Barcelona is definitely one of my favourite European cities. The city is located at the Mediterranean sea in the very north of the Spanish coast, which is probably the reason for it’s uniqueness and flair. You would like to know more about my favourite spots like hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities?
What to do in Barcelona and where to stay?
1. Barcelona Hotel Recommendation:
Hostal Argo is a beautiful, modern boutique hotel located in Eixample in Barcelona, 4 minutes’ walk from Diagonal Avenue and 450 m away from Passeig de Gràcia. The rooms at Argo feature stylish Minimalist décor in neutral tones, parquet floors, a TV and a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. I really enjoyed the stay in this minimalistic hostal and definitely will recommend it.
Address “Argo Hostal“:
Carrer de València 305
Contact “Argo Hostal“:
Phone: +34 934 57 67 99
2. Things to Do in Barcelona:
Jazz Cruise with a Catamaran:
Relax in the luxury and comfort of Catamaran after shopping and sightseeing while enjoying a mixture of live jazz classics and chill out music. Jazz cruises usually sail late afternoon or early evening, ideal for watching the sun set over the city of Barcelona from the sea. Unfortunately the sailing season is just from 1st May to 30 September.
Address “Jazz Cruise”:
Portal de la Pau
Moll de Drassanes
Port of Barcelona
Sailing season “Jazz Cruise”:
1st May to 30 September
Contact “Jazz Cruise” Barcelona:
Phone: +34 93 221 8283
Discover the city on foot:
Barcelona is a big city, but it’s the perfect size to discover on foot to feel and explore the unique spirit of the city while walking. Spend a day away from the metro and the tourist bus, and take your time strolling around and stopping to recharge with some of the city’s great gastronomic options. If you’re in the mood for visiting some of the most impressive buildings and parks, you’ll want to see all the Parc de la Ciutadella has to offer as well as the Parc de Joan Miró, and the Montjuïc castle, but there’s also a Barcelona you won’t find in guidebooks. Get off the beaten path and head up to Horta, get to know the charm of the Sant Andreu district, see a lesser-known side of the Eixample and take in breathtaking panoramic views.
If your legs are more up to the task than your feet, you can also see the city by bicycle. Of the numerous ones around town, we’ve weeded out 10 routes in the city and surrounding areas for you to discover Barcelona while you pedal, whether you’re a lifelong cyclist or still wobbling about without those extra wheels in the back.
Spend a few hours at the beach:
Barcelona has a little over four kilometres of beaches where you can spread out your towel, stab your umbrella into the sand, smear yourself with sun cream and find a very safe place for your bag. From the beach of Sant Sebastià, passing through Barceloneta, to the beaches of Nova Icària or Mar Bella – and each has its own selection of chiringuitos where you can get a refreshing respite from the sun (most also have a bit of nightlife later). And just a few minutes by train or a short drive in the car, you can take in other coastal towns with gorgeous beaches, part of the gift of the Mediterranean that just keeps giving.
Park Guell is one of the most impressive public parks in the world and an absolut “Must See” in Barcelona. The park was designed by famous architect Antonio Gaudi and this place is as unique and special as all of the other buildings from this genius.
Address Park Güell:
Carrer d’Olot 7
Contact Park Güell:
Phone: +34 934 091 83
01 January – 26 March: 08:30 – 18:15 (Last entry 17:30)
27 March – 30 April: 08:00 – 20:30 (Last entry 19:30)
01 May – 28 August: 08:00 – 21:30 (Last entry 20:30)
29 August – 29 October: 08:00 – 20:30 (Last entry 19:30)
25 October – 31 December: 08:30 – 18:15 (Last entry 17:30)
3. Barcelona Restaurant and Cafe Recommendations:
A great option when you seek an alternative to an overpriced hotel breakfast or simply overslept the hour of serving. The offered range of delicious food is amazing and the interior is too stylish not to love. From the morning you can enjoy a breakfast of toast, brioche, pancakes or homemade yogurt with fruits and granola, and until the afternoon the kitchen is open for something salty (tortilla, fresh salads, hummus, sandwiches, pizza, etc.). They don’t do reservations which means you have to wait a few minutes to get a table.
Address Brunch & Cake:
Carrer Enric Granados, 19
Contact Brunch & Cake:
Monday – Sunday from 9:00 to 22:00
A really nice place, especially for all nostalgic Austrians. Get a table next to the beautiful windows to have a look on the busy Carrer Ferran outside and try the olives because they are super tasty especially after a few of their tasty beers.
Address Cafe Schilling:
Carrer Ferran, 23
Contact Cafe Schilling:
Phone:+34 933 17 67 87
Monday – Sunday from 9:00 to 03:00
Within the Mercat Santa Caterina is my favourite restaurant in Barcelona located. With various different food bars, a terrace and fresh produce that you see exposed in a dynamic and fun atmosphere. The menu reflects the variety of fresh market produce including Mediterranean dishes, asian and vegetarian. The most important recommendation for this place: Don’t miss to book a table per phone if you don’t want to wait about half an hour!
Address Cuines Santa Caterina:
Francesc Cambó, 16
Contact Cuines Santa Caterina:
Phone: +34 932 689 918
Sunday through Wednesday
9.00 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday
9.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.
Monday through Friday
1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
1.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Sunday through Wednesday:
8.00 p.m. until midnight
Thursday to Saturday:
8.00 p.m. to 12.30 a.m.
I really enjoyed the dinner at Gallito, especially because it is an open space, facing the sea. Under grape leaves next to the beach, the restaurant has a relax ambience, made even more so by the simple food prepared from fresh, quality ingredients. They serve wonderful wine as well, so you really should a try a few glasses next to the sea.
Passeig del Mare
Phone: +34 933 123 585
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday midday open Friday and Saturday open all day
The cafe is a place to grab a coffee, sip a vermouth, have a meal, hang, enjoy a beer, savour a cocktail, snack something tasty and have a drink — or two. The always-excellent music powers up from a gentle groove, getting hotter as the night goes on.
The bar/club Ocaña — open Thursday, Friday and Saturday — is a spacious lounge with sofas, carpets and soft lighting, under the original Plaça Reial vaulted brick ceiling with excellent and cool music too.
Because of this cafe/restaurant/bar/club combination you can have dinner before partying at the same place while enjoying the wonderful interior.
And don’t forget to book a table online!
Plaza Real 13, 14 & 15
Phone: +34 93 676 48 14
4. Shopping in Barcelona
Most of the shops and shopping centers are open from 10.00 (10am) to 20.30 (8:30pm) or 21.30 hours (9:30pm). Traditional shops open from 10.00 (10am) to 14.00 hours (2pm) and from 16.30(4:30pm) to 20.30 hours (8:30pm).
Sales: the winter sales generally begin in the second week of January and last until the end of February and the summer sales begin on 1st July and last until the end of August.
I would recommend shopping along Barcelona’s grand Passeig de Gràcia, which means being right in the heart of the centre of town. From the biggest brand names to the most affordable, from the exclusive shops to those open to everyone, you will find everything you’re looking for.
My all-time favourite shop is & other stories (like in every other city with this store!). The stars of the show are the shoes, accessories and the line of cosmetics and beauty products. But don’t pass by the clothes, which are influenced by French and Nordic designs, which are amazing and so cool.
Address & other stories:
Passeig de Gràcia, 8-10