Best Place to Travel in Europe (Barcelona)
This is the 5th blog in the series of the best place to travel in Europe. In the previous four blogs, we discussed Paris, London, Rome, and Florence. In this blog, we will discuss Barcelona and some of the beautiful places worth visiting in it.
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According to the World Report, travel rankings, Barcelona is the fifth best place to travel in Europe. In Spain, it is the best place to travel. If you want to go with your family on vacation, it is the #5 place to visit in Europe. When it comes to the world’s best place to visit, it comes in at #12. If you want to visit Europe in May, then Barcelona is no #2 place to visit. These rankings are made by experts on the basis of user experience.
The best months for visiting Barcelona are from May to June. In these months, you can enjoy open-air dining, art festivals, and sunshine. After June, the weather is hot and humid in Barcelona, and people living here leave the city and move to some cold places. It is advisable not to visit in august as it is pretty hot and humid. You will not enjoy visiting this month. Cover up yourself when you visit a sacred place like the church you can enter while wearing shorts, etc. If you are an introverted person and don’t enjoy crowds then this place is not for you as there are tourists all around the year.
For new tourists who are visiting Barcelona for the first time. The best way to have a good tour of Barcelona is to book a guided tour in this way. You will explore every side of the city in a better way. There are 2 languages which are spoken in Barcelona, which are Spanish and Catalan. Both languages are considered official here. The road signs in Barcelona are in both Catalan and Spanish. Try to learn basic Spanish so that you do not face difficulty communicating.
There are a variety of Spanish dishes that you can eat. You can enjoy different cultural foods and cuisines. If you are looking for affordable food, then you should cash in at Menu del Dia, which is an affordable and tasty three-meal deal. It will save you money instead of wasting too much on buying food individually at each meal. It is preferable not to eat food in tourist areas as it costs a lot and the food is not even good. Buy food away from crowded places. You should rent an apartment instead of a hotel so that you can buy groceries and cook your own food.
The currency used in Barcelona is the euro, not the dollar. Credit cards can also be used for shopping and at restaurants. Tip culture is not common in Barcelona, where service charges are added to your bill. The people here eat late-night food and party late at night. The timings for lunch are between 1-4 pm and for dinner, the timings are 8-11 pm. The bars and clubs open late at night and close at 5 or 6am in the morning.
Barcelona is one of the major tourist spots, and pickpockets are aware of it. Here are a few tips from our side that can help you avoid pickpockets. Most of the crimes happen at tourist spots and at the metro or bus stations. You should keep your wallet in the front pocket. Try to avoid keeping backpacks behind you. It’s better to keep them in your hands. Females should keep their purses zipped and place them in a secure location from where they can monitor them at all times.
If you want to travel to Barcelona, the best way is to use the metro. The bus is also an alternative, but there is a high possibility that you will get stuck in traffic. Using your own car is not at all recommended because Barcelona is a crowded area. If you are physically fit and enjoy walking, then you should go for this option. It will also save your money and your health will also be maintained. If you are a US citizen, you will need a passport with at least 6 months remaining. Visa is not required for US citizens unless the plan is to stay for over 90 days.
Below is a list of some of the best place to travel in Barcelona.
- Park Guell
- Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
- Barri Gotic
- Las Ramblas
- La Sagrada Familia
- Casa Batlo
- Camp Non Stadium
- Catedral de Barcelona
- Museu Picasso
- Palau de la Musica Catalana
- Casa Mila
- Montjuic Castle
- La Barcelona Beach
We will discuss some of these places below.
The first best place to travel to in Barcelona is Park Guell. No doubt it is a beautiful place for tourist attractions in Barcelona. Millions of people visit the park every year. There are several major reasons which make this place so beautiful.
- Different trees
- Beautiful view of the whole city at the top
- friendly environment
These are the reasons which make it one of the best place to travel in Barcelona.
Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
Boqueria market is the #2 best place to travel to in Barcelona. It first opened in 1840. This market is famous for its food. You can grab fresh juice, fresh meat, fish, and desserts. Similarly, there are many good restaurants and bars around the market which you can visit. There are plenty of food options for you at the market. It is recommended that if you come here with an empty stomach, you will not regret it. There are plenty of different cuisines, snacks, and drinks which you will enjoy. The place is very crowded, so if you don’t like crowds, try visiting early in the morning. There is no ticket to visit the place it is free to visit.
It is #3 best place to travel to in Barcelona. Barri Gotic is present in the middle of Barcelona. There are many beautiful shops , restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs in the city’s neighbourhood. It is better to walk and explore all the areas nearby yourself. You will learn a lot about the history of this place. The barri gotic is free to explore 24/7.
Las Ramblas is the fourth best place to travel to in Barcelona. This is basically a pedestrian-friendly path in the middle of Barcelona. You can watch many street performers during the daytime, good artwork being sold in the streets, and when you are tired, you can enjoy snacks at alfresco cafes which are present there. The atmosphere is vivacious. Be aware of pickpockets as the place is crowded. Many visitors reported that buying drinks from the cafe is too expensive. Moreover, there are too many street performers, which makes it noisy and sometimes uncomfortable. This place has no tickets, and it is free to visit.
In this blog we explored Barcelona and discussed some of the best place to travel in the city. In the next blog we will discuss the Swiss alps.