Trip Report

Barcelona Barrios and Architecture Tour

10 days of sight-seeing, museum crawling, and eating your way through three of the greatest cities in Europe

by parkerswhiteAbout Me:I’m an account manager in the healthcare industry from Atlanta, GA who loves music, sports, and spending time in the great outdoors! I’ve traveled much of the US and Europe, and I recently visited South America for the first time as well! ... read more

EuropeSpain6 days / April 2018

Highs & Lows

Beautiful architecture around every corner makes walking through these cities' streets an attraction of its own

High-ish prices and pickpocketing experts can take a toll on your bank account

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    The only real tourist attraction in Barcelona that I thought was totally worth the time and money was the Sagrada Familia - everything else is skippable in my opinion. Spend more time wandering the streets and popping in and out of every place that looks interesting - Barcelona rewards curiosity.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Two of my friends were pickpocketed on two separate occasions. This is a problem everywhere in Europe, but it seems like the petty thieves in Barcelona are particularly skilled. Be extremely careful, especially in the more crowded, touristy areas.

  • How was the food?

    Gasterea in Gracia, Macchina in Gracia/Plaza Catalunya, Koku Ramen neatr Barceloneta.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The metro is fantastic. Get a 10-20 ride pass and you'll save a ton of time without breaking the bank. There's no need to take a taxi unless you're going home late at night.

Lodging

  • I stayed in Sarria near La Bonanova with a Catalonian family that I was connected with through a homestay program. Staying with residents of the city was an excellent choice; there are endless options in this incredible city, and getting a local's perspective on Barcelona was invaluable when trying to condense my itinerary into just three short days. Sarria was an excellent neighborhood to call home during my trip, but it wasn't without its drawbacks. If you're prioritizing safety and proximity to the mountains to the north of the city for hiking or skiing, then Sarria is a perfect fit. However, if you're looking for a more central location for sight-seeing purposes, then I would recommend staying farther south in the Gothic Quarter, El Raval, or El Born.

  • I stayed in Sarria near La Bonanova with a Catalonian family that I was connected with through a homestay program. Staying with residents of the city was an excellent choice; there are endless options in this incredible city, and getting a local's perspective on Barcelona was invaluable when trying to condense my itinerary into just three short days. Sarria was an excellent neighborhood to call home during my trip, but it wasn't without its drawbacks. If you're prioritizing safety and proximity to the mountains to the north of the city for hiking or skiing, then Sarria is a perfect fit. However, if you're looking for a more central location for sight-seeing purposes, then I would recommend staying farther south in the Gothic Quarter, El Raval, or El Born.

  • Sarria is a much better location for exploring Gracia than it is for exploring the other parts of the city. If you wanted to, you could extend the amount of time you spend in Gracia if you're staying in Sarria - there's plenty to do, and it's all walkable.