7 ‘must-do’ adventures while in Barcelona 

Many people travel to many places, yet have no idea what to do while they are there.

If you are one of those people you are in luck! I studied abroad this past summer in Barcelona, so, I know all the ins and outs of the beautiful city and what’s around the area.

Barcelona is one of the most popular travel destinations and has something to offer anyone and everyone.

If you are a thrill-seeker, adventure guru, and down to live life in the moment, then this list is for you.

Carmel Bunkers (Bunkers del Carmel) 

If you want an amazing view of Barcelona, where you can bring drinks and snacks and enjoy the sunset, then this is going to be your happy place.

Half the thrill and excitement is the climb up the hill, so you must be in good physical condition, but it really is a time to live in the moment since cell phone service is iffy once you reach the top.

Carmel Bunkers has a lot of history attached to it. This area used to be used in the military, so if you’re a history junkie, I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Traveling can be so costly, but this hidden gem is completely free! This is hands down the best part about the Bunkers.


A metro ride, a bus, a hike, and a funicular ride later, you are finally at the top. If you are scared of heights, now is the time to get over your fear.

Once I got to the top of the hill, I felt like I was five again with child-like adrenaline riding the Ferris wheel and doing all the other rides.

Also at the top of this hill, there is a stunning church for people to go inside and observe.


Looking for a quick half-day trip from Barcelona with another beautiful view and the home of the Black Madonna?

If you are, then keep on reading. Montserrat is a Benedictine Monastery for monk retreats and is open for tourists to come and embrace the true Catalonia culture.

Enjoy doing hikes and walking trails? There are breathtaking trails tourists can do, if you are not about the history and the church aspect. See, I told you there is something for everyone!

My favorite part about this area is they offer a farmers market with fresh cheeses, jams, and bread. I am such a foodie and if you are too this would definitely be up your alley if you’re anything like me.

Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) 

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Wow! The Gothic Quarter alone has so much to offer, including shops, restaurants, history, churches and much more.

No matter how much time you spend down in this neighborhood exploring, you will always find yourself stumbling across a new hidden alleyway.

I spent hours on hours walking in this area to embrace the charm, culture and captivating history the Gothic Quarter has to offer.

This was my favorite part of my whole study abroad experience. The days I didn’t have much to do, I would lose myself in the city.

La Barceloneta 

Catch me at the beach anywhere if it’s a nice day outside. Especially while in Barcelona.

La Barceloneta is the neighborhood in between the beach and Barcelona’s Port Vell.

Back in the old days, fishermen lived in this area because of easy access to the water.

The beaches in La Barceloneta are surrounded by hundreds of restaurants, vendors, clubs and shops. The clubs on the beach is the sport to be at once night falls.

A must-see spot while in this part of town is The W’s Hotel rooftop bar if you want an astounding view with a good drink.


Why don’t we just jump on a train for a quick half-day trip for a change in scenery once again?

I ended up going to this beautiful city right outside of Barcelona. It is smaller, with lots of Roman artifacts, a beautiful beach, central market, and of course shopping and restaurants.

This is a city I could see myself living in once I graduate from school because I know I want to live overseas.

The best part is I just came across this little town on a whim and absolutely fell in love with it. So get and explore because you might just find something you never thought you would.

Park Güell 

Ah, yes. The infamous Park Güell that everyone raves about. Well, me too. It definitely is worth the money.

This park is part of Antoni Gaudi’s work, he has lots of artwork in Barcelona. I saw it all, but this is the one I would see if you’re in a time crunch or trying to save on money.

I know this place is going to be super touristy, but what do you expect? It’s stunning with all the colorful tiles and let’s get real, it’s super Instagrammable.

Since it’s super touristy here, be careful of pickpocketers – they are out to get you.

by Lily Russell

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