If you happen to be sans traveling partner, there are few cities that lend themselves to traveling solo as ideally as Barcelona does. Barcelona’s transient nature provides for easy opportunities to meet people all over the city; whether you’re in a rustic bar, tourist’s hostel, visiting the sights or chilling on the beach, there are always people looking to make friends during their short, long or indefinite stay. And if you’re not looking to meet anyone and would rather keep to yourself, then there are plenty of things to keep you entertained.
If you’re solo in Barcelona here are a few ideas of how to spend your time:
1: Rent a scooter: This is one of the best ways to take in as much of the city as you can in a short period of time and of course there’s the fun factor. Motorbikes and scooters are a great way to venture out to places that are harder to get to on foot or via public transport. Check out Montjuic, Tibidabo and the Miro Museum or head outside of the city along the coast to some of the quieter, lesser-known beaches such as Ocata.
2: Exhibits and Museums: Depending on what you’re into Barcelona’s museums and one off exhibits are always a nice way to spend the day. A few key ones to note include the Picasso Museum located in the trendy Born neighborhood and the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art) which often has innovative and creative displays.
3: Beach & Boardwalk – Barcelona’s beaches are just a stone’s throw from the city center and a relaxing, cheap way to spend the afternoon. If you feel like kite surfing there are a few places that offer it.
4: Park Guell: If you want to read a book, enjoy a picnic or just explore ‘Gaudi’s Wonderland’, Park Guell is an excellent way to pass the time, learn about the life of Gaudi and his incredible work and soak up the sun.
5: Tapas Hopping: You don’t need to be with other people to enjoy Barcelona’s pinchos (food on a stick) and delicious array of tapas. With an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants, pick a few places that look interesting and design a route for yourself. Before the night is over you’re guaranteed to pick up a few friends/stragglers along the way (especially if you venture into the Gothic Quarter and the Born neighborhoods).