Barcelona is a city famous for its beach weather with hot summers and mild winters. But believe it or not, it even rains in Barcelona and when it rains, it doesn't just rain. Expect heavy downpours and water up to your ankles.
However, being the epic city that it is, Barcelona has plenty of exciting things to do for when such an occasion arises. So for the time being, swap your bikini for a brolly and head over to our favourite rainy day spots!
Show 'em who's chef!
Many flock to Catalonia to sample their delicious cuisine whether this may be crema catalana or pa amb tomàquet. But how about going that extra mile and learning how to make them yourself? If you're looking for an exciting way to spend your day inside, look no further and sign up for a Catalan cookery class.
Be prepared to roll up your sleeves, tie on your apron and get cooking! Chefs will demonstrate techniques, share their cooking tips and ideas as you learn how to create spectacular Spanish dishes with likeminded people.
Address: C/ Fusina, 15
After a trip to Barcelona you may be tapas’d out. But once you get home, you'll be salivating at the thought of patatas bravas. This company offers hands-on cooking classes where you’ll learn how to prepare some of these delightful Spanish nibbles yourself!
Address: La Rambla, 58
For those that crave culture...
Barcelona is world famous for its vast selection of museums and with so many to choose from, so what if it rains! However, if it’s not possible to squeeze them all in, here are some must-dos for your trip:
A day out that will keep both you and the kids amused for hours! With its fantastic display of sea life and plenty of activities available for the whole family to enjoy, this place will not disappoint. Explore the weird and wonderful depths of the ocean and learn about what lies beneath the deap blue sea!
Address: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell
The Nou Camp
This may come as no surprise that this is the most popular museum in the city, attracting huge crowds daily. Dedicated to all things Barça, you can explore the history and impressive triumphs of the team with the ‘Camp Nou Experience’.
Address: C/Aristides Maillol, 12
The best art galleries
Barcelona houses some incredible masterpieces and between the MNAC, MACBA, CCCB and the Picasso Museum you'll get your art fix. From more classic works of art to avant-garde designs, there really is something to suit each and every artistic taste. After all, Barcelona is a city to be reckoned with when it comes to art!
Shop 'til you drop!
If a city knows how to shop, it's Barcelona. Across the city you will find all your favourite high street brands from H&M to Zara and thankfully in indoor shopping malls- the perfect shelter from the rain!
One of Barcelona's most popular shopping malls, it sells pretty much everything. From clothes to accessories to trinkets and toys, whatever your age or desire, there's something there for you! It has plenty of great restaurants and cafes for a spot of lunch to break up your day.
Address: Av. Diagonal, 557
Previously a bull ring, this fascinating building is now a state of the art shopping centre with a wide selection of shops to take your fancy. As part of your shopping experience, head to one of the rooftop restaurants to enjoy breathtaking views of the city and a quality dining experience.
Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385
Situated alongside the port, this fantastic shopping centre offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea that can even be enjoyed on a rainy day! After an exhausting day of shopping, grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants inside the mall. Next door you can also find the IMAX cinema, another great place to hide from the rain!
Address: Moll d’Espanya, 5
Grab a cuppa!
There's nothing quite like a hot drink in a cosy café on a rainy day. Barcelona has only recently joined the booming coffee shop culture which has taken the world by storm but boy do they know how to do it well. Scattered around the city, there are plenty of hidden gems with quirky décor and vibrant atmospheres. So hide away until the rain stops in one of these particularly enticing spots:
Ever wanted to go to a Mad Hatter's Party? Well now's your chance! With a range of sweet treats to die for and a vibrant and colourful atmosphere, this is a must do for your visit to Barcelona. A personal recommendation is their té de la abuela and their scrumptious carrot cake.
Address: C/Pau Claris, 90
This Japanese tea house is perfect for an authentic experience and for sampling a wide range of oriental teas. Chill out for a few hours and feel totally zen as you listen to the pitter patter of the rain outside.
Address: C/Rossello, 197
Keeping in line with Barcelona's hipster scene, this coffee shop/art gallery is a latte lover’s haven. Have a slice of cake with your coffee and occupy yourself with the fascinating décor of the café as you await the rain to stop.
Address: C/ Enric Granados, 3
El Bosc de les Fades
A truly unique and magical place, it really is like no other! An enchanted forest inhabited by strange trees, gnomes and other mystical creatures it is the perfect place to lose yourself for a couple of hours.
Address: Passatge de la Banca, 5
And now to relaaaaaaaaax!
All these rainy day activities can really take it out of you, so make sure to squeeze in some relaxation time. And what place better to do this than a luxurious spa? Take a breather from the bustling life of the city and leave your worries behind with a much deserved spa day.
For a truly authentic oriental spa experience head here to transport you to a world of sensations. It specializes in unique Thai and other East Asian treatments, so why not try something a little different- you are on holiday after all! It really is a wonderful place for a day of indulgence.
Address: C/València, 304
Aires de Barcelona
One of Barcelona's most popular spas, it is an Arabic-inspired centre offering soothing aromatherapy and heavenly massages. Make sure to try one of their special yoga sessions to unwind and recharge those batteries and come out feeling like a new person.
Address: Psg. Picasso, 22
So if you find yourself in the midst of a rainy Barcelona, fear not, for with these great suggestions Barcelona will remain as the prime location for a city break!
Travel tip by Apartment Barcelona
Photo Credits: Flickr – Chris JL, Jonathan Pincas, Alessandro Grussu, taftazani, Elton Harding, SuperCar-RodTrip.fr