Barcelona is the metropolis by the sea par excellence! Who does not know the Sagrada Familia or the Las Ramblas, Here are my personal Barcelona travel tips for hotel, tapas, sightseeing & more ...
Two days I was with my girlfriends in this beautiful Spanish city. Actually, way too short. The mix of sightseeing highlights, delicious food and drink and the sea not far makes Barcelona just perfect for a short city trip. My 10 travel tips around Barcelona and what you have to see and experience in this short time:
WWe have super cheap flights with you vueling for about 100 € per person with hand luggage (Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm to 10kg and additional handbag) get hold of. Of course, without food and drink on board. On the way there we were a bit late, but all in all a good choice.
From the He Prat Airport there are various ways to get to the city. The cheapest is the bus. The Aerobus is the direct bus from Barcelona-El Prat Airport (1 Terminal and 2 Terminal), to the city center of Barcelona (Pl. Catalunya), via Pl. Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell, Pl. University: all 5 minutes, 365 days a year. You can go directly Buy tickets online, Costs: single trip € 5,90 and round trip € 10,20.
The train / metro also goes to the city center, but depending on where you want to go in Barcelona, you have to change a few times.
After Glóries to our hotel we would have with the line L9S and L1 but 70 minutes needed! I had that in advance yet Free app of Metro in Barcelona fetched, there you could then look great on site the connections. Here it goes to the metro system of Barcelona.
Since we were four and only landed at 23, the taxi was the best option for us. With Nachtzuschlag you pay depending on the destination about 30-35 €, during the day without congestion about 25-30 €. So not so crazy expensive with several people ...
Stay overnight between City & Beach
Das really chic The Gates Hotel Diagonal Although not directly in the city center, but has a perfect transport links. The highlight is definitely the roof terrace in 10. Floor with bar and pool with views over the rooftops of Barcelona and also on the Sagrada Familia!
The rooms are modern and stylishly furnished and have a coffee-pod machine and a hair dryer. Four of us had a family room with two double beds, two spacious bathrooms and a shower. We were in 9. Floor and our room was completely glazed, so we had a great view over the city!
The metro station Glóries is only 500 meters away and brings you to four stations Plaça Catalunya = Starting point of the Ramblas.
The Tramway T6 Also stops right across the street from the hotel and takes you to the beach in 10 minutes at the height of the Park Forum and the Natural History Museum Museu de Ciencies Naturals de Barcelona.
Nice side effect: that Glóries shopping center is right across the street from the hotel to shop extensively! And to Sagrada Familia you can run in about 15 minutes. Around the corner there are also several nice cafes for breakfast.
Four of us for 3 nights without breakfast 638 € paid. Click here for The Gates Hotel Diagonal in Barcelona! *
DThe best ticket for public transport is the so-called T10 ticket. So ten trips by metro, tram or bus throughout Barcelona (city center) for only € 10,20! Four of us always shared a T10 ticket and used it several times in the metro, that was no problem at all.
For longer distances and in the evening, we often took a taxi, as it was not expensive for us four. Short trips cost from about 5 € and for longer distances, for example from the Bunkers del Carmel after Barceloneta we paid about 25 €.
Klar, Gaudí is of course ubiquitous here in Barcelona. I have to admit that I like the famous sights Park Güell, Casa Milá and Casa Batló because of lack of time, I just deleted the plan. It should also be a relaxed girl's trip. Only the Sagrada Familia I did not want to miss it!
The tip is not new, but you should definitely be one before Online ticket* to get, if you want to see this beautiful basilica from the inside as well. There are various tickets and tours, for example, a separate ticket, if you want to tower up, etc. Us the ticket for the immediate entrance with time slot was completely sufficient and I must say, it is really worth every penny (approx € 20,00 per adult).
The different lights and colors are really magical and the high vault very impressive.
Under the church, Gaudí's bones are buried and masses are held in a separate altar for locals.
Many say that they are the Sagrada Familia from the outside not so nice, but I personally find them from the outside somehow special, despite permanent construction site. Supposedly the church is supposed to be finished by 2026 (the exact blueprints are explained inside), but an insider has told us that the 2040 will be the case ...
Ramblas with Boquería:
Another tourist hotspot in Barcelona. The busy street Las Ramblas or "les Rambles" is an Eldorado for shopping lovers. There is virtually nothing that does not exist (even animals!).
But we are more for the culinary highlights of the Mercat de la Boqueria interested.
This is a covered market sideways right next to the Ramblas, From ham and bacon to fish, fruits and juices, sweets and treats, there is everything your heart desires.
I must confess that I could have spent all day here to feed myself. Visually really on every corner an eye-catcher. Also for souvenirs for home this market is ideal. For me a MUST-SEE in Barcelona! I would like to have one next time Market tour with guide and tasting * join in, but this time we just had no time ...
WWhen you think of the beach of Barcelona, you automatically think Barceloneta with the famous "sail" of the W hotels and the yacht harbor behind. Without a doubt, life rages here with various bars and cafés.
We wanted to move a bit off the beaten track and are always on the beach Platja de Levante hinter dem Park Forum hazards.
There are almost only locals, as something outside, and a few nice beach bars! Of course, it is also crowded here, especially on weekends, but the mood is relaxed and you can find a place everywhere with your towel. The wind and the sound of the waves then spread the same total holiday feeling and at the end of September you could hop into the sea without any problems!
Eat & Drink
DThe classics of Spanish cuisine are paella, tapas or pintxos. Personally, I did not know the latter before and wanted to try it out! We have the restaurant in the city center Bilbao Berria select. It is a bit touristy, but the small rolls for € 2,75 apiece really delicious and the choice is almost endless!
For tapas food we are in the typical, local Kasparo gone, which we happened to discover in a small backyard.
The service was a bit rude, the food and the wine but very delicious and authentic with loud Barcelonés at the other tables.
For breakfast we have tried various cafes, but our definite highlight was that Paisano Café, only three minutes from the Sagrada Familia away. The Italian owners were extremely friendly and had also made a fun travel guide and various insider tips in stock. The food and cappuccino were really yummy too! My personal favorite cafe in Barcelona!
Dhe plan was originally to try out various bars in Barcelona, but it always comes differently than you think. Somehow we were always so late with the food that it was usually midnight when we were done. Once we were in a student bar near the Ramblas. There was only beer.
To the nice Cava-drinking we are by chance on the El dinàmic de BCN (Catalan restaurant) poked in the really sweet side street Carrer del Parliament. There were several nice places, which we would have liked to try. But two days were definitely too short.
Als the first time I have a picture of the Bunkers del Carmel I'm from the dear Özgül from the blog confashiontime.com I knew, I have to go there! Unfortunately that has not been so easy. Above all, we really wanted to go to sunset and were a little under time pressure. So my tips to get away or away, as the bunkers are just outside of Barcelona. The effort is worth it in any case!
Our journey by metro and taxi:
Since we were, as mentioned, a bit late, we are with the metro L5 to the station El Caramel drove and then the last piece steeply uphill with the taxi drove for a bargain price of about 5 €! Unfortunately the taxi should not go all the way up and you have to walk the last part about 10 minutes to the bunkers. Although there is also a small bus number 119 through the small streets at the end, but only 1x per hour!
But once you have reached the top, a truly unique 360 degree panoramic view over Barcelona to the sea opens up.
In addition, with sunset really magical! Meanwhile, this is no longer an insider tip and with one hundred other tourists pilgrimage there. Despite the crowds, it is still worthwhile, because the audience is young and fun and the mood is relaxed!
Departure by bus:
The V17 line departs every 10 minutes / stop Pl Mitja Lluna. It's up to 10 minutes to walk uphill or downhill, depending on where you are. This goes directly to the city, inter alia, to Barceloneta / Jaume I / Urquinaona / Gracia (Fontana).
At the metro station El Caramel There is a small kiosk with drinks and snacks. Here we have stocked up with San Miguel beer and bought chips. At the top, there is nothing around!
My favourite place
II have to admit that the hustle and bustle in the old town and the Ramblas at the beginning a bit overwhelmed me. I love the alleyways of the Barri Gotic with its winding streets and on every corner you will discover a new photo spot. Also the different street musicians with guitar or saxophone lift the mood. Before the Catedral de Barcelona but then the hell was going on, so we did not queue up. Everywhere people and tourists.
Diagonally opposite the cathedral we have the entrance to a small courtyard of the La Casa de l'Ardiaca discovered.
There you can just go in for free and have a nice look around. Of course, tourists are also here, but the dark walls with the fountain in the middle simply radiated a magical tranquility. If you then go up the mosaic-lined stairs, you will find yourself in a small oasis of peace again and in the middle of Barcelona with a view of the cathedral!
Of course, there is a long history to this building and it will probably bring good luck to handle the turtle (at least I have read), but I am mostly interested in just the special moment and what this changed in one. For this we travel finally ...
Festival La Mercé
EShortly before arrival, I read that the very weekend of the year we will be in Barcelona, the biggest event of the year will take place! On the 24.09. It is a great holiday in Barcelona and it is held in honor of Mare de Deu de la Mercè, Barcelona's patron saint. That is, throughout the weekend of the 21.09.-24.09.2018 there was a program of musicians, artists and performances.
I had hoped for a highlight on every street corner, but you had to look for a particular event very selectively. I had printed out the program booklet online before, but this is honest, very confusing. On the ground, the stage was seen everywhere, but in some cases there was no screening until the evening, or nothing at all for a long time.
We were fortunate enough to have Saturday night Kathedrale to experience a traditional live band!
A very cool sight with a good mood! On the Avinguda Parallel The indie festival should be in full swing, but there was a break while we were there. There was probably a lightshow and fireworks, but somehow that passed us by ...
Next time I would like to take a closer look at the famous festival and plan a tour around the events! More information about the La Mercé Festival can be found here.
Conclusion & my general Barcelona travel tips
Kculture, world-famous sights, tapas, wine and the sea - all that and much more makes Barcelona the perfect metropolis for a city trip (not just for girls;). Also the weather fits here on the Mediterranean and at the end of September we still had around the 28 degrees and swam in the sea. A dream! The city center can be easily explored by public transport or on foot.
Especially in the old town you should pay attention to your valuables, but otherwise you feel very safe in Barcelona as a woman. The culinary highlights such as pintxos, tapas or paellas and the good Spanish wine make the heart beat faster even for gourmets. So what do you want more?
The only drawback to Barcelona for me personally is that the city is of course full of people and especially tourists. This is noticeable to the Barcelonés also unfortunately. These are partly very annoyed by the tourists and let you feel that too. We had two uncomfortable situations.
Once we wanted to ask a locals for Barcelona travel tips, this is then completely freaked out and shouted to us: "I do not talk to tourists!". The second time was on the way up to the Bunkers del Carmel, There, on the street, stood in big white letters "Go home tourists". To some extent, I can even understand that. On the other hand, what would Barcelona be without tourism? There are probably always two sides to the medal.
Basically, most were very friendly to us.
But we noticed that when we tried to speak spanish, we were treated a bit nicer. Incidentally, here you can read my contribution to learning foreign languages with Babbel!
We were on this city trip four girls. Since we did not want to look for a fair share of every little thing, I had it the practical app "Cost Split" fetched. There you just always enter who paid how much and for whom and in the end there is the "final bill". Really very practical!
Have you ever been to Barcelona? What are your Barcelona travel tips? Write me your tips! Maybe you are also interested in a city trip to Hamburg?
With this post I like to take part in the blog parade "Your best travel blog post in 2018" from the blog Reise-clever.com! In Barcelona, my favorite picture was taken on the Bunkers del Carmel! Thanks for being here!
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