Barcelona is a top-pick for tourists because of its beaches, mild climate and large number of museums and historical monuments. Barcelona is also known for its football team, FC Barcelona, which is one of the most popular teams in the world. Home to many heritage sites like the Park Guell and Palau de la Musica Catalana, the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is the centre of the city of Barcelona. The city’s ‘modernista’ architecture fascinates tourists, and a major section of it is attributed to Antonio Gaudi, the champion of Catalan Modernism. The Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic church designed by Gaudi, is the international symbol of Barcelona. Explore the city on foot, checking out the roadside stalls and fill up on the pintxos, empanadillas and vermouth.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Barcelona
Where to Shop
Barcelona has city-wide bi-annual sales in January/February and July/August when you can avail of huge discounts. Short of time? Head to the mall at Glories where you can find designer stores, a supermarket and brand outlets. Visit Oslo’s where you can buy handmade ceramics, jewelry and handicraft items made by local artists. Barcelona has many sneakers stops, and shoe lovers should definitely take a look at the collection of LimitEditions. Walk down La Ramba which has multiple shops, cafes and kiosks and take a look at La Boqueria Market. Find cheap second hand things, tattoo parlors and souvenirs at Carrer Riera Baixa and the Holala! Plaza.
What to Eat
La Bomba, (the bomb), is named after the handmade grenades used in Spanish civil war, and is Barcelona’s most iconic dish. It is a potato croquette, the size of a tennis ball, served with white garlic allioli and a spicy red sauce. The calçot is a type of sweet green onion, which is grilled along with meat and enjoyed withromesco sauce(made of almonds, hazelnuts, and red peppers), traditionally in street barbeques in winter. The important festivals of Barcelona are incomplete without some paella, made with prawns and shellfish. BonAppetour chef Teresa specializes in paella, and you can join her kitchen to watch her cook a traditional meal. Desserts include mato (goat cheese) served with walnuts and honey, and crema Catalana (crème brûlée).
The Local Language
Catalan and Spanish are the most commonly used languages in Barcelona. English is not used that widely, and it is difficult to find a cab driver who speaks English. Some common Spanish words are-
• Hola –
• Hablas inglés? –
Do you speak English?
• No entiendo –
I don’t understand
• Muchas gracias –
• Necesito un taxi –
I need a taxi
Dos and Don’ts
• English is not spoken widely here, so it is practical to learn a few Spanish phrases.
• Tipping is not common in Barcelona, so don’t tip more than a couple of Euros.
• The paella is a heavy dish, so do not order it for dinner.
• Take a cooking class to experience the culture of Barcelona.
Emergency Contact Numbers
• Emergency Services - 112
• 24-Hour Chemist -934-178-032 or934-539-220
• Fire - 080
• Police - 091
• Ambulance – 061
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Barcelona?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Barcelona are Iberia and Vueling.
• What is the time zone used in Spain?
The time zone of Spain is GMT + 1h during Standard Time. It is GMT + 2h during Daylight Saving Time.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Barcelona?
From London to Barcelona, the most popular airlines are Iberia and British Airways
• What is the shortest time for a London to Barcelona flight?
The shortest time for a direct London to Barcelona flight is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Barcelona?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Barcelona are the La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Museu Picasso, and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
• What is the currency of Spain?
The currency of Spain is the Euro.
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