The Best Things to Do in Barcelona: Why You Should Visit

With so many amazing cities around the world, it’s hard to choose where to travel to next. Barcelona attracts nearly 16 million visitors each year and it’s no wonder people flock to this city. With amazing architecture, culture, food, art, hiking, and beaches, there are countless reasons why you’ll love visiting Barcelona.

So what’s Barcelona like?

For those that aren’t familiar with Spanish culture, it is one that enjoys a laidback lifestyle. This means tons of amazing food and drinks, siestas and quality time spent in the sun.

Barcelona is our favorite Spanish city thanks to its spectacular international food scene, incredible selection of museums and great location on the Mediterranean. It’s one of the most visited cities in the world and it’s easy to see why. In just one day you can stroll past beautiful architecture and amazing history, plus visit city centre beaches or hike up a nearby mountain.

However, that’s not all. Barcelona has quickly become a tech/startup hub and a great place to spend time as a remote worker. With countless coworking spaces and events, it’s a wonderful place to network. Plus, if you’re looking to brush up on your language skills they speak both Spanish and Catalan there, although most everyone speaks English too.

Barcelona is one of the best places to start your work and travel adventures as it’s a large, modern city with everything you need. 


With a great climate year-round, and 320 days of sunshine on average, this city is fantastic at any time of year. That said, tourists flock to Barcelona in summer (July and August especially). So if you prefer to visit when it’s less crowded, the shoulder seasons (March – June) and (September – December) are recommended.


Spain takes its cuisine very seriously and there are quite a few restaurants in Barcelona that have Michelin stars. Not to worry though if fine dining isn’t your thing because Barcelona has restaurants of all kinds. Spain is known for tapas and sangria but there’s so much more than that. Head to less touristy spots, not right on the main drag, for a much better meal (and price).

We recommend Tantarantana for tapas in El Born, La Cala Barceloneta for breakfast / coffee by the sea, and Can Ros for authentic paella in the old fishing village of Barceloneta. There are so many restaurants to choose from though, we shared a list of more of our favorites here.


We always recommend living in the seaside neighborhood of Barceloneta as you are just a minute or two walk to the beach, and a close walk to the city center. Living in the old city, Ciutat Vella, or Eixample is great too. They are lovely places to wander, shop and eat in. Gracia is also a fantastic neighborhood to base in, with great restaurants and large squares full of people eating and drinking in the sun.

Community & Happenings

Barcelona has a very large expat community as people from all over Europe, and the world, desire to call it home. This is largely due to its fantastic climate and reasonable cost of living. This means there are always vaarious meetups and events going on, and something for everyone. You can also check out what’s happening, and when, by visiting TimeOut Barcelona for weekly happenings.

Weekend Trips

Being based in a large hub like Barcelona means you have access to cheap flights all over Europe (sometimes for as little as $2/flight!). It’s quick and cheap to hop over to Italy or Germany for the weekend.

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, you can head up the coast by train and beach hop. You can also take the train into Southern France to visit the charming town of Collioure. A high-speed train will get you to Madrid or Paris in just a few hours. You can also rent a car (or take a BlaBlaCar) anywhere that isn’t on a train line.

A more touristy day trip from Barcelona is a trip to Montserrat. We recommend taking the train, then opting to hike rather than take the funicular to the top. You’ll get some exercise and see some amazing views. If you’re into hiking there are hundreds of amazing spots just a quick train or car ride away from Barcelona.

Finally, visiting a winery or taking a cooking class is something visitors often want to do in Barcelona. If that’s you, our team can recommend some amazing spots for you.

The city really has something for everyone, with fantastic food, art, history, shopping, beaches and more. It’s no wonder our founder, Meesen, is based there. To book your trip to Barcelona, get started below!

Meet Our Barcelona City Host, Sam

When Behere cofounder, Meesen Brown, first moved to Barcelona she was fortunate to have connected with this amazing woman, Sam. A fellow female entrepreneur and remote work advocate, Sam had lived all around the world and was finally settling back in Barcelona to pursue her passion. They instantly hit it off and Sam became the city host for Barcelona, sharing her extensive knowledge of the city (and it’s incredible food) with Behere ladies. Read about Sam and her favorite things in Barcelona below.

You’ve done your fair share of traveling, tell us about how that all started…

I was born in Barcelona but two weeks later left for Portugal, where my parents were living at the time. Since then, I was raised as a ‘Third Culture Kid’ – moving every few years. By the time I was 18, I had lived in 7 cities, on 3 different continents. I had caught the ‘Nomad Bug’ and decided to keep going. My current count is 13 moves, to 11 cities, in 8 countries across 3 continents. Spanning from Barcelona, NYC, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Singapore and more.

What do you love so much about traveling?

What’s not to love about traveling?! Realizing you don’t need that many things to enjoy your everyday life except for a carry on and enough clean socks and underwear. Being constantly engaged by the novelty of a new country, new culture or language? The flavors and new ingredients of each place you land in. And the people, every time, no matter the differences, you always realize we are all looking for the same things in life. It doesn’t matter the religion, ethnicity, upbringing, we are all the same and I love being able to rediscover that every time I go to a new place.

What are you currently working on and what inspired you to start it?

I’m working on WTFBCN (Where is The Food? Barcelona) a passion project I started after leaving my 9-5 office job in Amsterdam. I used to work for a multinational company and even though life was good, life is even better now. I decided to move back to Barcelona, my hometown, to study Photography, specializing in Gastronomy. With my business background, I help restaurants with their photography, social media and marketing strategy needs.

From experience, what are your thoughts on living in new places.

Living in new places is necessary. It’s many times hard, harder than you can imagine – being surrounded by a new language, new customs, new shampoo brands you don’t know. Everything is new and this is both exciting and many times scary without a support system. Having been the ‘New Person’ so many times in schools or jobs it’s always daunting. You never really get used to it, even if you learn to adapt.
That’s one of the reasons I love being the Barcelona City Host for Behere. I’ve always so appreciated when someone has helped me figure out a new place, so I am happy to pay it forward. Plus, Barcelona is such an amazing, magical place it’s hard to not want to share this beautiful place with all the awesome (and kickass) women that have come through Barcelona with Behere. It’s been such a pleasure being able to meet these beautiful and hard-working ladies that it inspires me to keep pushing towards my goals.

We’re dying to know, what is your favorite thing about Barcelona?

My favorite thing about Barcelona is that although it might not be as big as NYC or Shanghai, it’s impossible to get bored. There is always something happening, the creativity and energy in this city is contagious! From travel-inspired ecological brunch spots like EatMyTrip, local bookstore turned tapas place like Pepa Pla, old-school favorites like Bar Cañete or wine tastings at Blended & Bottle Studio.
As well as the countless local experiences like The Paella Club, Indian Cuisine Master Classes with Anjalina Chugani, to Dining at a local sustainable farm with Foodisms, or clandestine dinner parties with Let’s Drunch in hidden venues all over the city. (By the way, most of these initiatives are run by inspiring female entrepreneurs from around the world!!).
Can’t give out all the secrets but when you come to Barcelona with Behere, you’ll be getting a personal tour of the best rooftops with views, most delicious bites, hidden gems, great brunch spots, and the best wine and cocktail bars.

To meet Sam in Barcelona and tour the city with her, live in Barcelona for a month with Behere. To get started choose the month you want to go, then an apartment, workspace and fitness studio here.
Photos and words by Sam.

Top 10 Barcelona Restaurants: The Best Eats in Barcelona

Finding the best restaurants is time-consuming and frustrating, especially when it’s in a city as renowned for its food as Barcelona. With so many delicious restaurants – from urban street food, to Michelin stars restaurants – here’s our list of the top Barcelona restaurants to help you sift through the thousands!

La Roseta (Barceloneta) – casual, breakfast / snacks

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Our personal breakfast fav, La Roseta, is a wonderful place to enjoy a coffee and treat. They serve delicious home-made cakes and cronuts, fresh sandwiches, smoothies and coffee. This cute cafe has minimal seating but is only a block from the ocean, so grab your treat and hit the beach! UPDATE: they have a sister cafe, La Cala, around the corner with a larger menu and outdoor seating!
Food: Banana Bread & Tomato, Avocado & Mozzarella Sandwich

Drink: Espresso & Fresh Orange Juice
Carrer de Meer, 37, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
@laroseta @lacalabarceloneta

Carvelle (El Raval) – casual, brunch / lunch

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Australian owned and inspired restaurant in the Raval neighborhood, here you can enjoy a delicious brunch. The medium sized venue has wonderful, inviting decor and a nano brewery on site. They source local ingredients, serving Nomad coffee (our fav) and local Yellow Bakery bread.  A brunch must try for sure!
Food: Coconut French Toast & Roast Pumpkin Salad

Drink: Nomad Coffee & Carvelle’s Nano Beer
Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 31, 08001 Barcelona, Spain 

Alsur Cafe (3 locations) – casual, brunch / drinks

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With 3 locations around the city, this cozy cafe has lots to offer. Amazing waffle grilled cheeses with bacon and avocado. Delicious banana bread french toast, or try an assortment of homemade cakes. Visit all three of their fabulous locations for the cozy atmosphere and tasty specials.
Food: Banana Bread French Toast & Avocado & Bacon Waffle Grilled Cheese

Drink: Fresh Ginger Orange Juice & Surfer Mojitos 
Plaza de Sant Cugat 1, 08003 Barcelona


Federal Café (2 locations) – casual, brunch

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This Australian cafe, owned by the same owner as Caravelle, is a great place to get some work done or have a tasty bite. Amazing seasonal food and Nomad coffee. The decor and abundance of space make it a great spot to work from too. When the weather is warm, they open the large loft windows for the fresh breeze to come in!
Food: Mac & Cheese & Quinoa Salad

Drink: Tommy’s Green Juice & Iced Coffee
C/ Parlament 39, 08015 Barcelona

Carabela Café (Port Vell) – casual, outdoor, lunch

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The best nachos in Barcelona! This fantastic Mexican spot, with outdoor-only seating serves the best no-nonsense nachos with a heaping pile of fresh guac, salsa and real cheddar cheese. Same goes for their burritos; chicken, beef or veggie options. Don’t miss the drinks either, tasty mint mojitos and jugs of sangria. It is the perfect spot for all day sun, near the port and great for people watching. A local and expat favorite, get there early to snag a seat!
Food: Small Nachos & Chicken Burrito

Drink: Vino Tinto Sangria & Mint Mojito
Pas de Sota Muralla, 3, 08003 Barcelona, Spain


Costa Pacifico (El Born) – casual, dinner / drinksbarcelona restaurants

The best fish tacos in Spain! Delicious tacos, wide selection, fresh local produce with fresh seafood. Excellent drinks and an option to sit outside in the lovely Placa de Sant Agusti Vell as well. This place is a fantastic casual dining, great for a group of friends. Come for dinner and stay late, as it becomes lively late night.
Food: Grilled Fish Taco & Octopus Ceviche

Drink: Mango Margarita & Mojito
Plaça de Sant Agustí Vell, 13, 08003 Barcelona


Meneghina (El Born) – date night, dinner

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This quaint Italian/French restaurant, changes their menu often, to use seasonal products. The highlights include the pasta entrees, unique appetizers and desserts. The chocolate dessert, filled with sweet, foamy, orange whip has us dreaming of more. The wines are carefully selected from Catalonia and Italy and the friendly staff are always happy to recommend a bottle.
Food: Eggplant Parmigiana & Homemade Spaghetti

Drink: Local Catalan Wine
Carrer dels Tiradors, 2, 08003 Barcelona, Spain


El Nacional (Eixample) – dinner / drinks

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El Nacional has five different areas to try traditional recipes from around the Iberian Peninsula, prepared with high quality produce in unique surroundings. Located on Passeig de Gràcia, it reflects Barcelona’s social and cultural life. A converted garage with an art-déco feel but a distinctively modern finish.
Food: Fresh Calamari & Tapas meat & cheese

Drink: Cava & House Cocktail
Passeig de Gràcia, 24, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Grasshopper Ramen (El Born) – casual, dinner

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Best ramen in Barcelona hands down! Owned by the same owner as Mosquito and Red Ant (delicious asian fare), this tiny ramen bar packs a flavourful bowl of noodles. From the vegetarian to the meat, each is the best bowl of ramen! The fast pace and limited bar seating options churns out lots of happy diners quickly.
Food: Veggie Ramen & Gyozas

Drink: Craft Beer & Organic Ginger Soda

Plaça de la Llana, 9, 08003 Barcelona, Spain


Sensi Mezzanine (El Born) – tapas / dinner

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For a truly delicious and unique tapas experience visit this place! With four Sensi restaurants (all fantastic) this place has great size, tasty tapas. Plus excellent and inventive dishes, and pleasant, responsive waitstaff Sensi is sure not too disappoint.
Food: Grilled octopus & fried zucchini with goat cheese

Drink: Local Wine & Spanish Beer
Carrer Ample 24, 08002 Barcelona

Did we make your mouth water? Well if you’re ready to book a trip to Barcelona to try all these tasty places, get started here!