Museum / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review Inaugurated in 1995, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) is a vast white temple to modern art designed by American architect Richard Meier, but it’s the space around the building, including the Plaça dels Àngels, which has become a daily hangout for hordes of young people ... more
Plaça dels Àngels
Outdoor Activity / Plaza
Party Earth Review First-time visitors looking for the perfect place to begin their explorations of Barcelona will do well at Plaça Catalunya, an enormous and centrally located square. The historic Barri Gòtic, the bustling and gritty El Raval, and the sprawling expanse of L’Eixample all meet here, as do more than ... more
Plaça Catalunya, 1
Beach / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review With Port Olimpic and all of its bars, restaurants, and casinos right next door, Barceloneta Beach has become one of Europe’s top destination beaches and is the only place to be on hot sunny days. Located in one of Barcelona’s oldest neighborhoods, the beach offers all of the expected amusements as well ... more
Platja de la Barceloneta
Party Earth Review Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Las Ramblas is Plaça Reial, a charming square that captures the essence of daily life in Barcelona. An elegant fountain forms the centerpiece of this vibrant spot, where it’s easy to see all the activity, watch the cosmopolitan mix of people come and go, or catch some impromptu ... more
Party Earth Review The heart of Barcelona beats in Las Ramblas, a wide boulevard that separates the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) from the Raval District and leads from Plaça Catalunya in the center of the city all the way down to the sea. A rich tapestry of human interaction characterizes the street, starting with the amazing performers and ... more
Outdoor Activity / Square
Party Earth Review A bullring turned shopping center, a “magic” fountain, a famed museum, and beautiful parks can all be found around Plaça d’Espanya, easily one of the liveliest squares in Barcelona. The several major thoroughfares that connect here mean there’s a constant buzz of traffic around the square itself, which is anchored by a ... more
Plaça d'Espanya, 1
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: Gracia was originally a separate city from Barcelona. Plaça de la Vila de Gracia, which was originally named Plaça Rius i Taulet, was built w ..." more
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review For a peaceful escape from the city streets, Barcelona denizens step into the Parc de la Ciutadella where picnicking, jogging, or paddling rowboats on the lake are the order of the day. Acres of beautiful landscaped lawns and gardens are interspersed with architectural delights designed by the likes of Gaudí and Montaner ... more
Passeig de Picasso
Party Earth Review Much of the life in the trendy residential district of Gràcia revolves around the many squares nestled among the area’s narrow streets. The most famous of these charming squares is Plaça de Sol, located in the heart of the district and surrounded on all sides by bars and restaurants. At its liveliest on warm spring and ... more
Plaça del Sol
Landmark / Outdoor Activity
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: Parc Güell and Mount Tibidabo are the two well known attractions that entice tourists and locals by the thousands on a daily basis. They’re a ..." more
Plaça del Rei
Culture / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review Park Güell is an enchanting site that combines aesthetics and nature in a way that’s visually inspiring for art buffs in addition to being a great daytime activity for those with just a passing art fancy. Designed by Barcelona’s renowned architect, Antoni Gaudí, the park is a tribute to his unique aesthetic and is truly ... more
Party Earth Review Like in any metropolitan area, shopping is a favorite pastime for many in Barcelona, and while the Catalan capital certainly offers something for every taste and budget, the Passeig de Gràcia is arguably the most elegant stretch to get one’s shop on. Those looking for extravagant fashion will find it all along this stunning ... more
Passeig de Gràcia
The citizens of Barcelona love to party at night, but they also revel in their oasis of outdoor activities during the day.
There are so many outdoor activities in Barcelona that it can be hard to know where to start. First, there are the parks. The biggest and most famous of which is Parc de la Ciutadella where people come to sunbathe, jog, picnic, and partake in any number of outdoor activities. Then there’s Park Güell and Parc del Laberint d’Horta. Güell was designed by world renowned architect Antoni Gaudí while d’Horta features a hedge maze that’s fun to check out and easy to get lost in.
Next are the beaches. Barceloneta Beach in particular is by far the most popular and thousands of residents and tourists of all ages flock to the sandy escape any time the sun is shining – which is a lot.
For more outdoor activities there are of course the plazas, which are daytime hangouts for chilling, eating, shopping, and just lazing away the day.
If you’re looking for outdoor events in Barcelona, make sure you’re in the city during Carnaval. This annual event is one giant city-wide party for food, drink, and really any vice imaginable before the denizens give up the things they love most for lent.
Whether you’re just looking to do things outdoors in Barcelona or want to find great outdoor events, there will never be a short supply in the city as every week seems to have a festival, holiday, or just enough sun to take advantage of the great outdoors.