Barcelona, the capital city of FC Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and together with Madrid, is one of the two largest cities in Spain. But in Barcelona not only football, it is known as a center of cultural arts, financial centers of the Mediterranean region and especially the architects of two prominent architects. Accredited by Unesco are Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Barcelona is ranked as one of the three most successful city brands in the world, topping Spain in terms of labor and GDP per capita in 2012.
Coming to Barcelona is a diverse and unique culture, you will not be able to admire the stunning Gaudi architecture, strolling along the unforgettable La Rambla pavement, and Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of nightlife stretching through the beautiful beaches of Barcelona.
Here, ChillyTrip.com will briefly introduce Barcelona and Catalonia:
- 1 History and culture of Catalonia
- 2 Coming to Barcelona at what time of the year is the most beautiful?
- 3 Arrivals and public transport in Barcelona:
- 4 Traveling in Barcelona
- 5 Traveling in the city
- 6 Eat when traveling to Barcelona
- 7 Where to rent hotels in the city?
- 8 A handbook of the tourist attractions in Barcelona
- 9 Avenue of Las Ramblas
- 10 El Born area
- 11 Camp Nou Tour and FC Barcelona Museum
- 12 The architecture of Gaudi
- 13 Tibidabo hill
- 14 Barcelona beach and harbor
- 15 Museums in Barcelona:
- 16 Other attractions:
- 17 Shopping in Barcelona
History and culture of Catalonia
Before going to Barcelona you should learn a little about the history and culture of this city, because it has its own characteristics. Barcelona is the largest city in Catalonia (Cataluyna in Catalan), a land of high independence although in Spain. Catalonia has its own culture and language, formerly a great kingdom and conquered by Franco dictators. Later when Franco’s disintegration of Catalonia, although nominally Hispanic, had its own voice and political independence. The people here always aspire to be independent and separate from Spain to form a separate government, partly because of their cultural history, partly due to the Catalan economy. A spanish country stagnant in recent years.
Coming to Barcelona you will find very clearly the independence of this country, the flag with red stripe on the yellow background is everywhere in the city. The Catalan language, although different, is generally similar to Spanish (it is a Romance language), but usually they are only distinguishable if you want to know if you are a native of Catalonia. The common people here do not speak English, but if you go to the shops or the business people, they speak good English so you do not have to worry.
Coming to Barcelona at what time of the year is the most beautiful?
- August: this is the peak month in summer Barcelona, the people here usually go on vacation so the city is quite deserted, discount stores, suitable for those who want to enjoy the quiet atmosphere here. However, this time quite a lot of services, shops closed so you prepare in advance will not find many services as other times of the year.
April to June and September to November 11: This is the best time to get to Barcelona because the weather is very cool and the temperature range is 20-25 degrees Celsius. With the Easter holidays of the Christians, this time almost all the shops here will be closed, especially the famous Boqueria market on La Rambla, it would be a pity to remember it.
Arrivals and public transport in Barcelona:
- Fly: In the airline to and from Barcelona, you should pay attention to Vueling Airlines, this is the airline of Barcelona should always have plenty of flights during the day but the price is also very good. If you fly from Paris, it has planes at both Orly and CDG airports. You can also choose other carriers such as Transavia (Orly) or Ryan Air (unfortunately it is only at Beauvais airport about 80km far from Paris). If you take the train from Paris you can go from Gare de Lyon station, daily there are 2 trains running straight at 07h: 15 and 14h: 07.
- Train: By train, regular trains in the Schengen Area will reach Barcelona Sants Station, which is the central station and can be reached from here to other cities in Spain and Europe.
- Bus: If traveling by bus to Barcelona, it will usually stop at Estació del Nord near the Arc de Triomf Metro station.
Traveling in Barcelona
Traveling from the airport to the city
- Shuttle bus: From El Prat airport to the city has many facilities such as Taxi, Shuttle bus or Metro, the most convenient you go to the airport lobby is to catch the bus to the center, then sit in the car to see the city is always , The car runs continuously 5 ‘back to the trip. If you take a taxi, the price is around € 30-40 and it takes about 20 minutes, The bus fare is € 5.90 / way and € 10.20 rounds are valid for 15 days (consider if you both fly in and out).
- Metro: If you go by train to the airport you can go from Clot Station, Passeig de Gràcia or Barcelona Sants, the airport terminal is Aeropuerto. The train runs every 30 minutes to have a trip.
City Bus: Cheaper, you can take bus 46 (parked at T2) or pick up NitBus N17 (T1-run at midnight), can use T10 card or if you go separately, the price is still € 2.15 / Surfing.
Also, if you go and visit many museums, you may consider purchasing a Barcelona Transport Pass or Barcelona Tourist Card.
Traveling in the city
To travel around the city, it is best to walk, and the points away from you go to Metro for fast. Metro stations are usually underground and are everywhere. The fare for one trip is € 2.15, but you should buy one trip one (or T10) for € 9.95 if you stay in Barcelona for 2-3 days or more. Metro works from 05:00 to 24:00, Friday to 2:00 and Saturday 24 hours.
Buying a T10 card is easy to get to any Metro station that also has an automated ticket machine, put money into buy it. Each time you take your card into the reader, the machine will scan the bar code and count the number of times you have gone. T10 cards can go both Metro and public buses in the city. The only thing to pay attention when you go to Metro, bus or when standing in public places are always high alert because of theft here. I am lucky in three days in Barcelona extremely safe did not see such a phenomenon!
Eat when traveling to Barcelona
Barcelona is a vibrant city full of restaurants and street cafes. The shops here are open late because of the simple reason that the people of the city eat very late, but not so much as lazy as in other parts of Spain. Breakfast usually starts at 11 noon, then at 2-3pm they will have lunch and dinner at 9-10pm or even later.
One of the highlights of Barcelona is the fact that not only the food but many other goods and services here are very cheap compared to the general level in Europe. I used to buy some dairy here for just € 0.75, bread, fruit or sausage. Also sit in a cafe with a mere € 2 / cup, beer € 2.50 / cup, Mac Donal hamburger € 4 / unit. If you want to enjoy seafood and fresh food, you go to La Boqueira or two lesser known markets than Mercat de L’Abaceria and Mercat de la Barçeloneta.
Tapas: The best known in Barcelona is Tapas in the shops on La Ramble Street or Plaça de Catalunya, which is the name of the snack here, or go to La Bodegueta, which serves Tapas. To wait for a late dinner you can enjoy a bit of tapas and a glass of wine, such as Patatas bravas, calamares fritos, boquerones Croquetas de jamon, chorizo, pimientos asados, albondigas (meatballs) and berenjenas gratinadas (grilled eggplant), ..The video depicts the history of Tapas and its history:
• Paella: Another tradition that can not be ignored is Paella (rice paella dishes), although it comes from Valencia. Paella is actually a small pan of rice mixed with a lot of flavor of the sea from seafood juice mixed with rice balls nose nose, in addition they also add shrimp, squid, fish … You must be full. Paella is traditionally found in most restaurants on the menu every Thursday. Why, there are quite a few explanations for this, but usually the fifth is the day the families are here. They gather together and they choose Paella as the main menu.
• Seafood: As a beach tourism city, Barcelona is also very rich in seafood. You can easily find good seafood restaurants along Passeig Joan De Borbó or Port Olimpic. Also, to find a diner serving local food, consider the Ciutat Comtal which is highly rated on TripAdvisor.
Where to rent hotels in the city?
• Hostel: With a friendly city and the cost of living as cheap as in Barcelona, you will find it hard to find a good place to stay at reasonable prices. For a Barcelona traveler like me, I simply go to Booking.com (the booking site I regularly use with Hostelworld to find a hostel in Europe) find a place in the center and close to the Metro station to Conveniently, I chose Urbany Hostel BCN GO! This hostel has to say it is very good from staff to facilities, the price is only 10-15 euros / bed depending on the time, clean room and nice interior, separate from the lower hall should have party on the board. Noisy night has no effect. You can refer to this hostel in my post in Barcelona.• Hotel: If you are in a better place then you can choose the high-end hotel rated as good as Casa Fuster GL Monumento or Majestic Hotel in the heart of Passeig de Gracia, these hotels do not have to worry about the quality. Service and facilities available.
A handbook of the tourist attractions in Barcelona
Major attractions and ticket information:
- Casa Batlló: €21.50
- La Sagrada Família: €15-€24
- Picasso Museum: €11-€16
- Palace of Catalan Music: €18 (guided tour)
- Barcelona History Museum: €7
- Harbour Cable Car: Round Trip – €12.50; One way – €9.00
Bicycle tour: €22-€24
Avenue of Las Ramblas
This is a famous walking street where anyone who comes to Barcelona is probably one (few) strolls here. The road is paved with this marble although always crowded tourists but always clean and airy, from the people to tourists always have the sense of keeping sanitary, no car horn or crowding push. The two sides of the road are a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes, clothes shops, .. but I do not encourage you to buy here because often more expensive than in other places.
The stretches from Placa de Cataluyna Square to the coast where the Colombo statues point out to the Mediterranean, with both houses but mostly business shops, The restaurant is also located here. At the end of the street there are quite a lot of street artists, costumes with enough celebrities and singles and eye-catching. You can walk all day here, look for your own clothes or souvenirs with bold Catalonia culture, sometimes go to the street food or find a small alley to enjoy a cup of delicious coffee. Or go to a concert, it’s great.
Walking in Las Ramblas you can also visit the famous Boqueria Market (located in the middle of the street) which is considered one of the best in the world, selling lots of seafood and fresh produce. There are also other attractions such as the cathedral Cathedral de Barcelona, Monument Columbus, Palau Güell …. Located right near Las Ramblas, or visit Plaça Reial to avoid crowds on this road. Note that you need to be careful with your belongings because Las Ramblas is also very famous for rabies piracy.
El Born area
This is a collection of modern and artistic streets in Barcelona. There are also a number of restaurants, tapas, art galleries, cafes and cafes. El Born is also home to the church of Santa Maria del Mar, the symbol of Catalan Gothic architecture, or the Santa Caterina market with its colorful Gaudí-esque dome, which is famous only after Boquera.
Camp Nou Tour and FC Barcelona Museum
Going to Barcelona without going to Camp Nou is not to Barcelona, not to mention simply because football is a religion of this country, and Camp Nou is the sanctuary of all the people. This land. Barcelona is a city of football, you can see a lot of authorized clubs around town, souvenirs, pictures of players, huge clubs, even in every lane Alone, in every little shop or hostel.
Come to Camp Nou you will be able to witness the festive atmosphere, and if you can get tickets to watch a match of FC Barcelona is too great, otherwise you can buy Camp Nou Tour, Visit the museum, facilities and set foot directly down Camp Nou grass. The tour ticket is € 23 and can be purchased online or purchased anywhere in the city, taking a Metro ride in front of you is already Camp Nou.
The architecture of Gaudi
Gaudi’s buildings are one of the highlights of this city. Architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) was the son of Catalan and also the father of Catalonia’s modernism. His 7 architectural works have been recognized by UNESCO as world cultural heritages since 1984. – 2005. 7 works that are:
•Casa Vincens Building
•Church of the Sagrada Familia
•Parc Guell Park
•Casa Batllo House
•Church crypt Colonia Guell.
You can spend a day just to visit the works of Gaudi, the first is the Sagrada Familia church is still under construction (fare € 15) and lost € 2 if you want to take the elevator to the top of the tower . Then the Casa Battlo (€ 21.5), Casa Mila, or La Pedrera (€ 20.5 per person), is pretty close to each other so you can take a route Metro is where you are or even walking in the streets.
Then you take Metro to M. Vallcarca and walk a walk to visit Park Guell, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a magnificent building that serves the nobility with touches. Engraved and polished stone, the tickets are quite cheap compared to the rest € 8. But you can also visit for free here because the city of Barcelona for free visitors in the period of 1 hour before dark, then to buy tickets. If you have time you can continue to visit the rest of Gaudi.One thing is missing if you skip Barri Gothic (Gothic Quarter), it is the narrow streets with fashion shops, eateries close together. There are also many ancient churches and Gothic buildings.
This is an entertainment complex located on Tibidabo Hill, you can take Metro to Av Tibidabo Station and then Tramvia Blau to Plaça Doctor Andreu and finally catch the cable car to climb up the hill. Another simple way is to take the Tibibus T2A shuttle bus from Plaza Catalunya straight up to the top of the hill.
From the top of the hill you can look down at the beautiful city of Barcelona, then join the amusement park games, especially suitable for carrying children with you.
Barcelona beach and harbor
Walking all the way to La Rambla, you will see Barcelona harbor with many small boats parked here, along with a 365-day commercial center in Barcelona World Trade Center (where you can come if Link to this side of the river with a beautiful wooden bridge can be assembled to allow ships to pass. Some popular beaches are:
•Barceloneta Beach: To truly enjoy the Mediterranean Sea you can not miss the Barceloneta beach, just a short walk from La Rambla and the Port of Olimpic for its signature seafood dishes. Coastal set to enjoy the lively atmosphere at the beach with so many visitors and sunbathe participants taking part in underwater activities. There is also a Homenatge a la Barceloneta, Frank Gehry’s unique fish sculpture Peix d’Or.
•Playa Olimpico: Right next to Barceloneta, you can come here by staying at the last stop of Via Olimpico via L4.
The evening at the beach is really lively with lots of bars at night. If you are traveling in groups or even alone, but who are fond of bustling places, you can join up with many foreign friends in the hostel to come here, learn more about life in this city at night.
Museums in Barcelona:
Barcelona has many beautiful and famous museums, especially the Picasso Museum (admission is 11 euros). This museum displays many of Picasso’s works, most of his years in the making. The next well-known museum is Fundació Joan Miró, where Joan Miró and other artists exhibit works of art. Joan Miró is also the creator of the Barcelona Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, which creates a new trend in Barcelona’s art scene, more modern and diverse.
If you are interested in the history of Catalan territory, you should spend time visiting the Catalan Art Museum, or the Barcelona History Museum with many monuments and antiques. Again from the Roman era. In addition, the Maritime Museum displays many of the great ships of the Middle Ages, and especially the museum is free.
It is true that Barcelona has too many points to go, too many interesting things to explore. In addition to these locations you may consider other options such as Plaça Espanya, Magic Montjuic Fountains fountains for water music performances (which usually take place on the evening of Thursdays and Fridays, depending on the season) . Then some nearby points like the Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, the National Art of Catalunya, the Olympic stadium.
Shopping in Barcelona
As mentioned, Barcelona is one of the cheapest European cities, and it is impossible not to go shopping here. For the followers of Zara Barcelona is a dream destination because this is home to the world’s most prestigious fashion. Zara Spain prices are almost always the cheapest in the world, but extremely diverse in product design.
For the loyal fans of FC Barcelona, it was a joy to be immersed in a plaque, shirt and all the things that brought the club’s image. Do not waste money on buying items here because you do not have many opportunities to see the second time, and buy also enrich your team only!
There are, of course, many other things, such as souvenirs, exquisite handcrafted products and shops in La Rambla, in large plazas like Cataluyna and Passeig de Gracia. Many shopping centers and major brands are located here. Do not forget to smile and say “Hola Hola” to everyone, and say “Gràcies” when you say goodbye!