Check out our year-end list of the best activities in Barcelona in 2016.
Love it or hate it, the year 2016 is winding down, and as it does, it’s fun to consider the activities and adventures that stood out from the rest. Here at Lifestyle Barcelona, we’re taking a look at some of our very favorite adventures and things to do in Barcelona. Join us in our countdown to the number-one adventure in Lifestyle Barcelona’s top ten best activities in Barcelona in 2016!
Starting out at number ten on in our countdown of this year’s best activities in Barcelona is the Park Güell Treasure Hunt. Set inside the colorful, whimsical world of Park Güell, this treasure hunt will lead you through some of Gaudí’s most stunning works of art. The modernist master’s eponymous garden is an incredible location for a treasure hunt, and any fans of intricate puzzles, art, or history will enjoy untangling clues. With all necessary equipment included (and actors available to take you through the park, if you’re so inclined), this activity is a slam-dunk for anyone seeking a fun afternoon outside. Details here.
While 2016 might have brought some fun, this year certainly wasn’t good to everyone. If you’ve never been happier to ring in the New Year, then this activity was designed with you in mind. Enjoy a delightful foot bath, a refreshing grapefruit scrub, and a stunning massage with grapeseed oil—all while sipping on your choice of Spanish wine. Bask in the luxury of being pampered in the best possible way as all of the tension in your body warms into relaxation; you’ve earned it. If you’re interested, click here for more.
Zip through the Barcelona backstreets as you spend an afternoon tasting sangria, talking to locals, and finding clues, all as part of this culinary scavenger hunt. Best with a few teammates who know a little something about Spanish cuisine, this activity is made for any competitive foodies or wanderers with a sense of adventure. Tasting authentic paella or munching on a tapa while you explore forgotten streets in the Gothic Quarter is an experience sure to leave even the most jaded tourist breathless; racing your friends to the finish line is just a bonus. Interested? More details here.
Wine aficionados, this one is for you. After kicking off with a tour of a Catalan winery, this sparkling activity involves tasting many different cavas and even creating your own. Discover the intricacies of the cava production process, learning the rich and interesting history that lies behind Spain’s sparkling wine. Then, once you’ve enjoyed a detailed explanation of the process from your expert guide, you and your friends can taste various delightful cavas with a newfound appreciation for the hard work, creativity, and craftsmanship that goes into them. After that, your guide will take you through a new adventure: blending different cavas to create your own unique bottle that you can take home! Details here.
Searching for a little R&R in the new year? This blast from the past is sure to provide you with the kind of blissed-out relaxation you’ll remember for years to come. A holdover from hundreds of years ago, the Arab baths still include luxurious pools of water designed to soak your troubles away. Whether you’re alone or with a group, this activity can bring peace to even the most troubled heart. Opt for a massage or just spend some time in the pools, letting your body rest and your thoughts unspool. More information available here.
Created over a hundred years ago in the Spanish Basque country, pintxos and cider is time-honored tradition as tasty as it is fun. In this activity, you and your group can enjoy a three-hour workshop designed to impart the tricks of the pintxo trade to you! With a master chef as your guide, you can taste cider, try new pintxos, and even create your own—complete with taste notes and a competition to decide on the best ones. Whether you’re searching for something fun to do with friends or even for corporate activities in Barcelona, you’re sure to have a blast on this culinary adventure. Click here for more info.
One moment, you’re gazing down at the amazing turquoise water of the Costa Brava; the next, you’re plummeting toward it, arms thrown open, heart banging in your chest. Then the chute’s open and you’re there, really there: floating slowly toward the rolling green Catalan countryside. Skydiving unlocks something incredible, something indescribable, and there’s no better place to do it than in Catalonia. If you’re looking unique activities in Barcelona, you can’t go wrong with an adventure like this. Details here.
If you’re the friend with a killer cocktail recipe in your pocket—or not—you’ll love this enthralling evening learning brand-new drinks from a real mixologist. One of the best activities in Barcelona in 2016 was definitely this incredible cocktail class. With your friends or coworkers, you can spend a night trying new drinks, building your own concoctions, and dancing at one of Barcelona’s hottest nightclubs! This activity is one wild adventure, perfect for stag or hen parties and best with friends. Sound amazing? More info here.
Coming in at number two on our countdown to the top ten best activities in Barcelona in 2016, the husky sledding experience is a perfect storm of snow, education, and, of course, huskies. Bound over the snow in your very own sled while you learn the commands, tips, and tricks utilized by real mushers! With a knowledgeable guide and some seriously adorable buddies, you can experience what it’s like to be a musher in the striking Pyrenees mountains. Interested parties can click here.
Number one in our countdown is an exploration of a whole other dimension: the world that waits beneath the waves of the Mediterranean. Scuba diving is the ultimate in water activities in Barcelona, and it’s one of the most underrated ways to explore a new landscape. In this activity, you can get scuba-certified by qualified PADI instructors with a theory class and a practice pool session, followed by two incredible dives in the Costa Brava. Drift along the floor of the ocean, admiring the assortment of beautiful, strange creatures that dwell there. Once you’re certified, you can go diving in other parts of Spain, or head out into the rest of the world to find out what a trip deep into the ocean looks like there! It’s an amazing experience, perfect for any who love the water. Details here.
Did you enjoy our countdown to the top ten best activities in Barcelona in 2016? What are some of your favorite activities? Let us know in the comments!