Barcelona is everything but a boring city, but one does get tired of visiting the same touristic spots and going to the same restaurants and parties after a while. If you need some inspiration to change it up a bit and find some unusual, a bit weird yet extremely fun activities that you wouldn’t expect to find in Barcelona, we’ve got you covered. Yes, some of these may seem unnecessary, others kind of extravagant and a little bit over the top, but our goal is not to highlight essential sights here. We can all indulge in guilty pleasures from time to time, whatever they may be, right? Note: we’re all geeks here, so be prepared for some Star Wars fan stuff.
In Barcelona you can…
Go ice skating!
It may not be the city’s emblematic sport, but those who enjoy ice skating are welcome to visit the FC Barcelona ice skating rink all throughout the year (except for the month of August, when the rink is closed for maintenance). This is where the amateur ice hockey and figure skating teams train, so be sure to check opening times to wee when the rink is open to the public. You can rent supplies, of course, and even attend their ice skating school. Just imagine spending the first half of your day at the beach, then cooling off (and getting a workout in!) at the rink. Barcelona’s got it all.
Buy rubber duckies at a rubber duck specialty store!
Would a rubber duck be the first thing that you would stuff into your survival backpack when preparing for an impending apocalypse? Probably not. But you probably do need one in your life to cheer you up from time to time! Barcelona Duck Store has an incredibly wide range of rubber ducks – as they sell absolutely nothing else – from the plain yellow ones to duckies painted like a Rubik’s Cube, dragons, Smurfs, Albert Einstein, and flags of every country you can think of. There is no way that you won’t find one that seems to have been made just for you. They make a great quirky gift, too!
Whether you’re a fan of so-called extreme sports or not, you might want to try some sort of water activities while you’re in Barcelona. Why not choose flyboarding, a whole new craze which basically just means pretending to be Iron Man and flying around above the sea with two jets of water shooting out of your feet? It’s supposed to be easy, but it sure doesn’t look so. Just watching someone flyboard, twisting around and doing backflips in midair, is worth the time. If you’re brave enough to try, there are instructors who will gladly teach you the basics.
Taste the weirdest and best ice cream flavors!
Barcelona has a bunch of excellent ice cream places, where the unsuspecting gelato fan may come across the strangest of flavors and the most unexpected combinations. And it’s not just the Italian ice cream makers that are worth a visit. La Heladeria Mexicana, for instance, offers varieties ranging from avocado and spicy chocolate to tequila and cannabis flavored ice cream! Plus, believe it or not, it’s all vegan! Barcelona is also one of the few places in the world where you can get Michelin-star ice cream: Rocambolesc is a project by Jordi Roca, one of the three brothers who own the famous three Michelin-star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. Their fun ice cream creations look more like contemporary works of art than cold desserts, and they even make Game of Thrones and Star Wars themed popsicles. What’s not to like?
Have dinner in complete darkness and be attended by blind waiters!
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for the visually impaired to sit down and have a meal without actually seeing what they’re eating, you can get closer to living their experience at Dans le Noir. You will have to rely on your senses of taste and smell only as you dine in total darkness, served by waiters who are blind. They will guide you through the entire process, and even serve you wine for you to guess whether it’s red or white (most people tend to get it completely wrong!). It certainly is more than just a dinner: and experience that you’re not likely to forget.
Have a wine bath!
Yes, you read that right. In Barcelona, you can actually sink into a pool full of quality red wine, and immerse yourself in the heavenly nectar made from the Ribera del Duero red grape, which has endless beneficial qualities. Red grape polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that nourish, purify and tone your skin, making it glow like no factory-made skin products can. Of course, you’re also allowed to keep a glass in your hand and enjoy a couple of sips of those lovely antioxidants, too.
Be entertained by cabaret performers while you dine!
One of Barcelona’s quirkiest locales, El Mama – La Papa is a restaurant where you get much more than just the food (which is excellent, by the way): acrobats, magicians, clowns, singers, dancers and all kinds of performers put on a cabaret-like show to make you feel like you’re in a circus wonderland, or a Fellini movie, for that matter. Expect a huge venue (seven hundred square meters!), with a very different concept, and be prepared to have the most fun you’ve ever had while out for dinner. No pretentious posing and fine dining clichés here, just pure entertainment – and great food.
For more info about things to do and living in Barcelona, check out our Moving to Barcelona section!
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