FINALLY after 10 months of being in Spain I made it to Barcelona. The city of my favorite fútbol team (yes I call it fútbol now), were nightlife thrives, and breathtaking architecture dominates the city. I currently live in a city called Vilafranca del Penedes which is about 60 kilometers west of Barcelona and I’ve been lucky to be able to travel so easily to Barcelona by train. I have a few friends in Barcelona and they were so kind to show me around. I really felt like a local going to the regular spots around the city. I wanted to put together a couple guides for you fellow travelers so you can enjoy Barcelona like the barcelonéses. I’m basing this trip on the guess that you won’t have a huge bag since it’s just a weekend but if you do happen to be carrying a massive suitcase go ahead and drop it off at your hotel/airbnb/hostel/couchsurfing/whatever and take out one spot of interest on the first day and just move it over to the next one! This is just what I would do if I arrived in the evening after work!
I’m going to start on a Friday evening since not all of us will arrive in the morning! If you’re here earlier then great!! You have a little more time to walk around and get lost among the streets of Barcelona. Ready to explore? Let’s get started.
I arrived from Burgos, Castilla y Leon at the Sants station. Turns out it’s the biggest in Barcelona so it’s a good chance that you will arrive there too. From there you’ll want to grab a 10 pass metro card for only 10 euros. This metro card also works for the bus and tram in Barcelona and a one way ticket will set you back 1,60 euros so it makes sense to get a longer pass. With this metro card you’re going to want to take Line 5 which is the blue line to the Sagrada Familia. Take this line four stops going in the direction of Vall d’Hebron and hop off when you arrive at the stop.
A ticket to go inside La Sagrada Familia is just 15 euros for a regular un-guided visit. I HIGHLY, STRONGLY, FIERCELY recommend buying your ticket in advance so you can skip the seemingly never ending line.