Oh, how often have I dreamed of finally visiting you, Barcelona. To stroll through your streets, get a tan on your beach and experience your nightlife. But my beautiful dream turned into a nightmare. Because as beautiful as your exterior may be, your interior can be all the uglier...



this blog post is a little different to all the other blog posts before it. Because our trip to Barcelona was so different from all the other trips before...

Barcelona was our first destination on our Spain-Portugal road trip. And that's why I was looking forward to Barcelona all the more - the start of our wonderful summer vacation. At first it looked like it was going to be a great start. We found a good parking space outside Barcelona, took the train into the city and spent a lovely first afternoon in the city, which we rounded off with a delicious dinner.

But the next day was to be very different. We drove straight to Park Güell in the morning and parked our van nearby. After we had seen everything, we decided to take the car into the city to a parking garage. We just wanted to make a short stop at the El Carmel bunkers. We parked the car in a small parking lot near the Parc del Guinardó, where a few buses also drove past. From here, it was only a few minutes to the bunkers, where we also only spent a few minutes enjoying the view and taking a few photos. After about 20 minutes, we walked back to the car and what awaited us there took our breath away...

We were just walking towards the van when Bene suddenly said: “The back door of the car is open.” Without thinking, I ran off and that's when I saw it: the window of our van had been smashed, the door ripped open and our valuables stolen! Laptop, iPad, camera, wallet, hard drive with all the pictures and soooo much more, all gone... And then the vacation - at least the Barcelona trip - was over for us!

With the help of a man walking past, we called the police. They told us to go to the central office in the city. Easier said than done, with a smashed window... When we got there, they just handed me a piece of paper and told us to fill in what had been stolen. And it was a lot. The damage was estimated at around EUR 6000. Because we had half our household goods in the van...

After I had finally finished with the police after about an hour and Bene had removed the remaining glass from the car, we set off and left Barcelona behind us... We didn't want to have anything more to do with the city so soon. So we continued on to Tarragona to repair the car and check into a friend's guest room...

xx Chiara

In my opinion, the most important travel tip for Barcelona: What happened to us in Barcelona is not an isolated incident. Countless people have written to me afterwards to say that the same thing happened to them, their friends or their family. And if their car wasn't broken into, they were at least pickpocketed... So please take care of yourself and your belongings when you are in Barcelona. You should especially watch out for tricky thieves!


What to see & Discover

  1. The kissing wall: El món neix en cada besada
  2. Park Güell
  3. Sagrada Familia
  4. Mercat de la Boqueria
  5. La Rambla
  6. Bunker “El Carmel
  7. Barcelona Cathedral
  8. Barceloneta Beach
  9. Moco Museum
  10. Gaudi buildings (Palau Güell, Casa Padua, Casa Vicens, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Casa de les Punxes)
  11. Palau de la Música Catalana
  12. Tibidabo amusement park
  13. Mirador del Migdia and Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera
  14. Picasso Museum
  15. Parc de la Ciutadella
  16. Montjuïc Cemetery

Where to eat

We found a very authentic restaurant on our evening in Barcelona: Babel (Carrer del Correu Vell 14, 08002 Barcelona). It's located in a small square in the old town, so you can sit outside and inside.

Friends had also given me a few suggestions, which unfortunately I wasn't able to try:

  • EatMyTrip - Brunch & Bakery, C. del Consell de Cent, 378, 08009 Barcelona
  • Eixampeling Brunch Café & Bar, Carrer de la Diputació, 158, 08015 Barcelona
  • Syra Coffee - Gracia, Carrer de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, 8, 08012 Barcelona
  • Cremat Lounge, Carrer de la Diputació, 200, 08011 Barcelona
  • Txapela, Pl. de Catalunya, 8, 08007 Barcelona
  • Parking Pizza - Parking Pita, Pg. de Sant Joan, 56, 08009 Barcelona
  • Las Muns Urquinaona, Ronda de Sant Pere, 27, 08010 Barcelona
  • Bodega La Puntual, Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona
  • No Sé (Bar), Passeig del Born, 21, 08003 Barcelona
  • Paradiso (Bar), Carrer de Rera Palau, 4, 08003 Barcelona
  • Anita Gelato, Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, 15, 08012 Barcelona

Where to sleep

As we were traveling by van, we didn't have a hotel or apartment in Barcelona. Instead, we spent the night on a parking space just outside the city. Finding a parking space in cities is always a bit annoying. This is because parking spaces are often worse, but expensive. There are several campsites around Barcelona. However, as we were looking for the cheapest alternative, we preferred to go to a caravan park.

The Área Camper Barcelona Beach pitch is not the nicest, as it is fenced in by high walls. However, it was very clean and, above all, safe! In addition to Wi-Fi, the pitch has good sanitary facilities, washing machines and a mini-market. There is a train to the city just a few meters from the parking lot, so you can easily get into Barcelona. The nearest supermarket is also not far away.


As our stay in Barcelona was shorter than expected, our costs were also kept within limits:

  • Pitch Área Camper Barcelona Beach (1 night with shower): 18€
  • Train ticket Barcelona (there and back): 7,70€ p.p.
  • Dinner for two at Babel: 20€
  • Entrance to Park Güell: 10€ p.p.

We also had fuel and toll costs. As we were on a road trip, unfortunately I can't give you the exact details.

I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.