- Barcelona advice
Off to Barcelona for a long weekend in a couple of weeks for my wife’s 40th birthday. Never been and have no real itinerary so any tips for places to eat, things to do etc? Have looked at the usual tourist guides but always value the recommendations from here.
We’re staying at the Yurbban Trafalgar near Plaça de Catalunya.
CheersPosted 1 month agostanfreeMember
Ive been a good few times but now stay just along the coast in Sitges . If its your first time head to Parc guell for the gaudi architecture and views . Casa Battilo roof top is cool also take a wonder through the gothic quarter for some food then down to wards the beach and marina. Nou camp as has been said or hire a cheap bike and cycle up to Montjuc and the castle. I think its one of the worlds great cities and not as expensive as they make out. Enjoy.Posted 1 month agoSandwichSubscriber
This chap is rather helpful with bikes and routes if your allowed out https://www.montefuscocycling.com/
Las Ramblas was a disappointment, very touristy. Off to the right as you walk away from the sea is more interesting with Roman remains and some nice eateries.
Book the Sagrada now online else you’ll have a bit of a wait if you turn up and buy.Posted 1 month agojohndrummerMember
+1 Camp Nou
+1 Sagrada Familia
+1 Parc Guell
As you’re near Placa Catalunya, Casa Batllo isn’t too far away.
Zoo isn’t far from the Gothic quarter
Las Ramblas is ok, the big market is well worth a visit just off Las Ramblas
TBH, though, if you’re not into Gaudi & not into FC Barcelona, not that much to see; my least impressive cityPosted 1 month agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
Parc Ciutdella where the zoo is is fairly civilised.
We had a couple of days there when our flight got cancelled. Public transport ticketing is a bit odd iirc. If I remember it right you can cost effectively have more than one of you use a single multi trip ticket but you have to run it through the barrier multiple times.Posted 1 month agodevbrixSubscriber
Do book the Sagrada beforehand. Went during the 80’s and wandered around what was then really just a very large building site. We literally crawled over the perilous unfinished bridges between the towers as they had little to stop us falling off. Went back to Barca last year and headed over but sadly couldn’t get a slot to get in. Was the Summer so really busy. Looked amazing and worth a visit.Posted 1 month agotonyg2003Subscriber
Barca is a lovely place to wander round, especially the old town near the harbour. Although not to put a dampener on the trip, take no wallets/handbags expensive watches etc to tourist parts – we just had credit cards/cash with us – since there is a high chance of being pickpocketed/mugged in tourist areas.Posted 1 month agoWattySubscriber
Although not to put a dampener on the trip, take no wallets/handbags expensive watches etc to tourist parts – we just had credit cards/cash with us – since there is a high chance of being pickpocketed/mugged in tourist ar
Don’t take this advice lightly. We spent an afternoon in a police station after Mrs W had her bag snatched and the room was literally full of tourists with a similar tale. Lovely place, but be careful.Posted 1 month agojiMember
MontJuic is worth a visit and a wander – get there early for the fountain show (free) and then walk over to La Tasqueta de Blai (or take a taxi – its quite a way) for some excellent pintxos (like tapas, but with loads of dishes on the bar to help yourself to – colour coded cocktail sticks for price and you just sttle up at the end).
Dont be put off by the exterior, or the liklihood of a wait, but try the sandwiches/burgers at Foc i Oli Aribau – the reviews that talk of the best burger ever eaten are not wrong.
If you want a real laugh head to Bruch and Cake (the one at Carer D’Enrique Garrados) and have a )actually very tasty) instagram ready breakfast with all the beautiful people!Posted 1 month agosoobaliasMember
hire bikes to get about, its not a big city (by london standards) but a bike makes life so much better/easierPosted 1 month ago
the arc de triumph (area) for some lovely people watching cafe/bars
https://blacklab.es/ brewery near the marina, does some nice grub too
the Olympics site was impressive and i hear the cable car over the marina is the way to go, we cycled round and up.bruneepSubscriber
Although not to put a dampener on the trip, take no wallets/handbags expensive watches etc to tourist parts – we just had credit cards/cash with us – since there is a high chance of being pickpocketed/mugged in tourist areas.
We had no real issues, just be sensible and be aware of surroundings, I was aware of one male walking behind us without purpose on Las Ramblas I made eye contact with him to let him know I had seen him and was aware of him, he moved on looking for another “victim” Other than that just dont be careless plenty of other around you will be.
We did the tapas tour was very good if a bit spendy the tour guide we has was excellent.Posted 1 month agojamesozSubscriber
To add, a few years ago in Las Ramblas, a couple of lads tried to mug me as I had dropped behind a bit from are group (was limping due to Sciatica).
One lad tried to distract me by asking for a light, the other tried to get my wallet from my pocket. I probably looked pissed due to my shambling and the fact a waiter had spilt red wine on me. They legged it when I punched the guy with his hand in my pocket.
So yeah, keep your wits about you and valuables secure.Posted 1 month agovoodoo_chileMember
I’ve physically caught pickpockets on 3 separate occasions in barcelona….. Its how they make a living and very good at what they do….. Stay away from ravel area of a night… Right side of la rambla behind la bouqeria market…. Nou camp and Olympic stadium worth a look get escalators down to placa de espanya…. Gracia area nice for food and drink…. Barri gotic, left side of La rambla is nice but full of nooks and crannies…. Just be sensible and u will love itPosted 1 month agogastromonkeySubscriber
Barcelona is one of my favourite cities. All the places mentioned above will be enough to keep you busy for a weekend.
Another place to look at is around the uni. Brew Dog have a bar in the area which is home to other less touristy bars and restaurants. It’s a couple of stops on the metro from Placa Catalunya.
The notes about security are valid. I’ve been loads of times and not had a problem. But, I have never carried a bag, wallet, camera, only taking some cash and a card with me. Be very aware of your surroundings and if it feels dodgy get out. My last trip there was in early 2019 and it was noticeably worse than previous trips.Posted 1 month ago
Chocolate and churros at churreria laietana, on via laietana. 3.7 euros each, get the porras they are more like doughnuts.
I walked behind the boqueria market to a gig at the Apollo, areas not that bad theres a massive police station and half the road is parked police cars. Maybe the crime has moved to parallel streets.
Cafe on top floor el Corte ingles plaza Cataluña best viewing place. Cakes are 5e tho.
Do the markets but avoid boqueria, full of tourists.
Cafe at Palau musica catalana is fab. See if there’s any music on, beautiful inside.
Cafe Lola nearby lovely.
All the gaudi buildings.Posted 1 month agoNobbySubscriber
Do the markets but avoid boqueria, full of tourists.
Agree. Santa Caterina is pretty authentic & generally used by the locals – the eatery there does some good stuff too.
Edit: forgot to say, if you visit Casa Batllo try & remember to use the lift from the roof back down. Quite a few don’t bother but it’s worth it for the weird ‘underwater’ effect from the glazing.Posted 1 month ago
The cafe in the santa caterina market is v good, it’s called jaume I think. The open one at one corner not the restaurant.
Brompton store do free demos, book online.
The park by arc de triomphe is nice, theres a spa alongside, right hand side if you at arc end facing the sea, that do day visits. On the other side behind the govt buildings is a park with big animal sculptures and a cafe.
Re crime loads of dodgy people lurking about but less so if you avoid the touristy areas and look like a local.Posted 1 month ago
Back from Barca and wanted to say thanks to all for the tips. Had a really great time. Hotel was great. Spot on location, really nice place. Did quite a few things mentioned. Parc Guell, cable car to Montjuic, walk through the park down to the beach, boqueria. Had a burger (El Fois) at Foc I oli aribau. Superb.
Highlights however were probably Sagrada Família and Passadis del pep. Sagrada just blew us both away. The advice to do the guided tour was spot on. Really worth it to understand everything and pick out details you’d otherwise never see. The light inside with all of the stained glass was incredibly beautiful. I’m a cynical atheist but was actually quite moved. Can’t imagine how it must feel in there if you actually believe!
Passadis del pep was a special meal. Did have to swallow hard when the bill came but it was a nice experience and fitting of a special occasion.
Also, zero issues with pickpockets. In fact never knowingly felt unsafe or at risk at any time. I was on hyper alert due to the advice so maybe just gave off the right vibe that we were on the ball or maybe just less about being out of season but gladly no bother.
Great place. Made a vow that we’ll go back when Sagrada is finished.Posted 1 month agokoldunMember
Just to add a bit to the comments above (as i live here);
For Parc Guell, there is a view point up the hill behind the park which is well worth a look if the day is clear.Posted 1 month ago
Parc del Laberint d’Horta is popular and not on most tourist lists.
REALLY be careful of pickpockets, i can’t stress this enough (the city is basically safe apart from this).
I would recommend El 58 over in Poblenou for food (you can’t book, just show up and put your name on the list, they have a bar across the road while you wait) and Antic Theatre in El Gotico for drinks16stonepigSubscriber
Bilbao Berria in the old town is a smashing Tapas place:Posted 4 weeks agoschrickvr6Member
We had a nice bit to eat at Tapeo if you’re looking for somewhere near the Picasso museum – https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1863141-Reviews-Tapeo_Born-Barcelona_Catalonia.htmlPosted 4 weeks ago
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