Things to do:
- La Sagrada Familia: One of the most iconic sites in the city. This cathedral was designed by Gaudi in the 1880's, and you can take a tour or visit the museum inside.
- Beaches: I spent the majority of my time just sitting on the beach, sunning, swimming, and getting food and drinks from the dozens of vendors who walk up and down the beach selling their wares -- it was so relaxing!
- La Boqueria: Famous indoor market with shops, delicious street foods, and restaurants.
- Museo Picasso: Come to see some of Picasso's most famous works here.
- Tibidabo: Mountain overlooking Barcelona with a gorgeous cathedral at the top. This offers some of the best views of the city.
Where to eat and drink:
- Opium: This club is half inside and half on the beach, and it is absolutely awesome! Great music, very fun crowd, huge dance floor, and the outside beach terrace area offers a great respite from the packed interior.
- We ate most of our meals by grabbing bites to eat from street vendors and in open air markets, and were never disappointed!
Foods to Try:
Paella: This is a very traditional dish served in a large cast iron pan. It has a variety of vegetables, rice, and either meat or seafood.
Tapas: Not a dish, but a way of eating. Go with a group and get several small dishes that you can share family style. This is a great way to try a lot of things at once!
Chorizo: A delicious spicy sausage
Tortilla Española: Eggs, potato, and onion omelette. You can add meats or cheese as you see fit!
Gambas al ajillo: Delicious, sizzling prawns, garlic, and green chilis.
Spain is a relatively safe country, though incidents do happen (as in any country with big, bustling cities). You should keep an eye on your valuables at all times (pick pockets are common), be aware of your surroundings, and talk to your hotel/hostel/Airbnb host to find out where it's safe to wander around, and where it is not.
Transportation in Spain:
Most cities have excellent, and inexpensive, public transportation. You can easily catch a bus, train, metro, or tram to get where you're going.
Taxis are all over the place, and easy to catch. Just make sure to either set a fair price before driving or use the meter!
If you're going to be traveling between cities or countries in Europe, I recommend getting a Eurail Pass. I bought a one month unlimited pass and was able to take as many trips, to as many countries as I liked for one flat rate. You can buy them for almost any length of time for whichever countries or regions you prefer. There are lots of discount flight websites if you prefer to fly. I particularly like Ryanair, Rome2Rio, and Google Flights.