BARCELONA TRAVEL TIPS
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a popular destination for Brits all year round. Not only because of its well known football club, but because of its culture and amazing attractions including; Las Rambles, La Sagrada Familia (pictured above) and Parc Guell. As well as the 'popular' sights, Barcelona also has a selection of unique and hidden attractions. So, to help give you a truly unique experience in the 'City of Counts', here are some exclusive insider travel tips:
1. For a delicious meal with friends and family, using only the best local produce, head to La Paradeta. At this restaurant you will be asked to choose your fresh fish from their ‘market stall’ then sit back and relax while their team of chefs cook it for you.
2. Don’t over-tip - service is almost always included in the bill so there’s no need to leave a separate gratuity – leaving you with more spending money.
3. Barcelona is full of wonderful clubs, restaurants and "bar de copas". The best night spots are located in the Gracia, Barcaloneta and Borne districts. For a night out with the Catalan party crowd, head to Shoko, located in the trendy Barceloneta district, for a night of modern Spanish food, drinking and dancing. Avoid disappointment by reserving a table for dinner in advance at www.expedia.ie
4. Use the underground to get around the city, rather than taxis – it’s quick, inexpensive and reliable. Head to www.expedia.ie and purchase a Barcelona card, which not only give you unlimited travel on public transport, but also free entry to museums and attractions and special discounts at many restaurants and shops.
5. For a day celeb-spotting, head to ‘Barceloneta’ – a trendy spot close to the beach. Get there using your transport card, available at www.expedia.ie.
6. Catalans love a good festival, so whatever time of the year you visit you’re likely to see one of these spectacular events. If you’re visiting the city in November or December, head to Fira de Santa Llucia – a traditional Christmas festival selling Catalan nativity scenes, decorations, food and gifts.
7. Meal times in Barcelona are a little later than in the UK. Head for lunch at around 2pm and don’t plan on going for dinner before 9pm. To really work up an appetite, why not go on a Walking Gourmet Tour before dinner? Book your tickets at www.expedia.ie
8. Nightclubs start to get busy from around 2am and are open until 6am – make sure you plan a leisurely morning for the day after!
9. The rain in Spain… should you encounter bad weather on your trip head to the "Las Arenas" Mall for a spot of shopping set in an old Bull Fighting arena.
10. The aerobus is the cheapest – and one of the fastest - ways to the centre and costs just €5. For getting around in Barcelona the underground is the best option and the T10 ticket will give you up to 10 trips.
It's not just football that Barcelona is famous for, Castells or 'human castles' has been a sporting tradition in Catalonia for many years. Here is an exclusive video hosted by the 'Castellers de Barcelona' who explain why it is such a big part of their culture.
Still not convinced? Watch this video for a sneak peek into one of the city’s most secret and decadent restaurants!
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