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If you're looking for a Barcelona hostel, this is the place to find out everything you need to know to chose the best one. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. It impresses with a maritime setting and is largely influenced by famous architect Gaudi.
The city is divided into ten boroughs. If you are looking for a Barcelona hostel, there are several options. Ciutat Vella is made up by countless alleyways and resembles a labyrinth; it features impressive gothic architecture and Las Ramblas, the main shopping strip. Eixample is an upscale quarter with lots of Art Nouveau buildings designed by Gaudi or Montaner. Sant Marti used to be a small village inhabited by fisherman and still has this flair; it is stunningly located near the waterfront. If you like to stay in a hostel in a more quiet area of Barcelona, head to Montjuic in the western part of the city.
Barcelona is served by three airports, Barcelona, Girona, and Reus. It is most convenient to fly into Barcelona since this is closest to the city, but you might find a much cheaper flight if you are willing to fly into Girona or Reus. Getting to your hostel in Barcelona or around the city is easy, there is a comprehensive public transport system in place.
While you are in Barcelona, explore Gaudi and his mind-blowing oeuvre, the legendary Sagrada Familia. And take a stroll in Park Guell and visit Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, all of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Take a day or two to explore the top-notch art museums such as Museu Picasso, Museu Joan Miro, and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Enjoy a sunny day at the harbour and indulge yourself in Spanish coffee culture.
There are a great quantity of Barcelona hostels, and this is a complete list of all of them.
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Barcelona Travel Tips:
• Barcelona is a favorite city of many travellers, but be warned that theft is extremely common. Put your wallet in your front pocket, watch your bags at all times, and make sure nothing can be grabbed from the back of your backpack while you're wearing it.
• Avoid the restaurants on the main strip of Las Ramblas. They're overpriced and the food isn't very good. When you're on Las Ramblas, pick a restaurant on any side street instead.
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"Pension Mari-Luz is located in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona, with a great location for strolling Las Ramblas and exploring the district. It's a bit far from the nearest metro stop if you're carrying luggage. The hostel is thoroughly cleaned every day, so everything is nice and tidy. The Location This hostel is located right in the Barri Gotic, about two minutes from Las Ramblas (the part between Placa Catalunya and the Columbus...
Ideal Youth Hostel
"An average hostel in a good location. The entrance looks really nice and modern, but unfortunately the rest of the hostel isn't nearly as impressive. The condition and cleanliness of the rest of the hostel is perhaps average at best, but the cost is more than most other Barcelona hostels. There is a small common area with computers for internet access. There is a two night minimum stay, which usually indicates that it's the kind of place...
"Gothic Point is one of three of the Equity Point hostel chain properties located in Barcelona. It is equipped with a small kitchen for guest use and a lift to accommodate disabled guests. The Location Gothic Point is conveniently located very close to the Jaume metro station and within easy walking distance to the famous La Rambla of Barcelona. There are many bars and restaurants, from budget to upmarket, in the vicinity. The...
"A fairly large HI hostel with several floors. The majority of the guests tend to be Spanish. There is a large common area with tables and TV. The sinks don't have hot water, so shaving is difficult for the guys, but otherwise the bathrooms are decent. Breakfast is included. They say there is air conditioning, but if it's there they don't seem to run it much in the summer." … "Not bad -- we stayed in the apartment they rent - As we...
Barcelona Be Mar Hostel
"Be Mar Hostel is located in the heart of Barcelona within easy walking distance of several metro stations and Barcelona's most famous street, Las Ramblas. The good points about this hostel are its very friendly staff, its location, and the fact that it is kept sparklingly clean. On the downside, accommodations are very spartan. The Location The neighborhood, popularly referred to as the Gothic Area, consists mainly of narrow streets,...
Kabul Backpackers Hostel
"This is one of the top fun/party hostels in Europe. It's located in Placa Reial, a popular Gaudi-designed square just off of Las Ramblas, Barcelona's main drag. It has a pool table, a nice view of the square, and vending machines offering everything from beer to grilled ham and cheese. The crowd can sometimes run a little on the frat-boy side, but there is usually enough of a variety of people about to find intereresting people to hang...
"A small, bright, and clean hostel. There are only a few rooms and they are spacious, with bunkbeds and medium size lockers. The bathrooms are clean but unfortunately there is only one toilet for each sex and there is no hot water at the sinks for shaving. There is a full kitchen and eating area (only open from 2 PM to 10 PM). There is also a small common area with tables in the lobby area. There is a daytime lockout and a 3 AM...
Feetup Hostels - Garden House Hostel
"Garden House (previously called the Home Backpackers Hostel) is a fun and colorful hostel. It's a house in a residential area and it feels more like you are hanging out in a house with your college friends rather than staying in a hostel. It's a bit far from the city center but has a perfect terrace with amazing view to the major Barcelona sight -- Sagrada Familia cathedral. The Location Despite being outside the city center, it is...
Be Ramblas Hotel
"Location a winner - Stayed in a private 2 bed room with aircon -- good value for money considering the location. Very secure. Walls were paper thin and could hear everything going on next door including music pumping at 4am night after night. Would stay here again and hopefully not get the same luck!" … "Great location, all round good hostel - Great Location, helpful and friendly staff, great 3 bed private with aircon. Very good...
Equity Point Sea
"Sea Point Youth Hostel is great if you want to be cramped together like a can of sardines. The Location This hostel is located near the beach in an area called the Barceloneta -- the area is similar to South Beach in Florida. There are a lot of eateries and restaurants nearby. Within walking distance is the boardwalk where there is a mall, an aquarium, and more places to have a snack or a light meal. The subway is about ten minutes'...
Soul Backpackers Barcelona Hostel
"Good location and helpful staff, but facilities are basic - The location is excellent, in a nice neighbourhood, not far from Catalunya square, and close to night life. Reception is very helpful. The bathrooms are pretty basic with only one wash basin in the hostel having hot water. There is not much of a vibe here because the common area is small, with no bar. But the price is good, and this is an ok place for a night or two." … "Very...
Sant Jordi Alberg
"Sant Jordi Alberg is a superb hostel and it's enjoyable to stay here. It's got a great location -- it's within walking distance from Plaza Catalyna, which is as close to the town's center as you can get in Barcelona. There's a little grocery right across the street for whatever you need and all the cafes are a few blocks away. It's a very social hostel -- every night, Mario (one of the guys who works at the hostel) takes a big group of...
"What we really liked about this place was the location, right off Las Ramblas in the Gothic quarter so you are in the heart of the city. We stepped out the door and felt like we were in the middle of life in Barcelona. Pension Fernando also has a very pension/hostal like feel rather than simply a hostel. This means you get a real mix of people staying. There are dorm rooms and you can actually book out the entire room so if you have a...
A&A Arco Youth Hostel
"Top location, friendly staff - You couldn't get closer to the heart of Barcelona! I felt very safe and comfortable here, the staff is really very friendly and helpful. The rooms and bathroom are very hygienic -- they get cleaned every day and you can get fresh towels for free, but if you need a blanket you must hire it (2 euros). There is a common room, it's not very cosy because of the far-too-bright tl-tube lights in here but every room is...
Mediterranean Hostel Barcelona
"The Mediterranean Youth Hostel is about fifteen minutes' walk from the hub of Barcelona city, Las Ramblas. But it is easily reached by the metro, and just two minutes from the Girona station. Finding it may not be the easiest task though, as they only have a small sign beside the entrance! It is easier to look for the number on their address. The hostel is up the stairs. The hostel itself is not the cleanest, though the walls are quite...
Sun & Moon Hostel
"Great place to stay when you're in Barca - we had 2x 8 persons bedroom with bunkbeds. everything was clean and for 15€ a night e real bargain. it's located in a nice street in the middle of the ramblas. 3 pubs next to the hostel, good tapas bar, KFC, Mc Donalds, starbucks. so don't look any further, this is a winner. Staff was extremely nice. rooms are clean en beds where soft. breakfast too early but who cares. not the place for a romantic...
Hostel New York
"Very nice service - Very good location. There is very nice service." … "Central, friendly, clean, very simple but cheap, 24 hours reception - Very nice stuff. My suitcase was stolen on the way to the hotel, incl. electronic tickets, a.s.o. The guy at the reception was very helpful and kind. Everybody spoke good English. The rooms were small and very simple (we had only one chair to place all our things, a double-stock bed and a small...
Paraiso Travellers Hostel
"Paraiso Travellers Hostel is a great place to stay for tourists looking for a small and cozy spot to meet other travelers. The hostel is located conveniently and the staff is some of the most friendly and knowledgeable staff we have come across. Although basic, the facilities provide a fun atmosphere. The Location The hostel is located pretty much in the city center within a few minutes metro ride away from La Catalunya. There are two...
In & Out Hostel
"In & Out Hostel is a nice and quiet retreat away from Barcelona’s city center. Located in a natural park, it is ideal for travelers who are looking for a quiet and natural surrounding. Well decorated with clean and modern facilities and occupying a vast amount of space, the hostel provides travelers with a great atmosphere for relaxation. The Location For travelers who highly value a hostel that is located within the city center or the...
Equity Point Centric
"Centric Point is one of three Equity Point Hostels in Barcelona. Located in a beautiful converted apartment block on the prestigious shopping street Passeig de Gracia, it is within easy walking distance of the famous La Rambla and is very close to the Passeig de Gracia metro station. The hostel is equipped with two elevators, allowing access for disabled guests. The Location The location of Centric Point on Passeig de Gracia makes it...
Alberguinn Youth Hostel
"Good location and friendly staff - This hostel is about a ten minute walk from the train station and a two minute walk from the metro. The staff are all very friendly and will help you out with anything in the hostel. The free breakfast was just usually hostel free breakfast but it's nice to have before you go out and explore. The dorms and very large so even if there are quite a few beds it's still easy to have your own space especially...
Be Dream Hostel
"Favorite hostel (minus the location) - I accidentally booked this place without noticing it was Badalona, not Barcelona. But it was fine because the metro is about 30 seconds away and goes directly into the city. clean & quiet, FANTASTIC atmosphere for meeting people! i met some awesome people here. it was really nice to have a full kitchen and nice places to just sit and hang out. grocery store a couple minutes down the street too. free...
Sant Jordi Hostel Aragó
"Perfect - A ton of fun. The pub crawl was really fun and a good way to meet people. The room was comfortable and the AC was nice." … "Friendly, Small, Community Hostel - This hostel was wonderful. Great location between the top of the city at Tibado and the port on Las Ramblas. Quick metro stop and a few walking blocks from the train station. Small, community feel. Nice Kitchen and Clean Bathrooms. Air-conditioning. The staff is...
"Sant Jordi Hostel Diagonal is a really nice hostel. They have ample maps and information available on things to do around Barcelona. They also have nightly events planned, including pub crawls that are associated with the other Sant Jordi hostels around Barcelona, allowing you to meet a large range of people when you are out and about. The Location Sant Jordi Hostel Diagonal is located on the diagonal street just along from the main...
"Good manager - Originally I booked and paid for 5 nights, but I left after my first, I couldn't stay in the dorms for another night. The location was good and the other guests seemed to be enjoying their stay mainly due to its location. however, the ceiling was taken off, I couldn't sleep in fact there was no AC hence the windows were kept open all night and the street is so loud especially for the first floor. There was no social aspect at...
Rey Don Jaime
"… is one of the best for several reasons. Located on Jaume Street means you can take the Metro (at our doorsteps) and link to the airport shuttle..for just a few Euros, saving you Taxi fees! Book our cheapest rate directly at aaehotels.com! Once your here, the first thing you will say is "what a great location" because you can walk over to Las Ramblas in 2 minutes, enjoy cafe's and local tourist shops, cathedrals, Plaza Catalunya,...
Pars Teatro Hostel
"Awesome hostel!!! - This hostel had everything we needed, great staff, nice BIG bathrooms, clean and spacious bedrooms and living room space. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and all the people were very welcoming and nice. This was our favorite hostel thus far. We've stayed in three others previously. They made our stay in Barcelona a great one!" … "Good - Everything is good, the organization/facility is excellent." …...
"Best hostel I've stayed so far - Very good facilities with super friendly staff, location is also very good, close to metro. I arrived early in the morning and the staff even offered me free breakfast, and they also helped to call ticket office for my booking. will stay there again in my next visit and recommend it!" … "… bed has an independent space and has a security locker. FACILITIES Ethese are services EYH offers to the...
Backpackers House Bcn
"Backpackers House BCN is ok if you're just staying for a night or two, but not much longer. They have free internet, free linen, free breakfast, and free luggage storage. The staff are very nice. The Location The hostel is situated conveniently to the main spots in Barcelona, just a couple blocks from Playa Cataluyna. When you come out of the Cataluyna metro station go right, take a left onto R. Universitat. Walk a little ways down...
"If you're looking for a place to hang out with people from across the world in a clean, safe, and fun environment, then HelloBCN Hostel is the place for you. Tucked away behind the Apollo theater, it is conveniently located near the harbour and Metro (stop Parallel). On the ground floor you will find the spacious bar and kitchen area. The bar is large with couches and is a great place to hang out and meet people. Drinks are available at...
Pere Tarrés Barcelona Youth Hostel
"Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel is very clean and tidy, a very nice place to stay. Staff are all friendly and helpful, know the city very well, and are willing to share everything with you. The Location The hostel is located close to the city centre, but the closest Metro station (Maria Cristina station on the green line) is as much as ten minutes away from the hostel. But the hostel is on a main street, so it is very easy to locate on foot....
Rambla Catalunya Hostel
"The two things that makes Rambla & Catalunya Hostel a good place to stay are its price and location. But it's very small and it isn't smoke free, so you'll have to deal with second hand smoke. It is right in the middle of the city, and everywhere is accessible by foot if you're fairly healthy. The shock that we got was that it is a very, very tiny place. We were greeted by this reception area which is like a tiny storeroom under the...
Hostel One Sants
"Hostel One Sants is an energetic and welcoming place to stay in Barcelona. The Location It's located a short walk from the Badal metro stop in a rather nondescript building. Surrounding the hostel are a number of shops, restaurants, tapas bars, and grocery stores, making it easy to grab food when you're starving at 6 p.m. and dinner isn't for another three hours. There are a few bus stops nearby that can take you down to the beach as...
Alternative Creative Youth Hostel
"Just great! - The location is just ace! Amazing stay! Friendly staff and again great location!" … "Incredible helpful staff, perfect location - Staff was also made me a useful travel itinerary when I arrived. They were also helpful and showed us our room although we arrived little early (around 10 AM). Free computers to use, separated showers, cozy atmosphere -- I can easily recommend this place to anyone. The only possible (but...
Urbany Hostel Barcelona
"Decent Place with Children running everywhere - This place is a nice facility, but lacks air conditioning." … "Come on, a gym membership? - This place has it all. The staff are hilarious too. My only problem with it is that it may be too big. I had issues in the kitchen, one of which was people stealing my food. Don't mess with my cookies." … "Go to Barcelona! Go to Urbany Hostel! - Amazing hostel, very clean and friendly staff....
"The Graffiti Hostel is probably the cheapest place to stay in Barcelona. It is also the seediest, and when you consider the lack of sleep you'll be getting, it won't seem like such a great deal after all. Rooms and Bathrooms Our dorm room was decorated with graffiti and a thick layer of grime, reminiscent of a subway station. Twenty-four beds for men and women are crammed in this room along with two showers. Yes, the showers are right...
"Agora BCN is transformed from a university dorm room, and offers one- to four-person rooms with a shared bathroom. The Location It is not in a downtown location (hence its cheaper price), but it is extremely close to a metro station and multiple buses that stop there. It's in a university setting, with a stadium right beside it and a park behind it. There is a parking lot and off-street parking available. Rooms and Bathrooms The...
Sant Jordi Mambo Tango
"Clean Facilities, Awesome Layout, Great People - This is basically everything you want out of a hostel. Good location, great atmosphere, and superb facilities. Sant Jordi knows what they are doing!" … "Fabulous hostel and friendly staff. - The hostel is in a good location, near the metro station. it is easy to access to supermarket, Burger King.The staff there are very friendly, and it has a nice atmosphere to meet new friends."...
Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia
"Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia is great. The extremely good price, the quality of the accommodations, and the location of the hostel itself can't be beat. The apartment-style setup allows for a good mix of social time and relaxation in private, which is important on an action-packed trip to Barcelona. The Location Despite its name, the hostel is actually several blocks away from Sagrada Familia. It's still a fairly quick walk, but it's not...
Be Sound Hostel Barcelona
"Very good stay - i highly recommend to stay at be sound. very good location, only 10 minutes walk to la rambla and close to paraell metro station less the five minutes; comfortable beds and clean, spacious en suite bathroom. i stayed in room 10 on the same level as reception is but no problem with the noise but i would not stay there during busy summer period. they also have rooftop where you can smoke and have a drink." … "The staff...
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Barcelona Travel Tips & Suggestions
I visited Barcelona years ago. What I like most is D Ramblas. It was full of people. The Ramblas offers variety of tourist likings but watch your belongings as they were many thieves around. By the way, the city is beautiful with old buildings, plazas, trees, and monuments.
Look after your bags! There are many many thieves lingering in the metro stations and kind of push up against you and try and steal your things in your bags. So be cautious and hold on tight to your valuables. Barcelona is amazing though! The architecture and beach and sights and people are all fantastic. I suppose like in any place you have to be careful. It's also very easy to get lost in the laneways. And at nighttime there are many drug deals and dodgy people out that will try and sell you anything!
— Amelia, NZ
It's an amazing city, one of the most interesting I've ever been to. It's not nearly as bad as people say -- especially La Rambla. Our apartment was on a side street right off La Rambla and we had no problems at all. Of course if you go there looking for a nice, peaceful evening, that's not gonna happen, and I wouldn't wander the side streets alone late at night, but all in all I didn't feel in danger at any point. Barcelona reminded me a lot of Rome -- there's just too much to see in a short time span, and it gives the appearance of being dangerous when it really isn't. I'll be going back.
It's so interesting there.
Barcelona is beautiful city! If you are thinking about Barcelona -- do not think, just go!
I did not find the city threatening. Of course you should look after your belongings, but I did not take any more precautions than I would in my hometown. There are many excellent bars and cafes -- I could think of nothing better than spending the day sightseeing (Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell), and the evenings barhopping.
While I enjoyed my stay in Barcelona, I would not rate it as a great city. I agree about the "criminal" feel to the city -- lots of cons trying to rip you off there. We visited in early May, and it seemed that there were hardly any natives at all! Granted, I am a tourist as well, but the city didn't seem to hold an authentic feel like a lot of other places I visited. I felt like I had to watch my back at all times while walking around day or night.
I went on a monthlong tour of Europe in 2005, visiting London, Paris, Rome, and Barcelona each for one week. Barcelona was the only city where I made a point to leave early. It does have its finer points -- the Marina and beaches were worth visiting -- but the heart of the city, Ramblas, had a very tense, uneasy feeling about it. I couldn't put my finger on it, but I knew that the city did not have a homey or vacationy feeling about it. In the evenings, it became apparent very quickly that this area draws a big drunk and wild crowd. Now, I love drinking and partying myself, but this was not a fun, happy crowd -- it was the sort of crowd that brought around lots of crime, drugs, and violence. I wish I could say that the Cultural scene would save my trip, but that was disappointing too. I was not moved by any one particular structure, and I am easily moved. If you find yourself there already, I recommend taking a bus tour of the city, stopping at the interesting spots, and heading to another city. I find it very difficult to write this, my own hometown isn't any more or less interesting, so keep the positive reviews here in mind. But there was way too much buzz in the air about how much danger there was, especially for such a small city, to let other people visit here uninformed. I was only there four days, but my own experiences included having to lock myself in my hostel room because bands of drunk soccer hooligans (other guests) were looking for people to beat inside the hostel while the staff did nothing, and a friend of mine being ripped off at a bar, kicked out, then having to fight to not to get pulled into a side street on Ramblas, so he would not get shot in an alley by a local drug dealer. No thank you.
It has so many fascinating sites. I loved it. Anyone and everyone should consider visiting this wondrous city.
— Breanna Burrell
There aren't many Catalans/Spaniards in central Barcelona. A tip from a local -- avoid summer at all costs. Barcelona is much better any other time of the year.
I just returned to New York from a my first European vacation and Barcelona was my favorite part. I loved the energy of this intense city. I do not speak Spanish but managed to meet some really amazing people. I think Barcelona is the kind of place that you either love or you hate. I loved it and hope to return one day.
Yeah, it smells a bit but if you're going around all the cool narrow streets and small pubs which never shut (3 a.m. bar crawl) and having fun instead of sulking then it rocks. If you really want to enjoy it, go in the winter months -- it's much quieter and you have to learn Spanish fast. There's barely any tourists, and three Spanish birds to a bloke in the pub. And check out the Cathedral!
If you are a girl and going to a club late at night, it's safer to go with male company can you can trust! You may get trouble with drunk people at night so stay with a group to be safer.
I just got back from a five-day trip to Barcelona. I must say it was overall a huge disappointment. First the good. There are many things to see there during the day into the early evening hours. The metro system is fairly good overall so it does not take long to get to where you want to go. Taxi cabs fares are also fairly cheap compared to any other place I have been to and should be taken advantage of when you are pressed for time. At night many of the places that were closed or seemed shut down open up and several neighborhoods become lively. Now for the bad. The city has a horrendous stench that actually gets worse when you are not in a heavy tourist area. I have found that locals take their dogs for walks and allow them to pee and poop right on the sidewalk. I have also seen locals and tourists doing the same, including vomitting. So if you are wondering where the stench was coming from, now you know. In the tourist areas the Catalan people are mixed in how they treat you, however in the non-tourist areas you can forget about it. Even if you are of Spanish descent like me and can communicate with them effectively, they treat you poorly overall. At first I thought it was because I was a tourist, but I found a nice Venezuelan shop owner who (without me asking) began to tell me about the cold Catalan people and how much she hates the city (she's been there eight years). Though I did not get anything stolen from me nor did I witness any thefts, I was told horror stories by family who I went there with as well as folks I met there. I never felt safe in the city at all, and I haven't felt that way about any city since New York in the '80s. All in all I would likely never go there again. I would recommend never going, but then again there are some really nice classic sites to visit.
We had no problems in Barcelona. Everyone was friendly enough and those who didn't speak English were very patient with my pseudo-Spanish-Italian! Gorgeous cathedrals, fun art galleries, and the magic fountain is a spectacle in itself! Getting to Neucamp was an adventure (we ended up at the end of the line where no one had seen lost, pale Scottish people before) but once we were there it was easy enough to get back! Everything public oriented was in at least three languages and the streets were like most other cities. You just need to keep your eyes open for weirdos, a couple had their bag nicked as we were talking with them, but not much harm was done. I've been in cities where you'd be stabbed over a bag!
Barcelona was the most disappointing city of all the cities we visited during our four-week vacation to Europe. It was just another large city, very smelly, fairly unfriendly, and we had the worst hostel!
Barcelona was really just a big city. It has some really amazing sites and a very pretty beach but it isn't a beautiful coastal city like those in France at all. The streets do not feel safe and the men were absolutely awful. From what I heard traveling it has a lot to do with blonde hair, but when in Las Ramblas and the surrounding area strangers and especially the shop owners harrassed me. They would literally not leave me alone and would follow me out of the stores trying to make me say I would date them and they would offer me huge discounts but not my friend. It was so bad we ended up leaving the area and going back to the hostel.
There are many restaraunts owned by the same people that own Quinze Nits on Placa Reial... pick up some of their business cards at the front desk of the different places they own so you won't have to wait for hours... (I recommend Crema Canela on Placa Reial...it's SOO good!)
— Erin C
Barcelona is great! There is SO much to do. If you are bored you must be dead or not trying, because there is something for everyone. Try and visit early in the summer or late spring. The weather will be warm but not hot and the crowds will be smaller. You MUST eat at Quinze Nits in Placa Real. But be warned there will be a line up that starts an hour before they open (8ish) and will remain until after 12. Also, try to go to the Chocolate Museum.
Be careful with your things! My friend's wallet got stolen on the underground and the thief could just walk away since we had no real proof! And at the beach I actually saw a guy steal a bag from a girl who was sunbathing, pretty sad because I went over to tell her and she started crying, saying it was the second bag that week. ALWAYS keep an eye on your stuff and never put it just in your pocket or backpack, hang it around your body with those special little bags and then lock those up! It's the only way to be sure! Great city besides that.
I have been studying in Barcelona for 6 months now and it´s going to be very hard to leave! It is a bustling city with so much to do. I would give yourself AT LEAST 3-5 days in Barcelona if you want to explore. Some things that you don't want to miss: Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, Casa Mila, Picsso Museum, Tibidabo, Parc Guell, the Boqeria (open air market), Jardins de Labrinth, the port, beaches, and take a day trip take the metro up to Montsterat, a 1000 year old monestary on top of a cliff, lots of hiking up there too. YES, the city is smelly, people can be pushy, and I have gotten my bag stolen...but try to look beyond that and appreciate what the city has to offer. If you are smart and don´t carry your passport or credit cards with you when you are on Las Ramblas especially, you´ll be fine.
— Erin C.
Please watch your bags and personal belongings. We were warned but my friend set her bag down at an internet cafe, right next to her foot, and it was stolen within a couple minutes. I've heard dozens of theft stories from other Barcelona visitors. Please never put your things down and be aware! Have fun... oh yeah, and Dino's Gelato is amazing!
VEGETARIANS BEWARE ... you very well might go hungry in Barcelona! Not a lot of veggie food in Catalonia. Be prepared for lots of omelettes and fries. I got sick from being there for 12 days because there was nothing substantial for me to eat there. There appear to be 5 food types ham, potatoes, tomatoes, eggs and cheese, bread, and cakes. If you are vegan, forget about it! The worst thing is no hostels have kitchens, so you can't even cook your own veggie food. Being constantly hungry ruined my trip here... and it only gets worse when you venture outside Barcelona. Pizza hut and Burger king and Subway will be happy sights for vegetarians in Catalonia!
— T & B
It took me 5 minutes to fall in love with Barcelona! There is so much to see and do, and the nightlife is amazing. Great shopping, great dining, and beautiful beaches. Perhaps the best thing about this city is the people ... they have a real lust for life.
PEE-U! This city STINKS!!!! Smelliest city I've ever been too. It's just generally cramped, crowded, dirty, and filthy. I was really excited to be going to Barcelona, after having so many people tell me how great it was, but totally dissappointed after having spent 6 days there. I thought it would be a bright, open, airy, mediterranean city with a great climate and interesting people. It was the total opposite. I've never seen so many ugly people! And the humidity made New York seem like a paradise. I'll take Madrid any day over Barcelona. Though I was never robbed, a surprising number of people told me they had their pockets picked. Yes the Sagrada Famillia is magnificent, and ok, I had a GREAT time hanging out in park Ciutadella on Sunday, but overall I wouldn't go back.
Paella and wine is the best thing ever. Barcelona is awesome. Sangreia is cool. After you are done here, go to San Sebastian. It's even better.
I would not go back to Barcelona. The whole city seems to have a sewerage smell about it which is very unpleasant. The back streets also don't feel very safe. It seems like a fairly poor city. It also takes a lot of walking around to get from one sight to another. Having said all that, the old palace (now an art gallery) is utterly magnificent and provides a commanding view of the city. Gaudi's cathedral is also an impressive spectacle of engineering. Some of the more busy streets become beautiful and very pleasant at night, but plain by day. The city is worth stopping by if you're in or near the region but I wouldn't plan a holiday specially to Barcelona.
I love this city, the architecture and culture are so amazing. I met my boyfriend here two years ago and we are coming back to celebrate!
— Ly Anh Dang
Barcelona is, without a doubt, my favourite city in Europe, it's hot, seasoned, rich, fun, exciting and very cheap!! Lots of interesting artists doing their thing on the streets, in the parks and of course on the beach. The atmosphere is more than chilled in this sizzling hot environment... you must go to the sonar festival and enjoy sitting under the palm trees as the early morning sun gradually heats up yet another glorious day. PS -- Rent a car if you can.
Party at Danzatoria in Tibidabo and eat at Quinze Nits just off La Rambla in Placa Reial! Barcelona is an amazing city!!!
I love this city, this wine is cheap the food is good and the locals are friendly.
If you're looking for a good free map of Barcelona, don't use the one the tourist office gives you for the Bus Turistic. Instead, ask them for a brochure from City Tour by ALSAtouring. This brochure includes a map that actually details all of Barcelona's streets, especially the confusing ones in Barri Gotic and Ribera. This is essential to finding your way around.
If you visit the Sagrada Familia make sure you climb the towers. But take the stairs, they are free and you have many more vantage points. Make sure you are not afraid of heights!
Be warned if you're travelling in Barcelona during August - I arrived in late August expecting to easily get into one of the many hostels - it took 5 hours on the telephone before we found one.....SO BOOK!
The fountains are accompanied by music on Sunday nights at 9 pm. Drink at Schilling, eat at Oolong, chill at Parc Guell, visit La Perdera and watch out for pickpockets, especially if you're carrying a rucksack. A wonderful city. Oh, and do try and speak the language, they appreciate it, even if you are speaking Spanish instead of Catalan!!
This is the best city in Western Europe. You will definitely have fun here, either wandering the alleys, hanging out at the beach or partying at night/dawn. Gaudi's architecture is phenomenal. And for some reason, they have really excellent chicken dishes here. Be careful late at night in the alleys though.
While you're in Barcelona in the evening, grab some new friends from the hostel and go check out the "Magic Fountains" nighttime fountains/lights show (ask your hostel front desk person for directions).
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