What to do on a (lazy) Sunday in Barcelona?

The shops in Barcelona are closed on Sundays and holidays, which sounds pretty inconvenient if you just planned to spend your weekend in the city. So, what can you do on a Sunday? Don’t worry about a thing – there’s never a reason to be bored in Barcelona....

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The shops in Barcelona are closed on Sundays and holidays, which sounds pretty inconvenient if you just planned to spend your weekend in the city. So, what can you do on a Sunday? Don’t worry about a thing – there’s never a reason to be bored in Barcelona. There are lots things to keep you busy and, with a little advance planning, you can fit everything around the local timetable. Here are a few of our favorite things to help make your Sunday a Funday!

The beach

The beach in Barcelona is always a good idea. Whether it’s warm or cold, there’s always a reason to head for the Med. It’s perfect for a relaxed day, working on that summer tan, taking a walk by the sea, recovering from your Saturday night with the fresh sea breeze or enjoying a cold beer or cocktail from the chiringuito (beach bar). In the summertime the Barceloneta beach gets very crowded, so if you are looking for a quieter, less touristy beach we recommend you head down south to Nova Icaria or Mar Bella. Our suggestions for day trips to the beach are; Castelldefells, Sitges or Tarragona. These towns have beautiful beaches, are easily accessible by train and you won’t find lots of tourists.

Shopping at Maremagnum

Yes, it is possible to enjoy some retail therapy on a Sunday! Luckily not all shops close on Sundays in Barcelona. At the end of the Ramblas, by the port, you’ll find Maremagnum, a huge mall with lots of shops, restaurants and a big cinema which are all open from Monday to Sunday including holidays. Not only does it have all the well known shops like Mango, Bershka, H&M, etc. you can also stroll around on the lovely bridge, sit down at the pier or lay down on the grass. If you want to check out everything Maremagnum offers click here for the official website.

Visit the touristic attractions

Save some of Barcelona’s best attractions for your Sundays. This is the best day to do some sightseeing and your greatest opportunity to shoot some amazing pictures. Compared to the other days of the week, Sunday is the least crowded. Go picnicking with your family and friends in Park Guell  or visit one of the many museums Barcelona has to offer. Take a walk around the city to see the stunning legacy of Gaudí and his contemporaries, from the Casa Batlló and La Pedrera on Passeig de Gràcia to the yet-unfinished Sagrada Familia. If you are here on the first Sunday of the month, you’re in luck as many museums offer free entrance. It’s best to go early, because the most popular ones get busy.

Water activities

Sunday water-funday! We offer a wide ranges of fun and active or relaxing water activities. Rent a boat with your friends to just chill out and sail away with a gentle breeze through the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Just lay down on the deck to enjoy the beautiful coastline of Catalonia. Or challenge yourself and your friends to manage the exciting hover or flyboard! You can also have a go at scuba diving on the Costa Brava, or try your hand at paddle surf straight from the beach in Barcelona. Check out our official website for all our water activities.

Watch the Sardana dance 

Every Sunday from 11.15am to 1pm you can enjoy the sight of traditional Sardana dancing in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona. This delicate dance is accompanied by traditional instruments played by a Cobla (Sardana band) and is well worth seeing. Many locals take part in the weekly dance.

Barcelona Street Style Tour

Experience Barcelona on a completely new level. This tour is a wonderful way to discover the  best street art and graffiti of Barcelona and to get to know the stories behind it. Every day the El Borne/Gothic Quarter Street Excursion starts at the side of the Arc de Triomf at 2pm and the Raval Street Adventure starts at the side of the MACBA in Plaça Dels Angels at 4.45pm. Tours are free, but donations are highly appreciated by the excellent guides. Check out their website and our personal experience with the tour for more information.

Brunch in the park

The popular Brunch in the Park is the perfect way to spend some Sunday time with your family and friends in a cosmopolitan and urban setting. A picnic in the park, good food, good company and the best electronic music. What more do you want? Check out their official website for their full program.

Hotel Terraces

Many Barcelona hotels open their rooftop terraces to the public. High above the city, they are ideal for finding some Sunday quiet and with spectacular views in often luxurious surroundings. Go during the day and soak up some rays with a refreshing drink in hand, or go in the evening for a romantic dinner while enjoying beautiful Barcelona by night. Here are some of our favorites:

Claris Hotel Terrace

This luxury 5-star hotel is located in the heart of Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood and has a stunning terrace complete with a gorgeous pool. Come here if you want a healthy lunch as they have a good set menu or for evening cocktails in a laid back yet hip atmosphere. Check out their website and location.

Hotel Arts Arola Terrace

As one of the most celebrated hotels in the city, the 5-star Hotel Arts is noted for creating unique experiences for its guests. Enjoy a privileged view of the sea, the hotel’s exquisite gardens and Frank Ghery’s iconic fish sculpture while listening to modern lounge music. Check out their website and location.

Wet Bar

The Eclipse Bar in the famous W hotel is a popular hangout among the trendy public, but during a sultry summer evening you’d rather spend your day outdoors. The Wet Bar is located next to the hotel pool. Listen to the most popular DJs in town with a view of the Mediterranean sea and sipping a cocktail on one the sofas. The subtle lighting makes the atmosphere a perfect hotspot. Check out their website and location.

If you are looking for something different and extra fun to do, either adrenaline-fuelled or relaxing, visit www.lifestylebarcelona.com for more than 300 unique activities.

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