Barcelona is the largest city in Catalonia and the second largest in Spain. Situated on the Mediterranean coast of the country, Barcelona is a beautiful blend of rich history and modern elements that further beautify and preserve its ancient heritage. Combine this with the city’s perennially favorable weather conditions, buzzing nightlife and globally renowned cuisine and it is easy to see why Barcelona is one of the top tourist destinations in the world today.
The city is in a state of constant renovation and is an amalgamation of the ancient and modern that can be often captured in the same glance. The neighborhoods in Barcelona are also referred to as “Barri’s” by the local people. Barcelona is roughly cut into half by the Avinguda Diagonal, one of the city’s broadest and most prominent avenues, which runs across from west to east.
Ciutat Vella and Barcelona: This area is the older part of the city further divided into three parts that are densely populated and mostly consist of narrow streets interspersed with small squares.
The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) serves the transport needs of the city by offering an efficient public transit system (bus and metro).
As a visitor you might consider using the following travel cards:
You could also consider a few special services to enhance the Barcelona experience:
From the Airport
In the City
Barcelona in 3 days (Source: Frommers)
Catalonia’s Mediterranean coastline coupled with access to fields and mountains has allowed the Catalonian cuisine to evolve into the epitome of sophisticated Spanish cooking. Some typical food items that you should try out while visiting Barcelona are:
Some notable local restaurants for Catalan cuisine include:
Spanish wines are known the world over and Catalan wines are among the best in Spain:
Though Spain is mostly known for its wines, Barcelona is slowly evolving to be a great beer destination, here are some of the well known pubs in the city:
Tipping is in Spain typically depends on the quality and type of the service.