Barcelona is the eleventh and final stop of my one-month Famous Hostels Eurotrip!
Barcelona is one of the most trendy and popular cities in Europe. The good weather, beaches, tapas bars, architecture and amazing vibe make it a place you immediately fall in love with.
From Switzerland I continued my journey to Lyon in France with my InterRail Global Pass, where I was able to quickly jump off the train for a French lunch (read: croissant). In Lyon I caught another train directly to Barcelona. It was so nice to see the landscape change, from rough mountain peaks into the charming French countryside to finally reach Europe’s most vibrant city!
The hostel has free breakfast and even offers a free dinner every day at 9pm too! On top of that it offers some of Barcelona’s best walking tours and pub-crawls.
In Barcelona I stayed at Kabul Hostel, right next to the famous La Rambla. I had a really nice room at the top of the building with the best beds I could’ve asked for! The location of the hostel is perfect; you can walk or take the metro to any place you’d like to see in the city.
When I arrived it was already late and I just missed the free dinner from the hostel! However, the friendly staff recommended an amazing place just around the corner. It was a Tapas Bar called Café Central and had the most delicious Paella for only a few euros. I was so happy to be in Spain and see everyone enjoying a night out even though it was a Sunday!
The next morning I decided to join one of the walking tours. The tour took us to the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of Gaudi. It was funny because the tour started right in front of the hostel at Plaza Real, where one of his works can already be found!
We walked around the city and took the metro to various buildings such as Palau Güell, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. Gaudi is one of the biggest influencers of the architecture in Barcelona and he even designed the most famous landmarks including Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia. The latter is actually not even finished yet, and won’t be for another nine (!) years. Our guide explained everything about the artist and shared the story of his fascinating life.
After the tour I took the metro to Plaza de España from where I walked to Palau Nacional, one of the most stunning buildings in Barcelona. I walked around the area and met some other travellers who asked me to join to a nearby street (Carrer de Blai) in the area El Poble Sec with amazing and lively tapas bars.
Together with them I went to the tapas street where we decided to do a “tapas crawl”. This is similar to a pub crawl but then instead of going into bars we went into the tapas restaurants and tried tapas everywhere (with a wine or sangria of course). It was a lot of fun and I really liked the nice vibe in the city with its delicious food and so many nice people!
After a really fun night out I had to wake up early the next morning to pack my bag again! I went for breakfast and chatted to the staff at the hostel before I left. They have such a nice reception and amazing people working there. Even though I was very sad to leave (I didn’t want this trip to be finished!), I did decide to stay in Barcelona for at least a couple of months and explore more of what this city has to offer. It’s one of these places you just don’t want to leave.
I hope you enjoyed following my journey through Europe. I honestly loved it; the hostels, backpackers and diversity in places I was able to see in such a short time. I stayed at eleven amazing hostels in ten different countries, went from sunny beaches to glaciers, ancient temples to colourful harbours and on top of that I went to all of these places with a Interrail Global Pass that allowed my to see the best of Europe just from my train window!
What an amazing trip it’s been. If you want to see more of this, then make sure you keep an eye on my blog too: My Travel Tricks