Barcelona, Spain – Travel Tips by Marianne

Buskers on Parc Guell
Buskers on Parc Guell

What type(s) of travellers would your recommendations for Barcelona, Spain suit?

My recommendations for Barcelona, Spain will suit solo travellers, and also those who love culture and photography.

How many days would you recommend for one to spend in Barcelona, Spain?

4-5 days.

The following food and sight recommendations for Barcelona, Spain are saved in a list here to help you plan your trip.

What are the top things to do in Barcelona, Spain that you would recommend?

  1. Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

– Gaudi’s unfinished work of art. Projected to be fully completed *fingers crossed* in 2026

– Probably Barcelona’s top attraction (unless you are an FC Barcelona fan, in which case Camp Nou would be your trip highlight)

– Expect to spend at least 2 hours here to take in all the minute details

– Audio guide highly recommended if you wanna geek out over the architecture (EUR22 including the entrance ticket)

Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain (View on Google Maps)

2. Take a walk within the city

La Boqueria
La Boqueria

Recommended route: La Boqueria -> Gothic Quarter -> Parc de Ciutadella walk

– Start from La Boqueria market on La Rambla, which has lots of local produce like Jamon Iberico, fruit, and meat

– Meander the narrow streets of the old quarter

– End at Parc de Ciutadella – a lesser known work by Gaudi (he designed the fountain)

– Pick a bench, with your Jamon in hand, and watch the world go by 🙂

– Mercado de La Boqueria: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain (View on Google Maps)
– Gothic Quarter: (View on Google Maps)
– Parc de Ciutadella: Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain (View on Google Maps)

3. Montjuic

Sipping a glass of Cava at Barcelona's highest point, Montjuic
Sip a glass of Cava at Barcelona’s highest point, Montjuic

– Barcelona’s highest point, and up the road from Camp Nou

– Great views while you sip your glass of cava at the top of the hill

Address: 08038 Barcelona, Spain (View on Google Maps)

What are the top things to eat in Barcelona, Spain that you would recommend?

1. La Paradeta

La Paradeta
La Paradeta

– Casual seafood restaurant with a few branches scattered across the city

– All seafood is displayed and you can choose what you want and how you want it cooked

– EUR 20-40 per person, depending on what you order

Address: C/ Riego, 27, 08010 Barcelona, Spain (View on Google Maps)

2. Cerveceria Catalana

Cerveceria Catalana, a seafood tapas meal in Barcelona, Spain
Cerveceria Catalana

– Barcelona isn’t particularly known for being tapas central, but this restaurant did it amazingly well

– The camembert fried with a nutty batter was just the right mix of crunch and cheesy goodness

– The Spanish eat late, so arriving at 7-7.30pm should get you a seat

Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008 Barcelona, Spain (View on Google Maps)

3. Cien Montaditos

Cien Montiditos
Cien Montiditos

– For the day you’re feeling poor – EUR1 for each portion of open-faced sandwiches!

– Wash it down with some sangria or beer

Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 11, 08007 Barcelona, Spain (View on Google Maps)

The above food and sight recommendations for Barcelona, Spain are saved in a list here to help you plan your trip.

Any recommendations on where to stay in Barcelona?

St Christopher’s Inn hostel at Placa Catalunya is super central and value for money.

When is a good time of the year to visit Barcelona?

Avoid summer – it gets really hot!

How should one get around in Barcelona?

Metro, and walk. Get the multi-journey cards, which would make each trip much cheaper.

What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes in Barcelona?

Cash and credit.

Any other tips/things to be aware of in Barcelona?

– Beware of pickpockets, especially on La Rambla

How should one stay connected to the internet in Barcelona?

Get a SIM card beforehand. Spain has a number of telcos like Movistar, Vodafone, and Orange. You can buy the SIM card at the airport. Alternatively, if you’re coming from another EU location and already have a local SIM, there should be free roaming.

Cost of Trip

Airfare –Airfares from Singapore to Barcelona can go as low as S$1000 when there’s a sale. Otherwise, a flight at normal prices on British Airways is around S$1200-1300. Check Skyscanner for the best prices!

Accommodation – Hostel – <EUR20 for an 8-bed dorm. EUR90 for a twin ensuite room.

Food – EUR5 – EUR40, depending on where you eat

Transport – Metro!

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Full time office drone, and part time wanderer.