BARCELONA Barcelona, located at the Mediterranean sea in the very north of the Spanish coast, is one of my favourite European cities to date. Barcelona is the capital city of the self-governing community of catalonia. I didnt realise, until my visit, Barcelona’s first language is not spanish- its catalan. did you? Everything about the place draws me in and makes me want to drop everything to move to the city by the sea. From delicious tapas bars to awesome night clubs, Barcelona has it all. If you’re a fan of art, music and culture than you’ll be a fan of Barcelona. The past weekend was my second visit to Barcelona and i am sure it will not be my last. After our exceptional weekend away, we decided to put together a little guide for first timers visiting Barcelona and share some of our favourite moments/experiences from our weekend away. In our BARCELONA city guide, you’ll discover all you need to know about getting to and from the airport, where to stay, what to see and where to spoil your taste buds.
1- Getting from the Airport into the city If you’re travelling to and from the Airport to Cataluyna, the cheapest and quickest way to travel is to use the Areobus. The Aerobes departs 100meters from the airports main exit, every 5minutes from 5am-130am. For only 5.90euros each way, you can enjoy a quick and easy, air-conditioned ride with free wifi and no hassle. 2. Recommended hostel for backpackers/ Travelers in their 20s Read why we have chosen Sant Jordi’s hostels as our hostel of choice. Selected as Europe’s best small chain hostel’s, they did not fail to live up to their reputation. With cleanliness, friendliness and a great atmosphere, they quickly ticked off all the right boxes. At first, i was worried about the location of the Hostel, as it was a little further from LA RAMBLAS than my last stay in Barcelona. However, we found the location to be perfect. It was walking distance to everything we needed, positioned on a train line and in a really cheap neighbourhood, making late night visits to the convenient store (for extra drinks) very, very affordable. Check out their Facebook page HERE and our BCG* link for more information. – Complete bucket list Barcelona is full of amazing things to see and do, so we have compiled a list of 25things we recommend you tick off you list. A handy, shortened version of where to go and what to see in Barcelona. Our favourite part of Barcelona, is the works of Antoni Gaudi that are scattered across the city. From the Park Guell to the incredible Sagrada Familia, Barcelona is known to be home of some of Gaudi’s most extraordinary works. What is your favourite work of Antoni Gaudi?
– A day trip to Badalona Beach There are several day trips that you can make from Barcelona, beautiful places such as Girona, Tarragona, Costa Brava and the list goes on. We wanted to be able to fit in a little excursion away, as well as spend the afternoon at Barceloneta beach, so we decided to take the R1 train to BADALONA BEACH. I did the same trip last year and felt so relaxed, spending a bit of time away from the hussle and bussle of busy Barcelona. Badalona is only 20minutes north of Barcelona and is a great way to spend your morning/afternoon. Use our link to see why…
– 4things you can’t miss but might As i have mentioned, Barcelona is FULL of things to do and see. I realised this very quickly during my first visit to the wonderful city. There were four things i basically stumbled upon, while visiting, that i am so glad i did. Despite Barcelona being known for the incredible works of Gaudi, it is also where Picasso spent a lot of his youth and drew a lot of inspiration from. The Picasso Gallery is a must, in my opinion. Three other things, i stumbled upon were, my day trip to badalona, an afternoon sail boat jazz cruise and the most incredible tapas bar my taste buds have ever experienced. Read more… here *Barcelona City Guide Have you ever been to Barcelona? What would you recommend for first timers?