Stop 9: Barcelona, Spain
Where to go
How to get there
I was coming from Athens, Greece so I took a flight. If coming from a country closer to Spain I recommend a train….book early online for better prices!
Getting around Barcelona: we walked almost everywhere we went which was great because then you can see a lot of the city and places you wouldn’t see if you took transportation.
We rented bikes for a day for about $10 which I highly recommend. The city is huge and there is so much to see which can be hard when you only have a few days.
What to see
We stayed at Hostel New York which was in a perfect location right in the Gothic District. We could walk to many of the main attractions and right from our doorstep there were restaurants and shopping. However, it wasn’t the cleanest hostel, and there weren’t many common areas to meet other travelers. The location and free breakfast made up for this though.
There are many cathedrals to choose from in Barcelona. My favorite one was the Barcelona Cathedral because of its detail and beauty. It was $7 to enter and it truly was an incredible experience.
Definitely go see the Sagrada Familia. It was the most magnificent piece of architecture I’ve ever seen. Everyday more details are added and I can’t wait to see it someday in the future when it is complete! You have to pay to go inside which I recommend if you are interested and have the money.
Obviously you should go see Park Guell while in Barcelona. We went on the day we rented bikes because it is a ways away from where we were staying. Currently I don’t think it’s worth it to pay to go in because of all the construction going on. You can see a lot from the free parts of the park.
Some other travelers recommend we go to the Bunkers del Carmel while we were in Barcelona and we loved it! There are two high points in the city the Bunkers and Tibidado. I have only been to the Bunkers to watch the sunset and it was a beautiful view of the city and I loved the historical aspect too. You could read about what happened there, look at old photographs, and videos. I recommend purchasing one of these BEARZ Outdoor Beach Blanket/Compact Pocket Blanket 55″x60″, Waterproof Ground Cover, Sand Proof Picnic Mat for Travel, Hiking, Camping, Festivals – Durable Tarp w/Corner Pockets, Loops & Bag (Blue) to use while travelibg and have a nice picnic while up there. To get to the top take the v17 bus to toro de la rovira and then hike up. The bus is about $3.
Spend some time at the beach. Lots of activities going on and great beach side places to get some good food. There also are many people walking around selling drinks and beach blankets, the repeated tune of “cervesa, agua, 5 euro” will be stuck with you all night. (LOL)
My favorite restaurant was Milk which had amazing tapas and drinks!
I feel like I’ve said this numerous times but for real Barcelona is my new favorite city! I absolutely loved wandering around the old streets and the historical cathedrals. Definitely make Barcelona a number 1 stop on your next Europe trip.