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7 Things Tourists Don't Do in Barcelona, but You Should

Barcelona attractions and neighborhoods unexplored by most tourists...

Pandemic Travel Update: Spain largely is open for tourism by fully vaccinated travelers. If you are not in Barcelona already, be sure to check current government orders for details. Entry requirements vary depending on origin country, but proof of vaccination and a recent negative test result are commonly needed. Mask wearing is required in the country, as well. Double check to make sure that specific attractions of interest are open for the dates of your visit, too.

Many tourists visit Barcelona expecting to soak up some sun at the beach, to admire Gaudí architecture, and to eat a paella or two. Although these certainly are enjoyable activities, Barcelona can be more than its famous attractions that dot its well-worn tour bus routes.

If you want to get away from the districts where tourists are at their thickest and see more of the city, here are seven alternate perspectives of Barcelona that are favorites of Collectively, it is hoped that these locales go beyond your expectations and provide at least a slightly more nuanced and detailed understanding of Barcelona than visiting only the top tourist attractions.

Just as does for our 7 Things Tourists Do in Barcelona That You Should Do Also, we likewise show you how to reach each destination via the Barcelona Metro (TMB, FGC), complete with the best exits to use and the most pleasurable walks for each destination. Let's get started...

Click a photo for details on each attraction, how to get there, our favorite walks, what to see in each neighborhood, where to eat nearby, and much more. We also have these itineraries on a map.'s 7 Overlooked Things to Do in Barcelona Map (Full Screen)

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  • Writing & Photos By Brock Kyle. All Rights Reserved. Published 13 July 2021. Feedback.