Barcelona is a stunning city where history meets modernity. It is a city which offers so much from incredible Gaudí architecture and a world-leading football club to an exquisite food scene and nine UNESCO World Heritage site.
But before you visit it’s a good idea check the weather for the dates you’ll be in the city. But don’t fret if the sun isn’t shining as there is plenty to do when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Here are 10 things to do in Barcelona during bad weather.
1. AIRE Ancient Baths
Holidays are for relaxation, and few things are more relaxing than the spa experience at AIRE Ancient Baths, set in buildings which are hundreds of years old which helps to replicate baths from ancient Rome. Soft lighting and clear, heated pools create a royal atmosphere, and robes and toiletries are provided.
2. La Boqueria
There is no better place to experience Barcelona’s rich culture than a trip to the historic market of La Boqueria. This marketplace is filled with some of the best food Spain has to offer and a history which can be traced back 200 years.
Most of the stalls have been passed on from generation-to-generation, and the rich smells and aromas add to the experience, making it an ideal addition to the itinerary of anyone with culinary interests. I ate my way through meats and cheeses and washed it down with a freshly-squeezed fruit smoothie. A visit to La Boqueria is not just a treat for the tastebuds, but is also easy on the eye.
3. El Born
La Born is an area brimming with excellent bars and cafés, with its' narrow streets and old buildings give off a Latin vibe. The Spanish are known for their easy-going lifestyle and love of socialising, and this is one of Barcelona’s premier nightlife hotpots.
4. La Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Família is one of the world’s most intriguing landmarks. It has been in construction for more than 130 years and is set to be completed in 2026 if everything goes to plan and, despite setbacks such as the Spanish Civil War, construction has been continuous. Between 1883 and 1926, Gaudí dedicated much of his time to designing this particular architectural marvel. The attention-to-detail is mesmerising, with every window, block and pillar telling its own story. Just make sure to book your tickets in advance as they often sell out and can be difficult to purchase on the day.
Barcelona is a haven of shopping with a variety of malls on offer across the city. Each shopping centre has its own personality such as Las Arenas, which is located inside a former bull fighting ring. If you’re a fashionista, be sure to visit La Roca, an outlet village where will find authentic goods at attractive prices. La Roca is outside the city centre, but you can catch the shuttle service from Plaça de Catalunya.
6. Camp Nou
Camp Nou is one of the most iconic arenas in world football, and you don’t even have to be a fan of the game to enjoy the stadium tour. This palace-like building is great on any day thanks to its extensive museum documenting the history of FC Barcelona, one of Spain’s most decorated clubs, and if you’re there on gameday even better, as you may be able to see them play – if you can get a hold of a ticket.
7. Take a class
The Catalan people are very friendly, hospitable and are keen to share their culture with visitors and that’s why, in Barcelona, you will come across a lot of classes for pastimes such as flamenco and cooking. Most of them take place indoors and are a great way to spend a rainy day. Plus, these classes tend to be inexpensive and you can learn a new skill.