So Barcelona is the first place in my travel guide series, and I couldn’t be happier to make this my first place as I absolutely adore the city. I visited Barcelona at the start of May 2016 and I fell in love with it. In this post I will tell you some of my favourite places there and prices as well as my opinion on all the places I went to.
What should you see / do in Barcelona
Everything is a sight in Barcelona in my opinion the architecture is breathtaking. A lot of older buildings are built in the style of Guadi. There is also a lot of Gothic architecture to admire around the city. There are some things that I think you HAVE to see when your in Barcelona and they are as follows.
The huge Cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi. Construction began in 1882 and is still going with the estimated completion date between 2026 and 2028. The whole Cathedral is begin built by hand to Gaudi’s blueprints, and although not yet completed it is an architectural masterpiece and an amazing sight to see. For a price you can go inside the building and have a tour which takes you to the top of one of the spires, giving you an amazing view of the city.
Parc Guell is another must see attraction in Barcelona. It is the park dedicated to Antoni Gaudi’s work. From the highest point you get an amazing view of the city leading all the way to the beach. You do have to pay to go into the park and I would definitely recommend booking in advance as only 300 people are allowed in the park at any given moment. Despite this I would most definitely recommend a visit to this gorgeous place.
Camp Nou Football Stadium
Camp Nou football stadium is the home to FC Barcelona and is a phenomenal place to visit. The atmosphere is amazing in and out of the stadium. Not being the biggest football fan myself I was slightly sceptical of going but I honestly would go back time and time again. Of course you have to pay to enter the stadium but even if you don’t go into the stadium i would recommend going and having some food and drink on the onsite bar because it was honestly some of the best food I ate the whole trip. Overall I would recommend a visit to Camp Nou.
There isn’t a lot to say really about Barcelonetta beach other than it is gorgeous. Even if you don’t spend long here I would recommend a visit to see the gorgeous sandy beach and the sea. It would be the perfect chill spot for a few hours after walking round the city. I couldn’t recommend it more.
La Ramblas is a amazing 1km long street in the centre of Barcelona with tonnes of little stalls selling everything from food to jewellery to handbags. The atmosphere is incredible walking down this street, there are tonnes of street performers and musicians all the way down the stretch. I haven’t really got much more to say other than it is 100% worth the visit.
La Boqueria Market
The world famous market of La Boqueria is worth a visit. Half way down La Ramblas is the huge circular market. Each spiral of the market sells something different, for example the outside ring sells fruit, the next ring in sells veg and so on. The atmosphere inside this market is incredible and the place is always super busy. Even if your not doing a weekly shop definitely head down and pick up a pot of fresh fruit and just have a wonder around because i can guarantee you won’t have been in a market quite like this one.
Of course these aren’t the only things to see in Barcelona but these are the places that stood out to me as must sees while your there.
Where to stay
We stayed in an apartment a few blocks away from Sagrada Familia which was a great location. With Barcelona everything is very spread out so if you are close to one thing you may be slightly further away from other things but the metro system is so good that this wasn’t even an issue for me when I went. I personally think apartments are the way to go when travelling full stop as it gives you the freedom to go and eat and drink anywhere you want without being tied down to hotel restaurant times.
How to get there ?
Living in Europe means that getting to other European countries can be fairly cheap if you choose the right airline. When I went I flew with Ryanair which was more than sufficient for a short 2 hour flight. The flights were amazingly cheap for 4 people it was around £200 return which is around £50 per person. Admittedly it was slightly cheaper as we only took hand luggage and had no checked baggage.
Is it expensive ?
Throughout my travel guide series I am going to rate all the cities and place out of 10 for price so 1 would be super cheap and 10 would be mega expensive.
Personally I think Barcelona falls around 4.5 this is because it can be expensive but it can also be fairly cheap. As I stated before it was cheap for accommodation as we rented an apartment but if you were to get a 5 star hotel obviously it would be much more expensive. Again we flew with a budget airline but if you were to fly first class or with an expensive airline then that would make it much more expensive.
Food and Drink wise it varies but I found that it was very cheap if you went to more local restaurants rather than big gourmet or branded restaurant, also walking a few streets back from the attractions you can find some amazing local restaurants that have amazing food and amazing prices.
I Hope you enjoyed my first Travel guide and that you found helpful. Any tips on what you would want me to include would be great so comment them below or message me on any of my social media.