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What to See, Best Places to Sleep, Where to Eat and to Have Fun in BARCELONA?

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WHAT TO SEE in BARCELONA?

20 THINGS TO SEE in BARCELONA

Sagrada Familia

The Symbol of Barcelona. Entering the Sagrada Familia, the unfinished masterpiece of the brilliant architect Gaudí, is one of the best things to do in Barcelona. Gaudí, the greatest exponent of Catalan modernism, took charge of the construction of this church in 1883, leaving all the plans for future architects to complete the construction site on his death in 1926. The interior and exterior of the Sagrada Familia are a marvel, nothing comparable to other churches in the world. Construction of the Sagrada Familia is expected to be completed in 2026, and once completed it will become the tallest Christian church in the world. To enter the Sagrada Familia, keep in mind that it is one of the most visited monuments in Europe, there are long queues as well as having a limited number of day tickets, which sell out quite quickly. For timetables, tickets and info consult the official website.

Parque Güell

Park Güell, declared a World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful parks in the world and another must see in Barcelona. This huge fairytale park created by Antonio Gaudí surprises all visitors with its sculptures, fountains and buildings inspired by the forms of nature. One of our favorite spots is Plaza de la Naturaleza, with its bench full of beautiful mosaics and incredible views of the entire city. The park's most famous attraction is the Escalinata del Dragon, a grand staircase with a fountain and the famous salamander. Other interesting corners of the park are the Sala Hipóstila, the Casa del Guarda, the Pórtico de la Lavandera and the Austrian Gardens, even if the best thing is to wander aimlessly, let yourself be surprised and above all enjoy this place full of charm. It is important to know that entry is limited and allowed to 1400 people every hour. The advice is therefore to buy the ticket online to avoid long queues and be sure to enter at the chosen time.

Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter, located in the heart of the city, is the oldest and most beautiful neighborhood to see in Barcelona. To enter the Barrio Gotico you can take the commercial street of Portal de l'Àngel passing through the beautiful Mural of the kiss, a photo-mosaic created by the photographer Joan Fontcuberta and the ceramist Antoni Cumella, until you reach the Cathedral of Barcelona. After visiting the Cathedral, we advise you to get lost in the narrow streets of the neighborhood starting from Carrer del Bisbe with the famous Ponte Vescovile from where you will find magical corners to visit in Barcelona such as the Plaza de Sant Felip Neri, the Palau del Bisbe, the Temple of Augustus , Plaza del Rey, Plaza Sant Jaume, the church of Santa Ana and the magnificent Plaza Real. After getting lost in the narrow streets, we recommend that you go up to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi, which offers the best panoramic views of the historic center from its huge bell tower over 50 meters high. The largest Jewish community on the peninsula also resides in this district.

Casa Batlló

Our favorite building to visit in Barcelona is Casa Batlló, a World Heritage Site and one of the best works of Gaudí in Barcelona. This jewel of Catalan modernism, located on the elegant Paseo de Gracia, strikes at first sight with its spectacular facade inspired by the forms of nature. In addition to admiring its exterior, we recommend that you enjoy an interior full of magic and fantasy thanks to its undulating shapes, the courtyard of lights and the roof terrace full of incredible fireplaces. It is interesting to take the virtual reality audio guide (smartguide) which will take you back in time, when the architect, commissioned by the wealthy businessman Josep Batlló, began the renovation of this old house until it became a landmark of the world architecture. To enter Casa Batllò there are different types of tickets: the basic one, the blue ticket, the silver one and the gold one, each with different price and characteristics. After leaving Casa Batlló, we recommend that you take some time to visit the neighboring buildings of Casa Amatller, Casa Josefina Bonet, Casa Mulleras and Casa Lleó Morera, great works by modernist architects that together form the so-called Block of Discord.

Barcelona's Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as La Seu, is one of the oldest buildings to see in Barcelona and one of the Gothic jewels of Catalonia. Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, on the ancient Romanesque cathedral, the seat of the Archbishopric of Barcelona stands out for its fantastic neo-Gothic facade and an interior with numerous treasures such as its colorful stained glass windows. Don't miss the terrace to see the details of the towers up close and enjoy the view of the city center.

Las Ramblas

One of the most popular things to do in Barcelona is to take a walk along Las Ramblas or La Rambla. This one and a half kilometer boulevard running from Plaza Catalunya to the Columbus Monument is a hive of tourists and activities at any time of the day during which, in addition to seeing street performers, there are several highlights that are worthwhile spend some time like La Boquería market (we love it) with numerous stalls and tapas restaurants. Also worth seeing in this area is the Miró mosaic and the Canaletas fountain, famous for being the place where Fútbol Club Barcelona fans celebrate their titles. On La Rambla we do not recommend you to sit in one of the many bars to eat or drink, as the quality / price ratio is rather questionable and unfortunately these places have become among the worst in the city. In one of the streets adjacent to the Rambla is the Palau Güell, another of Gaudí's wonderful works to visit in Barcelona.

El Born District & Palau de la Música Catalana

Located right next to the Barrio Gotico, between Vía Laietana and La Barceloneta, El Born is one of the trendiest neighborhoods to visit in Barcelona: a neighborhood characterized by narrow, cobbled streets full of tapas restaurants, cafes and boutiques. The two main jewels of the neighborhood are the Basilica of Santa María del Mar and the Palau de la Música Catalana, In addition to visiting these two wonders, we recommend that you spend time walking through its most emblematic streets such as Montcada and passing through its main points of interest such as the ancient market of the Born, Passeig de Born, the Chapel of Marcus and the Church of Sant Pere de les Puelles. A few meters from this latter church is the Arc de Triomphe which begins the Paseo de Lluís Companys which will lead you to the Ciutadella Park, one of the green lungs of Barcelona which has several attractions such as an artificial lake, the Castle of the Three Dragons and a waterfall. On the way, do not miss a visit to the Picasso Museum, which houses the most important collection created by the great painter during his youth, and to the new Moco Museum, which will surprise you with its modern art. The imposing Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana) houses the only concert hall declared a World Heritage Site. This large room with a capacity of over 2000 spectators, strikes at first sight for the light that passes through its windows and its precious and colorful mosaics. To enter the Palau de la Música you need to book a guided tour or buy a ticket to attend a concert.

Plaça de Espanya & National Museum of Catalan Art

Another of the things not to be missed in Barcelona, the Plaça d'Espanya. It is a very busy square, a meeting point between the main streets of Barcelona. The Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes runs from the square to the Plaça de la Universitat and Plaça de Catalunya squares. The majestic Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina leads to the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC) on Montjuïc Mountain. Here are also two impressive Venetian Towers and a magical fountain that rises up the hill for magnificent views over the city and offers a sound and light show in the evening. Also in this area is the Las Arenas shopping center, built in a former bullfighting arena and the facade has remained largely intact after the renovation.

Arc de Triomf

Another place to visit in Barcelona, located at the intersection of Passeig de Lluís and Passeig de Sant Joan, it is a Neomudéjar style construction built on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1888 as a gateway to the exhibition site.

La Barceloneta

An old fishing district, La Barceloneta still retains that maritime and familiar charm in its narrow streets and taverns such as La Peninsular or La Cova Fumada where you can enjoy tapas with the best fresh fish and seafood in the city. Also, if the weather is nice, you can enjoy the beaches of Barceloneta, Somorrostro, Sant Sebastià and Sant Miquel with a view of the spectacular W hotel or its outdoor gyms.

Montjuïc

Another of the best things to do in Barcelona is to climb Montjuic mountain with the cable car from Avenida de Miramar, enjoying fantastic views. You can book your ticket here. Once at the top you can visit the Mirador del Alcalde Gardens, with a beautiful view of Barcelona, and climb to the Montjuic Castle which enjoys fantastic views of the Mediterranean and the port. Finally, take the escalators down the mountain and reach the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, where a music, water and light show is held every evening.

Casa Milà / La Pedrera

Going up the Paseo de Gràcia from the emblematic Plaza de Cataluña you come to Casa Milà, another of Gaudí's most famous works to visit in Barcelona. This modernist building built between 1906 and 1912 was popularly called La Pedrera for its sober stone facade that forms wavy arches. In addition to its façade, it is worth taking a look inside, passing the former apartment of the Milá family located on the first floor and climbing up to the roof terrace, which amazes with its large ventilation towers and transformed fireplaces. in works of art. As in all of this architect's works, there are endless queues at the entrance, so it is advisable to book your ticket in advance.

Poble Espanyol

At the bottom of Montjuic is the charming Poble Espanyol, another of the most amazing places to see in Barcelona. Built for the 1929 International Exhibition, this open-air architectural museum contains up to 100 full-scale reconstructions of famous corners of Spanish geography.

Gracia District

If you want to enjoy a typical neighborhood with local shops and taverns where you can eat tapas and try the typical dishes of Catalan cuisine, we suggest you spend a few hours in Gracia, another of our favorite neighborhoods to visit in Barcelona. It is worth taking a walk through its pedestrian streets, stopping for a drink on the terraces of its most famous squares, such as Virreina, Sol, Revolution and Diamante, and then regaining strength at the Intrèpid de Gràcia restaurant.


Carmel Bunker

To see a fantastic sunset with the best views of Barcelona, ​​we recommend that you take the Mundet metro to the Vallcarca stop and then get on the v17 bus to the Gran Vista stop, located near the Bunker del Carmelo. Considered one of the best viewpoints in Barcelona, ​​at the highest point of the Turó de la Rovira hill, in the Carmel district, so famous that every afternoon is full of tourists who want to see the sunset among the remains of bunkers and batteries anti-aircraft of the Spanish Civil War.

Casa Vicens

During your visit to the Gracia neighborhood you cannot miss Casa Vicens, Gaudí's first masterpiece and another of the buildings to see in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudí, a recent graduate, received his first major commission in 1878 from Manuel Vicens to build a summer house for him and his wife, on land in the old Vila de Gracia. Using nature as a source of inspiration, he designed one of the first modernist buildings in Europe, with a ceramic and tiled facade, garden and its distinctive fireplaces.


Camp Nou

An unmissable event for football fans is a visit to Camp Nou, the stadium where the legendary Fútbol Club Barcelona, ​​one of the most famous clubs in the world, plays. To see the inside of the huge Camp Nou, which can seat up to 99,354 spectators, being the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world, you need to buy an entrance ticket. To carry out the tour of the stadium, allow about 1 hour and a half of time.

Poble Nou & Torre Glòries/Agbar

Another of our favorite neighborhoods, also very trendy in recent times, is the old industrial district of Poblenou. In this charming neighborhood you can enjoy beautiful beaches such as Bogatell, Nova Icària and Mar Bella, as well as stroll along the Rambla del Poblenou, which also has a good offer of restaurants and art galleries. In addition, here is the highest viewpoint in the city (120 meters), located in the Torre Glòries building, which stands out for its color and night lighting and which is another of the most suggestive places to visit in Barcelona.

Tibidabo

To conclude this list of must-see places to see in Barcelona, we recommend that you climb the Sierra de Collserola, more than 500 meters high, to spend a fun day at Tibidabo amusement park. Opened in 1899, this park is the oldest in Spain and offers a perfect combination of vintage and more modern attractions. To get to Tibidabo you can take metro lines 3 and 5 to the Vall de Hebron stop and then take the funicular.

 

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:

  • Day 1 - Barcelona #1 (Highlights: Barrio Gotico, Rambla, Casa Battlo, La Pedrera & Sagrada Familia) - Google Maps

  • Day 2 - Barcelona #2 (Highlights: Parque Güell, Sagrada Familia, Arco di Trionfo & Barceloneta) - Google Maps

  • Extra - Montjuïc & Poble Espanyol - Google Maps

  • Extra - Monte Tibidabo (by Tram/Cablecar from Plaça de Catalunya) - Google Maps

(By opening the Maps with Google, you can easily follow our path)

 

5 BEST EXCURSIONS from BARCELONA

We advise you to book the best excursions here: Viator - Musement - Get Your Guide

Girona, Figueres y Museo Dalí

PortAventura

Montserrat

Costa Brava

Sitges

 

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WHERE TO SLEEP in BARCELONA?

20 BEST GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS in BARCELONA

Choosing an overnight stay in Barcelona can be really difficult because the city is so big. Each of its neighborhoods has its own attractions, a different charm and a wide range of accommodation and hotels. So here is a brief help to understand the ideal area to stay:


Paseo de Gracia & Eixample - Central Area but Expensive

Most travelers prefer to stay in Barcelona in the central area which corresponds to the Ciutat Vella district (the old town in Catalan), in the Paseo de Gracia or in the Eixample. However, if you move a little away from the center, you can find better value for money. Keeping in mind that Barcelona has an excellent public transport system that connects the entire city perfectly, don't hesitate to move away from the center a little.


Plaza Catalunya - Central & Shopping Area

Plaza Catalunya is the center of Barcelona. It is a large square that serves as a meeting point for many people. In its surroundings there are many of the city's tourist attractions such as Paseo de Gracia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, the Gothic Quarter or Las Ramblas, among others. In the square you will find department stores such as Corte Inglés, FNAC, the Triangle and famous shopping streets such as Portal de l'Angel.


Las Ramblas - Central & Famous Area

Las Ramblas, which connects Plaza Catalunya with the old port, is a large pedestrianized boulevard full of shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, hotels and even some discos. Las Ramblas separates two of the most emblematic districts of Barcelona: the Raval and the Gothic Quarter. If you can't find a hotel that directly overlooks the Ramblas or the nearest streets, we recommend that you choose the Barrio Gotico area because it is more pleasant than the Raval. Like Plaza Catalunya, it is a great option for sleeping in Barcelona.


Barrio Gótico - Ancient & Central Area

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is one of the largest and best preserved medieval areas in Europe. It is the oldest part of the city, a labyrinth of medieval courtyards, alleys and hidden squares, where the Cathedral is also located. This neighborhood is full of small artisan shops, designer boutiques, cafes, bars, restaurants and has a lot of nightlife, especially around Plaza Real. It is one of the most charming areas and one of the most requested to stay in Barcelona.


El Born - Popular & Bohemian Area

El Born is a very popular area near the Gothic Quarter. It is one of the most bohemian and trendy neighborhoods in Barcelona. With its designer premises, it is perfect for going out for dinner or having a drink. All the hotels located in the area between the Via Layetana and the Parque de la Ciutadella are an excellent alternative to those in the Barrio Gotico.


El Raval - Redeveloped Urban Area

El Raval occupies the side of the Ramblas facing the Gothic Quarter. A few years ago it was a rather depressed and dangerous area. However, in recent years it has been the subject of a very important urban redevelopment plan. Although there are safer neighborhoods nearby, the level of security is acceptable. The MACBA museum and the famous Boquería market are located in the Raval.


La Barceloneta - Beach & Central Area

Once a port and fishing district, like the Raval district, it has undergone a major restyling and recovery. Today, Barceloneta is an up and coming neighborhood, perfect for strolling and stopping at the many cafes, bars and restaurants. Here you can find a good number of apartments for rent for tourists.


Paseo de Gracia - Zona Elegante

Paseo de Gracia is the best area to stay in Barcelona if you have a good amount of money. This street, located in the heart of Exiample, stretches from Plaza Catalunya to Diagonal and is the most glamorous and luxurious area of ​​the city. It is an elegant shopping boulevard where many luxury shops and classy restaurants and cafes are concentrated.


Eixample - Practical and Comfortable Area, Gay Friendly

This neighborhood has little to do with Ciutat Vella's labyrinth of narrow streets. It extends from Plaza Catalunya and is characterized by wide tree-lined avenues and modernist architecture. In this area you will find La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera or Casa Batlló. It is a very large neighborhood, very safe and very well connected. The best area of ​​the neighborhood is the left side of Exiample, the one that extends from Plaza Catalunya to the left of Paseo de Gracia. It is a little more elegant and pleasant than the right hand side, has good restaurants and some nightlife too.


Villaggio Olimpico - Nightlife Area

This area was Barcelona's great urban commitment to the Olympic Games which led to a profound urban change in the city. Today it is a green, modern and elegant neighborhood, very well connected, where you can enjoy the beach and is one of the areas with the most nightlife in Barcelona. The hotels in the Olympic Village are modern, larger than those in the other areas, comfortable and many of them have a swimming pool. It is one of the best places to stay in Barcelona especially in the summer.


Gracia - Quiet Area

This neighborhood of Barcelona was a small city that was absorbed by the growth of Barcelona. Today it still retains a certain country air which gives it its own personality. It is especially interesting in August, when the Fiestas de Gracia are celebrated and the streets compete to decide which is the most decorated. It is ideal for those looking for a quiet area, to enjoy the summer nights in one of the many squares, among which Plaza del Sol stands out with its alternative and bohemian nightlife. For many it is one of the best areas to stay in Barcelona. Also for those looking for cheap accommodation in Barcelona.


Plaza España / Sants - Business & Commercial Area

The Plaza España - Sants area is ideal for those traveling on business, going to the Fira de Barcelona or wanting to be well connected. Sants station is Barcelona's main train station and in this area you will find both Fira de Barcelona and Montjuic with all its tourist attractions. The area is well connected and there are many hotels in the area. It is a very convenient area to stay in Barcelona in all respects.


Axel Hotel Barcelona **** (area: Eixample) ® Testato dai World Mappers

TWO Hotel Barcelona by Axel **** (area: Eixample) ® Testato dai World Mappers

Le Meridien Barcelona ***** (area: El Raval)

W Barcelona ***** (area: La Barceloneta)

Mandarin Oriental ***** (area: Eixample)

Iberostar Selection Paseo de Gracia ****s (area: Plaza Cataluña)

H10 Port Vell *****s (area: El Born)

Hotel Vincci Gala **** (area: Eixample)

Hotel Condes de Barcelona **** (area: Paseo de Gracia)

Hotel 1898 **** (area: Las Ramblas)

Exe Plaza Catalunya **** (area: Plaza Cataluña)

Novotel Barcelona City **** (area: Poblenou)

Hotel Catalonia Catedral **** (area: Barrio Gótico)

Catalonia Plaza Catalunya **** (area: Plaza Cataluña)

Hotel Claris Grand Luxe Barcelona ***** (area: Eixample)

Pol & Grace Hotel **** (area: Gracia)

Hotel Soho Barcelona *** (area: El Raval)

Catalonia Albeniz *** (area: El Clot)

ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell ** (area: Villa Olímpica)

Generator Barcelona (area: Gracia) ® Tested by World Mappers

 

WHERE TO EAT in BARCELONA?

10 BEST RESTAURANTS in BARCELONA Quality / Price

€€€ - El Racó d'en Cesc (Catalan Restaurant) (area: Plaça de Catalunya)

€€€ - Restaurant Can Culleretes (area: Las Ramblas) ® Tested by World Mappers

€€ - O Retorno (Galician Restaurant) (area: Eixample)

€€ - Maleducat (Catalan Restaurant) (area: Sant Antoni/Eixample)

€€ - Les Truites (Excellent Tortillas) (area: Nord, El Puxtet) ® Tested by World Mappers

€€ - El Manaba (Ecuadorian Restaurant) (area: Sagrada Familia)

€€ - Comida De Olla (area: Parque Güell) ® Tested byWorld Mappers

€€ - Sensi Tapas (area: Barrio Gotico) ® Tested byWorld Mappers

€ - La Dolça Herminia (area: Plaça de Catalunya)

€ - Taquería los Güeros (area: Sagrada Familia) ® Tested by World Mappers

 

GAY NIGHTLIFE in BARCELONA

BEST GAY PLACES, BARS, CLUBS & EVENTS in BARCELONA

Sky Bar by Axel (Gay Bar) ® Tested by World Mappers

Moeem (Gay Bar)

Belladonna (Gay Bar) ® Tested by World Mappers

Punto BCN (Gay Bar)

Classic e Madre - Gruppo Arena (Gay Disco Club)

Elvira (Gay Bar) ® Tested by World Mappers

LaCarrà BCN (Gay Bar)

Boys Bar BCN (Gay Bar)

Chiringuito BeGay (Gay Beach Bar)

El Cangrejo Eixample (Gay Club)

Museum (Gay Club)


Don't miss some of the best Gay Nights in Barcelona such as:

Churros con Chocolate - Sala Apolo (Paral-lel) - one Sunday a month

Somoslas - Sala Apolo (Paral-lel) - some Fridays

Ultrapop - Sala Safari (Eixample) - every Saturday

Tanga Party - Sala Safari (Eixample) - one Friday a month

Pop Air - Universitat (Plaça Espanya) - first Friday/Month

Black Room - City Hall (Plaça Catalunya) - Sundays

Las Cinco - Razzmatazz (Poblenou) - only 4 times a year 5 January, Maundy Thursday, 23 June and 10 September


Circuit Festival Barcelona

Another unmissable event in Barcelona, the Circuit Festival Barcelona, two weeks in mid-August with parties, disco nights and relaxation on the beach. The event is aimed above all at a muscular and sporty audience (here they are called muscoloca), coming from all over the world. The main party is in the “Isla Fantasia” water park in Premiá de Mar, a town near Barcelona. Check out the official website for more information - Click Here

 

TRAVEL TIPS about BARCELONA by World Mappers

  • There are several means of public transport to go from Barcelona Airport to the center. Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located 15 kilometers from the center of Barcelona and is very well connected to the city. T1 (the new terminal) is the arrival base for airlines that are part of the One World, Star Alliance, Sky Team and Vueling alliances, among others. T2 (the old terminal) is the base of operations for low cost airlines such as Ryanair, Norwegian, Easyjet or Wizzair. The two terminals are connected by a free shuttle bus (Bus Transit) with a journey of about 15 minutes, active 24 hours a day and with a continuous frequency of 5 minutes during the day and 20 at night. Regardless of which terminal you arrive at, you will have the same means of transport to reach the center of Barcelona. The only exception is the train. The train station that connects Barcelona airport with the center is in fact located in terminal T2.

Aerobus

The Aerobus is the shuttle bus that connects the airport with Plaza Catalunya (the center of Barcelona). It makes the following stops: Airport - Sepúlveda-Urgell, Plaza Espanya and Plaça Catalunya. This bus departs from both terminals and makes the journey in 35 minutes (traffic free). There are buses continuously with a frequency of between 5 minutes and 10 minutes depending on the time of day. Buses operate from: Airport - Plaça Catalunya: from 05:35 to 01:05 and Plaça Catalunya - Airport: from 05:00 to 00:30. The ticket price is € 5.90 (€ 10.2 return) and can be purchased directly on the bus. Unfortunately there are no discounts for the use of season tickets or cards. If you use this bus to go from Plaça Catalunya to the airport, please note that the A1 line goes to T1 and the A2 goes to T2. The Aerobus is a fast option but not the cheapest.


Autobus 46

A cheaper alternative to the Aerobus to reach the center of Barcelona. It does not stop in Plaça Catalunya, but in Plaça Espanya. If your hotel is in this area, it is the perfect solution.


Suburban Train or Rodalies R2

It connects Barcelona airport with the center. It is the most comfortable alternative of all after the taxi. Unfortunately, only T2, the old terminal, has a train station. The Rodalies connects the airport to the center in 25 minutes. It stops at various stations including Sants and Passeig de Gracia, the most central just a few minutes' walk from Plaça Catalunya.


Metro Barcelona

The Metro is another means of transport to go from the airport to the center of Barcelona. There is a stop at both T1 and T2. The airport metro line is the L9 Sud which ends in Zona Universitaria. The journey is covered in approximately 30 minutes. The price of a single ticket costs 5.15 euros (special rate for travel to the airport). If the final destination is the Zona Universitaria it is a good option. For more central areas, however, you have to change and the journey gets longer.


Night Bus

To go to the airport at dawn or to reach the center from the airport at night you can use the night bus (Nit Bus) N17 for T1 and N18 for T1 and T2. These buses connect Plaça Catalunya with each terminal respectively from 00:30 when the Aerobus or Line 46 service is no longer active. They have a frequency of 20 minutes and cover the journey between 40 and 50 minutes. The price of the single Nit Bus ticket is 2.40 euros. In addition to the N16 and the N17, there is also the N18 which connects the center of Barcelona with the two airport terminals. The N18 has the same frequency as the N17 but makes fewer stops, allowing you to complete the journey in 30 minutes. If you intend to use these buses, we advise you to check the official page to check the timetable changes: http://www.ambmobilitat.cat/Principales/BusquedaNitBus.aspx


Taxi, Uber or Car Rental

Another way to get to the center of Barcelona from the airport, certainly cheaper, is to take a taxi, an Uber or rent a car, especially if you intend to explore the surroundings of Barcelona by car. The journey from the airport to the city center and vice versa costs more or less around € 35/45. This solution can be convenient by filling the taxi and dividing the fare.

  • Unfortunately Barcelona is infamous for pickpockets. With this we do not mean that it is a dangerous city, but we want to talk about a reality that unfortunately exists and that we have lived on our skin (Yes, they tried to steal our backpack and camera but luckily we realized it in time and we witnessed a theft on the subway). The areas most affected by the muggings are the Rambla, Plaça Catalunya, the railway stations, the Barceloneta beach and the metro lines in the center. Tourists who look around with a "lost" air, in search of directions or distracted by the beauties of the city are the favorite victims of pickpockets who often act in groups (in our case there were two, one to distract us and one to escape with the stolen goods). It is enough to follow some small precautions not to make yourself recognizable as tourists and to be able, therefore, to enjoy this splendid city to the fullest and serenely. Here are some suggestions:

· Do not keep valuables (camera around your neck, cell phone in hand, etc.) in sight

· Keep your backpack or fanny pack in front, not on your back (especially on the subway)

· Leave some of the money and documents in the hotel safe

Pay attention to "diversions", as it was in our case (request for information, request for money, etc.)

· At the bar, do not leave bags and backpacks on the ground, facing the street or your cell phone and wallet in plain sight

  • As in most major tourist cities, various City Passes are also available for Barcelona which include the main tourist attractions in the price (often very high). The main ones are:

Barcellona Pass

One of the best tourist cards for visiting Barcelona is undoubtedly the Barcelona Pass. We recommend it to all those who intend to enter to visit some of the most important monuments of the city. It has several benefits and offers free access to over 20 of Barcelona's best attractions.


Barcelona Go City Explorer Pass

Explore Barcelona your way with the handy Go City Explorer Pass. You can choose from 2 to 7 things to do in Barcelona from over 45 attractions and tours.


Barcellona Card

Another tourist card is the Barcelona Card. With this card you can have really interesting discounts in many monuments, museums and places of the city. In addition to including discounts on attractions, it also includes discounts on shows and in more than 80 shops in Barcelona.


Barcellona Express Card

The Express variant of the Barcelona Card includes 100 discounts on various monuments, museums and tourist attractions in Barcelona. In addition, it includes unlimited travel on city public transport for 48 hours from the first validation.

  • The HOLA BCN card allows you to use the Barcelona transport system (metro and bus) in an unlimited way (not valid for the Aerobus). The price of the HOLA BCN Card is: 2 days - 16.30 euros, 3 days - 23.70 euros, 4 days - 30.80 euros, 5 days - 38 euros. It is worthwhile if you use public transport several times a day.

"SECRET BARCELONA"

Unusual and Particular Places to See in Barcelona

Outside the classic attractions to visit, there is a "Secret Barcelona" that has simply bewitched us. These are some places that in our opinion are worth seeing if you have already seen everything that the city offers the most "famous" or simply if you want to get away from the typically tourist areas. Here are the 10 Things and Places to See in Secret Barcelona:

  • Parc del Laberint d'Horta - This hedge maze looks like something out of a fairy tale and is also the oldest garden in the city. Located in the center of the Parc del Laberint d'Horta (Labyrinth of Horta Park) of Barcelona it is one of the hidden gems of the city. Work on the labyrinth and surrounding gardens began in 1791 as part of a rich estate owned by the Desvalls family. The labyrinth and its Italian-inspired terraces were part of the original construction which is now known as the neoclassical section of the park. Most of the rest of the park was created in the mid-1800s and is now known as the romantic part, however, as the name suggests, it's the central labyrinth that steals the show.

  • Festa Major de Gràcia (August 15th to August 21st) - In Barcelona every August, the Gràcia neighborhood explodes into a big party during which residents compete for the best decorated street. The Festa Major de Gràcia rages day and night for a week, transforming the streets of the neighborhood.

  • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista - The largest Art Nouveau complex in the world is a Barcelona hospital with a 600-year history. Decorated windows, arches, mosaics and statues of gargoyles and angels are not typical of hospital aesthetics, in fact this hospital is inside the ancient property of a Catalan banker who in his will wanted his property to be used for a new hospital for Barcelona.

  • Barcelona Erotic Museum - An unusual stroll in gentlemanly eroticism proves that pornography is timeless. Don't miss a tour of the most aphrodisiac museum in Barcelona, ​​the Museu de l'Eròtica de Barcelona. Some may find this museum a bit small and shabby, but browsing through the sexual habits of our ancestors is always a fascinating experience.

  • Casino de la Rabassada - One of the most emblematic hotels of early 20th century Barcelona, ​​it now sits abandoned in the Catalan countryside just outside the city. Built in 1899 as a luxury hotel and expanded in 1911 to include a vast casino and amusement park, the Casino de la Rebassada represented grandeur, excess and a place where fortunes were made and lost. Closed and abandoned in the 1930s, it was used as a bomb shelter and the locals are said to be haunted by the ghosts of the revolutionaries who were allegedly tortured and killed in this place. Although now privately owned, many parts of the ruins can be seen from the road. You can access some of the half-destroyed buildings, today they are full of street art, graffiti and trash. Walking through the trees you can see the outline of the old roller coaster course, sculptures, wrought iron gates and arches hidden in the greenery.

  • Bellesguard - One of Antoni Gaudí's least visited works. In Catalan Bellesguard "beautiful panorama." In designing Bellesguard, Antoni Gaudí provided the clients with an unparalleled view that extends to the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Las Arenas de Barcelona - An early 20th century arena converted into a modern shopping mall. Las Arenas de Barcelona was one of the three arenas in Barcelona. In 1999 the structure was converted into a shopping center which opened in 2011. The shopping center is topped by a 27 meter high dome, complete with an outdoor terrace with a panoramic view of the wonders around Barcelona.

  • Casa Amatller - Next to Gaudí's Casa Batlló is Casa Amatller, designed for chocolate magnate Antoni Amatller. Elements of Catalan modernism and Catalan Gothic are mixed in this splendid and sumptuous mansion.

  • El Petó de la Mort (The Kiss of Death) - A cemetery in Barcelona's Poblenou district houses this touching funerary statue, which depicts death in the form of a winged skeleton.

  • Dragon's Gate of Güell Pavillion - This stunning iron gate designed by Gaudí is packed with mythological details and adorned with a glass-eyed dragon welcoming visitors. This is the access to the Güell Pavilions.