Barcelona City Guide & Top 10 Attractions

Travel Guide

The Basics Of Barcelona


There are a number of reasons for a visit to Barcelona, there are a large number of things to do and see regardless of the size of your travelling party. This article is not to blow your mind with everything that is going on in Barcelona but share some of our knowledge about what is there. Like any city, there are good places and bad places to visit and if this is your initial time of visiting Barcelona or if you have paid a visit before, enjoying yourself and making the most of your time there is paramount. It is often an idea to have a rough plan of places you wish to visit, and Barcelona has a wide variety of fascinating places to visit that you will never forget.

Barcelona Things To See And Do

While you are in Barcelona there are quite a few places of interest that are certainly worth visiting. The extremely popular Spain district of Spain has attractions which you could be familiar and others which aren't that familiar to people from outside the area 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 Gracia

This is just a starting point if you have found a quality travel guide you can delve further and depending how much time you have in Barcelona. You will discover other enjoyable points of interest and attractions in the Barcelona part of Spain.

Getting Mobile In Barcelona

Barcelona is not a difficult city to navigate, once you have your bearings and know a couple of local landmarks it should become pretty simple. You can discoverer a lot of the area on foot but be sure to stick to popular and familiar areas after dark. If you wish to cover larger distances across Barcelona there are other ways to get around. There is a city wide bus system where tickets can be purchases to cover multiple journeys. If your own wheels are required why not hire a Rental Car In Barcelona, there is also the option to use Barcelona Taxis, where you can seek local knowledge from your driver. What ever method you use to explore Barcelona make sure you see as much of the city as your can.

Barcelona Metro Map

Barcelona Metro Map

Large Barcelona Metro Map

Barcelona Buses

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Large Barcelona Bus Map

Accommodation In Barcelona

If you plan to stay in Barcelona for longer period of time you will need to find a suitable place to stay. Barcelona offers a broad range of places to stay these consist of hotels at the high end of the star range to lower end hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels. If you are visiting the city on business ensure that the hotel you pick 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 a good selection of lower star hotels that offer basic but suitable facilities for travellers. If you don't have a large budget there is a number of guest houses and hotels in the area which are a good place to rest your head. Whatever accommodation type you select in Barcelona ensure you take time to seek out deals that are available on countless travel web sites, often these are out of season or when a home sports team isn't playing a game.

Recommended Hotels In Barcelona

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

Places To Eat In Barcelona

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A wide number of venues are available to dine at in Barcelona, the place you dine at will reflect your tastes and budget. There are a number a fantastic low cost restaurants that serve Spanish meals that won't leave you out of pocket. If you are on the look out for a fine dining restaurant these exist in numbers, but be sure to have placed a prior booking also ensure you are dressed correctly. If you just wish to eat without glamour the well known chain brands , but if you are on the trail for something more real find somewhere that's really busy. 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 try and seek your local vouchers and remember to try something new.

Recommended Places To Eat In Barcelona

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

The Shops And Outlets In Barcelona

Barcelona is a great place 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 popular brand name outlets, here you can buy fashions at lower prices. If you are on the look out for bargains, Barcelona has a number of stalls and markets where you will be able to find big savings on clothes and gifts. Like most cities, Barcelona has a number of Malls where you can shop till you drop. There is also a number of specialist shops that offer items with a twist unique to Barcelona

Shopping Locations In Barcelona

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

Sport In Barcelona

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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.

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

Barcelona Facts And Statistics

When coming to terms with a new location like Barcelona it is always good to be armed with some basic facts. There are some here that could help you.

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 In Barcelona

Like other cities Barcelona has positive and negative points, it is clever to have you wits about you and you will be OK and hold fond memories of this great Spanish location. Ensure you have a good guide so as to know where you are heading, try not to make it obvious you are a visitor to the city by exposing expensive electronic goods and don't carry your passport and large amounts of cash on you. Stick to well populated areas after dark and if you should get lost hail a taxi. You might be enjoying yourself, but still be alert. Stay street wise and you will have a great trip to Barcelona. As a rule Spain is a safe location with helpful and warm citizens. Some rudimentary planning works in your favour and if you have a picture in your mind of the city you can understand it better.

27 July 2017