Barcelona Cheat Sheet

Ending the Barcelona series with a functional cheat sheet that I’m hoping you can use as a quick printed reference in your trip, or to help you in your overall planning.  Download the printable quick guide & map here.

WHERE TO STAY:

Save: Praktik Rambla at apprxoximately €80/night
Splurge: Hotel Arts Barcelona approximately €300/night

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Restaurant Bella-Tapa Rambla de Catalunya, 8 08007 Barcelona, Spain
  • Ciudad Condal Rambla de Catalunya, 18 08007 Barcelona, Spain
  • Cervecería Catalana Carrer de Mallorca, 236 08008 Barcelona, Spain
  • Mercat De La Boqueria La Rambla, 91 08001 Barcelona, Spain
  • Mercat de Santa Caterina Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Cuines Santa Caterina Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • La Fonda Del Port Olimpic Moll de Gregal, 7 08005 Barcelona, Spain
  • Restaurante Amathu  La Rambla, 73 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Restaurant Centonze La Rambla, 111 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • 7 Portes Paseo Isabel II, 14 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Enoteca Paco Perez Restaurant  Carrer Marina, 19 08005 Barcelona, Spain

WHAT TO DO:

Suggested two-day itinerary:

Day 1: Hit the highlights of Barcelona.  

Option 1:  Pay for a full-day tour complete with a local guide.  You can try Viator’s Best of Barcelona Tour .
+  Very convenient & efficient since your local guide will be driving you all over the city
  Will  cost you money
Cost:  Approximately €80 per person.

Option 2: Use the Hop-on Hop-off bus to get you from one site to the next.
+  You’ll still have some narration about the sites albeit not an actual person but just a recording
  You’re limited to the HOHO schedule so you may have some wait time between sites/stops
Cost:  Approximately €26 per person

Option 3: Do everything yourself.
Cheaper choice since you can walk and/or use public transit
  No guide or narration
Cost: Approximately €10 for 10 trips using public transit (T10 card)

Whichever option you choose, consider this route:

  • Montjuic.  Bring a light jacket if you’re coming early in the morning.  It’s colder up the hill/mountain.
  • La Sagrada Familia.  Buy tickets ahead or you’ll have to line up for hours to enter.
  • Tapas and cava tasting.  Check out Cuisines Santa Caterina at Mercat de Santa Caterina.
  • Barri Gotìc.  Keep an eye (and ear) out for Adrian Roman performing.
  • Park Güell.  The walk up from the HOHO stop and public transit is VERY steep.  Be ready.
  • Merienda of churros con chocolate.  Try Bella-Tapa which is a stone throw away from Placa Catalunya.
  • La Pedrera.  See it also from the inside if you have time.  And do NOT forget the rooftop.
  • Casa Batlló.  Beautiful in the day, even more beautiful at night.
Day 2: Do a more immersive activity.

For example, learn how to cook some of the best Catalan dishes.   You can try Cook and Taste Barcelona.  If you choose the full day activity, you’ll also get a tour of the famous La Boqueria.  You’ll be very full after the cooking class so walk the length of La Rambla to cap your two-day visit.

Download the printable map & guide.

Barcelona Cheat Sheet

Also available: Google maps version.

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5 responses to “Barcelona Cheat Sheet

    • Haha, yes I do not claim to plan the cheapest trips but I do not think they are very expensive, either. I show Save vs. Splurge recommendations for comparison, and suggest options from private tours to DIY. I guess if you compare it to a 19-year-old hostel-staying backpacker’s itinerary it is more expensive. But I am 30 (ouch, it hurt a little saying that) and have worked hard for over 10 years so I reward myself with comfort, convenience, special experiences & luxury every now and then. 🙂

  1. Thanks, Andy! I think it’s the cheapest food stop in Barcelona, as well. The shrimp skewers and the fresh fruit are my favourite. I can also imagine that if you’re visiting Barcelona and staying in an apartment, you can get fresh seafood there and cook up a storm. It’s a really awesome market! 🙂

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