Barcelona

Picnic supplies at La Boqueria

Picnic supplies at La Boqueria

About halfway down La Rambla, you'll find La Boqueria market, with tons of vendors selling meats, cheeses, fruit, pastries and much more.  Head down there for a breakfast pastry and get some meat and cheese for a lunchtime picnic.  Bring your supplies out to either Parc Guell, the Gaudi-designed park just off the metro, or take the funicular up to Tibidabo and enjoy the view looking down at Barcelona.  Either makes for a memorable day outdoors.
Get the audioguide at Sagrada Familia

Get the audioguide at Sagrada Familia

Hopefully Sagrada Familia is already on your sightseeing schedule.  If not, add it immediately.  It's one of the most amazing sights in Europe.  Doors open at 9am and that is a pretty good time to plan on arriving.  When you get there, make sure you get the audioguide with your ticket.  It is only an extra 4 euro and is an incredible value.  As often as not, audioguides are a waste of money, but not in this case.  Each section of the cathedral is incredibly intricate and the guide does an excellent job of explaining what you are seeing.  The church is worth seeing regardless, of course, but the audioguide will greatly enhance your experience.
Eat late

Eat late

There are many great restaurants in Barcelona and tons of tapas that you'll need to try.  But bear in mind that things run on a different schedule in this town.  If you want to eat at 7pm, you can, but you're going to be the only person in the restaurant.  Instead, try to force yourself to have a late lunch (2pm or so...use the sangria to help tide you over) and wait until 9pm for dinner.  Additionally, choose restaurants at least a few blocks off La Rambla.  Do those two things and instead of an expensive and touristy meal, you'll find yourself surrounded by locals and eating delicious food at a great value.
 

One Response to What to do in Barcelona

  1. Davide says:

    Few large cities have beaches as convenient as Barcelona. The Barceloneta neighborhood has the most famous one and there is a metro stop very close by. The boardwalk also has many great seafood options and is great for walking.playa_barceloneta-1483757.jpg

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