Barcelona guide

Your trip to Barcelona 2022: life hacks, tips and the hottest spots
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Hi there! In our ultimate guide you will find current information, useful life hacks and the best spots recommended by locals. Add this page to your bookmarks and have a great time in Barcelona!
Alina Kabakova
Barcelona Expert
Districts and transport in Barcelona
Tickets to Sagrada Familia
- pay online
- e-ticket
- audioguide
- fast track
- tower access

Top-10 hot spots in Barcelona

Check out our must-see list
  • 1
    Sagrada Familia
    Carrer de Mallorca, 401. Metro "Sagrada Familia"
  • 2
    Port Vell
    Metro "Barceloneta"
  • 3
    Old city
    Barrio Gotico. Metro "Jaume 1 "
  • 4
    Arc de Triomf
    Metro "Arc de Triomf"
  • 5
    Casa Mila
    Provença, 261-265. Metro "Passeig de Gràcia"
  • 6
    Casa Batllo
    Passeig de Gràcia, 43. Metro "Passeig de Gràcia"
  • 7
    Plaza Espanya
    Metro "Espanya".
  • 8
    Plaça de Catalunya
    Metro "Catalunya"
  • 9
    Park Güell
    Carrer d'Olot, 5 Metro "Vallcarca"
  • 10
    Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
    Carrer de Sant Quintí, 89. Metro "Guinardó | Hospital de Sant Pau".
The fastest and easiest way to see all these locations is to take the touristic bus. The ticket is valid for 24 hours on any of the three circular roots.
Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
- pay online
- e-ticket
- fast track
Barcelona hidden gems
What it means?
Entrance plates
You can find these curious pieces of history at the front doors of some restaurants.
Usually they show that the place is older than your grandma: the first date is the opening year, the second date shows when the plate was set.
Modernisme Route
This itinerary takes you through the city and helps discover the most iconic modernist sights. Follow the red flower!
Letters on the buses
H – horizontal routes

V – vertical routes

D – diagonal routes (have nothing to do with Avenida Diagonal)

N – night buses

B – yellow buses of Badalona
Metro lines
When you enter the metro, pay attention to the signs. The first square is the line you are entering, other squares show the lines you can switch to from this station.
Blue zone "área blava" in Barcelona is a payed above-ground parking zone for anyone. It is marked with a blue dashed line. In the green zone "área preferent" and the orange zone "zona naranja" the residents of the area have the preference, and if the green or orange zone are marked with "zona residentes" or "área residents" signs, it means they are residents-only. Most parking lots in the city center are underground.
Barcelona best spots
Tourists confess: Top-5 disadvantages of Barcelona
  • 1

    Pickpockets are everywhere. They work 24/7. Both tourists and locals constantly get robbed. Phones, wallets and cameras attract pickpockets like bees to honey. Don't carry around your passport (a copy is enough) and cash, don't wander around with your phone and camera, don't leave anything in the car and don't talk to strangers. Fingers crossed!
  • 2
    High prices
    When compared to Switzerland or Norway, Spain is usually considered relatively cheap. But don't delude yourself! In fact, in comparison to other Spanish cities, Barcelona is really expensive. Of course you can stay at a suburban motel and feed on sunlight, but if you really want to enjoy your vacation and see things, it might cost a fortune.
  • 3
    Yes, they are pricey and not as great as, say, in London. If you want to take the most of your museum experience, plan your visit in advance. Buy tickets online and you will pay less, skip the lines and definitely get inside.
  • 4
    Yes, they are packed. If you don't want to feel like a sardine in a can, don't go to Barceloneta. There are nice, comfy and less crowded beaches a bit further from the center, like Nova Icaria, Bogatell and Poblenou.
  • 5
    You only need to rent a car if you live outside the city or plan to explore the whole region. Having a car in Barcelona can be painful. Free parking places are always occupied by the locals, the payed ones are really expensive, and cars constantly get robbed and fined. Nothing will bring you more joy than a nice rental bike or your own two feet!
10 cons of living in Barcelona
Handy apps and links in Barcelona An offline map.

. This app shows the closest pharmacies, restaurants, sights etc.

. Property for rent and sale in Barcelona and the whole Spain..
. Car rental.

. Train, plane or bus tickets search engine.

MeetUp. Find company for training, hanging around or practicing foreign languages.

Tinder. Classic dating app.
Port Aventura
- pay online
- e-ticket
In case of emergency or accident
Emergency numbers in Barcelona
  • Police number
    Universal european police number: 112

    Local police number in Barcelona: 091
  • Emergency numbers
    Ambulance: 061

    In case of fire: 080

    In case of a car accident with victims outside of the city: 062
  • 24/7 Pharmacies
    Farmàcia La Pedrera, Passeig de Gràcia, 90
    Farmàcia Laguna, Carrer de Provença, 459
    Farmacia Aragó 1, Carrer d'Aragó, 1
  • 24/7 Hospitals
    Hospital El Pilar, Carrer de Balmes, 271
    Hospital del Mar, Passeig Maritim, 25-29
    Hospital Sagrada Familia, Carrer de Torras i Pujalt,1
Have a great time in Barcelona!
Alina Kabakova
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