Barcelona is a gorgeous city with many fun things to do. The weather is perfect, the people are friendly, and there is so much you can do and see. It's a place where you can spend weeks in and still not see everything. Barcelona is also a city that many people end up having a long layover at. For some reason, many people that I've talked to, myself included, have had at least a few hours to kill in Barcelona. So if you happen to have 8 or more hours to waste in Barcelona here are my 6 recommendations on things to do in Barcelona on a layover.


Parc de la Ciutadella

Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL massive park located on the northeastern edge of Barcelona. You can easily spend a few hours here walking around and absorbing all that this park has to offer. There are many statues, greenery, fountains, and a beautiful mini lake in the middle with boats that you can ride. There are usually some kind of activities going on here from group exercise classes to concerts as well. Once you are done in the park visit the Barcelona Zoo which is located at the end of the park. There will be something here for everyone.

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Picasso Museum

I have always been a big Picasso fan, and when I found out there's a Picasso museum in Barcelona I just had to stop by. For only 11 this museum was worth every penny. Located on a small pedestrian street the building itself is quite old and adds an awesome touch to the exhibit. The museum itself had a wonderful collection showcasing the evolution of Picasso's work. Starting at the very early stages of his career and brings you on a journey through his life. There are no photos in the museum so be mindful when you visit. Book your tickets to the Picasso Museum and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour here.

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

I accidentally stumbled into this place when I was killing some time waiting for a restaurant I wanted to eat at to open. Museums are usually always fun for me and this one didn't disappoint. The museum itself is fairly small but very worthwhile to go see. It was very extensive and informative diving into the history of hemp and cannabis. The building itself is a work of art as well, there are beautiful stained windows throughout the entire building and you can really get mesmerized looking at them. Book your tickets and audio tour here.

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Cathedral of Barcelona

Cathedrals are one of those things that I usually always visit when I'm traveling to a new European city. Probably because my mother would be very proud if I went to visit every cathedral in Europe haha. This cathedral is extremely beautiful with an amazing faade and an even more beautiful interior. The cathedral costs 7 to go in but after 7 pm it is free. At this time it's usually really crowded and you can't see as much so I suggest going earlier. I also recommend going up to the balcony, the views from there are incredible. Remember this is a cathedral so cover your knees and shoulders.

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Casa Batll

OK, if you don't do anything else on this list you HAVE to go visit Casa Batll. This is an incredibly designed building by an architect named Antoni Gaudi (who also did Guell Park, but the park is a bit out of the city to go visit on just a layover). The house is absolutely stunning with incredible architecture inside and out. It will have you smiling the entire time you are inside. The tour is extremely well developed and organized and you can do the self-guided tour and take your time. You can easily spend half a day here just being mesmerized by all of his work.

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Il Caffe di Francesco

After a long day of exploring stop into Il Caffe di Francesco, located just a few minutes walking from Casa Battl, and order a special coffee. This isn't the cutest coffee shop I've ever seen but it sure has some of the best specialty coffee, I had a delicious Bourbon coffee with bourbon, whipped cream, cinnamon, and coffee. MMMM I wish I had one right now.

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As you can see there are a ton of things to do in Barcelona on a layover, even if you are there for a short period of time. I highly recommend doing things that are within the center and not traveling too far out of your way to explore. Barcelona is big and if you did that you will be losing precious time to see the beauties this city has to offer.

Have you ever been to Barcelona? What was your favorite thing about the city? Tell me in the comments below.

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