Barcelona Like a Local: 10 Atypical Things To Try

This is your N-time in Barcelona and you are tired of typical visits, same monuments and crowded touristic places. You are looking for something original and different during your stay in Barcelona. Discover the 10 atypical activities you can try, taste, discover and enjoy in Barcelona.


1. Visit Casa Seat

Casa Seat is the new home of the famous Spanish car brand Seat. Situated in the city center of Barcelona, Casa Seat is a place to inspire yourself. You will learn more about the brand, new models, hybrid models and also personalize your future Seat. Follow @casaseat and be part of all interactive events the car company organizes.

〰 Insider Tip 〰 The entrance is free. After the visit, enjoy healthy lunch at Casa-Café Seat.

Casa Seat Barcelona ©Casa Seat

2. Make your own Catalan Espadrilles

Do you remember the picture of Dali with his favourite shoes called Espadrilles? For sure one of the most comfortable shoes ever, now you can create your own in only two hours. Kathe and Luis will introduce you in the history of espadrilles and provide all materials, tools and recommendations to create together with your shoes. You can choose the colour and size of the base, the laces and the threads. The workshop is available in different languages. I recommend you to book in advance of this experience because the groups are reduced.

〰 Insider Tip 〰 Make the perfect gift for your beloved one. If you are looking for more gift ideas ¨Made in Spain¨, check the Travel shop in my web page.

3. Visit Big Fun Museum

Wait, this is not the typical contemporary art museum. The Big Fun Museum was inspired by places like The Ice-Cream Museum in NYC, but still far away from WOW digital art museum in Tokyo. For sure all IG lovers can spend time, visiting these 7 museums in one, taking pictures and creating content. The exposition change so doesn't be afraid to visit it more than once.

〰 Insider Tip 〰 Visit the museum early in the morning when is not crowded with people, be creative and have fun.

4. Feel like a Prisoner for 90'

La Model was a prison, designed in 1904 until 2018 when opens doors for cultural events and public visits. During the guided tour you will visit places where was open only for prisoners and staff, like the entrance courtyards, the parlor, the center of the panopticon, galleries 4 and 5 and the sports court.

〰 Insider Tip 〰 The entrance is free. The guided visit has a duration of 90'. You should book a previous appointment through the following email: reserveslamodel@eurotomb.com See more in the video.

5. Cook Paella like a Local with Strangers

I'm sure most of you know the basic ingredients of Spanish Paella such as Valencian rice, meat or seafood and azafran. But there is still a lot to learn. Dedicate 3hrs and learn the secrets of delicious Spanish Paella and cook with a local chef. During the workshop, you will share your chef's skills with other strangers and have lunch/dinner after that all together. Book your Paella workshop and enjoy a lovely cooking time.

〰 Insider Tip 〰 Do you know that in Barcelona Thursday is the day, dedicated to the Paella? Avoid ordering paella in a restaurant during the night, not because only the tourist do this....just because is a heavy dish. If you wanna try to prepare paella at home use the following paella kit from our travel shop.

6. Welcome the Sunrise from your SUP Board

Maybe one of the best ways to welcome the first sunrises in the Mediterranean sea. The good news is that you don't need previous experience, just want to get up early in the morning. The host, Laia will provide the boards and give you some recommendations. The activity is around 90' which gives you time to practice in a group and have some free time to enjoy this epic morning experience on your own.

Book your Sunrise Paddlesurf here

〰 Insider Tip 〰 don't worry how to memorize this experience, because Laia will provide marvellous photographic captions after the activity. If you are looking for some sustainable swimwear check this one.

Paddle Surf during Sunrise in Barcelona ©Laia

7. Rent a Street Wall & Paint Graffiti

Everything is possible for one who passionately wants to create. This is not the typical tour through the best graffiti in town, instead of your graffiti place, where you can leave part of your artwork to the citizen in Barcelona. If you love street art and you have something to share, this is your place.

〰 Insider Tip 〰 Painting on the walls without previous permission is not allowed. Check here for more information and book your wall.

Street Art ©Unsplash

8. Learn All About Estrella Damm Beer

Estrella Damm is the main brand of Damm, a food and beverage company founded in Barcelona in 1876 by the Alsatian August Kuentzmann Damm. This beer, made 100% with natural ingredients, in March 2015 was distinguished as “the best Spanish beer of the year” by obtaining the “Spain Brewery Awards”, awarded by the jury of the New York International Beer Competition (information by Wikipedia)

Close to the famous Sagrada Familia you can find the first factory of Estrella Damm, which is open for public visits only for special cultural events. Close to the airport is the main factory you may visit. The guided tour takes 90 minutes: 60' of visit and 30' of a guided beer organoleptic tasting composed of beers.

〰 Insider Tip 〰 I recommend visit and tasting of 4 or 6 beers. Book your experience here. You can also buy it like a gift voucher for your beloved one.

Fabrica Estrella Damm Barcelona - Visit and Beer Tasting ©Estrella Damm

9. Create Your Own Skateboard & Enjoy One of the Skateparks in Barcelona

Do you know that Barcelona is dreamed destinations for skaters? In 2013 the city host XGames and this event motivate the city council to construct more skateparks, but in general, you can see skaters everywhere. My favourite skateparks are Agoda Skatepark (with areas for beginners to advanced), the one in Les Corts (which occupies 2000m2), the renovated Mar Bella Skatepark (because is close to the beach and is brand new one) and the square in front of MACBA (because of the authenticity, even is too crowded). But before that let's handmade our new wooden skateboard with the help of Esteve, owner of Aymaboards. Book your skateboard workshop here.

〰 Insider Tip 〰 The only inconvenience of this activity is that you should have a private transport to go there because the atelier is situated outside Barcelona.

Create Your Own Skateboard With Esteve ©Aymaboards

10. Play Golf in the City Center

Who will say I came to Barcelona to play golf in the city center in a typical Eixample courtyard. Even the local don't know that in a few meters of their houses have a small golf camp. Don't worry if you are not a professional player. A team of golf experts will take care of you and show you the right technique. Have fun and enjoy! For more information, check the web.

Play Golf in Eixample Courtyard ©Depique Golf Academy