Barcelona Travel Guide (2024): How to plan perfect trip to Barcelona

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Are you planning a holiday in Barcelona? Here is Barcelona travel guide and our tips for Barcelona, where you will find answers to the most common questions about travelling to Barcelona.

Barcelona is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and, with 1.7 million inhabitants, the second largest city in Spain. It is known for its original architecture, sunny weather, good access to the sea, great food and the famous FC Barcelona football club.

In this guide, we’ll look at everything you need to know if you’re planning to visit Barcelona – where to book flights, how to get around the city, what the prices are, safety in Barcelona and other useful tips.

View of Plaça d'Espanya from the Arenas de Barcelona - the Venetian towers and Montjuïc behind them

Barcelona Travel Guide

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Barcelona travel guide: flights, airport, public transport, metro

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Barcelona travel guide: hotels, prices, attractions

Sagrada Familia / things to do in Barcelona

Is Barcelona expensive (prices in Barcelona)?

Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Prices are also rising, so Barcelona is generally one of the more expensive cities. But the final amount depends on how you travel, your preferences and what time you visit.

Prices may increase during the peak tourist season (late spring to early autumn) and during major holidays.

Here are the approximate costs you can expect in Barcelona:

  • Street and fast food: Fast food such as sandwiches or tapas costs around €5 to €10.
  • Mid-range restaurants: A meal in a decent restaurant will cost around 12 to 25 euros per person.
  • Luxury restaurants: Expect to pay between €30 and €60 per person in luxury restaurants, especially in touristy areas.
  • Taxi: Basic rate 2,5 €, then approximately 1-1,5 € per kilometre.
  • Bicycle rentals: Daily rental fees range from 10 to 15 euros.
  • Food: If self-catering, expect to spend around 20 to 50 euros per week.
  • Water (1,5 l) – 1,77 €
  • Bread (500 g) – 1,43 €
  • Cheese (1 kg) – 12,80 €
  • Chicken breast (1 kg) – 7,81 €
  • Potato (1 kg) – 1,52 €
  • Tomatoes (1 kg) – 2,36 €
  • Bananas (1 kg) – 1,76 €
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What to Taste in Barcelona?

  • Paella – although it originates from Valencia, paella is a staple dish in Barcelona. It is a rice dish that is usually made from seafood or a mixture of seafood and meat.
  • Fideuà – similar to paella, but instead of rice, it is made from short noodles. It is often prepared with seafood and served with aioli (garlic paste).
  • Tapas – small dishes suitable for sharing. Popular dishes include patatas bravas (spicy potatoes), gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) and chorizo al vino (chorizo in wine).
  • Pan con Tomate (bread with tomatoes) – a simple but tasty Catalan classic consisting of bread smeared with tomatoes and drizzled with olive oil and salt.
  • Escalivada – a dish of roasted aubergines and peppers, often served with anchovies or tuna.
  • Suquet de Peix – a traditional Catalan fish stew made with potatoes, garlic, tomatoes and various types of fish and shellfish.
  • Anchovies from L’Escala – often served in salads or as a tapa.
  • Botifarra – a type of Catalan sausage often served grilled with white beans.
  • Churros with chocolate – a popular snack or breakfast, churros are long fried sticks of dough served with thick hot chocolate.
  • Cava – the famous Catalan sparkling wine, ideal as an aperitif or to accompany a meal.
  • Vermouth – wine with olives and a slice of orange.
  • Orxata (Horchata) – a refreshing drink made from tiger nuts, sugar and water, ideal for hot summer days.

What to do in the evening in Barcelona?

Step out into the swirl of the big city as Barcelona comes alive after the afternoon siesta. Evening is the perfect time to meet friends for dinner, which is served here between 21:00-23:00. Some restaurants are closed in the late afternoon and evening. They reopen between 18:00-20:00, so you’d better check the opening hours beforehand. In tourist areas it is usually open all the time.

We will never miss an evening walk around the sea. And not just in Barcelona. What’s more, the beaches of Barcelona are alive in the evening. Locals and tourists alike sit in the sand, playing volleyball and watching the sunset. But the waterfront is also magical early in the morning, when the sun rises above the horizon. Locals practice yoga in the sand, jog or just sit on the benches.


Walk around the monuments, which are beautifully lit up in the evening. The Sagrada Familia or Casa Batlló have their own charm in the evening. You can also visit some of the sites on an evening tour with dinner. Late-night tours are available at Casa Milà – La Pedrera. In the evenings, there are also popular flamenco shows or the light and sound show of the Magic Fountain at the foot of Montjüic Hill (the Magic Fountain has been closed since 2023).

Go for the best views of the city. And where to watch the best views of Barcelona in the evening? Montjuic is one of the most easily accessible places. Or climb the Bunkers del Carmel. These are former bunkers used during the Spanish Civil War. They are popular with young Catalans and tourists alike, who congregate for an evening of drinking or picnicking.

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Map of Barcelona

HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Above you will find a detailed map of Barcelona. Click at the top left of the map to see separate layers with highlighted locations. You can hide and show the different layers or click on the icons on the map to see the names of the places I mention in the Barcelona city guide. If you want to save the map, star it. For a larger version, click on the icon in the upper right corner.

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This was our Barcelona travel guide and tips on how to plan the perfect trip to Barcelona. Do you have a question? We’ll be happy to answer it in the comments below. Have a safe journey!

More information about Barcelona

BARCELONA ITINERARY: Plan your trip with our 3-day itinerary for Barcelona. Check out the description and itinerary map on how to spend 4 days in Barcelona. In this article you will find out what to visit in Barcelona. In the next article we share tips on things to do in Barcelona with kids.

We have also prepared a article on how to visit the Sagrada Familia (attractions, how to avoid queues, entrance fees, etc.)

BARCELONA GUIDE: Here is a detailed guide to transport in Barcelona. We’ve put together tips on the best places to stay in Barcelona (the best areas and hotels). In the next article we share tips on how to save in Barcelona.

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