The Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Barcelona for Every Budget

Where to stay in Barcelona

Where stay in Barcelona! A complete guide to the best neighborhoods, things to do, and accommodation options no matter what your budget is.

For my first trip to Barcelona, I stayed in a hotel on the Ramblas in the El Gotico neighborhood. For my latest trip to Barcelona, I rented a beachside apartment in Barceloneta, where my balcony view was the Mediterranean Sea just 500 feet away.

Both neighborhoods were absolutely amazing with each one providing its own distinct vibe, charm, and atmosphere.

You have many great choices for where to stay in Barcelona. To help you find the best spots, here are five top neighborhoods which are well-positioned for adventuring the city by foot.

These Barcelona neighborhoods are close to incredible restaurants, upscale and artisanal shopping, tapas bars, and most attractions. Although they share the same city, each neighborhood boasts its own signature atmosphere, charm, and local vibe.

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Where to Stay: The Best Barcelona Neighborhoods

As in the past, Barcelona remains a cultural melting pot that is remarkably reflected in today’s lifestyle, cuisine, storied history, and bedrock traditions. The city appears to embrace and celebrate its diversity and rich heritage. Indeed, each Barcelona neighborhood boasts a unique personality. 

Let's dive into each one. 

Bordered by the famous pedestrianized Ramblas Boulevard, the Gothic Quarter (El Gotico), is the beating heart of Barcelona’s storied history. El Gotico is where Rome built its political stronghold, which you can still see remainders of today with the ancient wall and other city fortifications. 

Dense history resonates throughout the zig-zagging maze of medieval winding cobblestone streets. These streets lead to Gothic buildings like the city’s cathedral and government palaces like the Generalitat. Also adorning El Gotico’s narrow streets are tapas bars, artisan shops, and restaurants.

The Gothic Quarter is the best area to stay in Barcelona for exploring a remarkable city that is simultaneously ancient and modern.

With such wide-ranging diversity, it’s no surprise that the culinary scene is filled to the brim, with local favorites rooted in Catalan food, such as at Can Culleretes, the city’s oldest restaurant. Another favorite spot is Bosco’s, known for its `potatoes Bosco’ and lunch menus featuring traditional fare.

You also have plenty of choices for international cuisine, such as Agut that serves everything from a warm salad of duck gizzards to baby beef ribs with breaded artichokes.

For chilling out at happy hour or an evening meal, check out Ohla Chillout Terrace in the luxury Ohla Hotel and the Yurrban Trafalgar Rooftop Bar for panoramic views over the city and the best sunsets in town.

Where to Stay in El Gotico

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Hotel Rialto Just off the Ramblas Boulevard, enjoy a central location at Hotel Rialto and easy access to many of the city’s top landmarks like the Placa Sant Jaume. The hotel is in a historic building where the famous artist Joan Miro was born. From here, you have endless choices for dining, bars, and shopping. 

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Hotel Pulitzer – On a small side-street, this boutique hotel is perfectly situated for touring the city since it’s just off the Placa Catalunya, at the top of the Ramblas Boulevard.  From the hotel’s rooftop terrace you can feel the city vibe while enjoying happy hour. 

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Hotel Neri – This luxury contemporary hotel is well situated on an attractive secluded square right in the center of the Gothic Quarter near the city’s cathedral. With the Ramblas Boulevard only a short walk away, you have ready access to historic monuments, outstanding cuisine, shopping, and entertaining nightlife. The hotel also offers a restaurant, terrace bar, library, and rooftop garden.

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El Born/Ribera

El Born/Ribera - best places to stay in Barcelona

A popular neighborhood to consider for where to stay in Barcelona is El Born (also known as Ribera). Considered Barcelona’s beating heart, El Born is a most charming village where there’s something for everyone to see and experience.  

Surprisingly, El Born succeeds in maintaining a residential neighborhood alongside the more lively area that is brimming with notable tourist attractions and shopping. Around every corner there’s an eclectic mix of artisan shops and fashion boutiques from the delightfully quirky to designer fashion.  

El Born also boasts famous art museums and galleries, like the Picasso Museum, and traditional Flamenco taverns tucked into narrow cobblestone streets.

And, amongst a myriad of tapas restaurants, coffee bars, and ice cream shops, there are usually one or two historic attractions to see, like the Church of Santa Maria del Mar.

While there, step into the Bar del Pla by the church, serving tapas and French bistro dishes. For fish-specialty dishes, stop by La Gambeta for freshly caught salt fish and prawns as well as pasta and risotto dishes.

A fun and lively spot for great grills and stews is the Bar Joan where you can join the queue in front of the Santa Caterina Market. They also dish up paella, cod, meat fricassee and home-made desserts – a favorite with the locals.

Looking for nightlife in the village? Go experience a Flamenco show at the Palau Dalmases near the Picasso Museum, and sip some cocktails while enjoying the Flamenco excitement.

Where to Stay in El Born/Ribera

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Park Hotel - Located in Barcelona’s trendy El Born district, the Park Hotel offers stylish accommodation just a 10 minute walk from Barceloneta Beach, opposite the Estació de França Station. The Park Hotel is just 650 feet from the Mercat del Born and the Ciudadela Park, where you can visit Barcelona’s Zoo.

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Exe Laietana PalaceThe Exe Laietana Palace is set in a refurbished Neo-Classical building on Barcelona’s Vía Laietana beside the city’s old Roman wall. Some rooms feature views of the wall, while others have a sloping glass roof.

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Barcelona Edition – This luxury hotel has a sun terrace and is near the famous Palau de la Musica Catalana (Concert Hall), Tivoli Theatre, and the Cathedral of Barcelona, 650 feet away. The Barcelona Edition also offers an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.

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Gracia - best neighborhoods in Barcelona

When choosing where to stay in Barcelona, it’s a good idea to consider the graceful and handsome Gracia neighborhood. Once separate from the city, today Gracia is an integral part of Barcelona. Nevertheless, the town has kept a distinct village-like vibe and ranks as a top area thanks to its vitality and proximity to the historic old town.

Locals and travelers alike enjoy the charming and less touristed neighborhood oasis where they while away the day at hillside cafes, attractive parks, art galleries, and fashion boutiques. If you're a Gaudi fan, you’ll want to visit Gaudi’s Casa Vicens, Casa Mila, and his grand creation, Park Guell, which borders the neighborhood. 

If you like to people watch, the Placa del Sol is the place to watch the world go by while partaking of the popular restaurant scene as you tuck in for a meal or beverage. You’ll find the famous Café del Sol here, which was one of the first bars to open at the Placa del Sol.

Not far from the Placa, a good choice for tapas or meals is the unassuming restaurant, Estel de Gracia, just off the main streets. To taste-test a variety of delicious tapas or enjoy a traditional meal, visit La Pepita Tapas Bar, not far from Gaudi’s Casa Mila.

For happy hour in Gracia, check out the trendy bar l’Entresol which is known for its gin and tonic menu. In 2011 it earned the Time Out award for best nightclub. The Elephanta Bar is also known for their gin and tonics and they guarantee to serve you a G&T that the Queen of England would approve of.

Where to Stay in Gracia

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Hotel Travessera – Located on the edge of Gracia, Hotel Travessera is part of a popular neighborhood full of restaurants, shops, tapas bars and restaurants. It’s also very near Gaudi’s Parc Guell.

You can walk to many main attractions from the hotel, but you also have the choice to use the metro (Alfons X Metro Station is only 1,650 feet away) or local buses which stop right outside the hotel. The hotel also has some apartments with a small kitchenette. 

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Hotel La Casa del Sol - A 10-minute walk from Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Hotel La Casa del Sol is well-located in the Gracia quarter. The hotel has some rooms with balconies. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the property. There is also an in-house restaurant, which specializes in Spanish cuisine and offers gluten-free options.

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Hotel Casa Fuster - Dripping with luxury, Hotel Casa Fuster sits at the top of the Passeig de Gracia which is famous for its distinct architecture, high fashion boutiques, and a bevy of upscale restaurants. It has a roof terrace with a pool and excellent views.

Due to the hotel’s top central location, you can head south along the Passeig de Gracia where you will find many 'Modernista’ buildings, designer brand shops, and an amazing variety of restaurants along the way. Steering north toward Gracia, you will discover narrow streets, new and traditional shops, and Gracia’s small-town ambiance.

Built in 1908, the handsome building is recognized as one of the city’s 'Modernista’ buildings built by the architect, Lluis Domenech I Montaner. His work, including Hotel Casa Fuster, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Dreta de l’Eixample

Dreta de l’Eixample  - Barcelona neighborhoods

On the right side (east) of Barcelona’s upscale Passeig de Gracia, sits the Dreta de l’Eixample neighborhood, just above the bustling Placa Catalunya and lively Ramblas Boulevard.  

It’s an area known as the Golden Triangle, which boasts a unique collection of grand buildings that are recognized as the world’s best example of turn-of-the-century architecture. 

This neighborhood is where to stay in Barcelona if you want a prime location with renowned architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, and an energized atmosphere. It’s also a great launchpad for exploring the city’s attractions.  

In Dreta de l’Eixample you’re literally surrounded by 4 and 5-star restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines and themes. For happy hour tapas and small plates try Don Kilo Pizza for homemade pizza pies or The Sopa Boba which is known for its tapas.

When you need a time out from touring the city, or a full meal for lunch or dinner, relax at the 9 Nine or Embat. And, for a romantic evening dining experience accompanied by music on the terrace, check out the popular Margherita.  

Where to Stay in Dreta de l'Eixample

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Praktik Garden Hotel – Only 1,300 feet away from the Passeig de Gracia, Praktik Garden Hotel features a furnished garden terrace and chic rooms (some with balconies) decorated with colorful mosaic flooring.

With the Placa Catalynya just a 10 minute walk away from the hotel, you can readily be on the Ramblas Boulevard and near old town’s historic center. Hotel guests are free to unwind and relax in the welcoming hotel lounge or in the refreshing garden. 

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Exe Cristal Palace - By the Passeig de Gracia, Exe Cristal Palace is only a five-minute walk away from the busy Plaza Catalunya and the bustling Ramblas Boulevard. If needed, there is on-site parking available and you can rent a car at the hotel’s tour desk.

From the hotel’s central location, you are near many attractions and notable historic and cultural areas such as the iconic old town, laid back Gracia, and vivacious El Born/Ribera areas. And, all room rates include free entry to Barcelona’s Gran Casino.

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Cotton House Hotel – Near the Passeig de Gracia and only a 5 minutes’ walk from the Plaza Catalunya leading to the Ramblas Boulevard, sits the luxury Cotton House Hotel.  

The name for this Barcelona hotel comes from the Association of Cotton House Manufacturers who formerly used the building for their headquarters.

The handsome building showcases a decorative vestibule, conservatory, lounge, and library. There’s also a restaurant and bar on the premises where you can enjoy tapas on the terrace. Of course, there’s a wide range of dining options and shops on the surrounding streets as well.

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Barceloneta- Barcelona places to stay

When considering where to stay in Barcelona, it’s a good idea to include Barceloneta on the list. I lived there in an apartment for three glorious months, just 500 feet from the beach. It was so nice to have a comfortable place to wind down and then later be ready to explore the city. 

Barceloneta’s seven beaches and seaside community is perfect for scenic morning walks along the wide coastal boardwalk and for stopping along the way for a coffee and croissant. It’s where you can enjoy the laid back Mediterranean atmosphere, relax in between seeing the sights, and get ready for evening activities.  

One popular nighttime choice is the Opium Mar Club located right on the boardwalk. The Opium is an upscale club with music and a beach terrace looking out over the Mediterranean.

For dining, you are surrounded by many Xiringuitos (beach cafes in Barcelona) like the Platja Ca la Nuri where your feet can almost touch the sand while you sample grilled sardines, tuna carpaccio, and mouth-watering fideuà with clams.

If looking for traditional dishes, stop by the Can Mano (a local-favorite fish tavern) where fresh fish, fried or grilled, with garlic and parsley comes through the door at the same time orders are being taken. 

If you want to stay in for a meal, you also have plenty of choices. You could quickly pick up groceries or grab take-out from the market down the street or a pizza from the outdoor café around the corner.  

And for necessities, there's really no need to go outside this Barcelona neighborhood because there was at least one of everything within a very short walk. I was never far from the city sights, bustling Ramblas Boulevard, or popular quarters like the El Born neighborhood. 

Where to Stay in Barceloneta

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The Medinaceli – The hotel is located in the original palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli, a renowned Specialty Monument. It’s about 650 feet from the central Ramblas Boulevard.

Well-located, the Medinaceli is a short walk to a variety of restaurants, tapas bars and cafés. Also nearby are many museums and historic landmarks, including the Arc de Triomf, Plaça de Catalunya, and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló. 

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H10 Port Vell - Located on the edge of the Barceloneta neighborhood, the H10 Port Vell Hotel is 700 feet from the Port Vell Harbor and a quick walk to the beaches.

The H10 Port Vell also features a rooftop chill-out bar terrace with swimming pool and stunning views. Other features include a travel desk and complimentary business nook with computers and free WIFI. 

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W Barcelona – The luxury W Hotel in Barcelona sits at the end of the beach-line in Barceloneta. With its unique sail-like design you can see it from anywhere around the beach. 

The luxury hotel offers a lovely upscale beach cafe for cocktails and small plates, and a rooftop bar at the “Eclipse”. There’s also a row of specialty restaurants with sea views just outside the hotel. 

The “W” features two pools, a spa, infinity pool, and a rooftop bar with great Mediterranean views. You also have direct beach access and facilities such as a hot tub, sauna, and steam room.

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How to Get Around Barcelona

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Barcelona is a very walkable city. You can get to most major attractions on foot. With that said, there are quite a few other options for how to get around the city if you don't want to walk. 

Public transportation, such as the metro, tram, and FGC (train system), are the quickest, simplest, and most convenient way of getting around Barcelona. In addition, there are cable cars for panoramic views of the city and for access to the Montjuic hillside. Another way to see the city is by boat, a popular tourist experience.


Barcelona has eight metro lines identified by the number and color of the line: L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue), L11 (light green).

There’s also has a metropolitan rail network, the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), which supplements Barcelona’s metro network. Urban lines include: L6, L7, and L8.

The metro lets you can get a free transfer from one means of public transport to another within a period of 1 hour and 15 minutes.

There are separate types of travel cards and passes that work throughout the public transport network (metro, buses, tram, and suburban rail), including the T-10 card for 10 journeys, or day passes (2, 3, 4 and 5 days).

Ticket Prices

Single Ticket: 2,20€
T-10 Card: 10,20€
Day passes: Hola Barcelona

For further info about Barcelona's metro and rail services
TMB: Tel. 902 075 027 |
FGC: Tel. 012 |


Another option is Barcelona’s tram system. The tram system provides easy access to industrial areas, shopping centers, and residential zones.

There are two tram lines in Barcelona:

  • The Trambaix (T1, T2, T3) that runs from Francesc Macià to the towns of Sant Just Desvern, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Feliu de Llobregat and Cornellà.
  • The Trambesòs (T4, T5, T6) that covers a route from the Olympic Village to Sant Adrià de Besòs via the Forum site and Badalona.

Ticket Prices

Single ticket: 2,20€
T-10: 10,20 €
Day passes: Hola Barcelona

For further information about Tram services
Tel. 900 701 181 |

Top 10 Sights to See in Barcelona

Like most travelers, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at everything Barcelona has to offer you. Expect to find a city rich in ancient history, passionate about long-held traditions and steeped in multiple cultural influences.

You’ll see Barcelona’s story dramatically unfold as you experience a smorgasbord of unique attractions, from old town’s Roman and Medieval remainders and renowned museums to surreal architectural feats such as Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia Basilica

I must admit that I’m a Gaudi convert. Antoni Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia Basilica had me at the moment I walked in. I was immediately met by a stained glass kaleidoscope of stunning rainbow colored light raining down on me.

Scores of stain-glass windows sun-showered the interior from every vantage point. Indeed, the other-worldly experience felt like a piece of heaven.

Under construction since 1882, the Roman Catholic basilica is Spain's most visited landmark and Gaudi’s most ambitious undertaking. The Basilica is also a World Heritage Site and will hopefully be completed around 2026.

Don’t make the same mistake that I did – I skipped the Sagrada Familia my first time in Barcelona since I wasn’t a ‘Gaudi fan’. I’m now a fan, thanks to having a second chance to finally see it. 

Grab your fast track tickets for Sagrada Familia here

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Gothic Quarter 

The Gothic Quarter is a top sight and neighborhood to immerse yourself in Barcelona’s history. As you weave through the quarter’s maze of narrow alleys and streets, you’ll encounter substantial pieces of the city’s medieval wall and centuries-old palatial government buildings, like those found at the Palau Padellas and Placa de Sant Jaume.

Here you’ll find the Museu d’Historia de la Cituat (City History Museum) which holds the largest Roman excavation site outside of Rome. Across the square sits the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona, dating back to the 13th century.  On Sunday mornings, if you’re lucky, you may see the locals who come to dance the traditional Sardana, the national dance of Catalonia.

Recommended tour: Gothic Quarter Morning Walking Tour

Palau de la Musica Catalana 

To me, Barcelona’s elaborately designed Catalan Concert Hall reigns as one of the city’s most stunning architectural works - second only to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Created in the Catalan Modernista style, it is the only concert hall in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The concert hall’s unique design wraps you up in a colorful feast of beauty by combining sculptures, pillars, mosaics, stained glass, with rays of natural light. 

I visit the concert hall every time I’m in Barcelona not only for its breathtaking beauty but also for the cultural performances, cozy outdoor café, and fun gift shop (for souvenirs of course).

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Park Guell 

My grandchildren would readily agree that Gaudi’s Park Guell appeals to children as well as adults. It’s like a Modernista Disneyland, way before it’s time. The park is truly a feast for the eyes and a colorful whimsical experience.  

The focus point is the park’s central terrace. It's surrounded by a curvy mosaic-tiled bench, resembling a sea serpent and unusual structures like columns crafted in the form of leaning tree trunks.

If you walk up to the Park Guell's highest point, you’ll have an extraordinary panoramic view over Barcelona and the bay below.

Recommended tour: Park Guell Guided Tour

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Casa Mila 

Modernista Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera) dates back to 1906. The spectacular private residence is claimed to be Gaudi’s most iconic work of civic architecture thanks to the unusual rough-designed appearance. 

Although there is something innovative or uncanny to see at every turn, the terraced roof stands out as so bizarre that it’s beautiful. The sculpted stone pieces on top of the roof remind me of chess pieces or perhaps aliens. Casa Mila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most amazing buildings I’ve ever experienced.

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For the best panoramic views from the city’s tallest peak, go to Tibidabo. From just about anywhere in Barcelona, you can see the iconic tall spire of the Sagrat Cor Church perched on top of Tibidabo Mountain.  

Spend half a day or more enjoying the scenery and amazing views. At the very top there’s also a popular amusement park which can be reached by the Tibidabo Funicular. 

Recommended tour: Walk up to Tibidabo with a Local


Montjuic Castle used to serve as a defensive barrier, rising 590 feet above the Mediterranean. Today, Monjuic is home to the 1992 Olympic Stadium, the National Palace (Palau Nacional), the Magic Fountain light show, the renowned Miro Art Museum, and Poble Espanyol, a full-size Spanish village model.

I particularly enjoy the city and sea panoramic views from the café’s near the Montjuic 5-star Hotel Miramar. It’s a spot that attracts travelers and locals alike since you can choose not only your restaurant but also your view. While away a day surrounded by beauty, park grounds, and walking trails.

For fun and great views, take the scenic cable car that crosses above Barcelona to the top of Montjuic. 

Recommended tour: Montjuic Bike Tour

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Santa Maria del Mar

In the middle of a discovery walk in El Born/Ribera one day, I was happy to find a small corner cafe where I could sit back and enjoy a coffee while people watching. 

It quickly became obvious though that I was seated directly in front of a very old church, which appeared to be very popular due to the long line of visitors in front. Turns out that Santa Maria del Mar was built in the 14th century.

In Gothic Barcelona the church was a place of worship for merchants, seafarers, and fishermen. Today, it sits in the middle of El Born/Ribera hemmed in by busy narrow streets brimming with shops and restaurants.  

At first glance, the church’s exterior seems somewhat stark but once you enter, it’s quite beautiful, soothing, spiritual, and regal. The Santa maria del Mar is heralded as one of the most perfect examples of Catalan Gothic style architecture.  

Barceloneta Beaches

Many Barcelona tourists may not know about Barceloneta and the fun beach experience awaiting them. Frankly, with so much to see and do in the city, it’s understandable that the miles of beautiful Mediterranean beaches can be missed.  

However, having lived in Barceloneta for three months, I highly recommend that you experience Barcelona’s beautiful coast.Stroll the vibrant boardwalk lining three miles of waterfront, dotted with restaurants, street performers, and night clubs.

Along the way, enjoy a seaside beverage or meal (like paella or a fresh catch) at a trendy beach cafe (Xiringuito) or opt for tapas. The most popular beaches are just a 20-minute walk away from Barcelona's historic areas - a perfect oasis for some fun-in-the-sun time.

Mercat de la Boqueria

Barcelona’s acclaimed food market, the Mercat de la Boqueria, could be the city’s most exciting experience along Barcelona’s famous boulevard, Ramblas. In fact, the market is quite historic. It dates back to 1217 when tables were placed by the old city gate to sell meat.

Upon entering, you are abruptly greeted by an explosion of vibrant colors, a mix of eclectic smells, and a buzzing undertone generated by vendors and customers. The large colorful market boasts a 8200-foot labyrinth containing some 300 vendor stalls selling fresh produce, cold cuts, meats, sweets, fish, cheeses, ready-made tapas, and numerous other delights.

Thankfully, the market also has a cozy food bar where you can grab a stool and sample the day’s freshest fare. If you want to grab lunch at the market, go early as the food bar is extremely popular with locals as well as tourists. 

Recommended tour: Food, Wine, and History Tour at La Boqueria Market

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Other Recommended Experiences in Barcelona

Tapas and Wine Walking Tour

Flamenco Experience at Tablao de Carmen

Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

Top 3 Day Trips from Barcelona

day trips from barcelona - girona old city

Beyond the city’s smorgasbord of exciting things to do and see, Barcelona also serves as an ideal home base for day trips to places like Costa Brava and Girona, where Game of Thrones was  filmed.

Girona Day Trip

Although not a Game of Thrones (GOT) fan, I figured that the GOT filming locations were probably pretty amazing. It turns out that indeed they were.  

Exploring deep into the city’s oldest quarter, Girona felt like a medieval fantasy due to the well-preserved wall, watch-towers, and many historic religious buildings.

Tracing GOT locations turned out to be a fascinating way to explore Girona’s storied icons such as the ancient cathedral, narrow hidden passageways, secret footpaths, and cascading stone steps.

It’s also fun to climb up the stairs to reach a narrow walkway atop the ancient walls. From there you have a sweeping panoramic view over the old city.

Recommended tour: Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona

Costa Brava Day Trip

Not quite as famous as the Costa del Sol (Sun Coast), the lesser-known Costa Brava (Rugged Coast) claims a particularly scenic Mediterranean coastline with a laid back seaside resort atmosphere.  

Costa Brava is beautifully adorned by quintessential fishing villages with white-washed houses, such as those on display in Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. Each seaside resort town is uniquely interesting, charming, and welcoming.

If you're a history buff, you can explore Roman ruins at historic Empuries and the Greek settlement at Roses which is only minutes away from the French border.

Recommended tour: Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour to Costa Brava

Montserrat Day Trip

Montserrat is a dramatic 4000 foot Benedictine mountain retreat where naturally formed rock pillars cradle the renowned monastery, basilica, abbey, holy grotto, and museum with many religious artifacts from Spain’s past. 

You can take a funicular up the mountain or hike the peak to explore the spiritual retreat and enjoy breathtaking views of the mystical landscape.

There are guides to tell you about the holy grotto where visitations by the Virgin Mary were reported and where you can see the world-famous Montserrat choir boys recital. A nearby attraction is the Oller de Mas winery that offers cellar tours and wine tasting.

Recommended tour: Montserrat Tour including Lunch and Wine Tasting

What to Pack for Barcelona

About the Writer


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Carol Barron has traveled extensively and lived abroad as a student, US government officer, business owner, and travel writer. Currently, Carol shares travel lifestyle stories and tips for her website Live Like a Local Abroad, about extended stay travel, solo women travel, and digital nomad travel. She is also a contributor to major travel websites.



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