The meteo in Barcelona is sometimes unpredictable. Even if Barcelona is beautiful during summer, the rain can come but it should not ruin your stay! Here are some activities you can do during a rainy day in Barcelona.
Start your day with a quality, hot breakfast
To start a good rainy day, eat a succulent breakfast at the fairy We Pudding Café, in a circus atmosphere with giant mushrooms around you, you will feel like Alice in Wonderland. You can also go to the Farga Café, a creative and refined cake shop, probably the best in Barcelona with a classy atmosphere within its walls. Also the famous Bopan bakery, one of the best in the Catalan capital city, to enjoy several high quality bread and pastries with a hot coffee. El Fornet, if you want to taste some of high quality breads, croissants and other pastries this is the place to go. Eventually, the Mauri, a classic Catalan tearoom where you can enjoy chocolates and high quality pastries on the morning.
We Pudding – Carrer Pau Claris 90
Farga – Carrer Diagonal 391
Bopan – Rambla de Catalunya 119
El Fornet – Rambla de Catalunya 82
Mauri – Rambla de Catalunya 102
If it is raining, you can take shelter in some of the best shopping areas of Barcelona, such as Las Ramblas, Avinguda del Portal de l’Angel or El Borne district. Those shopping centers, especially El Borne, are really pleasant to spend a rainy day going shopping and benefiting from the heating of these shops.
You can also go to the commercial centers such as Maremagnum, Las Arenas, Diagonal Mar, El Glories etc.
Discover the city with the Bus Turístic
The rain should not prevent you from visiting the Catalan capital city. The double-decker bus from Plaça Catalunya is covered so do not worry you will enjoy a great sight without getting wet.
You can choose between three tours that will lead you to the best monuments, shops and museums of Barcelona including La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia, the Parc Guëll, the Camp Nou, the Parc de la Ciutadella or El Passeig de Gracia. There are also stops at great museums like the MNAC, the Museu Marítim or the Museu D’Història de Catalunya.
Museums and art galleries are really pleasant to visit during rainy days. Furthermore, some museums are free on Sunday. Amongst the museums of interest, we recommend to visit the MACBA, the MHCAT, the Museu Marítim, the Museu Picasso, the Chocolate Museum, the CaixaForum, the Fundació Joan Miró or the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.
Some of these museums are free of charge, but you may visit the official websites to know more about. There, you can discover some of the best artworks from great artists, some incredible remainings from the Roman times, amazing stories from the naval domination of Catalunya and so on. Everything to fill up with culture during a rainy day!
Go to the Barcelona Aquarium
If you want to enjoy a rainy day with children, the aquarium of Barcelona is one of the most important in the world and is a super place to discover mediterranean animals, 11,000 fishes and 450 different marine species.
This is an entertaining place both for children and adults and you could admire the greatest species such as sharks. The aquarium is specialized in mediterranean marine species, but you can also encounter fishes from the whole world.
Visit the surroundings of Barcelona
In just an hour you can visit the cities around Barcelona, such as Sitges, Tarragona, Girona or Montserrat. You can drive by car or take the bus or trains from Barcelona. Those cities are surprising and interesting if you want to discover the real Catalan culture with amazing sights, museums and monuments.
From the North to the South of Barcelona, in just one hour you can enjoy the whole riches of Catalunya. Here is our link to our article about day trips around Barcelona.
Learn the Catalan culture
If you want to learn the real culture during a rainy day, you can go to cooking courses to know how to prepare a paella in a Catalan style, tapas, or typical drinks. You can also learn the Sardana dance, which shows the real idendity and unity of Catalunya. In any case, there are plenty of cultural activities to do indoor to feel the real Barcelona.