Barcelona, Spain for Barcelona on your own

I studied abroad in Barcelona in the fall of 2016 and it was an amazing experience, I completely fell in love with the city. So after spending my second semester in Granada, Spain, I wanted to come back to Barcelona on my own to spend my last days in Europe in my favourite city. I normally stay in hostels but this time I didn’t want to deal with people who were going to be in Barcelona just to party and I wanted a little bit more privacy. The Airbnb I stayed in was awesome, centrally located, super clean, and the host was very accommodating. L’Eixample is a quieter neighbourhood, gorgeous architecture, and has all the things you would want to see within walking distance.

Parc Ciutadella and seeing the Arc de Triumfo are great activities for a Sunday in Barcelona. Pack a lunch and a couple of beers and hang out in the park for a couple hours. The beach is also a great thing to do on Sundays, but for me Barceloneta is a little too touristy and busy. I prefer to go to Badalona, it’s a little bit outside the city but it is in Zone 1 for the metro so you can still use your T-10 card (10 euros for 10 rides, works on buses and on the metro). Parc Guell is also something you could do on a Sunday, I believe it is 8 euros to get into the main area, but I have always gone before sunrise or after sunset because then it’s free. I think that before sunrise is better because there are much fewer people and you don’t have to wait to get a photo. 

Eating in the center of Barcelona is always a little pricey, so I always try to pack a lunch with me in the morning. However, I do like to stop at Bo de B whenever I get the chance! Its a great sandwich place in El Born just off Via Laietana and has huge sandwiches for only 4 euros. My favourite churros place is in the Gothic Quarter, Xurreria Manuel San Roman. Their chocolate is amazing, I would suggest bringing a banana too so the extra chocolate doesn’t go to waste. Near the Xurreria is Placa Sant Felip Neri, a quiet, historic, little plaza that is the perfect place to sit and eat your churros y chocolate. Barcelona boasts a ton of Instagramy brunch places, but brunch is very much an american concept. But having said that, Alsur Cafe in El Born is one of my favourite places to go for brunch when I want to spoil myself, everything there is delicious and it has a great terrace. La Boqueria isn’t necessarily somewhere I would go to eat because it can be expensive, but it is for sure somewhere you don’t want to miss! It isn’t open on Sundays and tends to close in the afternoons. 

There are a ton of great bars in Barcelona, one of my favourites might be La Birreria in Gracia, it’s always packed for soccer games. Another classic for young people is L’Ovella Negra Ramblas because you can get a whole 5 liter tower of beer or sangria to share with friends. Not too far from that one is Nevermind, a bar with a skateboarding bowl in the back, super cool. Bar Marsella is an old absinthe bar in El Raval, it is slightly more laid back and feels very traditional.

Las Delicias is a restaurante-bar near Bunkers, a look out point above Barcelona. In my opinion, Las Delicias has the best patatas bravas in the city and even better, they are reasonably priced and massive! Bunkers is something I would never miss when making a trip to Barcelona, bring snacks, a bottle of wine, and a jacket and camp out up there for the sunset. Can’t wait to go back for more bravas!

 

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Insider Tip

Don’t eat near La Rambla, or get robbed in La Boqueria!

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