region's villages

More Costa Daurada getaways

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Time Out Barcelona Student Guide
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Time Out Barcelona Student Guide

You're here to study, of course, but what will you do in your free time? Get info on getting around, safety tips, and ideas for exploring and enjoying Barcelona

10 reasons to go to the beach in autumn
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10 reasons to go to the beach in autumn

Autumn is also a great time to enjoy Barcelona's beaches and keep that holiday feel going

The best of flamenco in Barcelona
Music

The best of flamenco in Barcelona

Barcelona is full of bars, restaurants, tablaos, dance schools and every kind of event where flamenco takes centre stage

Tickets & attractions

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

Explore the beauty of Barcelona on this Best of Barcelona Tour, which offers a comprehensive view of this exquisite Catalan city, including a visit to La Sagrada Familia. Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour will show you the city’s most iconic sights and allow you to discover some of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets. You'll enjoy skip-the-line access at La Sagrada Familia, so you can avoid the long queues at this popular attraction. You’ll also visit the hill of Montjuïc and the Gothic Quarter. On this small-group tour, you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Three Countries in One Day

Three Countries in One Day

Pack your passport and expand your horizons on a day trip from Barcelona that visits three countries in one day. Start your morning early with a visit to the medieval Spanish village of Baga, then head to French UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Mont-Louis for breakfast, go duty-free shopping in Andorra la Vell and end your trip with a drink en-route to Barcelona – all in one day! This small-group tour is limited to 20 people, ensuring a more personal experience.

City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover the ancient, medieval and modern sights of Barcelona on this convenient City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. With your 1-day or 2-day pass, travel by open-top, double-decker bus along three routes to visit major Barcelona attractions including La Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, Park Güell, the Picasso Museum and Parc de la Ciutadella. Customize your own itinerary and hop on and off as you please at more than 44 stops around the city.

PortAventura and Costa Caribe

PortAventura and Costa Caribe

Enjoy fun for all the family at Spain’s top theme park and aquatic center: PortAventura and Costa Caribe! Simply head inside the parks with an entrance ticket and enjoy the rides at your own pace. Discover roller coasters, accelerator rides and ‘Sesame Street’ adventures in PortAventura, or head to Costa Caribe to splash around with water jets and free-fall slides.

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Art in Barcelona: must-see exhibitions

Cubism and War. The Crystal in the Flame
Art

Cubism and War. The Crystal in the Flame

Paris during the First World War: the anguish and pain caused by the conflict contributed to the development of a certain aesthetic linked to avant-garde movements, and the emergence of cubism. This exhibition, which brings together some 70 works created between 1913 and 1919, shows the visual testimony of Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Diego Rivera, foreign residents in France who weren't involved in the military, as well as other non-enlisted artists. There is also focus on the career of two cubist artists who survived the war, Georges Braque and Fernand Léger.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Un Thyssen mai vist (Unseen Thyssen)
Art

Un Thyssen mai vist (Unseen Thyssen)

To coincide with the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, which will be celebrated in 2017, Barcelona's CaixaForum hosts this selection of 62 works (with 8 paintings that are usually part of the MNAC's Thyssen collection) that, as the name implies, are on show outside of Madrid for the first time since the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was acquired by Spain in 1993. The exhibition includes works by Fra Angelico, Bellini, Brueghel, Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Cézanne, Pissarro, Picasso, Chagall and Hopper, among others.

Endgame: Duchamp, chess and the avant-gardes
Art

Endgame: Duchamp, chess and the avant-gardes

Chess as a leitmotif to understand modern art. Curated by Manuel Segade, this exhibition starts off with Marcel Duchamp and tells the story of the avant-gardes up to the first appearances of conceptual art, including big names in 20th-century art such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinski, Man Ray and Max Ernst, among others.

HerSelves
Art

HerSelves

This collective exhibition delves into the figure of women in the world today. Via a series of female voices and faces, the show reflects on what it means to to consider the position of women beyond simply this 'otherness' women have been bound to in the traditional hegemonic discourse. Participating artists are Itziar Barrio, Cara Benedetto, Eliza Bennett, Arvida Byström & Maya Malou Lyse, Kelli Connell, Alba Feito, Núria Gómez Gabriel, Frances Goodman, Joana Kohen, Dina Litovsky, Sandra March, Camile Moravia, Alyson Provax, and Sophia Wallace.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Alfons Borrell
Art

Alfons Borrell

The Galería Joan Prats presents this exhibition of Barcelona-born artist Alfons Borrell's work. This singular creator has steered clear of what's fashionable throughout his long career, and conceives of painting as a space where he can relate to the world, as well as an impulse and an emotion. His work is characterized by the importance of colour and moves between subtlety and intensity, between openness to nature and introspective retreat.

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Big festivals and major events in Barcelona

Autumn
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Autumn

Winter
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Winter

Spring
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Spring

Summer
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Summer

Barcelona by area

Barceloneta and the Ports
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Barceloneta and the Ports

The Barri Gòtic
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The Barri Gòtic

The Born & Sant Pere
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The Born & Sant Pere

The Raval
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The Raval

Gràcia
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Gràcia

The Eixample
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The Eixample