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Barcelona


Barcelona - The most visited destination in Europe.

Barcelona is considered one of the largest cities in Spain. Capital of Catalonia - Barcelona has a strong sense of identity and culture that sets it apart from the rest of Spain. They speak Spanish, but they have a regional language called Catalan. 

Barcelona is known as the epicenter of arts, culture, and most especially architecture. Famous for the architectural prowess of Antoni Gaudi, one is rendered speechless as one marvel at the glory of his vision.

Weather & Climate

Barcelona is usually mild in temperatures all year round. The best time to visit is April to the beginning of July and September. The weather is delightful, and you get more sunlight hours. 

However, the end of July to August is hot and humid. With temperatures reaching up to 34°C. July is the tourist season where both foreign and local tourists come.

The temperatures are cooler from November to February. With an average temperature of 12°C. It doesn’t always rain during this time but always come prepared.

Traveling within Barcelona

Walking is the best way to fall in love with the small details the eyes might often fail to see when renting a car or taxi. You get to immerse yourself in the culture and create new connections with the locals.

The city offers sustainable options for transportation like bike and electronic motorcycles rentals with more than 200km bike lanes and over 500 charging stations. 

There are public transport networks around Barcelona. Buses, Metro, FGC, and Tram; the quickest and most convenient way of going around. There are different travel cards and transport passes to choose from. The T-8 (10 euros) and the T-10 (11.35 euros) tickets will allow you to use any public transportation networks valid for 8 and 10 days. 

How to get to Barcelona

Many airlines offer non-stop flights to and from Barcelona. International airlines such as Delta Airlines, Air Canada, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines. Flying within Europe, there are Easyjet, Ryanair, and Monarch.

Some tourists flock to Barcelona by cruise ships during July. Travelers coming from the Balearic Islands usually take the ferry. 

If you are not time-conscious, the bus and the train are the best options to reach Barcelona. You get to visit more places in 1 journey. The high-speed train: Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) connects Barcelona to almost all the major cities in Spain.

Food Culture

A natural foodie's bucket list is not complete without the experience of Barcelona’s street food. Famous for its tapas, Spanish cuisine is influenced by Mediterranean cooking, even more so in Barcelona. 

Must try:

  • Entrepa and Bocadillo - This is a sandwich made from a variety of ingredients. Best to try entrepas with Iberico Jamon, a local favorite.
  • Escudella d’olla - A refreshing salad: consisting of bacalao, salt cod with peppers, tomatoes, onions, and olives. Also known as Catalan ceviche.
  • Suquet de Peix - A garlic and potato-based seafood stew: made with seasonal fish available at the market. 
  • Fideua - A noodle version of the paella. This dish is the perfect mix of seafood, garlic, and olive oil sauce.
  • Orxata - A thirst clenching soda: made from tigernut, water, and sugar. Often served over ice.

(Sidenote: Tipping is not mandatory in Barcelona. The city is littered with ATMs. There is no need to worry about having cash on hand either. Most of the establishments accept cards.)

Accommodations

Barcelona can host different types of travelers. Solo backpackers, group travelers, classy tourists, and even families. Here is a list of hotels that the traveler's needs:

  • Hostel One Paralelo - This hostel is perfect for solo travelers and party-goers. 
    • $
  • Kabul - A crowd favorite. This hostel organizes events and pub crawls.
    • $$
  • Hostel One Ramblas - Ramblas is a great place to meet other people. It is near the metro stop. It makes it easy to go around the city.
    • $
  • Radamon Hostel - Tourists staying in Radamon are only a few blocks away from the nightlife, restaurants, and the metro.
    • $$$
  • Casa Garcia - Casa Garcia is carefully designed to meet the comfort of its guests. With plenty of common areas and a library.
    • $$$

Top Attractions in Barcelona

With a plethora of cultural experiences to idyllic Mediterranean beach destinations, there is no doubt why Barcelona is considered one of the top destinations in Spain.

  • Sagrada Familia - A Gaudi iconic masterpiece. You can spend hours standing in awe at the architecture.
  • Park Guell - A popular attraction with a breathtaking view of the city.
  • MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Inaugurated in 1995, it hosts art exhibits by well-renowned artists of the 21st century.
  • Picasso Museum - Houses over 4,000 works by the famous Picasso
  • Mar Bella - A long stretch of picturesque beach away from the overcrowded beaches of Barceloneta.

7-day Budget

Budget is one of the most important things to consider before booking a ticket to Barcelona. For a 7-day budget for Barcelona, be prepared to spend about $ 1,320.

Average daily breakdown per person:

Accommodation

$ 87

Food

$ 32

Transportation

$ 18

Entertainment/Admission Fees

$ 32

Alcohol/Beverages

$ 17

Water

$ 2

Total

$ 188 / Day / Person

Things To Buy

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Perfume
  • El Porron
  • Pementon
  • Avarca Sandals
  • Ceramics
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