This is the Barcelona travel advice you will actually use!
Firstly, I’m glad you landed here because it’s so important to do all the right research on any destination before you go. Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in the world. The city is filled with unique architecture, historic building, and delicious food! You’ll be blown away! But to truly enjoy this beautiful city, you need to know the DON’TS, and here they are.
Do not eat at the La Rambla
I’m sure we all know what a tourist trap is, and this is one of them. We’re not saying avoid La Rambla, but just be mindful. This beautiful street is filled with restaurants, bars, souvenir stores, and street performers. Because of this and its convenient location in the centre of the city, it draws tourists, and this brings up the prices. Unfortunately, this can also bring down the quality of food in some places due to the quick turnover. We highly recommend heading off the main strip, and you’ll find a more authentic local experience.
Pre-buy tickets for main monuments
This is so important! The lines can be big, and capacity can fill up quickly. If you know which sites you’re definitely going to visit in Barcelona, especially if you’re planning on visiting La Sagrada Familia, make sure you pre-purchase your ticket.
Look after your bag
Unfortunately, Barcelona, just like a lot of popular cities in Europe, has a lot of pickpocketers. So as a tourist, it’s essential to be mindful of your belongings. Avoid keeping belonging in your pocket, use bags that have a zip, and don’t leave your bag on the ground.
Don’t go out too early for nightlife
If you’ve noticed, the streets or restaurants are only full of tourists at 6:00 pm. Well, it’s probably because it is and you’re out at the wrong time. Barcelona nightlife starts late, and many locals rarely eat before 9:00 pm.
Skip the Sangria and go for Cava
Cava is a sparkling Spanish wine and is preferred by the locals of Barcelona. You won’t find many locals drinking Sangria; it’s mostly there for the tourists.
Don’t take taxis
Just like a lot of big cities, taxis tend to be overpriced. The good thing is, Barcelona has an excellent public transport system. It’s really affordable, very easy to use, and can get you around the entire city, including to and from the airport.