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Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop. The strip between Gràcia to Plaça Catalunya is a shopper’s paradise. The avenue is also home to some of the city’s most stunning architecture. Casa Batlló and its iconic snakeskin roof have a visceral quality that's typical of Gaudi. It’s also worth wandering among the modernist chimneys of La Pedrera.Accommodations near Passeig de Gracia
Architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner infused the Art Nouveau style into this ornate theater. Built in the early 20th century, it features playful accents reflecting the symphonies played here. The focal point is the auditorium itself, where Antoni Rigalt’s stained glass skylight hangs from the ceiling. The Palau regularly hosts concerts featuring chamber music to jazz.Accommodations near Palau de la Musica Catalana
The atmosphere around Las Ramblas is a never-ending carnival. Pick up some roasted nuts from a street vendor, shop at local and brand-name stores around Plaça de Catalunya, or just wander and soak up the unique Catalan flavor. If there’s an FC Barcelona victory, crowds of soccer fans celebrate around the Canaletes Fountain. Watch out, there are plenty of pickpockets.Accommodations near Las Ramblas
Don’t throw stones anywhere near the enormous stained glass windows of Sagrada Família, the church that dominates the Barcelona skyline. Gothic and Art-Nouveau influences collide in this spectacular monument to Christendom, with beautiful interior spaces. Still actively under construction, its completion is expected by 2030 when Gaudi’s grand design will be realized.Accommodations near Sagrada Familia
While the rest of Europe is starting to shiver, you’ll be sunbathing well into November. Laid back and friendly, spend a lazy day sipping cocktails at the beachfront bars, or just go soak up the sun. The seafood restaurants along the pier feature outdoor dining with a gentle sea breeze. Leave your inhibitions at home – there's also a nudist section of the beach.Accommodations near Barceloneta Beach
This is one fountain that you don't need to throw pennies into. Join the masses every 15 minutes after dark to watch water shoot upwards to the sound of contemporary pop, the Lord of the Rings theme, or "Barcelona" from the 1992 Olympics. The color, light and sound spectacle is so dramatic that you almost expect fireworks and fanfare to erupt from the fountain.Accommodations near Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Joan Miró was a visionary artist ahead of his time. Take a journey into Miró’s mind with paintings, sculptures and tapestries that stand as a testament to his life’s work. Works of modern art from his contemporaries are also on display, as well as from up-and-coming artists. This magnificent space is one of the most popular museums in Barcelona, so expect lines.Accommodations near Joan Miró Foundation
If you'd like a "dalliance" with the surreal, journey into Gaudi’s imagination at Park Güell. Starting in the Gràcia district, this 42-acre garden showcases Catalan modernism at its greatest. Fairy-tale cottages and mosaics fill the park, where you can discover glorious views of the city. Just be ready for a steep walk from the metro stations, Lesseps and Vallcarca.Accommodations near Park Güell
Even when it’s empty, you can still sense the electric atmosphere in this iconic soccer stadium. With a capacity of 100,000, the stadium is home to Football Club Barcelona. During the soccer season, fans clog the metro stations and the city comes to a stop, so plan accordingly. For tickets, visit FCBotiga (the FC Barcelona branded stores around the city) or book online.Accommodations near Camp Nou
Sending your children on a rocket to the moon is not advisable, but at least they’ll be a bit closer at the theme park atop Tibidabo Mountain. Take your miniature humans on the funicular to the fairground and spend an afternoon in the clouds. Stargazers shouldn’t miss the beguiling Fabra Observatory – built in 1904, it’s one of the world’s oldest functioning observatories.Accommodations near Tibidabo
This pretty little town is just down the coast from Barcelona. Take the 45-minute train from Passeig de Gràcia or Estació de França, which winds through the coastal cliffs, offering beautiful views out onto the glistening Med. Once there, 17 fine-sand beaches await sun seekers. For gourmands, there’s plenty to be getting on with – from the up-market La Fragata restaurant to the “pintxos” of La Donostiarra.Accommodations near Sitges
If you’re looking to avoid the crowds of Barceloneta Beach, all you have to do is go one stop further on the metro, to Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica. Although it’s only a couple of minutes further along, this beach gets far fewer visitors than its ever-popular neighbour, which is a real plus if you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet while you sunbathe.Accommodations near Nova Icària Beach
Get a different view of Barcelona. This cable car runs from the city up to Montjuïc, the hill that dominates the city skyline. The trip gives you peerless panoramas right across the cityscape, all the way up to Mount Tibidabo. Once you get to the top, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, from the National Art Museum of Catalonia and Montjuïc Castle to the amazing Miró Foundation.Accommodations near Montjuïc Mountain Cable Car
This theme park feels like it sits on top of the city. Set up on Mount Tibidabo, it abounds with old-school charm. Among its attractions are a cutesy ferris wheel and an old aeroplane ride that chugs round in a circle, dangling you above the cityscape. Pick up some candy floss and prepare for some retro fun!Accommodations near Tibidabo Theme Park
What better way to spend a scorching day than in a water park, where you can indulge in splash after splash? Located just an hour’s drive outside Barcelona, Water World certainly delivers on this splashy promise. Whether you prefer to wallow in the Wave Pool, whizz down Rafting River or hurtle down the chute of Kamikazes, there’s something for all the family here.Accommodations near Water World Water Park
Think of Barcelona and you think of the Sagrada Família. Gaudí’s masterpiece has been under construction for over 130 years and won’t be fully finished until 2026. Its interior is a palatial hall of soaring columns and heavenly stained glass, while awe-inspiring views from the top of the spire make the hundreds of steps well worth it.Accommodations near Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
This seaside hill is Barcelona’s natural look-out spot. A cable car runs up to the castle on the top for bird’s-eye views, while the Miró Foundation, Poble Espanyol and MNAC Art Museum add a touch of culture. At the foot of Montjuïc, water, light and music combine in the spectacular Magic Fountain show.Accommodations near Montjuic
The jewel in Barcelona’s architectural crown, Casa Batlló is Gaudí at his finest. Even sandwiched between stunning Modernista buildings on Passeig de Gràcia’s most famous block, this fairytale house stands out. A camera is a must to capture its kaleidoscopic colours, dragon-scale roof and cave-like interiors lit by glittering stained glass.Accommodations near Casa Batlló
Give us a wave! Officially called Casa Milà, La Pedrera – the Quarry – earned its nickname thanks to its rippling stone façade. Gaudí's signature style can be seen in the undulating interiors and spiral staircases which coil their way up to a rooftop terrace lined with colourful chimney pots and spires.Accommodations near La Pedrera
Colourful Gaudí buildings are all well and good, but Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter proves that shadowy and atmospheric is just as beautiful. Ancient alleyways lined with shops and bars lead from La Rambla towards hidden churches and secluded squares, before opening out onto the Town Hall Square and Barcelona Cathedral.Accommodations near Gothic Quarter
Concerts at Palau de la Música are a feast for the eyes, not just for the ears. This hall’s intricate architecture and multi-coloured mosaics earned it UNESCO World Heritage status, while enviable acoustics make it one of Barcelona’s finest music venues. Daily tours are available, but try to catch a show to feel the building’s full effect.Accommodations near Palau de la Musica
No trip to Barcelona would be complete without an amble along La Rambla. Cutting through the city centre and down to the sea, this tree-lined avenue bustles with shoppers, street performers and pavement cafés – perfect for people-watching. If you’re peckish, why not pick up a snack from La Boqueria Market on the way?Accommodations near La Rambla Area
This 15,000-seater stadium is right across the road from FC Barcelona’s main base, Camp Nou. It fills with loyal fans each weekend when the lower-league Barça B team takes on its footballing rivals. The Mini Estadi is also home to the FC Barcelona women’s side and the club’s main youth team, Juvenil A.Accommodations near Mini Estadi
Restaurants And Bars
You can’t get much more central than La Taverna de Barcelona. Perched on one corner of Plaça Catalunya, this cosy pub is a top spot to catch a game or two. Its abundance of large screens ensures you’ll never miss a goal, while a wide range of beers, traditional tapas and good old-fashioned bar snacks will keep you going even into extra time.Accommodations near La Taverna de Barcelona
If you fancy a dance with the surreal, journey into Gaudi’s imagination at Park Güell. This sprawling 17-hectare garden showcases Catalan modernism at its finest. Fairytale cottages, mosaic dragons and intimate enclaves fill the park, which has glorious views over the city. Be ready for quite a steep walk from the nearest metro stations at Lesseps and Vallcarca.Accommodations near Park Guell
Montjuïc Hill is a natural look-out spot in the heart of Barcelona. The steep climb up to the summit is more than made up for by the fresh air and stunning views of the city and sea. If you don’t want to walk the whole way, combine your trek with a ride on the cable car or funicular railway.Accommodations near Montjuïc
Like it or loathe it, the Sagrada Família is certainly a remarkable building. A riot of funky towers, floral insignia and modernist sculptures, Antoni Gaudí’s grand vision for a Barcelona basilica has been a work in progress since 1882. Since then, it’s become an iconic image of the city, despite its unfinished state. They aim to have it ready by 2026, the centenary year of Gaudí’s death.Accommodations near Sagrada Familia Basilica
The 14th-century Santa Maria del Mar is one of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture around. The highlight is actually the interior. There’s a sparseness of iconography due to a fire in 1936, and the resulting simplicity foregrounds the soaring columns and shafts of light that melt through the windows. Beautiful.Accommodations near Santa Maria del Mar Church
This unusual concert building was part of a Catalan cultural revolution. It was built in 1905 for the Orfeo Català, a choral society that was one of the leading lights of the “Renaixença” – or Renaissance. The architecture is impressive – particularly the auditorium itself – but it really pays to see a concert and experience the building in its true context.Accommodations near Palau de la Música Catalana
Certainly not your average hospital. This impressive Modernist complex is one of Barcelona’s lesser-known architectural jewels, and while most of its medical functions have been taken elsewhere, it still stands as a monument in its own right. It’s also just up the road from the Sagrada Família, so you can kill two architectural birds with one stone.Accommodations near Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau
The camera-toting crowds may focus on Casa Batlló’s flashy curves, but connoisseurs will be equally intrigued by its neighbour, Casa Amatller. The façade’s checkerboard right-angles contrast neatly with nextdoor’s colourful crooks and curves. Inside, there’s a pleasing harmony between traditional Catalan residential architecture and Germanic elements.Accommodations near Casa Amatller
The newest addition to Barcelona’s architectural icons. Opened in 2005, this tower – mostly made up of offices – stands proudly above the Glòries neighbourhood. It’s made up of 4,400 windows and 56, 619 translucent glass plates, all of which create a mosaic effect. It may be best appreciated at night, though, when the tower is illuminated by thousands of blue and pink lights.Accommodations near Torre Agbar
Pretty squares and narrow streets give this central Barcelona neighbourhood a small-town vibe. Day and night, Poble sec’s terraces and tapas bars buzz with locals and visitors alike. Today, traditional eateries like Quimet & Quimet compete with trendy brewpubs and organic cafés, but bar-hopping along bustling Carrer Blai will never go out of style.Accommodations near Poble-sec
Once a separate town, Gràcia is fiercely proud of its independent spirit and village-like feel. Narrow streets lead into sleepy squares lined with bars and cafés that make for perfect people-watching territory. In mid-August, the annual Gràcia Festival sees the area come alive in a whirl of colourful homemade decorations and raucous street parties.Accommodations near Gràcia Neighbourhood
Follow the sea breeze to Barcelona’s Port Olímpic. Jam-packed with restaurants, bars and clubs, this trendy harbour district is always abuzz. Long summer days see sun-seekers jostling for space on Vila Olímpica Beach, before dancing the night away in Opium or Shôko. In winter, the waterfront is a favoured hang-out for locals to stroll, skate or just watch the world go by.Accommodations near Port Olímpic Area
Picasso’s iconic paintings may grace galleries across the globe, but this is where it all began. The artist spent his formative years in Barcelona, and this compact museum houses a world-class collection of his early works. As you wander the Picasso Museum’s medieval halls and stone staircases, you’ll see his shifting style unfold through line drawings, Blue Period oils and the entire Las Meninas series.Accommodations near Picasso Museum
This museum’s comprehensive collection spans a thousand years of Catalan art. Known locally as MNAC, the National Art Museum of Catalunya brings together everything from 11th century Romanesque murals to modernist paintings and sculptures. Even better, its lofty location on Montjuïc Hill means the views are every bit as stunning as the artworks inside.Accommodations near National Art Museum of Catalonia
All white walls and glittering glass, this towering modern structure stands out proudly from the ancient alleyways of Barcelona’s Raval district. Inside the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona – or MACBA, as it’s known locally – cutting edge design competes with ever-changing exhibits, ranging from the abstract and avant-garde to pop art and photography.Accommodations near MACBA Contemporary Art Museum
Is it a cloud? Is it a bird’s nest? Whatever you think it represents, the tangled steel wire sculpture crowning the roof of the Tàpies Foundation is truly spectacular. This beautiful red-brick building contains the most comprehensive collection of works by Antoni Tàpies – one of Spain’s most renowned modern artists. Established by the man himself, the foundation also hosts lectures, workshops and film screenings.Accommodations near Antoni Tàpies Foundation
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L’Eixample’s large, grid-like avenues (modeled after New York) are easy to navigate. Passeig de Gràcia (in the center) is a tourist hot-spot, with Gaudí's Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, as well as Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller within easy reach. Carrer Balmes is a safe and tolerant area for all kinds of travelers.Accommodations in Eixample
Barcelona's city center effortlessly melds the present with the past. Head to the Gothic Quarter to explore the city's Roman foundations, or to the cosmopolitan Rambla del Raval for the best Barcelona vibes. Gaudi's playfully curvy houses decorate Passeig de Gràcia, which is also home to fantastic brand-name and luxury shopping.Accommodations in Downtown Barcelona
Ciutat Vella ("Old City") is comprised of several neighborhoods: Barri Gòtic, Raval, El Born and Barceloneta (all in more detail in separate descriptions). As a whole, the district’s characteristic features include narrow, winding streets that reach from Las Ramblas to the coast.Accommodations in Ciutat Vella
The enormous Roman Catholic church designed by Gaudi dominates the skyline. Construction on the UNESCO World Heritage building began in 1882 and continues to this day. Visit the neo-Mudéjar Monumental bullring, which once hosted a concert by The Beatles, as well as bullfights until 2012 (when the practice was banned in Catalonia).Accommodations in Sagrada Familia
This district retains a lot of its traditional character. Tourist hot-spots surround Montjuïc Hill, next to Plaça Espanya. Visit the Joan Miró Foundation and Catalonia National Art Museum (MNAC) in the Palau Nacional. The 17th-century Montjuïc Castle stands on the hill, and there are also the colors of the Magic Fountain to enjoy below.Accommodations in Sants-Montjuïc
The city walls are remnants of the Roman Empire, while Placa de Sant Felip Neri is riddled with bullet holes from the Civil War. Portal de l’Àngel and Carrer Avinyó have an array of brand-name and vintage boutiques. Dance the night away at the trendy clubs on Plaça Reial.Accommodations in Gothic Quarter
There’s a youthful energy in this dynamic area. Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça del Sol and Plaça de Rius i Taulet are charming squares to relax in and people-watch. Take a stroll through Gaudí’s Park Güell, with its unique architectural spaces that offer wonderful views of the city.Accommodations in Gràcia
Rambla del Raval is a cosmopolitan area with a wide tree-lined pedestrian avenue, home to Gaudí’s Palau Güell mansion, the Liceu Opera House and La Boquería Market on La Rambla. MACBA, the city’s modern art museum, doubles as an informal skate park and meeting point for the city’s younger inhabitants.Accommodations in Raval
Accessible only by train or bus, this primarily residential district has a range of local restaurants. For families traveling with younger children, the CosmoCaixa science museum showcases a range of exhibitions. Les Planes, an outdoor picnic area, is nestled on the farthest edge of the district.Accommodations in Sarrià-St. Gervasi
This trendy neighborhood features designer boutiques, quirky cafes and a variety of restaurants to explore off Passeig del Born. Cultural activities include the Picasso Museum, Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral and Born Centre Cultural. The sprawling Ciutadella Park borders the neighborhood, home to the Barcelona Zoo and Zoology Museum.Accommodations in El Born
Running from Olympic Port to Torre Sant Sebastia, Barceloneta was completely revitalized for the 1992 Olympics. For a beautiful full-scale city panorama, take a trip on the cable car from Torre Sant Sebastia to Montjuïc Hill, or explore the popular seafood restaurants on Passeig de Joan de Borbó.Accommodations in Barceloneta
Javi was born and raised in Barcelona and is crazy about sports, especially FC Barcelona.
Carretera de les Aigües is a flat mountain path in the Collserola Hills that spans the width of the city. It's a great place to go for a run, cycle or walk – it's a joy to exercise in the fresh mountain air, with amazing views over the city.Accommodations nearby
Ric moved to Barcelona for its vibrant skateboarding scene, street culture and creative vibe.
Skateboarders around the world revere the square around the MACBA. You’ll find a mix of skaters, tourists and locals in the area. It’s a gathering place for young people and watching the world go by – just make sure you watch your stuff!Accommodations nearby
Carla is super positive and loves seeing new places and spaces with her loved ones.
This is Barcelona’s best-kept secret: a show-cooking market set in a restored 15th-century palace. There are all sorts of stalls with gastronomic delights: eggs cooked in a hundred different ways, Japanese, Spanish, Italian food – it's a charming place to grab a bite to eat!Accommodations nearby
Travel-crazy Alba loves to return home to Barcelona, which always welcomes her with open arms.
I really recommend visiting Carrer de Blai for the tapas route. One of the central streets in the Poble Sec district, beer or wine plus tapas or pintxo are two euros on Thursdays. The quality far outstrips the price, which is much cheaper than the regular tourist spots!Accommodations nearby
Noemi is crazy about reading and jigsaw puzzles, especially of cities she has visited.
Torre Rosa is a unique bar set in an old colonial house with a peaceful terrace outside, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city. I used to go out with my friends to places around Marina or in the Old Town, but nowadays I prefer to go to quieter places with a bit of background music where my friends and I can sit and chat.Accommodations nearby
Arlette is passionate about discovering unique places that are original, historical and beautiful.
If you are a beer lover, La Fábrica Moritz (Moritz Brewery) is the perfect place to discover more about this Catalan beer brand and its history, while enjoying the beautiful rustic architecture that’s on offer.Accommodations nearby
Photographer Alfonso has lived in Dublin and Madrid but always returns home to Barcelona.
If you love taking photos as much as I do, you must visit Pati Museu del Marés, the courtyard of the Marés Sculpture Museum. It’s a perfectly relaxing spot in which to read a book, grab a coffee, look at the water or simply enjoy contemplating life among the orange blossoms.Accommodations nearby
Laura moved back home to Barcelona from Amsterdam to be closer to nature.
My favorite place near Barcelona is Sant Miquel del Fai. It is an amazing Romanesque church set in the cliffs, next to a waterfall. It is about 50 km (31 mi) from Barcelona and there are some really beautiful walking routes in that area.Accommodations nearby
French-born Virginia loves green spaces and has called Barcelona home for 25 years.
I love green spaces so the gardens around Teatre Grec (Greek Theater) are some of my favorite in Barcelona. Enjoy the sun and wander among the ash trees, cypresses, rose bushes and bougainvillea or come here later in the day to enjoy the sunset over Barcelona.Accommodations nearby
Music and sports lover Jordi has lived most of his life in Barcelona.
Granjas are cafés that serve breakfasts and brunches. The experience of eating in one of these traditional cafes has hardly changed in 140 years. It's also special to me because the family who run it are from Cardedeu, a town where my family is originally from. I recommend the suizo (hot chocolate with cream on top).Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...Why do you recommend Barcelona for food?
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!See all 133 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's the best way to make the most of Barcelona by foot?
The best way to explore Barcelona is to buy ticket for double-decker (bus with 2 floors). You can see them everywhere in the city. One day ticket is 27 euro, 2 days ticket 38 euro. They have 2 routs (1 route for 1 day, but if you wish and have energy, you can make 2 routs on 1 day). So, you can drop off on every stop, walk as long as you want there, and then get on the bus again. This bus goes to every attraction place in Barcelona, so by this way you can see ALL Barcelona. It is very convenient.See all 56 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Barcelona while avoiding the crowds?
Taking the open top bus tours is best way to see so much. They were frequent and had running documentary to listen to. Hop on hop off stops but feel going whole way round on first bus then stay on and get off where you like. Probably 2 day pass best value as so much to see and visit Trains efficient but miss sights from under ground and beware as had purse taken while on train from castle to RamblasSee all 182 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Barcelona?
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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.See all 86 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Barcelona mean to you?
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.See all 129 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Barcelona.
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.See all 71 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Is there more to shopping in Barcelona than just brand-name stores?
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).See all 49 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?
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Visit somewhere off las rambles. Food is cheaper and also quite tasty. We love to eat locally.See all 46 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What makes the people from Barcelona so friendly? Tell us your story.
Willing to help always and most people can speak English so did not have problem with languageSee all 37 answers
El Prat is Barcelona’s main airport. A 7-mile train ride gets you to Passeig de Gràcia and takes approximately 26 minutes (operating from 6 am to 11:30 pm every day). Taxis take approx. 20 minutes and it’s not necessary to book in advance. Another convenient option is the Aerobus, running every 15 minutes from 5:30 am to 1 am, 7 days a week. The Aerobus stops at Carrer Sepúlveda and Plaça Catalunya.
Budget airlines usually fly to Girona Airport near the Costa Brava, about 54 miles from central Barcelona. Rental cars and taxis are available. The bus to Estació del Nord takes 70 minutes – departure times depend on incoming flights, but they usually run every 3 hours. Advance bookings are not essential. If you want to catch the train, you’ll need a taxi to Riudellots station 2.5 miles away.
Barcelona's relatively modest size and reliable Metro network make it an easy place to travel around. You can buy single, monthly or ten-journey tickets for the Metro. The ten-journey option costs around EUR 10 and can be used by several people, so you don't necessarily have to buy one each. These tickets can also be used on the bus. There are plenty of well-marked stations scattered throughout the city.
There are two main stations for train travel within Barcelona – Barcelona Sants (the main transportation hub) and Passeig de Gràcia (the most central). Both stations have shops and restaurants nearby and offer easy and quick connections to local trains and the metro. If you’re traveling to destinations outside of Barcelona, you’ll probably depart from Barcelona Sants; tickets can be booked online in advance or purchased from a service desk.
Taxis are well marked and readily available throughout the city. Official taxis are black with yellow stripes. Simply go to a taxi stand or hail one from the street – taxis that are available will have a green light on top. If you have special requirements (for instance, facilities for wheelchairs, larger vehicles) it’s best to book in advance.
If you rent a car at El Prat Airport, getting to the city is simple. Follow the signs to Centre Ciutat on the C-31 highway. There are very few turns involved. If you’re looking for a rental, there are plenty of options available at the airport and most international chains (Hertz, Budget, etc.) are represented. On-street parking can be difficult, but there are plenty of "Saba" brand garages around the city.
Bus travel within the city is not recommended – the metro is extremely efficient and easier to understand for non-locals. If you do need to catch a bus, bus numbers are listed on the signs and stops are clearly marked throughout the city. Unfortunately, there are no maps displayed at the bus stops, so you might need to ask a local for help. Single-journey tickets are available on board.
Barcelona’s relatively compact size and growing number of bike lanes make it a great place to explore on two wheels. There are many bike rental places in the center of town, such as Green Bikes in the Gothic Quarter and Bornbike in Born. Both of these operators offer bike tours of the city where you can take in some of the most popular sites.
Open since the late 19th century, this traditional and lovingly preserved restaurant was once a haunt of Picasso and Rusiñol. Their extensive lunch menu features mainly local Catalan cuisine. Enjoy live jazz on Tuesday evenings.
This chain restaurant is great for budget-conscious travellers looking for a friendly place to eat. It has a very informal but lively atmosphere that occasionally gets quite busy. They also serve a variety of tapas-style dishes, as well as a selection of beers.
Vegetarians definitely need to steer clear of this restaurant, which features a huge range of meat options. Their menu is mainly traditional Castilian fare, including a delicious roast lamb. There are a few other branches around the city. Traditionally decorated, it's great for group meals and attracts a mixed clientele.
For something a little bit different, Julivert Meu serves do-it-yourself style Catalan cuisine. Pa amb tomàquet (a traditional Catalan dish of bread, salt, garlic, oil and tomato) - is served in a DIY sort of kit that you prepare yourself. With its very rustic vibe and traditional accents on the wall, it's unusual to find a place this authentic next to the tourist-heavy Las Ramblas.
Enjoy traditional Mediterranean food in an Art Nouveau-inspired restaurant. It's spacious and suitable for larger groups of people or travellers with children. They offer a set menu with mainly seafood that varies between the week and weekend.
A one Michelin star restaurant with Asian-Fusion style tapas, Dos Palillos's head chef is Albert Raurich, formerly of El Bulli. Located in the stylish Casa Camper hotel, it's pricey but not totally out of the question. Make sure that you book well in advance.
Bilbao Berria is known for being somewhat of a tourist trap, but its central location is a huge draw. There are cheap pintxos and a modern ambience that attracts an international crowd.
Locals and tourists alike flock to La Rosa Negra for some of the best Mexican in town. They serve cheap mojitos and make nice ceviche (cold citrus and coriander soup with seafood.) It's always buzzing and often hard to get a table - so try and book early!
This Vietnamese restaurant has cute and colourful modern décor and features an outdoor eating area. Drawing a mixed crowd, it's great for younger travellers who want to relax in an informal environment. They also stock a range of Asian beers.
Traditionally inspired Thai décor adorns this most lovely of restaurants, with cushioned seats and low tables. The menu features standard Thai cuisine served on flamboyantly decorated plates. Great for groups or an intimate evening, the spacious restaurant has quiet corners surrounded by greenery that are good for a bit of privacy.
Tapas 24 is a fairly upmarket tapas restaurant. They serve classic tapas staples such as patatas bravas, croquettes and bombas, as well as more innovative dishes. It tends to attract a younger crowd and can get very busy, due to its small size.
Caravelle is a gastropub that tends to draw people in for its extensive brunch menu. Also a good coffee spot with ethically grown beans, it has an expatriate feel given their majority English and Australian staff. The interior is quite minimalist and charming.
This Italian restaurant chain is fairly cheap and cheerful - their menu consists of pasta, pizza and risotto-based dishes. La Tagliatella has traditional décor with maroon walls and accents, as well as a large mezzanine to accommodate groups.
La Rosa del Raval serves very affordable Mexican food in a bustling, often extremely busy environment. Attracts a younger crowd of locals and is also popular with tourists. They serve delicious soups and cocktails, like raspberry mojitos. It's often hard to get a table, so get in early!
With a smorgasbord of options for the vegetarian, Veggie Garden is great for big portions on a budget. It has an Eastern vibe that attracts a more alternative crowd, particularly for their thalis (an Indian and Nepalese style set menu with various dishes).
Bacaro is a small Venetian tavern that serves tapas-style dishes and great gnocchi. Suitable for small groups and couples, it attracts a mixed crowd of locals and tourists.
For a tapas restaurant slightly off the tourist map, this restaurant serves high quality, fresh tapas - especially 'flautas' - small baguettes with a range of fillings. It's good for a relaxing evening and more informal dining occasions.
Fresh and healthy Japanese fusion, which blends Japanese food with Mediterranean and Latin American influences. The slick and modern décor combines wood with accents of exposed wood. It's popular with young people and has a relatively informal atmosphere.
Tasca i Vins is perfect for lunch on a low budget. They have an extensive lunch menu serving Mediterranean food, as well as hearty roast lunches. The interior is like a traditional tavern, with lots of beams and rustic accents. Attracts a mainly young crowd.
A traditional restaurant that serves Galician food, including baby octopus and many other fresh seafood specialities. It's more of a local place, but great for groups because dishes are served with sharing in mind. Gets quite busy on the weekend, so get in early to avoid disappointment.
On a sunny day, pull up a chair at this café located in a quiet square. With mainly Argentinian fare, it features free Wi-Fi and a separate lounge area with sofas. The cafe generally attracts a young and modern crowd. They do nice cakes, including Argentinian alfajores - and cheap cocktails!
This cheap and cheerful chain restaurant is popular with vegetarians. It has multiple locations throughout the city and has limited space to sit down. The cuisine is typically pita bread filled with salad of your choice.
For a touch of authentic tradition, this restaurant has been in operation since 1786. It has a traditional environment to match its cuisine, which is made up of various seafood options and home-made desserts. Tends to attract a more mature crowd.
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