4 Tips for Exploring Barcelona Like a Local
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When it comes to popular European tourist destinations, Barcelona is at the top of the top. At times the city is like an amusement park full of festivals, activities and fun, so it’s no surprise that visitors flock there. But where there are tourists, there are inevitably tourist traps, so here are some tips for avoiding them and doing Barcelona like a local:
Choose Your Airport Wisely
When you’re searching for flights to Barcelona, you’ll often find that results show two different airports: Gerona or El Prat. Gerona is great if you’re going to the Costa Brava, flights are often very cheap and the bus ride is only just over an hour to Barcelona. But it’s important to factor in that the bus is more expensive and takes much longer than the one from El Prat airport.
Don’t Eat on Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is probably Barcelona’s most famous street. Beware, the sandwiches may look quite cheap, but then they’ll charge you a small fortune for a Coke. Instead, explore the lesser known and more charming areas, like Gracia, which has lots of great restaurants.
Know Your Beaches
One of the great things about Barcelona is the fact that it has a beach. Being fairly central, it’s tempting to go to the beach in Barceloneta. In May, this is lovely, but in August it’s not. So instead, just go a few more stops on the metro to Selva de Mar, where the beach is much more chilled.
The Early Bird Catches the Sights
It may seem obvious, but you really do need to get to the main tourist attractions early if you want to get in. But if you don’t manage to get to the Sagrada Familia before the queues, why not check out the church of Santa Maria del Mar in Borne, or Tibidabo Cathedral – two other spectacular religious buildings that don’t draw such huge crowds.
Barcelona is a city full of surprises, but if you don’t see beneath the surface, a lot of clichés you know about it will seem true.
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