[trip style = urban + beach & sun]
Mention Barcelona to Europeans and the response will be Ahh... Barcelona! I love Barcelona! The beach, the food, the city... Mention Barcelona to North Americans and the response will be Watch out for pickpockets! I traveled to the largest city on the Mediterranean Sea with high hopes and street smarts, ready to conquer the city on my own before meeting up with friends. Follow along for my Do / Eat / Stay recommendations.
Things to know
- Many residents speak only Catalan and Spanish
- Aerobús is the easiest way to travel between the airport and the city centre
- The best times to visit are Spring and Fall
- The city is very walkable with a good transit system
- Be vigilant with your wallet/handbag in busy tourist areas
- Many shops are closed on Sundays
- Dinner is traditionally eaten after 9pm
- If you have time, leave the city limits to visit Monserrat or Sitges or Figueres and Cadaqués
This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.
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