24 Hours in Barcelona: A Guide for Backpackers

Levi Borba
6 min readApr 7, 2022

1st Step: Choose a Hostel with easy access to the Airport. 2nd Step,…

Photo of Barcelona.

Barcelona is a large Western European city, so it may not be the cheapest place to visit when compared to bargains like Krakow or Budapest (and it is far better than Prague, a city that disappointed me). However, visiting here does not have to be prohibitively expensive, and I will show you how to plan a brief but memorable stay.

This guide contains useful information on the best backpacker hostels near Barcelona El Prat airport. (An interesting fact about this city is that it is the third cheapest destination in Europe to fly to if you are flying from North America.)

But don’t forget about the other suggestions we have! So let’s begin.

Is it worth going to Barcelona?

If you’ve never visited Barcelona, you may be thinking if it’s worth your time.

In this part, I’ll explain why it’s worthwhile! (However, I once had my glasses stolen while strolling along La Rambla, so be careful.)

The city’s temperature is nice, making it perfect for a sunny holiday. Barcelona boasts a year-round average of 2,524 hours of sunlight, making it perfect for lounging on the beach (and also making Spain one of the best places in the world to retire). In Barcelona, I just visited one beach, Barceloneta. Although it was good, locals advised me that there were better choices available.

There’s much to see and do in the city whether you’re here for a weekend or a week. Whether you’re planning a family trip or a romantic visit, Barcelona is guaranteed to wow.

The Sagrada Familia, the city’s most famous monument, as well as the city’s famed football club, are both worth visiting. The City Pass gives you discounted entrance to museums and attractions all across town.

The city’s public transit system is incredibly efficient, making it simple to explore and traverse the city. You may go from one area to another by taking a brief bus journey, which will provide you with a pleasant respite. Barcelona has a thriving nightlife scene as well as a varied selection of cultural events.