Things NOT to do in Barcelona


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Barcelona is no doubt the most desirable travel destination in Spain. An ideal mix of incredible architecture and sunny beaches cannot but pull in thousands of visitors annually. Though experienced tourists are aware that apart from must-do things and must-see attractions there are lots of issues one should avoid in order to take in all the charm of a trip. Regardless of the particular beauty of Barcelona, this city is not an exception.

First of all, travel guidebooks are not as necessary as tourists usually imagine. The entire city of Barcelona is a myriad of different architectural landmarks, and Gaudi was not the only architect to invest in the landscape. In addition, guidebooks generally point out the most attractive and famous places of interest, and by catching up only these, a traveler is very likely to overlook of the essential splendor of Barcelona.

The Spanish cuisine restaurants in Barcelona, or more properly Catalan, appear to be a real drawcard, and there is no difference between luxury restaurants and cheap and moderate tapas bars. The recipes are largely the same. Besides, it is one of the Spaniards’ habits to visit several places during one evening, and try different dishes accompanied by delicious wine, beer or sangria. Reasonably, it is hard to save money if visiting only a series of luxury cafes.

When getting around, cycling or biking is not inferior to the subway. The latter is a rather fast and convenient means of transport, which is why it is favored by most locals. The chance to indulge in the core of urban routine is rather high, especially if you travel in group. Cyclists will find Barcelona well served by more than 100 cycling trails cross the area. Moreover, while getting around over ground, sightseeing still continues.

It is not necessary to pay the full cost to visit certain venues. In the list of Barcelona museums it is possible to find some that have a policy of free entry days. For instance, world-known Museo Picasso is open to the public free every Sunday from 3 PM (and on the first Sunday of the month it is opened all day long!). There are also exhibitions that run free entry every day, such as Metronom, Museu de L’Esport Dr Melcior Colet, Fundació Joan Brossa, etc.

Certainly Barcelona is often associated with the image of the Sagrada Familia, the grandest creation of Antoni Gaudi. However,sometimes it is not that beautiful upon entering the church. Packed, often with screaming guides and, more annoyingly, the noise of building works, the cathedral might lose its allure immediately. It is better certainly to go to Sagrada Familia with other Barcelonans to a Mass and enjoy its fabulous interiors.

Perhaps, the same could also be said of Mercat de la Boqueria that is, no doubts, featured in all the guidebooks, and flows with excursion groups eyeing off fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits’ vendors and souvenir shops. In Barcelona there are about 40 other markets, where city breakers gradually yield to commonplace Barcelonans in the number.

And the last, but not the least, is beaches. On the outskirts of Barcelona there are dozens of marvelous coast lines that in any case cannot be compared to the city beaches. In summer, Barcelona’s beaches turn into a real mass of tourists and scalpers, which cannot please any visitor to the city.

This post is brought to you by Spanish Cuisine in Barcelona.

4 Comments on “Things NOT to do in Barcelona”

  1. rosemarykneipp 22/05/2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi, I’m not sure I agree with everything here. We had some excellent eating experiences in some very reasonably-priced restaurants and bars but the quality of the cooking and food was not always good. The meal we enjoyed best was at a tapas bar recommended by our home-exchange host. We had a very disappointing experience in an expensive restaurant that had been recommended by Australian friends and only reinforced our idea that you should stick with moderately-priced restaurants on holidays!

    You didn’t mention the buses. We were staying near the Sagrada Familia and used them frequently which gave us a very good idea of the city.I think we only took the metro once.

    I have to disagree about the Sagrada Familia though. I have visited a lot of countries over the last 40 years and it is truly one of the most unforgettable experiences I have ever had. I’m talking about the inside. We reserved our tickets on-line so didn’t have to queue and we went quite early in the morning. Yes, there were a lot of people but it’s not hard to avoid the groups and you can take all the time you want. We took our binoculars so were able to sit in the pews and look at all the details. But it is the sheer size that makes it so majestic.

    The Mercat de la Boqueria, of course, is not a real market as you know – it’s an eating place more than anything – but we enjoyed the atmosphere and the variety of food. We never ate there though because we didn’t know there was a restaurant area upstairs!

    We didn’t go anywhere near the beaches for the reasons that you give. I couldn’t imagine anything worse than being on an overcrowded beach that close to a city (other than Sydney!).

  2. one foot in Europe 22/05/2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Great post, I totally agree! I have visited Barcelona three times and have never set foot inside the Sagrada Familla!

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 22/05/2014 at 6:11 pm #

      Personally I like Sagrada Familia, but it can be very crowded. Going to Mass there would be a real treat I would imagine

      • one foot in Europe 22/05/2014 at 7:36 pm #

        Yeah for sure, to he honest I think its something I will have to do someday, at the time I didn’t want to pay. I will be back!

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