This month I went back to Barcelona for the 2nd time and I wish I was already back there again! I have definitely learnt a lot about how to make the most of the city and I wanted to share some of the tips I now have.
- Check when things are open. A lot of things aren’t open on Sundays which includes supermarkets if you want to buy food and drink, a lot of shops and the infamous Boqueria Market.
- Use the Aerobus! Within 15 days it is a 10.20 Euro return each to take you to and from the city. The journey is around 30 mins each way in an air-conditioned bus and I could not complain about the service. They arrive every 5-10 minutes and are super easy to use. Following this, the bus system is very easy to get your head around and I would suggest using it over taxis etc when going to Park Guell, for example, as it is just 2.15 Euros for a single. (The view from Park Guell is also absolutely amazing!!)
- If you want to be close to most of the action, I would recommend staying around Placa de Catalunya. There are places just out of Barcelona which are great if you’re after the sun and maybe will travel in once or twice too. Last year we stayed near Plaça d’Espanya which is less central and a nice mix of the two. If you’re interested, we stayed in B Hotel last year and NH Collection Podium Barcelona this year and I would recommend them both 100%!
- Everything comes alive at night. Barcelona is definitely a city that you need to be prepared to stay up for, that’s for sure! Last year we went to eat dinner at about 8pm are were shocked when nobody was there. This year we learnt to eat dinner around 10:30pm which was much more suitable to the culture of the city. Also, some shops close at like 10pm?! We need this in England!
- When things are closed on Sundays, other opportunities open up! The History of the City of Barcelona Museum (MUHBA) was amazing and is free after 3pm. Many of the sights are free and also close to parks that are just beautiful. The Arc de Triomf is in Ciutadella Park which is just stunning to ramble about in, have a picnic at and watch the activities going on.
I really hope this was useful to anybody who is going to Barcelona or who is interested in knowing a bit more about the city.