Effortless Sightseeing with Barcelona Bus Turistic

One of the great things about Barcelona is that it’s so easy to get around that we were mostly walking everywhere we needed to go.

I can’t count the number of times we walked on the marina starting from Port Vell to the many beaches stretched out along the coast or the times we passed the twisting and turning streets of Gothic Quarter and that ever-stretching Passeig de Gracia. We didn’t complain once about our aching feet!

However, if you want to see Barcelona’s landmarks and touristic sites, you will need to use some mode of transport. You can’t really walk to them all. #challengeaccepted

And what better way to get to the key sites than to use the Barcelona Bus Turistic Hop-On Hop-Off tour bus!

Barcelona Bus Turistic Tour

It was SO much easier to go sightseeing on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Barcelona Bus Turistic covers 3 different routes (red, blue and green) and stops at 44 sites in Barcelona! On the bus, we got disposable earphones and listened to an audio guide (available in 16 different languages), which gave us some useful information about the sites on our way.

The tour buses pass by the stops pinpointed on the Barcelona Bus Turistic map every 5-25 minutes (depending on the season) – that way we could just hop off the bus any time we liked to explore the area or landmark at that stop, and then hop right on another tour bus once we were done!

Barcelona Bus Turistic Red Line Map
Today’s itinerary

It was super convenient for us and we got to cover A LOT of ground in a short time. Plus, we got free Wi-Fi on the bus and a discount book with lots of museums, landmarks, restaurants and more.

Day 3: The Red Line Tour with Barcelona Bus Turistic

We started our day like any other day; breakfast, of course.

Stop #1 – Breakfast at Flax & Kale

Flax and Kale was on my list before Barcelona became on my list.

We stopped by this flexitarian restaurant this morning because it happened to be a 10-minute walk from Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, our first touristic stop of the day. We ordered shakes, a healthy donut, avo toast, and the yummiest acai bowl ever made.

I will write a separate review of this awesome restaurant soon, so be sure to check it out!  Voila.

Flax and Kale Breakfast Donut
T was pretty happy with his breakfast (patiently waiting while I go into photographer mode)

Stop #2 – Gaudi’s Renowned Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo was one of my favourite must-see landmarks in Barcelona – the Sagrada Familia was my ultimate favourite, as in I would visit again (and maybe set up camp).

We arrived to Casa Batllo to be met with a small queue, not the kind that I read about online – we only had to wait about 15 minutes to get inside!

barcelona casa batllo
The queue isn’t so bad in mid-September I guess?

We got our tickets at the front desk and proceeded inside where we were given an audio guide and a cool virtual reality gadget to help us navigate the house. The gadget showed what the house would look like with furniture, since it is an unfurnished house.

Barcelona Casa Batllo Interior

Small History Lesson

Casa Batllo is one of Antonio Gaudi’s most famous works in Barcelona. Gaudi was hired by the Batllo family in 1904 to redesign their ordinary house into a more creative and conspicuous house. And conspicuous it was!

Nowadays, it’s also known as the “House of Bones” for its skeleton interior and skull-shaped balconies, or “Dragon House” for its dragon-scale-like roof.

The house is just as eye-catching on the inside as it is on the outside.

Barcelona Casa Batllo Exterior

Casa Batllo Barcelona Interior Pots

Casa Batllo Barcelona Interior Shoot

We then proceeded upstairs.
Barcelona Casa Batllo ROOF
Remarkable colourful chimneys on the roof

Let’s catch the Barcelona Bus Turistic!

T and I got back on the bus and followed the red route towards Placa d’Espanyol (our next destination). We took in some scenery and saw other sites from the top of the bus while we listened to the audio feeding us some key facts about them. A few sites were skipped and saved for another day since we like to take our time.

barcelona bus turistic top view

Stop #3 – Plaça d’Espanya and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

We hopped off the bus at Plaça d’Espanya and walked to the National Arts Museum from there.

barcelona mnac museum

barcelona mnac national arts museum

If you’re a fan of art, step inside; and if you’re not, then go straight to the roof! I personally don’t like art museums, but I posted these pictures for those of you who do appreciate it! T likes to browse every single site and read every single detail – so you should thank him for these.

barcelona mnac art

barcelona mnac art 2

barcelona mnac art lady

I went for the view.

barcelona mnac rooftop view

Stop #4 – Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol is actually right next to the National Arts Museum, so we didn’t have to walk too far.

Poble Espanyol

We did some window shopping in the many artisan shops around the complex.

Poble Espanyol Shops

Then we toured around the surrounding park.

barcelona poble espanyol colourful gate

We watched craftsmen at work.

barcelona poble espanyol glassmaking

We saw an angry cat.

barcelona poble espanyol cat
Hello 🙂 Please don’t eat me.

We then hopped back on the bus and continued to the port, enjoying the stunning views driving down the mountain. Montjuic was on our right, but we thought it was best to leave it to another day as it was a little later in the afternoon.

Stop #5 – Port Vell

We hopped off Barcelona Bus Turistic at the Port Vell stop and walked along the marina, encountering vendors selling souvenirs, jewelery, handmade crafts, and even knock-offs.

barcelona port dockside boats

port vell kiosks

Stop #6 – FOOD, Finally!

Well, we had to walk for about 20 minutes until we finally got to this highly-recommended-by-a-friend paella restaurant on Nova Icaria Beach. We then had to wait an additional 20 minutes to be seated (it was PACKED!), and then an additional 30 minutes to get our paella.


While we waited, we drank some sangria and nibbled on olives and Pan con Tomate (bread rubbed with tomato), which was quite good.

tomato bread escriba paella
I need to make this at home.

And the pièce de résistance has finally decided to present herself!

barcelona paella escriba

barcelona paella escriba sangria

After that decadent meal, T and I walked by the beach and then went back to the hotel to freshen up for our upcoming evening adventure: tapas barhopping, and (sudden) hot chocolate midnight cravings – but I’ll leave that for another time 😉

Stay tuned for more Barcelona adventures!

barcelona la rambla wax

We encountered this creature on our way back!



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Many thanks to Visit Barcelona for providing me with complimentary Barcelona Bus Turistic passes to facilitate this article. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. I had the chance to visit Barcelona a couple of months ago and your post and pictures represent it so well. I loved everything about it and hope to make my way over there at some point again. I will definitely keep in mind the places you mentioned for my next visit.

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