A Quick Barcelona Travel Itinerary | What to See & Where to Eat
I can’t lie, once I heard Ed Sheran’s song ‘Barcelona‘… I had to add this destination to my Europe vacation. Barcelona is a city rich in history, located in Catalunya. From it’s beaches, historic streets, and delicious tapas, I enjoyed exploring and learning the past of this ancient city. Below is a quick Barcelona Travel Itinerary that includes my reccomendations of where to stay, what to see, where to explore, and what to eat in Barcelona.
Quick Barcelona Travel Itinerary
Table of Contents
- 1 Accommodations
- 2 What to See
- 3 Neighborhoods to Explore
- 4 Where to Eat
Where to Stay:
If your looking for a neighborhood that is buzzing, filled with restaurants and cafes with a local vibe, I would recommend staying in El Born. El Born boasts the Gothic Architecture Barcelona is known for, while offering a vibrant Barcelona Experience. I stayed in an Air B&B in El Born and couldn’t have been happier with the location!
What you will Find in El Born:
Art Museums, Restaurants, Nightlife, Medieval Buildings, and lots of Art.
What to See
All About Antoni Gaudi:
You can’t help but notice the distinct impact this architect had on this city. Gaudi’s most famous work is in Barcelona including: the Sagrada Família,Park Güell, Casa Batlló, Casa Batlló. There are many walking tours offered in Barcelona about Gaudi’s works if you wanted to look further in his architecture.
This unfinished Basílica is a must see for your Barcelona travel itinerary. The size of it is overwhelming! I didn’t experience the inside of the Sagrada Familia when I visited Barcelona because if you did not have a ticket in advance, you would be waiting in line for hours. If you want to see the inside, you must book your tickets days in advance to secure a space!
This was on the top of my list to see in Barcelona! Another Gaudi masterpiece! Thankfully, I did my research in advance because in order to see the ‘Monumental Zone’ which includes the Dragon Stairway, Casa del Guarda, and the Greek Theater you need to book your tickets in advance due to capacity. When you order your tickets in advance, you will also have to pick the time you want to enter the monumental zone.
Note: This park is located in the north of Barcelona. To get there, we took the public Bus H24 from Plaça Catalunya all the way until we reached the Park’s entrance. This was super convenient, and required minimal walking to the park. The ride took about 45 minutes in total.
Neighborhoods to Explore
Las Ramblas is a long street mall in the middle of Barcelona that leads down to the beach. There are tons of restaurants, bars, and shopping located here. Because it is in a high tourist location, the prices will be higher and the quality of food won’t be that great. I wouldn’t personally eat on Las Ramblas, but it is definitely something to see while in Barcelona.
Tip: Beware of pickpockets and scam artists in Barcelona, especially on Las Ramblas. I had a close call with my camera where it literally was stolen right in front of my eyes! Thankfully I reacted and nothing happened, but this is the reason why all these photos are taken on my IPhone and not my DLSR.
Playa de la Barceloneta:
If you visit Barcelona during the summer, take advantage of the beautiful beaches along the coast of Barcelona. Relax along the water, soak up the sun, and have a drink while admiring the Balearic Sea. Unfortunately, since we visited Barcelona in April, we couldn’t spend a day on the beach. In the future, I would love to come back to Barcelona in the summer months to take advantage of this beautiful beach!
Where to Eat
Ziryab, Arabic Fusion Tapas:
Hands down, this Arabic fusion tapas restaurant was the best restaurant I experienced throughout my whole Europe Trip! The service, food, and decor where just perfect! We sampled the Tapas Tasting menu for 26,50€ which from their menu states “this is your best option if a) you are hungry, b) you want to try many things, including the classics of the house an c) you trust us to select the best dishes for you!”
This menu started with shared appetizers, tapas tasters, a main course, digestive liqueurs, mint tea, and deserts. It was plenty of food, but so worth it! Everything was fresh and delicious! A must try when in Barcelona!
Fun Fact: The owner and some staff members here are deaf, which made our experience really unique as our server explained menu items through body language instead of words. Just made our experience even more memorable!
Location: Carrer dels Ases, 16, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Casa Lolea, Tapas:
Another restaurant that I enjoyed in Barcelona was Casa Lolea in El Born. I didn’t make a reservation, as I came at the end of lunch service, but I hear that it can get quite busy during dinner. This place offers a variety of tapas, and different types of sangria. My favorite thing on the menu was the truffle risotto- just delicious! If your looking for great service, and reasonably priced food come to Casa Lolea.
Location: Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Fresh Juice, For when your body needs a break:
After eating tapas for a couple days, I think my body needed a break with a clean fresh juice! This was the cutest organic grocery/ eatery. There were fresh produce for sale, as well as other organic items. In the back was a cute lounge, with comfortable seating where you could read or work. The woman who owned this shop was so sweet! She remembered us, even though we were only visiting for a couple of days!
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