Offbeat Activities in Barcelona

With so many tourists and travelers frequenting the city, it's often hard to find a few quiet, off the beaten path places to soak in the 'real' Barcelona culture and genuine city vibe. There are however, several things you can do which aren't quite as mainstream and won't have you surrounded by picture snapping tourists.

Our number one pick is probably the best way to see the city in a very local light, with the company of a private guide. Hi This Is Barcelona is one of the city's only tour companies catering to showing visitors the local side of Barcelona. They specialize in customized tours, so you end up seeing the city through the eyes of a very knowledgeable 'friend'.

If you want to splurge and have a bit of an adventure away from the crowds, then our number four pick is ideal. Private Hot Air Balloon rides over Catalonia are fun, different and a great way to get a birds eye view of the region. This is an excellent gift idea if you're looking to surprise a partner or do something unique during your Barcelona stay.

And if you're into Gaudi, but want to venture off the 'Gaudi beaten path', then our number nine pick is perfect. Located about 40 minutes outside of the city, Colonia Guell is home to Gaudi's Crypt and an excellent day trip to visit the colony as well as to see Gaudi's magnificent works.

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Hi This Is Barcelona

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Atypical tours. Barcelona from a local's perspective. Beyond the guide books... read more

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Paladar Vinoteca


Classy, quaint vinoteca near the center of town. Has a large variety of reasonably priced upscale wines... read more

Sitges and Freixenet's Cava Wine Cellars Day Trip from Barcelona

Wine Tour... read more

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Private Hot Air Balloon Flight over Catalonia

A romantic ride over Barcelona and Catalonia in a hot air balloon. Flights for two people lasting 30 minutes... read more

Barcelona Mountain Bike Tour - Caldes de Montbui

Mountain Bike Tour. Hot thermal springs. Barcelona day trip... read more

Hiking in St Miquel del Fai

Hiking in medieval architecture. Natural Cascades. Delicious Restaurants... read more

Casa Vicens

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Carrer de les Carolines 18-24

Antoni Gaudi's First Work... read more

Iglesia de Sant Just i Pastor

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plaça de Sant Just s/n

An old church... read more

Colònia Güell

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