In a Nutshell: Barcelona
The out of this world interior of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. This worldwide famous basilica is one of the numerous works by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona’s most prominent architect of the early XX century. The construction of this church began in 1882 and what doesn’t cease to amaze, it’s still unfinished! Gaudi’s original design calls for a total of eighteen spires, but presently only eight of them have been completed. The completion of the towers will make Sagrada Familia the tallest church building in the world!Aga
AttentionPickpocketing is happening much more than you can imagine in Barcelona and the thieves usually get away with it as the police seem reluctant to take action. So hold on tightly to your bags and cameras. 🙂 – Bekran
AttentionYou might be an expert in Spanish language yet hardly find anyone willing to speak it in Barcelona. Catalan is the local language here and locals (especially the elderly) can get very proud at times. But everyone knows Spanish for sure. Oddly enough, you’ll have more chances to be answered back in Spanish unless you’re a native Spanish speaker. That’s just the attitude. 🙂 – Bekran
Local TipIs it mid-February? Take the train and get to Sitges for the infamous Sitges Carnival where you’ll have the time of your life. Is it summertime? Take the train and get to Sitges for a nice escape from the city. – Bekran
Local TipMany Barcelona visitors actually miss this but in September, there is the festival of the year called La Merce. From human towers to costumed giants, to incredible fireworks, projection mappings on major landmarks, there are tons of events to choose from every single day. But the ultimate fun is Corre Foc, where locals go down the main street in devil costumes, spraying fire from within their installations of various creatures, onto the people! – Bekran
Local TipTibidabo is one of the best places to see the panorama of #Barcelona. Watch the sunset and wait for the city lights start to turn on one after another! – Aga
Local TipBut young locals also agree that the best views of the city are from Bunkers del Carmel. Used in Spanish Civil War, now basically ruins, it is still little known and you can have a very quiet time absorbing the beautiful view lying ahead of you. It is not so easy to get there, be prepared to hike up. – Bekran
Local TipAn unusual place to visit in Barcelona is Montjuic Cemetery where they have masterly crafted tombs and common graves that are placed on top of one another. It gives off an overwhelming sense of eeriness with its endless number of graves carved into the hill. Great place for photography. – Bekran
Hipster TipCoffee lovers! Here we give you the place where you can have possibly the best coffee you’ve ever had in your life! Nomad Coffee Productions is located in a small passage in El Born and is only open during the weekdays before 19:30. Well, it wouldn’t be so special if it was easily accessible, would it? 🙂 – Bekran
Bookworm TipSometimes the best way to get the feel of a city is to read a book about it. And if there was one book to do this for Barcelona, it would be “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The author, a true Catalan, pays the biggest tribute to his city by his vivid descriptions, making you feel as if you were there with him. Guaranteed that after reading this book Barcelona will feel more familiar to you than any other city you actually have visited! – Aga
Foodie TipOur 3-month stay in Barcelona was mostly a gourmet trip. We explored new places at every chance and we have agreed on particular restaurants for our best ofs: Kiosko for customized burgers, Bubo for exquisite cakes, La Taguara Areperia for corn sandwiches from Venezuela, La Fabrica for Argentinian empanadas, Ziryab for Moroccan/Spanish fusion dishes and Bormuth for the best selection of tapas with house vermouth to flush them down. But our personal favorite ever was definitely El Xampanyeria! It is a unpretentious place on a side street which has been open for 50 years and is always full inside, no matter what time. But the sandwiches they offer rewrite the definition of delicious. Not to mention their house cava (Spanish champagne) that is served with each sandwich, only for 5€ a bottle! – Bekran
Foodie TipPintxo (read as “pincho”) is a slice of baguette bread with different toppings. In Barcelona there are many pintxos bars where you take whichever you like on display and your bill is calculated by the amount of picks you leave on your plate -1€ each. The best selection we’ve found was at Tasqueta del Blai on Carrer Biai, their pintxos are always fresh and ever-yummy. Try the foie gras with pineapple! 🙂 – Bekran
Drunkard's TipWhat about drinks? When it comes to going out, Barcelona is a cheap place with lots to choose from. We always started our nights at a local bar and moved on to dancing joints after 2-3am. Just so you know, that’s even early for Barcelona standarts. Kaelderkold is the beer heaven, while Rubi serves really good mojitos for 3,5€ a glass and Collage does the best cocktails. Looking for shots? You’re in just the place. Espit Chupitos has several bars around town, where you give up after getting lost in their 500+ selection of shots (2€ each) and ask the bartender to fix you something strong.. and with fire! It is a challenge to survive the Barcelona nights.
Fan TipFC Barcelona is arguably the best football club in the world. Many tourists visit the city just to have a glimpse of the footballers at a real match, or visit the stadium if not possible. You can find match tickets on sale at the visitor information center on Plaça Catalunya. They are not cheap, but it is worth to go to a Barça match if you can.
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