City Guide : Barcelona
Barcelona is amazing. Honestly, one of the greatest places I have ever been, and I want to share that amazingness with you all. Despite all the guides I read before I visited none of them seemed to provide me with the answers I looked for. So with no further ado, here we go:
How to get there –
I flew into Barcelona from London and needed to get to the centre of town.The easiest way to do this was by public transport. The Aerobus (A1 or A2) gets you to the Placa Catalyuna in 35-40 mins depending on traffic and is €10 (ish) per person for a return ticket. Very handy to get yourself back to the airport in a few days time!
Where to eat –
When I visit somewhere new I try to avoid going to chain restaurants or going to places I know I could go to anywhere in the world. So here are my top hits for places to eat in Barca:
Flax and Kale – http://teresacarles.com/fk/
Carrer dels Tallers, 74B, 08001 Barcelona, Spain – situated in a beautiful part of the city, and immaculately decorated throughout. This place really hit the nail on the head for me.
Personal recommendations would be the Healthy Mezze platter and the Homemade Paelo bread. Im not a vegan/vegetarian or any other kind of dietary peculiarity, but everything here was utterly delicious.
Brunch and Cake – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunch-Cake/235843133182769
Enric Granados, 19, 08017
This place has honestly got to be one of the most delicious places to eat in Barcelona. The selection of food that they produce is incredible, and the amount of food that you get is amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone who needs to be filled up and yet wants to stay healthy!
Personal recommendations would be the protein bowl or the banana bread!
(that pink thing was an egg, yup)
And finally –
Hummus Barcelona – https://www.facebook.com/Hummus-Barcelona-1602391296642248/
Carrer de València, 227, 08007
A really cool place if, like me, you’re utterly obsessed with hummus. Not only is that pretty much all this place does, it does it so well I’ve come back 2 years in a row. Go for the hummus and stay for the extra large sangrias and super light and fluffy flat breads!
What to visit –
Some places are worth your time, some are absolutely not. It’s a tourist focused place, so expect to be inundated with advertisements for things you really don’t want to go to. My only advice for places to really avoid due to notbeing able to live up to the hype would be La Rambla. Its busy. It’s crowded. It’s not pretty. It’s not very interesting. In comparison to the rest of Barcelona, I would suggest on a limited time budget to not bother with it all together.
Places absolutely worth your time however, or at least ones I consider to be are…
Barcelona Cathedral – Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002
Honestly amazing. Beautiful inside and out, as well as being situated in a lovely square with lots of places to eat and drink.
However, warning to those hoping to visit. 1) It is free at some points in the day ( from 1-5:30 you have to pay) so make sure to do it early morning or late afternoon. 2) ladies prepare yourself to cover up. There are strict guidelines on what you can and cannot wear inside and anything less that that is just going to leave you rejected and waiting outside on the steps 3) there are people trying to sell you things on the steps, in the square and on the backstreets, so stay clear of them.
Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família – Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013
One of the hand down most beautiful and amazing churches I have ever visited in my entire life. I cannot stress how much I love this place. It’s a place you can get lost in, and I would suggest giving up a whole morning to this masterpiece.
Some recommendations would be to book your tickets ahead of time. The queue is large and in the sunshine can be too much. Book ahead and skip everyone else. Another recommendation would be to get an audio guide. If you’re going to go, don’t do it by half.
And lastly, this is a little out of the centre of town, and despite the walk not being too far it isn’t the prettiest of strolls. Get the metro or the bus and get there quicker!
Casa Mila – Provença, 261-265, 08008
These are another must-see in Barcelona. The apartments themselves are amazingly intricate and meticulously reconstructed. The rooftop is other worldly (if you can deal with the vertigo) and the small details like the door handles (I’m serious check out the door handles) are so well designed its mind boggling.
I would again recommend getting the audio guide here, there are so many little bits of intricacy in these apartments that to miss out on them would be a real shame.
Palau de la Música Catalana – C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003
My next must see is the music hall of Barcelona. It’s a world heritage site and for very good reason. The hall itself is still in use today, and the inside of it is worth every penny the tour gets you. The glass of the room is beautiful and the history of the place makes it another key place for any visitor.
(seriously, check out that stained glass though!)
Ciutadella Park – Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003
Many people I know who visited Barca have told me that the place to go is Park Guell. Although I would argue that instead Ciutadella Park is a much better place to be. Not only is there a zoo, an amazing fountain and a boating lake but it’s also much closer to the centre of town and east to access and get home from.
For the best view of Barcelona –
Montjuïc Mountain –
Get the cable car or the metro up to the top of the mountain in the early evening to see the sunset over Barcelona and get lost in the gardens surrounding it. This really is a wonderful place to see the whole of the city and pretty darn spectacular to boot.
Where to drink –
There are MANY MANY MANY MANY (literally too many to count) places to go for drink in Barcelona. Honestly you could get absolutely wrecked anywhere. But if you’re going to do it in style I would recommend visiting the..
A really beautiful (and surprisingly quite) little square in the main streets where you can grab a cheeky beer or coffee in the confides of the historical wall.
Basically I loved Barcelona, it was fabulous. Everything there is beautiful and historical and worth every penny you spend there!
leave me a comment and let me know what want to do when you visit.
Love Alice xo