5 Tips for Barcelona

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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!!)

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  • 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%!

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  • 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.

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  1. July 7, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Im still super jealous of your trip away and I am living for your travel posts!! xxx

    • July 7, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Ahhh thank you so so much! Thinking of doing an outfit one too? How long can I drag out this holiday…? Haha! xxx

      • July 7, 2017 / 8:26 pm

        Yes please do an outfit post! Honestly you could easily do another 10 posts and I’ll be just as excited 😂 xxx

  2. July 7, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I just came back from Barcelona and I would definitely recommend these tips too!

    • July 7, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Ah really?! Thank you so much! So glad I complied a good list then!! Did you have a lovely time? xx

    • July 7, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      It is the best! Oh really? Have the most amazing time!!! xxx

  3. July 7, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    I’ll definitely have to keep this in mind when I travel to Spain 🙂 (hopefully in the near future). 10:30 for dinner sounds like my kind of city :). Doesn’t it get dark over there early morning?

    • July 9, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      If it does I never noticed!! We were so confused when we went for dinner at like 7 once 😂 I’m a very early eater (about 5pm) so this was a shock!! Xx

      • July 9, 2017 / 9:08 pm

        Oh wow that’s around 5 is a very late lunch for me. 8-10 are perfect times for dinner for me lol.

  4. July 8, 2017 / 3:53 am

    Love your post! I agree with all of them! 🙂

    • July 9, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you! So glad that people think they’re good tips – I had a good ol think about them!

  5. July 8, 2017 / 4:04 am

    always wanted to travel to Spain, and Barcelona would definitely be a destination! thank you for the amazing and genuine tips (especially your recommendations based on other’s vacation preferences!) i just started up a community bucket list and i thought you would have some good suggestions! glad to be a new follower! livefiner.wordpress.com

    • July 9, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a thoughtful comment xx

  6. July 8, 2017 / 8:10 am

    I visited Barcelona earlier this year, it’s such a great city! Great tips! ❤

    • July 9, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Isn’t it the best!! What did you get up to? Xxx

      • July 9, 2017 / 9:27 pm

        I visited the sagrada familia (can’t spell that haha!!) it was so pretty!! And the architecture in the whole city is beautiful! ❤

        • July 9, 2017 / 11:31 pm

          Ahh I felt the same! I was just totally in awe with my surroundings! Xxx

  7. July 8, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I really want to visit Barcelona one day! My mum went there a couple of months ago and she loved it so much! Great post as always xx

    • July 9, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      It’s phenomenal! I hope you get to go one day, it’s the best! Thank you so so much for always supporting me my darling xxx

  8. July 8, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Such great tips! I visited Barcelona last June and fell absolutely head over heels for this city. I cannot wait to go back (though I don’t know when yet but I am determined to go back!)

    • July 9, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      I wish I could go back again already!! Beautiful place 😍

  9. July 9, 2017 / 5:52 am

    I love your blog and posts. Always enjoy reading them 😊

  10. July 12, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Definitely saving this post for when I someday get to travel to Barcelona! Great tips! xx

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