Welcome to our Barcelona Travel Guide. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of the most exciting destinations in the world, with an unmistakeable Mediterranean flair and a must for design, art and architecture lovers.
Our Barcelona Travel Guide contains all the information you need to have to prepare the perfect trip to Barcelona. From how to get to Barcelona, to when to visit the city, what’s the weather like during the year, the best neighbourhoods, the unmissable attractions, the best day trips and much more.
Choosing where to stay is a crucial decision on any trip and we tried to break it down for you on this video presenting our favorite Barcelona neighborhoods when it comes to looking for accommodation. Being close to the main attractions can save you time, and thus, money, during your stay in Barcelona.
If you want to find out all the different transportation alternatives that will take you from Barcelona Josep Tarradellas-El Prat airport to the center of town, we have summarized them on this video. Taxi, metro, train, buses, there is meant to be an alternative perfect for you.
As well as all the interesting places you can visit in Barcelona, the capital boasts a fantastic range of day trips, from classic Montserrat to incredible cities such as Girona or Tarragona, not to mention the Costa Brava. Find out about the best day-trips leaving from Barcelona and how to reach them.
Of course, tapas are an essential part of Spanish culture -often misunderstood-, and in Barcelona you will be able to experience them at their best with our carefully curated tapas tour around the old part of town.
And if you want to taste the best of the culinary traditions of Barcelona, while at the same time saving some money, make the most of the selection of daily menus we have tested for you. The “menú del día”, the daily menu, is an typical Spanish tradition you should be familiar with.
Are you ready for Barcelona? We sincerely hope our Barcelona Travel Guide will be of immense help to you!
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Greetings from California,
We have loved watching your videos in preparation for a visit to Spain and Portugal. My wife and I and our two friends are planning a trip May 2 – June 3, 2023. Your videos have been a valuable resource for us and provide great information and inspiration. We certainly will be re-watching many of them for the great practical details you provide. Air travel is all we have booked thus far and we look forward to many more hours watching Tony and planning the details of our month long adventure. Thank you for producing such a practical resource and we hope you continue adding new content. Dave
Many thanks for your kind words, Tony. We are delighted to hear we are being of help to you. Greetings from Zaragoza!
Love all your information. Most informative. I have a hard time deciding on a safe, nice, clean, centrally located hotel in Barcelona for my granddaughter and I traveling alone. You would like to walk to the sights but plan to take transportation to Segrada Familia. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Hello, we don’t do hotel research as to do it properly we would have to dedicate an enormous amount of time to it (basically, the way a travel agente does). But if you find something that fits your needs and want to know our opinion, do ask!
Hello Tony, my wife and I are heading to Barcelona in May and thought we’d like to head to Montserrat via train. We are staying at the Hotel Well and Come on Girona St and wondered the best way to get there. Also, we will be heading to Portugal (Lagos) and thought maybe a bullet train would be our best bet. Do you have any recommendations or suggestions for us?
Hi Paul, we don’t have any material on Montserrat yet. There are several means of transportation involved to get you to Montserrat, some 60km from Barcelona. You will have to wait till we produce that material, hopefully before your trip (we would like to publish a video on Montserrat in mid-April).
There are no bullet trains (or trains of any kind) to Lagos. Your best bet is a flight.
Thank you Tony, would you recommend taking the high speed train from Barcelona to Seville and then a bus from Seville to Lagos?
The simplest thing would be to fly from Barcelona to Faro, near Lagos.
We watched some of your videos on high speed trains and thought they were pretty cool. We do not have them here in Canada. It’s a shame but we will take your advice and fly.
Hi Tony. My wife and I have reserved 4 nights (May 21 to 25, 2023) at the Hotel Santa Marta in Barcelona. Do you know anything about this hotel? Is it in a good location? Thank you.
Hi Billy, you booked a very basic hotel on an narrow street right next to a big railway station. The area is good, between the old city and the Barceloneta, the old fishing quarter of Barcelona.
Hey Tony, my wife and I are booked at the Hotel Well and Come on Girona St. Any info on this hotel and area would be very much appreciated…..Thanks.
Hi Paul, we’ve never stayed at the hotel but the area is quite nice, close to a metro station and one of the main Barcelona avenues. Quite a few restaurants nearby. All the best.
My wife & I are planning a trip to Spain in May and have been watching your videos and taking notes ! So much useful information that is so appreciated. We are having some difficulties in making transportation arrangements and hope you can offer some advice. We will be staying in Peñíscola, Castellón, with day trips to Barcelona, Tarragona & Valencia. What we are challenged by is the decision to fly into Barcelona or Madrid. Is there train service that will get up from either airport to the resort in Peñíscola? There are 2 train stations near the resort, Benicarlo and Vinaros but I can’t seem to find any connecting trains to get us there.
I look forward to your advice.
Thank you !
Hi Paul, yYou have a train from Barcelona to Benicarló, if you can’t find any tickets yet it’s probably because they haven’t been introduced in the system. All the best.
Thanks Tony, all the best to you and yours as well !!!
Tony, we are looking to changing our current hotel selection to a hotel closer to the Cruise Terminal. Do you have any recommendations?
My wife and I are going to Barcelona in May and would like to know if you have any car transfer recommendations leaving from the airport to the Hotel Continental Barcelona? Thank you in advance.
Hi Chris, in the specific case of Barcelona, we feel hiring a car transfer is totally unnecessary. Grab a cab, that will do.
First, thanks for all you and your crew do for visitors to your beautiful country.
Question: Planning a trip to Montserrat from Barcelona and wish to purchase tickets in advance. Can you verify that https://www.montserratvisita.com is the official website for booking ?
Apologies if previously answered.
Thank you so much in advance
Hola Cal and Vicki, welcome to Road Trip Spain and Portugal! We have a video on Montserrat scheduled for 9 April, but we are going to reply to your question now. Yes, that is the official site of the Monastery, but they only sell tickets for guided tours and the Montserrat museum. For transportation we advise you either buy the combined ticket Trans Montserrat (the links will take you the Visit Barcelona Tickets, the official tourism website of the city of Barcelona, 100% reliable, or the combined ticket Tot Montserrat. All the best!