Trying to decide whether to visit Barcelona or Lisbon? Here are some pros and cons to each city that will help you decide which city is best for you!
I took an 8-day (partial) solo trip to Barcelona, Lisbon and Albufeira the first week of July and had an incredible time exploring these wonderful cities. Many friends have asked how I got around by myself and what I did on my trip, so here is a detailed itinerary of things to do and where to go if you are considering a similar trip.
We love getting questions from our friends, family, and readers and wanted to write about the most common questions we get asked about these popular and famous tourist destinations we’ve visited.
If you’re looking for a budget hotel in Barcelona with high ratings, Ayre Hotel Caspe is the perfect accommodation for you. I know you can save tons of money on hostels but I personally like to have my own space, so Ayre Hotel Caspe was the best option.
When I was researching where to eat in Barcelona, I was overwhelmed with all the restaurants to choose from in different areas. Here are some of the dishes and restaurants I tried while visiting Barcelona for a few days.
If you’re planning a solo trip to Barcelona, there are tons of things for you to do on your own. Here are my top 9 recommendations on things to do in Barcelona on a solo trip.
If you’re visiting Barcelona and have started your research, I’m sure you have heard the name Gaudí come up several times. Antoni Gaudí is a legend in Barcelona as he was one of the greatest architects in the world. His imagination and creativity is so fascinating and unique that you start to understand why he is such a big deal with each Antoni Gaudí location you visit. I managed to do four of the famous Gaudí sites and they were all beautiful and original in their own right.
When I booked my trip to Barcelona, I was looking at different tours I could do while I was there. There were so many to choose from but what really caught my eye was the Three Countries in One Day Tour. At first, I was confused at what the third country was. I knew Barcelona was close to the French border but had no idea Andorra was even a country until I started looking into this tour. I was intrigued and decided to go with it.
Everyone raves about La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell but I have to say that Casa Batlló was my favorite Antoni Gaudí site to visit. It was far less crowded than the other two popular sites and I was able view the rooms and architecture as long as I wanted without being overcrowded with tourists for the most part.
When I visited Lisbon and parts of Portugal, I was very confused by their transportation system. In Barcelona, it was the complete opposite. They have an excellent transportation system and it was super easy to get around everywhere. This is coming from someone that gets lost easily, so if you are a natural at finding your way around cities, Barcelona will be a breeze.
This was my first Antoni Gaudi building I visited and I was excited to learn all there was to know about one of the greatest architects of all time. All of Gaudi’s buildings are uniquely shaped, so you notice it right away when you approach it. Casa Mila had interesting curves sticking out like humps or waves and the balconies had interesting plant-like fences.
I have used Airbnb in the past but this was my first time getting a private room instead of the entire home. This Airbnb rental looked amazing with the Baroque style floors (that are protected by the local Department of Culture) and the private balconies is just what I wanted to be immersed in the Barcelona culture.
I have been seeing these Airbnb Experiences pop up on my Airbnb feed every time I go on their website and I finally decided to try one out in Barcelona to see what it was all about. There were several interesting and unique Airbnb Experiences and I wanted to do all of them but only had time for one, so I chose the experience called Photoshoot in Barcelona Secret Corners.