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Tips for first time travellers to Barcelona

Written by Fiona

July 05 2022

If you are planning your first trip to Barcelona, you will be keen to learn the best tips for making the most of your time in the vibrant Spanish city.

Here are some top tips for first-timers in Barcelona.

1. Get to know the city layout

Barcelona is divided into distinct neighbourhoods, each with a unique character. Before you start exploring, take some time to get familiar with the city’s layout so you can orientate yourself. A good map will come in handy and you can also pick up a free city map at most tourist offices.

2. Use public transport 

Barcelona has an excellent public transport system, which is the best way to get around the city. If you’re staying for more than a few days, we recommend getting a T-10 transport card, which gives you 10 rides on the metro, bus or tram.

3. Check out popular attractions 

Some of Barcelona’s most popular attractions include the Sagrada Familia, a giant Basilica and one of Gaudí’s greatest works, as well as Park Guell and La Rambla. If you’re short on time, we recommend visiting the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.

4. Eat like a local

Barcelona is known for its delicious food, so be sure to sample some local cuisines. Tapas is a must-try and you can find them in most restaurants and bars. Try churros con chocolate, a traditional Spanish dessert, for something a little sweeter.

5. Shop ’til you drop 

 Barcelona is a shopper’s paradise, with plenty of stores to browse and find souvenirs. Head to the La Boqueria market on La Rambla for unique and locally made items. If you enjoy window shopping, stroll down Passeig de Gracia, where you’ll find some of the city’s most upscale shops.

6. Use a luggage storage facility

Using something like luggage storage Barcelona is great because you don’t need to lug your suitcases all over Bacelona while you’re enjoying yourself. This can come in handy if you’re travelling between different accommodation options or want to explore without being encumbered.

7. Be prepared for the heat 

Barcelona can be quite hot in the summer, so pack sunscreen and a hat. If you’re visiting during peak tourist season (July and August), be prepared for large crowds at popular attractions.

8. Learn some basic phrases in Spanish

While many people in Barcelona speak English, it’s always helpful to know some basic phrases in Spanish. Greeting people with a “Hola!” and being able to order food and drinks are always appreciated.

9. Enjoy the nightlife 

Barcelona is known for its vibrant nightlife, so be sure to experience it for yourself. Whether you’re looking for a lively bar or a club to dance the night away, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from.

10. Have fun! 

Barcelona is a wonderful city with so much to see and do. Be sure to enjoy your time here and make lots of memories.

If you’ve never been to Barcelona, these tips will help you make the most of your visit.

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