Barcelona Travel Guide

Gaudí architecture with Barcelona's skyline in the background

Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. From family travelers to cruise ship crowds to partying budget backpackers, everyone seems to end up in Barcelona, especially during the summer.

With its delicious sangria, unique gin cocktails, 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).

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 infectious energy, 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.

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Barcelona

A large plaza square in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain in the summer

1. Wander Gaudí’s Architecture

Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) is Barcelona’s most famous architect, and his work is everywhere in the city. His quirky method of blending Gothic and Art Nouveau resulted in futuristic architecture that pays homage to natural shapes. The highlights for me are Park Güell (10 EUR), a 45-acre garden complex designed and built between 1900-1914; Sagrada Familia (26 EUR), which has been under construction for over 100 years, Casa Batlló (35 EUR), a multi-story home heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau style, and Casa Milà (25 EUR), also known as “La Pedrera” (the Stone Quarry) as the building has a facade of limestone. For more information on the specifics of his work in the city, here’s a guide to Gaudí’s Barcelona. For behind-the-scenes tours, check out Get Your Guide.

2. See the Picasso Museum

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish artist, and his sculptures and paintings are some of the most famous and iconic in the world. While I’m not a huge fan of much of his later work, I still got a lot out of the museum. It was super interesting to learn about the life and craft of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His works varied from cubism to surrealism to neoclassical so there is likely an art style here you’ll enjoy. With over 4,000 pieces of art, this is one of the biggest Picasso museums in the world. Even if you’re not a fan, I think you should visit. Admission is 14 EUR when bought online in advance or 15 EUR at the ticket office. Admission is free Thursday from 4-7pm and the first Sunday of each month.

3. Enjoy the beach

Stretching over 1 kilometer (.6 miles), Barceloneta Beach is a wide and long stretch of sand that is within walking distance from the city center and has a lot of restaurants along the boardwalk. If you walk further along the shore, you’ll get to some quieter beaches (I recommend Nova Icaria and St. Pol de Mar). If you’re visiting in the summer, try to get here early and avoid the weekends as the crowds are huge. Also, don’t leave any valuables here as petty theft is common. There are daily storage lockers available for 4.95 EUR.

4. Visit the Barcelona History Museum

Barcelona has one of the best city history museums I’ve ever visited. It contains 4,000 square meters of Roman ruins beneath the city that you can see up close. You’ll also see the evolution of the city, and be able to peer into the remains of historic homes. There is a free (and detailed) audio guide and meticulous explanations of all the mosaics, frescoes, graves, ancient documents, and more. It’s the best intro to the city and its past and is a must for history buffs. I can’t say enough good things about it. Admission is 7 EUR.

5. Get lost in the Barri Gotic

Barcelona’s old Gothic Quarter is my favorite part of town. It’s where you’ll find the oldest parts of the city, dating back more than 2,000 years. Go wander ancient Roman walls and medieval buildings that are all connected by narrow, winding streets. Today, this neighborhood is filled with bars, clubs, and restaurants, as well as one of Gaudi’s first projects, highly decorative street lamps in Plaza Real(Plaça Reial). You can easily spend a day getting lost in this district. At night, it becomes one of the busiest areas with late-night partyers.

 

Other Things to See and Do in Barcelona

1. Take a walking tour

The first thing 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, go with Take Walks. They are my go-to walking tour company because they use expert local guides and run insightful, in-depth tours.

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, Saura, and others. While it’s not really my favorite style of art, if you love modern art, be sure to add this to your itinerary, as the building itself is an interesting piece of Modernist architecture. Admission is 11 EUR when bought online (12 EUR if bought onsite) 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. It became a hotspot for a reason — there are many beautiful buildings to see, including the Gran Teatre del Liceu (the city’s opera house) and a mosaic by Joan Miró (a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist from Barcelona). You’ll also see a lot of street performers here. While I wouldn’t shop or eat here, it’s a great place to take in the city and people-watch. Just be prepared to be elbow-to-elbow with people in the high season.

4. Take a food tour

To learn more about the history and culture behind Barcelona’s cuisine, take a food tour. It’s the best way to eat your way around the city sampling the best eats Barcelona has to offer (from local fish and cheese to jamón ibérico and vermouth) while learning what makes the cuisine unique. Devour Tours runs in-depth food tours led by expert local guides that will introduce you to the food culture and its history. If you’re a foodie like me who wants to learn more about each dish, this tour is for you! Tours start at 89 EUR.

5. Visit the Barcelona Cathedral

Located in the heart of the Barri Gotic, this Gothic cathedral (officially named The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) 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 14 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 tribute to the god Neptune. There are massive 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, and there are plenty of shady areas on hot, sunny days. 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 much more. Some tours even begin in one of the city’s large markets, where your chef helps you select fresh produce and ingredients for your meal. There are different classes based on what you want to cook, with most lasting 3-4 hours and costing around 70 EUR. And of course, you get to feast on your final product. Check out BCNKitchen for more information.

8. Ride the port cable car

The 1,450-meter-long (4,757 ft) harbor aerial tramway connects Montjuïc Hill and Barceloneta. It starts in Barceloneta on the top of the 78-meter (255 ft) 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. The Torre Jaume I tower is 107 meters (351 ft) and 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 and see iconic sights such as the Sagrada Familia and Olympic Stadium from above. Round-trip tickets cost 20 EUR.

9. Explore Montjuïc Hill

Here you can enjoy the view of the city (an especially great sunset location) and visit the Castell de Montjuïc. The 17th-century military fortress isn’t the prettiest, but it’s a great stop for history buffs. Once used to imprison political prisoners under Franco’s rule, today you can climb the watchtower and enter the dungeon (12 EUR). In addition, on top of the hill you’ll find Poble Espanyol, a huge replica of a historic Spanish village, an Olympic stadium from the 1992 Olympics, and series of gardens (rose, cactus, and Mediterranean) at the top of the hill. There are a few options for food, but this is a great place to bring a picnic lunch. Round-trip cable car tickets are 14.40 EUR.

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 but is now filled with trendy shops like boutiques and vintage stores. There are a few architectural highlights, too, like the Romanesque monastery and Palau Güell. Take a stroll around the area, especially along El Raval’s mini-La Rambla, which is a popular meeting place for dining and nightlife. I think this is one of the best neighborhoods in the city and recommend staying here if you can.

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 or 10.50 EUR with a chair.

12. Day trip to Montserrat

Montserrat is a small village and Benedictine monk monastery in the mountain range of the same name. Located just outside of the city, it 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 and is located within the monastery’s basilica). It’s a scenic area and is a nice break 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 27 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 (the first mention of a market being here dates to 1217). La Boquería has a range of food stalls and restaurants selling seafood and locally-grown produce, as well as nuts, candy, wine, and tapas. While the market isn’t as big as it used to be, it’s still iconic and not to be missed. It does get incredibly busy with locals and tourists, though, so arrive 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 (including a ferris wheel overlooking the city, a Venetian carousel, and an immersive experience within a former castle), an area for small children that includes a puppet theater, and restaurants. It’s located at the top of a tall mountain in the Serra de Collserola, providing stunning views of Barcelona and the coastline. It’s a fun place to come with or without kids. 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 colorful and historic 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. Painter and sculptor Joan Miró 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. At the seafront, you’ll find El Cap de Barcelona (The Head of Barcelona), a sculpture created by pop artist Lichtenstein for the 1992 Olympics. Gato Gordo (the fat cat) is a fun sculpture that’s been located all over the city but is now found on Rambla del Raval.

17. Day trip to Girona

Located just 100 kilometers (62 miles) 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. You can also take a Game of Thrones tour here too (scenes from King’s Landing and Braavos were filmed here). If you can, spend at least a night here.

18. See Güell Palace

Palau Güell is another one of Gaudí’s masterpieces — but it doesn’t jump out at you like other Gaudí structures. It’s one of Gaudí earliest works. He designed it between 1886-1888 for his patron 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.

 
For more information on other cities in Spain, check out these guides:

Barcelona Travel Costs

People relaxing on the famous Barcelona beach in Barcelona, Spain in the summer
Hostel prices – A bed in a 10-12 bed hostel dorm starts at around 35 EUR per night in low season, but most near the city center average closer to 60-70 EUR. During high summer travel, expect to pay closer to 70-90 EUR. Beds in a 4-6-bed dorm start around 50 EUR and are double that in high season. Private twin rooms start at EUR per night and can easily be 150-200 EUR in summer. 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 around 25 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 average around 125-150 EUR per night. Expect to pay at least 30% more in the summer.

Airbnb is available all around the city as well. Private rooms in a home start around 60 EUR per night while an entire home/apartment costs at least 150 EUR if you book early (but expect to pay at least double that if you wait until the last minute).

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 listed its 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 a meal comprised of cheap tapas for around 10-15 EUR. If you want wine included, expect to spend about 20-25 EUR per meal.

If you go out for dinner at a mid-range restaurant, then you should plan to spend at least 35-40 EUR for a meal including a dish like paella, drinks, and appetizers.

Cheap fast food (think McDonald’s) costs around 9.50 EUR for a combo meal. Chinese food is around 10 EUR for a main dish while pizza costs 10-14 EUR.

Beer costs 3-4 EUR while a latte/cappuccino is around 2.25 EUR. Bottled water is about 1.60 EUR.

If you buy your own food, expect to spend about 45-65 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 in Barcelona, expect to spend around 100 EUR per day. This budget covers staying in a hostel dorm, cooking most of your meals, limiting your drinking, taking public transportation to get around, and doing mostly free activities like free walking tours and relaxing in the parks. Add at least 20 EUR per day to your budget if you plan on drinking or partying a lot.

On a mid-range budget of about 215 EUR per day, you can stay in a room in an Airbnb, private hostel room, or a budget hotel, eat out at inexpensive 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 375 EUR or more per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out and drink more, take taxis, and do more guided tours. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

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.

Accommodation
Food
Transportation
Attractions
Average Daily Cost

Backpacker
60
20
10
10
100

Mid-Range
130
45
20
20
215

Luxury
200
90
35
50
375

Barcelona Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Barcelona is an incredibly popular destination and, as such, pretty expensive. Accommodation prices have risen a lot following COVID. Moreover, food, drinks, and tours can also really add up if you aren’t watching your spending. Here are some suggestions on how to save money in Barcelona:

  1. 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 48 EUR, 58 EUR, or 63 EUR, respectively.
  2. 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. Check their websites to confirm, as some have specific times or require reservations.
  3. 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 under 25 EUR. (It’s double that during dinner).
  4. Shop at the local markets – Fresh foods can be bought for super cheap at some of the open 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).
  5. Take a free walking tour – Free walking tours are fantastic for getting oriented in a new city and learning lots of interesting history. Most tours last a few hours. New Europe’s free walking tour is the best one to get you started. Just be sure to tip at the end!
  6. 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.
  7. Drink at a hostel – One of the cheapest ways to enjoy a drink (and meet other travelers) is to drink at the hostels. Many hostels have their own bars and offer 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!
  8. Take the train from the airport
  9. The Barcelona Metro has two stops at the airport — one in each terminal. The fare is 5.50 EUR, but there isn’t great direct service to the city center. Check out the directions while you’ve got free airport Wifi, as you’ll likely need to transfer trains.

  10. 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

I’ve stayed at a lot of places in this city. Barcelona has options for every budget. Here are my recommended hostels and budget hotels:
Hostels

For more hostel suggestions, check out my complete list of the best hostels in Barcelona.

Hotels

To figure out what area of the city you should stay in, check out this guide to the best neighborhoods in the city.

How to Get Around Barcelona

A waide open pedestrian street with an arch in Barcelona, Spain
Public transportation – There are over 100 bus routes around the city and a single ticket costs 2.55 EUR and is good for 75 minutes. There are also 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.

A 10-journey travel card is 12.15 EUR while a 48-hour unlimited pass (known as a Hola Barcelona card) is 17.50 EUR. The 72-hour/3-day pass is 25.50 EUR (there’s also a 4-day and 5-day pass too).

Barcelona currently has 8 subway lines that can take you anywhere in the city. There’s also an urban rail network known as the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), which takes you to the suburbs. The ticketing system works the same as the bus ticketing system.

Bicycle – You can easily rent a bicycle to get around the city. Daily rentals start around 5-10 EUR. Donkey Republic, a bike rental app with locations all over Europe, has bikes in Barcelona for just a few euros an hour. However, renting from a place like Mattia 46 or Ajo Bike is cheaper if you want a full-day rental.

Taxis – Taxis are expensive in Barcelona and I don’t recommend taking one unless absolutely necessary. Rides start at 3 EUR and charge 2 EUR per kilometer. It costs over 30 EUR to go from the airport to the city center, so skip the taxis if you can and take public transportation.

Uber is not widely available in the city, but the app can be used to call a local taxi. Cabify is the more popular local app used to do the same.

Car rental – Car rentals can be found for as little as 25 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, and parking can be challenging and expensive. For the best rental car deals, use Discover Cars.

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). If you love the ocean and beach area, the water is typically warm enough to swim until late September.

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 cruise ship passengers who can inundate popular areas from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Barcelona’s summer months are definitely upbeat and fun, but all those crowds can be hard to handle. Travel in the shoulder season if you can 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, and prices are generally lower. You’ll also find Christmas celebrations, and many galleries feature short-term exhibits and art shows starting in early fall (special exhibits are limited in summer). While it’s not the best time to visit, there’s still lots you can see and do during this time.

How to Stay Safe in Barcelona

Barcelona is pretty safe to visit as violent crime here is rare. That said, Barcelona is known for its extensive 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 or in crowds in Las Ramblas, so be on guard. It’s a real issue to be worried about.

Be mindful of your belongings, like bags, phones, and cameras at outdoor cafes and restaurants, and never leave them on the table.

If you go out to the bar, only take the money you need for the night.

Scams are 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 offering to carry your luggage or take your photo. They may try to charge you a large fee for the “service.” You can read about common travel scams to avoid here.

Solo female travelers should feel safe here. However, the standard precautions apply (don’t leave your drink unattended at the bar, don’t walk around intoxicated at night, etc.). Many hostels offer female-only dorm rooms. You can visit any one of the numerous solo female travel blogs for specific tips as they will be able to provide advice.

If you experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

Always trust your gut instinct. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID.

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. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point 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.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • HostelPass – This new card gives you up to 20% off hostels throughout Europe. It’s a great way to save money. They’re constantly adding new hostels too. I’ve always wanted something like this and glad it finallt exists.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • 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.
  • Trainline – When you’re ready to book your train tickets, use this site. It streamlines the process of booking trains around Europe.
  • Rome2Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. It will give you all the bus, train, plane, or 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 WiFi, electrical outlets, a free checked bag.
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!
  • Fat Tire Tours – For bike tours, use this company! They have fun, interactive tours led by expert local guides. You’ll get to see all the main sights without breaking the bank!
  • BlaBlaCar – BlaBlaCar is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by pitching in for gas. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheaper and more interesting way to travel than by bus or train!
  • Take Walks – This walking tour company provides inside access to attractions and places you can’t get elsewhere. Their guides rock and they have some of the best and most insightful tours in all of Spain.

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: