Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, with a population of nearly two million people, and the capital of Catalonia. A major port located on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, Barcelona has a wide variety of attractions that bring in tourists from across the globe.

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Barcelona Bus Turístic

Take a tour at Barcelona Bus Turístic which links all of the Barcelona tourist sites you could possibly want to visit. It has three routes (map provided as you board), including a northbound and a southbound line that leave from opposite sides of the ''Plaça de Catalunya''. Each takes 1–2 hours. The hop-on/hop-off format lets you get-off at any interesting stop, see what interests you, then get back on any later bus at that or any other stop. One approach is stay on for an entire route, then continue while getting off at locations that interested you earlier. Buses are double-decked, with the open-air upper deck offering much better views... sunscreen is essential in summer months, jackets in winter/early spring/late fall. Earphones are offered when you first get on so you can hear the commentary as you drive by significant locations. Outlets near every seat let you choose among many languages and playback volumes.

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Aeri del Port de Barcelona

Have a ride at Port Vell Aerial Tramway. Port Vell Aerial Tramway is the 1450 metre long harbour aerial tramway with red cars connects Montjuic and Barceloneta. It starts in Barceloneta on the top of the 78 metre tall ''Torre San Sebastian'' tower, which has also a restaurant at its top accessible by an elevator. It has an intermediate stop at ''Torre Jaume I'' tower (close to Columbus monument), which can be reached by elevator from ground—107 metre tall tower, the second-tallest aerial tramway support tower in the world. The final point of the line is ''Miramar'' at the slopes of Montjuic hill. Overall, the whole system is quite old (built in 1929, albeit restored a couple of times), and the car is packed with tourists during the daytime — particularly sensitive for a stroller or a wheelchair. But if one starts from Montjuic side, there are fewer people waiting.



L’Ovella Negra (The Black Sheep)

Is a great place to meet up with a large group of friends or to make a large group of new friends! It is a beer hall styled in a traditional Catalan manner. It has been around for decades in the Poble Nou district of Barcelona. It has huge wooden tables that seat no less than ten people. It has exposed stone walls and large wood supports so you feel you are in a barn or old farm house. The Black Sheep is also immediately opposite one of the finest clubs Barcelona has to offer "Sala Razzmatazz" and acts as the perfect pre-gamer spot (Inc. Sangria & Beer pitchers!) before heading across the road to dance late into the night / early morning! '''Please note:''' There are 2 bar locations. One in Raval close to Las Ramblas and one in Poble Nou (The one mentioned here).


Barcelona Card

This card gives an opportunity to visit more than 25 museums and other sites in Barcelona without an extra charge. For another 70 plus sites it offers various kinds of discounts during a validity period of the card. It also includes a travel pass for public transport in Barcelona (for details see Hola BCN! card below). The card is available for purchase for periods of between 2 and 5 days. Bear in mind that if you don't plan to see lots of museums every day, then it may be cheaper to buy transport-only tickets (see below). They cannot be used on the cable cars or funiculars (except for Montjuïc)

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Metro

Stations are marked <M> on most maps; every station has a detailed map of exits to the city. Trains are fast, often coming in two minute intervals. However, on holidays and weekends trains only run every 6-8 minutes and can get easily packed. Announcements are made only in Catalan, though signs and ticketing machines are generally trilingual in Catalan, Spanish and English.

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El Corte Inglés

Spanning several floors and several buildings, and in several locations around town, many in Eixample and Inland Suburbs and a couple also in Ciutat Vella. You can find anything and everything in this department store, from gastronomy to pneumatics. Tax return checks are made on a separate floor of the store. See review for the whole chain in the Spain article.

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Monegros Desert Festival

The most famous and biggest one day/night electronic music festivals in Spain is in desert of Fraga 200&nbsp;km from Barcelona. More than 40 000 people gather every July to celebrate the electronic music with the best DJs representing styles from house, electro, minimal, techno, to drum&bass, dubstep and hiphop. 20hours nonstop, unique desert experience.

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Barcelona WiFi

An internet service provided by the city council. There are more than 700 Wifi hotspots in the city, located mostly at various municipal buildings. The speed is limited to 256 Kbps, VoIP applications are filtered. No registration is required. A control page: https://control.barcelonawifi.cat {{dead link|April 2016}}

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Sónar

An annual three-day music festival. It is described officially as a festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. Music is by far the main aspect of the festival. The festival runs for three days and nights, usually starting on a Thursday in the third week of June. There is a day and separate night location.

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La Boqueria

In Ciutat Vella. Large public market with a diverse range of goods and produce. Enjoy freshly squeezed organic fruit juices for €1.5 per cup. If you go near closing time (20h, 8PM) sellers will make you a special price (2 or 3 for 2€). Closed Sundays.

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Integrated for a fixed number of journeys

T-10, T-50/30, T-70/30. These cards are multi-person for 10, 50 or 70 single journeys respectively. During each journey it's possible to make up to three transfers. The whole duration of a journey must be no more than 1h15m and within zone 1.

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Foodie&Tours

A third party website that has selected and listed best gastronomic tours in the city, including cooking classes, tapas walking tours, and vineyard visits. Bookings are possible through their website.

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El Glop

Three locations, in Eixample and Gràcia. Excellent Catalan meals. Allow about €20 per person, although you could get out of there for half of that if you let the price dictate your choice of dishes.

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Connect Club Discount Card

The Connect Club Discount Card is a possibility to have an affordable stay in Barcelona. The discount card offers significant discounts and special privileges for nightclubs, bars, and restaurants.


Barcelona Jazz Festival

A brighter way to celebrate the colder Autumn days, the annual Jazz festival has been running for nearly 50 years now and runs roughly from the last week in October and all the way through November

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Maoz

Offers excellent vegan falafel (including unlimited salad) for around €4. There are several around Barcelona including one on 95, La Rambla, about 10 minutes walk from Pl Catalunya.

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Hola BCN! cards by TMB

for unlimited number of journeys for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. They are valid for TMB metro and bus, tram, FGC and regional trains in the city and metropolitan area.

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Bus

The bus network in Barcelona is pretty extensive. Perhaps the best option in planning your route is to consult with one of the route planners mentioned above.

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Single ticket

A ''non-integrated'' ticket is valid only for single mode of transport of a specific operator: either bus, metro or funicular, etc.

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Integrated for an unlimited number of journeys for a number of days

T-Dia (1 day), T-Mes (30 days), T-Trimestre (90 days). These cards are non-transferable, i.e. they must be used by a single person.

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Bar Pinotxo

The best Catalan dishes. No reservations. Always full, don't be surprised if you aren't able to sit.


La Esquinica

One of the best known tapas restaurant in Barcelona, there's usually a long queue outside.


Barcelona Segway Day

enjoy exploring Barcelona, by visiting Barrio Gotic, Barceloneta... unique experience


Juicy Jones

A vegan restaurant & juice bar. Nice big meals and the best salads in Barcelona.

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Sail on a classic yacht

Enjoy a day trip sailing along the Barcelona coastline on a classic yacht.

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Les Quinze Nits

Good typical paella in a beautiful location, but below average service.

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More organic restaurants

Check out the independent Bio Barcelona site for more organic options.

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Fira de Barcelona

There are trade events all year round in Barcelona.

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Tourist office at Plaça de Catalunya

This is the main tourist office in the city.


Comer y no Bombas

Shares free vegan food.

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Megabus

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Barcelona Nord

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Torre Jaume I

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