Like a Local: Travel Tips From the Locals of Barcelona
No one knows a destination better than the locals, so why not take their advice when visiting their home? It’s the best way to get the inside scoop on everything to see – and everything to avoid. From hidden gems to search for to the best eateries, locals know how to get around their cities better than anyone.
Refill at the Water Fountains
Around the city, you can find taps for water that’s safe to drink. So, make sure to bring a reusable bottle for water refills as you explore Barcelona. This reduces waste and helps keep the environment clean.
Carretera de les Aigües
If you’re looking for a scenic route, the locals recommend Carretera de les Aigües. The 10-kilometer path is ideal for strolling, running or biking with exceptional views. Pro tip: walk the path in the evening to catch an incredible sunset.
The highest mountain in Collserola Natural Park offers some of the most amazing views in Barcelona. Some locals say you should make the hike just before nightfall, that way you can get a view of the city’s dazzling lights as far as the eye can see.
Blai Street Tapas
Tapas and pintxos are a must when visiting Spain. The locals of Barcelona often state that Blai Street is the best place to head for quality tapas and drinks that will satisfy your hunger.
Picnic at Parc de la Ciutadella
Spend a sunny afternoon amid the quiet grounds of Parc de la Ciutadella. Pack a picnic of local tapas and produce from the markets to enjoy a simple day surrounded by blue skies and verdant shrubbery. Don’t worry, there’s Wi-Fi if you want to stay connected. Just sit near the “W” signs for the best signal.
El Bosc de Les Fades
Near the famous street La Rambla, just off the Gothic Quarter area lies a hidden gem known as the Forest of the Fairies (El Bosc de Les Fades). It’s directly next to the wax museum and easy to miss if you’re not looking. But once you find it, you’ll find the mesmerizing atmosphere perfect for a nightcap.
Vermouth and Cava
While many think the signature cocktail of Spain is sangria, the locals of Barcelona would tell you otherwise. They recommend ordering vermouth infused with cinnamon and caramel for a truly sweet delight. But if you really want a glass of wine, go with cava, the white wine of the Catalonia region.
Veer Off La Rambla
La Rambla is Barcelona’s most well-known tourist route with the main shops and restaurants. But the true treasures are found when you go off the path and into its side streets around the Gothic Quarter.
If you’re deep into the art and literary world, then Bar Marsella probably sounds familiar to you. It’s where the likes of Salvador Dali and Ernest Hemingway gathered for spirits that inspired their muses.
Bunkers del Carmel
Once Barcelona’s best-kept secret, Bunkers del Carmel now attracts many travelers. But the spectacular views make it worthwhile to share the moment with like-minded explorers as you take in the vista of the city with the sea in the distance.
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