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Barcelona Travel Guide

As many of you know, I have spent a year living in Barcelona and previous to that have visited this beautiful city countless times. This being said, I now know the city like the back of my hand and have curated quite a list of things to see, do, eat and drink. I have kept the descriptions short and sweet in order for you to keep a little pocket guide to take with you on your trip, I hope you find it useful!

Getting around

  • Metro - we get around everywhere using the metro - only one euro per journey (buy the Tcasual/T10 ticket) - use google maps to work out which line to get on and use the machine at the metro station to buy - you can also use the tickets on the buses

  • Aerobus - catch the aerobus from straight outside the terminal - only 10€ return journey and drops you off straight at catalunya square 

  • FREENOW - best taxi app

Things to do/Things to see

  • Sagrada Familia - do the tour

  • Sercotel Rosellon Hotel - rooftop terrace for incredible views - book a week in advance at 12pm 

  • Hotel Colon - gothic quarter rooftop bar - amazing view of the cathedral 

  • Montserrat - full day - get the train from Placa España - incredible views and you can do a few different hikes or just get the train - wouldn’t recommend when it’s super hot 

  • Free walking tour - a great way to see all of the sights and get bearings on the city

  • Ramblas - La Boqueria market 

  • Arc de Triomphe and Ciutadella park - can hire rowing boats 

  • The Hoxton Poblenou Rooftop - beautiful views, especially at sunset - also serve tacos

  • Cathedral and gothic quarter

  • Tibidabo - a bit further out but amazing views

  • Magic fountain - night display 

  • Barceloneta beach - do at sunrise as well - paddleboarding

  • Bunkers - for sunset 

  • Palo Alto Market - first weekend of every month - street food  

  • Parc Güell

  • Castelldefels beach - bit further out but a lot quieter - get R2 train to Castelldefels Playa stop

Restaurants & Bars

  • Tapeo - amazing tapas - squid stuffed with vegetables was my fave 

  • Cuitat Comtal - really good tapas - get the honey cod and “angry eggs” (cabraeos)

  • Benzina - bit expensive but really good Italian 

  • Peix Vela - incredible seafood, paella and view of the beach - get the clams, crispy seabass and lobster croquetas

  • La Pepita- get the marinated duck and aubergine fritters

  • Pepa Bar - great natural wine bar - also do good small plates 

  • Spicy - Asian fusion - get the prawns and sake mushrooms!!

  • El National - soooo worth a visit!! - a hidden gem - you can sit at the bar and grab a drink & snack or book one of the restaurants.

  • Hardware Societe - the best brunch I've ever had - pork belly and eggs, or anything on the menu tbh

  • Brugarol - incredible!!! - Japanese tapas with a twist

  • El Xampanyet - amazing Southern Spain style tapas bar - get there early, always a queue - great atmosphere

  • Contracorrent Bar - family-owned wine bar and Italian/Catalan style tapas - highly recommend

  • Maleducat - perfect for a nice occasion - seasonal dishes with a Catalan twist

  • Acero - unreal burgers in born - only downside is not much seating (bar only and sometimes even that is closed) but if you're around that area I'd highly recommend it for a lunch spot

  • Soma - Italian/Spanish tapas

  • Bobby’s Free - speakeasy (hidden bar)

  • Bacaro - Italian 

  • Silan - Middle Eastern 

  • El Born area - for cute, small bars and good drinks

  • Mayura - Indian - chicken wings are amazing 

  • Boa-Bao - Asian fusion 

  • Antic Teatre - cute courtyard drinks in the gothic quarter 

  • Negroni - good cocktails 

  • Bar Torpedo - really good burgers and sandwiches

  • LABALABUSTA - another great Middle Eastern - lovely atmosphere

  • Gats -really nice restaurant just off La Rambla for drinks or a bite to eat

Have a great time and be sure to message to let me know if you visited any of my recommendations!

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