When I think of Barcelona, I can’t help but smile. You can go there in the height of Summer, or in chillier Winter, and you’re guaranteed a good time.
Having been there a fair few times now, I still experience brand new things, and I’m never, ever bored of the gorgeous city.
So here are my top tips when visiting…
WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA
For something a little cheaper, but not super duper cheap, try Duquesa de Cardona
and its glorious rooftop terrace or the adorable B&B, Bonic.
WHAT TO EAT IN BARCELONA
Barcelona is one of the best city’s for gastronomy. Forget overpriced paella on Las Ramblas, head to a tapas bar frequented by locals, a restaurant serving up perfect Catalan cuisine, or one of the more than 20 restaurants boasting Michelin stars.
Basque cuisine is a must try too – and you can’t beat Gorría
or pintxos from Taktika Berri.
My favourite find while exploring Raval was Arume
, serving up delicious Galcian cuisine including octopus, and beef Entrecot – washed down with a good bottle of Cava. And if you love Arume, you’ll love its sister restaurant Cera 23
For expensive, but good, paella try Can Solé
and for gorgeous pizza try N.A.P. And if you’re spending the day on the beach, you can’t beat SALT restaurant
, which does gorgeous burgers and cocktails (see full review here
WHERE TO DRINK IN BARCELONA
If you love gin, you’ll LOVE the size of the G&T’s served in Barcelona. After two, I was very, very merry. But whether you’re after a beer, or a cocktail, or a good glass of wine – there’s plenty of drinking places to try.
For exclusively-Catalan wine try out ElDiset
. Craft beer fans need to go to La Més Petita, while general beer fans need to go to Gata Mala or Blues loving bar, Bar Ramon.
And for the beloved cocktail? Dry Martini, La Martinera and Boca Grande are all perfect options.
WHAT TO SEE IN BARCELONA
You’re not short of things to do and see in Barcelona – and most tourists will have the must-do tick sheet already prepared.
You can’t go to Barcelona without experiencing the stunning works of Antoni Gaudí. Sagrada Família, Park Güell and Cast Batlló are a must – and absolutely breathtaking (the crowds are worth it).
If you’re a keen walker climbing up Montjuïc will guarantee gorgeous views of the city. Up there you’ll also see the eerily empty buildings from the 1992 Olympic games too.
A good half-day trip is the stunning monastery in Montserrat. It’s easily accessible by public transport in an hour (and then a cable car up to the top).
And although many will roll their eyes at the thought of getting on one of those open-top tourist buses… I do recommend doing it on your first day in the city. It’s a great way to gauge where everything is in comparison to one another – or to suss out your favourite places before heading their on foot for a bigger explore.Like I said, you can go to the city at any point in the year and have the best time… but there are some best times to go. It can get VERY hot there, and it’s also home to a very popular cruise port, meaning the Summer holidays can get very busy.
My favourite time to visit is in September, while April-June and September-October can guarantee quieter streets, and good weather.
(main image: source 1, 2 and 3)