Barcelona travel tips

By Local Heroes

Planning a trip to Barcelona can be mind-boggling because of all the information that can be found in guides and on the Internet. Visitors have to not only get to know about how the city works and what to see, but also what scams to avoid. This article is intended to give some important tips for people who are traveling to Barcelona so as to guide them on their preparation of the trip.

9 things you need to know when planning a trip to Barcelona

The following list consists of 9 things that tripUniq's Local Heroes think are the most important to know if you are traveling to Barcelona and that are included in their Barcelona guides.

9 things you need to know when planning a trip to Barcelona

#1 The main attractions are usually really crowded

It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting la Sagrada Familia, Camp Nou or Palau de la Música, although there are lots of highlights to see in the city, there’s usually a big line of people waiting to enter.

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Gemma

Gemma, 34, Tour guide

Gemma
Book online in advance, that way you’ll make sure you get to enter and you won’t have to wait for a long time.

Gemma, 34, Tour guide

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9 things you need to know when planning a trip to Barcelona

#2 Lots of Tourist Traps near the main attractions and oldtown

As in every touristic city of the world, the surroundings of the highlights are usually overpriced and overrated, taking advantage of visitors who usually fall into their traps.

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Charles

Charles, 37, Startuper

Charles
Plan your visit with time to know what to see and where to eat.

Charles, 37, Startuper

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#3 Barcelona seems small but there are lots of things to do

At least 10 of its less-known attractions would be highlights in any other city of the world.

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Tomás

Tomás, 36,

Tomás
Plan your stay in advance to choose wisely. My reccommended lengths to stay are: minimum 3 days, 5 are OK, and 7 would be great.

Tomás, 36,

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9 things you need to know when planning a trip to Barcelona

#4 Things to do change with the Seasons

There are many different activities to do in the city depending on the season, from laying on the beach during summer to visiting Christmas markets during winter and enjoying the varied local festivities and traditions.

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Marc

Marc, 37, Event Organiser

Marc
Travel Seasonal! For example, during Summer the city has many activities and events at the beach that aren’t available the rest of the year. Traditional food also changes a little bit!

Marc, 37, Event Organiser

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9 things you need to know when planning a trip to Barcelona

#5 Find good and cheap places to sleep

Accommodations can be really expensive, crowded and overrated depending on the part of the city they are located at.

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Josefina

Josefina, 27, Travel Journalist

Josefina
Barcelona is small, with a 15-20 min ride on metro or bus you arrive to the city center form anywhere, so try to stay outside of the city center!

Josefina, 27, Travel Journalist

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#6 Restaurants are usually full

Not only the Michelin star restaurants are crowded, Barcelona is visited by so many tourists that most places are full at lunch or dinner time.

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Mercedes

Mercedes, 27, Tourismologist

Mercedes
Check where to eat before and book in advance if possible! I can help you with that if you need it!

Mercedes, 27, Tourismologist

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#7 There are things you can't do with tours

Being surrounded by a group of people the whole time won't let you experience the local vibe or enjoy some magic moments during your stay.

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Sergi

Sergi, 25, Executive consultant

Sergi
The narrow streets and squares of Gótico and Born have a special feeling when you visit them by yourself!

Sergi, 25, Executive consultant

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#8 Barcelona Inhabitants are starting to see tourists as an invasion

Many of the large number of visitors that come to the city, mostly during summer season, are usually not respectful to the city and the people who live here.

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Helene

Helene, 31, Corporate Finance

Helene
With respect and big smiles you will be fine! And, if you learn some Spanish or Catalan words at home, they will be great ice breakers.

Helene, 31, Corporate Finance

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#9 Get to know what are traditional things in Barcelona and avoid traps

Although Flamenco Dance, Bull fights and Sangría aren’t typical from Barcelona, tourist think they are, so there are a lot traps around these themes.

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Tomás

Tomás, 36,

Tomás
Instead, try to listen to Rumba Catalana, to assist to a Human tower demonstration and to drink homemade Vermouth.

Tomás, 36,

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