Barcelona is a buzzing, vibrant city with a smashing night life and many things to see and do. But what are the things to do in Barcelona at night in winter when you’re not a party person? Are you planning to travel to Barcelona in winter and want to know what to see in Barcelona at night? Read my suggestions with the best cultural winter night activities in Barcelona that don’t involve night clubbing or partying in Barcelona.
Best Things to do in Barcelona at Night in Winter
So why specific a list for what to do in Barcelona at night in winter? To be clear, all activities listed below can also be done at night in the summer. But there are certain summer evening activities that you cannot do during Barcelona winter, like spend the long lazy summer evening and nights of Barcelona, watching the sun set at Park Güell or Tibidabo. You can sit in the park or at a bar outside and enjoy the summer heat, drinking with friends or walking the Ramblas.
But what is Barcelona winter weather like? It is not freezing cold in winter, but sitting outside for hours in the dark is not much fun either. As of November, the sun sets at 5pm and I looked for things to do in Barcelona at night with my mom. As neither of us is a real party person, bar hopping or night clubbing were not an option. But I found some amazing cultural experiences at night in Barcelona that are perfect for those early winter nights.
Casa Milà –Pedrera The Origins at Night Tour
The Casa Milà is Gaudi’s last non-religious work and this huge apartment block sits at the posh Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard. It is the home of the Cataluyna La Pedrera foundation and you can visit the attic, the museum, an apartment with original furniture and the roof top of Casa Milà during the day.
But a visit to the Casa Milà is extra special at night. It is the perfect Barcelona night tour. At 8pm the tour starts in English and we were welcomed by a very knowledgeable guide. He took the time to connect with everyone in the group and explained the form and function of the Casa Milà. As we took the servants staircase to the attic, the guide explained about the history and unique architectural features of the Casa Milà, also called La Pedrera (the stone quarry).
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The main event of the evening was the show of sound and light, projected on the roof top of the Casa Milà, showing the origins of the earth and Gaudi’s work. It was really amazing to see the Barcelona skyline at night and be in such an unusual place to witness ‘the Origins show’. As the biggest portion of the itinerary is indoors, this is the perfect thing to do in Barcelona at night in winter.
After 1.5 hours, we descended again to the second courtyard of the building were we received a nice glass of cava and had some time to talk with the guide and learn about the Cataluyna La Pedrera Foundation and their work in various social, cultural and educational projects for the society.
For more details about times and prices you can look here. As space is limited for the evening show of the Origins at Casa Milà, I suggest buying tickets in advance. Check prices and availability here.
Flamenco Gran Gala at the Palau de la Musicá Barcelona
The Palau de la Musicá is a music theatre in Modernista style with a huge history. You can visit it during the day but it is also a perfect evening activity for your night in Barcelona. As I know my mom loves dance, I decided to look for a flamenco show. During our recent visit to Barcelona there happened to be a Flamenco show at the Palau de la Musicá. Win win if you ask me! And we got to experience an evening flamenco show and we got to see the Palau de la Musicá in its full glory.
All dressed up, we went to the Palau de la Musicá to admire its glory and beautiful decorations. At 9.30pm the Flamenco show started. There were 5 musicians and 4 dancers who put up a magnificent show. Each dance had a change of costume and different tone of music. I really liked that it wasn’t just only the famous flamenco dance but also the music and singing. The violin was a great addition to the performance.
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For me, the Flamenco show at the Palau de la Musicá was quite special. I’ve seen flamenco dance before, usually in a crowded noisy bar. But this Gran Gala de Flamenco by Barcelona y Flamenco has so much flair and style, it fitted perfect at the exuberant Palau de la Musicá. For our winter night in Barcelona the flamenco show was perfect as we didn’t have to stand outside or worry about the Barcelona winter weather. In the warm ambiance of the Palau theatre, we experienced a great show in a cultural setting.
The professional artists of Barcelona y Flamenco also perform in other theatres around Barcelona. For dates and details, you can check the website. To book your tickets in advance, check prices and availability here to make sure you can experience this night evening in Barcelona too!
Evening Light and Water Show at the Fountain of Mont Juïc
Ok, I have to admit, the light and water show at the fountain of Mont Juïc is one of Barcelona best night tours that is fun in summer and winter. If you wonder what to do in Barcelona at night, the water fountain show is the perfect answer. When the sky is clear, you can enjoy the spectacle of music, light and water with the amazing back drop of Mont Juïc and the Palau Nacional.
Started back in 1929 the fountain and the light and water show has since been a vital part of Barcelona’s history. As a bit of Freddie Mercury fan, I loved his performance to inaugurate the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. If you like grandeur, check out the video.
Anyways, at different nights during the year, the Font Màgica as it is called in Spanish puts up quite a show. Light and water combined in a great performance that you can see from the steps and the streets. From November till March, each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm (till 9pm). For more details about times and performance, check the website.
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Evening Wine and Tapas Tasting Tour in Barcelona
What better way to explore Barcelona at night then by eating and drinking and learning about the local food and drink culture of the city? Eating, drinking, socializing and learning something, all mixed into 1 evening tour of Barcelona. This is one of the best things to do in Barcelona at night as a traveller should eat? Right? Why not join a food tour!
There are many food and tapas walking tours available in Barcelona. I would choose the evening food tour of Barcelona. Perfect for winter as it starts at 5pm and you can explore part of the city and get valuable information on where to eat and what to order for the rest of your stay in Barcelona.
You discover the little historic shops in the Gothic Quarter and same some of the staple tapas of Barcelona. The tour lasts 2 hours and runs Monday to Saturday but check for times and prices here.
Watch a Soccer Game of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou
Ok, in all fairness this might not be such a cultural thing or something to only do in winter in Barcelona, but I did attend a soccer or football match of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou stadium. The biggest soccer stadium of Europe, Camp Nou is the holy grail of soccer. And FC Barcelona or Barça the ultimate soccer club. And I don’t even like soccer. But when I travelled to Barcelona for a language immersion course, I wondered what to do in Barcelona at night and I found there were tickets on sale for the semi-finals of the Champions League. Ok, they were reasonable priced due to the epic loss in the first encounter with Bayern Munich, but that didn’t stop me.
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I bought some tickets online and sat amongst the socios as the loyal fan base of Barcelona is called. Well loyal, loyal… I learned more Spanish curse words in one night than during my 2 weeks language course. Many fans left the stadium before the first half as Barcelona suffered another tremendous loss but I didn’t let it bother me.
The metro ride towards the stadium was thrilling. The crowd walking towards the stadium felt like one big family. Watching the stadium fill up as the night falls and the match begins was a great experience that I will never forget. And I don’t even like soccer. Check for dates of the matches at the FC Barcelona website. No match playing when you visit Barcelona this winter? You can also book a Camp Nou Experience; open until 6.30pm (or even 7.30pm) you can visit the stadium at night, explore the museum and trophy room and explore the Messi area. Always check for times and availability before you go to Barcelona in winter. Read this review of the Camp Nou Experience to learn more about it.
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And there you have it. The above mentioned things to do in Barcelona at night are perfect for December, January and February. I recommend them, based on my own experiences. Together with my mom, we tried a lot of things and had some great fun at night in Barcelona that didn’t involve heavy drinking or wild parties. If you’re anything like me, you might appreciate the more cultural low-key experience at night in Barcelona. The Pedrera Origins, the Flamenco Gran Gala, a food tour of the Gothic Quarter and the beautiful light and water show at the fountain got you covered, even in winter times in Barcelona.
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This post was made possible by Cataluyna La Pedrera Foundation and Barcelona y Flamenco but all the opinions are my own. I took several trips to Barcelona over the years and compiled this list with what to do in Barcelona at night, focussed on winter months. This post does contain affliate links. If you decide to make a purchase via one of my links, I will earn a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you and I only recommend services of the official Barcelona Turisme agency.
Are you planning to travel in the winter months to Barcelona and wonder what to do at night? I hope you like my cultural suggestions. Have you done any of the above winter night activities in Barcelona? What did you think?