Barcelona Travel Guide

Written by Michael Geissler


Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe which is an interesting fact considering that the Catalan capital is relatively small compared to other European metropolis, such as London, Paris and Rome. Barcelona ranks 4th place on the list of the most frequented cities in Europe by international tourists and has seen the highest growth within the last years. Therefore, what makes Barcelona so attractive?

In short, Barcelona perfectly combines urban lifestyle with a laid back beach vibes. You get world class architecture and a wide range of cultural offer and, at the same time, it is full of culinary richness! Furthermore, its location directly at the coast makes the perfect place for an amazing city trip.

In this article, I would like to share the highlights of the must dos in Barcelona combining tourist attractions with hidden (local) sports in four different neighbourhoods: Eixample, Born i Ribera, Gòtico, and Barceloneta.


  1. Eixample
  2. Born i Ribera
  3. Gòtico
  4. Barceloneta


Neighborhood: Eixample 


Of course, Sagrada Família is THE Gaudí piece to see. However, if you would like to visit any of his other edifices in town, Casa Batlló is definitely worth seeing. We especially loves its audio guide: narrated in a lucid and easy-to-understand manner, the audio guide allows you to follow Gaudís artistic thoughts when building  Casa Batlló. One note from our side: the rooftop terrance is great, but they close it on rainy days.

Passeig de Gràcia, 43; Tel.: +34 932 16 03 06; Entrance fee: 23.50€ (including audio guide) Opening hours: every day, 9am – 9pm; Web:

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Hidden spot to relax from bustling Passeig de Gràcia

Faborit Coffee Shop & Chocolate Store

We could not believe it when we discovered this coffee place for the first time. Such a nice place with a lovely, calm garden in the backyard and all this in the middle of the luxury boulevard Passeig de  Gràcia. They serve all kinds of sweet and salty snacks and healthy drinks here and it is indeed perfect to have a break on your walk along busy Passeig de Gràcia.

Passeig de Gràcia, 41; Tel.: +34 934 67 36 43 Opening hours: every day 8am – 10pm; Web:


Neighborhood: Born i la Ribera

Born i la Ribera

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

This Gothic church was built in the 14th century to respond to the increasing population of the neighborhood. It was mainly the lower class building the church with the monetary help of some wealthy merchants but without any contribution by institutions or the city council. You can also consider joining the guided tour to its rooftop!

Plaça de Santa Maria, 1; Guided rooftop tour: every day at 1:15pm, 2pm, 3pm & 5:15pm; Entrance fee: 8 €; Web:


Authentic, local restaurant in a hidden corner:

Bar del Pla

Bar del Pla

This restaurant is still an insider tip for all those who want a typical tapas dinner. What you can order here: high quality tapas to share at reasonable prices in a traditional, Catalan atmosphere. If there is no free table, sit on the bar (if you are in a group of not more than 3).

Carrer de Montcada, 2; Web:


Neighborhood: Gòtico

Carrer de Petritxol

If you asked any of Barcelona’s citizens ‘which is the most charming and traditional street in Gòtico?’, the majority would say: Carrer de Petritxol. Connecting Plaça del Pi with busy Carrer de la Portaferrissa, it is only 129 meters long, 3 meters wide and full of traditional shops, jewelleries, galleries and cafés. Of course: you cannot leave Carrer de Petritxol without having tried some chocolata amb xurros. (deep fried pastry with hot chocolate)


Most traditional and authentic café place:

Granja Dulcinea

Gotico (1)


Located at the same street, Carrer de Petritxol, Granja Dulcinea is a traditional café place that has been run by the same family since 1941. If you want the full local experience, don’t miss to pass by on a late afternoon (from 5pm onwards) and ask for the typical dish: chocolata amb xurros.

Carrer de Petritxol, 2; Opening hours: every day: 9am – 1pm // 5pm – 9pm; Web: 


Neighborhood: Barceloneta

Plaça de la Rosa Dels Vents

This is a great place to get a rest. Right behind the luxurious Hotel W, this hidden square is home to skateboarders, inline skaters and sunbathing lovers. For us, coming here and overlooking the sea feels like freedom and endlessness. Find yourself a nice place to sit down, take a deep breath and feel the wind blowing down your lungs!


Hidden, stylish and spacious rooftop terrace on top of a museum:

Museu d’Història de Catalunya: La Terrassa de les Indianes



This is one of our favourite terraces that we have discovered a long time ago and we keep going with our friends for a drink. Situated on top of the Museum of Catalan History in the beautiful, historical building of Palau de Mar (the only part left of the former warehouse of the harbor), it is the perfect spot to watch the sunset with views over the old port.

Plaça de Pau Vila, 3; Web:

Now, enjoy exploring Barcelona and have a good time in Europe’s most beautiful city! If you are interested in more tips and recommendations, check out the full guide of Barcelona by locals!


About Barcelona by locals:


Created by the German couple Magdalena & Michael, Barcelona by locals is the most personal and authentic travel guide on Barcelona. Having lived for five years in Barcelona, Magdalena and Michael are summarizing their favorite spots in one document. Recommendations are based on their favorites but also on the opinions of their Catalan friends (aka local experts). And the best thing: personally created walking tours for each neighborhood.

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