Top Barcelona Tips – An Insider Travel Guide to the Catalan Capital

Top Barcelona Tips – An Insider Travel Guide to the Catalan Capital

Barcelona is a popular destination for visitors to Spain all year round. This beautiful city is full of great things to do and don’t forget you can book hostels in Barcelona from our great selection. Over on our Facebook page we asked you for your best Barcelona tips. Here’s what you told us:

Visit the Sagrada Familia

Flor Cubero says:

Sagrada Familia says:

One of Barcelona’s top attractions is the Sagrada Familia. This large Roman Catholic church was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The church is still not completed but it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Location: C/ Mallorca, 401

Opening hours: October to March, 9am – 6pm, April to September, 9am – 8pm

Enjoy some cheap drinks

Sven Putseys says:

You have to check out “La Champañeria” in Barceloneta… A hidden treasure with a great atmosphere and VERY cheap cava.

Anna Lundberg Woodward says:

Don´t miss the lovely genuine tapas bar El Xampanyet at Calle Montcada 20, same street as Picasso museum. They make their own cava 🙂 Make a stop on your way back from the beach at very genuine and very busy tapas bar – Can Paixano at Calle Reina Cristina 7, just a hole in the wall but pretty amazing! And for some cheese tasting head for Formatgería La Seu at Dagueria 16 in Barrio Gótico, taste of three cheese & a glass of wine is only 2,50 euros! says:

‘La Champañería’ is a popular bar that is actually called ‘Can Paixano’ but everyone refers to it as the former. This bar is actually very small and only has standing room but it still draws a great crowd. They are renowned for serving cheap but good cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and hot and cold bocadillos (sandwiches). You will find a great atmosphere and great prices here.

Location: Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday – 9am – 10.30pm

Eat away from the ‘tourist traps’

Vàlia Farré Cosgaya says:

Give it a try to Meson David! It’s an old tavern and it’s out of the touristic way! They serve very traditional Spanish food. Big dishes and good prices! I loved it! says:

If you’re looking for some great Spanish food make sure to check out Meson David. This Spanish restaurant has a great atmosphere and some delicious traditional Spanish dishes on offer.

Location: C/ Carretes, 63

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12:30pm-4pm, 8pm-1am

Discover Las Ramblas

That Backpacker says:

Wander “Las Ramblas” at night-time. It’s when the city truly comes to life.

Nathan Halperin says:

Don’t stay near Las Ramblas if you want a good night’s sleep!

Alex Ochoa says:

Las Ramblas was amazing!!

Dorota Cyplik Ulman says:

Take your time & sit in one of La Ramblas restaurant gardens, drink Sangria and enjoy your life. says:

Las Ramblas is Barcelona’s central street that is over a kilometre long. Las Ramblas is lined with shops, restaurants and bars although many savvy travellers will advise against frequenting many of these places as the prices can be very high. It’s a great area to walk through as it’s full of people and has a great atmosphere.

Be careful with your belongings like you would at home

Gerald Harris says:

Beware of pick-pockets on the train from the airport to the city centre.

Romain Michel says:

I used to live close to Barcelona so I went there several times and I never had any robbery or stolen things you just have to careful like in every big city in the world… Plaça de Catalunya is great and Barceloneta such an amazing area to hanging around and there is many places to see around the Rambla Passeig de Gracia… If you are an artist musician or just open mind you will love it .

Cíara Hall says:

Watch your bags, pick pockets galore!!

Leila Viegas says:

To be careful with your belongings… Way too many pickpockets…

Stuart Martin says:

Don’t walk out of the night clubs onto the main beach and think it is a great spot to sleep. Will get pick pocketed.

Barcelona Free Tour

Maija Kadlecova says:

Take a Barcelona Free Tour, it’s amazing! says:

One of our top Barcelona tips is to take one of the free walking tours of around the city. These tours will show you the best of the Barcelona, including some hidden gems that only the locals would know about. Tours are free but you can tip your guide if you are impressed with the service.

Head to the hills

Boris Omar Krumm says:

The Tibidado Hill and the castle on the Montjuic!

Rafael Alexandre Ferreira Luiz says:

And visit Montejuic of course! Nice place & view! says:

Tibidado Hill is a mountain that overlooks Barcelona and here you will find an old style amusement park, a telecommunications tower (Torre de Collserola), and a Catholic church – the Temple de Sagrat Cor, all of which you can see from the city. Montjuic is a shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour. At the top of the hill you will find Castell de Montjuïc as well as some stunning views.

Getting around the city

Katie Houlihan says:

The tour bus, is a great way to get around, it stops at all the great sights. And the best metro ticket is 10 passes for €7.50 🙂 says:

Like every big city you will find a selection of city bus tours on offer. These tours can be a great way of seeing all the sights without getting sore feet or getting lost. The Barcelona metro is also a great way of getting around the city.

Visit Park Güell

Bojan Sosic says:

Montjuic & Güell

Romina Sagula says:

Yep, don’t miss Park Güell and Passeig de GraÇa.

Verito Florencio says:

Visit everything that Gaudi made. The Park Güell, the houses, The Sagrada Familia etc…. says:

Park Güell is another of Gaudi’s visions that you can visit in Barcelona. This garden space is brought to life by some stunning architectural elements and dates back to the start of the 1900s.

Make the most of the free things to do in Barcelona

Maria Pia Chaparro Castagnola says:

Lots of museums are free every Sunday afternoon! Also, have a picnic in Ciutadella Park, every weekend they have activities, live music and that park is always full of life. There is a big park that is not so known, it’s Horta, it has a labyrinth inside where the movie “Perfume” was shot. Have a walk on the beach, the port, and get lost around Barrio Gotico and Borne, they’re amazing says:

This Barcelona tip will help you save some money on top attractions. A lot of Barcelona’s best museums offer at least one day of free admission a week and in most cases this is a Sunday. That includes the Picasso museum and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Also, make sure to explore Barcelona’s beautiful parks.

Visit Camp Nou

Irina Stanescu says:

Go to Camp Nou. Visit the museum + stadium tour. It’s amazing and you don’t have to be a soccer addict to enjoy it. 19 euro/person. says:

Camp Nou or ‘the Nou Camp’ as it is referred to in English is the football stadium in Barcelona. It can be found in the west of the city and is the home to FC Barcelona. You can take a tour of the stadium when matches are not being played.

Opening hours:4th April to 9th October: 10am to 8pm – Camp Nou Tour until one hour before the Museum closes. The rest of the year: 10am – 6.30pm

For some shots

Katelyn Parsons says:

Espit Chupito Bar, great place to pre-drink before a night out with over 500 shots or something, it’s pretty cool! Went there almost every night I was in Barca. says:

This is a famous shot bar on Las Ramblas where you can choose from over 500 different types of shots. Shots are about 2 euro each and the making of some involve some great theatrics.

Ramble the Ramblas

Juraj Vajda says:

The other Ramblas….”Rambla de Raval” says:

‘Ramblas’ is Spanish for streets. Rambla de Raval is another neighbourhood of Barcelona that often gets overlooked. It’s a nice area and less touristy.

The Gothic Quarter

Verito Florencio says:

Also visit the Gothic Barrio. It is incredible, especially at night. You can also go to the Aquarium. says:

The Gothic Barrio refers to Barcelona’s gothic quarter. You will find it in the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It stretches from Las Ramblas to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere.

A weekend in Barcelona

Clémentine Destombes says:

For a week end stay, try to see the different main parts of the city: El barrio Gótico: the old city, with Santa Eulalia cathedral, the Plaza Felipe Neri, the Palacio de Catalunya, and people playing music in the streets or great typical stores. Get lost in this area – it’s wonderful and not too hot! Then join the famous Ramblas, really touristic, but so typical, and amazing for the stores of all kind. Don’t miss the Boqueria market, and have a fresh fruit juice! Walking until the end of the street, you arrive at the sea, with the mare magnum if you’re looking for some shopping mall. Keep going on the seaside, and you’ll finally arrive in the Barceloneta and the beaches area. Have dinner on the beach in one of the chiringuito. The day after, Gaudi day! Go to the park Guell and try to get some information about its history, it is fascinating! Then go to the Sagrada Familia as the visit really worth it. Take the metro line 2 to go to Passeig de Gracia, and there you have the great houses of Gaudi, Muntaner and Cadafalch. Breath-taking. You can enjoy Passeig de Gracia with its great stores. If you’re not too tired, take the line 2 again to join Paral•lel and take the Funicular del Montjuïc. Last day, enjoy the Raval, Plaza Catalunya, and if you have time, take the train to Sitges to enjoy one of the greatest beaches of Barcelona’s area. Of course you have to try sangria, pan con tomate, paella, and the greatest places to party by night (apollo, razzmatazz, sutton, espit chupito…) These are some of my favorite places, and I wish I could write some much more! 🙂

Jason Crowley says:

Visit Plaza de Toros de las Arenas for an amazing rooftop view of Barcelona and also the Magic Fountains – then head across and see the Magic Fountains for yourself. Spend a day exploring Montjuic and Parc Guell. For a quick trip, take a train to Vilanova and enjoy an 11km coastal ramble to Sitges (about 8euros return). Save money – buy a T-10 when arriving at the airport at the train station for 8euros for ten trips on metro, bus and train in Barcelona – including the airport train to and from Barcelona.

Vegan eateries

Neil Watters says:

Juicy Jones vegan cafes

Jason Crowley says:

Cat Bar is a great vegan bar and also Pita Inn do tasty and cheap – falafel pitas.

Have a drink in L’Ovella Negra

Maria Dombrowski Melillo says:

L’Ovella Negra is a bar that cannot be missed. Down the darkly lit Carrer De Les Sitges… just when you think you have to have taken a wrong turn…

Location: C/ Sitges, 5

Here are a few more Barcelona tips to get you inspired…

Green Hostel Ilha Grande says:

Go to Tangerina restaurant.

Gianluca Raponi says:

Hunter’s bar

Evie Rodriguez says:

Stay in Hostel Urbany and take serious advantage of the cheap cheap Sangria pitchers at their bar!

Maria Pia Chaparro Castagnola says:

La Oveja Negra, Bosc de las Fades, Champañeria… and many others in Barrio Gotico!

Marco Merechia says:

Barrio gotico, Barceloneta, Montjuc, Parc Guell, just walk… never had a problem in Barcelona. Just be aware… everywhere!

Tim McBain says:

The European city that never sleeps. El rival, gothic area, music, fun, love. One of the best cities in this here world.

Giuditta Traverso says:

If you’re staying at Barca for few days I’d recommend one of the main Gaudì’s houses (Pedrera or Batllò), the Sagrada Familia, Plaça Espanya and the Montjuic + Olimpic village from which , together with the Tibidabo, you could have the best sights of the city.

Annemieke Waite says:

Dancing the Sardana with the locals outside the Cathedral…

Elsa Cubero says:

Stadium, Parc Guell, walking around Barcelona to appreciate the amazing architecture from Gaudi!!

Giuditta Traverso says:

Close to that the “Magic Fountains “of P.Esp. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 19.30 to 21. The Ramblas and the Gothic Barrio (cathedral, municipal palace plaça del Rei y plaça reial) at its left side. Park Guell it’s worth a visit, and if you love modern art the Acbar tower and the Macba will do for you. A must is the Born quarter (s.Maria del Mar) much better at night it’s, as Gracia quarter, a typical pub area. Looking for discos – carrer de aribau, casanova, at the Barceloneta or along the Av.Diagonal there’s plenty. Eat – La Paradeta (fish-cheap and good) BimBamBurger (best hamburger of the city) restaurants around Barceloneta. Have fun and Disfrutais de Barcelona!

Kiira Ness says:

Make sure you pass through the incredible market off La Rambla. You can get a cheap meal there!

Amanda Einarson says:

Euro dinner at Travel Bar between 20:00 and 21:00 in the evenings! Also free walking tours, as well as pub crawls, flamenco dancing and a great place to meet other travelers!

Alex Cadarso says:

Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, gothic quarter, Passeig del Born, the beaches, Port Vell, Tibidabo mountain, Montjuic mountain, Gracia quarter, Carretera de les Aigues, Rambla del Raval, Picasso museum, Parc del laberinto de Horta, Plaza Felipe Neri, gothic cathedral, Plaza Espanya, Centro Comercial arenas de Bcn, el call, Plaza Real, Ramblas, etc

Elizabeth Davila says:

Love Barcelona. Everything is worth seeing.

Hopefully these top Barcelona tips will help you make to most of your visit to. Have you got any other tips you want to share in the comments below?

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