Looking for reviews and recommendations of eco-friendly accommodation (hotels, hostels) and activities (tours, attractions) in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia (Spain)? Here are some of our favorite sustainability-focused hotels, hostels and travel activities in Barcelona.
We’ve also put together a list of organic restaurants, plus the latest weather forecast for Barcelona, best time to visit and other useful travel info.
One of the most popular city travel destinations in Europe, sustainability is a key concern, goal and driver of the Barcelona tourism board and its affiliated businesses. For example, in 2011 Barcelona became the first city in the world to be awarded the Biosphere certification by the Institute of Responsible Tourism. The award recognizes the city’s commitment to developing responsible tourism guided by environmental, cultural and socioeconomic management criteria.
Barcelona also has a website (barcelona-access.cat) dedicated to accessible tourism, helping people with visual, hearing, motoric or cognitive disabilities find adequate accommodation, transport and sightseeing options.
Eco-Friendly Hotels and Hostels
Boutique Hotel Hostal Grau
“Welcome to Hostal Grau, our home, one block from Las Ramblas. It is the base of operations for exploring the highlights of magnificent Barcelona. We have a “go green” philosophy that helps us protect the earth and making it healthier. We save water, energy, recycle, and compost and use non-toxic cleaners in our energy-efficient sound-proofed rooms. We have cocomat beds in all the rooms – pure luxury!”
Hotel Casa Camper
“Casa Camper Barcelona is a design hotel located in the multicultural heart of the city in the Raval area, full of galleries (including the MACBA), bars, little restaurants, and only 2 minute walking distance from Plaça Catalunya. Camper’s commitment to the environment is reflected in its water management. Casa Camper also uses solar energy for water heating, and encourages the use of clean transportation systems, such as public transport, walking or our bicycles.”
“Hotel Neri, located in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, combines echoes of history with a sophisticated and contemporary style. Boutique Hotel with 22 exclusive rooms and a gastronomic restaurant offering a treat for the five senses. Sensual and unique. Hotel Neri forms part of anima hotels, which has signed a collaboration agreement with the WWF ‘Check-out for Nature’ campaign.”
“The elegant and cutting-edge design of the Barcelona Princess Hotel makes it one of Barcelona’s most representative hotels and as such it contributes to the city’s architectural splendour. Located on the ’Avinguda Diagonal’ just in front of the Fórum, this superior 4-star hotel is located less than 20 minutes from the centre of Barcelona with excellent public transport alternatives available. The hotel is EMAS certified, based on ISO 14001.”
Eco-Friendly Hostels, Budget Accommodation
Barcelona can be an expensive travel destination, particularly during the busy summer months. The following eco-friendly hostels are a great alternative for those on a tighter budget:
Twentytú Hi-tech Youth Hostel
“Twentytú Hi-tech Youth Hostel is the first building in Barcelona intended for hotel use to be awarded the highest energy efficiency classification and has already become an icon for next-generation luxury hostels. The hostel has been used as a case study for the Construction21 platform, a European initiative promoted by UNESCO that aims to boost sustainable construction in Europe.”
“Sleep Green is the first urban youth hostel in Spain that was awarded with the EU Ecolabel in recognition of its commitment to sustainable tourism and protection of the local environment. Sleep Green is a small, cozy youth hostel in Barcelona’s beautiful neighborhood Eixample. The location is unbeatable, allowing you to easily discover the city by foot from the hostel. There are supermarkets, bars, clubs, main tourist sites and public transportation all on our doorstep. Sleep Green features comfortable air-conditioned dormitories of only 4 to 6 beds.”
“Ecozentric is a concept hostel of ecological design, strategically located in the center of Barcelona. The aim of the hostel’s owners, two road warriors returned from their travels has been to open a hostel where guests feel at home while we respect our commitment to the planet.”
Tours, Activities & Urban Adventures
Tapas tour “en el barrio”
Join this food envy-inducing Barcelona tour for three hours of power eating – Spanish-style. Join locals as they indulge in the fine art of eating and drinking, something Spaniards are champions at. By the end of the tour, you’ll know your banderillas from your pintxo, even if you can’t pronounce them.
Start your culinary adventure here
Snapshots of Barcelona
While it’s true that BCN looks good from any angle, this tour is going to show you the best spots to capture its true gorgeousness. Gothic masterpieces, local life, and secret street art top the list of what’s sure to impress on Instagram (and beyond!).
Start your urban adventure here
Healthy Cuisine: Organic and Vegetarian Restaurants in Barcelona
Because city visits on an empty stomach aren’t much fun, here is a list of organic restaurants in Barcelona from TimeOut.
Some of our favorite organic and vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona:
Organics Barcelona Plaça Urquinaona 14
Sesamo Restaurant Barcelona Carrer Sant Antoni Abat 52
L’Hortet Carrer Pintor Fortuny 32
La Báscula Carrer Flassaders 30
Restaurant Vegetarià Arc Iris Carrer de Roger de Flor, 216
Weather in Barcelona and Other Travel Info
For all sorts of useful travel info and advice, check out Barcelona on WikiTravel.
For the latest news on weather in Barcelona, visit weather.com.
Best time to visit Barcelona: how to avoid overcrowding
We love Barcelona in Spring (April-May) and Autumn (September-October). People are working, so it means you experience the city more like a local. Plus the weather tends to be good.
Avoid visiting Barcelona in August, it’s high season, everything is more expensive than usual, full of tourists everywhere and weather is too warm. The center of Barcelona suffers from overcrowding (overtourism), which might impact your travel experience. In high season, you might want to go and explore some of the lesser known city neighborhoods instead. And if you have time, explore nearby cities like Girona, which is only 1h20 by train.
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