5 ways to make a trip to Barcelona even more specialApril 16, 2019
If you’re considering heading to Barcelona for a relaxing break, there are lots of things that you should take into consideration. As well as booking your flights and finding the very best accommodation that your budget will allow, you need to decide what you want to do when you get there. Indeed, Barcelona is a big place, and turning up without the faintest idea of what you’re going to get up to could leave you feeling overwhelmed. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some ways to make your trip to the Capital of Catalonia as special as it can be…
Sample the food
Barcelona is home to stunning eateries and delicious food that you won’t find anywhere else. Even the fussiest of eaters should swallow their pride and sample some local cuisine, such as the pa amb tomaquet, embutidos, fideuas, and crema Catalana. Be bold and experiment with new flavours and combinations – you’ll be glad you did when you taste how good it is!
Meet the real people
It’s so easy to stick to the major tourist spots and avoid seeing the real Barcelona when you are there – not through ignorance, but simply because the city is so big and tourist-focused.
If you want to see what the real Barcelona is like, then meet some real Catalans to get a feel for what life is like in the city. Go off the beaten track, speak with locals in gift shops and in the side streets, and pick up bits of the lingo as you go. Most Catalans speak English, but you will stand out and be more attractive to them if you make an effort and speak Spanish.
Explore the tourist spots
Whilst we recommend going off the beaten track, there’s nothing wrong with exploring some of the city’s most popular tourist spots. The La Sagrada Familia is one of the most stunning attractions in the world and must be seen to be believed, whilst the Park Güell, Casa Milà, and Casa Batlló are also great places to explore – and get pictures for your Instagram feed!
Go on a city tour
There is so much to explore in Barcelona that some of the most interesting and unique parts are often hidden from view. That’s why we recommend you get a Barcelona private guide, who can walk you through the city and help you to explore some of the undiscovered parts of this beautiful destination. With a whole host of tours to suit every palate – like food tours, or arts and craft tours, there’s no excuse not to get involved and become a real local explorer!
Grab some souvenirs
Finally, don’t forget to grab your wallet and head to one of Barcelona’s many street markets for some souvenir shopping. Whether you want to take home a bottle of Vermouth, the delicious Turron sweets, or some authentic extra virgin olive oil, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and be supporting local businesses and farmers. No tacky keychains or fridge magnets here! (well, actually, there are keychains and magnets if that’s what you’re looking for!).
Whether you’re headed to Barcelona for the first time or are returning and want to squeeze every last drop out of your break, we wish you a fun and enjoyable trip! Safe travels.