So you’re going to Barcelona! What a great city. It is the best place to go if you are going to spend a vacation abroad. But how do you make the most of your time in Barcelona? Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your vacation.
Learn to cook a traditional Spanish meal
One of the best ways to experience a culture is through its food. So why not learn how to cook some traditional Spanish dishes? There are plenty of cooking classes available. If you’re too busy eating delicious tapas, though, there are lots of opportunities to sample the local cuisine at Barcelona’s many food markets.
Explore on foot
The best way to experience Barcelona is on foot. This is a city full of surprises; every corner you turn reveals something new, and walking allows you to pause at will and take in all the sights and sounds. In the words of Joan Miró: “You can find inspiration in everything—you just have to look.”
The best place to start is at Plaça Catalunya (Catalonia Square). One of the city’s most famous landmarks, this beautiful square has seen it all, from celebrations of victory to protests and demonstrations. Today it’s one of the city’s main meeting points. From here, you can easily walk to any other point in town.
If you go down Passeig de Gràcia, you’ll find what is, without a doubt, the most famous building on this boulevard – Casa Batlló. Designed by Antoni Gaudí between 1904 and 1906, this building with its colourful facade and unusual shapes is one of Barcelona’s architectural icons. Just a few yards away is Casa Milà, also designed by Gaudí, and known as La Pedrera (the stone quarry). A visit to these two buildings will give you a good idea of Gaudí’s style.
Be sure to go for a walk along Las Ramblas, which is a must-see for any visitors, but don’t forget to explore some of the smaller, quieter streets that lie just off it. There are many beautiful buildings and hidden gems waiting to be discovered if you look hard enough.
Eat at La Boqueria Market
It’s a big, beautiful market with all sorts of foods and drinks that you can try out. A few stalls have tables so you can sit down, but most don’t, so be prepared to eat standing up or walk around while you munch! There is also a nice little cafe right next door if you’d just like to have a drink or dessert and not eat at one of the stalls.
Visit the Sagrada Familia
Honestly, there’s no better church in Europe. Gaudi was a genius and it shows in his most famous work. Make sure to see the inside of the church as well as the outside.
There are plenty of great tapas bars all over Barcelona, but my favorite place is Los Caracoles which is near the Parc de la Ciutadella in the El Born neighborhood on Passeig del Born (the main street). You can’t miss it; just look for the caracols (snails) painted on the sign out front. I would recommend avoiding this place on Sundays when it is absolutely packed with families and tourists. The best times to go are weekdays during lunch or dinner.
Hire Barcelona Airport taxi services
Barcelona Airport taxi is the best option to get to your destination in Barcelona city or inside Catalonia. If you need a ride to any hotel or accommodation, you can get a transfer service with Barcelona Airport taxis.
The journey from Barcelona airport to the city center takes about 20 minutes depending on traffic conditions. The airport has its own train station that connects with the city center and main railway stations in 25 minutes.
Barcelona is a vibrant city that is bursting with life and culture. It’s not surprising that Barcelona is one of the most visited destinations in Europe. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or enjoy keeping active outdoors, there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your time in Barcelona. The city has something to offer every type of traveler, so I hope these tips helps you plan the perfect trip.