At the end of March/beginning of April, I was fortunate to be able to travel to Barcelona, Spain with my boyfriend. We had the most amazing time and honestly fell in love with this amazing city.
I wanted to create a short guide of everything that I feel are top musts when going. If you want a more in-depth look at each day I have created posts for each one– day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, and day 5– just click on the day you want to read about!
WHERE I STAYED
I love a good hotel, but when it came down to finding lodging for Barcelona, I wanted something with a great view and close to transportation. I ultimately found a great Airbnb two blocks away from the Sagrada Familia. We had a whole apartment to ourselves, and a view of the cathedral from our balcony.
HOW I GOT AROUND
The transportation in Barcelona is amazing! You can literally get anywhere by bus or metro. Before you start thinking “eww dirty”, let me be the first to put those thoughts at ease. Barcelona is an extremely clean city, including the public transportation. I never once felt like I was sitting in a can of germs while being on the bus or metro.
I did a lot of research about the public transportation in Barcelona and I found that the Hola Barcelona Card was the best option. It was super affordable and gives you access to all public transportation systems.
WHAT I DID
We were in Barcelona for five days (not including two travel days). I planned pretty much the entire trip on my own with the help of Google and YouTube. Here are some things that I think are a must when you are in Barcelona:
Sagrada Familia– make sure you do a tour. We did a guided tour in the morning and it was really nice being able to ask questions and hear stories from the perspective of someone who lives in Barcelona.
Palau de la Musica– This place was stunning! We did an audio tour and were very lucky to be there while someone was warming up on the organ inside. This is the type of place that could only exist in Spain and it definitely should not be missed. There is also a great little cafe downstairs for an afternoon espresso and sandwich.
Parc Guell– This is probably one of the most iconic places in Barcelona. I never realized how big this park actually is, so I would allow for a few hours here to explore and see all the amazing pieces that make up this park.
Parc de laberint d’horta– This park is like a hidden gem that I never really came across in any of my research before the trip. I happened to just see it on a map and Googled it. It is only a few euros to get into and it is well worth it. There is a full hedge maze in the center which was fun to wander around with several locals. There are also numerous reflecting pools, statutes, fountains, and gardens surrounding the maze.
Casa Batlló– This house was so unique and beautiful. I highly recommend taking the audio tour. It was such an interesting experience because the tour is from the perspective of the house talking about the family who lived there and the architect, Gaudi. I loved all the blues and the intricate details of this house. It was such a fun few hours feeling what it would be like living in the city of Barcelona.
The Gothic Quarter– One of the best free things you can do is explore the gothic quarter. If you go to Spain and expect ancient, historical, fairytale vibes– this is your place to experience that. We loved walking around all the small streets and shops in the gothic quarter, and we will probably forever reminisce about it until the day we can go back.
WHERE I ATE
My boyfriend was mostly in charge of the dinners on this trip and we ended up mostly at tapas bars (which honestly was so fun). Here are the places that were stand outs to me.
Dulcinea– You have to go experience a Swiss drinking chocolate with melindros. They are *chef’s kiss*. This was my favorite thing I had in the city and if/when I go back, I will be enjoying this treat daily.
Bodega La Palma– This tapas bar had the best bravas and croquets I had the entire trip. I really regret not going back a second time to get some.
Can Ramonet– This paella was EVERYTHING! We shared the vegetable paella, and I’m not ashamed to admit I ate almost the whole thing by myself.
La Cova Furmada– I have two words of advice for this place: be early and order the bombas. Seriously, get there early because they close around 2pm and they will turn a giant line of people away. The bombas are the most delicious things ever; I recommend ordering at least 1 per person. The sangria was also very delicious.
Hofmann Bakery– For all my pastry lovers out there, do yourself a favor and go to Hofmann’s. They have the most delicious croissant filled with mascarpone cheese and is covered in a glaze. It’s so good you won’t want to share, trust me on this one. Like really though, get one to have all to yourself!