Travel guide to visit the best of Barcelona

Catalonia and Barcelona have become one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting a large number of visitors. With a history dating back to the most ancient times in Europe, the capital, Barcelona, is a vibrant and lively city. In addition, we cannot forget the beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava, which are very close to Barcelona.

The city offers an impressive variety of artistic treasures, from Romanesque churches to works of great figures of modern art and architecture such as Dalí, Gaudí, Miró and Picasso, making Barcelona a unique place in Europe.

How to get to Barcelona?

By plane: The most common and fastest way to get to Barcelona is by plane. El Prat Airport, located about 12 km from the city center, receives international and domestic flights daily. From the airport, you can take the train, bus or cab to reach the city center in less than 30 minutes.

By train: If you are already in Spain or a nearby country, the train is an excellent option. Barcelona has the Sants station, which connects with cities such as Madrid, Valencia and Paris. The high-speed AVE trains make travel fast and comfortable.

By Car: Traveling by car gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. The main highways connecting Barcelona are the AP-7 (from France) and the AP-2 (from Zaragoza and Madrid). Remember that traffic in the center can be heavy, so it is advisable to use public transport once in the city.

Why is it a good place to visit?

Barcelona is a must-see destination for several reasons:

Architecture: Antoni Gaudi’s works, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, are jewels of modernism that you can’t miss.

Rich culture: Museums, theaters and festivals fill the city with cultural life.

Urban beaches: La Barceloneta and other nearby beaches offer a perfect place to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean.

What to do in Barcelona?

Visit the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is an unfinished masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi. This imposing temple is one of the most recognized symbols of Barcelona and a must-see. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance to avoid long lines.

Exploring the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is the historic heart of Barcelona. Its narrow medieval streets are lined with stores, cafes and historic monuments such as the Barcelona Cathedral. Getting lost in its alleys is part of the charm.

Strolling along Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is Barcelona’s most famous promenade. This tree-lined boulevard is full of life, with street performers, markets and stores. Don’t miss the Boqueria Market, where you can sample fresh and delicious produce.

Enjoying Park Güell

Park Güell is another of Gaudí’s legacies. This public park offers panoramic views of the city and is filled with colorful sculptures and buildings. It is a perfect place for a relaxing stroll.

Best restaurants in Barcelona

Can Culleretes: Can Culleretes is one of the oldest restaurants in Barcelona, known for its traditional Catalan food. Try the suquet de peix (fish stew) and the crema catalana for dessert.

El Xampanyet: This tapas bar is famous for its lively atmosphere and excellent cava. Be sure to try the anchovies and Iberian ham.

Tickets: For a unique culinary experience, visit Tickets, an avant-garde tapas restaurant run by the Adrià brothers. The tapas here are creative and delicious, perfect for a special night out.

Schedules and rates

Tourist attractions

Sagrada Familia: Open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. General admission from 20 euros.

Park Güell: Open from 8:00 to 21:30 hours. General admission from 10 euros.

Picasso Museum: Open from 10:00 to 20:00 hours. General admission from 12 euros.

Public transport

Barcelona’s metro and buses operate from 5:00 to 24:00 hours, with night services on weekends. A single ticket costs €2.40, but it is recommended to buy a T10 card (10 trips) for €11.35 to save.

How to save money in Barcelona?

Visiting Barcelona can be quite expensive, but there are several ways to cut costs during your stay:

Buy food at the supermarket: Instead of always eating at restaurants, buy your groceries at supermarkets. There are many inexpensive options and you will be able to enjoy fresh, local foods.

Use public transportation: Opt for public transportation instead of cabs or services like Uber. Barcelona’s metro and buses are efficient and will take you almost anywhere in the city.

Enjoy free attractions: Barcelona offers many free attractions. Stroll through the Gothic Quarter, explore La Rambla and visit the city’s parks and squares. These walks will cost you nothing and will allow you to get to know the city better.

Avoid tourist restaurants: Stay away from restaurants in tourist areas that tend to be more expensive. Look for places frequented by locals, where prices are more reasonable and the food is usually authentic and delicious.

Bring a reusable water bottle: Take a water bottle with you and refill it instead of buying bottled water. There are many public fountains where you can refill your bottle for free.

Walk whenever you can: Barcelona is a very walkable city. Try to get around on foot to save on transportation and also enjoy the city at your own pace. Use the metro or buses only when really necessary

Where to stay: Occidental Barcelona 1929?

For a comfortable and central stay, we recommend the Occidental Barcelona 1929. This hotel offers a privileged location, just steps away from Plaza de España and Montjuïc, two of the most emblematic areas of the city.

Why choose Occidental Barcelona 1929

Ideal location: Close to the main tourist attractions and well connected by public transport.

Modern amenities: Spacious rooms, gym, swimming pool and free WiFi.

Excellent service: The staff is friendly and always willing to help you have the best possible experience.

The Occidental Barcelona 1929 is the perfect choice for those looking for comfort and quality during their stay in Barcelona.

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Barcelona is a city that has something for everyone. Whether you are passionate about history, architecture, gastronomy or just want to relax on the beach, this guide will help you make the most of your visit. Remember to plan ahead and enjoy every moment in this wonderful city.

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