Barcelona is a favorite of many artists and architects because of the extensive range of works by many famous artists like Antoni Gaudi, Antoni Tapies, Pablo Picasso and many others. There are art installations, architecture wonders and highly adorned walls. You can also try a lot of delicious cuisines in Barcelona.
Why should anyone visit the city?
The best and most significant thing in Barcelona is the art, architecture and science. If you want to enjoy exploring some unique attractions perfect master pieces of art and science, then the city is the perfect destination to travel. There are gothic buildings, unique colorful architecture by Gaudi and huge murals. It is a very modern and stylish city with the original works of artists.
How does one get to the destination (airport, ferry or others)?
There are different ways to reach the city.
- El Prat International airport welcomes flights from everywhere in the world to Barcelona.
- Balearia and Trasmediterranea are two companies which offer ferry trip to and from Barcelona. You can plan a very interesting and entertaining journey.
- Many bus companies offer trips to Barcelona from different areas of Spain, London.
- Train station of Barcelona is the busiest station of the country because it is very well connected to all the major destinations of the world.
Is the city safe? What areas are not safe?
Barcelona is overall a very safe destination for tourists whereas the general safety precautions should be followed. There are scammers and pickpockets at almost every tourist area and in crowds. Violent crime rate is extremely low. Metro stations and other places are also safe to walk in the night. Avoid some parts of El Raval and the Sants to walk late at night.
What’s the weather like?
Weather does not matter in Barcelona because it is the most visited destination of Spain.
May and June are the best months to visit the city because the temperature remains peasant and beautiful. Most of the events and festivals are organized in these months.
July and August have everything on extreme from the temperature, humidity to the air fares and accommodation prices. Tourist crowds are also very high in this time. Plan carefully!
September to December is the less tourist season and the rates also become cheaper. You can not enjoy a dip in the water because it becomes too cold. October faces the heaviest rainfalls of the year. November and December are less precipitated but cold. December becomes very interesting because of the Christmas celebrations.
January to April are also good to visit where a not warm enough to enjoy a dip in the water. There are light rain showers in April.
What languages are spoken in the area? Is English spoken?
There are two types of languages spoken in the city one is Spanish and the other is Catalan. Almost 98% speak Spanish. A lot of people belong to the tourist industry in Barcelona so English is also widely spoken. Visitors face no problem in communicating with others in Barcelona.
What’s the local currency?
Is US Dollar widely accepted?
Euro is the official currency used in Barcelona. The Euro exchange places have live rates of conversion with all the major currencies of the world. US Dollar or any other currency is not accepted anywhere so you need to convert the currency you have in Euros.
What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?
There is ample of accommodation available throughout the city. You can choose from many neighborhoods because most of the places have eateries, shopping and tourist attractions access.
Barri Gotic is the amazing place to see the history and culture of Barcelona. Most parts of this area are still in their original historic shape like medieval streets and gothic buildings. It is filled with tourist crowds because of its attractions and neighborhood. It is also the best area to stay for the first time visitors.
Ponlenou is the best neighborhood to enjoy the nightlife and party scene of the city. You can visit the beach side to have an ultimate, amazing experience of clubbing. This is the wonderful area for the backpackers and nightlife lovers.
What’re your top 3 hotels (budget, moderate, luxury) and why?
- Itaca hostel is the budget place to stay and the best option for backpackers in the Barri Gotic. It has bunk beds and shared space option or private rooms option with private attached bathroom.
- The Moods Catedral Hosral Boutique is the place only for adults. The rooms have free Wi-Fi and air conditioning with a free and modern vibe.
- Hotel 1989 is the luxury accommodation of Barcelona that is located in the 19th century building. It has a unique colonial style architecture with a rooftop swimming pool, bar and sun terrace.
How does one get around the city? Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?
- Metro, Trams and FCG are the quickest and most convenient way to get around the city. They are not heavy for the budget as well because there are many travel cards and ticket discount offers.
- Buses are available in every area of Barcelona. Some of them goes to the suburbs of the city as well. Metro, Trams and FCG cards can be used in buses or vice versa.
- Taxis are also frequently available throughout the city. The availability can be seen by the roof light of the cab.
- You can explore the city by bikes or can walk around to different closer attractions to enjoy.
Can you highlight the Top 5 MUST see sightseeing?
Basallica De La Sagrada Familia is one of the top rated unconventional and historical churches in the world. Not only the gothic building is mesmerizing but the Art Nouveau interior and exterior makes it one of its kind. It is listed in UNESCO world heritage site. This is a must visit place to see the wonder of Gaudi’s architecture.
Gothic Quarter remains filled with tourists because of its historical and cultural influence. This remained the spiritual and traditional center of the city since 2000 years. You can explore the medieval architecture and beauty by strolling in the streets of the quarter.
Casa Mila is another wonder and the most popular secular building by Antonio Gaudi. It is also recognized as La Pedrera. It was constructed in the early 19th century in the form of a fictional contemporary structure that looks like a sculpture.
La Rambla gives you an amazing chance to interact with the locals of Barcelona and the visitors from all around the world. This is the social hub of the city where you can see many interesting activities and people showing their talents.
Palau De La Musica Catalana is the catalan music palace that has concert hall and auditorium. It was designed by the architect Lluis Domenech. The stain glass panes of the ceiling and the statues of the building makes it very special for the visitors.
What’s the best place to take a photo?
Parc Guell is the surrealistic park designed by Antonio Gaudi. Do not miss visiting this amazing place and clicking some amazing photos. It is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list. There is the house of the artist, art pieces, furniture and a lot more to explore.
What about the top 3 restaurants?
There are many restaurants located throughout the city. Some of them are owned by the foreigners who bring specialty of their local cuisines to the city whereas others are run by the food experts. You will get delicious things to eat everywhere. The best ones are:
Can Pineda – 19th century Catalan traditional food restaurant. They offer seasonal dishes which are available only in their specific season.
Bambarol – Run by two expert and famous chefs who serve the best tapas in the city after learning best techniques from all over the world.
Rice by Sanchez Romera- The chef of the place is the former doctor who turned to cooking. This is the best place to have a unique experience of Mediterranean and Asian food fusion.
What about the top 3 breakfast places?
La Esquina is the superb breakfast place. It is a restaurant, Tea and coffee place with a variety of options for the best morning meal.
Norte is a joint venture of three friends. The place offers many delicious breakfast or brunch options that includes egg dishes, sausages, ham and vegetables.
Federal café is the restaurant, coffee shop and bakery so you will find many Barcelona specialties at this place with delicious coffee.
What’s the one thing you MUST eat in the city?
Paella is the must eat food of Barcelona. It is a rice and seafood dish that includes beans, shells and many herbs. The dish is served at many places throughout the city where as for the locals it is limited to special occasions and events.
What about food markets?
La Boqueria is the famous food market of the city with a lot of vegetables, fruits, cooked and uncooked food items. It is the largest market so locals also visit this place to buy foods.
Mercat de Santa Caterina is the famous and vibrant market. you can recognize it with its colorful roof. The prices are a little higher as compared the other markets of the city.
Where should one go at night? Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?
La Rambla is the most touristy area of the city and a good option for the nighttime adventures. You can visit the place to find the best lively place for you. This place has more tourist crowds so the prices are also higher.
Barrio Gotico is the place with many bars, drinking places and clubs. This area has the most fashionable, famous and unique venues of the city.
Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?
Arola- Luxurious roof top terrace
Sky Bar- The terrace of Grand Hotel with luxurious pool
Isabela – Terrace of Hotel 1989
Barcelo Raval- Perfect place to see 360o Barcelona city
Can you recommend the best shopping areas? Best shopping mall?
Placa De Sant Josep Oriol is the vibrant place where you can shop while listening to some local talent. Street musicians, painters and fortune tellers are performing around this place.
Avinguda Doagonal is an international luxury products market. You will find almost all the luxury brands of the world at this place like Gucci, Versace, Armani, Calvin Klein etc.
The Portal De l’Angel has abundant options of exclusive products like clothing, accessories, crafts and many more.
Do you recommend any tours outside the city? Islands? Boat Tours?
There are following places to enjoy trips outside the city.
- Girona- Ancient Town
- Figueres – 18th century architecture
- Montserrat – Coastal area, cable car and sight seeing
- Sitges – Seaside Town
- Collserola – Natural beauty with cycling trails and walking routes.
Are Casinos allowed? Blackjack tables? If so, what’s the best Casino in town?
There are many casinos and gaming places in Barcelona where you can grab a drink and enjoy the games. The best on is the Casino Barcelona. It is a very nice and vibrant place for gambling. You can select your type from many options. It is a thrilling place with delicious food, drinks, music and many more.
Any last advice for people visiting the city?
It is one of the best walkable cities of the world so wear something comfortable to walk easily.
Find a festival to enjoy the trip more.
Keep your belongings carefully because there is huge issue of pickpocketing.
There is no Uber in Barcelona so hire a taxi or use public transport.