Barcelona is the most beautiful city in Europe. Period. So much history, architecture, culture, progress, only Barcelona. Hey, what people decided to tore down nearly all of their city to make it more functional? Only Barcelona!
Barcelona has a little excellence of everything whether you like food, nightlife and weather that’s the destination of your dreams! Through this guide, we will give you the essential tips and information about your future trip to Barcelona.
Well, if you want to spend all day long exploring Barcelona, you will need a budget from 30 up to 75 euros. It all depends on your standards.
How Long Should You Stay in Barcelona? And When?
I would say forever, but we have a life somewhere right? Generally, five days are enough to visit all the cool places in Barcelona and experience life there in full. Our personal tip – visit Barcelona in August so that you can visit Nou Camp and the Spanish Super Cup. Who wouldn’t like to visit the greatest football genius, Messi?
On the other hand, you can visit it in spring and autumn, if you want to see the city not spend your days on the beach. Also, even in autumn, the weather is quite hot, maybe you can swim then also?
What to visit in Barcelona?
The most popular, and oldest part of Barcelona is the Barri Gotic or Gothic Quarter in English. Inside that quarter all the top attractions such as many Roman ruins, and of course the famous Cathedral of Barcelona are located there.
Another excellent and famous location to visit in Barcelona is Las Ramblas. This location is a pedestrian street only, surrounded by many beautiful shops, cafes, restaurants and chain stores. No matter the time of day, you will find tourists there – especially in summer. Nextravel highly recommends you be cautious – this is the most prominent pick-pocket place in Europe, so be extra careful with your belongings.
All the cafes and restaurants in Las Ramblas are just too expensive. Indeed they are using their location for their advantage. So be careful when sitting there, you might pay a fortune for a latte.
Oh, you’ve probably heard about Antoni Gaudi. His genius mind created Barcelona’s signature Catalan Modernism architecture. All of his work is spread throughout Barcelona, so you’ll come across his works without even planning. I am confident that you probably know La Sagrada Familia. You’ve seen it everywhere – from t-shirts to tourists goodies. Gaudi started building it back in 1882, and it is far from finished today. The government in Barcelona plans to complete the church around 2030.
Also, Cala Mila and Casa Battilo are also well-known works of Gaudi. Local tourists will undoubtedly bring to their location. Take a picture or two, because they look fantastic.
If you are a football fan, I need to say no words. Nou Camp is the most magnificent football stadium in the world. The people of Barcelona own the club. They live and breathe for football. Plus, they invest in other sports, and they are always winners. For that reason, visit Nou Camp and the sports museum located there. You will find all the trophies from all sports they won over the last past of decades.
Finally, we highly recommend visiting Park Guell. If you want to see the whole beauty of Barcelona, you must visit it, because the park overlooks the entire city. Also, when people haven’t yet heard about the air conditioner, Gaudi using architecture created a cool area for the local bazaar. A feat that no other architect matched.
Clothes: Barcelona is hot, hot and hot. Even winters are warm. It rarely snows there. So if you visit it in the summer, always bring a water bottle with you.
Hotels: Oh they are costly. However, you can find bargains online. I am sure of it. Last time I visited there, I paid only 20 euros per night in a hotel. However, to note I reserved the hotel two months before. Usually, prices for good hotels can go 150 euros plus.
Food & Drink: Like hotel prices, restaurants and coffees are expensive. However, if you visit Barcelona, we highly recommend visiting the Hard Rock Cafe. From all the Hard Rock Cafes around the world, Barcelona’s one is the coolest.
Nightlife: Nightlife in Barcelona is fantastic. Oh the parties there, don’t match Ibiza’s, trust us. Nightlife nights can end around 10 am, if you get in an after party. We highly recommend partying as hard as you can in Barcelona. It is a place like no other.
Be wary of scams and pick-pockets. Many guide agencies will seem legit, yet they will take your money, and you will never receive a service. Also, pickpocketing there is on another level. Everyone can be a pick-pocketer from a young child, to a well-dressed man that you will never image is a thief. Over the years they perfected their pick-pocketing techniques – they broke some bones on their hands so they can pick-pocket easily. Find a way to hide your money and documents. I did by putting in a man-purse under my shirt. Security is gold in Barcelona!