The Best of Barcelona

Here are some of my top recommendations for things to do if you’re lucky enough to be visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona! All of these are linked to my blog posts, so I’ll add more entries as I write them. Enjoy!

To start, check out this time-lapse video that really gives you a feel for the city.

Top Sights

Food & Drink

Festivals & Parties

Other Cool Stuff

And one final note: watch out for pickpockets – seriously.

I know this list doesn’t even begin to cover all the great things to do in Barcelona, so lots more fun things are coming!
If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona and want recommendations for things to do, see, or eat, feel free to e-mail me at

29 thoughts on “The Best of Barcelona

  1. Thanks for finding my blog and leading me to yours. I love Spain and especially Barcelona! But haven’t traveled nearly as much of the country as you, so I will be following to see your advice. Safe and fun travels..

    • You’re welcome, thanks for checking my blog out. I’ve been very lucky to be able to travel around Spain – it’s such a fascinating country!

  2. Hi Jessica! I’m leaving for Barcelona on Saturday and would love if you could tell me some more of your top recommendations for eating! I’ve been reading your blog the past few weeks & your posts make me so excited to go! I’m 23 and am going with my family, but they sometimes think they’re 23 also so the better atmosphere/live music/party feel the better 🙂

    • Sure! The Xampanyeria is great – they have super cheap cava and yummy sandwiches, and it’s always crammed wall-to-wall.

      Also check out Plaça Reial for a fun place to drink and have some tapas. My favorite is the Cerveceria Canarias, which is pretty cheap and right on the plaza.

      If you like seafood, you have go to La Parradeta, which is full of just-caught seafood that you choose by weight and then tell them how to prepare it. There are a couple of these.

      Oh, and another tapas place is Morryson. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk away from the Sagrada Familia and really tasty.

      And finally, you have to eat something at La Boqueria. The little bars in the back have amazing food. Sometimes you have to wait a bit, but it’s definitely worth it!

      Have a ton of fun in Barcelona! If you want any other tips on what to do/see/eat, you can send me a message at

  3. Jessica, did you try the Txakolin, an extraordinary tapas bar across the street from the Parc de la Ciutadella, where every 5 min, it seems, fresh, piping hot, and delectable bites come from the kitchen to be served to all at the horseshoe -shaped bar? It’s incredible! Jackie Garza

  4. I’m heading out to Barcelona for the first time on 31st December for 4 short days so it’s great to find a post like this with good local knowledge and tips.

    I hope it’s a city that’s good for discovering on foot?

    Looking forward to some good tapas and seeing the infamous architecture!

    • Ooh, lucky you. 🙂 It’s definitely great for seeing on foot – that’s one of my favorite things about the city.

      Have a great trip!

      P.S. If you want any more recommendations, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at with stuff you’d like to see in Barcelona and I can help you out.

  5. Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m going to Barcelona in March with my mom – this list is such a great starting point! Do you think 3 days would be enough? Any recommendations of places to stay (i.e. neighbourhoods)?

    • 3 days is never enough 😉 Nah, I think you can see plenty of the city in 3 days. If I were picking a place to stay, I’d go with either Gràcia or El Born, because there’s lots of cool stuff in both neighborhoods.

      Feel free to e-mail me if you have any other questions about BCN!

  6. Some great tips here, I miss this city so much! The San Juan festival in June is also well worth going to – and fun fact, the only night when you’re legally allowed to sleep on the beach in BCN. Huge beach parties with fireworks, so much fun last year!

  7. Hola Yessica! Love your blog. This list is great! I’m currently an au pair living in Castelldefels but I’m always looking for suggestions for things to do when I’m in Barcelona on the weekends to get a real taste of life here. Gracias de nuevo!

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