Barcelona City Guide


Travel Guide


An Overview Of Barcelona

Barcelona

It's a good idea to visit Barcelona, on offer is a number of brilliant attractions regardless how large or small your group is. We don't aim to sway your mind on what to do while in Barcelona but rather just provide guidance and offer advice on what is there. Not unlike other cities, there are good and bad places to visit and if it is the first time you are visiting Barcelona or if you have paid a visit before, enjoying yourself and making the most of your time there is paramount. It can be wise to set in your mind what you want to do and see, and Barcelona has a number of really interesting experiences that you will remember for a long time.

Ten Top Attractions

During your visit in Barcelona a number of great attractions exist that are certainly worth visiting. The popular Spain area of Spain has attractions that you may know and perhaps others that aren't known to outsiders of Barcelona we have amassed a Top Ten list to help you on your way:

1. Church of the Sacred Family
2. Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana)
3. Casa Batllo
4. Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
5. Guell Palace
6. St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral (Eglesia de Santa Maria del Mar)
7. El Born
8. Guell Park
9. CosmoCaixa
10. Passeig de GraciaThese are a simple starting point if you have taken a quality guide book you can delve further and depending how much time you have in Barcelona. You will discover other enjoyable attractions and locations in and around the Barcelona vicinity of Spain.

Getting Mobile

Barcelona is a fairly easy city to get around, once you have an eye for the place and know a couple of local landmarks it should become pretty simple. You can cover a lot of the city as a pedestrian but be sure to stick to popular and familiar areas after dark. If you wish to traverse greater distances across Barcelona there are some other alternatives to get around. There is a good, reliable bus network where passes can be bought to include multiple trips. There is also the option to use Barcelona Taxis, where you can seek local knowledge from your driver. Whichever way you plan to explore Barcelona make sure you see as much of the city as your can.

Barcelona Metro Map

Barcelona Metro Map

Hotels

If you are staying in Barcelona for a period longer than one day you will be looking for a place to sleep. Barcelona has a wide range of places to bed down these include hotels varying from the higher end of the star range to more modest hotels, B&Bs and hostels. If you are travelling on business ensure the hotel you decide to select has facilities to suit you and is OK for your needs as the roads in Barcelona can result in problems at certain times of the day. If you are seeking out more luxury accommodation there is a selection of top chain and independent hotels. Barcelona also offers an excellent array of lower star hotel options that provide simple but functional facilities for visitors to the city. If you do not have a huge accommodation budget there is a number of hostels and guest houses in the city which are a fine place to sleep overnight. Whichever type of accommodation you select in Barcelona try and make time to see if any bargains exists on a wide array of travel web sites, often these are out of season or when a home sports team isn't playing a game.

Recommended Hotels

1. Casa Camper Hotel Barcelona
2. Alma Barcelona
3. Mercer Hotel Barcelona
4. Hotel Primero Primera
5. Hotel DO Placa Reial

Dining

There are many different places to eat in Barcelona, the venue you are limited to is only bound by your budget and tastes. There are quite a lot of good cheap places that offer Spanish meals that won't leave you out of pocket. If the restaurant type you are looking for is of the high end there are a number of these, but be sure to have a prior reservation also ensure you are dressed correctly. If you just wish to eat without glamour the well known chain brands like Subway or McDonalds exist in the city, but if you are on the look out for something more authentic you should ask a local and see where they suggest. Part and parcel of visiting a city is to enjoy everything about it, including it's food There is a wide variety of places to dine in Barcelona. whether that is a café, a fine restaurant or food from a street vendor. You should check local newspapers for offers and remember to try something new.

Recommended Places To Eat

1. Domino Bar
2. Con Gracia
3. Kata Restaurant
4. 336
5. Cafes El Magnifico

Retail / Shops

Barcelona is great for shopping, there are some great areas of the city where you can buy fantastic items and gifts. Barcelona has a wide array of designer boutiques and high end outlets, for those interested in buying clothes. It also has familiar chain stores, here you can buy fashions at lower prices. If you are trying to find a bargain, Barcelona has a number of popular markets where you will be able to find big savings on clothes, household items and gifts. Like most cities, Barcelona has a number of Malls where you can shop till you drop. The are also a number of shops with a difference that offer items unique to Barcelona

Shopping Locations

Passeig de Gràcia - High End shopping Area With Places To Dine
Raval - Trendy Shopping Area - Funky Shops and Outlets
La Roca Shopping Outlet - Shopping Mall / Shops / Restaurants
Gràcia - Picturesque shopping area with novelty shops
El Corte Inglés - Popular Shopping Area With Gift And Novelty Shops

Key Facts

When starting to understand a new city like Barcelona it is always good to be armed with some basic facts. These is a few that could come in handy.

Continent: Europe
Country: Spain
Region: Catalonia
International Dialing Code: 34
Barcelona Coordinates: 41.3857° N, 2.1699° E
Altitude: 12 m (39 ft)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Language: Spanish
Barcelona Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)
City Population: 1.62m
Metro Population: 4.6m
Temperature High In 28.0°C / 82.4°F
Temperature Low In 4.4°C / 39.9°F


Keeping Safe

Like most cities Barcelona possess it's own good and bad points. it is clever to have you wits about you and you will remain safe and have a fantastic trip to this wonderful Spanish place. Try and make you’re read your guide book brief to understand the city geography, don't make it obvious you are a novice to the cities geography by exposing expensive electronic goods and don't carry huge amounts of cash on your person. Stick to areas you know after dark and if you do discover you have lost your way, don't panic and go into a shop and ask for help. Just because you are enjoying yourself, don't switch off your senses completely. Bear this is mind and you will have a great time in Barcelona. On the whole Spain is a safe location with helpful and warm citizens. Some rudimentary planning works in your favour and if you know a city better, you will have a much better time there.

Sporting Teams

Barcelona is a city that really enjoys it's sport there are a number of professional sports teams within Barcelona that if you get the chance are well worth a visit at some truly great sporting venues.

barcelona fc

Football (Soccer) FC Barcelona Camp Nou
Football (Soccer) RCD Espanyol Estadi Cornellà-El Prat
Basketball (ACB) FC Barcelona Bàsquet Palau Blaugrana
Handball FC Barcelona Handbol Palau Blaugrana
Ice hockey FC Barcelona Ice Hockey Palau de Gel

19 August 2014