Barcelona, Spain: A Perfect Weekend – Budget Travel Guide

Barcelona, located in Spain’s Catalonia region is one of the most popular destinations for a weekend trip. Whether it be 48 hours or 72 hours, this blog post will show you how to spend a weekend in Barcelona.

Barcelona is a beautiful city, full of historical landmarks and an artistic vibe. A perfect destination for any type of traveller. 

Whilst I’m a budget backpacker, I’m going to cater this blog post to all types of travellers looking to spend a weekend in Barcelona.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Barcelona recently for a weekend trip. Which means I have some travel tips to share with you guys!

For a more comprehensive look at Barcelona then be sure to check out my “Europe Travel Guide PDF


Barcelona, Spain – Weekend Travel Guide

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Where to stay


Where I stayed in Barcelona – YEAH Barcelona Hostel.

If you’ve read my guide to the best European hostels post, you’ll know I highly recommend this hostel.

The fact this hostel has a rooftop swimming pool should be enough to convince you on its own. If you need another reason to stay at this hostel, the location is perfect. No matter what type of traveller you are, this hostel has you covered.

Read more about ‘YEAH Barcelona Hostel’ by clicking here

I have a few other recommendations for accommodations based on friends experiences…

Hostel 2 – Black Swan Hostel.

Hostel 3 –  360 Hostel Barcelona Arts & Culture.

Both hostels have a slightly more relaxed vibe to them, in comparison with YEAH Barcelona hostel. 

The Black Swan Hostel has a friendly and homely feel to it. They offer many free activities throughout the week including Salsa dancing and Paella cooking lessons. 

The 360 Hostel Barcelona is catered towards creative and artistic travellers looking to meet likeminded people. The vibe here is very laid back.

Are you planning a trip to Barcelona?

Drop a comment at the bottom of this post, I’d love to hear your travel plans!


Airbnb 1 – Private double room in a flat. 4.95 stars out of 5 with 100 reviews. Superhost. £53 per/night. 1 bed. Up to 2 guests. Excellent location in the gothic quarter. 

Airbnb 2 – Stunning private room in a flat. 4.84 stars out of 5 with 293 reviews. Superhost. £71 per/night. 1 bed. Up to 2 guests. Excellent location.

Airbnb 3 – Renovated & Vintage en Barcelona. 4.94 stars out of 5 with 476 reviews. Superhost. Luxury accommodation. £110 per/night. 3 beds. Up to 4 guests. Excellent location.


Hotel  – Huge double bedroom in the centre of Barcelona.

This accommodation is, in fact, another Airbnb rather than a hotel. The main reason being all four Airbnbs I’ve listed offer unique features. Check them all out by clicking the links. 

Airbnbs are definitely the way to go in Barcelona.

Use Airbnb for the best accommodation options in Barcelona!


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Things to do

Key highlights

La Sagrada Familia – Designed by one of the worlds finest architects ever, Antoni Gaudi, La Sagrada Familia is the postcard image of Barcelona. One of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, no trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the famous UNESCO world heritage site. 

Camp Nou – Home to one of, if not the most popular football teams worldwide, FC Barcelona. If you have the chance to catch a live football match at the Camp Nou then I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll still be left in disbelief at the stunning stadium that is the Camp Nou.

Park Güell – Park Güell is a public park system. Located on Carmel Hill, Barcelona sits some of the most spectacular gardens and architectural buildings in the world. Park Güell offers spectacular views over the city of Barcelona, making it a tourist hotspot.

Barceloneta Beach – Barcelona, as a city centre has a lot more to offer, however, this wouldn’t be a Barcelona travel guide without mentioning the beach. Spain is well known for its stunning beaches throughout the country. Whilst the Barceloneta beach might not be on of the most spectacular beaches the country has to offer, it still attracts millions of tourists each year. Particularly due to its location close to the city centre. 

Food & Drink


  • Brunch &  Cake is the go-to option for breakfast. You should visit this place for the pancakes alone, they’re amazing. Not only do they offer amazing pancakes, but they also offer a large selection of American breakfast options. 
  • El Flako is a unique place to get some breakfast in Barcelona. This place serves some retro cereal options going back to the 1970s! If you’re a cereal type of person, this place will feel like heaven.


  • Despite its excellent location in the heart of La Rambla, Elisabets Restaurants is a great place to try some reasonably priced tapas. Most tapas restaurants in the La Rambla area are costly, and this place is an exception to that rule. 
  • Personally, I like to eat lunch on the go whilst travelling. Thankfully, Carrefour supermarkets are located on every street corner in Barcelona. 


  • Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is considered a tourist landmark, however, it is an excellent place to grab an evening meal. Commonly referred to as ‘La Boqueria’, this food market located in the heart of the city offers a diverse selection of food options that will cater to almost every traveller.
  • Da Nanni Pizzeria is one of the most famous pizzerias in Spain. The highly popular pizzeria offers some of the best Pizza outside of Italy at a very cheap price! This place is definitely worth a visit.

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Travel tips


Airport night bus – €2.40

Aerobus express single ticket – €5.90

Taxi to/from airport (one-way) – €30 

Single ticket on the metro – €2.40

Ten trips metro pass – €11.35

Camp Nou tour – from €26

La Sagrada Familia tour – €20

1.5L bottle of water – €0.70

Coffee (at a cafe) – €2.00

Pint of beer – €2.80

Pizza at Da Nanni Pizzeria – €3-6

Meal at a cheap restaurant – €7-13

Pro tip – You’ll find ‘Carrefour’ supermarkets on every street corner. Buy all your food and drinks from there if your accommodation has cooking facilities. 


Barcelona is an incredibly safe city. 

However, like anywhere in the world, remain aware of your surroundings and use common sense.

Pickpocketing is quite common in Europe. Therefore, ensure all your valuables are kept safe when in public.

Pickpocketing is a bigger issue in crowded areas such as metro stations, La Rambla, Camp Nou and surprisingly the airport. 

Check your government’s official website for more details and if you have any concerns before travelling. 

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Hey! I’m Aaron Jarvis. I’m a budget backpacker and online content creator. 

For the past 3 years, I have slowly been backpacking around the world and sharing my adventures on YouTube and more recently on my blog.

I’ve created a number of well-received travel guide videos on YouTube and have now converted them into popular PDF Travel Guides right here on my website!

If you’re considering purchasing a travel guide why not check out this video that takes a look at the contents in detail!

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