Barcelona Spain: Travel Inspiration And Helpful Tips For Your Trip

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Planning a trip to Barcelona?? 

When I went to Barcelona on my round the world trip, I was recovering from a lung infection. Even though I was feeling miserable, I wandered the city in the name of Gaudi and Picasso! I hope to go back so I can write a proper guide but these are the few things that I did and recommend to you, my fellow traveller. 




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  • Travel Insurance: Having gotten sick on my travels in the past, I never travel without being insured. You never know when something may happen. For my round the world trip and extended long-term travel, I use World Nomads. For other trips, I have used Roam Right and they cover activities like extreme sports.


While I was in Barcelona I stayed in 2 different hostels. It has been so long I can’t remember their name but I can’t say I recommend them. A lot of the hostels tend to serve a young party crowd. If you’re young and into partying, then go for it. But if you are older or a more mellow traveller, perhaps try Air BNB for a more budget-friendly option. If you’re on a really tight budget, try Couchsurfing. A girl I met in Barcelona got her own room with a local host. There’s a big community there and I went to a meetup and met other travellers but did not couch surf myself. The people I met ended up being my exploration and eating partners over the next few days in Barcelona. 

Barcelona and I need a re-do since I was so sick. But here are some highlights:

Barcelona Nightclub

After I landed, I ended up in a disco. Not my scene but hilarious

Parc Guell - Barcelona, Spain

Parc Guell, what a beauty of a park

Parc Guell

Even kids love Parc Guell

Parc Guell

Gaudi, on some next level

La Boqueria Mercat

I’m a sucker for markets and La Boqueria is one of the best

La Boqueria Mercat

I loved picking up some juice and just walking around the market

La Boqueria Market

Seafood is serious in Spain

Read more: The Best Food Markets Around The World

Gaudi's Casa Batilo

Casa Batilo by Gaudi, right on Passeig de Gracia

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is a must! It’s mind-boggling even if you’re not into church

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

More views of Sagrada Familia

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

Inside a tower at Sagrada

View of Barcelona from Sagrada Familia

A view of Barcelona from Sagrada Familia

La Rambla

La Rambla

Placa Catalunya

Plaça Catalunya

Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf

Sunset in Barcelona

A gorgeous sunset down by the waterfront

Picasso Museum

Inside the Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

The man himself, Pablo Picasso

Tapas in Barcelona

Patatas bravas of course. I can’t do a post without local food!

Tapas in Barcelona

Found a tapas bar that was a 1 Euro 50 for wine/beer + a free tapa. Hi!!

Romesco Restaurant Barcelona

A local hole in the wall spot called Romesco. I ordered grilled atun/tuna.

Barcelona highlights I recommend (super touristy but worth the visit):
  • Sagrada Familia
  • La Boqueria Mercat
  • 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 summertime, go to the beach (but be wary of pickpocketers)
Handy Barcelona travel tips:
  • From the airport, I took the Aerobus to get into the city.
  • If you are travelling from Barcelona to San Sebastian in the north, the buses leave from Barcelona Nord bus station.
  • Get out of the tourist zone and check out local neighbourhoods!
  • If you’re a solo traveller check out the Couchsurfing website. They list meetups for travellers. I met some really awesome people when I was there. I went to Parc Guell with a girl from Morocco. At night, I met up with travellers from Mexico, Italy, the USA, Morocco, and Argentina. If it weren’t for them I probably would not have had such a good time.
  • Be aware of the 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. At lunch, I had their menu del dia (fixed lunch special). It was 10 Euros and was a 3-course meal plus carafe of wine. I ended up getting day drunk. (Please note these tips are several years out so prices have changed)
  • A few ex-pat friends recommended getting on the hop-on, hop-off bus. If you’re trying to pack in the sites and get to some places in a hurry, it might be worth it to get on and off just for the ride. 
  • If you’re looking for data for your mobile phone, I bought a sim card from Orange for 30 Euros for 7 Gigs of data and is valid throughout most of Europe (April 2019). Be sure to bring your passport for the initial purchase. 


Barcelona Travel Tips

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