10 Hacks For an Awesome Trip to Barcelona!

An unconventional and vivacious city with numerous options of cultural enthrallment, Barcelona can be easily explored on foot, since many of its famous sights are located in close proximity to one another. It’s one of the liveliest destinations for travellers. Situated between the Mediterranean and the Serra de Collserola hills, Barcelona—Spain’s second largest city—is rich in history. If you don’t want to end up like a foreigner or “guiris” who spend their time eating an expensive and not so traditional paella, note down these hacks for an awesome trip to Barcelona, book a flight and go!

1. La Sagrada Familia

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Picture: strangesounds.org

Gaudi is the first word that springs to the mind whenever culture and Barcelona are thrown together in the same sentence and whilst there’s no doubt his unique and breath taking masterpieces, such as La Sagrada Familia and the landscaped Park Guell, should top any tourist’s “must-see” list. Using nature as his guiding aesthetic, Gaudí redesigned the interior columns of the nave (main body of the church) to appear like a forest; he also greatly enlarged the size from the original plans (wiki). It has been under construction since 1882 and is estimated to be completed around 2026—the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death. Admission will set you back around 15 Euros, but admiring the icon’s whimsical exterior is absolutely free.

Nearest Metro Station– Sagrada Familia (Line, L5) and (Line, L2)

2. Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia

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Picture: stangesounds.org

It is situated in an older part of town and the façade is extremely exhilarating, the Catalan style is quite baroque and visually captivating. Begun in the 13th century, it is an excellent example of Catalan Gothic style. It has tall pillars and consists of a marble assembled screen sculpted after drawings by Bartolomé Ordóñez, one of Spain’s greatest Renaissance artists. The cathedral has an isolated Gothic religious place where 13 white geese are kept. The number explained by the declaration that Eulalia(co-patron saint of Barcelona and a young virgin) was thirteen when she was martyred.

Nearest Metro Station- Jaume I (Yellow Line L4)

3. Walk the Paseo Maritimo from the Barceloneta Beach

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Picture: schoolrunstyle.blogpost.in

Barcelona is blessed with miles and miles of continuous beaches, the most crowd-pleasing being Barceloneta. It’s broad, sandy and equipped with bathrooms, showers, game areas, cafés and even WiFi. It is within walking distance of  La Rambla (a street in central Barcelona popular with tourists). Prepare to see the occasional sunbather au naturel. Although this is unofficially a nudist beach, there are many people who are not nude.

Nearest Metro Station Barceloneta (Yellow Line                                                                 

4. Nightlife

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Picture: residentadvisor.com

 

The main areas for Barcelona Nightlife are Placa Reial, favored by the backpacker crowd and home to several congested bars and clubs and Port Olimpic where a string of elegant lounge bars serve cocktails by the day turning into clubs at night. For some more meticulous action, Xampanyerias is the place for cheap Cava (a local sparkling wine) and tapas (local snacks).

Nearest Metro Station( Placa Reial) Licue (Line L3)

Nearest Metro Station(Port Olimpic)-  Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica (Line L4)

Nearest Metro Station(Xampanyerias) – Barceloneta (Line L4)

5. Camp Nou Stadium- GO GO GOAL!

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Picture: sport.gencide.com

One of the best football stadiums and with one of the finest teams in the world at present, you are in for a treat here! It is a sight to behold as the size of the place is immense! With 98,780 seats, this stadium builds up an enthralling atmosphere, especially when you witness El-Clasico (a match between football clubs of Barcelona and Madrid). Just a heads-up they only sell non-alcoholic beer, so if you want a few pre-match drinks, head to one of the bars located outside the ground.

Nearest Metro Station- Collblanc or Bada (Line 5)

6Parc del Laberint d’Horta

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Picture: midwesternbroad.com

Without any qualms, this is a labyrinth waiting to be cracked. Decisions, assumptions and conjectures are part of an answer that does not always come along the same pathway. The Laberint d’Horta is a real labyrinth made of high plants and also there are few splendid historical buildings encompassing the maze. This garden is indeed a beautiful harmonious oasis to rest from the crowd. It doesn’t matter if you’re alone or with your family because it’s always equally fun!

Nearest Metro Station- Mundet (Line 3)

7. Passeig de Gracia

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Picture: Aarohi Surya

Passeig de Gràcia is a boulevard located in Barcelona’s Eixample district, it is part of a shopping line which stretches from Plaça Catalunya to Avinguda Diagonal and to the edge of Gràcia. The wide avenues and buildings enclosing Passeig de Gràcia take you back to an imperial time, bringing to you a cornucopia of wanderlust. Don’t forget to visit the “House of Bones”, officially known as Casa Batlo.

Nearest Metro StationPasseig de Gràcia (Line 2)

8. Taste the Heavenly “churros con chocolate”

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Picture: justataste.com

From tapas(appetizers or snacks of Spanish cuisine) to the present-day Catalan cuisine, Barcelona is a food-lover’s flight of fancy. The only thing better than drinking a cup of rich, dark hot chocolate is following the local tradition and dipping in a sugar-coated churro doughnut. La Pallaresa café( calle Petritxol, in the Gothic Quarter) specializes in this treat, enjoyable round the year but cherished in winter.

Nearest Metro Station- Liceu (Line 3)

9. Port Vell

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Picture: Aarohi Surya

Sea and yachts…definitely the most impeccable way to while away time! Port Vell starts at the end of Barcelona’s La Rambla, by the Columbus Monument, a major city landmark since 1886. Here, the wooden walkway, known as the Rambla del Mar, leads to the leisure complex Maremagnum. Doubtlessly a lovely little harbor with a splendid walk way along the water. There is a nice clean and green area to sit and “people watch” or enjoy a bottle of beer or a soda.

Nearest Metro Station- Barceloneta (Line 4)

10. Tibidabo

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Picture: wccm-eccm-ecfd2014.org

An outstanding place to take in the panoramic city views of Barcelona, Tibidabo is the place to ride through, walk around and go for an early brunch. Take a hike up the mountain if you are ready for it! The tram will drop you off about halfway, and then there is a picturesque yet, difficult way to the top. Make sure you have offline maps to ease your navigation, since there is almost no data available close to the top.

How to Get There-  (In case you’re lazy) The journey is divided in 2 chunks, the first by tram, the second by funicular railway. At Avinguda Tibidabo FGC Station you can hop on a Tramvia Blau.