Cool things to do in Barcelona
We love the Sagrada Família and we even don’t mind the tour bus (well maybe a little) but for those of you looking to do something a little more authentic, more local, then we have the best alternative Barcelona tours and Barcelona experiences right here for you. If you are new to the city and want the more traditional tours then relax, we work with the best Barcelona tour operator Visit Barcelona, to provide you with those Barcelona tours as well.
Careful with that axe Eugene...
Axe throwing…okay, why not, sounds like fun (and is, we’ve done it!) and you can have a beer in between throws…Hey these are not axes they are hatchets..From the Gipuzcoan axe to the so-called Canadian Tomahawk.
After a short security briefing and the basic technique of axe throwing by the instructors, you’ll learn how to throw as a true Mohican…this is a lot of fun and can be found in Born.
E-Bike and ecological wine tour
Wine, vineyards and Mercedes E-bikes. From Barcelona you glide along the beautiful coastline to the Alta Alella estate in the Serralada de Marina Natural Park, that produces top quality ecological wines.
Many of the wines from the Alta Alella can be found on the menus of the world’s top restaurants and you are going to taste them you lucky things you. Then just point your E-Bike towards Barcelona and glide back. We Love this tour; ecological wines, electric bikes – guilt free pleasures!
Sant Pau - UNESCO site
Full disclosure. We love Sant Pau. It’s stunning, a love letter to the city from the architect who was Gaudi’s mentor, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
If you are near the Sagrada Familía then you are near here and in our humble opinion this is the better, less crowded, place to visit.
The tour includes admission, guide and tour in your language.
Cooking classes and Boqueria
Have fun and go home a MasterChef!Our expert chefs will take you to the Boqueria Market to pick the freshest produce for the mouthwatering menu you’re going to create.
Workshop 1: Spanish cookery class : During the workshop, you’ll learn all the techniques and tricks of the trade that will help you make the following dishes: Gazpacho andaluz (chilled tomato soup), Spanish omelette with tomato-rubbed bread, Paella, Crema catalana (Catalan crème brûlée).
Workshop 2: Tapas and Catalan wines: During the workshop you’ll learn the techniques and tricks of the trade that will help you make tapas,including typical cod fritters or “surf and turf” meatballs.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Best view of the city bar none. Come up to Tibidabo, Barcelona’s amusement park. Feel the magic of its century-old history. Enjoy its classic and new rides and attractions while you look at the city below. Get your camera ready and experience an unforgettable day out!
Horse riding - see the city from horseback
Make your own cava
The best Cava made by your own fair hand (ish). You’ll travel by train from Barcelona to the heart of the wine-growing region of El Penedés, where an expert guide will take you through the vineyards and the small winery. You’ll taste a 100% artisan cava and make your own bottle of this famous Catalan sparkling wine.
Sail & Brunch
Luxury ahoy! Enjoy spectacular views of the city on board a modern yacht! You’ll set sail from the old harbour, the Port Vell, and sail along the Barcelona coast while you enjoy a delicious morning light brunch or snack in great company. Tour of the Barcelona coast lasting 2 hours on a 12-metre-long yacht. Includes a morning light brunch or a light snack, drinks, crisps, nuts and fresh fruit.
Food and walking tour - El Born
Walk and eat in EL Born’s favourite bars, bodegas and restaurants. Eat where the locals eat.
Your experience begins at a rustic bar where you’ll enjoy the ‘hour of vermut’ while getting to know your fellow travellers and your guide.
Over the next few hours you’ll stop off at three distinct venues to sample tapas and dishes from different parts of Spain, where each is paired with drinks.
You’ll enjoy four wines from across Catalunya & Spain, 10 dishes, accompanied by artisanal chocolate from an award-winning bakery. This tour makes us hungry the thought of it and your guide will fill you in on all things Catalan.
Vespas and Barcelona go together like Cervezas and olives. Jump on a fully kitted out Vespa (gas, insurance all taken care of) and follow the GPS tour around the city. This is how the locals do it. You think you look cool? You’re right you do.
City e-bike tours
Want to glide along on a guided electric bike tour? Us too! These guys will kit you out with the latest bikes, helmets, insurance microphones and lead you on the coolest tour around the sights and some of Barcelona’s more bohemian neighbourhoods.
Rooftop of Santa Maria Del Mar - El Born
Feel like getting away from it all?A unique opportunity to visit the rooftop of Barcelona’s Santa Maria del Mar basilica.
Here are two literary trails with Barcelona as the main character.
The first is the Barcelona of ‘The Shadow of the Wind’, which will explore the gothic settings of the novel.
The second trail is ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’. You’ll visit the places that still capture readers imaginations.You don’t need to have read the novels (though both are great and we recommend that you pick up a copy) as it’s also a great way to see the city.
The Big Hitters
Okay, we are Alternative Barcelona but we know that, especially for those first time visitors, you are going to want to bag the big hitters: Sagrada Família, Casa Botillo, Montserrat, La Pedera, Parc Guell etc. So, we have bagged you the best tour deals in town. Skip those queues and save some €’s into the bargain.