Barcelona

 
Overview

With mountains on one side, the sea on the other and an exciting urban hub in between, Barcelona has to be the ultimate city destination. The home of modernist artist Gaudi and with a cultural verve unmatched in Spain, the capital of Catalonia is a jumble of fantastical and modern buildings, medieval streets and lively beaches.
Best Time to Visit

July and August can get quite hot and humid, so the best time to go is early summer (May-June) and fall (September-October), when it’s pleasant and mild.
Barcelona
Transportation
Barcelona has an excellent public transport network. Buy a T10 pass from any ticket machine to get ten one-way trips for €8. Alternatively, if you buy individual single tickets, they will cost  €2. The passes are valid on all metros, buses, trains and trams operated by TMB, Renfe and FGC. Taxis in Barcelona are also cheap, hassle-free and easy to find.
Barcelona Weather
August is the hottest month, with an average high of 24°C (74°F). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 10°C (49°F).

Know Before Visiting
Mealtimes in Spain can be confusing. Restaurants are generally open from 1:30 p.m. to 4.:00 p.m. for lunch, from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. for dinner. Many stores close for lunchtime siesta (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.), as well as on Sundays and public holidays. Also A lot of businesses close for the whole month of August.

Language
Spanish and Catalan.

Electric
Type E two-prong plug

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
La Rambla
Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, is a wide pedestrian boulevard stretching from the waterfront Monument a Colom to Plaça de Catalunya in the centre of the city. Lined with trees, cafés, restaurants, florists and shops, La Rambla is the perfect place to soak up Barcelona’s vibrant atmosphere.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

La Ribera (Waterfront)
A stroll along the harbour side (promenade) and wooden walkway is an excellent way to see some of the results of Barcelona's epic regeneration programme. The waterfront now boasts a myriad of eateries and bars, a vast shopping mall and leisure centre (Maremagnum) and the excellent L'Aquarium.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Waterfront, Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia 
With its curving Gothic and art nouveau forms, the Sagrada Familia is the iconic symbol of Barcelona and is prided as Antonio Gaudí’s finest work, even though it was only a quarter complete at the time of his death.
Opening Times: Basilica: Daily 0900-1800 (Oct-Mar); 0900-2000 (Apr-Sep).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401, Barcelona, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona Cathedral (La Seu)
The imposing architecture of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia - known as La Seu, (‘seat’ in Catalan), dominates the city’s Gothic Quarter.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0800-1245 and 1300-1700; Sun 0800-1345 and 1400-1930.
Admission Fees: No although a donation is requested for the afternoon hours (there is a charge for the roof, chapter house, choir and cloister museum).
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça de la Seu, Barcelona, Spain
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Parc Güell Created by Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudí Parc Güell is a fantasy-land that combines features of the natural landscape with Gaudí’s architectural extravagance to create a park that is a popular stop for visitors to Barcelona.
Opening Times: Daily 0830-1800 (Oct-Mar); 0800-2130 (Mar-Oct).
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer d'Olot, Barcelona, 08024 Barcelona, Spain
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Picasso Museum The Picasso Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the artist and is one of the city's main tourist attractions. The museum itself is spread over five large town houses close to the Parc de la Ciutadella.
Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1000-2000.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: No
Address: Carrer Montcada 15-23, 08003 Barcelona , Spain
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Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)
The narrow, winding streets of the Gothic Quarter or Barri Gòtic contains an exemplary collection of gothic buildings from Catalonia's Golden Age in the 14th and 15th centuries as well as Roman ruins, squares and restaurants. Plaça Sant Jaume is the epicentre of the city's political life, overlooked by the Renaissance-style Palau de la Generalitat (location of the Catalan government) and the Ajuntament (city hall).
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça Sant Jaume, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Milá
Casa Milá, also known as La Pedrera, is a masterpiece by Barcelona’s most famous artist, Antonio Gaudí. The undulating apartment block on the corner of Passeig de Gràcia is an intriguing architectural marvel.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1830 (Nov-Feb); 0900-2000 (Mar-Oct).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Passeig de Gràcia 92, 08008 Barcelona , Spain
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Basílica Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar is counted among the most beautiful churches in Barcelona and is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan Gothic style. It was the place of worship for the shipwrights and merchants of medieval times.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1330 and 1630-2000.
Admission Fees: No.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça de Santa Maria, Barcelona, Spain

FC Barcelona Museum and Nou Camp
The Nou Camp Stadium is home to FC Barcelona, one of the world's legendary football clubs and the largest stadium in Europe. The FC Barcelona museum tells the history of the club and displays its numerous trophies as well as having one of the best private collections of football memorabilia in the world.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 1000-1830, Sun 1000-1430 (Oct-Apr); Mon-Sat 0930-1930, Sun 0930-1430 (Apr- Oct). Times vary on match days.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Carrer Arístides Maillol, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Looking rather incongruous in the down-at-heel surroundings of the Raval district, to the west of La Rambla, Barcelona's brilliant-white Museum of Contemporary Arts is at the forefront of efforts to regenerate this traditionally seedy area of the city.
Opening Times: Mon and Wed-Fri 1100-1930, Sat 1000-2100, Sun 1000-2100 (25 Sep-24 Jun); Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri 1100-2000, Sat 1000-2000, Sun 1000-1500 (25 Jun-24 Sep).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Plaça del Angels 1 , Barcelona, Spain
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Food & Drink

Tickets
This ambitious Barcelona-based restaurant serves some of the best tapas in Spain. With four different sections – seafood, the grill, sweet treats, and little inventive surprises – you'll get 'El Bulli' versions of all tapas from all over Spain. Squid in its ink with almond paste or grilled watermelon are just a couple examples. Dining here is a trip of culinary wisdom, emphasizing the playful nature of eating and is a restaurant that should be on your list when visiting Barcelona. Defiantly look into booking a table in advance.
Address: Av. del Paraŀlel, 164, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
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Mosquito
Mosquito’s speciality is Chinese dumplings in myriad forms, but its tapas comprise a grab bag from all over the continent. The 'xiaolong bao' (steamed pork dumplings) and crispy duck are more than toothsome, and a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho with noodles makes for a sturdy lunch on its own. Mosquito also has excellent beers, some of which are brewed for the restaurant; the 'trigo' (wheat) beer is especially good.
Address: Carrer dels Carders, 46, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Pizz Del Born
Pizza Del Born has quickly become one of Barcelona's most well known pizza places. Located on the trendy and very busy Passeig Del Born walkway, this place is perfect for late night street food, a cheap and easy lunch or a Saturday afternoon bite with friends. It's a small pizza joint with a few stools and places to eat in, or they can package it in a box for you, straight out of the oven so you can eat it on the street or take it home.
Address: Passeig del Born, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Igueldo
Igueldo is a perfect model for traditional cuisine with a modern flair, and not too over-the-top or pretentious. The cooking, with a strong Basque flavour, will always put you in a good mood, thanks to the simple, elegant décor, including a bright hardwood floor and white walls and columns.
Address: C/ Rosello, 186, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Dionisos
Dionisos is Barcelona's tastiest Greek food. With various restaurants throughout the city, it has made a name for itself for providing quality Greek dishes in both a rustic and elegant setting. Depending on the location you frequent will determine whether you're dining at more of a street food location or a sit down restaurant. Dionisos in George Orwell Plaza is your best street food option as there is nowhere to sit inside the small little shop. Their Shawarma and greek salads are delicious as is their hummus and fresh pita. Their Gyros are also amazing, be sure to ask for a lot though as they sometimes give small portions.
Address: Av. del Marquès de l'Argentera, 27, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Gresca
A tiny space with a small kitchen staff produces first-class dishes. The dishes are creative, but always tasty and recognisable, such as the octopus with Catalan black sausage, the pigeon with ginger, or the mouth-watering omelette made with herbs and wrapped with a paper-thin slice of Catalan bacon.
Address: Calle Provença, 230, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Nightlife
Old Fashioned Gin & Tonic Cocktail Bar
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Whilst it may not be as historic nor aesthetically pleasing as many of its adversaries in the city, this tiny modern cocktail bar in the lively Gracia district offers some of the best cocktails in Barcelona and is well worth checking out if you have a taste for high quality tailored drinks. The attention to detail from the friendly bartenders is highlighted by the premium liquors used, together with the large collection of bitters and garnishes displayed on the bar.
Address: Carrer de Santa Teresa, 1, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
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Pacha Barcelona
Pacha is known globally for its legendary nightlife and the Barcelona nightclub is no different, with its massive guest DJ’s playing everything from house to drum & bass. Pacha is more oftehrn associated with Ibiza, but Pacha actually originated in the seaside resort of Sitges near Barcelona in 1967. Check out the schedule of who’s playing here.
Address: Passeig Marítim Barceloneta, 38, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Opium Mar
Opium Mar is a very popular nightclub on the beach front in Port Olimpic area of Barcelona next to other popular beach front night. Opium Mar is a upmarket and trendy nightspot with a great mix of local and foreign guests, who enjoy great food and a really good night out. Opium has a good mix of resident and guest DJs that will keep you dancing through the night.
Address: Passeig Marítim, 34, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Mercat Princesa
Located in the bohemian area of El Born, this huge 14th Century building has been remodelled to house an indoor tapas and alcohol market with a choice of sixteen stalls, each offering different produce and set around a vibrant seating area or individual bar tables. Open from 9am until midnight each day, make your first stop the Vins & Cocktails (wine and cocktails) bar or the Cafés & Cervezas (coffee and beer) stall. Glass in hand, you should then pay a visit to each of the other sellers to soak up that booze, including La Planxa, a meat seller with special sausages containing Gin & Tonic, Mojito or liquor. There is also a secret restaurant, accessed from a hidden spot inside the premises, which boasts 40 seats, table service and a menu that includes a selection of dishes offered by the 16 different stalls. A true Catalan gastronomical palace.
Address: Carrer dels Flassaders, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Dry Martini & Speakeasy
One of the most famous cocktail bars in the entire world, this Barcelona institution was opened in 1971, serving only Dry Martinis. When the now legendary Javier de las Muelas took over in 1996, he maintained the essence of a classic English cocktail bar with leather, wood and brass, whilst expanding the menu with classical cocktail recreations and a famous new exclusive and innovative drinks. The result is an elegant and refined place to drink with a jazz, soul and easy listening soundtrack. An electronic counter proudly adds up all the classic Dry Martini cocktails sold since the bar opened whilst a doorway at the back of the room leads to Speakeasy, a stunning hidden restaurant which is located in the bar's storage room. Walking past bottle crates and through the kitchen, you feel like you're starring in the classic Goodfellas scene.
Address: Calle Aribau, 162, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Razzmatazz
Offering not one but five clubs under one roof with two live concert venues, Razzmatazz has it all. Playing indie rock in the Razz Club, Techno in the loft & Lolita, electro & disco in The Rex Room and pop in The Pop room, this club has it all.
Address: 1er piso, Carrer de Pamplona, 88, 08018 Barcelona, Spai
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Marmalade
Cool cocktail bar and the younger bigger sister of Milk Bar & Bistro. Better recognised by its original name “Muebles Navarro”, this beautiful space is split into four areas and nods its head to its 50 years as a furniture store, with beautiful sofas, a hand carved black matte billiard table, copper clad antique walls and a stunning 4 meter tall chrome art deco bar, giving it a swinging 1950's Havana/New York edge whilst remaining true to its Barcelona roots.
Address: Carrer de la Riera Alta, 4-6, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Transportation

Public transport:
Barcelona’s public metro and bus systems are run by the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.
The metro is the most efficient means of transport serving most parts of the city. You can buy single tickets at any metro station and need to validate them before boarding. One-day and monthly passes are also available, along with 10-journey tickets. Trains run seven days a week, with an all-night service on Saturdays.

The cities bus network is extensive and night buses serve many routes. You can buy tickets on the bus.
For the suburbs and surrounding areas, FGC and RENFE operate regional rail lines - the RENFE local network is known as Rodalies or Cercanías.

The Hola BCN! travelcard covers travel on all types of public transport within Barcelona and is valid for two, three, four or five days.

Taxis:
You can book yellow-and-black registered cabs or hail them on the street. Radio-Taxi 033 (tel: +34 93 303 3033) and Servitaxi (tel: +34 93 330 0300) provide 24-hour daily services. Rates rise at night, Sundays and holidays. Tipping is not expected, but if you do, give 5 to 10% of the fare.
Driving:
Barcelona’s roads are excellent but can get extremely congested during rush hours. Blue markings with a meter signify pay to park for a limited period, while yellow markings signify no parking. There are numerous paid car parks in the city centre.
Car hire:
The minimum age to hire a car in Spain is 21. A passport and a valid driving licence are required, as is a valid international insurance policy, which you can buy at the time of hire. Car hire companies include Avis and Hertz.
Bicycle hire:
Barcelona is a cyclist-friendly city, with the public Bicing bicycle system proving an economical and convenient way to hire a bike. Sign up for a card online and swipe it at one of the bike stations to unlock a bike.
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Tips
- If you're planning to see the three big Gaudí sites—La Sagrada Família,Park Güell, or La Pedrera at Casa Milà—make sure you book your tickets online ahead of time to avoid being locked out of something you came all the way to Barcelona to see.
- Barcelona has lots of great and food and drink and the best way to sample it is by ordering plenty of tapas and washing them all down with a cool, refreshing glass of red or white sangria.
- Just off the La Rambia is La Bogueria, a lovely market that sells everything from locally grown fruits to handmade items and is a lovely place to spend a mourning exploring in Barcelona.
- If you are travelling to Barcelona late February to early march we advice to check out the colourful Carnaval festival (carnestoltes). 
- When withdrawing cash from an ATM never select the option to be charged in your native currency always select 'no', and ask to be charged in euros; otherwise, using something called Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC), they will sting you for some extra dinero. 

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  • Lila Garney
    Lila Garney Thursday, 20 October 2016 04:43 Comment Link

    I have always wanted to go to barcelona and this guide is just what i need.
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