Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. From family travelers to the cruise ship crowds to partying budget backpackers, Barcelona sees all types of tourists.
With its delicious sangria and gin, mouthwatering food, stunning beaches, warm weather, rich history and culture, and unique architecture, it’s no surprise that this city attracts a wide swatch of travelers (and thereby struggles with overtourism) — it has a lot to offer!
Despite the crowds, I love visiting Barcelona. Every visit makes me fall in love with the city even more. It’s a city steeped in history (its Barri Gothic dates to the Roman Empire and you can see Gaudí’s architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries in almost every district) and the nightlife here is virtually unrivaled. People party late here!
I can never get enough of the city – it has an energy that is infectious, its historic streets are intoxicating, and its people are full of life.
This travel guide to Barcelona will help you travel cheaper, better, and smarter during your visit to this lively city!
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Top 5 Things to See and Do in Barcelona
1. Wander Gaudí’s Architecture
2. See the Picasso Museum
3. Enjoy the beach
4. Visit the Barcelona History Museum
5. Get lost in the Barri Gotic
Other Things to See and Do in Barcelona
1. Take a walking tour
The first things I do in a new city is take a walking tour. It’s the best way to see the main sights, learn some history and culture, and connect with a local expert who can answer your questions. For free walking tours, check out New Europe. If you’re looking for more in-depth and specific tours (including a walk around the Old Town, Historic Port, and Barcelona Cathedral), check out Take Walks. They are my go-to walking tour company because they use expert local guides and run insightful, in-depth tours. Just make sure to tip your guide at the end!
2. Enjoy contemporary art
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art has hundreds of exhibits, with a large collection of Spanish and international artists, including Tàpies, Klee, and Saura. While it’s not really my favorite style of art, if you love modern art, be sure to add this to your itinerary. Admission is 11 EUR and entry is free on Saturdays from 4pm-8pm.
3. Stroll down La Rambla
This famous street in Barcelona is where all the tourists go. There are overpriced shops, restaurants, and camera-toting tourists all over this traffic-free promenade. However, despite that, there is an upbeat energy here and there are many beautiful buildings to see, including the Gran Teatre del Liceu (the city’s opera house) and a mosaic by Joan Miró. While I wouldn’t shop or eat here, it’s a great place to people watch.
4. Take a food tour
Barcelona has some of the best food in Spain, and there’s no better way to spend your day than learning about the food culture of the city. I recommend Barcelona Food Tour as their guides lead you to family-owned businesses to sample lots of different tasty tapas. They also do a tour in the Barri Gotic. Tours start from 97 EUR.
5. Visit the Gothic Cathedral
Located in the heart of the Barri Gotic, this Gothic cathedral was built on the top of an 11th-century church. Walk around the beautiful cloister (built between the 14th and 15th centuries) and see Saint Eulalia’s Crypt (Eulalia was a 13-year-old Christian martyr from Barcelona). Be sure to go up to the roof to enjoy the incredible panoramic view of the city. Admission is 9 EUR for tourists (free for worshipers).
6. See the Gaudí Fountain
Gaudí outdid himself with this huge fountain located in the Parc de la Ciutadella. It’s a huge tribute to the god Neptune. There are huge griffins spouting water, Neptune on his chariot, and a gold statue on top. With plenty of benches and an ice cream place nearby, it’s a good place to relax after a lot of walking around. It’s one of my favorite parks in the entire city. Bring a book and watch the world go by.
7. Learn to cook Spanish food
Since Barcelona is such a food-centric city, taking a cooking class is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Learn how to cook paella, Catalan tapas, and more. Some tours even begin in the market where your chef helps you select fresh produce and ingredients for your meal. There are many classes based on what you want to cook, with most lasting 3-4 hours and costs around 70 EUR. Check out BCNKitchen for more information.
8. Ride the harbor cable car
The 1,450-meter-long harbor aerial tramway connects Montjuïc Hill and Barceloneta. It starts in Barceloneta on the top of the 78-meter Torre San Sebastian tower and has an intermediate stop at Torre Jaume I tower (close to the Columbus monument), which can be reached by elevator from the ground. This 107-meter tower is the second tallest aerial tramway support tower in the world. Taking the cable car is one of the best ways to soak in the view of the city. Round-trip tickets cost 16.50 EUR.
9. Explore Montjuïc Hill
When you arrive on the hill from the cable car, you can enjoy the view of the city and visit the Castell de Montjuïc (a large 17th-century fortress). There are also gardens, a huge replica of a historic Spanish village, and an Olympic stadium from the 1992 Olympics. There’s a lot to do here so be sure to spend a few hours exploring. If you don’t want to take the cable car, you can walk up, which takes around 30 minutes.
10. Stroll through the Raval
Barcelona’s old literary district is known as the Raval. It used to have a bit of a dark, edgy feel in the 20s but is now filled with cool businesses and trendy shops. Take a stroll around the area, especially along El Raval’s mini-La Rambla, which is a popular meeting place for dining and nightlife.
11. Catch an outdoor film
If you’re in Barcelona in July or August, consider heading up to Montjuïc Hill to catch an outdoor film around the castle moat. Screenings take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and the evening usually starts out with some cool live music. You can buy food and drinks here too. Tickets are 7.50 EUR.
12. Day trip to Montserrat
The Montserrat mountain range is just outside of the city and makes for a great day-trip. You can reach the area by taking a one-hour train ride. Once there, walk around the natural park area and pay a visit to the famous shrine of the Black Madonna (it dates to the Middle Ages). It’s a scenic area and is a nice getaway from the urban atmosphere of Barcelona. There’s also a local market here where you can buy artisanal foods and crafts and there are lots of hikes and rock climbing in the area as well. Return train tickets cost around 24 EUR.
13. Explore La Boquería
Located near La Rambla is La Boquería (Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boquería). It’s a huge public market that’s hundreds of years old. La Boquería has a range of food stalls and restaurants selling seafood as well as nuts, candy, wine, and tapas. It’s a cheap place to grab a snack as you explore the city and well worth a visit. It does get incredibly busy, though, so go early to avoid the crowds.
14. Have fun at an old-school amusement park
Tibidabo Barcelona was built in 1899 and is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. There are rides, games, and restaurants here and because it is on a tall mountain in the Serra de Collserola, you also get some stunning views of Barcelona and the coastline. Admission is 35 EUR.
15. Watch a soccer match
The first “football” game I ever saw was in Barcelona (I still have the shirt I bought on the day). If a match is going on, try to get a ticket (they’re generally quite affordable) as it’s an amazing and boisterous spectacle. Locals are obsessed with the sport and you’ll make a lot of good friends while you’re there! If you can’t make a game, you can tour the stadium and the FCB (or Barça) Museum for 15-30 EUR.
16. Admire Barcelona’s free public art
There’s public art all over Barcelona. There are lots by Gaudí so be sure to check out the huge Cascada Fountain in the Parc de la Ciutadella, lampposts in Plaça Reial and Pla de Palau, and the Miralles gate and wall on Passeig de Manuel Girona. Joan Miró’s also has some great art around the city including the “Woman and Bird” sculpture at Parc de Joan Miró and the mosaics on La Rambla and at the airport.
17. Day trip to Girona
Located just 62 miles (100km) from Barcelona, Girona is one of my favorite cities in Spain. Here you can climb along the medieval city walls, wander the narrow lanes of the Jewish Quarter, and soak up the city at one of the many cafes. Don’t miss the many museums in the city, such as the Jewish History Museum or the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia. Also, don’t forget to visit the lion statue at the base of Sant Feliu and kiss its bottom – doing so apparently means you will return to Girona. If you need a break from hectic Barcelona, this is a great place to visit.
18. Take a bike tour
Fat Tire Tours offers guided bike tours around the city. They cost as little as 30 EUR and are a great way to experience Barcelona from a new perspective while getting to learn about the city and its history. There are six different tours to choose from, so there is something for every interest!
19. See Güell
Palau Güell (Güell Palace) is another one of Gaudí’s masterpieces — but it doesn’t jump out at you like other Gaudí structures. Gaudí’s designed it between 1886-88 for one of his patrons, Eusebi Güell. The home is centered around a central party room. The room has a high ceiling with small holes near the top where lanterns were hung at night to give the appearance of a starlit sky. There are colorful tree-like chimneys on top. It’s a bit creepy and gothic but it’s one of my favorites! Admission is 12 EUR.
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Barcelona Travel Costs
Hostel prices – A bed in a 10-12 bed hostel dorm starts at around 14 EUR per night, while beds in a 4-6-bed dorm start from 18 EUR. Private rooms start at 45 EUR per night. Free Wi-Fi is standard and most hostels have self-catering facilities so you can cook your own food. A handful also include free breakfast.
There are a few campsites outside the city for those traveling with a tent. Prices start at 8 EUR per night for a basic plot for one person without electricity.
Budget hotel prices – Two-star hotels with basic amenities like TV, AC, and a coffee/tea maker start at 45 EUR per night. Expect to pay around double that for a hotel close to the city center.
Airbnb is available all around the city as well. Private rooms start at 30 EUR per night while an entire apartment or home/apartment costs at least 95 EUR.
Airbnb has caused a lot of problems in Barcelona, however, as it has pushed locals out of the city center and authorities are clamping down on illegal listings. Be sure yours has the listed tax id number and avoid staying with hosts who have multiple listings (they are corporate housing disguised as Airbnb).
Average cost of food – Spain has a strong food culture, where meals can last hours and dinner often isn’t served until after 8pm.
Each region in the country has its own local dishes and food culture. In Catalonia, be sure to try local favorites such as cod soup, cured pork, escudella (meat and vegetable stew), grilled snails, and Catalan cream (a local version of Crème brûlée).
You can get cheap tapas and meals for around 10-15 EUR. If you want wine included, expect to spend about 18 EUR per meal. If you go out for paella, drinks, appetizers, etc. then you should plan to spend around 25-35 EUR for a meal.
Cheap fast food (think McDonald’s) costs around 8 EUR for a combo meal. Chinese food is around 8-9 EUR for a main dish while pizza costs 8-10 EUR for a large.
Beer costs 3-4 EUR while a latte/cappuccino is around 2 EUR. Bottled water is less than 1 EUR.
If you buy your own food, expect to spend about 40-50 EUR for a week’s worth of groceries. This gets you basic staples like pasta, rice, seasonal produce, and some meat.
Some of my favorite restaurants include: Cervecería Vaso de Oro, Tapeo, La Alcoba Azul, Cervesería Catalana, and Quimet & Quimet.
Backpacking Barcelona Suggested Budgets
If you’re backpacking Barcelona, expect to spend around 50 EUR per day. This budget covers a hostel dorm, cooking most of your meals, limiting your drinking, taking public transportation, and doing mostly free activities like hitting the beach and taking a free walking tour. Add 10-20 EUR per day to your budget if you plan on drinking or partying a lot.
On a mid-range budget of about 125 EUR per day, you can stay in a private Airbnb or private hostel room, eat out at cheap restaurants for most meals, have a few drinks, take the occasional taxi, and do more paid activities like cooking classes and museum visits.
On a “luxury” budget of 250 EUR or more per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out anywhere you want, drink as much as you’d like, take more taxis, and do as many guided tours as you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. You can certainly spend more if you want.
You can use the chart below to get an idea of how much you need to budget daily. Keep in mind these are daily averages – some days you spend more, some days you spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in EUR.
Barcelona Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips
Barcelona is an incredibly popular destination and, as such, not always the cheapest. Food, drinks, and tours can really add up if you aren’t watching your spending. If you want to save money in Barcelona, here are some suggestions:
- Get the Barcelona Card – The Barcelona Card offers free public transportation and all sorts of discounts at museums, nightclubs, entertainment facilities, shops, and restaurants. The Barcelona Card includes unlimited travel on all public transport and comes as either a 3, 4, or 5-day card costing 46 EUR, 56 EUR, or 61 EUR respectively.
- See the free sights – Many museums in Barcelona are open to the public for free. All city museums are free on the first Sunday of each month, except the City History Museum, which is free on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month. Check their websites to confirm.
- Eat seafood for lunch – Head down to the beaches during the day for seafood. The restaurants in this area are really expensive but, during the day you can get a good plate of food for 10-15 EUR. (It’s double that during dinner!)
- Shop at the local markets – Fresh foods can be bought for super cheap at some of the daily markets in the city. Buy your produce and meats here to save some cash. La Boquería is one of the biggest in the city, with a rich history and a convenient location (right next to La Rambla).
- Take a free bike tour – Free Bike Tour Barcelona offers free tours around the city every day at 10am and 2pm (bike rental costs 3 EUR per hour). The tours last about three hours and cover all the major sights. Just be sure to tip your guide!
- Take a free walking tour – Free walking tours are fantastic for getting oriented in a new city and learning lots of interesting history. New Europe’s free walking tour is the best one to get you started. again, be sure to tip at the end!
- Stay with a local – There are plenty of Couchsurfinghosts throughout the city, so if you plan ahead you shouldn’t have a hard time finding someone to host you. This is the best way to save a few euros during your stay and has the potential to better connect you to the local scene.
- Drink in your hostel – One of the cheapest ways to enjoy a drink (and meet other travelers) is to drink at the hostels. Most hostels have their owns bars and really extended happy hours so they are a good way to drink cheap. You don’t even need to be staying there to take advantage of them either. If you’re looking for a fun, cheap hostel bar, St. Christopher’s is one of the best in the city!
- Bring a water bottle – The tap water here is safe to drink so bring a reusable water bottle to save money and reduce your plastic use. LifeStraw is my go-to brand as their bottles have built-in filters to ensure your water is always clean and safe.
Where to Stay in Barcelona
Barcelona has lots of hostel options. My recommended places to stay in Barcelona are:
For more hostel suggestions be sure to check out my list of the best hostels in Barcelona!
How to Get Around Barcelona
Getting around on foot is a great choice for the city center, as there is so much to see, especially in the Gothic Quarter. Otherwise, the public transportation system can get you anywhere you need to go.
Public transportation – There are over 1,000 buses in Barcelona that operate on over 100 routes. A single ticket costs 2.40 EUR and is good for 75 minutes.
A 10-journey travel card is 11.35 EUR while an unlimited day pass (known as a Hola Barcelona card) is 16.30 EUR. A 72-hour unlimited pass is 23.70 EUR while a 96-hour pass is 30.80 EUR.
Barcelona currently has eight subway lines that take you anywhere you need to go in the city. There’s also an urban rail network known as the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC) which takes you to the suburbs as well. The ticketing system works the same as the bus ticketing system.
There are also two tram lines in Barcelona that service the city’s industrial areas, shopping centers, and a few residential zones. The ticketing system works the same as the bus and subway ticketing system.
Bicycle – You can easily rent a bicycle to get around the city. Daily rentals start around 10 EUR. Donkey Republic, an app with locations all over Europe has bikes in Barcelona. You can get a bike with them for around 3.50 EUR for an hour or 14 EUR for a day. Other good rental services include:
- Ajo Bike
- Barcelona eBikes Tour
Taxis – Taxis are expensive in Barcelona and I don’t recommend taking one unless absolutely necessary. A 3km journey costs about 7 EUR, while a longer journey is going to cost at least 15 EUR. It costs 30-25 EUR to go from the airport to the city center, so skip the taxis if you can!
There is no Uber in the city.
Car rental – Car rentals can be found for as little as 15 EUR per day for a multi-day rental. However, you definitely don’t need one to get around the city. Unless you are exploring the region, I’d skip the rental. Renters need to be a least 21 and have an International Driving Permit.
When to Go to Barcelona
Barcelona is a year-round destination, although late spring/early summer (May/June) and fall (September/October) are my favorite times to visit. The weather is always nice, there are endless blue skies, and tourist traffic is at a slight lull. Spring boasts temperatures around 20°C (68°F) and the autumn offers highs of around 23°C (73°F).
July and August are the hottest months to visit, with daily temperatures over 28°C (85°F). It can be really humid, but at least you can cool off at the beach. However, this is peak tourism season and the city is oversaturated with travelers, especially vacationers from Europe and those coming on cruise ships.
Barcelona’s summer months are definitely upbeat and fun, but it all those crowds can be hard to handle. Travel in the shoulder season to get the most out of the city.
The winter in Barcelona doesn’t get super cold, with daily highs between 10-15°C (50-60°F). The city isn’t quite as lively, but the tourist hordes have dispersed so things are quieter. While it’s not the best time to visit, there’s still lots you can see and do.
How to Stay Safe in Barcelona
Barcelona is pretty safe to visit. Violent crime is very rare here so that won’t be a problem. That said, Barcelona is well known for its petty crime and pickpocketing problem. The pickpockets here are incredibly skilled so keep your valuables safe and secure at all times. It’s rampant, especially on the metro, so be on guard.
Scams are pretty prevalent here too. Keep an eye out for groups of kids trying to distract you, as they’re probably trying to take your money. Also, be wary of people trying to carry your luggage. They may charge you a large fee.
If you’re worried about getting scammed, you can read about 14 common travel scams to avoid.
If you go out to the bar, only take the money you need for the night. Additionally, always keep an eye on your drink and never walk home alone at night while intoxicated.
If you experience an emergency, dial 122 for assistance.
Always trust your gut instinct. If your hotel is seedier than you thought, get out of there. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID.
If you don’t do it at home, don’t do it in Barcelona!
The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:
Barcelona Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources
These are my favorite companies to use when I travel to Barcelona. They are included here because they consistently find deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the ones I use the most and are always the starting points in my search for travel deals.
- Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
- Momondo – This is my other favorite flight search engine because they search such a wide variety of sites and airlines. I never book a flight without checking here too.
- Airbnb – Airbnb is a great accommodation alternative for connecting with homeowners who rent out their homes or apartments.
- Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there, with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
- Couchsurfing – This website allows you to stay on people’s couches or in their spare rooms for free. It’s a great way to save money while meeting locals who can tell you the ins and outs of their city. The site also lists events you can attend to meet people (even if you’re not staying with someone).
- Booking.com – The best all-around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have a no money down policy, great interface, and the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
- Take Walks – This day tour company gives you inside access to attractions and places you can’t get elsewhere. Their guides rock too!
- Fat Tire Tours – If you want something other than a walking tour, Fat Tire Tours offers bike tours around the city. You cover a lot of ground with the help of an expert local guide. It’s a fun way to see the city!
- Eurail – If you are going to Europe and taking a lot of high speed or long distance trains, get a rail pass. I’ve used a rail pass three times and saved hundreds of dollars each time. The math just works.
- Intrepid Travel – If you want to do a group tour around Belgium, go with Intrepid Travel. They offer good small group tours that use local operators and leave a small environmental footprint. If you go on a tour with anyone, go with them. And, as a reader of this site, you get a discount when you click the link!
- The Man in Seat 61 – This website is the ultimate guide to train travel anywhere in the world. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. If you are planning a long train journey or some epic train trip, consult this site.
- Rome2Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B in the best and cheapest way possible. It gives you all the bus, train, plane, and boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost.
- FlixBus – Flixbus has routes between 20 European countries with prices starting as low 5 EUR! Their buses include Wi-Fi and electrical outlets too.
- BlaBlaCar – BlaBlaCar is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by paying a small fee. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheaper and more interesting way travel than by bus or train!
- EatWith – This website allows you to eat home cooked meal with locals. Locals post listings for dinner parties and specialty meals that you can sign up for. There is a fee (everyone sets their own price) but this is a great way to do something different, pick a local’s brain, and make a new friend.
- World Nomads – I buy all my travel insurance from World Nomads. They have great customer service, competitive prices, and in-depth coverage. I’ve been using them since I started traveling in 2003. Don’t leave home without it!
Barcelona Gear and Packing Guide
If you’re heading on the road and need some gear suggestions, here are my tips for the best travel backpack and for what to pack!
The Best Backpack for Travelers
Straps: Thick and cushy with compression technology that pulls the pack’s load up and inwards so it doesn’t feel as heavy.
Features: Removable top lid, large pocket at the front, hydration compatible, contoured hip belt
If you want something different, refer to my article on how to choose the best travel backpack for tips on picking a pack and other backpack suggestions.
What to Pack for Your Trip
- 1 pair of jeans (heavy and not easily dried, but I like them; a good alternative is khaki pants)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 bathing suit
- 5 T-shirts (Unbound Merino is my preferred company. If you’re a member of NM+, you can get 15% off your purchase)
- 1 long-sleeved T-shirt
- 1 pair of flip-flops
- 1 pair of sneakers
- 6 pairs of socks (I always end up losing half)
- 5 pairs of boxer shorts (I’m not a briefs guy!)
- 1 toothbrush
- 1 tube of toothpaste
- 1 razor
- 1 package of dental floss
- 1 small bottle of shampoo
- 1 small bottle of shower gel
- 1 towel
Small Medical Kit (safety is important!!!)
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Antibacterial cream
- Hand sanitizer (germs = sick = bad holiday)
- A key or combination lock (safety first)
- Zip-lock bags (keeps things from leaking or exploding)
- Plastic bags (great for laundry)
- Universal charger/adaptor (this applies to everyone)
- LifeStraw (A water bottle with a purifier)
Female Travel Packing List
I’m not a woman, so I don’t know what a woman wears, but Kristin Addis, our solo female travel guru, wrote this list as an addition to the basics above:
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 sarong
- 1 pair of stretchy jeans (they wash and dry easily)
- 1 pair of leggings (if it’s cold, they can go under your jeans, otherwise with a dress or shirt)
- 2-3 long-sleeve tops
- 2-3 T-shirts
- 3-4 spaghetti tops
- 1 light cardigan
- 1 dry shampoo spray & talc powder (keeps long hair grease-free in between washes)
- 1 hairbrush
- Makeup you use
- Hair bands & hair clips
- Feminine hygiene products (you can opt to buy there too, but I prefer not to count on it, and most people have their preferred products)
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Barcelona Travel Guide: Suggested Reading
Don Quixote, by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
Don Quixote had become so enamored with reading tales of chivalry that he decides to become a knight himself. With his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, they roam the world together in a series of adventures and misadventures — including mistaking windmills for giants. Is Don Quixote a wise fool, or simply a madman? This book by Cervantes is considered the world’s first true novel and it has been delighting people for 400 years.
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
In 1937, Ernest Hemingway went to Spain to cover the civil war for an American newspaper. This book is the result of his experiences there. It’s about Robert Jordan, an American in the International Brigades tied to an antifascist guerrilla movement in the mountains. It’s part love story, part war story, and is considered one of Hemingway’s best novels. It’s the best literature to come out of the war. It’s a must-read.
Winter in Madrid, by C. J. Sansom
Winter in Madrid is an international bestseller that illuminates life in post-Civil War Spain. It’s a witty noir thriller that brings to life the stakes in Spain after the violent Civil War came to an end. While it’s a novel, the book brings the era to life and sheds light on this dark, challenging period in Spain’s history.
Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past, by Giles Tremlett
After the Spanish Civil War ended, Spaniards kept quiet about the whole affair, calling it “the pact of forgetting.” But then a discovery of mass graves filled with victims of Francisco Franco’s death squad came to light and the pact was broken. In this beautiful book, Tremlett sets out on a journey around Spain and through its history to better understand what kept the Spaniards quiet for so long. It’ll give you some sobering insight into the country and its violent past.
Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain, by Chris Stewart
Here’s your comedic relief to all that Civil War literature. Chris Stewart had set his eyes on El Valero for maybe two minutes before handing over a check. Then all he had to do was explain to his wife that they were now the happy owners of a remote sheep farm in Southern Spain. Despite being overrun with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm is clearly lacking in other areas — there’s no running water or electricity. Thankfully, Stewart’s eternal optimism pushes them through, and along the way, he’s enchanted by the gorgeous landscape of the mountain range and the people he meets along the way.
Barcelona Travel Guide: Related Articles
Want more info? Check out all the articles I’ve written on backpacking/traveling Barcelona and continue planning your trip: