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What to Do in Barcelona in March


In this post, we’ll cover some of the best things to do in Barcelona in March, updated for 2023.

We include a variety of family-friendly, nighttime and free activities. For even more great ideas, make sure to read some of the following posts:


This section provides several different popular activities you can enjoy in Barcelona this month, including special events, festivals, and other fun activities you may want to consider.

1) Go to a Concert

There will be several notable musicians performing in Barcelona throughout March, making this an excellent time to attend a concert.

Here are a few of the best concerts taking place this month:

For even more great shows to attend, check out this list of concerts in Barcelona.

2) Attend a Sporting Event

When it comes to sports, the people of Barcelona can’t get enough football, and there will be a few different opportunities to see their team performing this month.

FC Barcelona

If you’re more interested in basketball, there will also be several chances to see some of the biggest teams in Spain this March.

For even more sports you can enjoy while visiting the city, check out this list of sporting events in Barcelona.

3) Learn How to Make Paella

If you’ve ever wanted to cook authentic Spanish cuisine, there will be several opportunities to learn how to make Paella from a local chef in Barcelona this month.

This cooking class includes all the food required, as well as your choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks once the dish is ready.

After the meal and drink, you’ll also get a sweet treat for dessert!

Of course, if you’re only interested in eating, you can also take a Barcelona food tour for the same price.

4) Take a Walking Tour

With spring right around the corner, this is an excellent time to take a free walking tour and learn more about the city of Barcelona from an experienced tour guide.

Barcelona Walking Tours

Barcelona city tours typically include the following sites:

  • Old Town
  • Historic Port
  • The Gothic District
  • Barcelona Cathedral

There are also a variety of different subjects including the civil war, Barcelona nightlife, Gaudi, Modernism, the History of El Born, the supernatural, and more.

For more details, please read our post covering Barcelona walking tours.

5) Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit multiple popular attractions while in Barcelona, you could save 50% or more off admission prices by using a tourist pass.

There are three different types of passes to choose from, each one serving a different purpose.

While the all-inclusive pass is excellent for anyone planning at least 4-5 activities per day, a preset package might be better for visitors with limited time.

There is also a flex pass you can use which lets you pick just the attractions you want, and this service is best for expensive activities.

Here are a few of the more notable attractions included with Barcelona tourist passes:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • Barcelona Bike Tour
  • Las Golondrinas Cruise
  • L’Aquarium Barcelona
  • Camp Nou Tour
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Port Aventura
  • Picasso Museum
  • Dali Museum
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • And more!

For additional information about these services, please read our post covering Barcelona tourist passes.

6) Go on a Cruise

With the weather warming up, this should be an excellent time to get out on the water and see the sights from an entirely different perspective. 

While on a cruise you’ll have several chances to take photos of Barcelona’s skyline.

Some cruises also include free drinks and music, making the experience even more special.

Purchase tickets for a Barcelona cruise.

If you want to save some money on this activity, keep in mind that some tourist passes include a cruise at no additional cost. 

7) Take the Family to the Zoo

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, it’s hard to beat a visit to the zoo! 

Barcelona Zoo hosts over 4,000 different animals representing 400 different species, so there is plenty to see while you’re here such as gorillas, dolphins, as well as various different reptiles and tropical birds.

In addition to all the animals, there are also pony rides, miniature trains, picnic areas, restaurants, shops and more.

Purchase tickets for the Barcelona Zoo.

Admission to this attraction is included with one of the most popular tourist passes in the city.

This is a great way to save money on tickets if you plan on visiting several museums, historic locations, and more while in Barcelona.

8) Visit a Historic Landmark

With the tourism season about to kick into full swing, March will be one of the last chances to visit popular historic sites and landmarks without fighting through a lot of crowds. 

Here are a few locations you may want to consider during the spring:

Each of these sites is included with at least one tourist pass, so if you plan to visit more than one, you can most likely save some money by using these services.

9) Attend a Flamenco Show

If you’re going to be visiting one of the biggest cities in Spain, you might as well experience one of the most popular traditional Spanish dances – the Flamenco!

Luckily, there are multiple shows every night at the City Hall Theater, giving you plenty of opportunities to see professional and talented performers bring this popular dance to life in front of a live audience.

Tickets start at €18 for seats in the back rows but run up to €35 for front-row seating.

If you’re interested in dinner as well or a VIP ticket with additional privileges, you can expect to pay €50 - €80.

Purchase Flamenco tickets or learn more.

10) Attend the Barcelona Marathon

Whether you feel like getting some exercise or you just want to cheer on a bunch of athletes, the Barcelona Marathon is a great opportunity to enjoy some outdoor sports.

Although some activities or services may require admission, you won’t have to pay a thing to attend the race.

There will be races for both adults and children, making this an excellent activity for families.

This event will be taking place on March 15th, 2020 at 8:30 am. For more details, please check the Barcelona Marathon website

11) Grab a Drink at the Barcelona Beer Festival

If you’re not interested in running a marathon, there will also be a beer festival held around the same time in the month of March!

The event will be held at La Farga L’Hospitalet, and in addition to dozens of different beers, there will also be several fun activities to enjoy.

There will also be live music and other performances taking place at this festival.

Ticket prices range from €7-€8 for one day to €10 for a full 3-day pass.

Alternatively, you can also purchase the BBF Experience ticket with additional goodies for €50.

For more details, please read the Barcelona Beer Festival website.


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: January 23rd, 2023
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