The Solo Girl’s Guide to Barcelona

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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 so that you can enjoy all this amazing city has to offer, even if you decide to teach English in Barcelona.

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.

Barcelona solo guide

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 and epic food markets like La Boqueria 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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adrian

Monday 27th of January 2020

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

Cori

Friday 10th of February 2017

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.

Jessica C

Friday 10th of February 2017

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!

Shane

Thursday 9th of February 2017

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

Sarah Kim

Thursday 9th of February 2017

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!