Barcelona. The place that everyone loves to visit. Just stepping outside BCN airport makes you feel like you are already living your best life. The problem is, with so many areas in the city how on earth do you know where everything is? Let’s break that right down to the basics.
I used to live and work in the city so know it inside out but it certainly wasn’t always like this. The fact the city is split into “zones” can make it so confusing when exploring but I can give you some clarity on that – Hey if you are reading this post then you probably need it! If you want to read about my living costs, I’ll link my other post for you here: Living Costs in Barcelona – The Perspectives of a Solo-Traveller
The main hub for transport. This zone is pretty central for everything, so visiting outside of Barcelona is a breeze! Plaça d’Espanya is home to sights such as ‘Arenas’, an ex-bullring-turned-leisure-destination, and “MontJuic”. There is a light-changing fountain celebration here at certain times in the evening so keep your eyes open!
The gothic quarter is one of the more hip and “cool” parts of the city. Besides impressive cathedrals, I love this zone for street-food and cocktails. There are plenty of allergen-friendly spots so everyone is easily catered for.
The heart of the city for tourists. Here you will find food markets, tourists stalls and tiny narrow streets leading to tempting bakeries. You’ll also be two minutes away from the harbour and a shopping mall. Raval gets a bad rep due to the amount of thefts occurring on the streets, but stay street-savvy and you’ll be fine.
Home to the beach strip, notorious casino and international clubs. I wouldn’t personally advise swimming here, as the water isn’t the clearest, but the zone is great for nightlife or daytime picnics.
Football fans I am talking to you! Here we have ‘Camp Nou’ stadium and L’illa Diagonal Shopping Mall. To get to the stadium, your best bet is to stop at the metro “Les Corts” and just walk the short distance, as there is limited public transport that will get you any closer.
Sarrià/ Sant Gervasi:
Perhaps one of the more affluent and quieter areas of the city. This zone is lovely to relax given all the green spaces and parks. You’ll also only be a ten-minute walk back to Les Corts.
Check out this zone for impressive art, independent shops, designer boutiques and high-quality restaurants. Gràcia is one of my favourite zones as it’s incredibly picturesque and you’ll feel occupied all day. You’ll never get bored of exploring here.
By no means have I even explained half of this huge city, but at beginner level you will certainly be able to navigate your way around with these directions.
See you in the next post!