The Solo Girl’s Guide to Barcelona

The Solo Girl’s Guide to Barcelona

Solo female traveler looking for your next destination? Chloe from Journey With Chloe shares her experience traveling solo in Barcelona in this Barcelona Solo Guide.

Barcelona Solo Guide

 

I recently lived in Barcelona for a year. It was undoubtedly the best experience of my life. I have to be honest, the rumors of Barcelona being notorious for pickpocketers are true. A lot of my friends who lived there had their things stolen. BUT all of these times were during a night out clubbing, so don’t get scared off. Just be smart with your belongings and they won’t be stolen.

Barcelona is still the ideal place for solo female travelers. I couldn’t have felt safer walking home alone at 5 am from the metro, hiking up mountains outside of the city or even hitchhiking by myself! Just like anywhere else in the world, being street-smart is key. I always ended up having conversations with strangers whenever I explored the city by myself. Barcelona’s population is international, meaning people are very open-minded and friendly.

Getting from Barcelona Airport to the City Centre

There is an Aerobus which takes you from the airport to Plaza Catalunya, but it costs around €5. A cheaper option is the public bus (€2.15). During the day, take bus 46 to Plaza Espanya.
At night, take the N16 night bus to Plaza Catalunya or N17 to Plaza Espanya or Plaza Universitat (one stop after). You can jump on the metro at any of these plazas if you need to travel further.

Getting Around Barcelona

Barcelona is such an interlinked city when it comes to transport. It’s super easy to get around via bus and metro.
If you’re terrible at navigating like me, use Google Maps to map your route before exploring and take screenshots. The app works out which bus or metro lines you need to take.

Don’t buy single tickets! A T10 costs €9.95 which gives you 10 journeys by bus and metro. If you want to cycle, rent a bicycle (from €6). Only locals can use the city bikes.

The best areas to Stay in Barcelona for solo travelers

The best places to stay are in the ‘local’ neighborhoods:
Gràcia – the most traditional Catalonian area. Visit Parc Güell, eat tapas and wander around the various plazas.
Eixample – I lived in this area and loved it! Home to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and Casa Mila.

If you want to be more central:

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) – the old city, with cobbled streets and beautiful architecture such as the Cathedral.
Barceloneta – closest to the most popular beach and lots of clubs. Hence, the streets can be noisy at night during the summer.
El Born – similar to the Gothic Quarter. Near Ciutadella park.

Other cheaper but further out options:

Vila Olímpica – a short walk to Bogatell beach and the Port.
Poble Sec – near the Magic Fountain and Montjuïc.

I wouldn’t recommend staying in La Rambla or especially El Raval. It’s a bit sketchy at night…

Claire: Here are a few places I recomend staying in Barcelona.

Sant Jordi Gracia

Ten To Go Hostel

Yeah Barcelona Hostel

 

 

Budget Accommodation in Barcelona

Good hostels will cost between €10 and €15 per night during low season.
In summer, prices double! Expect to pay at least €20 a night for a decent hostel.
If you’re on a tight budget, check out Couchsurfing. It’s free and you get the chance to meet someone with knowledge about atypical things to do in the city! Check out these Couchsurfing tips if it is your first time using the app.

Food in Barcelona

Another amazing aspect of this city is the food. You can find any type you want.
Good news for solo female travelers, there are plenty of tapas bars around Barcelona.
Go to neighborhoods further out from the center such as Poble Nou, Poble Sec and Gràcia for the cheapest and most authentic food! For example, try Gata Mala.
It’s vegetarian and vegan-friendly city too, with meals under €10. I would recommend Veggie Garden, Cat Bar or Biocenter.

France may be reputable for making good crêpes but they’re just as delicious in Barcelona! Try sweet or savory for under €10 at Creps Barcelona.

Day trips from Barcelona

There are plenty of fun things to do in Barcelona but if you are looking for some day trips to take outside of the city you could take a trip to Montserrat from Barcelona or Gerona is also not too far away.

This is a guest post written by Chloe from Journey With Chloe. All images are credited to Chloe and Journey With Chloe blog. If you liked this post please check out Chloe’s blog Journey With Chloe and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

The Solo Girl's Guide to Barcelona

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Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Jen Morrow

    Glad to know that Google Maps is reliable in Barcelona, it is so much easier than a paper map (old school). Pickpocketers are unfortunately everywhere throughout Europe, especially targeting tourists.

  2. Samantha

    Going places that are safe for solo female travelers is pretty important to me so thank you for posting this! Barcelona is definitely high up on my list of places to travel!

  3. Sarah Kim

    This is such a great guide. I like that you even include vegan vegetarian places because a lot of people assume that Spain is all about meat and cheese. 🙂 I’m going to Barcelona in March so will bookmark this!

  4. Shane

    I visited Barcelona with a group but felt completely safe and comfortable there! Great advice.

  5. Jessica C

    Completely agree with this! Barcelona is beautiful and feels perfectly safe. I haven’t been everywhere in Europe (yet 😉 ) but it really is amazing how safe so many of the cities feel. I don’t get what people are scared about. Chloe, you totally nailed it when you talk about being a little street-smart can get you a long way. We ladies just have to be aware of our surroundings!

  6. Cori

    Finding a CouchSurfing host in Barcelona can be really difficult, especially in the high season. Hosts there are inundated with requests. I managed to find hosts for my time there, but I have a billion references and still had to send out a ton of requests.

    While I didn’t have anything stolen, I had a child try to steal my bag while I was sitting in a plaza in the middle of the day. Keep your hand on your stuff at all times! Too bad for him I’m a New Yorker who had the strap of my bag under my foot. You don’t have to be out clubbing or drinking to get robbed.

  7. adrian

    Hi there,

    I love your solo blog about Barcelona. You have some really good ideas about what to do in the city, you did a great job. If you are ever back in Barcelona I would love to show you some amazing places to eat in the city. I run a food tour company called Eye on Food Tours drop me a line some time.

    all the best,

    -A

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