9 Best Things About Barcelona - Adelante Abroad

9 Best Things About Barcelona

9 Best Things About Barcelona - Adelante Abroad

Ahh. Barcelona. How I miss you so. If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, you’ll understand the beauty and warm feeling you get while staying there. There is something about Barcelona that keeps me wanting more. So, in order to persuade you, the reader, I’ve compiled a list of recommendations on what to do in Barcelona.

Here we go:

1. Spain has naptime (siestas)!

Who doesn’t like nap time during the weekday after lunch?? Although, in modern times, siestas have become less and less popular with most people just skipping it entirely. It’s sad considering college students live off of naps, but that’s the adult world for ya!


2. The FOOD!

I’ve been to Barcelona in the summer of 2012 and I must say the food was delicious. I live for tapas. Tapas are almost like appetizers you get to share since it comes in small portions. Plus they’re extremely cheap and EVERYWHERE! Tapas for life. Besides tapas, there is plenty of good seafood! Seafood is everywhere in Barcelona and it makes sense. Barcelona is a huge port city and being right next to the Mediterranean, access to seafood is easy. Check out this list of places to eat! I dream of the food from Spain…

Food in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad

3. The Beaches

The beaches in Barcelona are to die for. Warm water, nice sand, great views, beautiful people, with good food, and good drinks! C’mon, doesn’t that sound like paradise? Then if you’re hungry, tired or want to go shopping, just take a nice walk through the alleys of Barcelona!

Beaches in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad


4. Shopping

The wonderful thing about Barcelona was the narrow alleyways full of shops. From antique to modern, art to stationary, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find. And if the alleyways aren’t your thing, head to the main streets of La Rambla and you’ll find plenty of goodies there. La Rambla is a huge tourist attraction and if you go, you’ll know why. Looking for something else? Check out this list of places to shop.

Shopping in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad


5. The Attractions

When I say attractions I don’t mean Disneyland, instead, I mean experiences, things to do, things to see, etc. There was a man named Gaudi and his influence over Barcelona can be seen throughout the streets and the skyline. Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, and La Pedrera are just a few building Gaudi has created in Barcelona. I definitely recommend La Sagrada Familia because that building is truly breathtaking and the fact that it’s taken more than 100 years to finish is remarkable. A MUST DO! If it’s Gaudi overload, there are plenty of beautiful museums spread throughout the city and some have spectacular views. I say it’s a must do if you want some fuego Instagram photos. #justsayin

Excursions in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad



Like futbol? GOOD! FC Barcelona is the primary team and have some of the best players in the world. So don’t worry, each game will be an exciting one. Ticket prices vary, depending on the season, team, post season, etc. Just be prepared for some good times, shouting and the occasional drunk person strolling through.

Sports in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad


7. Nightlife

The nightlife in Barcelona was crazy. There are people all over the world in the city who are there for work, leisure, students, international students and backpackers. For example, I found an Irish pub in the middle of a busy street and when I walked in I was surprised to the see the diversity. If you’re going to Barcelona, I would suggest going out at night! It’s a great time and everyone is out!

Nightlife in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad


8. R&R

If you’re looking to getaway for the weekend or just want a relaxing day, it’s easy to get around and it’s easy to find a coffee shop to people watch. Barcelona is a beach city and you can travel along the coast to other towns or fly to Madrid for the weekend. Whatever you choose to relax and unwind, you will find it. Whether you find that one special coffee shop or a means of transportation to a neighboring town, you will find whatever you need in Barcelona. Just make sure you enjoy the journey!

Relax in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad


9. Live music!

If you’re a fan of live music, there is plenty of good spots just for that! Personally, I haven’t been to any live music venues or hotspots and I regret doing so, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out! Finding live music isn’t hard, all you have to do is listen. But if you’re looking for a more specific genre, this list will be a good place to start.

Music in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad


Regardless of what you choose to do in Barcelona, it’s a wonderful city that has activities for anyone looking for an adventure. The activities I recommended were things I’ve done or wished I had done and are must do. Happy Siesta!


About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante Abroad

Drew is Adelante HQ’s Fall 2017 Social Media & Marketing intern and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antarctica.

Benefits of Traveling Alone - Adelante Abroad

The Benefits of Traveling Alone

Benefits of Traveling Alone - Adelante Abroad

Traveling alone can be terrifying and it definitely takes some time to adjust. Without a doubt, you will have anxiety when you’ve landed in your destination and off the plane. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine! Traveling gives you the opportunity to grow as an individual and as a global citizen, so any opportunity to travel is a #blessed one.

So, whether you are or you will be traveling alone, that’s awesome! I understand the fear, hesitation and, yes, the anxiety, I’ve been there. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying your time abroad, especially when you’re alone! Traveling alone is the best. Your comfort level, communication, patience, budgeting and other skills needed when traveling all become amplified and improve. This is where you are truly tested and pushed to your limits, but those limits that held you back start to diminish. You’re growing.


Allowing Yourself to Grow Out of Your Comfort Zone

That’s one of the key things you take away when you travel alone, you grow. You learn so many life skills and you meet so many more people when you travel alone. You are almost forced to be more social, extroverted and more open to the people around you. I always suggest staying at a hostel because that’s where you will meet people doing the same thing you are doing! Hostels are a communal area and that’s the point, so you can meet other travelers.

Make New Friends!

Take advantage of hostels, especially when traveling alone. Make friends! Go out and have fun! You will want people with you as you explore a country you may not have been to. You never know, maybe the people you meet at the hostel have been the country you’re in and can show you all the hot spots! Meeting people from around the world changes your perspectives on life, career, political issues, injustices, etc. Friendships that span the globe is one of life’s greatest attributes and it’s a beautiful sense of global unity. You won’t regret breaking out of your comfort zone while abroad. #Trust


Do As You Please #TreatYoSelf

Plus another benefit of traveling alone is having your own itinerary! You can come and go as you please. Want to travel somewhere else? GO! You don’t have to wait for anybody, unless you’ve made friends at hostels then yay! You can plan trips with your new friends too! It’s really up to you and your overall plans, but the best kind of traveling is unplanned and unscripted. You have the freedom, so go for it. You create your own happiness, not anybody else. Do what you want, live your best life. #LYBL



As always, BE CAREFUL and BE SAFE! Whether you’re a man or a woman, you must always make smart decisions and to trust your gut. If you think walking down that dark alleyway at 3 am coming back from a bar or a club is a “good” idea, think again! Be smart. You’re alone in a country that may not speak your native tongue, have an embassy or a hospital within a reasonable distance. Recklessness will not be tolerated abroad, especially if the laws of the land are strict.

Regardless, traveling alone is a huge step toward independence and self-improvement. YOU make the most of your trip, not anyone else. You’re there for a short period of time and you should take advantage of the opportunities being presented to you. There will be many, I promise. Take a deep breath, then go.

Be smart. Be safe. Have fun.


About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante Abroad

Drew is Adelante HQ’s Fall 2017 Social Media & Marketing intern and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antarctica.