Things to do in Barcelona when it rains

29 Things to do in Barcelona when it rains – Insider guide Eating Tapas, Dancing and Hot Chocolate

29 Things to do in Barcelona when it rainsSo, what are some things to do in Barcelona when it rains?

I am assuming you found yourself in Barcelona while it’s raining?

First of all: Sorry from my end!

It does not rain that often, but when it does, well, it pours. We know our hometown inside out.

Obviously, we experienced many rainy days over the days. Naturally we swapped the beach for the museums and Plaça Espanya for a beautiful restaurant.

We want to stay indoor to avoid getting wet, right?

Well, technically yes.

BUT there is a BUT…

When it rains, half the city gets empty and people get away from the streets looking for shelters such as cafés, bars, malls, you name it.

We give you our best on the hands.

It includes indoor activities as well as some ideas on staying outside.

You might get a bit wet.

However, it will be worth it, I promise.

29 Things to do in Barcelona when it rains

Get an umbrella or throw on your poncho.

Here is the ultimate list of activities to make the best out of rainy Barcelona. My complete list about

1. Join a cooking Class

We seriously love cooking. Let’s stay inside and get to know culture. When it rains in Barcelona, how about you learn to cook a handmade Paella?

This is time well spend! There is a ton of cool paella cooking classes with Airbnb Experience

We visited a cooking class in Barcelona and have a great time.

Check all Cooking Classes in Barcelona here
Taste an authentic Paella
Best Places to eat in BCN

2. Escape Room

Have you ever tried to escape from a locked room? Pack your friends and check out one of the many escape rooms in Barcelona.

What is an Escape Room?

You will be locked into a room to find glues and solve puzzles. There are many different themes to pick from.

The goal is to find the last key to open the final door and escape the room.

It is 100% fun.

We tried some in Prague, Skopje, Strasbourg…really perfect for a rainy day!

Here you have some escape rooms in Barcelona:

Escape room. Will you make it on time?

3. Laser Tag

Barney Stinson would be proud!

Get a laser tag and meet your friends at the battle field. There are a couple of providers around the city.

We just found Play point Barcelona.

4. Wine and/or Cava Tasting

Another indoor activity, but totally different: WINE TASTINGS!! Yes, Spain is a wine country and especially Catalonia is known for its famous Cava.

It is the Catalan answer to french Champagne. Join a wine tasting and become part of the sommelier world.

You can check all Barcelona wine tours here.

A not to serious warning from my end:

You will love Cava and Wine so much, you might wanna bring home some bottles as well. Leave some room in your luggage for that.

Wine tasting Barcelona

5. Have a hoooooot chocolate (with Churros)

The non-alcoholic way to sneak away from a rainy, grey day is having a hot, creamy chocolate.

And I know just the place: La Nena in Gracia.

It is a family friendly place where kids can play board games and draw.

There is no WiFi and the team encourages the guests to chat along instead of staring at a flat screen.

I really enjoyed this.

The board games are obviously not limited to kids hands.

Enjoy chocolate con churros

6. Have a coffee

Confession time: I love coffee.

Whenever I want to work outside in a café, I love to check out new design-led coffees. The only requirement: Creamy delicious coffee!

Here is my list of 13 best coffee places in Barcelona.

It covers as well the hipster coffee spots.

I also included cafés without WiFi.

Best coffee shops Barcelona - ultimate List

7. How about Brunch?

Breakfast? Lunch? BRUNCH!

Brunch is very popular in Barcelona, especially on the weekends.

Have a brunch any time between 9am and 4pm.

Great places for Brunch in Barcelona I recommend are:

I also enjoy Brunch at Casa Bonay.

I recommend Casa Bonay as well for staying overnight. I included it in my guide to where to stay in Barcelona for first-time visitors.

Best coffee shops Barcelona Espai Joliu

8. Bus Touristic

Let us talk about the touristic highlights and sights you can visit when it is raining.

The best way to get around under this circumstances, is Bus Turistic.

You can buy the Bus Turistic tickets here.

The Tourist Bus brings you straight to the different hotspots.

It is easier and faster than the metro (and cheaper than taxi).

So, what’s worth it to visit then?

Bus Touristc Barcelona

9. Sagrada Familia

On a rainy day, you can STILL visit La Sagrada Familia. You will be indoor, getting blown away by genius Antonio Gaudi.

The famous Catalan architect started this magnificent, iconic building.

A small con: Photos from the facade will likely be more beautiful at a sunny day.

Either way, it is still worth it!

Pro tip: Get your ticket beforehand!

This way you can skip the 1-2 hour line in front of the building. Even when it’s raining, there is a queue to get inside.

We have seen it so many times.

Skip the line and buy your ticket beforehand.

It is the same price and it only comes with advantages.

Buy your Skip-The-Line Ticket here

Sagrada Familia

10. Casa Batllo and Casa Mila

The same goes for Casa Batllo. When it is raining, the queues here are usually much smaller. However, I can’t guarantee you this.

It is better to purchase the ticket in advance.

You can buy your Casa Batlló ticket here.

That way, you won’t have to queue.

The Casa Mila, known as La Pedrera is also a good option. It’s just 2 blocks away from Casa Mila, and equally gorgeous. The difference? There are actually people living in Casa Mila.

Get your Casa Batllo Ticket here

Casa Mila

11. Barcelona Cathedral

Another highlight to visit and being indoors is the Cathedral.

This majestic building is right in the Old Town, the Gothic Quarter.

On some events there is a small entrance fee.

Remember to wear appropriate clothing as you are entering a church.

12. Wander Las Ramblas

You know what I love when it is raining in Barcelona?

The city can be half empty.

I have it all for myself!

Spanish and Catalan people really do not like rain and tourist usually run inside as well.

This is where the umbrella can shine with all its glory.

Start at Placa Catalunya and wander along the famous Las Ramblas.

On your way down to the harbor you will pass on the right-hand La Boqueria Market.

Las Ramblas

13. La Boqueria Market

La Boqueria Market can get crowded when it rains.

Keep this in mind.

However, usually it is not. La Boqueria is covered with a roof. Get lost here, try different local and international dishes.

Boqueria Market

And most of all: get a fresh smoothie.

It will keep you healthy and pump up your body with fresh vitamins. A good idea to stay healthy on your trip.

Pro Tip: Never buy anything on the entrance. Prices are higher here.

I always walk straight inside.

When entering from the main entrance, I walk 3 stalls inside and then to the right. This is where I get my vegetables, fruits…and smoothies!

Boqueria Market in Barcelona

14. Bowling

That is a classic, right?!

There are a couple of Bowling areas around the city. The one I went to is right behind Camp Nou, the stadium of FC Barcelona.

It is called Bowling Pedralbes.

You pay per person and per matches. You can also eat here.

On the side, you will find as well Foosball tables, air hockey and more games.

15. Eat, eat, eat

The number one thing to do with bad  (even with good) weather in Barcelona is the Cooking Class. I have to say it again, seriously!

That being said, eating out is another kind of hobby of mine.

The cuisine is absolutely incredible here and you can choose from so many different styles.

Here is a list of restaurants I love:

Find all my favorite restaurants in Barcelona here.

Relax in Gracia, Barcelona

16. SPA Retreat

Sometimes also known as romantic retreat. A SPA is a good idea for a hideaway. There are a couple of fantastic spas to choose from.

Find my 12 best spas in Barcelona here.

The 12 Best Spas in Barcelona

17. Board Games at LOST Bar

We locals simply call it „the Lost Bar“.