Barcelona

Known as one of the first tourist destinations in Spain, this magnificent city is located on the coast between the mouth of the rivers Llo Bregat and Besòs and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, with its wide cultural diversity, beach experiences under a warm sunshine mostly the entire year, artistic works, delectable cuisines and outstanding architectural designs. Its liveable nightlife also makes the city a must-go for tourist. Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain.
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Main Things You Need To Know About Barcelona

Weather

The city has pleasant weather condition most of the year, with the best from May to the end of July and also September, making them the best months for tourism too. If what you need is a humid air, then August is the best month for you to visit, though when it gets more humid, the air becomes hotter, so you may have to have an air-conditioned hotel room. October and November also have pleasant but a little cooler than normal with rain in-between sunshine. November to February have cooler temperatures as they are the winter period with no rain, though it could also be sunny on some days. January is the coldest month. Barcelona is not a windy city, but sea breezes are common during the summer, which brings storms that flood the coastline.

Travelling Here

Transportation by air is the fastest and most comfortable means of transport and this city is not found wanting in that aspect. There are direct flights from other countries to the Barcelona international airport, also known as Barcelona El-Prat (named after the town which it is situated). It also operates domestic flights to and from regional airports like Girona, Reus etc. It has several terminals and it’s 16km south of the city. Buses, metro, trains or even hired cars are made available to tourists at the different terminals. Travelling by land to this city, probably from other nearby cities, involves the use of buses, cars, and trains. Travelling by water also is not a surprise as this city is mostly surrounded by water. It is the Mediterranean’s foremost cruise ship harbour.

Lodging

The city’s uniqueness is also included in its standards of hospitality. There are quite a number of good hotels, guest houses and even hostels at affordable prices, some of which are minutes’ walk from most attraction sites. Here is a list of few: 1. Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona 2. Hostal Amra 3. Citadines Ramblas Barcelona 4. Hotel Sant Antoni 5. Melia Barcelona Sky 6. Hotel Espana 7. Catalonia Albeniz 8. El Palace Hotel 9. Ofelias Hotel 10. Sant Jordi Hostal Sagrada

Eating

As far as Barcelona is concerned, one of its greatest highlights is food. It is their natural heritage and also a cultural attraction. From the local seafood, the sumptuous meat for the meat lovers and the healthy veggies for the vegetarians, this city leaves you in awe. Aside from the local dishes, it also offers international cuisines which give you the feeling of a home from home. Aside from foods, Barcelona offers excellent wines to wash down your meals, beers for a great nightlife and even great coffees for a pleasant morning. Some of the restaurants and bars which offer these are: 1. The Beerket 2. Spoonik Club 3. Carlota Restaurant 4. Cheese and Cake 5. Bodega Biarritz 6. The Box 7. Chaka Khan 8. Paisano Café 9. The Pan’s Club 10. Omida De Olla

Safety

Though Barcelona is considered safe, it is actually very safe for tourists because of some pickpockets and bag thieves. It is advisable to be cautious and careful concerning your belongings and items, especially at crowded stations and at night. Expensive and flashy items should not be exposed to avoid unnecessary attention. Lastly, dressing like locals and avoiding the obvious characters of a tourist (like reading a map in public, hanging cameras on your neck, etc.) will help divert attention.

Getting Around

Metro This is one of the most common means of transportation in this city because it is one of the quickest and most convenient means of transport. The city has eight metro lines which can be identified by their colour-coded lines and are run by two companies, “Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC)” and “Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)”. It is connected to the airport to aid easy transportation of people to the city centre. Trains The city also has an urban and metropolitan rail network, run by “Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC)”, with three urban lines. It is reliable and runs every three to five minutes. However, it is primarily used for national and regional trips and also trips to the neighbouring cities and towns. Tram This means was used in the olden days and was reinvented and resurrected to use again in 2004. It is fast, comfortable and accessible. It operates from two lines in the city; the Trambaix running from Francesc Macià to Sant Just Desvern, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Feliu de Llobregat and Cornellà, and the Trambesòs which covers a route from the Olympic Village to Sant Adrià de Besòs via the Forum site and arrive at Badalona. It enables easy access to major industrial areas, residential zones and shopping centre. Buses There are over a thousand buses in the city, operating on over 80 routes, connecting the city’s district and the metropolitan area. The buses also have provisions for people with mobility restrictions or wheelchair users. It also operates a night bus service. These buses all depart from or stop at Barcelona’s Placa de Catalunya. Taxis The city offers service of about eleven thousand taxis identified by their yellow and black livery. There is also provision for people with reduced mobility. This means of transport is extremely reliable and convenient when moving late at night, when other means are less available. Cycling and Walking This is more popular and pleasant

Top Attractions

In Spain, this city is one of the most visited, not only because of its exceptional meals and wines, but also its culture displayed in its environs, luring tourists to itself. Some of such places are: 1. La Sagrada Familia – The unfinished church by Antoni Gaudi 2. The Font Mágica Fountain – The Magic Fountain of Montjuic 3. Museu Picasso – The Picasso Musuem 4. El Raval 5. Port of Barcelona 6. Aquarium Barcelona 7. Las Ramblas – Barcelona’s most famous walking street 8. Barcelona Zoo 9. Barrio Gotico – Gothic quarter of Barcelona’s medieval city 10. The Beautiful Beaches 11. Park Güell – Gaudi’s modernist park on Carmel hill 12. FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium and Barça museum, and lots more

Being Local

Spanish and Catalan (mostly spoken) are the major languages in the city, so it will be much better to learn at least few words to enable easy communication. Tasting and appreciating the local cuisines goes a long way in creating a strong bond with the locals. It may also help to dress like them, while also engaging in recreational activities.

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