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 - Ayre Hotel (now secrotel I think) 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 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 - great way to see all of the sights and get bearings on the city

  • Ramblas - la bouqueria market - keep walking all the way down to get to the beach

  • Arc de triomph and cuitadella park - can hire rowing boats 

  • Cathedral and gothic quarter

  • Tibidabo - bit further out but amazing views

  • Magic fountain - night display 

  • Barceloneta beach - do at sunrise as well

  • Bunkers - for sunset 

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

  • Benzina - bit expensive but really good Italian 

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

  • La pepita- this might be my new favourite tapas - get the marinated duck and aubergine fritters 

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

  • El national - soooo worth a visit!! - a hidden gem

  • 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

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

  • Soma - Italian/Spanish tapas

  • Bobby’s free - speakeasy (hidden bar)

  • Bacaro - Italian 

  • Silan - Middle Eastern 

  • El born área 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 

  • Bar central - cute courtyard drinks in raval

  • Negroni - good cocktails 

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