21 of the best alternative Barcelona tours
It may seem obvious, but by far the best way to explore this sprawling the city is by jumping on a tour. Whether it’s Gaudí, the beaches or the whole load of top-notch restaurants that have drawn you here, walking, cycling or running your way round en grupo is your best bet to really get to know the Catalan capital. Our pick of the best tours in Barcelona packs in all the essential things to do here – a stroll down La Rambla, a quick stop at the Sagrada Família – but also some routes that’ll take you past the traps and off the beaten path, all with the help and direction of knowledgeable guides primed for questions and armed with answers. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Barcelona
Gaudí Barcelona: 10 of the architect’s greatest hits
You’re likely familiar with Gaudí's masterwork in Barcelona, La Sagrada Família, or his less ambitious (but equally striking) La Pedrera. But the modernista king’s one-of-a-kind style can be admired in many other architectural wonders scattered throughout the city. No matter if you’re taking in Casa Batlló or wandering the paths of Park Güell, you can detect the influence of Gaudí's three greatest passions – architecture, nature and religion. But it’s in the details where the architect truly shines. Each of his characteristic mediums – wood, wrought iron, ceramics and stained glass – are seamlessly intertwined to tell a story of life, death and the faith in between. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Barcelona
11 quirky Catalan traditions
Catalans work hard to differentiate their culture and energy from the rest of Spain. The quirky customs in Catalonia are no exception. Celebrating with human towers, dancing eggs and fire runs, Catalans are proud of the traditions that have stood as symbols of their robust country for generations. Add as many as you can to your list of things to do in Barcelona right now.
The other Ramblas in Barcelona
Everyone knows La Rambla, the mile-long strolling boulevard in the heart of the city. Stretching from Plaça Catalunya to Barceloneta, it’s often the first stop on most tourists’ must-see lists. Shops, restaurants, stalls, street performers, human statues and a carnival atmosphere make this infamous street a prime tourist trap. While it may deserve one walk-through during your stay, there are plenty of other ramblas scattered throughout the city that will give you outstanding gastronomy and shopping with a local flare. On these lesser-known streets, you can also get a glimpse into the neighbourhoods whose diversity, colour and soul are personified by a pavement.