• I stayed in el Poblenou - up and coming place, and a little away from the main tourist areas. 15min lovely cycle from Las Ramblas (the main famous street in Barca)
  • Rambla del poblenou is the main street. About 2km of nice restaurants and bars.
  • Look out for 'Menu del dia' in any restaurant - which is the main Spanish meal at lunchtime. You can get 3 course meals for 12-18euro each, sometime they give you a bottle of wine with it. These deals are usually advertising on chalk boards on the street outside a restaurant. If eating at lunch as a restaurant always ask if they have 'Menu del dia'
  • My fave beach was Mar Bella, although they're all great
  • Use the Donkey Republic bikes to get around. It's an awesome city to cycle in, especially near the beach


  • La Boqueria market - Las Ramblas food market
  • La Sagrada Familia - the famous cathedral
  • Cable car. This starts from somewhere near the beach
  • Port Forum - check if there are any concerts on here. Even if not it's cool for a wander.
  • Walk/cycle along the beach - you can do this all the way from Barceloneta (tourist area) to Poblenou
  • Parc Guell - nice park
  • La Monumental - Bull ring. See if there are any music gigs on.
  • Gaudi House Museum - look to see if they have tickets with champagne on the roof
  • Nou Camp - Look to see if the VIP tickets are on sale - they give access to the Barcelona dressing room, and were hugely reduced last summer cause there were zero tourists
  • If you want a day trip, Badalona is also a nice beach area/town outside Barcelona
  • Arte bar - boozy paint class. Great fun.


  • Ciudad Condal - Tapas. My fave place. Get the bread pudding desert
  • Pez Vela - nice but a bit pricey
  • Swad - Indian restaurant (I love Indian!)
  • Basically ate out on Rambla del poblenou most nights


  • Fabrica Moritz
  • Bar del Pi - random nice small bar. Had a piano player when I was there. Cool if you're passing.
  • Small bar/kiosk area in Poblenou Park - good to chill if there is nice weather
  • Covid restrictions meant bars were shut for a fair chunk of the trip so have v few proper bar recommendations!


  • Bike rental
  • Facebook groups where some events get posted. Went to one English speaking comedy gig which was pretty good.