The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain

Ultimate Guide to Barcelona
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A Barcelona local informed me that since the Olympics took place in Barcelona, Spain in 1992, the city has seen a rise in tourism by more than 1,000,000 people each year! Needless to say it is already one of the most sought after destinations, and for good reason!  The food, drink, beaches, and architecture of the city are all reasons you should be booking your flight into Barcelona now.


Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Barcelona

Ultimate Guide to Barcelona


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The Best Things to See and Do

Sagrada Familia

  • Church designed by Gaudí
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Opens at 0900; closing time varies by season
[Pro Tip: Purchase ticket before visiting! Tickets regularly sell out. Purchase here]


La Pedrera aka Casa Milà

  • Private residence designed by Gaudí
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


Parc Güell

Ultimate Guide to Barcelona - Parc Guell

  • Longest bench in the world designed by Gaudí
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sits on top of Carmel Hill in La Salut neighborhood
[Pro Tip: You can’t get into the area where the bench is located without a ticket. Purchase here]



Casa Batlló

  • Designed by Gaudí


Picasso Museum

  • Houses one of the most extensive collections of Pablo Picasso
  • Hours vary – closed on Mondays


Arc de Triomf

  • Built as a main entryway for the Barcelona World Fair in 1888



Day trip to Montseratt

  • A multi peak rocky range for hiking and climbing
  • Approximately 60 km (30 miles) from Barcelona


Awe over the views at Montjuic

Ultimate Guide to Barcelona - Montjuic

  • Barcelona’s highest point proving the best views are at the top of the city
  • Can access via bike or cable car


See Barcelona by bike with Fat Tires

  • Tour the city of Barcelona with a tour guide on normal bikes
  • Use a power bike to get to the top of Montjuic and see Barcelona from above


Relax on Barceloneta Beach

Ultimate Guide to Barcelona - Barceloneta Beach


Wander through the Gothic Quarter

  • Center of the old city of Barcelona
  • Houses shops, bars, and restaurants
  • Built in the late 19th century/early 20th century


Get lost in the craziness of La Boqueria Market

Ultimate Guide to Barcelona - Boqueria Market

  • Barcelona’s largest public market
  • Hours 0800-2030 – closed on Sundays


The Best Bars/Restaurants in Barcelona

Ultimate Guide to Barcelona - Chok

Bar del Pla

Lonja de Tapas

Can Paixano/Xampanyeria


El Catala

Quimit i Quimit



Joel’s Oyster Bar in La Boqueria Market

Eclipse Barcelona at the W Hotel

Ultimate Guide to Barcelona - W Hotel


For a three day Barcelona itinerary, make sure to check out 72 Hours in Barcelona


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Kylee is a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) nurse passionate about making travel affordable and accessible to nurses. Inspiring nurses to travel both near and far, Kylee began Passports and Preemies in 2017 while volunteering in Skopje, North Macedonia as a way to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – a vacation geared towards nurses who aim to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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