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12 Must-Try Activities in the Enchanting Catalan Capital

12 Must-Try Activities in Barcelona

Are you planning a visit to the vibrant city of Barcelona? With its rich history, stunning architecture, and lively culture, Barcelona offers an array of unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a food lover, art enthusiast, or adventure seeker, this captivating city has something for everyone. In this article, we’ll explore 12 Must-Try Activities in Barcelona that should be on your Barcelona bucket list.

Top 12 Must-Try Activities in the Enchanting Catalan Capital to Discover in Barcelona

     1Hire a Private chef to cook for you and your friends and family 

    Make your stay  in Barcelonamore original and avoid the hassle of going to a full noise restaurant and hire your private chef in Barcelona. The chance is that you are coming to Barcelona to enjoy p`lace but also reconnect with familly, friends or coleagues. You might enjoy a night by our private chef coming to cook and serve you delicius freshly prepared dishes and make the stay memorable. 

    Book your private chef in Barcelona here 

    2. Marvel at Sagrada Familia

    No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia. Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this masterpiece of modernist architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in the intricate details of the basilica’s facades and step inside to witness its breathtaking interior.

     

    Book your tickets for sagrada familia and avoid the que HERE

    3. Stroll Along Las Ramblas

    Experience the bustling energy of Barcelona by taking a leisurely stroll along Las Ramblas. This iconic pedestrian boulevard is lined with vibrant shops, street performers, and outdoor cafes. Explore the lively Boqueria Market, where you can sample delicious local delicacies and soak in the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

    4. Discover Park Güell 

    Venture into the whimsical world of Park Güell, another architectural gem by Antoni Gaudí. This enchanting park offers panoramic views of the city and features unique mosaic-covered structures, colorful tiled benches, and surreal architecture. Take a peaceful walk through the park’s gardens and immerse yourself in Gaudí’s artistic vision.

    5. Explore the Gothic Quarter

    Step back in time as you wander through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, known as Barri Gòtic. Lose yourself in its narrow winding streets, medieval buildings, and charming squares. Visit the Barcelona Cathedral, explore local boutiques, and indulge in traditional tapas at cozy restaurants tucked away in hidden corners. 

    6. Immerse Yourself in Picasso’s Art

    Art enthusiasts must not miss the Picasso Museum. Located in the Gothic Quarter, this museum houses an extensive collection of Picasso’s works, showcasing the artist’s evolution and his deep connection to Barcelona. Admire the masterpieces and gain a deeper understanding of Picasso’s artistic journey.

    7. Relax at Barceloneta Beach

    Escape the city’s hustle and bustle and bask in the sun at Barceloneta Beach. This sandy paradise offers a refreshing retreat, where you can soak up the Mediterranean vibes, take a dip in the sea, or indulge in delicious seafood at beachside restaurants. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade and embrace the coastal charm.

    8. Visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

    Prepare to be mesmerized by the magical water and light show at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Located in the Montjuïc neighborhood, this dazzling spectacle takes place in the evenings, enchanting visitors with synchronized water jets, vibrant colors, and synchronized music. Witness this captivating display and be captivated by its splendor.

    9. Experience the Camp Nou Stadium

    For sports enthusiasts, a visit to the Camp Nou Stadium, home to FC Barcelona, is a must. Embark on a guided tour of Europe’s largest football stadium and delve into the club’s rich history. Walk through the player’s tunnel, explore the museum, and feel the electric atmosphere that fills the stadium on match days.

    10. Indulge in Catalan Cuisine

    Barcelona is a food lover’s paradise, so make sure to indulge in the city’s delectable Catalan cuisine. Savor traditional dishes like paella, fideuà (a noodle-based dish), and the iconic tapas. Visit local markets of Barcelona like Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria or Mercat de Santa Caterina, where you can immerse yourself in a feast for the senses. Sample fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and an array of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of local wine or a refreshing glass of sangria.

      11. Take a Day Trip to Montserrat

      Escape the city’s hustle for a day and venture to the breathtaking Montserrat mountain range. Located just outside of Barcelona, Montserrat offers stunning natural beauty and spiritual significance. Visit the Benedictine monastery, home to the revered Black Madonna, and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Hike the trails, ride the funicular, or simply find a peaceful spot to meditate and connect with nature.

      12. Experience Flamenco

      Immerse yourself in the passionate art of flamenco, a quintessential part of Spanish culture. Barcelona offers several venues where you can witness captivating flamenco performances that combine mesmerizing dance, soulful music, and heartfelt storytelling. Let the rhythmic beats and powerful expressions transport you to the heart of Spanish tradition.

      Conclusion

      This was all about 12 Must-Try Activities in the Enchanting Catalan Capital. Barcelona, with its unique blend of history, culture, and charm, is a city that leaves a lasting impression on its visitors. Whether you’re captivated by its architectural wonders, tantalized by its culinary delights, or inspired by its artistic treasures, Barcelona offers an abundance of activities to suit every traveler’s interests. So, pack your bags, immerse yourself in the vibrant Catalan capital, and create memories that will stay with you long after you’ve bid Barcelona farewell.

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      Sage Pickren
      Sage Pickren
      1718467455
      Matej was the perfect chef for us. He prepared a tasting menu for the rehearsal dinner of our wedding in Barcelona for 14 people. The food was absolutely delicious and gorgeous! He brought a team of people that made the evening operate very smoothly. They even did passed appetizers for us during a cocktail hour. Everyone was so friendly and made the dinner fun and enjoyable.
      Ezgi Gungor
      Ezgi Gungor
      1716568323
      Mataj and his team were absolutley brilliant to work with. We hosted 15 friends for 3 days, and Mataj delivered exceptional food on every single sitting. We had big bbq's, paella, lots of seafood and a cheesecake that we still remember.Not only was the food delicious, his positivity and excitement for food really added to our experience. He was always willing to share his recipes or recommend restaurants to our guests. We would love the pleasure to work with Mataj again in the future. Thank you Bristronomy!
      Alyson Hallander
      Alyson Hallander
      1716289363
      Our experience working with Matej for our wedding of 30 people was excellent in two ways:(1) designing our menu and planning the big day was easy with Matej and he was communicative and so helpful and kind through the process. We are based in the US so planning an event internationally can be challenging, but not with Matej. He was even able to put together a makeshift kitchen in the event space, which was a lot of fun to see him and his team work and prepare the food during the event.(2) The food and overall dining experience for our guests was second to none. Him and his team prepared hors d'ouevres for cocktail hour and then a four course seated dinner. He accommodated all dietary restrictions and requests with ease and took special care to seek out my parents to serve them vegan food. The servers knew who my parents were and made sure they were served only vegan food. We really appreciated that.The food was truly delicious and was artfully prepared. Our guests raved about the dining experience and it helped to make our big day perfect.We hope to come back to Spain and work with Matej again in the future!
      Helen Hearnden
      Helen Hearnden
      1715763437
      Beautiful food and Matej created a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.
      Kai Peters
      Kai Peters
      1713853564
      Wunderbares Catering, perfekter Service und exzellentes Essen zum guten Preis.
      Tegan Milne
      Tegan Milne
      1711920265
      My fiance and I engaged Matej and his team to cater our elopement/ small wedding ceremony. With 14 guests coming from Australia, Matej was excellent to deal with and was able to bring our preferred menu and vision to life. Matej handled the food, cutlery and plating and we were able to relax and enjoy. Each and every guest could not stop commenting on how amazing the food and service was. We certainly recommend Matej for any privately catered event.
      Dominique Schafroth
      Dominique Schafroth
      1711383048
      Very delicious and wonderful food! Matej is an amazing cook and had great vibes before, during and after dinner! 100% recommended! Thank you for the great start into an amazing hen-party-evening with my beloved girls 🥰
      Melina Schnyder
      Melina Schnyder
      1711380094
      We had an unforgettable culinary evening with Matej! I can really recommend it to everyone!
      Carlos Lopez
      Carlos Lopez
      1710415220
      Muy recomendado Matej como Chef Privado, se adapta perfectamente a los gustos de cada persona, además de la calidad del producto y su buen servicio. A parte del menú degustación, que está increíble, pedí que nos hiciera un Carrot Cake, y la verdad, el mejor que he probado sin duda.Muy buena experiencia y seguro volveré a contratar sus servicios.
      Maibritt Schou Sørensen
      Maibritt Schou Sørensen
      1702474112
      Matej made a wonderful 9-course dinner for my birthday, and it was all very tastefully delicious, and decoratively served.The whole evening ran smoothly, and we could just relax and enjoy the meal and the nice wines. The kitchen was spotles afterwards.We give our best recommendations.
      Katie Freimarck
      Katie Freimarck
      1700266968
      We hired Matej to make us a meal at our rental during our stay in Barcelona. His food was amazing! We enjoyed every course. He did a great job of showcasing the local flavors and ingredients in his cooking. He even provided his own china and place settings to further elevate the experience.We have two infants, and Matej gave us a very high end dining experience without having to go out to dinner with a baby.Beyond his food, Matej was easy to work with. He was very responsive to our communications and accommodating to our schedule
      Soraya
      Soraya
      1699616206
      Ha sido una experiencia de estrella Michelin en casa, confiamos en él para un evento importante y todos disfrutamos mucho. La comunicación siempre fue muy fluida y fue fácil elaborar el menú con Matej. 5 estrellas también para su ayudante.
      Cabinet PhysioSport31
      Cabinet PhysioSport31
      1699615753
      Nous avons bénéficié du travail de Matej dans le cadre d'un repas organisé à domicile durant nos vacances. Ce moment a été fabuleux de bout en bout. La gentillesse et la discrétion du chef nous ont permis de profiter au mieux du magnifique repas qu'il nous a concocté. Tout simplement parfait.
      Dave W
      Dave W
      1699533490
      Matej is an excellent chef. He looked after a close group of 9 friends, had great menu ideas, catered for a hearty breakfast, great packed lunch and an amazing dinner with perfect wine pairing. He's personable and takes pride in his work - 100% recommended
      Mark Butterworth
      Mark Butterworth
      1697106724
      Chef Matej and his team catered for a large group celebrating special birthdays. The food and service were absolutely 1st class. Really delicious food and friendly attentive service. Could not fault anything.
      Paul S
      Paul S
      1696930189
      What an amazing dinner yesterday…. Stunning food and wonderful service. Many many thanks
      Sarah McCracken
      Sarah McCracken
      1696928882
      Bistronomy catered for 30 of us last night for a very special dinner. The whole experience was fantastic. The food was amazing, the staff were friendly, attentive and fun. I would highly recommend their services. Thank you Bistronomy.
      Barry Seidman
      Barry Seidman
      1696540473
      Most wonderful and amazing evening. Chef prepared us 7 courses - each presented beautifully. And all the food was fantastic! Chef came to our Airbnb, prepared and served everything. Brought dishes, silverware, placemats, linen napkins - all beautiful. Before he left he had the kitchen looking cleaner than before he arrived. This was to celebrate my wife’s birthday, and we had our whole family. Everyone was overwhelmed with the quality of everything. Also, chef was so personable and pleasant. And by the way - this was very reasonably priced. I fully, wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone who wants something different from a normal restaurant experience. Thank you chef!!
      Maria Soler Artigas
      Maria Soler Artigas
      1696439792
      Todo super bueno, muy recomendable.
      Pedro G
      Pedro G
      1696276807
      Matt was great. 3 Michelin star quality food at our home. Great service and wine pairing. Highly recommend!
      Pau Sabater
      Pau Sabater
      1696114805
      Matej and his team delivered and incredible high-level meal and service for me and my group of 14 people. They exceeded my expectations on the quality of the food and the level of execution. Coming from someone that works in the service industry, I can say that they are at pro level. Will hire them again for sure!
      Paige Nemeth
      Paige Nemeth
      1695507826
      Bistronomy hosted the most beautiful, intimate private dinner for my husband & I and 15 of our closest friends and family a few days before our upcoming wedding in Girona, Spain. Everything was exquisite, the service was impeccable, the flavours of every single course were so delicious and our guests (including us) were blown away. The staff was so lovely and wonderful and the team took us on an incredible culinary experience. We would absolutely recommend Bistronomy to anyone looking for a 10/10 intimate dining adventure.
      Tilly Morgan
      Tilly Morgan
      1695364425
      Matej was absolutely amazing, not only was it fantastic service but delicious food! If anyone is thinking about hiring him to cook for you just do it - you won’t be disappointed! Thank you again for such a fabulous dinner party!
      Ariane Lalakea
      Ariane Lalakea
      1695125374
      Matej is the best private chef you can hire!He cooked in our BliXX conscious sexuality retreat for a group of 8 in a private house. The menu was perfectly thought, supporting our needs and a foodgasm in itself.We appreciate the love, variety and quality of ingredients he puts into his dishes.He also came with his own car and cooking tools and robots which made our life so easy.The ease and patience he brings into his work is astonishing. Everything feels effortless and yet the food leaves you stunning.He was also able to read the group needs and adjust accordingly and he is very discreet which for us is key due the nature of our business.We definitely would hire him again for another outstanding experience.
      Albert Almeda
      Albert Almeda
      1693324247
      Rick Chen
      Rick Chen
      1693315629
      Matej and his crew were amazingHe prepared a delicious gourmet  meal for 17 of us on such short noticeThe presentation of the food was excellent, and the service was even betterFive-star experience
      Ivy Chen
      Ivy Chen
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      Rebecca Robinson
      Rebecca Robinson
      1693056138
      We booked Matej at Bistronomy for a private meal for 12people for my friends 40th whilst we were on holiday. He owns easy to deal with from the 1st enquiry and delivered to most exquisite experience. He was a pleasure, the staff were lovely, the styling was lovely and the food was that of a top restaurant in the comfort of our villa...I would highly recommend.
      Aliya Bevans
      Aliya Bevans
      1689974481
      Chef Matej was a planned dream come true! I hosted a family trip from the U.S. to Barcelona, and booked Bistronomy (based on reviews) for a private dinner for 13 at our Airbnb. From beginning to end our experience was perfection! He sent a formal menu after speaking over the phone, and accommodated our preferences during the planning phase.Matej and his assistant Christopher arrived promptly on time, and quickly familiarized themselves with the kitchen and began food preparation. The dinnerware was provided, and the table was set beautifully. We enjoyed the Deluxe 7 course tasting, and every small plate was a palate explosion! The flavors within the oysters on the shell were incredible. The wild caught sea bass and beef fillet were tender and absolutely delicious. Dessert was a delight. The icing on the cake was the beautiful presentation of everything! Oh and the wine tasting was delicious as well (definitely add on).The atmosphere, flow and vibe of the dinner with Chef and his teammate was wonderful! They let us chatter amongst each other without interruption, but interjected with explaining the dishes in detail whenever asked. They also cleaned and left the kitchen spotless after. This was such an incredible experience, and definitely one of the top highlights of our entire vacation in Barcelona that we'll forever cherish!Thank you Matej,~Aliya
      Kristen Everett
      Kristen Everett
      1689072198
      Matej curated a truly wonderful evening for our party of 11, including 4 kids, at our AirB&B in Barcelona. Working with him to plan the evening was really effortless and when he arrived, everything was perfect. The food he prepared was among the best we had in Barca - very fresh, flavorful, and appealing to different people’s preferences. Matej was engaging and thoughtfully explained every dish before serving. He catered to the kids by serving them their own little feast on the porch and even included my son when he wanted to “help”. He cleaned the space thoroughly once done and was sincerely a pleasure to share the night with. I will absolutely recommend his services to anyone visiting Barcelona as it was a night to remember! Thanks Mat!
      Emily Cherry
      Emily Cherry
      1687785108
      Our experience was spectacular! The food was phenomenal, the chef was professional and great at explaining the dishes. The presentation was beautiful. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great meal.
      Espen Ediassen
      Espen Ediassen
      1686999719
      Fantastic food, amazing service from the chief! Can’t recommend it enough.5 star service, food and communication. Would recommend to anyone
      Jai Winston
      Jai Winston
      1685766712
      Matej was excellent. The food was delicious!! Every course was exquisite and very tasty. He set-up, prepared and cleaned up, you would have never knew he used the kitchen to prepare. I would highly recommend using his services and was very very pleased!
      Holly Cook
      Holly Cook
      1685628798
      An amazing experience!Matej and his colleague were polite efficient and professional. They catered for 11 of us in our villa in Vallirana and the whole experience was of high quality with delicious and creative food.Couldn’t thank them enough for a great evening.
      Célia Bornibus
      Célia Bornibus
      1685300643
      Great diner! Matej was also very nice, making our evening a blast. Food was extremely good.
      Abhinav Bhansali
      Abhinav Bhansali
      1685267042
      I had the pleasure of organising a private chef experience for my best friend's stag party, and I cannot express enough how amazing the evening turned out, all thanks to the incredible Chef Matej. From start to finish, Chef Matej's generosity and attention to detail made the first night of the stag truly unforgettable.Upon our arrival, we were greeted with the tantalising aroma of freshly baked homemade sourdough, perfectly paired with a delightful spiced almond dip. It was an exquisite way to kick off the evening and set the tone for what was to come.The culinary journey continued with an array of mouthwatering treats. The fresh croquettes and falafels were nothing short of perfection, showcasing Chef Matej's skilful craftsmanship.The highlight of the evening was, without a doubt, the best gazpacho I have ever had the pleasure of trying. Each spoonful was a burst of refreshing flavours that left us craving for more. Chef Matej's versatility shone through in his ability to cater to everyone's preferences. For the non-vegetarians among us, he prepared a delectable chicken gnocchi dish that left us speechless. The combination of tender chicken and perfectly cooked gnocchi was a true masterpiece.For mains, we enjoyed a wholesome fish paella. Meanwhile, the vegan risotto also received rave reviews, proving that Chef Matej's culinary expertise extended to creating delicious plant-based dishes.Dessert was an absolute treat. The vegan sticky toffee pudding was a revelation, showcasing Chef Matej's creativity in crafting a dessert that catered to our vegan friends without compromising on taste. Each bite was a harmonious blend of flavours that left us in dessert heaven.Throughout the evening, we were fortunate to have the attentive presence of Chef Pablo and Angelo, who took care of us with utmost warmth and care. Their friendly and professional service added an extra layer of enjoyment to the experience. Their execution of the meal was flawless, and it was evident that they genuinely cared about ensuring we had one of our best meals in Barcelona.Our private chef experience with Chef Matej was nothing short of extraordinary. His generosity in accommodating our preferences, the exceptional dishes he prepared, and the impeccable service provided by Chef Pablo and Angelo truly made it an unforgettable evening. I highly recommend Chef Matej to anyone seeking a unique and remarkable dining experience.
      angela echeverry henao
      angela echeverry henao
      1685030897
      Excelente experiencia al lado del Chef Matej, quien nos brindó una maravillosa cena a toda mi familia. El Chef es súper agradable y lo tiene todo resuelto, desde la comida hasta la organización del lugar. 100% recomendado! 👌🏻
      Katrina Ripoll
      Katrina Ripoll
      1684939468
      My birthday dinner by Chef Matej in a masía in Alella was wonderful. Matej’s team was lean but very effective in preparing everything from appetizers, wine and cava selections and of course the delicious and beautifully plated food. It was a milestone birthday made very memorable by Bistronomy Barcelona.
      L N
      L N
      1683755097
      Matej cooked a beautiful 4 course meal for our group of 9 at a villa outside Barcelona. He catered to all dietary requirements without any hassle. We had 4 vegans in our group so, all courses were fully vegan but, there was a fish option for mains to please everyone.Matej was unbelievable from start to finish. His attention to detail was next level and he took advantage of his surroundings perfectly. Aside from the delicious meal, he set the table beautifully with candles, baked fresh sourdough and left the kitchen in better condition than when he arrived.Matej was so lovely and made a really special night look effortless.We will be talking about this experience for a long time.
      Martina Young
      Martina Young
      1682796404
      Matej created a wonderful dinner experience. We highly recommend. Seamless communication, great food and he even takes care of the dishes!
      Peter Jaraba
      Peter Jaraba
      1680024144
      Profesional service, amazing food
      Scott Rosenberg
      Scott Rosenberg
      1678887199
      We had 7 people in the villa. The owner suggested we contact Matej.The food was incredibleWe had people with various tastes, he catered to all of us. Multiple course meal with appetizers, fish and meat. And dessert.Was the best meal we had on our trip. Would have cost 3x more in a restaurant in USI highly recommend using Matej while in the Barcelona area.
      Vanessa Mullin
      Vanessa Mullin
      1678183510
      Honestly, as parents, this was the best investment while on holiday. Our son is 2 and this means 'date nights' basically aren't possible, so having someone come in and cook and clean for us (all while having great conversation with him!) And the food was 100% incredible. Hands down, I couldn't fault it. The portions, the menu, the diversity of the food! We will definitely use Bistronomy again when we come back to Barcelona. I couldn't offer more praise!
      Silvia L
      Silvia L
      1677955239
      The entire experience with Matej was impeccable. He is amiable, professional and an excellent chef. Our dinner was fabulous and he cooked separate vegan dishes for myself, which were among the most delicious I've ever tried. Highly recommend!
      Jordi Rabasso i Balaguer
      Jordi Rabasso i Balaguer
      1677942696
      Grandíssima experiència! Tracte perfecte, producte exquisit i tot molt bé. Seriós i molt professional. Totalment recomanable 😉
      Jon Stewart
      Jon Stewart
      1677783309
      Just amazing. Matej gave us and our executives a fantastic experience and we cannot recommend him highly enough. We look forward to seeing him the next time that we are in Barcelona!
      Estefanía Cobos
      Estefanía Cobos
      1676619204
      La experiencia ha sido increíble. El cheff es muy profesional y además muy agradable. El menú degustación fue exquisito, muy buena materia prima y excelente elaboración. Sin duda, muy recomendable. Repetiremos seguro!
      Lauren Suzanne
      Lauren Suzanne
      1673387230
      I've had the pleasure of having Chef Matej cook for my family on two separate occasions and both experiences were amazing! Not only is all the food delicious, but he was very accommodating and thoughtful in crafting our menu. We had family in town and he prepared some traditional Spanish dishes for us. Even my toddler enjoyed the meal and he is normally a very picky eater. It truly felt like the quality of a 5 star restaurant in the comfort of my own home. All of the clean up was taken care of so we got to relax after the meal. My family and I can't wait to have Chef Matej over again!
      Temi Adesanya
      Temi Adesanya
      1670005367
      What an amazing experience. My family and I were visiting spain for a week and decided to work with Chef Matej, and what an amazing experience it was! The service and food were beyond 5*. Every single bite was so tasty and he truly catered to us. We had 3 little kids who are picky eaters on the trip and they absolutely loved every part of the meal! They found something to eat in the meals he made. I am telling all my friends and family about him!! Truly an amazing experience
      Alba Ferrer Martínez
      Alba Ferrer Martínez
      1668447731
      Experiencia Increíble. Calidad de la comida espectacular. Platos muy bien trabajados. Trato y servicio inmejorable.Repetiremos seguro!
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