Barcelona Hates Tourist But We Love It Anyways

The title isn’t a joke. Barcelona really doesn’t like tourists. The volume of tourist is changing the city, increasing gentrification and changing this wonderful city. But for it’s not going to stop us from visiting. Sometimes when you travel for work it’s to the middle of nowhere. But this time it was to Barcelona. Best work trip ever. Also, if work would move me to Barcelona that’d be great.

La Sagrada Familia

This is the best tourist trap ever invented. La Sagrada Familia has been under construction for more than 130 years. I mean you have to go back every time you are in Barcelona to see the updates. The outside looks like a drip sand caste from far away, but when you get up close you can see the beautiful details. Compared to other European churches, La Sagrada Familia has so much light streaming in from the stained glass.  Buy the ticket for the self-tour and audioguide. It costs 22 euro. Don’t add the towers. It is very cramped and the views not worth it.

Casa Batllo

There are a few different Gaudi buildings you can visit around town. We only had time for one, but glad we picked Casa Batllo. The ticket includes an interactive guide and audio tour. When you enter a room, you press a number and hold the tablet up and sweep it around the room. It will have interactive features or show how the room originally looked. It was a very impressive experience.


Park Guell

You can see a great view of the city from the top of this park near three crosses. Be careful there are a lot of people trying to get the same shot and not a lot of space. Hence the guys head in the picture. ha.

La Barceloneta

Look at how happy I am at this cute little beach.


Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

You have a great view of the sunset from the steps in front of Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. We didn’t actually go into the museum.


Use the subway. The subway system will take you all over the city. Buy the T10 ticket. It costs around 10 euro for 10 trips. It’s a good deal and easy to use.


Unfortunately, I didn’t have too much time to explore the restaurant scene. We ate at La Botiga near our hotel. It was delicious. The conference I attended hosted an event at Carpe Diem down by the water. They rented out all the night clubs, but it was early in the evening, so we didn’t get to see the real night scene. One of the days we stumbled across a market and bought churros. They were making them right there. It was the best. Yum.