How to visit Barcelona in 4 days

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In addition to bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, Barcelona is a city of culture and strong traditions. Often described as the most modern city in the country, you will notice in just one afternoon its great cultural diversity due to the number of languages ​​we hear on the streets!


Summary:

  • The essentials to visit in Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Battlo and Casa Milà, The Picasso Museum
  • Activity to visit Barcelona: Montjuic and Jibidabo
  • Accommodation in Barcelona - Where to stay to enjoy your stay
  • Preparations and tips for visiting Barcelona
  • How to get to Barcelona from the airport
  • Where to go out in Barcelona
  • Barcelona neighborhoods
  • Means of transport to discover Barcelona
  • Where to find a parking space in Barcelona
  • What to see in Barcelona

1) The essentials to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona offers a multitude of things to discover: museums, gardens, monuments ... and, of course, the superb and famous Art-Nouveau houses, the work of the master Antoni Gaudí! Classic tours or atypical tours, there is something for everyone! Here is information and recommendations of proven activities for you.

Read calmly and choose what you prefer, whatever the case, BOOK before you go to avoid the queues and optimize your stay!


As in all my articles, I like to show you a city with maps. Here is a Google map for your visit to Barcelona:


Brilliant works of Gaudí:

  • The Holy Family

You cannot go to Barcelona without visiting the Sagrada Familia, I also highly recommend that you get a skip-the-line ticket (to save you 1h30 of waiting). It is possible that there will no longer be a line break depending on the date of visit, being the Sagrada one of the most visited tourist sites in the world. So you can have some with the Audioguide option (link), or with the Audioguide + 1 Tour option (link).



The interior is impressive, the colors with the stained glass lights are incredible. It feels like entering a dream, it is magical… except there are a lot of people !!

If you want to visit the Sagrada Familia with a PRIVATE guide, I advise you to go through José, a guide (). Feel free to contact him if you have any questions!

For a guided tour in GROUP instead. This skip-the-line ticket with guide is also really cool, on the other hand you are in a group, it is up to you to compare according to how many people you are, it is always good to have your own guide ...

  • You want a private guided tour of Park Güell + the Sagrada Familia with José ().

Another nice thing is to take the Sagrada Familia skip-the-line + bus pass (, you take the blue line that also goes to Parc Guell (skip the line here) and also near the Born (where the Picasso museum is located, the best stop is the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona).



As for the Sagrada Familia towers, it is best to buy the tickets once there (5 euros), more exactly inside (so the skip-the-line entrance is still interesting).

Indeed, for the tours work is still being done and some days, the towers close, without our knowing it in advance (to know the openings of the towers and reserve your place with a guide, and without a guide).

To get a better view of the city, I recommend visiting the highest tower (75 m): the Passion Tower. For my part I opted for the guided tour, it is really to do (reserve the ticket), on the other hand this visit does not offer the visit of the tower!



  •  or here to know the tour openings and reserve your place with a guide.
  • You want a guided visit to Park Güell + the Sagrada Familia with José ().
  • Visit of Barcelona + tasting with Tomas (who also speaks French) (link).
  • Park Güell

The other must-see (2-3 hours of visit), this park is delirious, on the other hand, there are also people there! We will have to queue to take a selfie with the famous salamander at the entrance :)

Park Güell is one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona, ​​it is also one of the most visited sites after the Sagrada Familia. Original and incredibly charming, this garden is worth the detour and deserves to be walked along all its paths to capture all its beauty.

Don't forget your camera, Gaudí will blow your mind! for the tail jump.

Tip: Take at least two hours to visit Parc Güell.

To get there from Las Ramblas / Place de Catalunya use bus n ° 24 or the metro (green line L3), Lesseps station (Lesseps is at the foot of Park Güell, so you will have to go up if you stop at this station) or Vallcarca (allows walking 15-20 min for the 2 stations…).

  • And why Vallcarca, are there escalators?

I recommend getting off at the VALLCARCA stop because there is an escalator that prevents you from climbing a hellish hill. I even have a map for easy access, to take a look, to read my article on Park Güell.

To get to the park, you also have the super nice way to cross the pass: Bus & Parc Güell. Take the blue line, you can also pass in front of the Sagrada Familia (skip the line and here the ticket with the audio guide and the skip the line + visit to the museum)

The blue line also passes near the Born district (the Picasso museum is located here, the best stop is Arc de Triomf).

I also advise you to visit Gaudí's house inside the park, very beautiful. In order not to hurt your calves, go through the upper part of the park, this will prevent you from hitting the entire climb on foot.

  • The Casa Batlló

Allow 1 hour for your visit (one step away from Plaza Catalunya and not far from Casa Milà). One of the great works of Catalan modernism, directed by Gaudí, a marvel. You will see that this "house" is extraordinary! It really is to be done!

  • From mid-March to mid-June I advise you to take this Casa Battlo skip-the-line ticket, otherwise take this one, it will be enough.
  • You want to take a guided tour of Casa Battlo with José (to contact him).
  • The Milan House

Popularly called “la Pedrera” - (1h30 visit). Another masterpiece of the master Gaudí! for Casa Mila skip the lines and for a guided tour with José (guide).

Other unmissable visits to Barcelona

  • The picasso museum

5 minutes from Santa María, in Carrer de Montcada, you have the Picasso museum, to visit! or book your tickets to avoid queuing.

Carrer de Montcada (If the life of Picasso fascinates you, I can only recommend a visit in the footsteps of Picasso -)

  • La Rambla

The most famous avenue in Barcelona. It is essential and it is in this area where I advise you to stay in Barcelona (I give you good accommodation addresses a little further down in this article).

I have to tell you (before you get literally plucked), that there are certainly plenty of little restaurants and shops along the Ramblas in Barcelona, ​​but due to the immense popularity of the latter and the excessive volume of visitors, the Prices are very high and in general you will not have the same quality of service as in a less touristy area.

Go through parallel streets. Going down from the Place de Catalunya towards the old port, you will see many street shows, male statues, painters, portraitists or cartoonists.

There is the Boquería market (inside the market there is a very nice restaurant called Universal) and the Liceu Opera, the Place Reial, which are worth a visit.

After Place Reial, I walked up the street to Place George Orwell. There are several bars, restaurants, tapas: the Oviso or the Bahia that have small and well-animated terraces.

/! One last piece of information, this is pickpockets and fake artists heaven, so don't be fooled!

  • A walk through Barcelona with a guide

José offers a private tour of Barcelona that he called “Barcelona at a glance” to provide an unforgettable experience rich in history. Offer this tour in small groups to make it more fun and enjoyable to follow, if you're interested. For group visits or here (it is up to you to compare the prices, because depending on the number of people a private visit is usually more interesting).

  • Otherwise you have group visits (or) do not hesitate to compare the prices because a guided tour may be cheaper depending on the number of people ...
  • You want a guided visit to Park Güell + the Sagrada Familia with José ().
  • The Boquéria market

A magnificent covered market with very good fresh products, open every day except Sundays: vegetables, fish, cheeses, sausages, condiments ... It is essential to taste their fruit juices (fruit juices are € 2 cheaper inside) .

And if you want to buy them at a ridiculous price, wait until the end of the market;) Hours: Monday to Saturday from 8 to 20 hours.
A very nice idea is this activity to learn how to make Paéllas while looking for products in the market (.

The activity is in Spanish or English but that is not a big problem: the gastronomy is international and everyone understands each other.

Also, here are two very nice activities with Tomas (): Visit to Barcelona + tasting (link), and Tapas / Wines (ideal to start the evening) always with Tomas (link).

  • Gothic Quarter

One thing you absolutely must do is go to the Gòtic neighborhood of Barcelona where the medieval Jewish quarter and the synagogue are located (closed at 15pm and free on Sunday afternoons before 15pm), the architecture is incredible and the small wonderful alleys ! A stone's throw away you have the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Eulalia in Placita de la Seu.

In addition, José offers a great guided tour of this neighborhood (on this walk). There is also Tomás who offers a tour that called him, the hidden treasures of Barcelona (to contact him).

For a group visit. Again, compare with the number of people, it is often more advantageous to have a private visit if you are 3 or 4 years old ...

The cloister of the cathedral where the 13 geese are located (appropriate clothing required) is free on Saturdays, otherwise entry of 6 euros. The city's history museum, where the entire Roman city is located in the basement (I was surprised by this underground city!) It costs 5 euros a visit, otherwise free on Sunday afternoons from 15 pm).

I highly recommend the guided tour of the Gothic Quarter, you will learn many interesting things about the old town and about Picasso! And next to it you have the magnificent Cathedral, Placita de la Seu.

And here is Tomás who offers a tour that he called, the hidden treasures of Barcelona (.

  • The Born neighborhood

In the Born district, you will find the Palace of Catalan Music (open in summer from 10 am to 18 pm). You also have in this neighborhood, the Gothic basilica of Santa María del Mar, the “cathedral of the people”.

There is also the Santa Caterina market which is very beautiful, it was recently renovated by Mirailles, a great Catalan architect.

The church Santa María del Mar - Plaza de Santa María:

  • The Arc de Triomphe

On the avenue that runs from the Arc de Triomf to the Parc de la Ciutadella, there are often concerts and shows. Good to stop there to have a good time.

People stretch out on the grass, we hear parakeets chattering… and yes, you see, they are everywhere!

Little green parrots that build their nests in palm trees ... and they are super loud!

  • The Parc de la Ciudadela (nice to stretch out for an hour).

It's good to take a break! In the park is the Barcelona Zoo: a good idea if you visit Barcelona with your children! Otherwise, you can take a boat trip around a small pond (€ 10 per boat for 30 minutes).

  • Right next to the park you have Zoo Barcelona. A good idea if you visit Barcelona with your children!

2) Activity to visit Barcelona

  • A walk through Barcelona with José, a guide

José offers a tour of Barcelona that he called “Barcelona at a glance” to provide an unforgettable experience rich in history. Offer this tour in small groups to make it more fun and enjoyable to follow. If you're interested .

  • Guided bike tour of Barcelona

If you like to discover lesser-known but equally beautiful corners, try this guided bike tour. Barcelona's cycling guides are super friendly, the welcome is warm and the visit is very interesting. This is one of the activities best rated by travelers who send me their comments :) Go with your eyes closed !!

There is also a more classic and cool bike ride that takes you to the Sagrada Familia and Passeig de Gràcia (book here). It's also a good way to quickly see the must-sees!

  • A tasting tour with Tomas

I present to you Tomas who offers super pleasant activities under the banner of gastronomy. So if you want to do a visit + tasting (, if you want to start the evening and taste the best tapas and wines in Barcelona.

There is also this walk that called it, the hidden treasures of Barcelona (.

  • A guided tour of the Camp Nou stadium

The Camp Nou has 2.000.000 visitors a year !! Read my article about this extraordinary adventure! Barça is spark ink ... but a club (more than a club!) Is a cultural identity ... Know its history, if you are a football fan or even if you are not very interested, you will be fascinated: I recommend this guided tour with Olivier 

  • It also offers a guided tour of the streets of Barcelona 
  • Scooter rental in Barcelona

Why not easily rent a scooter in Barcelona from an agency with a French employee if necessary (link).

It has € 34 for 6 hours of rental but you can rent it for 24, 48 hours ..., do not deprive yourself, the scooter is ideal to discover the surroundings of Barcelona!

On the other hand, I highly recommend that you book it in advance. Barcelona is very touristy… (to take a look).

Get high: Montjuïc, Tibidabo ... and get away from the center.

  • Montjuïc Hill (count a good half day)

Overlooking the Mediterranean, it is an incredible place with the Miró foundation, the Olympic stadium, beautiful parks, the MNAC (a huge museum)… It is really very nice to visit, you can get lost and discover less frequented corners. . We are in Barcelona but surrounded by greenery ...

Plan an afternoon to visit this very pleasant green corner. It is the lung of Barcelona. Take the cable car and go up the hill (skip-the-line ticket to go up the hill via cable car).

From there, enjoy a magnificent view of Barcelona. Take the opportunity to visit the castle and have a fantastic view of the Mediterranean and the industrial port.

Also, here is a beautiful guided bike tour to do in this park (and here for other bike rides in Barcelona).

If you prefer not to get tired, there is an electric bike tour ... that's great !! The electric bike is really practical to travel the hill of Montjuïc in all directions!

  • Tibidabo Park (allows half a day)

Tibidabo is an emblematic park in Barcelona because it is the highest point in the city. It is a family amusement park where everyone, regardless of age, will find something to have fun. So it can be fun with your kids! The park is located above the Parc Guell.

There's a pretty cool roller coaster rolling down the mountain ... thrill guaranteed! You can get there by metro + bus, car or bus.

The Tibibus leaves from Plaza Catalunya every day when the park is open. It costs € 5 but allows you to get there directly, without stopover.

During the summer there can be a lot of people, so it may be interesting (during these days) to buy your ticket in advance (more information here). Plan a picnic because everything is expensive up there!

  • Discover Barcelona easily with the tourist bus

If I can give you some good advice and what I find fun is to discover this magnificent city through the tourist buses (you can get on and off the bus as many times as you want with the same ticket (Hop-on Bajar system).

However, you must choose one of the lines (red, blue or green). Personally, I recommend the blue line if you want to get to the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. I didn't do the red line, but here is a comment that might help you:

Justine's comment for the red line: The advantage of the red line is that the circuit covers more places to see, especially if you don't have time to do everything.

In addition, through this ticket you get on the bus directly, we only scan the ticket you receive by email (you just have to print it or have it on your phone).

Please note that there are two companies! The pink / blue buses are those of the tourist office and offer more advantages (in addition to a discount book).

Therefore, I advise you to take the blue road, because you will be able to pass in front of the Sagrada Familia (the Sagrada Familia skips the line and here the ticket with the audio guide and the line skips the line + the visit to the museum) and Park Güell ( skip the park Güell line), which will allow you to make a nice bus trip and beautiful visits.

You can opt for this ticket, which I find very interesting, the blue bus pass + Sagrada Familia skip-the-line, or the blue pass + Parc Güell skip-the-line. The blue line also passes near the Born district (where the Picasso museum is located, the best stop is the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona).

/! Jeremy's email: Hi Maxence, a week in Barcelona, ​​the information you gave us has been very valuable to us, as Christians we have loved it a lot. We took the red buses next to the cathedral, one end, at the first crossing we take the blue buses, then we take the red buses that only return to the starting point. Thanks to you

  • Discover Barcelona in a different way with a bike ride

In addition to the traditional visit and the essentials, I recommend an unusual guided bike tour that will allow you to see and understand the city in a different way. Lucie and her guides offer bike rides for groups, families, couples, for bachelor parties. 

It allowed us to discover this new city in a very pleasant way. The walk lasted 3 hours and frankly it is yet to be done, you will not regret it. It is a good complement to the traditional visit and the essentials and will allow you to see and understand the city in another way.

Stéphane's comment: A very interesting, friendly guide and his passion for Barcelona, ​​his adopted city, answered all our curiosities, historical and political weaknesses. Many thanks to Lucie who gave us more of her time! I highly recommend it.

You can also read my article featuring this ride! Guided tour of Barcelona by bike.

Have you thought about getting the Barcelona City Pass?

  • Free skip-the-line entry to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell
  • Free transfer from Barcelona airport (round trip)
  • Tourist bus ticket
  • 20% discount in museums, Picasso Museum, Casa Balto, Camp Nou Experience
  • 20% discount on attractions, aquarium, zoo, cable car to Montjuic
  • But also a reduction of 20% in Poble Espanyol, Joan Miró, MNAC (National Museum of Art of Catalonia).
  • 20% discount on the Hola Transport Card
  • 20% reduction on excursions, Figueres, Montserrat, Costa Brava, Portaventura ...
  • 20% reduction on bike tours

3) Accommodation to visit Barcelona on foot

Ah, the same question often arises, but where will we be able to sleep in Barcelona! We don't want to pay a blind man and we want to be able to be close to the festive atmosphere of Barcelona!

For those who are in a hurry and who trust me, it is in the purple zone where they should look for a hotel.

  • Why is this the place to look?

First of all, keep in mind that the neighborhoods to see, the must-see sites and the best places to go out are at point A (see map below) which is located between the Gothic Quarter and the Raval.

The street that separates these 2 districts (see red dotted line on the map below) is the famous street “La Rambla”, and it is precisely around “La Rambla” where you have to look for accommodation, I will give you good addresses with a good relationship value for money just below.

  • There is the center (medieval town) formed by the districts of Gótic, Born, Raval and Barceloneta
  • There is the Eixample, which is a huge residential area where the Sagrada Familia is located.
  • There are the peripheral neighborhoods such as Sants, Gràcia and Poblenou

To simplify your search, here is a GoogleMap (below) that I have customized to help you find your way around. I personally advise you to stay in the light blue zone, I have put a lot of good directions just below this map.

If you take the shuttle bus to Barcelona from El Prat airport (as I recommend), it will drop you off at Plaza Catalunya, where La Rambla begins.

That is why I think the best way to visit Barcelona is to be close to the Ramblas.

Here is a cheap accommodation that I was able to find and that Internet users have advised me (feel free to leave a comment or send me an email to share your good addresses).

Accommodation in the old town - Gothic Quarter (blue zone):

  • The first address I can offer you is a youth hostel, hip Karma. Be careful though, it's not easy to find!
  • A youth hostel that Chloe told me about in the comments, the 360 ​​Hostel Barcelona Arts & Culture. Good plan and also well located.
  • Serge's comment: Hotel Gaudi very well located, near the Ramblas.
  • Corinne's comment: We stayed at the Sant Agusti hotel with an ideal location: Plaça Sant Agusti, 3, Ciutat Vellas very close to the Boqueria market and the Ramblas and Bario Gotic but exceptionally quiet.
  • The Hotel California in the Gothic Quarter.
  • Another address that is not bad at all is the one I chose this summer during my weekend in Barcelona: Be Hostels Ramblas. Even better located, it is 50 meters from Las Ramblas !! The night was at € 42 / person during the month of August ...
  • A good address given by Marie, Rembrandt's hostel. Very well located too.
  • Comment from Peggy, we are back from Barcelona and the trip was thanks to your advice, great. We stayed at Hostal Amra, 5 minutes from Las Ramblas, we recommend it.
  • My other option was the Hostal Benidorm, which seemed cheaper and just as well located. To you to see!
  • If there are several of you and you are looking for a cheap apartment in an excellent location (20m from the Ramblas and right next to the port), the Gotico or the G and G.
  • Otherwise you also have Hotel Europa, Hotel Toledano, Hotel Levante, Hotel Santa Ana and Rey Don.
  • The Eurostars Boqueria hotel is just perfect. I think I'll try this one next time!
  • A last one, a little more expensive but also super well located: The Four Nations.
  • From Valérie: Residence Àgora BCN (8/10 minute walk from Mundet metro station) - very affordable value for money with free parking space next door.
  • From Julien and Marie: We stayed at the BCN urban gran ronda hotel, very good, 200 meters from Plaza Catalunya, for the typical tapas bar I recommend Cala Del Vermouth, 2 steps from Plaza Catalunya.
  • De Danièle: A very rococo hotel, very nice, very well received (with a cava flute), Sergio is good advice, good location Hotel L'Antic Espai 660 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes very close to Plaza Catalunya.
  • A budget hotel right next to the Sants station, the Transit.

These hotels are close to the Ramblas. Depending on the date, the price may differ a bit, but keep in mind that when it comes to the quality / price ratio, it is difficult to find something better.

Accommodation in the Eixample district (orange zone)

In the orange zone (Eixample district) you will find cheaper hotels, but you will have to walk 20 minutes to get to the Gothic district ...

  • A budget hotel right next to the Sants station, the Transit.
  • Comment from Peggy, we are back from Barcelona and the trip was thanks to your advice, great. We stayed at Hostal Amra, 10 minutes from Las Ramblas, we recommend it.
  • From Valérie: Residence Àgora BCN (8/10 minute walk from Mundet metro station) - very affordable value for money with free parking space next door.
  • The Generator is a great hostel on Carrer de Corsega 373-377

Accommodation in Poblenou

  • Bed and Beach, a stone's throw from the beach, offers small apartments (recommended by Lucie)
  • Ibis music, very good and not very expensive. Near the llacuna metro.

If you're more of an Airbnb, take 5 minutes to compare the prices of these apartments and hotels (it's often cheaper)!

Feel free to share your tips, this is how I manage to offer you these addresses.

  • Find cheap accommodation

Remember that public transport allows you to get from one end of the city to the other in a very short time! I'm telling you this because they have recommended me several hotels and hostels in Badalona and L'Hospitalet, which are the two towns near Barcelona.

It can be reached by metro easily and is cheaper. Good plan for small budgets! Check the accommodation on Airbnb or Booking.

4) Preparations and tips for visiting Barcelona

An important part of organizing your stay in Barcelona:

  • Information about the Barcelona City Pass
  • Information about activities and guided tour in Barcelona
  • Information about the airport and transfers to the center of Barcelona
  • Barcelona city pass

/! To optimize your stay, know that there is a very interesting pass, the Barcelona City Pass (link). It is the best option when you visit Barcelona. Includes skip-the-line tickets to the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. But also the Hop on Hop off Bus (which allows you to get on and off at will), the bus transfer to and from El Prat airport, so you don't have to worry about how you are going to get to your hotel.

This Pass also offers you a 20% discount for Camp Nou Experience, Casa Batlló, Casa Milá and many more.
This is really the one that I recommend, it is complete and profitable. for more information, or here to read the article dedicated to this: Barcelona City Pass.

  • Organize your visits and activities in Barcelona

Museums, exhibitions, parties, concerts ... there is always something to do in Barcelona! There are also 1000 activities to do: shopping, cycling, gastronomic discovery.

Get inspired here or on this site according to your wishes ... this page will give you ideas! And then there are my favorites:

  • The guided tour of Park Güell + La Sagrada Familia with José (private and), if not in a group (it's up to you to compare based on the number of people, sometimes it can be more advantageous to do a private visit).
  • Discover the city in a different way with this bike tour, very nice to discover the city in a different way ().
  • Soccer fan: Here's a guided tour of the Camp Nou stadium with Olivier, the passionate French expert; It also offers a guided tour of the streets of Barcelona 
  • Arrival at the airport - How to get from the airport to the center of Barcelona?

Before you start, you should know that you will have no problems finding a cheap flight, that is, around € 120 round trip per person.

Normally we arrive at El Prat airport (the closest airport to Barcelona), I also think that you will also land at this airport (and I wait for you, because the others are not near the center of Barcelona!).

To be quick, personally, I always get an AeroBus bus ticket (to reserve it) when I go to visit Barcelona, ​​there is one every 5-10 minutes, very practical, and it leaves directly from the airport and leaves you in the center of Barcelona: either in Place d'Espanya, or near the Urgell metro, or in Place Universitat and terminal in Place de Catalunya (for the ticket).

Check which of these 4 stops is right for you, depending on where your accommodation is located!

Follow the bus signs that I have outlined in red once you get to the airport (see image below), then once you have located the AeroBus sign, get off and you will arrive directly at the station.

With your ticket already purchased (for the ticket) you will not need to go to the terminal as you can see in the photo, you go directly to the bus, your ticket will be validated before entering.

If you arrive at Terminal 2 you can take the train, taxi or Aerobus that I recommend (for the ticket).

The train is very practical and very cheap (€ 2) and goes to Sants then stops at Passeig de Gràcia and finally Clot-Aragó… But since we usually get to T1, it is easier to take the bus !!

To get to the center of Barcelona, ​​you have to choose between train, bus, metro or taxi, on average it takes 30 minutes. If you opt for the taxi, count at least 35 euros to get to Plaza de Catalunya. It is the ideal transport if you have 4 ...

You can also take a private taxi that will wait for you at the airport, it is a little more expensive there but you decide… (.

There is also the metro (line 9) that today connects the airport with the city, so you can choose this solution to get to the center of Barcelona. The ticket costs € 4,5 / person and takes 1 hour to get to Plaza Catalunya (Plaza Catalunya).

  •  to see the metro map

For information on the different ways to get to the city center from Barcelona airport or other airports, to:

  • Get to Barcelona from Girona airport.
  • Arrives in Barcelona from El Prat airport.

Here we are in Barcelona, ​​let's find out now!

Other articles that may interest you:

  • Go directly to my article to spend a day in Port Aventura from Barcelona
  • Visit the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona
  • Information about the Barcelona City Pass.
  • A bike ride through Barcelona (link)
  • Are you looking for a guided tour of Barcelona?
  • You have José who is the expert in the history of Barcelona and who can give you all the private tours (to see what he offers) on the other hand it is more expensive than a group tour (for group tours).
  • You have Thomas the Philanthropist offering a visit + tasting or a Tapas and Wine activity (ideal to start the evening) (link)
  • You have Lucie and Matthieu and their fantastic bike rides around Barcelona (link).

5) Where to go out in Barcelona

For more information, take a look at my article “Where to go out in Barcelona”!

Before giving you good directions, you should know that if you are interested in making a gastronomic discovery, José offers a tour of the old town with a tasting of Pata Negra… (.

You also have Tomas, who offers great gastronomic activities. So if you want to do a visit + tasting (, if you want to start the evening and taste the best tapas and wines in Barcelona.

The Royal Square

If you want to know where to party, you should know that you will have many things to do in the old town (it used to be the Ramblas, but it has become too touristy).

If you stay near the Ramblas it is your choice but do not hesitate to escape to one of these alleys, you will find small squares where there are very beautiful bars and pubs.

Have a drink at Placa Reial, a very pretty square with large arches, with bars / clubs and restaurants. It is located right next to the Ramblas, it really is not bad to start the night, on the other hand you also pay for the frame!

There is a cool bar (on one corner) called Glaciar and next door (on the first floor) is the Pipa Club, a former pipe smoking club. It's very nice, jazz music for amateurs :)

You also have a great nightclub in this square: Le Jamboree. Go there because the atmosphere is great! There are several rooms with different environments.

  • Ocaña - Plaça Reial. It's a big terrace and inside, in the club, there are transvestite shows :) The atmosphere is great!
  • La Alcoba Azul - Carrer de Salomó ben Adret, 14. The setting is great and the tapas are delicious!
  • L'Iposa - Calle Floristes de la Rambla, 14 (the bar from the movie “L'Auberge Espagnole”) € 2 for a glass of rosé, € 14 for 4 large tapas!
  • Rita Blue - Plaza de San Agustín, 3. Good cocktails
  • Le pesca sallada - Calle de la Cera 32. Good cocktails.
  • Café de las delicias - Rambla del Raval 47. Three good brunches.
  • Taverna Basca Irati -Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, 17 - Their tapas are really very good. Basque specialties.
  • You also have the corner box (on the other hand it is very touristy): Puerto Olimpico (not visible on the map above, enlarge the GoogleMap to see the situation). Ambar - Carrer de Sant Pau, 77, Barcelona, ​​Spain

Phil's comment: If I can add 3 addresses where to eat delicious tapas not far from Las Ramblas: the café acoma (it does not look like the outside but it does look like a nice interior garden), the castanya for elaborate tapas (a tip, eat them at the bar you can enjoy atmosphere and see some prepared before your eyes) and finally the wolf bar.

Taverna Basca Irati (Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, 17 - Gothic Quarter) - Their tapas are really very good:

A restaurant: An institution in Barcelona, ​​Los Caracoles (Carrer dels Escudellers 14). It is not a low budget restaurant but it is really good (bet on the egg starter with truffles and the main course of Segovia Asado - see photo)

Julie's comment: You can tell that La Bona Sort is a small restaurant located in the Ribera neighborhood, it doesn't look very good from the outside but the decoration and the patio are to die for, not to mention the tapas. they are simply exceptional!

A little tip from Elodie: Try the tapas at “Elisabets”, a tapas bar located in a small street perpendicular to the Rambla, on the Raval side, they are simply wonderful! The atmosphere is really cool and very Spanish. It was one of our favorites!

Camille's comment: Two great addresses: Vinateria del Call to drink good wine and Barceloneta to eat crazy seafood.

La Cervecería Baviera (on the Rambla, next to Plaza Catalunya - 127 La Rambla), a really good tapas bar!

Small bars where you can listen to good music

The London Bar - Calle Nou de la Rambla

A good address that Laura shares is the BigBangBar (C / de la cera): Concerts from Wednesday to Sunday and also cabaret, theater ... The concerts are free and are mainly Jazz concerts, and also rock, blues, flamenco, Celtic music … The place.

Le jazzsí - excellent flamenco concerts every Friday and Saturday -C / Requesens2

Ambar - Carrer de Sant Pau, 77. Good atmosphere.

Other recommendations:

  • El Bosc De Les Fades - if you come with the children! Passatge de la Banca, 5
  • To eat an excellent paella, I recommend the Elche restaurant
  • For a candlelight dinner (in the evening) here is a very good gastronomic address: La lacemaker, which is located in the Gothic quarter. Carrer Ample, 26.
  • Lunch on the beach is also a very good plan. I recommend the can Majó

If you are looking for the best clubs in Barcelona, ​​here are some places:

The CDLC, the Ecplise, the Opium, the Shoko, the Sutton, the Danzatoria, the Smalls Club, the Razzmatazz. to enlarge the GoogleMap - Discoteca Barcelona.

Do you want a flamenco tapas dinner?

I think I have what you need. This information was recommended to me by many Internet users, so I told myself that it must be really nice. Apparently worth the trip!

The place is located on the Ramblas, towards the port, so easy to find. for more information about this flamencoo evening. Recommended activity for all audiences.

Another good address to see a flamenco show on a big stage (near the Picasso museum), go to Palau Dalmases, you won't be disappointed.

  • A theater, a musical, a show?

6) Barcelona neighborhoods to visit

Here are some benchmarks!

The famous Ramblas are located between the Gòtic neighborhood and the Raval. They start in Plaza de Catalunya and end in the port, at the foot of the Column of Christopher Columbus.

  • The famous Gothic Quarter (my favorite neighborhood and certainly yours too):

A neighborhood full of history. There you will find the Gothic Cathedral, the Roman walls, beautiful museums, as well as places to make you dream. In this district you will also find many restaurants and bars and a very good atmosphere ... Anyway, don't miss it !!!

  • The Ribeira and Born neighborhood:

It is a district steeped in history with these pretty alleys. There are many tapas bars, the Picasso museum, many artisans and the church of Santa María del Mar. A very beautiful neighborhood and you should not hesitate to get lost in these alleys. you will quickly return to a main street or a famous square.

  • The El Raval neighborhood:

Very popular and lively all the time. There you will find small tapas bars and very good restaurants, the skaters of the MACBA (museum of contemporary art). It's a bit like the bohemian neighborhood of Barcelona.

  • The neighborhood of La Barceloneta:

It is the "tourist" district of Barcelona. It is the old fishermen's quarter and its feet are in the sand… which attracts a lot of people! These little streets are charming and there are many excellent bars and restaurants.

  • The Olympic Villa

This is the area to go out at night !! The district was born with the 1992 Olympic Games and it is there that bambocheurs of all nationalities meet!

  • The Eixample district:

In this neighborhood you will find the Sagrada Familia and the most beautiful modernist houses, as well as shops, good restaurants and… lots of cars!

In short, nothing to lengthen except to visit or take a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia… (to get the line jump and here for the ticket with guide + the line jump + the visit to the museum).

  • The Poblenou, Gracia, Santos and Poblesec districts

They are neighborhoods less frequented by tourists ... although they seem to like them more and more (the atmosphere is familiar and relaxed). If you can, have a drink in Piazza del Sol de Gràcia before going to or when you return from your visit to Park Güell (for a guided tour of Park Güell, here is the link).

They are ideal areas to find accommodation if you come with your family.

7) Getting around Barcelona

Opt for the subway and the bus to get around. Here is the Barcelona metro map (to enlarge). You will also find it in large format and ready to print in the guide to receive FREE in your mailbox.

  • Use the metro with the T10 card?

Keep in mind that since January 2020, the Barcelona City Council has just announced a big change in public transport tickets. The T10 disappears and is replaced by the individual T-Casual € 11,35 (that is, it can no longer be shared) the tourist can no longer use it because they must be a resident.

The single ticket costs € 2,40

It also offers for tourists:

  • the T-Dia: unlimited trips for 24 hours for € 10,90. It is a title for one person only (we cannot share)
  • the T-Hola 2 days: unlimited trips of 48 hours (the price has not been announced but at the moment it costs € 15, 20… it will surely go up). It is a title for one person only (we cannot share)

That is, you can use a single trip to go from point A to point B even if for that you have to use a bus and then a subway, or change the subway line ... On the other hand, the trip should last less than 1h15 ( .

What is also fun is discovering this magnificent city through the tourist buses (.

  • Here is the Barcelona metro map (to enlarge). You will also find it in large format and ready to print in the guide to receive FREE in your mailbox.
  • Do you need a private driver?

If you want to get in touch with a French private driver and see his prices (he also does City Tours in Barcelona, ​​so if there are many of you and you want tailor-made things, it's perfect, he can give you a tailor-made budget.).

If you want to contact a private driver who speaks a little French and see their prices.

  • Where can I find a parking space in Barcelona?

If you are persistent you can try looking for a place on the street (but it will be worth it unless you get away from the center ...), but if like me you do not want to waste time and do not want to get lost, I recommend underground parking.

In fact, I highly recommend that you do not park badly (sidewalk, pedestrian crossing ...) the withdrawal by crane is automatic for foreign cars. Daily parking without reservation will cost you an average of € 25.

Personally, I advise you to reserve your parking space through this site ((3 days for € 45, the “stopwatch” starts the minute you arrive, with unlimited entrances and exits in about 50 car parks in the BSM network).

That is, it is only in the car park where you will select that you will have a guaranteed space (in addition, in this car park you will be given your card - consult the assistant), so choose the one next to your accommodation! The car parks will be (with this offer) free in all the other car parks of the BSM network (if there is one).

And yes, they will not reserve 1 space for you in all their car parks, don't dream! ^^

  • An Internet user told me about the Travelers car park, at a price of € 21 for 3 days (a great success at Celine). On the other hand, it is not next door ...
  • Otherwise, you can go to the university area (Metro Palau Reial, the far left of the map) and leave your car for free there (or in Montjuch, but it is less safe).

Rent a scooter in Barcelona!

Why not easily rent a scooter in Barcelona from an agency with a French employee if necessary (link).

It has € 34 for 6 hours of rental but you can rent it for 24, 48 hours ..., do not deprive yourself, the scooter is ideal to discover the surroundings of Barcelona!

On the other hand, I highly recommend that you book it in advance. Barcelona is very touristy… (to take a look).

8) What to visit outside of Barcelona

  • Looking for a water park?

Port Aventura is for you! (access my article)

  • Have you thought about getting the Barcelona City Pass to visit Barcelona?
  • Free skip-the-line entry to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell
  • Free transfer from Barcelona airport (round trip)
  • Tourist bus ticket
  • 20% discount in museums, Picasso Museum, Casa Balto, Camp Nou Experience
  • 20% discount on attractions, aquarium, zoo, cable car to Montjuic
  • But also a reduction of 20% in Poble Espanyol, Joan Miró, MNAC (National Museum of Art of Catalonia).
  • 20% discount on the Hola Transport Card
  • 20% reduction on excursions, Figueres, Montserrat, Costa Brava, Portaventura ...
  • 20% reduction on bike tours
  • Visiting Montserrat: the mystical mountain!

The excursion is included in the CityPass which offers us a 20% reduction. It is 40 minutes by train from Barcelona and it is worth the detour !! If you like to hike in the mountains this is great. There is a cable car that takes you to the monastery.

In this article: 4 days on the Costa Brava, I invite you to discover coves 100km further north, near Lloret del Mar.

  • And do you know Barcelona?
  • What is the place that has marked you the most !!?
  • Do you have a tip (bar, restaurant, hotel, apartment…) to share?

Feel free to leave a comment just below if you have a request or an address to share, or just to give your opinion!

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