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  • Food (12727)
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  • Sightseeing (10585)
  • Museums (7731)
  • Tapas (6745)
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Barcelona was highly rated for architecture by 951 guests from the United States!

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How can you enjoy the sights in Barcelona while avoiding the crowds?

Ayeesha
Ayeesha, United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

By going to local areas and appreciating the sights. Mountains are pretty nice for views of Barcelona. Tibidabo was the least hassle to access and has amazing views! Everything else I would recommend buying tickets in advance unless you want to queue up for over an hour or two just to purchase the tickets. I would also recommend purchasing a two day pass for Barcelona City Sightseeing as you can jump on and off the bus whenever you want. Its 35 euros for two days and it goes all around the city every 5-10 minutes :)

Why do you recommend Barcelona for food?

Joshua
Joshua, United Kingdom

29 days ago Report

Food, as with the whole of Spain, is a way of life. Whether enjoying sangria and olives outside a quiet cafe on ramble del poblenou or eating tapas at one of the many bars in La boquieria, you're pretty much surrounded by excellent fresh food. If you're a sea food lover, then you're in for a real treat. La boquieria market just off las ramblas is the place to be. You can't help but be inspired by the wonderful ingredients. You can either buy from the market and take away to cook yourself or as previously mentioned, eat from one of the many tapas bars, such as El quim or Barcentral, they're all amazing. Good food is everywhere in Barcelona. I recommend also you try Bar Mut. I could go on forever. Just go and eat!

The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Barcelona mean to you?

PHILIP
PHILIP, Latvia

16 days ago Report

Cleanest city beach ever seen, impressed with maintenance. Rare that a major metropolitan modern city has such nice beaches and a very clean sea with good underwater visibility. Yes, there are crowds, but there is mostly a respectful and peaceful atmosphere. Also a choice of beachwear, topless is optional and beaches to the north are optionally nudist.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Barcelona?

Israel
Israel, United States of America

30 days ago Report

Do eat anywhere that isn't a mom and pop shop or where tourists go. Eat fancy one day or so but visit all the little restaurants and ask them to give you some authentically Spain. Get different tapas, bocadillas, eat patatas bravas but don't order food that "your used to" otherwise why go on vacation. You will love what the Spainards eat, its healthy, portioned right and different.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Barcelona.

Jill
Jill, United Kingdom

19 days ago Report

A fantastic choice of shops to suit all ages and so reasonable. For gifts I recommend going up the cobbled side streets around the Gothic Quarter for bargains eg tourist gifts etc ( never pay the price as marked on the item, barter for the best price. Great for clothing and some great shoe shops etc.

Is there more to shopping in Barcelona than just brand-name stores?

Christopher
Christopher, Netherlands

11 days ago Report

There are shops everywhere in Barcelona, you just need to move away from the areas around Passeig de Gracia/Placa de Catalunya/Rambla de Catalunya (though they also have good shops).

What's the best way to make the most of Barcelona by foot?

Anonymous, Unknown location

25 days ago Report

I suggest to plan walks for each quarter per day: Barri Gotic, Eixample, Montjüic, etc. Barcelona is full of tourists and in front of each attraction there's a huge line (even though the prices are really high: for example, to enter the !!!unfinished!!! Sagarada Familia you have to wait for hours in the line and pay €21)
I suggest to enjoy the architecture from the outside.
Also, walking along the port is very nice and relaxing, cause there are not so many tourists and you can have a break from the urban noise.

What makes the people from Barcelona so friendly? Tell us your story.

Nicola
Nicola, United Kingdom

11 hours ago Report

The metro us really simple and easy to use. I would recommended paying ten euros for ten trips as it works out considerably cheaper. I also used the train from the airport before getting the metro. Again very simple and staff at the airport station were very helpful.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Barcelona?

Clare
Clare, United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

Be very careful outside clubs on the beach at night. Watch your bags and your friends and stay together! Don't take more money than you need for your night out and ideally try not to keep it all in one place - split it up. Lastly, don't take anything important (passport and glasses for me - it was hell managing without those)

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Jill
Jill, United Kingdom

19 days ago Report

Go up some of the side streets eg around the Gothic quarter much quieter and more reasonably priced. Small supermarkets have beautiful fresh breads, cheeses, cold meats and fruit, buy and make your own lunches etc. Great fresh food market approximately half way up Les Rambles (recommend you go early for their fresh bread &croissants etc. There are a variety of eating places here but it is really busy.

What is it in Barcelona that makes history come to life?

David
David, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

If you visit Goudi's Battlo house do so after doing the Barcelona tourist bus trip (buy tickets from the underground Information office (good english plus you can get Sagrada familia tickets for a timed entrance thus avoiding the queues) in Pl Catalunya next to El Corte Ingles){ same ticket can be used on red, blue and green routes although green is all but worthless} and along with ticket/s you get a discount booklet incl 3 Euro off the price of Battlo (21euro entry) which you can then spend on the audio/visual tablet which shows you the furniture which was in each room, desks, tables/chairs and altar etc which greatly enhances the understanding of this dragon house. It also shows where Goudi developed some of the ideas used in the Sagrada Familia. The opportunity to have your photo taken (10 euro photo or 13 euro photo + digital download ) from the highest sharks mouth balcony should be taken as it will probably be one of the few which includes everyone rather than excludes the one holding the camera.

What seafood experience in Barcelona is still on your mind?

Sergio
Sergio, Italy

24 days ago Report

The best seafood you can eat in Barcellona is in Can Magno "restaurant" in Barceloneta, hard to find, full of people, but very good and cheaper!
Other is "La Paradeta" there are 4 "restaurants in Barcelona, in different places, one is near La Sagrada Familia, other is near La Sagrera, other is inside the Born, near the market, other don't remember. La Paradeta are like a fish market, you choose what you prefer, and they cook it..

Tell us what you really thought about the art in Barcelona?

ALEJO
ALEJO, United States of America

10 days ago Report

Modernism is all around you. So if you like Art Nouveau this is the place to be. There is contrasting styles from ancient roman ruins, medieval churches, modern churches, palaces, contemporary building door to door to old ones. Gaudi, Domenech, Dali, Picasso, Miró are around the next corner. You could be walking in the Ramblas and see in the floor a Miró.

Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Barcelona start with?

Anonymous, Unknown location

24 days ago Report

Picasso. Go early to buy tickets and visit museum later. This helps avoid lines since they have separate places for tickets and entrance. They open at 9:00am now.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Barcelona has to offer?

Israel
Israel, United States of America

30 days ago Report

Dont eat anything that you would eat where your from. If your on vacation, eat what the locals eat. Don't be ashamed to ask questions, people in Barcelona are very patient and helpful. Don't be afraid to try something that is outside of your comfort zone. More likely than not you will love what your about to taste!

What did you discover about the museums in Barcelona that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Zhamilya
Zhamilya, Kazakhstan

21 days ago Report

I went to Pablo Picasso Museum on Saturday, but if you want to save 11 Euro, the best day for visit is Sunday. The first Sunday of the month there is free admission. Every Sunday an admission is free from 3 p.m. The museum is very good and must be visited either with fee or free admission.

Why do people say Barcelona can be seen best by foot?

Desislava
Desislava, Bulgaria

20 days ago Report

Even though I visited the city in the end of April, not in high season, I still found the central parts too busy. This changes instantly if you "get lost" in the hundreds of small walking streets to the sides of La Rambla - great treasures are hidden there! I was particularly astonished by the balconies :)

What makes Barcelona one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Raj
Raj, United Kingdom

15 days ago Report

Make sure you see the sights, watch a concert or a flamenco show at the Palace of music, sailing trip, food is excellent and good value, look for 3 course set menu's, tapas for a snack ( can become expensive), free walking tour of the gothic area. We had a great time and we loved visiting this great city.
Just a word of caution, pickpockets on the metro and other crowded places. We carried our backpacks but on our chests, one arm across it. Not worth spoiling your holiday by being foolish. Otherwise quite a safe city. We used to use the metro till quite late at night, walk back to the apartment after midnight, never felt intimidated.

Why is the atmosphere in Barcelona something people rave about?

Joanna
Joanna, Canada

15 days ago Report

Everyone seems very calm and laid back. People are friendly, always willing to help even when they don't speak the same language. Drivers respect pedestrians (and there are LOTS of them!). The setting of the city is amazing with beautiful architecture and lots of public parks. Everything is alive, young, old and in-between seem to enjoy life.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Barcelona.

Teresa
Teresa, United Kingdom

19 days ago Report

Wandering at leisure and being able to stop at bars and cafes for a drink and something nice to eat whenever I felt like it made the holiday for me. The hotel was relaxing and life seemed to be at a slower pace. However, there are areas of the city that have a lively night life but that's not what I was looking for. There is plenty to see and do whether on your own or with friends/family.

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