Barcelona experiences

Don't just see Barcelona; experience it

Stroll Les Rambles - The main boulevard of old Barcelona is a tree-shaded

Take a Moderisme tour - Delve into the world of Gaudí and other Barcelona architects and their distinctive, playful Catalan version of Art Nouveau.

Take in the views - Barcelona seems to have more than its share of scenice viewpoints: panoramic perches, hilltop parks, accessible rooftops, and cable cars.

Take a walking tour - Explore the many sides of this amazing city with an experit guide on a themes or neighborhood walk though the streets and sights of Barcelona.

Indulge in a tapeo - Make a tapas crawl from tascas (tapas bar) to tascas, sampling the best in Spanish finger foods and washin it down with glasses of fine wine and cava, the Catalan champagne.

Stroll through all of Spain at the Poble Espanyol - This 1929 tourist attraction on Montjuïc recreates buildings and streets from across Spain, now inhabited by craft workshops, restaurants, and nightlife venues.

Go on a culinary adventure - Whether a cooking class or a guided tapas crawl, a molecular gastronomy meal or a cava tasting or simply a stroll through La Boqueria market with a chef, the food and wine culture of Barcelona is a joy to discover.

Enjoy a flamenco show - Sure, these are Andalusian, not Catalan, but the firey dancing and castanet music are worht seeing no matter wher you are.

Tips & Links

How long should I spend in Barcelona?

If you're just passing through, I'd give Barcelona at least two full days.

It is a lovely place to relax, however, so you might be happier spending 3-4 days.

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Useful links & resources


Barcelona tourist info: (info office), (events mag); (regional info),

Sightseeing passes: Barcelona Card (20+ sights; transport; discounts), Museum Pass (6 sights)

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Trains: (throughout Europe), (within Spain), (throughout Europe),

Public transport: Barcelona Card (free transport; sightseeing); Search all public transit:; Metro/Bus:; Tram:; Light rail:; Taxi:

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Get a sightseeing / transport pass

Barcelona has two types of sightseeing/transport passes:

There's a full description of both passes here, but in brief: The only museum covered fully by the Museum Pass that is not also covered by the Barcelona Card is the Museu Picasso (where you get only a 20% discount with the Barcelona Card).

You can also get discounts (usually 10% to 20%) on a wide range of sights, activites, and shows if you have a hop-on/hop-off bus ticket.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.

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