The ultimate guide to Barcelona

Barcelona is always on top of my list while browsing for destinations to go to for a little week-end getaway. Not only because this city is so eclectic and dynamic but also because it is one of the cheapest and nearest big city where we can go to from France. Round trip with Easyjet start from 45€ and it is only a one hour flight! There are many different things to do and see that offers unique experiences to all kind of travelers whenever you come visit!

I hope you will enjoy this guide to one of my all time favorite city!

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GETTING AROUND

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Barcelona is separated in many different districts that are each offering a unique experience. Here are the most popular and worth visiting ones :

– BARRI GÒTIC : This is the oldest part of the city with Roman ruins and Gothic architecture where is also located the very popular street of Las Ramblas and the market of La Boqueria. One of the main attraction of the district is the huge cathedral of Santa Creu which has a stunning courtyard with plants and geese.

EL EIXAMPLE : Where you will find all the best modernist architecture such as la Sagrada Familia, casa Batlló, la Pedrera etc.. This district is also home to a lot of cool bars and clubs.

– GRÀCIA : Having once been an independent town, the barrio Gràcia is now a very trendy and ethnic district of Barcelona which is full of amazing restaurants and cafes crowded by a lot of artists that gives a very bohemian atmosphere to this area. The plaza del sol is the most renowned place of the neighborhood where locals go to eat tapas and have a drink. Not to mention the wonderful Park Güell which is definitely a must seen while in Barcelona.

– MONTJUÏC : One of the best panoramic view of Barcelona is to be seen from the Montjuïc castle on top of the mountain. There is also many other tourist attractions in this area such as the magic fountain of Montjuïc (definitely a must seen), the MNAC museum, the botanic gardenPoble Espanyol etc… Barcelona Olympic stadium is only a short walk away.

– BARCELONETA : Whatever time of the year you come visit Barcelona, a stop at the beach is an inescapable thing to do!  Barceloneta beach is the main attraction of this district which was originally inhabited by sailors and fishermen and that has now became a very cosmopolitan neighborhood. This is no surprise that you will find the best seafood offer in town!

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WHERE TO STAY

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AIRBNB (website) :
We booked a room on Airbnb for the very first time while our recent trip to Barcelona. We fell in love with this place when we first saw it on the website. It was located in the Gracia district and we felt right at home when we passed the door. The house is decorated with great taste and the most awesome thing is that it has a roof terrasse. Amazing to have breakfast and a beer at the evening after a long day of sightseeing!
50€ per night. Click here to book the room we stayed in to.

CASA GRACIA HOSTEL (website) :
I never stayed at this place because it was unfortunately fully booked every time I went to Barcelona but for what I’ve seen on their website and in a tv reportage this place looks awesome and has nothing of a traditional hostel believe me! You can either book a bed in a 6 beds dorm, a private room or even an apartment.
Prices from 15€ to 120€.

 B HOTEL (website) :
This was the first hotel we stayed in when we first come to Barcelona three years ago! It is well located around the Montjuïc district and the nearest subway it is just a 2 min walk away. It has a swimming pool on the roof top which offers an amazing view over the neighborhoods.
Prices from 70€.

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WHERE TO EAT

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EL JARDICarrer de l’hospital, 56 / M•Liceu (website)
A typical guinguette hidden in the gothic garden of the old hospital Santa Creu. It is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Sangria and some delicious tapas while sometime listening to live music. As it is located just a few minutes away from the market of la Boqueria, they served fresh food all day long! I highly recommend to come here at night to enjoy the cozy and intimate atmosphere of this place (see picture above).

MAKAMAKA : Passeig de Joan de Borbó Comte de Barcelona, 76 (website)
This beach burger cafe is the perfect place to have diner or just some beers after a long day of sunbathing! The staff is super nice and the atmosphere is very fun and casual.

SALTERIO : Carrer de Sant Domènec del Call, 4 / M•Liceu or Jaume I (website)
We found this place by chance while wandering down the gothic quarter. It is a very cozy and intimate place where you will spend a very peaceful moment. They serve delicious handmade and fresh food and their mint iced tea is to die for!

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JUICY JONESCarrer del hospital, 74 / M•Liceu (website)
The perfect place for all the vegan and vegetarian! Stop by this colorful place to sip on a freshly squeezed juice and to have lunch. Not only that their food is very tasty and delicious it is also very cheap to eat there, perfect if you are on a budget trip!
Menu 9,95€ (stater, main course, dessert)

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PATISSERIE / TEA & COFFEE BREAK

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LA CLANDESTINABaixada de Viladecols, 2bis / M•Jaume 1 (website)
I could stay there read a book and drink tea all day long! I just love the zen and kind of hippie atmosphere of this place not to mention their delicious home-made cakes and freshly squeezed juices.

CAELUM : Carrer de la Palla, 8 / M•Liceu or Jaume I (website)
Where we had one of our best tea time in town! Their desserts are just heaven on earth not to mention their hot chocolate which is to die for!

ESCRIBÀRambla de les flors, 83 / M•Liceu (website)
In a stunning Art Nouveau building next to the Boqueria is located the most famous patisserie of Barcelona, where Penélope Cruz come visit when she is in town. Hot chocolate is the speciality of the house.

BAR JARDÍCarrer Portaferrissa, 17 / M•Liceu (website)
An oasis hidden in the gothic quarter! It’s funny that you have to pass through a souvenirs shop to get there. It’s the perfect place to have a coffee in between visits.

CAFE DEL SOLPlaza del Sol, 16 / M•Fontana ou Joanic (website)
Located in the bohemian district of Gracia this cafe is the perfect place if you would like to immerse with locals.

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BARS & TAPAS

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BAR ROURE : Carrer de Luis Antúnez, 7M•Diagonal
Where we ate the the best tapas in town! This place is mainly frequented by locals which gives an authentic and very friendly atmosphere.

– EL BOSC DE LES FADESPassatge de la banca, 7 / M•Drassanes (website)
A strange and enchanted forest is hidden in the heart of Barcelona. To find it you have to pass through the wax museum. Then you will enter a world of fairies and weird creatures, and all this with tapas and sangria! One of my all time favorite bar!

LONDON BARCarrer nou de la rambla, 34 / M•Liceu (website)
This bar was inaugurated in 1910 and has preserved all the charm of its time where Miró, Picasso and Hemingway used to hang out. 

– OCAÑAPlaça Reial, 13-15 / M•Liceu (website)
Plaça Reial is one of the most popular and dynamic square in Barcelona and this cafe/cocktail bar/club is definitely a must at any time of the day! This place has lots of character and is decorated with fine furnitures.

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WHAT TO DO & MUST SEEN

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– SAGRADA FAMILIA (website) : One of the most spectacular basilica you can possibly see in your life. One word to describe it : breathtaking!
Open everyday. Prices : 15€ and 19,50€ with audio guide.

LA PEDRERA (website) : One of the most emblematic building of Barcelona that can either be visited by day or night. Make sure to plan your visit in the afternoon to be able to watch the sunset from the rooftop!
Open everyday. Prices from 20,50€ to 37,50€.

CASA BATTLO (website) : We highly recommend to get combine tickets to visit the house and attend to a magic night starting from 9p.m, you’ll have an amazing evening that you will never forget!

MARKET DE LA BOQUERIA (website) : One of the most popular thing to visit while in Barcelona! If you are staying downtown you can come and have fresh fruits and juices every morning.

TIBIDABO HILLS (website) : There is an amusement park on top of the hill. tramvia blau 5,50€

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PARKS & PATIOSparks bcn

PARK GÜELL (website) :

PARC DEL LABERINT D’HORTA :

JARDINS DE LARIBAL :

CLOISTER DE LA PURÍSSIMA CONCEPCIÓ : Definitely not a tourist attraction at all!

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¡ Buen Viaje !

 

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2 thoughts on “The ultimate guide to Barcelona

  1. “also because it is one of the cheapest destinations you can go to in Europe! ”

    Are you joking? There are dozens of cheaper cities in Europe that will cost much, much less than Barcelona. Like next door in Portugal for a start, or anywhere in Eastern Europe. And smaller cities in Spain where the tapas are gratis…

  2. Of course this is not THE cheapest, this is absolutely not what I meant!
    What I meant is that this is one of the cheapest BIG CITY in Europe where you can go to. But you are right, what I wrote is not clear at all! Thanks for your comment!

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