This week, I’m am enjoying the fabulous city of Barcelona. Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya and the second city of Spain. It is the fourth most visited city in Europe after Rome, Paris, and London.
I have found Barcelona to have everything that you need in a city as a traveler and tourist – museums, architecture, art, shopping, beach – Barcelona really has got it all. We visited Barcelona in October. It was less busy than in the height of summer, and the weather was milder, but we still saw some sunshine – the perfect time to visit. If you are spending a few days there, you might like to read this Barcelona 3 day Itinerary.
Park De La Cuitadella, taken on tour with Baja Bikes.
Here are the best Barcelona Travel Tips that you have to read!
Must read if you are Going to Barcelona – 5 Top Barcelona Travel Tips
If you are spending time here in Barcelona, I hope that you will make use of my 5 top travel tips. Here are 5 things that I wish I’d known before my trip…
Menu Del Dia
When eating out, eat out at lunchtime, because it is extremely cheap. Even expensive restaurants are affordable at lunchtime as they have the Menu Del Dia (menu of the day). It is a requirement by Spanish authorities, so even if you don’t see one, you can ask for it and very rarely will they say no. On average, you can get three courses plus a drink for between €10-15 Euros. This is around £7-£10 per person for a starter, main, dessert and wine (or beer or soft drink).
In Soda Bus, I had a risotto starter, duck main and chocolate brownie for dessert. With drinks and three courses for three people, it was still less than €40.
2. Museums are free on Sunday afternoons
I missed out on this one! Museums are free on Sunday afternoons from 15.00-20.00, so make the most of it. Museums are free all day on the first Sunday of the month. Popular Barcelona Museums include the National Art Museum of Catalunya, the Picasso Museum and the Barcelona History Museum.
3. Metro – T10 Ticket
When you are using the Metro, all of Barcelona city center is zone 1 (this confused us greatly, as we wondered if we would need other zones, but we did not!). The T10 ticket works out good value for tourists, provided you are not making more than 3/4 journeys in one day. It costs €9.95 for 10 journeys on a ticket. The T-10 is multi-person use, so just use it and then pass it back to your friend behind you!
T10 Ticket for Barcelona Metro
4. Language – Learn Basic Spanish
The language issue was a little confusing at first because many locals speak Catalan as their first language, rather than Spanish. In some local restaurants, menus will also be in Catalan. However, if you learn some basic Spanish, you will be understood and be able to get by.
It’s even better if you can learn a few Catalan phrases, but personally, I found this a little too confusing! You might enjoy reading about My Spanish blunders!
5. Book Tickets Online
We found that if you don’t book tickets online and SKIP THE LINE with specific time-slots, the main attractions may be full and you risk missing them. This was particularly the case for Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. Just Google the official website of the attraction that you want to visit and book online in advance.
Gaudi’s Salamander, Park Guell
Book advance tickets for a private Gaudi tour
Book advance tickets for Park Guell
One last thing, look out for these Mini-Cards that give you discounts on restaurants and attractions around the city.
Do you have any travel tips for Barcelona? If so, please share them below.
You might also like to read about the Cycle Tour Barcelona and how to spend 24 hours in Barcelona.
Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is so important as it will help you with emergencies and unexpected costs on your trip. Make sure that you declare any pre-existing health conditions so that you are covered for those. Check your cover for accidents and medical care and also lost baggage or getting things stolen. Remember to report as soon as something goes wrong on your trip because some travel insurance companies require you to report something that you want to claim for within 24 hours. Read the fine print carefully when you sign up. I always recommend World Nomads. You can get a free quote here:
*Many thanks to Katya from Sweet Home Abroad for her company and a stay in one of the beautiful apartments. Thank you also to Rik from Baja Bikes who took us on a fantastic tour to get some of these photos in Parc De La Cuitadella.