As you know, Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in all Europe, famous for art and architecture patterned from Antoni Gaudì. We are going through 7 tips you need to take seriously to enjoy Barcelona like a local!
Drink sangria and eat tapas
Sangria is the main alcoholic drink in Spain, you can find a different variance of it based on the part of Spain you visit. It’s main wine and fruit, and trust me, I try to make it myself following some recipe online, but trying it to the original land, is a different story! Tapas, are snacks that you enjoy as starters, mainly made with Mediterranean food, like olive and cheese, they look tiny but full of flavors. One of my favorite spots for it is Puerto Plata, where you can taste Sangria and Tapas, both of them for a reasonable price. If you want to try something different, la Boqueria Market is in la Rambla, it’s open every day except Sundays, and you can buy everything from fruit and cheese to a ready meal or snack. If you enjoy octopus, Bar Celta Pulperia it’s an amazing place if you go for a Kebab, Punjabi is a must stop, or if you are more for Mexican food, el pachuco is what to look for!
Go out every night
Barcelona never sleeps, especially for a city on the beach ‘Movida‘ is everything. So why don’t you make the best out of it? As the sun goes down, all the center of Barcelona turns into an interesting restaurant and music bar, there are a lot of places around La Rambla and Barceloneta. If you want something easier you can just walk around and find what suit you more, or if you want to go to clubs, Razzmatazz, is one of the most famous Disco in Barcelona, or for something more local, Diobar, open all year round with a Greek restaurant on the top, and different music every night!
Important: book everything that you want to visit online!
The queue is usually really long in peak season, so plan your day and book at least the most visited places like Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Simply go to their website and book (link back on the name) the day and slot that you prefer, pay online and get there at least 30 min before your slot, just to be sure. You have no idea how much time you do save! My first time in Barcelona I couldn’t see Park Güell because everything was fully booked for 4 days! So trust me, you won’t regret it.
Rent rollerblade, skate, or a bike
The best way of exploring the city is renting some rollerblades, you can have an amazing sunny afternoon along the Barceloneta on rollerblades, feeling like on a dream! Or you can rent a bike, easy to move around and quicker than underground or bus. And last, if you are a Skater, you can enjoy hanging around MACBA in the late afternoon, there is music on the street, guys on skate practicing and showing spectacular things, others, arbitrary selling beer for 1 euro, I mean, I don’t think there is a street space cooler than this!
Go higher: on top of the city!
Turó de la Rovira – Mirador de les bateries, situated on a hill next Park Güell. Is commonly called Bunker, due to the purpose it, during the Spanish civil war, was a perfect base for an anti-aircraft battery. After being abandoned is now open to visitors. I went by walk from Park Güell, about 20 min walking and hiking to the top. Also, another view I enjoyed for Free, was at the top of Hotel 360, in the heart of the city. Go inside the hotel and go up to the top floor and enjoy the view.
Explore the beauty of the city
Start your walk from Plaça de Catalunya, get down to la Rambla, have a deep walk in the Barri Gòtic, gothic quarter, the old city, where you can explore the beautiful architecture. Behind la Rambla, Plaça Reial, where you can stop for some drink or tapas, visit Barcelona cathedral, and if you have time, in this area, there are a lot of beautiful small museums worth a visit. Finishing your day on Park Ciutadella, have another walk to see Agbar Tower, known as Glòries tower, and have an amazing dinner and night time Barceloneta.
After you book your entry for Parco Güell and Sagrada Familia (which I will highly recommend seeing with audioguide), it’s time for some shopping! You cannot miss Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s fashion district, and if you keep walking down you will ending up at casa Batllò, also a big queue outside, so I recommend booking your tickets online. Also a nice walk in Avinguda Diagonal.
As other things to see, the Stadium, Camp Nou, don’t forget to visit Picasso Museum, and then the amazing Plaça d’Espanya, and walk down to see the Font Màgica de Montjuïc. Keep walking and you will see Plaça de Les Cascades, enjoy all the Montjuïc Park and in the evening remember to go back to the Font màgica as during the weekend the fountain become entertainment with lights and music. Beautiful!
Go outside Barcelona for a daily trip
Barcelona has endless things to do and to see, one thing that I will highly recommend is the visit Figueres, the Dalì museum, really fun and entertaining. You can find a daily trip tour in some travel agencies if you prefer, or if you are looking for a cheaper version, you can go by train, which is about 1h and 40 min or 2h and 20 min, depends if you take the fast train or the regional one. Another daily trip that I recommend is Montserrat, about 1 h, 1h and 30 min from Barcelona. This daily trip is for those who love to spend time in nature, I found interesting 9 mistakes to avoid travel from Barcelona to Montserrat, which will give you some tips on how to get there saving some time and money!
If you want to see the amazingly clear sea, rent a car and go on a daily trip to Castell Beach, which is about 1h and 49 min by car, then S’Alguer Cove which is 24 min away from Castell Beach, and also really close Cala Estreta.