Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world. A fine mixture of classic architecture, fine weather and good tapas.
- La Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s amazing, and still unfinished Gothic cathedral
- La Rambla – The 2km street running through the heart of the city, full of artists, markets and a few surprises. Watch out for pickpockets though.
- The Gothic quarter – Small and dark allay ways, lined with buildings dripping with history and mystery
- Beaches – few cities have such nice beaches within an easy 15 minute walk of the centre
- Parc Guell – Gaudi’s alternative city park with stunning buildings.
You can see the central sights of Barcelona my walking. For La Sagdra Familia, and Parc Guell, take the metro. Hiring a bike is a good option.
Barcelona has a great Metro system. For longer stays buy the T5 or T10 tickets which gove 5 or 10 journeys at a reduced rate. For short stays consider the Bus Turistic (€16) which stops at all the major places.
I’d recommend the 4Fun hostel in the Gothic quarter. It is run by nice south American owners, is a few minutes from the Rambla, 10 minutes from the beach, close to the ‘tree bar’ and around the corner from one of the best tapas bars in Spain.