WHY TO VISIT BARCELONA
When you sleep out of doors you always wake about dawn, and none of the Barcelona cafés opens much before nine
wrote George Orwell.
Let’s debunk a cliché: Barcelona is not a city for the Movida, unbridled fun at all hours. Not because the Barcelonians pull late and in the morning do not have the strength to get up. Simply because they take it easy: in the evening almost all the clubs close early and on Sundays the city is semi-deserted.
The nightlife is concentrated in a few areas of the city, especially in the Barrio Gotico. So, if someone had described a city that never sleeps and you have not yet bought a ticket, it is better if you are going to some other European city. If you have already bought a flight, do not lose courage. There are many things to see and do in Barcelona.
WHAT TO SEE IN BARCELONA
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- Sagrada Familia
- Casa Batllo
- Casa Mila – La Pedrera
- Parc Güell
- Mercat de la Boqueria
- Barcelona Cathedral
- Las Ramblas
- Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
- Pont del Bisbe
- Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
- Placa Reial
- La Barceloneta
- Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy
- Barri de Gracia
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
- Palau de la Música Catalana
- Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
- Casa Vicens
- Casa Amatller
- Cat by Fernando Botero
- Búnkers del Carmel
WHEN TO GO TO BARCELONA
Best period to visit Barcelona is from April to October.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Barcellona.
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN BARCELONA
the main airport is the Barcelona International Airport.
download the transportation map
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WHAT TO DO IN BARCELONA
typical dishes of Barcellona are:
- Paella: saffron rice combined with white fish, shrimps, squids, and clams.
- Arròs Negre: similar to Paella, with cephalopod ink, cuttlefish or squid, rice, garlic, green cubanelle peppers, sweet paprika, olive oil, and seafood broth.
- Croquetas: breaded and fried ham (Croquetas de Jamon), chicken (Croquetas de Pollo), tuna (Croquetas de Atun), rice (Croquetas de Arroz) or potatoes (Croquetas de Papas) croquettes.
- Patatas Bravas: potatoes in a cheese gravy.
- Gazpacho: cold soup made with raw tomato, cucumber, pepper, onion, and some garlic, olive oil, wine vinegar, water, and salt.
- Empanada: meat or vegetables filled pastry.
- Jamón Ibérico: cured ham served raw in thin slices.
- Crema Catalana: a crème caramel-like dessert. A custard base with a hard caramel top.
- Tortilla Española: thick omelet made with eggs and potato, fried in oil.
- Albondigas: meat-balls served as an appetizer or main course, usually in a tomato sauce.
- Bocadillos: a sandwich made with Spanish bread cut lengthwise and filled with an omelette, cheese, salami, or ham.
- Chorizo: cured, spicy pork sausage made of chopped pork and pork fat, seasoned with pimentón (smoked paprika) and salt. Can be served raw or cooked.
- San Jacobos: ham wrapped around cheese (or with cheese filling), then breaded and pan-fried or deep-fried.
- Polbo á Feira: crunchy boiled octopus seasoned with salt, paprika, and olive oil. Served with sliced boiled potatoes and bread.
- Pan con Tomate: toasted bread, with rubbed tomato, seasoned with olive oil and salt and sometimes, garlic.
- Fabada: rich bean stew made of dried large white beans, pork shoulder (Lacón Gallego) or bacon (tocino), black pudding (morcilla), chorizo.
- Mallorcan Tumbet: layers of sliced potatoes, aubergines and red bell peppers previously fried in olive oil, topped with tomato fried with garlic and parsley.
- Tigres: mussels stuffed with different fillings, breaded and lightly fried.
- Churros: sweet fried pastry-dough snacks
typical souvenirs of Barcellona are:
- Flamenco Dress
- Bull-fighter attire
- Toledo sword
- Bota wineskin
- Bottle of red wine
The main theatre of Barcellona is the Gran Teatre del Liceu.