Depending on where you come from you have different perception of how a perfect Sunday should go like. In many countries, like Spain, shops and many other establishments are closed on Sundays. In some countries Sunday is a family day, when the families get together to have dinner or spend the day at the beach.
There are some countries though, where Sunday is a normal day, and everything is open all-day-long. People coming from those countries, used to run errands on weekends, often are confused: what do I do on a Sunday in Barcelona?
Of course, you can always just head to the center of the city and get lost in its streets. There’s always an option of going to the beach as well. We won’t really recommend you choosing Sunday as your beach day, if you only stay in town for a few days: it is the day when the beach is the most crowded. So, if you desperately need to go swimmimg and sunbathing, you should probably choose one of the heavenly beaches of Costa Brava.
If you are not planning to leave Barcelona on the weekend, to let you enjoy the city on Sunday just like the locals do, here’s our ultimate guide on what you can do.
Shopping on Sunday in Barcelona
Most shops and commercial establishments, such as those located in Passeig de Gracia, shopping malls, supermarkets, etc. are closed. An exception can be some shops located in the touristic city center. The only shopping mall you can go to on Sunday is Maremagnum, this one is open all-year-round. There are many shopping centers you can go during the week though, just not on Sunday!
Another option for those who desperately need to go shopping on Sunday is the Anecblau shopping center located in Castelldefels, about half an hour away from Barcelona. It is open until 22:00 and is a perfect option for those who visit the beautiful Castelldefels town and its beach beforehand.
If you still feel like it is not enough for the perfect shopping on Sunday, there are many markets that are set up especially on that day of the week. Usually you can find market stalls in the streets of el Raval neighbourhood, such as Rambla de Raval, and other parts of the city center.
Some of the popular Sunday markets:
- Fleadonia: Great option for those looking for something vintage and something unique. It is set up every Sunday at the plaza de Salvador Seguí from 10:00.
- Market at the Plaça de Sant Josep: if you are looking for some nice piece of art, this market is set up by the Catalan artists. It is there every Sunday 11:00 – 14:00.
- Palo Alto Market and Eat Street Barcelona: take place every first weekend of the month, but not every month. They are just examples of those temporary markets that offer gastronomic experience mixed with music, market stalls and other kinds of leisure.
- Sant Antoni Sunday Market: every Sunday from 8:30 to 14:30 you can find market stalls full of all kinds of books, comics and illustrations around the Sant Antoni Market.
You can find information about the markets that take place in Barcelona on Sundays and not on our Facebook page, follow it not to miss anything!
Restaurants on Sunday
When it comes to the restaurants of Barcelona, they are open on Sundays just like every day of the week. But you should always check the opening hours for each place before going there, because some places can close their kitchen earlier, only serving drinks at some point.
Some can be fully booked for the evening. It is better to call and find out, because during the dinner time it is pretty hard to get a table without a prior reservation. Also, restaurants of Barcelona can be closed after the linch time until around 20:00, when the kitchen is open again.
Something that Sunday stands out for in Barcelona is definitely the Sunday brunch. There are plenty of places to go for the best brunch meals you ever try. Because we all know that Sunday is the day to have that perfect cheat meal, or when some of us really need that hangover cure after going out the night before.
Museums for free and their timetables
The museums of Barcelona are generally open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00. What’s great about planning to visit museums on Sundays is that some of them are free of charge that day. Here is the list of the museums you can visit for free on Sunday:
If you have a list of museums you want to visit in Barcelona, doing it on Sunday is definitely a good idea! You can still mix them up with those museums that don’t have free admition, and your Sunday is sorted.
Among other activities that you can do on Sunday are all kinds of open-air events happening in Barcelona throughout the year. One of the locals’ favorites musical events is the Brunch -In Barcelona party that takes place almost every Sunday during the summer season and every other Sunday during the winter season. It starts early and lets you enjoy the sunny day to some electronic music jams until 22:00.
There are different leisure and cultural activities available throughout the day, it depends very much on you personal interests and preferences.
If you have questions about anything happening in the city, as well as regarding tickets to museums or restaurant recommendations, don’t hesitate to write a comment! We have discounts to the majority of museums.