Barcelona leisure activities

If there is something to make Barcelona stand out among other touristic cities, it is the large offer in leisure activities. Each day offers hundreds of different options to perfectly fit the demands of everyone visiting the city.


Among all the different actives, the varied and large number of shows is certainly a clear highlight. Theaters such as Coliseum, Club Capitol or Tívoli, get chockfull of people each week thanks to classic theater plays, musicals, comedies and monologues. Other theaters, like Gran Liceu, Teatro Nacional de Cataluña or Palau de la Música Catalana, offer concerts, opera and bring the most important symphonic orchestras in the world.

For those more interested in films, dozens of cinemas spread across the city play new releases every day. The city also has the Imax Port Vell, a large cinema with giant, semispherical screens featuring 3D and 4D projections.

Many other spots in the city, like Palau Sant Jordi, Fira Barcelona or Parc del Fòrum, are usually organizing concerts, festivals, congresses and even international acrobatics and circus shows. For those who prefer museums and art galleries, the city also features interesting permanent and temporal expos, allowing you to lose yourself inside classic artworks or the latest trends in photography and multimedia art.

Sporting Events

Barcelona also counts with a large variety of sport events, with football soccer and basketball matches starring FC Barcelona among the obvious highlights. Those who are looking for other sports will find that Ciudad Condal has important motorcycle and Formula One races, aeronautic and sailing competitions, trials and tennis tournaments.


In addition to culture, family and sports outings, Barcelona also offers a wide range of nightlife activities in its thousands of terraces, halls and nightclubs, to be enjoyed from early afternoon to the wee hours of the night. And as you might expect, the varied restaurant offer, from the most luxurious ones to the most traditional tapas bars, will allow you to enjoy the most delicious Catalonian dishes and appetizers.

Family Outings

If you are looking for more family-friendly experiences, you can’t miss the zoo and aquarium of Barcelona, with thousands of animal and plant species awaiting to be discovered, not to mention the beaches and plazas found all over the city. Another option is to visit the emblematic Tibidabo Theme Park or travelling right outside the city to the famous Port Aventura Theme Park. The Pueblo Español (“Spanish Town”) outdoor museum is an interesting alternative to traditional museums, allowing you to learn more about Spanish architecture and craftsmanship without leaving the city thanks to real-scale buildings.