This is a new city for you because even if you came before, according to Heraclitus, not you or the city are the same. So, my point is that you´ll need some advice on what you are gonna see here.
- I think nowadays the most important thing is safety, all over the city especially in crowded places like the metro or any line to any attraction. There are A LOT of pickpockets, so please don´t leave your stuff unattended, your bags open or your mobiles on top of the table while you’re eating.
- The public transportation (Subway and Bus) works very well, you can buy a T-FAMILIAR, which is a card that has 8 trips and it can be used by several people at the same time, the only thing you cannot do with that one is to enter the airport by train because you have to pay a supplement. Barcelona has a changing transportation thing which is not well known but is really helpful, you can change for example from the subway to the bus within 1 hour and 15 minutes and it doesn’t charge you an extra journey.
- If you come with good weather, let’s say from the end of May to September, you can rent a bike and it is a very nice way of transportation because you get to see the city without rush, not contaminating the environment and Barcelona is equipped with bike lanes so you can drive safely.
- If you go out at night, try to come back by taxi or you can download the app of Cabify which is better, the only bad thing is that you have to fill all the card details and stuff, and if you are kinda drunk, let’s say you are not gonna do it LOL, so better do it before going out. On the other hand, taxis here are cheap and reliable, because it is a small city and the distances are not that far from each other.
- If you are going to La Costa Brava or you travel with the entire family is better to rent a car and be prepared to pay for parking, because there is no place in the street, but at the same time is more practical than been with a stroller in the metro or the bus that in the summer are always packed.
- The Cathedral and the Sagrada Familia have a dress code, you cannot go with uncovered shoulders, back or legs and neither with hats. In the Cathedral they give you a scarf but in Sagrada Familia, you have to buy it outside. Normally it is less than 5€, but if you can avoid it is better.
- Try to buy the tickets for Sagrada Familia and Park Güell in advance, because I´ve seen people crying when they cannot make it inside.
- Make a photocopy of your passport and carry it with you, don´t carry the original, remember the pickpockets I’ve talked about before. You might need it for discounts if you are a Senior, Student or Under 18 YO.
- If you come only for 1-2 days it is better if you buy the Hop On- Hop Off Bus, is really good and takes you to all the “must-see” places or remember the bike is also good. Public transportation will take you longer to get from one point to another one if you are tight with the time.
- There is a Mediterranean franchise of food named “100 Montaditos” is super cheap, fine quality and 99% of the Menu is 1€ on Wednesdays and Sundays.
I´ll think a few more and update this page from time to time so I can help you out in planning a better trip..
See you in my next post!