Here’s how to enjoy Barcelona for..
Gauge the layout of the city on the hop-on hop-off tour bus . There are two routes to choose from: West and East. The latter stops at 16 of Barcelona's landmarks, including the Museu d'Historia and Barceloneta beach. Bag a seat on the open-air top level for the best views. Purchase your ticket online for €24.30 (US$33).
Alight at the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) and stroll its ancient alleyways towards the Picasso Museum. Housed in five mediaeval stone mansions, the museum showcases more than 3,500 pieces of artwork by the Spanish artist. Tickets start at €11.
Sign up for a half-day cooking course with Cook&Taste and you'll get to visit the famous Boqueria market to pick local seasonal products. After that, you’ll head to a cooking school in the heart of the old city for a lesson on cooking classic Spanish dishes, such as paella de marisco (seafood paella). The course costs €65.
Go for an afternoon stroll around the Jardi Botanic de Barcelona (Barcelona Botanic Garden). Covering 14ha in Montjuic Park, the garden is home to more than 1,000 plants from a range of countries with a Mediterranean climate. Look out for the Canary Islands dragon trees and white Wandoo trees from Australia. Also check out the Planet Life exhibition, which traces the evolution of life, at the on-site Museu Blau. A joint admission ticket to the Botanic Garden and Museu Blau costs €7.
Set off on a two-hour Adventure Balloon Ride and you'll take flight over the countryside of Catalonia. Take in the view of lush valleys and forests between Barcelona and the Pyrenees mountains – glass of champagne in hand. Back on ground, you'll visit a local restaurant for brunch. The flight with brunch costs €270 for an adult.
In the evening, take a seat in the lush red-carpeted auditorium of the Gran Teatre del Liceu – widely regarded as one of the most prestigious theatre venues in the world. From July 25 to August 3, 2014, you can catch the legendary Les Miserables musical. Get a top-tier ticket at €74.