Barcelona City Guide: 5 Top Tips You Need to Know

Whether you’re heading off for a romantic break, a reunion with friends, a solo adventure or a family trip, Barcelona won’t disappoint.

With beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants and relaxing parks around practically every corner, there’s so much to do.

Let yourself get too sidetracked by sangria and afternoon siestas, and you’ll end up missing all the city’s wonderful, unique highlights.

To help you tick off your entire sightseeing to-do list, we’re sharing five top tips for making the most of Barcelona. Take a look.

#1: Use the buses to get around

Barcelona is big and the main sights are pretty widespread, so in the middle of the day when the sun is at its most powerful, you don’t want to be walking too much.

There is an underground, but buying a hop-on hop-off bus ticket is by far the best way to get around. The tourist buses will take you to all the major landmarks and tourists hotspots, plus you’ll get a sneak peek at the rest of the stunning city as you go.

#2: Treat yourself to a beach day

There aren’t many cities in the world that also boast a beautiful, sandy coastline, so it’s definitely worth taking a break from Barcelona’s historical landmarks to spend a day at Barceloneta beach. It’s only a short Metro ride away, so it’d be rude not to.

Whether you work on your tan, get your heart racing with water sports or indulge in some seafood tapas, you’re sure to leave feeling completely and utterly relaxed.

#3: Dress for the weather

Do not underestimate how hot and humid Barcelona gets, especially in the middle of summer. To stay comfy, cool and in good spirits throughout the long days and nights, you need to think practically and pack appropriately.

We recommend loose, flowing maxi dresses or lightweight shorts, flat and supportive footwear (definitely no heels, there’s far too many cobbled streets) and some decent sunglasses.

#4: Be safe

You’ll no doubt spend a lot of time getting happily lost in and around Las Ramblas, but it’s important to be careful as you wander about. Although it’s got plenty of fun shops, bars and restaurants, the street is also infamous for pickpockets.

Don’t worry about it too much, though. So long you’re aware of the risks, only carry one day’s worth of money at a time and keep an eye on your bag, you should be able to enjoy yourself without encountering any problems.

#5: Buy tickets online

From museums and art galleries to the many Gaudi landmarks dotted around the place, visiting Barcelona’s biggest tourist attractions can soon start to get pricey.

To keep your budget and sightseeing plan on track, your best bet is buying tickets online before you jet off on holiday. Whatever you do, make sure you check out La Sagrada Familia. The UNESCO World Heritage site is always packed with tourists but the queues are worth it.

Do you have any other top tips for making the most of a city break to Barcelona?