Barcelona Travel Guide

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Barcelona Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great food, lots of restaurants, balmy weather (even in July), unusual architecture, talented street musicians, excellent flamenco 

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     A city with one of the highest population densities - 17400 per km2 - in the world - second only to Calcutta. One of Europe's noisiest major cities. 

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     A great mixture of the old Gothic and the new Modernist buildings 

Barcelona Things to Do

  • Sagrada Familia

    Historical, magnificent, breathtaking were the worlds that left my lips when I saw the Temple of Sagrada Familia. It was even more beautiful than in pictures. I insist to everyone to visit it because it is the jewel of Barcelona. You can get there by metro with the line 2 or the line 5 easily.

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  • Las Ramblas

    Las Ramlas is the center of Barcelona. It's a long road full of shops, restaurants, coffee shops and souvenirs. In this street there are some masked people which have fun. You can also find some canteens where you can enjoy crepes or waffles wich smells and tastes really good. Into the narrows there are night clubs and other bars where you can...

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  • Parc Guell

    Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. The acquaintance with "Barcelonian modernist style" is impossible without visiting of park Guel. Eusebio Guell has got a farm on the western surburb of Barcelona on a slope of mountain Pilada (Bald mountain) in 1899....

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Barcelona Hotels

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Barcelona Restaurants

  • Les Quinze Nits

    March 2014. Very surly waiter and, at times, quite rude. Extremely miserable Maître d who also, I might add, had the endearing habit of rolling his eyes whenever you asked for anything! We had to ask for a glass in order to drink our beer – twice! – then once the glasses eventually arrived, we had to ask for a clean one!. Again, had to ask for...

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  • Les Quatre Gats

    Visiting Picasso's hangout was a thrill for us. The restaurant was really full of character but the waiter service was extremely rude to the point where you think there must be some sort of scam going on. I ordered red wine from the menu (pointed it out) and it was 16 euros, showed the waitress exactly what we wanted and when she brought the bill,...

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  • Cerveseria Catalana

    For about the last 10 years, we only have one favorite tapa bar/restaurant, we take our friends, relatives and specially for ourselves. It is called CERVESERIA CATALANA. THE COMPLETE ADDRESS IS: CALLE MALLORCA NUMBERO 235 CORNER RAMBLA CATALUNYA. If you were to take the metro. Take the GREEN LINE / or Linea 3 and get off on DIAGONAL. WALK 3...

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Barcelona Nightlife

  • Night Clubs

    If you're looking for dancing and partying and an overall great night out in Barcelona, you will definitely love the club scene here! FYI: +The clubs are not as full during Monday to Wednesday, and sometimes only a small portion of the clubs are open on these days. I'd spend these nights going out to a pub or getting some much needed sleep to...

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  • Las Ramblas

    It seems like the southern part is more touristy and maybe dodgier at night. I had dinner north: safe, only restaurants, not much crowd, fancy people; then walked south to plaza catalunya: was offered weed, lots of tourists, attractions, shady people... Nothing happened though. Barcelona is not dangerous if you're careful. Enjoy!

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  • Along the Harbor

    No need to go too far! just outside Arts Hotel you have the trendiest area for dancing and having a drink, "Port Olimpic".Lots of bars,pubs and terraces, facing the port.Really nice place. Have fun! Jeans and trainers! dressing up! any...you are in Barcelona

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Barcelona Transportation

  • To / From Airport

    DO NOT USE AERO CITY BARCELONA. ON ARRIVAL THEY MADE MY FAMILY WAIT AN HOUR. THEN ON THE RETURN JOURNEY THEY PHONED TO SAY MAKE YOUR OWN WAY TO AIRPORT. WE GOT THERE BUT MISSED OUR FLIGHT. AFTER 3 MONTHS OF HAGGLING THEY ADDMITTED IT WAS THEIR FAULT. AGREED TO REFUND ME MY MONEY THEN OUT OF THE BLUE THEY SAID I CAN'T HAVE IT. I WOULD NEVER EVER...

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  • Metro

    I purchased a t10 ticket which cost 9.95Euros. This entitled me to 10 individual trips, including from the airport to central Barcelona. Just a word of warning though when I tried to use the ticket after about 2 days of storing it in my pocket we had trouble getting the machine to recognise the ticket. Fortunately a ticket guard was nearby and he...

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  • Taxi Cabs

    We decided to visit Barcelona for Christmas with friends, my family and the other were a total of 6 people. i discovered that you can book online official taxi service for airport transfer to hotel and back, with a vehicle up to 7 people, and sufficient space for luggage. they picked up us at the flight arrival zone and took us to the hotel without...

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Barcelona Shopping

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  • Shoes / Clothes

    Rollitoasi is a young, handmade and craft clothing and accessories shop in Barcelona. http://rollitoasi.blogspot.com/p/la-shop-en-bcn.html It offers unique,original and good quality bags, brooches, vintage neckless, dresses,skirts... They design and create all of their products where color,textures and patterns combine exclusively. Their shop is...

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  • Souvenirs

    Formista is a gallery / shop that carries very special objects that are actually made by people. They work with various designers and artists - locals and from abroad - that either personally manufacture their designs or that are are linked to the creation of their designs. The shop concept is based on the importance of the narrative behind a...

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  • La Boqueria / Markets

    Well, the Boqueria market needs to introduction, everyone who visited it will take this amazing experience with him, but after visiting the market at least three times over the last 5 years, I can tell you that from each visit I've learned something new and exciting about the market - a new kind of sweet, the best place to buy ham, a new vendor of...

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Barcelona Local Customs

  • Food / Drink

    The locals flock to get all they can of the ham and pasteries that abound around the city. We saw the real store that only sold the jamon, and yes; it is expensive no matter how you cut it, or how thin it is cut.

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  • Sundays / La Sardana

    If you're in Barcelona on a Sunday, try to see the people dancing the Sardana, the Catalan national dance. Try near the Cathedral. When I saw people doing the Sardana it was in the afternoon in the park across from La Sagrada Familia.

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  • Language

    Catalunya is a bilingual community. Everybody in Catalunya do speak Spanish (or Castellano as we prefer to call it here), but in fact NOT everybody do speak Catalan (about 60% in Barcelona, less in some industrial cities, and more inland Catalunya and smaller towns). Correction, not 100% of people in Catalunya do speak Spanish. I would better say...

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Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

  • Be Aware!

    Not far from parkway Passeig de Gracia when I have turned to Avingida Diagonal, there happened a following case with me. It is necessary to tell, Avingida Diagonal unlike Passeig de Gracia is not so populous. I was delighted to an opportunity to have a rest from tourist crowd and have directed aside Templo de la Sagrada Familia. Suddenly the young...

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  • Pickpockets

    Please be very wary when getting the train from the airport into Barcelona Sants station as it appears to be a big pickpocket target. You've just arrived from the airport for your holiday and with your case are obviously a tourist who will have all your valuables on you and are probably distracted, especially if it's your first time to the city, in...

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  • People to Avoid

    La Rambla is very risky place. Lots of cheaters, beggars and pickpockets are roaming freely, in crowded place without any body protesting and there is no police watch. The worst and the most common is the three boxes and little piece of paper stuff, it is so common in La rambla, after every 40 steps, you would see this happen. They act in a group,...

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Barcelona Tourist Traps

  • Places To Avoid

    If you tell Fernanda I wrote this I'm a dead man. I've been in Barcelona more than 30 years ago, in a rush to proceed to France and Germany. I got an excellent idea of the town, but, for one reason or another, I never went back - even when we went to Andorra, and Salou, visiting Montserrat, we skipped Barcelona. Last year I decided It was time,...

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  • Las Ramblas

    What else to expect at Las Ramblas? Maybe it is too much to mention, but let me have try. First off all I immediately noticed all the street performers the whole way along Las Ramblas. Most of them are human statues, but there were also flexible dancers, musicians, magicians and marionettes. We learned that there is a maximum of 14 human statues...

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  • Overrated Sites

    Poble Espanyol was built for the 1929 International Exhibition as an open air museum that was meant to showcase different Spanish architectural styles and crafts. Today, you pay an admission fee to get into this "village", and once you're there there's nothing to do other than visit expensive gift shops. As far as the different architectural...

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Barcelona What to Pack

  • Summer / Winter Clothes

    A big handbag which doesnt keep falling off your shoulder! Not only is it a pain, it also isnt safe from bag snatchers. Bag should be big enough to carry camera, papers, travel guide, water, juice, a thick shawl/sweater for when it gets chilly later in the day, a sandwich for when the only food you can find is expensive and not that great -like in...

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    COMFORTABLE shoes. Let me say it again--Comfortable shoes. Barcelona and Porto have serious cobblestone streets that will do your feet and body in and kill any form of shoe with a heel!!!!! Two pairs with plenty of socks--'cause focused tour freaks like us will go for hours and those tootsies get sweaty. (Did Rome with only one good pair and I was...

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  • Appropriate Bags

    You could just store your luggage in some of the City Lockers. On the first day, we used this and picked up our luggage at night after sightseeing and before checking in to the hotel. This way we did not have to mind about carrying all the stuff with us. You don't need a key, just a code that you make up yourself so no worries about loosing the...

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Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip: Montserrat

    An hour by train from Barcelona is the impressive Montserrat. From the train station at Espana, you can buy the round trip tickets that include both the train and the cable car for around 18E. The Church features the famous Black Virgin, and there can be a long line to walk up next to the figurine. Unfortunately, we timed it during a school field...

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  • Day Trip

    Take the train (RENFE, blue line) to Blanes, You may buy directly a combined ticket for Lloret. After your arrival in Blanes, take a bus to Lloret departing from the train station (1,80 Euro a ride). After leaving Blanes, it will pass the access to Santa Cristina Beach. One stop further you have to leave the bus to go to Sa Boadella Beach. Behind...

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  • Art / Architecture

    Casa Fajol o de la Papallona This little- visited "Gaudi" ** gem is located near Placa Espanya and Parc Joan Miro. Although it is not open to the public, the reason for visiting is the enormous moth on the front! Probably not worth a long trek to see unless you happen to be nearby (e.g for the magic fountains/Font Magica), nonetheless it is a...

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Barcelona Sports & Outdoors

  • F.C.Barcelona

    Even if there is no game, the Camp Nou is still worth a visit… The stadium was built in 1957, and enlarged for the World Cup (1982) to 115,000 spectators. Today, the old standing places are transformed into seats and the stadium has a capacity of around 99,000 seats. You can take the Camp Nou Experience and visit the Museu FC Barcelona, the...

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  • Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic

    Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (or Barcelona Olympic Stadium) was built in 1927 for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition (and for Barcelona's bid for the 1936 Olympics, which were awarded to Berlin). It was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics, and it was here the opening and closing ceremonies and the...

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  • Beach / Activities

    when you are on vacation you also have time to do some sports activities. You can choose among so many alternatives, and if you are here with your kids, bring them with you. It is not healthy to just relax and eat good food and drinks.

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Barcelona Favorites

  • Sagrada Família

    There are many places where buying advance tickets to see a place or take part in an event is essential in Spain. My experience with La Sagrada Familia was this was not necessary based on how quick the line moves. We arrived at La Sagrada Familia on a late April Sunday afternoon at just past noon. There was a long line that ran around two blocks....

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  • Las Ramblas

    La Rambla was the first street in central Barcelona I began to explore the city. I knew that it was popular with tourists and locals alike.it stretches for 1.2 kilometers between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. If you stroll along the street you will find a...

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  • Antoni Gaudi

    My best trip so far has been to barcelona and I came back home very happy. Apart from the prized presence of Gaudi in every bit of the city, this is how I would sum up my impression about this magical city. Please look at the pictures for a better understanding

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Top 10 Multi-Generational Destinations: Barcelona

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While many European cities are difficult for an entire family to visit, Barcelona is ideal for a family. While small children can enjoy the amusement park on top of Mt. Tibadabo, they'll also admire the Modernisme architecture of Gaudi's Casa Batilo, La Pedrera, and Park Guell. Kids will likewise enjoy strolling Las Ramblas and watching street performers, with a short break at La Boqueria, Barcelona's famous market. The town's music culture and fantastic shopping will keep teenagers and young adults plenty occupied, as will its fun neighborhoods like El Born and El Raval. For older family members, the compact Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is great for exploring on foot, with the Cathedral, the archway on Carrer del Bisbe, and Museu d'Historia de Barcelona all within a few blocks of each other. VirtualTourist members have remarked that the Museu d'Historia de Barcelona is a unique find – underneath the Placa del Rei, there is an archaeological site showcasing what the Roman colony of Barcino was like, giving visitors the opportunity to walk among the ruins beneath the square. A short train ride takes the family to Sitges, a beautiful beachside community, for a different view of Catalonia.

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Comments (3)

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    TGV service Barcelona-Paris starts today.

  • gvladi727's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Nice place to visit in the summer, great sea food and the best beach i've been too. The sand is very rare and ladies don't wear bras...

  • rudysmom626's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Barcelona was the best place to study abroad - Mediterranean climate, amazing architecture, tasty food, and outgoing people!!

    • riorich55's Profile Photo
      Oct 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      We surely enjoyed our 4 days there this past May. I liken it to San Francisco with a combination of ocean, hills and a very vibrant feel to it.

    • travelman12's Profile Photo
      May 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Wonderful place to visit in the summer. I also love taking a trip down to Mallorca as well

 
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