Barcelona is a city that attracts millions of tourists every year. From the ones fleeing the freezing European cold, to the passionate lovers of the Catalan culture, this magical destination never fails to impress, especially the prepared visitors.
This city has attractions for a lifetime. It is important to find out which ones interest you the most before heading out to explore. From food to dance, Barcelona is a renowned master on pretty much everything that makes up an unforgettable destination.
We would like to provide you with a guide to get the most out of the biggest city in Catalonia. From local restaurants to nightclubs, from museums to beautiful beaches, the city has something to offer to anyone.
10. Renting an apartment
If you want to experience Barcelona like a local, it is a great option to rent an apartment. You save up money cooking your own food ‘with fresh ingredients’, making your own sangria and enjoying the neighborhood life that these apartments can offer.
This apartment is located in Barcelona’s old city and can accommodate 5 people. With two bedrooms, a large living room and kitchen all furbished. The bathroom is modern and includes a bath, shower, sink and toilet. The apartment also features a balcony and patio, perfect for relaxing at the end of a day exploring the city with a glass of wine. The area is also home to the Picasso Museum located in a late Gothic palace houses the painter’s earliest work. Just a short walk from the apartment is the must visit Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and the beach. If you feel the need to escape the Old City and head further away, several Metro stations service the area. The location of the apartment makes it one of the most picturesque places to stay on your trip to Barcelona.
This comfortable apartment is located at the Eixample, famous modernist district. The apartment in on the second floor of a typical majestic Eixample building. The building has an elevator available, and counts on a modern and creative design.It is ideal for business or leisure travelers seeking stylish, modern Barcelona accommodation in a great part of the city.
This is a chic one bedroom apartment in the Sants District, it can accommodate four guests. The apartment is luminous with plenty of natural light, wooden floors and high ceilings with exposed beams and fully furnished. The apartment is located in the Sants district, a livelier district than other areas and one that it doesn’t have that many tourist attractions, giving visitors an insight into the real Barcelona.
This apartment is located in downtown Barcelona, at the Eixample Spain Square. There are many great attractions nearby, including National Art Museum of Catalonia, Casa Batllo, Camp Nou and Plaza de Catalunya. Also close by are Casa Mila and Las Ramblas. Apartment accommodations come with washers/dryers, air conditioning, irons/ironing boards, climate control and safes. Practical amenities include kitchens, dishwashers, stove tops, cookware/dishes/utensils and kitchen linens. They also have complimentary wireless Internet access. Limited onsite parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis (charges apply).
If you prefer to book a hotel room instead, check our options and choose the ones that fit best to your wants and needs.
9. Eating in Barcelona
Pintxos are the Basque tapas; this meaning that these are small traditional dishes with a delicious mixture of seafood, hams, chicken and different kinds of meat. It is an essential gastronomic experience, while in the city. It is also tradition that you will be charged by the amount of toothpicks you’ve used for the dishes.
If what you really want are the traditional Spanish Tapas, you have many options in the city as well. You can choose from a range of dishes, from Patatas Bravas, Calamares, Albóndigas to Carne mechada, Chopitos and Croquetas.
Do not forget to wash these dishes down with the delicious local Vermouth. These can be found pretty much in any Tapas Bar, and if you have no plans for the next morning, you can have a delicious Vermouth pub crawl in the city.
The local seafood dishes are also a must. The city has many Galician restaurants, which you can taste the finest a mélange of fried whitebait, squid rings and shrimps, and exquisite little tallarines (wedge clams). Most restaurants have a spectacular haul of fresh seafood options; it would be a sin to not taste these dishes.
8. Visit El Born and El Gotico
These are some of the most beautiful streets in Barcelona. You can find some of the city’s quirkiest, alternative bars and shops. These are the perfect places to spend a lovely afternoon and experience the real Barcelona.
7. Experience the beautiful Barcelona beaches
The Barceloneta is the most famous beach in the city. During summertime it is almost impossible to find a decent spot in its sand, but it is also the place to be if you enjoy music, toned bodies and fumes of ‘strong cigarettes’. If this does not sound like an ideal relaxing day, you can walk along the beach until you reach Port Olimpica, where goers play some volleyball and relax in a calmer environment. If you are a naturalist, you will enjoy Marbella, an official nudist beach in the city. Noting that you can extend your nudity to any part of the beach, as nudity is legal in Barcelona beach and in the city too.
6. Visit Sitges
Sitges is only 20 minutes away from Barcelona, and it can be reached easily by Metro. The city is home to many of the rich and famous Spaniards’ holiday homes and a Haven for gay tourists with its flamboyant gay bars and parties. There, you can experience breathtaking beaches and enjoy a beer in one of the surprisingly cheap bars in the city. Make sure to check Sitges’ carnival, if you are visiting the city in February.
5. Placa Reial
Placa Reial is a beautiful square just off Las Ramblas. There you can find all of the best traditional Catalan or Spanish bars and restaurants. You can also see a wide range of street performances, from Flamenco to Hip-hop and Dance Classics. The most famous nightclubs are also found in this district, you can check Sidecar for Indie Rock and live performances or also Jambore for Hip Hop and dance classics.
4. Do not take taxis
They are far too expensive, and you can get practically anywhere with the metro system. You can buy a T10 and each of the 10 journeys will cost you less than a Euro.
3. Free museums first Sunday of the month
Most of the main museums in Barcelona are available and free of charge on the first Sunday of the month. Museums like CosmoCaixa and Picasso museum are included in this list. We recommend you to arrive early in your preferred ones, as lines can get quite long.
2. Experience the nightlife
Clubs in Barcelona do not get going until 2am or 3am. It is maybe a nice option to sit in a cozy bar and have a few drinks before you head to one of these amazing nightclubs:
Sala Apolo is a good option for rave lovers. The club is open pretty much every day of the week and offers a lineup that oscillates from Rock to Raggae and Rap. Mojito Club is for the traditional Salsa lovers. At this club, patrons are not shy about showing their best moves on the mirrored dance floor. If you are not an expert, you can come in earlier for a lesson at 10PM. Razzmatazz is a 5 room club, with a very cool design and audience. The music ranges from techno to pop music and renowned musicians. Macarena Club is literally an underground club, held in a subterranean sweatbox type of place. The club counts on a pumping base to the music of the best national and international DJs.
1. Spend time outdoors
Barcelona has beautiful parks, and it would be a pity to miss these amazing places, especially during summer. The Parc de Montjuic was elected the Traveler’s choice 2013 by TripAdvisor. Ride the cable car to the top. Wonderful gardens, beautiful views, awesome castle, great photo opportunities. A great way to spend an hour! Montserrat is worth going really early in the day. The road can get very busy later, particularly on weekends and it backs up fast. The Black Madonna is not really worth queuing up for, just go into the Church and you can see her directly over the altar in an open niche. Enjoy the views and take a ride up the mountain instead. Gaudi Park Guell is the most emblematic park in Barcelona. It combines a great mixture of nature and breathtaking views of the city. The style of Gaudi’s architecture and vision can be clearly seen throughout the park. The use of bright colors, uncommon architectural forms and uses the landscape and nature to favor his designs.
We hope you enjoy all Barcelona has to offer. Please leave your personal favorites on the comments below.