Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities I’ve ever traveled to and if you haven’t been there yet, you should without any second thoughts book your plane tickets now. Catalonia’s colorful capital is known worldwide for its architecture and art mainly due to Antoni Gaudi’s work, including Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Parc Güell and other modernist landmarks which can be found all over Barcelona. Besides that, Barcelona offers all the charming characteristics of a Mediterranean city - pleasant sunny weather, relaxing vibes, beautiful beaches and of course unbeatable food. Barcelona is a must destination for foodies offering a plethora of gastronomic options varying from world-famous Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional tapas bars. All that, combined with great culture and stunning city views will definitely offer you an unforgettable travel experience. In this travel guide, you will find some tips to help you plan your trip more efficiently to get the most out of this city.
Let's start with a bucket list of things that you simply can't miss during your time in Barcelona:
Walk down the La Rambla street
Have a bite at La Boqueria (indoor market)
Visit the tropical Placa Reial
Visit Barcelona Cathedral and take the stairs to the rooftop
Take a tour in Palau de la Musica Catalana
Explore little bars and shops in the Gothic Quartier district
Walk through the Arc de Triomf
Stroll Ciutadella Park
Visit La Sagrada Familia and step inside
Visit Placa d'Espanya (tip: go there at around 9pm when the magic fountain show starts!)
Relax at Barceloneta' s beaches
Take in the views from the Barceloneta Port cable car
Take the cable car to Montjuic, a hill overlooking the Barcelona harbor
Visit Jardin de Mossen Costa (need to take the cable car)
Visit Casa Mila and go to the rooftop
Visit Casa Vicens
Marvel Parc Güell
Watch the panoramic city view from the Bunkers (tip: sunset time is the best)
A 10-trips ticket for about 10 euro would be enough to use public transportation for 3-4 days.
For popular sights like Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's houses and Parc Güell it is highly recommended to book your tickets in advance to avoid long waiting times. These places are named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and they accept only certain amount of people per time block.
Remain very vigilant especially in touristy areas and beaches since pickpocketing is common in Barcelona - although we didn't face any issues during our time there.
Where to eat
Flax&Kale for brunch 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑
Brunch&Cake for brunch 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑
Surf House for poke bowls, burgers and juices 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Arume for paella (seafood & duck) 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Paco Meralgo for tapas 🥑🥑🥑🥑
El Nacional for tapas, seafood and ice-cream 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Monroe for tacos 🥑🥑🥑
When to visit
The best time to visit Barcelona is from May to October, where the climate is warm and the days are long (up to 10 hours in July).
How long to stay
Barcelona is one of those cities where you can easily spend more than a week exploring, but I recommend spending at least 4 days in the city.