Need some advice how to spend your time in Barcelona? Been there, done all that – speaking from my own experience. These Barcelona travel tips showcase what can be found in the vibrant and lively city!
WHAT TO EXPECT
LANGUAGE – Don’t expect to run into random folk and speaking English to them because majority doesn’t know English. Try to learn at least basic phrases before you go there, otherwise train your mimics and train pantomime before you visit the city.
PEOPLE – To be honest, I expected them to be more open, more friendly. However, because it’s very touristic city they don’t treat you always as a guest. waiting for the food forty minutes, people being impolite to you and so on. BUT this of couse doesn’t go for everyone. Some are really nice and open ☺
MONEY – Barcelona isn’t the cheapest, but also not as expensive as the northern countries. Eating in a restaurant will cost you at lest 15-20 euros per meal.
BEST TIME TO GO – I advise you to go in the shoulder season – May-June or Sep-Oct to avoid higher prices, bigger crowd and higher temperature.
WHAT TO SEE
PARC GAUDI – Definitely a must-see in Barcelona which impresses with colorful mosaics and beautiful architecture. However I recommend booking the tickets online to avoid standing in line on the hot sun for hours.
ENJOY THE VIEW FROM MONTJUIC CABLE CAR – It is a part of Sants Monjuic District. We took the one way ticket to the top of the hill and the trip ended at the beautiful castle with even more amazing view. Afterwards we walked to see the Olympic stadium and went down the hill to see the Sants Montjuic fountain.
WATCH THE LIGHT SHOW AT SANTS MONTJUIC FOUNTAIN – Sants Montjuic is Barcelonas biggest district. It covers an od village, huge park and you’ll also find an Olympic stadium there. I’ve heard that it has amazing lightshow when the sun goes down. Here is a tip from my own experience: look at the schedule! We came there and sat on the stairs to see the lightshow for an hour but nothing happened. Until someone came and told us that the lightshow happens only from Thursday to Sunday in the evening, but we were there on Tuesday. Together with huge crowd of other tourists who didn’t have time to look at the schedule before.
START YOUR DAY AT SAGRADA FAMILIA – This Gaudi masterpiece is the most bombarded with tourists during the daytime, that’s why I recommend you visiting it before breakfast at sunrise. I did that and I promise it’s the perfect idea to start your day, when in Barcelona!
HIT THE BEACH – Do that on the hangover day. Barcelona has a huge line of nightclubs along the coast, worth visiting it and the huge sandy beach and cold icecream the next day is the best choice to spend the day.
STROLL LAS RAMBLAS – Tis is Barcelona’s most lively and vibrant street. You’ll find a variety of stores and expensive restaurants there and at the end of the street you’ll find the famous Columbus statue.
EAT AT LA BOQUERIA – I recommend having a breakfast or lunch at the biggest Barcelona market. Everyone will find something for themselves there – from fruit and pastry to seafood and meat dishes.