Barcelona Travel Guide

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Barcelona Things to Do

  • Sagrada Familia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I took an art history course in college (to fill a requirement) and while I gained an appreciation for many artists, I never cared for Gaudi. I was a college student, so whimsy was not beneath me, but I just didn't get it. I intended to go to Park Güell while in Barcelona, but this attraction was not on my radar. The concierge at my hotel strongly...

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  • Parc Guell

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Park Güell is an adorable and whimsical place that sits high above the city, providing a really cool vantage point of the city and the beach. We visited in the summer time, so it was very crowded, but they do have timed entry tickets to help alleviate that. Spring and Fall might be a better time to go - the sun would not be so harsh - not sure...

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  • Las Ramblas

    4 out of 5 stars

    As you walk down Las Ramblas it is broken up into quite distinct sections. The top is mostly just cabins selling magazines, postcards etc Then there are all the entertainers - those human statue types in all their variery of wacky outfits. Stalls selling birds and small furry animals, then my favourite, the flower stalls, which really brighten the...

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Barcelona Hotels

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Barcelona Restaurants

  • Cerveseria Catalana

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Les Quatre Gats

    3 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Les Quinze Nits

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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Barcelona Nightlife

  • Maremagnum

    Along the Maremagnum Mall at Port Vell are a number of clubs that are open quite late. Tequila and Fiesta are two that I remember. We didn't go into any but we did walk by them and they looked like fun. We were tired of all our walking and the great meal at Mandongo Restaurant. Dress to have fun!

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  • CDLC - Carpe Diem Lounge Club

    Another trendy place I USED (please note the past tense!!) to like: CDLC (Carpe Diem Lounge Club), in the seafront, close to the Arts hotel. But it has became way too "void fashion" to my taste on their best nights.... and just a cheesy place full of tourists (and not the most elegant ones) on their worse nights. However, it could still be an...

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  • La Paloma - CLOSED

    It is best to get to the venue early, say around 11.00 stay until about3 ish. After that the atmoshphere changes and it can get quite aggresive, with non Spanish entering teh club. the earlier times are more gentle with an age renage from 18 to 75..yes that old! Great night night out. Smart but casual

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Barcelona Transportation

  • Metro

    The Metro System in Barcelona works well. It doesn't get you to every area you may want to see so there might be a bit of walking you will still have to do. We probably used the metro once or twice in a day. So, we did not buy a loaded metro pass. We just bought tickets as needed. A single ticket in 2015 cost 2.15€. Keep in mind the time frame it...

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  • Taxi

    We arranged for a cab from our hotel to the airport for the morning of our departure. The driver was prompt, helped us with our luggage, and was patient with our language barrier. All of that does not really help me forget the nearly vomit inducing ride to the airport. Once we hit the highways, our ride turned into a NASCAR race - in traffic....

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  • Hop On Bus - Bus Touristic

    My first day in the city was spent walking for what seemed like miles so I decided to take a rest the second day and go on the open top bus tour - the BUS TURISTIC. It was €18 for one day and like in most cities it has the "hop on hop off" and multiple routes. I thought it was a great way of getting around to the tourist sights that are a...

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Barcelona Shopping

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  • El Corte Ingles

    El Corte Ingles is Spain' s most famous department store chain. In Plaza Catalunya there is the biggest store of this chain in Barcelona. Here; on the basement you can find a huge supermarket where you can find some gift to take home. I mean something typical from Spain. Turron (see tip on my Spain page; what to buy...); wines. ...

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  • La Boqueria - Mercat St Josep

    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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  • Maremagnum Shopping Centre

    This is a shopping center at the coast at Port Vell. It's located at the end of Las Ramblas. We did not go inside because it, technically, is a mall. I don't like to spend my time shopping while on vacation but to walk out towards it was very interesting. You see the marina with boat and yachts. There is a walking bridge. We also saw a number of...

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Barcelona Local Customs

  • 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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  • People

    People from South Europe are always more relaxed than ones in North Europe. It seems in Catalonia as well – expression of emotions is higher, sometimes people simply don’t take too much stress about their lives – work, routine, time spending, time felling, and so on. It is, however, sometimes for North Europeans look like a not serious attitude of...

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Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

  • Be Aware!

    I was travelling with my two 13 year old daughters. We were on holiday in Barcelona. When we tried to enter the Plaça d'Espanya station I used my T10 ticket but there was only enough to pay for two journeys, for my daughters. I paid for one single ticket for myself and the three of us entered the station. I threw away the T10 ticket into a rubbish...

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  • Pickpockets

    We were waiting for the 104 bus to Palma Nous one night when two women in their late twenties came over to the bus stop.One of the women bent down to look at the bus timetable in a Miley Cyrus twerking pose.The other woman who was facing us giggled and was (we later learned) signalling to two men who were standing directly behind us. As I turned my...

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  • People to Avoid

    This is an old scam. A man stands beside a tape recorder playing music. There are some small dolls that jig up and down to the music. When he stops the music they stop dancing. The trick : there is some invisible fishing line attached to the back of the tape recorder, the tape recorder is rigged to move this line up a down and make the dolls...

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Barcelona Tourist Traps

  • Places To Avoid

    I'd read that this square was really nice and while parts of it ARE it just feels very seedy still. A lot of graffitti and homeless people lying in corners. There are a bunch of cafe terraces and it seemed fairly busy but I think there are prettier squares that feel safer

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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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  • Purchases to Avoid

    If a 20 euro Messi jersey sounds too good to be true, it is! Avoid purchasing the cheap jerseys on Las Ramblas, unless you're buying it for someone who you don't really like, haha. The jerseys are cheap replicas and the player name and number will rub off after one wash! If you are a fan and really want a Barca jersey that will last, buy a real...

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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

    The Black Madonna is the star attraction of this Basilica. We had to wait a few minutes for our turn to view, it is protected so it cannot be touched, however we had approximately a minutes to view, and were only inches from it.

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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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  • Tibidabo

    You can get to Tibidabo with your metro ticket and a little bit of walking. Take from Passeig de Gracia the train S1, S2 or S5 to Peu del Funicular. Here change to the funicular to Vallvidrera-Superior. It is all included in the metro ticket. From the station Vallvidrera-Superior turn right and follow the street until you reach a dirt road that...

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Barcelona Sports & Outdoors

  • F.C.Barcelona

    We took the metro out to the home of F.C. Barcelona - Camp Nou. We did not do the tour. We just had a look around the bits that are open to the general public. Actually it was well worth a visit as there were plenty of background posters to photo or be photoed with. There was also a club shop and it was perfectly acceptable to take photos in there,...

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  • Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic

    The Olympic Stadium was built for the Olympic Games of 1936 that never took place because of the civil war. They kept the neoclassical façade and built it again for the 1992 Olympic Games and it’s the home of Espanyol, a much smaller team than Barca that happens to win Barca from time to time! It’s much more easier to find tickets for a football...

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  • Beach / Activities

    Lots of people come to Barcelona, city by the sea, and expect to find great beaches to relax on between touring the city's cultural and historical sites. Then they find out they were sadly mistaken. It's not that the Mediterranean isn't beautiful, but those who go to one of Barcelona's many public beaches should be aware that they will have their...

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Barcelona General

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  • 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

    Las Ramblas is a 1,2 km long pedestrian promenade situated between plaza de Catalunya and the harbour. It is made by six sections. For this reason its proper name is Ramblas; plural. Each section of this street has a name. The first, coming from placa de Catalunya is named Rambla dels Canaletes; then we find Rambla dels Estudis; Rambla de les...

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  • Parc Guell

    Parc guell is one of the most visited places in Barcelona, as a beautiful Gaudi's design architecture joining gardens and as an island on the sky of Barcelona offers a really great view of almost whole Barcelona!!

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Top 10 Multi-Generational Destinations: Barcelona

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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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  • Sep 15, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    Love Barcelona. The best city. A lot of attractions to visit, the sea, the mountain, the good weather, the food.. the architecture of Gaudi, the big luxurious avenue of Paseo de Gracia.. So nice. I can't wait to return.

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    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:41 AM

    Great place.

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    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!!

    • May 28, 2015 at 7:45 AM

      Barcelona is the best place for summer time! The most I like Paseo de Gracia street, it is beautiful street with Gaudi's houses!!!

    • Jun 22, 2015 at 2:16 AM

      I love Barcelona! This is the best city in the world!!!!! Barcelona is the perfect place for summer time! For shopping I love Paseo de Gracia street!

 
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