Are you ready for a Week in Barcelona!? No preparation necessary. Just go for it! Barcelona is a perfect destination in the fall, especially, if you are traveling alone and are hungry for sunshine, arts and culture. I was sick of the rain in Germany and booked the flights spontaneously with Lufthansa for only 138 Euros. The costs for accommodation are small as well and you can expect to spend about 15 to 20 Euros per night in the off-season.
I stayed in a single room at the Pension Francia for a few nights in a part of the town that is called La Ribera (a great location). What makes the city so vibrant is the fact, that life takes places outside. The waterfront is a big playground, the pubs and restaurants are packed and it’s lovely to get lost in the medieval streets.
I went hiking for two days in the Montserrat area as well and spent a whole day to explore the forest around Tipidabo Hill. The last few days I stayed in a place that was called Teatro Hostel, because I was up for a bit more company.
It’s a comfy little place to stay right next to El Raval, where you can find small theaters, galleries and bars all over the place. On Friday they have a Mojito night at the hostel, which was a lot of fun. Thanks to a guy that I met in the hostel I ended up in a lovely little Gallery with a small stage that is called Sala Fenix (La Rieveta 31). Every Monday night at 9:30 pm they have a Jam Session that you should not miss, if you are in town and like Jazz.
My favorite spots downtown include:
The church La Sagrada Familia (on a sunny day, to make sure that you see the awesome colors of the windows)
Tibidabo Hill or Montjuic (for great views)
El Raval (for Indian food, bars and a medieval flair)
Mercat de la Boqueria (fresh fruits and other stuff to eat)
Restaurant Al Passatores in El Born for a great breakfast with fresh orange juice