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We all know Barcelona has the largest football stadium in Europe and some of the best football teams in the world. What we may not know is about Barcelona's impressive history, rich cultural heritage, and fantastic architectural sites to explore. Barcelona is the cosmopolitan capital city of the autonomous community of Spain's Catalonia region. This elegant city has something for everyone.
No matter if you are a foodie, ocean lover, or a person interested in adventure activities, this city will welcome you with a host of options. Especially if you are looking for an adrenaline rush, then visiting Barcelona is a must. Here are 10 adventurous things to do in Barcelona that will entice you to come back for more!
Montserrat Massif is a multi-peak mountain range, just 40 minutes away from Barcelona. This mountain has thousands of rock climbing routes for all levels. On your way, you will see big walls, climbing crags, and more. Interestingly, you will also find limestone and sandstone routes for single and multi-pitch climbing. Moreover, there are different kinds of tours, such as one-day trips, guided tours, weekend tours, climbing courses, and more. No matter what you choose, you will see breathtaking views and gain an unforgettable adventure experience as you head back home.
If you love to be a part of the marine life and explore the underwater beauty, scuba diving in Barcelona is a must. The city is located on the Northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, and that makes it ideal for scuba diving. You have the chance to encounter sea turtles, the world's biggest fish, and whale sharks, along with corals, octopus, and many types of underwater species. There is nothing to worry about, even if you are a first-time diver. Trust your scuba diving instructor and dive deep into the Mediterranean Sea. The best time to do scuba diving in Barcelona is from January to August when the water is cleaner and more visible.
A long-distance canoe or kayak trip is a great way to feel serenity and adventure simultaneously. Tarragona is the best place to take a kayaking trip across the water in Spain. This coastal town is 52 miles far from Barcelona, and it is the best place to experience canoeing. You have all sorts of options, from taking leisure floats to rapids and paddling between steep canyon walls. Canoeing here will offer you a great combination of excitement and relaxation.
Skydiving is one of the most popular sports in Spain, and there is no better place to skydive than in Barcelona! Falling off the plane and flying for the first time are good reasons why you should try skydiving in Saltamos Village, Barcelona. You can opt for 4,000 feet together with a professional tandem instructor if you don’t have any previous diving experience. However, there are options to jump off from 12,000 feet. Instructors and guides take care of your videos and photographs so that you can fully enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Montserrat. This is a once in a lifetime experience for many people.
Serra de Collserola is a mountain located between the river Besos and Llobregat. The homonymous park is the largest metropolitan park in the world and 22 times larger than Central Park in New York. Located in the northwest of Barcelona, it can be best explored via mountain cycling/biking. There are various routes and climbs available in this natural park if you are interested in mountain biking. It also has many unexplored paths, which are covered with woodland. Do keep an eye on varieties of plants and tiny animals such as rabbits and tortoises that will take you closer to nature. Make the most out of mountain biking in Barcelona!
Flinging yourself off a bridge with nothing more than an elastic band attached to your ankle might sound insane. However, bungee jumping is a perfect way to overcome your fear of heights. So, if you want to experience the best bungee jumping, visit Lloret de Mar, located about an hour away from Barcelona. Lloret de Mar is 70 meters high, which is the highest bungee in Spain. Such a high jump can be challenging if you are a first-timer, so you may opt for tandem jumping with your partner or a friend. The entire experience is captured in a video so that you can relive those moments again and again and flaunt it on social media.
Wakeboarding is a blend of water sports – surfing, water skiing, and snowboarding, and one of the most extreme water sports. The rider is fastened to a board, followed by a motorboat at a speed of about 50 km per hour. Barcelona will offer you a unique experience of wakeboarding. At Cable Park Barcelona, everything is controlled with cables that are set up overhead, so there is no boat attached to your ride. The instructor has the control box that steers your ride to make it more adventurous. Just get your safety gears on and be ready for the jumps and ramps all through your wakeboarding ride.
Flying high in the sky in a colourful giant balloon has been on our bucket list since we were kids. This activity is not only exciting but also visually appealing and incredibly scenic. Catalonia is a premier choice for taking a hot-air balloon flight in Spain. The flight gives you some of the best views of Montserrat and the Pyrenees. You can book individual, couple or group flights, whichever you prefer.
Tibidabo is one of the oldest running amusement parks in the world, which is located in Collserola Ridge in Barcelona. Although it was built in 1899, most rides are still functional in the park ever since its inception. There are many adventure rides throughout the park, but Avio Airplane Ride is something you cannot miss at Tibidabo. This airplane is a replica of the first plane to fly in the country. The ride takes you up in the air giving you the most admirable views of the city.
There is nothing like driving a semi-automatic quad bike in the Natural Park of Montnegre, Barcelona. You can opt for a single or a double seater quad and enjoy the route for about 2 hours. Even if you don't have a driver’s license or have your children with you, you can go on the 30 - 45 minutes excursion. The places you will see include Malgrat de Mar, Bellaterra, Pineda de Mar, Olvan, Manresa, and more.
No matter what you decide to do or where you decide to go, you should know that a trip to Barcelona is something that you surely will not regret. When you travel there, make your trip count!
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