Its been a while, but I’m back! A whirlwind of travels have kept me busy and allowed me to do some self-exploration. I’ve decided to keep these posts more authentic to the way in which I travel – outlined and reflect along the way. I keep a travel journal for the juicy stories and experiences, and I might just share a few with you. But for now, I am going to be your best friend when it comes to planning a trip. With the rise of tech, our attention spans are quickly diminishing, so let’s get to it.
A Millennial’s Guide to Barcelona
- Museums and sights are free on Sunday’s. If you have a student ID, you can get into a lot of the sites for free any day of the week.
- Get a Metro Card, NOT a BCN pass.
- Be aware of meal times. Most restaurants don’t start serving dinner until 9 PM (Tapas at 8:30 PM)
What to Eat:
- Cava (Catalan sparkling wine)
- Ensaimadas (powdered sugared pastry)
- Suizo (hot chocolate with whipped cream)
- Bocadillo (breakfast sandwich)
- Crema Catalana (Catalan Creme Brulee)
- Croquettes de bacalao (salt cod croquettes with creamy bechamel)
- Coca (flatbread- sweet or savory)
- Grilled vegetables in romesco sauce (almonds, hazelnuts, peppers and garlic sauce)
- Cream filled churro (authentic Catalan donut)
- Churros with chocolate sauce
Where to Eat:
- Olive oil tasting: Vom Fass (Gracia)
- Tapas: Bodega Biarritz
- Pasteries & sweets: Caelum (in the Gothic Quarter)
- Ensaimadas & Suizo: Granja Viader
- Churros: Churreria Laietana
- Gelato: Manna Gelats
- Coffee: Cafes El Magnifico, Black Remedy
- Bonus: Have an espresso or a light meal at the famous 4Gats, a popular meeting spot for great artists like Picasso.
What to Do:
- Have a picnic at Bunker del Carmel
- Take a free walking tour
- Rent a motorbike
- Take a food tour
- National Museum of Art Cataluyna fountain show
- Watch a Barcelona football (soccer) game live
- Go cava wine tasting
What to See:
- Monasterio de Montserrat
- 8 stairs to heaven (at Monserrat)
- Barceloneta Beach
- La Rambla
- Mercat(market) de la Boqueria
- Picasso Museum
- Montjuic castle
- National Museum of Catalan Art fountain
- Park Guell
- Gothic Quarter
- L’arc de triomf
- Christopher Colombus Monument
- Rose Compass
- La Sagrada Familia
- Gaudi Houses: Casa Vicens, Finca Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila
- Cascade fountain at the Park de la Ciutadella
Where to Party:
- Razzmatazz- one of the largest clubs in Europe and biggest in Spain.
- Marula- a groovy, funky old school vibe.
- Macarena Club- techno with a great crowd and energy on the dancefloor.
How to get around:
- The metro gets you almost everywhere & is easy to navigate
- maps.me Barcelona