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What to do on a Rainy Day in Barcelona

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

Barcelona is arguably one of the most captivating and lively cities in the world! If you find yourself here for a vacation, it is likely you have a long list of places you want to go and things you want to see. If a rainy day impedes upon those plans, you may be left feeling cheated out of a great opportunity to see the city! We are here to assure you that even with some rain, there are still plenty of exciting things to do and see. Try some of these ideas!

Cava Tasting Experience

If you aren't already familiar with cava, it's a Spanish version of champagne made in Catalonia that's similar to a sparkling wine. There are a couple ways to go about finding a tasting. You could head to the Gothic Quarter or El Born and sip on different cavas on your own, or you could opt for a more organized tasting with a local guide.

You can see the resemblance to champagne, as cava is poured above.

Try Churros con Chocolate

Grey, wet and cold rainy day got you down? Warm up with some delicious churros paired with a cup of hot, melted chocolate, one of many classic desserts here in Spain. We suggest trying these from a more authentic cafe for the best quality churros, so steer clear of more tourist-aimed cafes. You can't go wrong with this treat to brighten up your day!

A cup filled with warm chocolate is the perfect match for a hot, cinnamon churro on a cold day.


Sleep in a bit later and then treat yourself for brunch in the city! For all the foodies out there, head to Insta-worthy places like Brunch & Cake, El Árbol, or Firebug. For those looking for a spot with a unique, decorative atmosphere try Tropico, Eat My Trip, Cremat 11, Chaka Khan, or Ugot Bruncherie! Great food, good company, and a perfect photo-op for those Insta-worthy pancakes you may order!

The decadent pancakes at Cremat 11, a reason in itself to take a visit.

A Day of Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect known for his unique, one-of-a-kind style of work, which can be found in architecture and designs scattered all around the city. Take a tour of Casa Batlló or Casa Milà, both considered masterpieces with intricate details that will leave you mesmerized. You can even tour both spots if you're feeling up to it! Although rain makes it more likely to have a shorter wait time, it is not guaranteed, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line in the rain!

Looking up at Casa Batlló from the outside, located in the center of Barcelona.

Head to the Bars: Find a cool bar to play games or pool, enjoy a drink, and hangout with friends or family! There are so many fun bars to try out in Barcelona, and the best thing is that if you try one and aren't a fan, there's always a new one right around the corner! You can even hop bar to bar and make a day out of trying new drinks and enjoying the different atmospheres of every bar you visit!

A quiet low-lit bar in Barcelona

Whatever you choose to do for the day, don't let the rain ruin your stay in one of the greatest cities in the world!

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