Spain On The Brain: Travel Inspiration Barcelona Edition
Planning a trip to Barcelona??
I wish that I had more recommendations for Barcelona but at the time of my visit, I was under the weather with a lung infection. I was feeling pretty miserable but I sucked it up all in the name of Gaudi and Picasso!
While I was in Barcelona I stayed in 2 different hostels. I can’t remember their names anymore but I personally don’t recommend the hostels at all. They tend to be a party scene with a super-young crowd. If you’re young and into partying, then go for it but for the older or more mellow traveler, I would suggest using Air BNB if you’re looking for a more budget option. If you’re on a really tight budget, try Couchsurfing. A girl I met got her own room with a local host. There’s a big community there and I went to a meetup to meet other travelers but did not couch surf myself. I met a really cool crew of travelers at the meetup and we ended up exploring, eating and drinking together over the next few days.
I need a BCN re-do since I was so sick the whole time I was there!! Some of the highlights of my time in BCN:
I went to a club my first few hours in Barcelona. Not my scene but hilarious
Parc Guell, what a beauty of a park
Even kids love Parc Guell
Gaudi, on some next level
I’m a sucker for markets and La Boqueria is one of the best
I loved picking up some juice and just walking around the market
Seafood is serious in Spain
I love visiting markets. It’s one of my favorite things to when I travel. Here are some of my favourites around the world.
Casa Batilo by Gaudi, right on Passeig de Gracia
Sagrada Familia is a must! It’s mind boggling even if you’re not into church
More views of Sagrada Familia
Inside a tower at Sagrada
A view of Barcelona from Sagrada Familia
Arc de Triomf
A gorgeous sunset down by the waterfront
Inside the Picasso Museum
The man himself, Pablo Picasso
Patatas bravas of course. I can’t do a post without local food!
We found a tapas bar that was a 1Euro 50 for wine/beer + a free tapa. Hi!!
A local hole in the wall spot called Romesco. I ordered grilled atun/tuna.
BCN Highlights I recommend (super touristy but worth the visit):
- Sagrada Familia
- La Boqueria
- Parc Guell
- Casa Botilo (I didn’t go in, just walked by)
- La Rambla – be careful of super skilled pickpockets!!!!!
- Plaça Catalunya
- Gothic Quarter
- Picasso Museum – I happen to be in Barcelona at the start of the month and caught the free day for the museum. Check for free admission days or times to save money!
- Head up Montjuic (mountain) for the views. I took a local bus up there and just wandered around
- Visit the Joan Miro Museum while you’re at Parc de Montjuic
- If it’s summer time, go to the beach!!
- I took the Aerobus from the airport to get into the city.
- From Barcelona to go to San Sebastian in the north from Barcelona Nord bus station.
- Get out of the tourist zone and check out local neighbourhoods!
- If you’re a solo traveler check out the Couchsurfing website. They list meet ups for travellers and I met some really awesome people when I was there. I went to Parc Guell with a girl from Morocco and at night, I would meet up with a crew of guys and gals from Mexico, Italy, USA, Morocco, and Argentina. If it weren’t for them I probably would not have had such a good time.
- Be aware of really skilled pickpockets in Barcelona. I’ve heard so many horror stories. I was lucky and didn’t have this problem but many friends did.
- There are two tapas bars inside La Boqueria called El Quim and Pinotxo. Eat there!!
- There’s also a restaurant called La Rita on Aragao. I ate lunch there for 10 Euros and had a 3-course meal and a carafe of wine. I ended up getting day drunk. (Please note these tips are three years out!)
- A few expat friends recommended getting on the hop on, hop off bus. If you’re trying to pack in the sites and get to some places it might be worth it to get on and off just for the direct ride. I didn’t do it but would consider it if I was short on time.
- If you’re looking for data for your mobile phone, I bought a sim card for Yoigo and I got about 1 G of data that lasted me for a month and I used it all over Spain. It cost me about 20 Euros.
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