I first went to the gorgeous Spanish city of Barcelona to celebrate my 21st birthday, and I immediately understood why so many people fall in love with this stunning city.
The architecture, the people, the food, the wine, the beaches, the green spaces… It’s a city that offers adventure and activity in abundance. The best thing? You don’t need a car to explore, you can enjoy the wealth of activities and cuisines by foot.
Since my 21st birthday, I’ve been back to Barcelona twice and so now I figured it was about time I put together one of my handy little guides to help you start planning your trip.
Barcelona is on the east coast of Spain in the region of Catalonia. It’s the second-largest city in Spain.
Barcelona has a huge international airport located just 16km outside the city, with links to main cities across Europe. Get the best flight deals on skyscanner.net here.
From the airport, you have the choice of metro, bus, train, shuttle, or taxi. Find out more here.
Barcelona Nord bus station has the most national and international bus connections. But, you can also get the bus to and from other stations in the city. Check out tickets from FlixBus, the largest bus network in Europe, here.
When I went to Barcelona, it was for my 21st which was a pretty special occasion. We stayed at Hotel Atrium, which was amazing! The rooms were lush, the spa downstairs was great, and I absolutely loved the balcony that overlooked the city. Book your stay at Hotel Atrium here.
I personally chose to walk most places. I love seeing places on the ground, it helps me stay active, and it’s cheap!
If not, Barcelona have a great public transport system. They have a bus and metro system, and you have the choice between single tickets, time tickets, hop on hop off tickets, or visitor day(s) tickets. You can find out more here.
Alternatively, if you are in a rush to see all the landmarks in one day (like I was), try a hop-on hop-off bus. They can be a little pricey (30€ for 1 day, 40€ for 2 days), but it’s a great way to see everything quickly. There are three bus routes around the city depending on what you want to see, and you get a free coupon booklet full of attraction discounts, so it might be worth looking into if you were going to spend a bit of money on those anyway. Find out more and get your tickets here.
We also found taxis were reasonably priced if you need to get back to your hotel at night, or don’t want to walk around.
The region of Gracia is also renowned for being a foodie haven!
Passeig del Born also has loads of trendy bars running along it for you to try!
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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