I left the dreary conditions of Berlin for sunny Barcelona. It was much warmer and the weather lifted my spirits before we even touched down on the tarmac. I had five fabulous days to explore Barcelona and I could have easily stayed longer. It’s such a beautiful city. My next few posts will cover the specific destinations and activities I took part in, but I thought I’d go ahead and share a few travel tips for Barcelona:
Flight: From Berlin to Barcelona, I flew EasyJet. I think my flight was only 32 Euros plus I paid another 10 Euros for baggage. Not bad, though I looked up this very same flight for the next month and it looks like the price has gone up quite a bit.
Hostel: I was really concerned because I waited until the last minute to book my hostel, and most of the popular and economically priced ones were booked. I managed to get a bed at helloBCN While it wasn’t fancy, I absolutely loved it! Instead of a key, you wear a bracelet (it looks like a sports watch without the face) that will get you into the hostel, into your room, and also into your locker. Security was good, but I can’t say enough good things about the staff. They suggested activities (because I came without any plans except to see Gaudi’s works) including a soccer match and a visit to Montserrat. They helped me purchase tickets, looked up ATM info… they answered a ton of questions for me. My first night, I was in an 8-bed room with, as luck would have it, seven guys. I think they try to put guys together and girls together but I think I really did get one of the last open beds. Luckily, all of my roommates were great. I also went out with the hostel one evening to a club (they take you to a different club every night) and had a blast.
Transportation: If you’re going to be hanging around Barcelona for a few days, buy a T10 pass. I did so at the recommendation of my hostel. It gives you 10 trips on the train, metro, and bus system for 7.70 Euros. You can get from the airport to the hostel by just using two of those trips.
So, in upcoming posts you can expect to hear about Montserrat, Mercat de la Boqueria (a market on Las Ramblas), and my favorite Gaudi structures, including La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, and my first…second, and yes, third visit to Park Guell :)