A visit to this gorgeous Spanish city means a healthy dose of culture, beautiful art, warm weather, historic architecture, passionate people, some of the most renowned restaurants in the world, beach time, and an incredibly rich history.
Here’s your Barcelona Travel guide to having an awesome stay in the Catalan capital!
What to do:
Stroll Las Ramblas:
I love spending time strolling the artsy streets, especially Las Ramblas. This pedestrianized tree lined boulevard is Barcelonas most famous street. It has many tasty restaurants, cute shops, grassy parks, fun bars, and a large range of outdoor market stalls and street traders.
Get lost walking around the Gothic Quarter:
You can feel the historical energy as you walk through the streets of the Gothic Quarter. This lovely area has several churches, the famous Picasso museum, and the incredible architecture of the Palau de la Musica Catalana, a World Heritage Site. You will find many great restaurants as you stroll through the streets, to enjoy authentic Spanish tapas and yummy sangria. This is one of my favorite things to do when I’m in Barcelona.
Magic fountain of Montjuc:
Sit on the steps of the palatial National Museum of Art and appreciate the “magic” fountain, as it puts on a spectacular colorful show.
See the live Flamenco dance show:
This is a MUST see if you’re in Barcelona. Watch the incredible dance show while enjoying tapas, sangria, and the exciting ambiance. This is a world class dance show.
Park De La Ciutadella:
This is great place to go for a morning run. It’s located in the center of El Born, and is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll get a great workout because this park is quite large, and you’ll see some beautiful greenery, as well as famous architecture.
Relax on the golden Beaches:
Barcelona is voted as the best beach city in the world! Barcelonas’ beaches are loved because of the golden sand, warm Mediterranean water, awesome sunny weather, and of course the fun crowd of people enjoying the playful beaches.
See Barcelona’s Architecture:
You must spend a day or two exploring Antoni Gaudís architecture.
The Sagrada Familia is his most famous legacy and is a MUST see, if you visit Barcelona. This church is stunning!
His other famous sites around the city that are well worth visiting is Parc Guell, Casa Mila and Casa Batilo. The architecture and design for these monuments is one of a kind; very creative, and artsy.
Practicing yoga is an amazing experience, especially when you’re in a foreign country. You’ll be introduced to a brand new experience, new likeminded people and a new energy. Yoga unites everyone and anyone. When you practice yoga in a new place, with a different language, sequence and feel; you have the opportunity to learn and experience something profound and unique.
Check out Plaça Reial:
This is Barcelona most favorited square. The elegant ambiance is accentuated with restaurants, bars, palm trees, and a fountain. Great place to grab a drink and some tapas or to enjoy the exciting Spanish nightlife.
Places to Eat:
Brunch and Cake- The most AMAZING and photogenic brunch you’ve ever had! This places takes pride is creating a spectacular and beautiful meal. There are also lots delicious options, and many are vegan.
CDLC- Carpe Diem Long Club. One of my favorite spots in Barcelona! Amazing food (especially the sashimi), fun atmosphere, and beautiful views. You can come here in the afternoon and enjoy the some good food with beautiful view or you can come at night for dinner and drinks while enjoying the awesome atmosphere; music, lights, and dancing. This place is definitely 5 stars.
Eclipse – Hip and chic lounge/ sushi bar located on the 26th floor of the W hotel. Breathtaking views overlooking the water and Barcelona. Great ambiance.
Tapas 24 – This places has a large variety of tasty tapas and delicious sangria. Great for lunch or an afternoon snack before dinner.
El Nacional – Awesome traditional Spanish food. Great ambiance and cool decor.
Best Time To Visit:
I love to visit Barcelona in August because its the hottest part of the year. Anytime from May to October is a great time to visit this beautiful destination.
Mealtimes in Spain:
Restaurants are usually open for lunch from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For dinner, most restaurants are open from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Many local shops close for a lunchtime siesta around 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Some places are closed on Sundays as well.
Spanish and Catalan
Euros. Euros are used throughout Spain and in seventeen other European countries. You can also use a mastercrad or visa.
Where to Stay:
I stayed at the Hotel Miramar in Barcelona. From the moment we walked into Miramar, we knew we had made the perfect choice on where to stay while on vacation. Upon walking in, they serve you a glass of champagne and many smiles. Our room was wonderful; spacious, huge comfy bed, a balcony overlooking the beautiful city and water, and a bathroom fit for a queen. The spa was wonderful and my massage was so relaxing. This resort has an awesome pool area, which overlooks the ocean and beautiful Barcelona. The restaurant had delicious tapas and yummy sangria. I celebrated my 18th birthday in Barcelona and had the most incredible time while staying at this resort! The staff were helpful, friendly and catered to making my birthday experience at the resort amazing.
Barcelona is one of my all-time favorite places in there world! I love the culture, the food, the people, the way of living, and the overall energy. If you’re looking for an exciting destination to travel to, Barcelona is your place! Make sure to be adventurous; try new things, meet new people, experience new foods, a new culture, exciting moments and have an awesome time!