What to do in Barcelona!

This guide is for you if you are getting to Barcelona a few days before the Bliss Spain Morocco Cruise (June 4-11, 2022)

NOTE! THERE IS A HUGE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN BARCELONA AT THE SAME TIME. HOTELS AND TOURS WILL SELL OUT! PLEASE PLAN TOURS WELL IN ADVANCE SO YOU DON’T MISS THE THINGS YOU MOST WANT TO DO!

I LOVE Barcelona. This city has a sensual vibe like no other.  There are a number of ‘Must Do’ experiences in Barcelona.  Most venues are ideal for small groups, but not so awesome for big groups. To help you find the right things to do, I’ve created a list of a few recommendations, that way friends can choose to be on tours with other friends who are sailing on the Bliss Spain Morocco Cruise!

Note: these tours are not exclusive to our group.  BUT, if you all jump in and make reservations NOW they could be booked by all of our guests. Use the events section in our Secret Facebook Secret Group to pair up with new friends and finalize plans!

I’m recommending a few specific evening activities on Thursday, June 2 & Friday, June 3 – the two days before we board the ship. For the day times and earlier arrivals, I’m simply providing ideas that feel fun. Get on the Facebook group to find out what others want to do! Feel free to message me with questions. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page if you want to know what I’ll be doing on my extended trip to Barcelona!

TheSwingerCruise Travel Agnecy is recommending the Hotel 1898 – we love the location and have seen fantastic ‘book direct’ deals. Check it out, that will be our base of operation for our time in Barcelona.

Note: these tours are not exclusive to our group. But if you all jump in and make reservations NOW they could be booked by all of our guests. Use the Facebook Group to express interest in joining new friends so you can have fantastic plans.

Recommended Evening Group Activities

JUNE 2, THURSDAY – 2 NIGHTS BEFORE THE CRUISE

  • 6:00 pm Informal Bar Meet Up Hotel 1898 Roof Top Bar
  • 6:00 – 9:00 pm Barcelona Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour [Tapas Wine Tickets]
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Flamenco Show at Palau Dalmases [Choose the Tapas/Wine + Flamenco Show and they will reserve a seat for you! This portion is paid in cash at the show]

JUNE 3, 2022 – FRIDAY – THE NIGHT BEFORE THE CRUISE

  • 6:00 pm Informal Bar Meet Up Hotel 1898 Roof Top Bar
  • 7:30 pm -9:00 pm Ghosts & Legends Tour – [Gothic Quarter Walking Tour]
  • 11:00 pm  –  Oops Club (Swing Club) Fridays are open to couples and singles. Right now there are no covid restrictions or reservations required. Wonder who else is going? Check out our private facebook group.

NOTE: When you use the link to join the group tours, make sure you pick the correct DATE & TIME – the tour automatically fills with today’s date! A few guests have had to make corrections to make sure they were on the right date.

Barcelona Tapas and Wine Experience + Flamenco Detailed Information

EVENING RECOMMENDATION FOR JUNE 2 – THURSDAY
Tapas & Wine Experience + Heart-Pounding Flamenco.

This is the perfect way to experience an evening in Barcelona. You will find nighttime on the Rambla and in the Gothic Quarter to be truly Magical.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tapas & Wine Experience Tour
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm The Tapas & Wine tour delivers us to the Palau Dalmases for the Flamenco Show.

This Tapas & Wine Experience: Tasty tapas and traditional wines on this gastronomic tour of Barcelona. Get the inside scoop on Barcelona’s renowned foodie scene from a local guide and stop along the way to dine at the city’s best tapas bars. Small group ensures personal service at each restaurant, sample an array of delicious Catalan cuisine and a selection of fine regional wines. Get a taste for Barcelona’s delectable cuisine Taste several tapas and wine in authentic places. Enjoy tapas paired with regional wines.

Barcelona Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour
[Booking Link for Tapas/Wine/Flamenco]
Be sure to pick June 2, Option 3 – 6:00 pm
$91.30 per person

This also reserves a seat for you at the Flamenco Show at the spectacular Palau Dalmases Palace. You will pay approx 30€ each to the Flamenco Show (cash or card)

Once you reserve your tickets be sure to let others know on the Secret Facebook Group Event!

Build your own plans for 1, 2 or 3 Days Before the Cruise!

  • Hop On Hop Off Bus – 1-day or 2-day pass [Hop On Tickets]
    This is a great way to see the city if you are waiting for your room to be ready!
  • 9:30 am, 11:00 am or 2:15 Fast Track – Sagrada Familia Tour – ‘Skip the Line’ [Sagrada Tickets]
    This is a larger group tour. – As of Feb 26 the tower sections of Sagrada Familia remains closed, so we are not recommending tours that include that feature, you might want to check closer to travel for this option.
    A must see sight in Barcelona – Check the Facebook group to meet up with friends on thiese tour times.
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm La Boqueria Market and Cooking Class in Barcelona [Cooking Class]
    If dining is a transcendal experience in Barcelona then the Boqueria Market is Barcelonas temple to all things food.
    I’ve done this tour with a group before and it was fantastic. The kitchen studio is in a beautiful walk up over looking the Palaca Reial – and it’s just all-around fantastic.
  • 11:00 am – Skip the Line: Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour – [Park Guell & Sagrada Familia]
    This tour group is limited to 12 guests and a much more intimate way to experience this must see sight in Barcelona – Check the Facebook group to meet up with friends on thiese tour times.
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Barcelona e-bike – Gaudi Highlights Tour [Bike Tour]
    E-bikes are a spectacular way to cruise along the Passeig de Gracia taking in the sights and enjoying the breezy tour. Coordinate day and time on the FB group so you are going with friends.
  • 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm Paella Experience with a Professional Chef + Bottomless Wine in Barcelona [Paella]
    We think this sounds like an awesome class/dining/drinking interactive expereince and the reviews are great!

Note: these tours are not exclusive to our group. But if you all jump in and make reservations NOW they could be booked by all of our guests. Use the Facebook Group to express interest in joining new friends so you can have fantastic plans.

NOTE: When you use the link to join the group tours, make sure you pick the correct DATE & TIME – the tour automatically fills with today’s date! A few guests have had to make corrections to make sure they were on the right date.

Lynn & Fred’s Barcelona Plans:

UPDATED APRIL 14.  Whoops our tour got changed by Viator – take a look at the update!
I’ve gotten a few calls that say, ‘that all sounds great, but what are YOU going to do?’ You asked for it!

We are planning 3 nights for our pre-cruise experience in Barcelona. Lynn will actually be in Barcelona from the Desire Lisbon Cruise and will be checking back into the Hotel 1898 on June 1-4, 2022 (Wednesday – Saturday) for the Bliss Spain Morocco Cruise sailing June 4 – 11, 2022.

Our Plans for Wednesday, June 1

  • 10:30 am Arrival to Barcelona – Taxi to Hotel 1898
  • Hop On Hop Off Bus – 1-day or 2-day pass [Hop On Tickets]
  • 6:00 pm Informal Bar Meet Up Hotel 1898 Roof Top Bar

Our Plans for Thursday, June 2

  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Barcelona e-bike – Gaudi Highlights Tour [Bike Tour]
  • Enjoy some hop on hop off bus time!
  • 6:00 – 9:00 pm Barcelona Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour [Tapas Wine Tickets]
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Flamenco Show at Palau Dalmases [Choose the Tapas/Wine + Flamenco Show and they will reserve a seat for you! This portion is paid in cash at the show] – TICKETS ARE VERY LIMITED! ALMOST SOLD OUT!

Our Plans for Friday, June 3

We haven’t finalized plans to decide between hosting a suite party or going over to the Oops Club.

Our Plans for Saturday, June 4

  • 2:00 pm Taxi to Cruise Pier for Embarkation
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