There is so much to do in Barcelona, one of the most complex and fascinating destinations in Europe. But enjoying Barcelona requires an understanding of the surroundings and how Barcelonians get around in their city.
I. The influx of tourists has come to a point where the neighboring associations have prohibited new hotels from opening and have limited the availability of apartments for tourists. Therefore, it is extremely important to reserve your lodging ahead of time.
II. As you must be on time for your reservations, it’s convenient to organize trasnportation that avoids the traffic jams. Thankfully, Barcelona’s ambient temperatures and scarce rain throughout the year offers the perfect combination for cyclists and pedestrians. The flat terrains (except the cerro de Montjuic) and roads are prepared for cyclists and pedestrians alike. For this reason, we recommend travelling like the Barcelonians travel: rent a bike (click here for bike rentals) or scooters (click here for scooter rentals). Another option, albeit a bit pricier, is to go on a guided tour of the touristic sites on a Segway .
III. Here in Barcelona there is a multitude of bars and restauraunts, but unlike the other cities where the quality is more or less the same across the eateries, Barcelona has a saturation of ”tourist menus.” Many tourists opt for these tourist menus at international fast food chains or italian restuaraunts. However, avoid these options and instead, do as the Barcelonians do: eat ”tapas” and ”raciones” (small portions of a dish that you can share) This style of eating helps you save time -the service is fast- and you can try many different dishes, at low prices! You can keep ordering the tapas you like, and if you don’t like other tapas you won’t be losing much money.
IV. Because one of the more dangerous areas in the city is in the middle of the tourist zones, we recommend that you avoid these areas at night, or pass through with caution: El Raval and the surrounding zones (las Ramblas, el Barrio Gótico, la Barceloneta y Montjuic). If you do decide to travel through these areas, we advise that you keep your purses and wallets glued to your body. Ladies, keep a hand on your purse. Gents, hold onto your wallets!