On our second day wandering the streets of Barcelona late last year eating tapas and sipping sangria, my friends and I realized it might have behooved us to plan something other than, well, eating tapas and drinking sangria. Googling “Things To Do in Barcelona” seemed to yield only more tapas restaurant suggestions, until I stumbled onto Airbnb’s increasingly popular (and relatively new) offering: Experiences.
Experiences are essentially an extension of the Airbnb booking platform, only instead of accommodations, travelers can sign up for a huge selection of unique activities, tours, cooking classes, and more hosted and designed by passionate and knowledgable locals. As someone who's quick to avoid super organized "touristy" plans, I was a bit skeptical. Are they worth it? Do they actually offer something above and beyond that I couldn't otherwise discover on my own with enough research? But rather than write them off entirely, I figured I'd scope out a few of the nearly 1,000 offerings in Barcelona, and actually ended up signing for a paella and sangria making class. Spoiler: I loved it.
The range of experiences in Barcelona run the gamut, from arts and entertainment focused, to others that revolve around food, drink, the outdoors, and even sports, but I've pulled together a few of the most popular ones based on ratings (plus the one I tried), should you be in the mood to mix things up during your trip. And no worries if you're not the planning type -- these can all be booked last minute.