10. ENJOY BARCELONA
Once you’re here keep in mind these simple suggestions to really be able to enjoy everything that Barcelona has to offer:
– Some of Barcelona’s attractions tend to get very crowded, especially during high season (June-August), so a good tip is to start your day early. Many tourists enjoy sleeping in and eating long breakfasts, not surprisingly, and therefore getting there early can mean avoiding the biggest crowds.
– Plan ahead by checking the opening hours of the museum or shop you want to visit so that you don’t get there and realise it’s a national holiday, or just closed because it’s Monday.
– Buy a T-10 travel card. It costs about 10 euros, can be bought at any metro station and is multipersonal and valid for 10 travels within the city (zone 1). If you’re planning on making more than 3 travels, it’s usually cheaper than buying single tickets.
– Get hold of a good street map. You never know when you’ll need it. Most Catalans are more than happy to point you in the right direction, and besides, walking is the best way to discover Barcelona’s hidden gems.
– Feel like you’ve seen a lot of what Barcelona has to offer already? Dig a little deeper. Architectural works by Gaudí and Montaner have recently opened, or reopened, after undergoing restauration, and a lot of exciting new restaurants, bars and shops are constantly popping up around the city.