9 Days of Solo Travel in Barcelona – Highlights of my Trip

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What are the best things to do in Barcelona? Check out the highlights of my 9 days of solo travel in Barcelona from May 15th to 24th. This list of things to do and places to see in Barcelona will help you plan your own solo trip to Barcelona. Find out what makes Barcelona such an extraordinary city with this Barcelona guide for exploring Barcelona on your own.

I am in LOVE with Barcelona!

If you are considering solo travel to Spain I highly recommend at least a few days in beautiful  Barcelona. In case you are wondering if Barcelona is safe for solo female travelers, I felt at ease traveling around Barcelona alone, even while walking or taking the metro at night.

There are plenty of options for getting around in Barcelona. You can choose the option you are most comfortable with while traveling alone. Grab a handy map of Barcelona to help you find your way around by yourself.

 

Plan your trip to Barcelona with these highlights of what to see and things to do in Barcelona Spain - SoloTripsAndTips.com

Your guide – what to see in Barcelona!

 

Are you traveling to Barcelona alone for the first time and need help figuring out what to do and what to see? You will find plenty of attractions that are solo friendly in Barcelona.

Even if you only have a few days to explore Barcelona solo you can accomplish a lot. Review these highlights of my solo trip to Barcelona and pick out some favorites for your own solo travel itinerary to Barcelona.

Do yourself a favor and buy some comfortable walking shoes before your trip. Go on several walks prior to your trip in order to break in your new shoes so you don’t suffer while on vacation!


 

While I’m not sure what took me so long to set foot in Spain, I can tell you my solo travel plans include exploring more of Spain in the near future.

The combination of outstanding architecture, rich history, delicious food, amazing art and culture, and the people are so welcoming and kind, create an unforgettable Barcelona solo travel experience.

Everyone was so patient whilst I attempted to converse in the Spanish language and find my way around the city. You should not be afraid to travel alone to Barcelona even if you do not speak fluent Spanish!

A handy Spanish language phrasebook is a good idea. Catalan and Spanish are the two official languages of Barcelona.

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Gaudi’s Casa Battlo

Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Read all about my visit to Gaudi’s Casa Batllo– my favorite of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona. I loved the design features inspired by nature – Casa Batllo is full of curves and color!

I found Casa Batllo quite by accident while walking around Barcelona alone. It is fun exploring Barcelona on your own so don’t be hesitant about traveling to Barcelona alone. There are many tourist attractions in the central neighborhoods of Barcelona.

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Casa Batllo in central Barcelona - know as House of Bones

Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo also known as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones)

 

Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo rooftop dragon in the heart of Barcelona Gracia district

Casa Batllo rooftop – trencadis mosaics – dragon’s back and bulb

 

Palau de la Musica Catalana concert hall

C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Another beautiful work of architecture in Barcelona is the Palau de la Musica concert hall. Built between 1905 and 1908 this Art Nouveau style building was created by modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

Palau de la Musica Catalana is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Read about my visit to Palau de la Musica Catalana

I attended a guided tour of the concert hall one afternoon and returned in the evening for a Flamenco concert at this incredible venue – check their website for events and ticket info in advance of your travel to Barcelona.

 

Palau de la Musica Catalana in La Ribera neighborhood of Barcelona Spain - concert hall and extraordinary design with stained glass dome

Palau de la Musica Catalana features an extraordinary stained glass dome in the ceiling

 

Sagrada Familia

Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia – his most famous work – why didn’t I love it? Sagrada Familia is one of the most popular tourist sites in all of Barcelona.

To avoid waiting in long lines to buy your tickets to Sagrada Familia it is advisable to purchase your ticket online at the official Sagrada Familia website. There is no processing fee or commission charged on the Sagrada Familia site. Ticket purchases help fund the ongoing work at the church.

Antoni Gaudi worked on Sagrada Familia for 43 years, from 1883 until his untimely death in 1926. Gaudi was buried in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Eixample district of Barcelona Spain

Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia – under construction since 1882

 

Montserrat day trip from Barcelona

08199 Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain

I enjoyed my day trip to Montserrat so much I returned again to hike to Sant Jeroni

I often plan my solo travel with hiking in mind. Montserrat is an easy day trip from Barcelona. I went alone to Montserrat but it is a popular hiking location so I met lots of other travelers. Be kind to your feet and buy some comfortable hiking shoes for Montserrat. Before leaving on your trip to Montserrat be sure to break in your hiking boots.

 

TIP: To protect your feet from blisters place cotton balls between your toes to stop blistering between the toes. Place moleskin where you foot may rub and create a blister, such as on the heel or bottom of your foot.


 

Take a look at my video of the cable car at Montserrat. A few people told me they were afraid to take the cable car. If you fear to ride in a container that is carried down a mountain by a mere cable you can watch my video instead :)

 

 

What does Montserrat mean? In Catalan, Montserrat means “serrated mountain”.

 

Montserrat - Monastery and hiking trails one hour from Barcelona Catalonia Spain

I twice hiked around magical Montserrat by myself – fantastic day trip from Barcelona

 

 

Hiking and enjoying nature at Montserrat - one hour from Barcelona Spain - great day trip

View on the way back down to the monastery at Montserrat

 

Gaudi’s Park Guell and serpentine mosaic bench

Carrer d’Olot 508024 Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi’s Park Guell – I spent 5 hours wandering around this beautiful place. I loved the trencadis serpentine mosaic bench on the magnificent terrace at Park Guell in Barcelona.

You may purchase tickets to Park Guell up to 3 months in advance of your visit. Your ticket will be for a specific time and you will only be allowed entry within 30 minutes of the time indicated on the ticket.

General admission ticket is 7 euros when purchased online and 8 euros at the ticket office. There is a maximum of 400 visitors per half hour allowed into Park Guell.

Children up to 6 years are admitted for free.

Admittance fee for children aged 7 – 12 is 4.90 euro when purchased online and 5.60 euros at the ticket office.

Adults over 65 and disable person plus accompanying person are also charged the reduced rate of 4.90 euros online or 5.60 euros at the ticket office.

(prices as at October 2017 and include VAT of 21%)

 

 

Antoni Gaudi's magnificent Park Guell features mosaic bench overlooking gardens in Gracia district of Barcelona

Park Guell – Antoni Gaudi’s design features serpentine mosaic bench overlooking the gardens

 

Gaudi’s Casa Vicens – may be open for public tours soon!

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's Casa Vicens in Gracia district of Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Vicens in the Gracia district

 

Arc de Triomf

 

Arc de Triomf is a favorite piece of Barcelona architecture. It was built as the passageway to the 1888 World’s Fair – that must have been an amazing event! A short stroll down Passeig de Lluis Companys leads to the fabulous Parc de la Ciutadella where you can take a walk, enjoy a picnic, do some people watching, take in a street performance, or just stare at the sky and daydream.

 

Solo Travel Barcelona - Visit the Arc de Triomf in La Ribera district of Barcelona Catalonia Spain - built for the main gate to the 1888 World's Fair in Barcelona

Arc de Triomf in La Ribera district of Barcelona – was built for 1888 World’s Fair

 

Tapas Tapas Tapas – tasty treats! I do love to eat my way through a city and Barcelona is a great place to try out some of the Catalonia foods as well as other foods that have made their way to the region such as the pintxos tapas from Basque country. I loved the tapas in Barcelona!

 

Tapas at Sagardi Euskal Taberna in El Born district of Barcelona - pintxos tapas

Tapas at Sagardi Euskal Taberna in El Born district of Barcelona

 

Piscines Bernat Picornell – swimming pool

 Avinguda de l’Estadi, 30-38, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

I swam in both the indoor and outdoor swimming pools – the outdoor pool has shorter lanes and it was a little chilly when I swam – the perfect way to shake off that sangria hangover!

The indoor pool is fantastic – I think there were 19 lanes in total. The lanes are wide, so there is plenty of room to share a lane when it is busy. The price was quite expensive – around 12 Euros – but you can stay all day if you like. You can enjoy a lunch at the cafe, have a siesta on the deck, then go for a swim and you are set!

Tip: you will need to have a swim cap – you can purchase one at their shop or bring your own swim cap.

 

Solo Trip to Barcelona - swim in Piscines Bernat Pickernell - Montjuic Barcelona - open daily

One of my swimming pools in Barcelona – Piscines Bernat Pickernell at Montjuic

 

Basilica Santa Maria del Mar

Also be sure to visit Basilica Santa Maria del Mar for FREE!

Plaça de Santa Maria, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

This is the church I recommend visiting instead of Sagrada Familia (I can hear people shouting ARE YOU CRAZY! as they read this) – really, if you only have a couple of days in Barcelona you will see a lot more of the city if you stick with La Ribera, El Born, and Barri Gotic neighborhoods.

These three outstanding Barcelona neighborhoods are all walking distance of each other and they are part of the old city. I felt safe walking around these neighborhoods all by myself in Barcelona.

If you are visiting Barcelona for a week or so then you have time to visit both Sagrada Familia and Basilica Santa Maria del Mar. Let me know which you prefer!

 

Basilica Santa Maria del Mar in El Born district of Barcelona - outstanding architecture - beautiful stained glass in Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Basilica Santa Maria del Mar in El Born district of Barcelona

 

Another suggestion for you – why not enjoy a concert at a centuries-old church – Guitar concert at Santa Anna church – I love attending concerts at smaller venues. The old churches were built with acoustics in mind – you will love it! I found out about the guitar concert while walking around the neighborhood.

Tip: While you are walking in Barcelona watch for posters advertising events at smaller venues – often they are only posted around the neighborhood.

 

Art de Guitarra Concert at Santa Anna church - Barcelona duo de Guitarra - Ksenia Axelroud and Joan Benejam

Art de Guitarra Concert at Santa Anna church – Ksenia Axelroud and Joan Benejam

 

Cortado or Cafe con Leche and Croissant – every day! I love a good cup of coffee and the coffee in Barcelona is excellent. Europe, in general, has much better coffee than in USA or Canada.

 

Cortado - espresso with a little warm milk - perfect with a croissant for breakfast in Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Cortado or Cafe con Leche and croissant for breakfast every day in Barcelona

 

As for the markets, I visited both La Boqueria and Santa Catarina food markets. La Boqueria is super crowded with tourists in Las Ramblas neighborhood. For a more relaxed shopping experience, I recommend visiting the smaller markets. Santa Catarina in La Ribera neighborhood is wonderful.

 

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria fish market, fruits, vegetables, sweets, candies, chocolates, breads and pastries and more in central Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria fish market – Las Ramblas

 

Another of Gaudi’s masterpieces – La Pedrera

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's La Pedrera or Casa Mila - modernist building on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona Spain

Antoni Gaudi’s La Pedrera or Casa Mila – on Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona

 

El Born Centre Cultural

 

El Born Centre Cultural in Barcelona - from Roman ruins to marketplace to musem

El Born Centre Cultural tells the history of the area

 

Parc de Montjuic Barcelona

Avinguda del CastellBarcelona, Spain

Recommendation: visit Montjuic park and museum during the day and visit at sunset to see the magnificent Font Montjuic (Magic Fountain) lit up along with a music.

 

Solo Travel in Barcelona - visit Font Magica of Montjuic in front of Museo Nacional d'art de Catalunya in Barcelona

Font Magica of Montjuic – Barcelona

 

Also at Montjuic visit the Museo Nacional d’art de Catalunya – open 10 – 8 Tuesday – Saturday; 10 – 3 Sunday (closed on Mondays)

 

Ceiling of Museo Nacional d'art de Catalunya in Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Ceiling of Museo Nacional d’art de Catalunya

 

I loved my neighborhood in La Ribera district – there are so many places within walking distance you can spend several days exploring La Ribera and the surrounding districts on foot – my favorite way to get around in Barcelona.

 

Barcelona Cathedral - Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona Spain

Barcelona Cathedral was just a block from my home in Barcelona

 

I hope you will come back and visit as I write in more detail about each of the places featured and I hope to inspire you to travel to the magnificent city of Barcelona. The history, art, food, culture, and the people combine to make Barcelona a very solo travel-friendly city.

 

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Plan your trip to Barcelona with these highlights of what to see and things to do in Barcelona Spain - SoloTripsAndTips.com

Your guide – what to see in Barcelona!

 

Now would you like some tips on how to prepare for solo travel? Read my post Planning and Preparing for my Solo Trip to Barcelona.

In addition, find out what your transportation options are: Getting Around in Barcelona

If you have visited Barcelona what were some of the highlights of your visit?

Planning a solo trip to Barcelona? What are you most excited about seeing or doing?

 

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Susan Moore’s first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook
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  1. Looks awesome! I’m going there mid september as a solo traveler as well! hope I’ll enjoy it

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