Barcelona Travel Guide: A Backpacker’s View

Barcelona is perhaps one of the most visited cities in the Spain. This sea shore city has lot of offer to its visitors. The place has something to offer to each & every age group. It is easy to immerse oneself in the beauty of the city. I covered this city while on a Europe trip. The place is flooded with young crowd. Gaudi architect is all around the city. Party starts just past 12 in the night & it is as wild as one can think of. The place is intoxicating, to say the least. It would unfair to say if Barcelona doesn't engulf you in its charm.

The unique feature of this Barcelona is its street. Some of the most amazing architect is available on its street. I came up with following lines while visiting the city. "There are streets in a city. However, Barcelona is a city in the streets"
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How To Reach:

Flights:

Barcelona has an international airport located some 14 Km from city center. The best way to reach Barcelona Airport is through metro. One can search flights from below search bar.
Trains:

Trains are easy & safe option to travel across European countries. There is no such rush hence it is easy to find tickets. The prices of trains vary from place to place. The best websites to book trains are raileurope & trainlines.

Buses:

Buses are available. However, traveling long distances by Bus is tiring. So, until & unless you have enough time avoid buses. The availability of the bus can be checked through a website Flexibus.

Things To Do:

Barcelona is a great city to be especially if you are a youngster. The offering of place is unmatched. The beauty in architecture & perfect blend of temperature is hard to be missed. Few things should not be missed.

Gaudi's Work: The impression of Gaudi is all over Barcelona, the famous Park Guell, Sagrada Familia & Casa Batilo are some of the famous work of his. There is huge queue on all these sites, hence ticket well in advance. Sagrada Familia construction is still in progress. Entry charge starts from 7 Euros
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La Ramblas: The street of La Ramblas is perfect for a walking tour. Each street is unique & beautiful. There are few hidden gems which can only be explored on foot. I would recommend trying walking in these streets, as there is plenty of things to enjoy.

Museums: Picasso museums & Barcelona history museums are two of the main attraction while roaming in the city. The place is good to visit if you are interested in art. If you have interest in history, Barcelona history museum is best place to go. Entry charges starts from 6 Euros

Beach: Barceloneta beach is the famous beach of the city. However, it is very crowded. Don't expect a quiet corner while on beach.

Aquarium: A great place to watch experience some aquatic life, there are many water tanks which have different species. If traveling with kids it is a great place to be in. Entry charges starts from 20 Euros

Lloret De Mar: This place is hardly known to tourist. The small town some 60 Km from Barcelona is famous for its water park & Bungee Jumping (highest point in Spain for bungee jumping). The beach has clear water & some cliff jumping sites. A great place to spend one day.
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Monteserrat: This is a great place for a day trip. The national park near the mountain is great for a day. Enjoy walking around the place & enjoy its serene beauty.

Camp Nou: Anyone who knows football knows this ground, the famous playing field of Football Club Barcelona is pilgrim for football lovers. The stadium is grand & is visited by football lovers. Entry charges are 25 Euros

Parties: Barcelona is city for youths, the clubs don't start untill 1 am. The party lasts till morning hours & it gets wild with the time. The place is full of young crowds so expect jam pack environment in the clubs. I will suggest trying atleast one of the place to get the feel of the place. Entry charges are applicable on most of the clubs, the entry charges start from 10 Euros, but expect to pay lot more at great places.

Cost Involved:

Accommodation

Dorms & hostels are available in the large. There are number of places where one can stay. The best would be La Ramblas street which is flooded with tourists & most lively street of Barcelona. I stayed at Center Ramblas . The prices of dorms start from 15 Euros if booked early.

Food:

Spain has one of the best foods among its neighboring countries. There are lot of eateries out on the street. If looking for some asian food. Look for Wok The Walk they will surely satisfy your tastebuds. For non veg tapas are very famous . If eating on street vendors expect to pay around 6 to 10 Euros. If heading towards more organised outing then expect to pay 25 to 30 Euros for a time of meal. The alcohol price starts from 0.75 Euros if bought from the supermarket. In restaurants, the rate will be much more.

Transport:

The cost of one hour ticket will be 2.15 Euros for Bus & metros. However, the best way to commute around the city would be buying a city card. The city card allows one to commute freely. Night charges are different. Barcelona city card can be bought for 2 - 5 days. Renting a bike is another option for commutation. When in center of Barcelona walk to enjoy the scenes.

Site Seeing:

There are entry fees for most of the tourist sites; it is advisable to book in advance to avoids queues. In general the prices of attractions starts from 6 Euros. There are many free attractions which can be enjoyed. Look for the information at visit Barcelona website to plan things.
The minimum budget for a day shall be 55 Euros. This cost prediction is based on my experience of touring the city in 2017 & taking into account that one will stay at hostels & prepare most of their food.
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