Things to know BEFORE you go to BARCELONA | Travel Tips 2020

Things to know BEFORE you go to BARCELONA | Travel Tips 2020


In this video, we’ll cover all you need
to know before traveling to Barcelona, including where are all the major attractions, best time to visit, where to stay and for how long, how to get around the city, how much things cost, best apps to use, best views of the city
and other practical information. Don’t forget to like this video, subscribe
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a question in the comments below. We also created a mobile-friendly .pdf document
covering all the things in this video plus the Top 20 things to do in Barcelona including multiple maps. Here are 16 essential tips to know before
you visit Barcelona: NUMBER 16: THE MAP OF BARCELONA Facing the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona lies
on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula’s. Let’s look at the map and see where major
attractions are located. For orientation, let’s start with Sagrada
Familia, a famous Roman Catholic church, and
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Northwest of Sagrada Familia, you’ll find
Park Güell, another UNESCO World Heritage Site
under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. Located on the west side of the park is Tibidabo, a mountain with amazing view of Barcelona. Casa Milà, another one of Gaudi’s remarkable
buildings, is located southwest of the Sagrada Familia. In the southeast you’ll find Ciutadella Park,
with a zoo, lake, and other popular spots Also, don’t miss the nearby Arc de Triomf. South of the park, you’ll find La Barceloneta. This seaside neighborhood is home to one of
the most loved beaches in Barcelona, and to W Barcelona, a sail-shaped hotel with fantastic
city and sea views. The old city, the Gothic Quarter known for
its medieval plazas and streets takes you to the famous promenade La Rambla. From La Rambla, you can enter the world-renowned
La Boqueria food market. Don’t miss the famous Columbus Monument
right at the end of La Rambla next to the sea. Farther southwest, at the foot of Montjuïc
Hill, is Plaça d’Espanya, one of the most important squares in the city
and a major transport hub. Near the square are the Magic Fountain and
the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. On top of Montjuïc Hill
you will find the Montjuïc Castle. Hop on a Montjuïc cable car to the castle
for a stunning view of Barcelona. And of course, if you’re a sports fan, don’t
miss the world-famous Camp Nou. Normally, you will arrive in Barcelona at
Barcelona-El Prat Airport, which is close to the city. The main train station is Barcelona Sants Station,
located near Plaça d’Espanya. To get a better sense of the distance, a 1.3 mi. or 2.1 km walk from Park Güell
to La Sagrada Familia takes about 30 minutes. If you use public transport, it will take
approximately the same amount of time. You will spend about 45 min to walk 2.3 mi.
or 3.7 km from Sagrada Familia to the La Barceloneta beach,
or 30 minutes if you use public transport. NUMBER 15: WEATHER AND CLIMATE Barcelona has Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild, with temperatures ranging
between 48 and 60 °F or 8 and 15 °C It is often sunny, sometimes cloudy or rainy,
but rarely snowy in the city center. Summers are hot and humid. Temperatures range between
68 and 85 °F or 20 and 29 °C. In spring and fall, the weather is mild and
relatively rainy. Barcelona gets frequent cold winds
this time of year, specially in April. Temperatures range between 54 and 79 °F
or 10 and 23 °C in spring, and between 47 and 70 °F or 12 and 26 °C in fall. Of course, these are all just averages. The weather and temperature can be
different at the time of your visit, so remember to check the weather
forecast before you travel. NUMBER 14: BEST TIME TO VISIT The best time to visit Barcelona is in late
spring and early summer from May to June, and in the fall from September to October. At these times of the year, the weather is pleasant,
and the crowds are relatively small. January and February are the cheapest months
to visit the city. The least convenient time to visit is probably
August, when it’s very hot and humid and there are summer tourists everywhere. But don’t worry – Barcelona is one of
the world’s most beautiful cities, so you’ll have a great time regardless of the season. And how can you figure out the best days and
hours to see the attractions? Just check Google to see how crowded a specific
location is at a certain time of day. Of course, we recommend going early
during the week and/or in the morning. NUMBER 13: LENGTH OF YOUR STAY Many travelers stay in Barcelona for three
days to see its top attractions and get a basic feel of this extraordinary city. But if you want a more relaxed
and authentic experience, we recommend staying one to three more days. NUMBER 12: WHERE TO STAY AND COST OF ACCOMMODATIONS If this is your first time in the Barcelona,
we recommend staying in the Gothic Quarter, El Born, or Eixample, where you’ll be close
to many top attractions. These areas are also great for night life, along with Poble Nou
and Sant Antoni. To experience a small-town vibe, stay in Gràcia, which is also a great family-friendly neighborhood. If you love the beach, choose Barceloneta. For convenience, stay within or just right
outside the city. Also, be sure to check if there is
a metro station nearby so you can easily reach the city center. On average, a mid-range hotel room in Barcelona
costs around 150 EUR or 170 USD per night. For budget hotels, the average is about
50 EUR or 60 USD. Again, these are all just averages and the ranges for different hotel
categories are relatively wide. With a little research online,
you can get good deals, especially if your dates are flexible and
you don’t travel in peak seasons. Check out our video on the best apps to book your stay. NUMBER 11: AVOIDING CROWDS Barcelona is one the most densely populated
cities in Europe, and gets around eight million
international visitors every year. With these huge crowds, exploring
the city can be a challenge. But even if you can’t avoid all the crowds,
you can do some things to make your trip to Barcelona a more
pleasant experience. You can avoid peak seasons, avoid taking the Metro during rush hours get up early in the morning to explore the
city without the crowds. Use Google or Google Maps to check how crowded
a specific location is at a certain time of day or explore outside the city center once
you’ve visited the must-see attractions. NUMBER 10: TRANSPORTATION From and to the airport To get to and from Barcelona-El Prat
Airport you can use: Metro and train, Busses, Taxis and private transfers, and Car rentals Check out our travel guide for links and additional
information on how to get to and from the Barcelona-El Prat airport. Arriving by train If you are coming to Barcelona by train, you
will normally arrive at Barcelona Sants Station, which is located northwest of the city center, about a 10-minute walk from Plaça de Espanya. Another major train station is Estació de
França, which is near Ciutadella Park and the beach. From this station, you can take medium-
distance routes to other regions of Spain. Before your trip, check which station is closer
to where you’re staying in Barcelona. Arriving by car If you are arriving in Barcelona by car, consider booking a hotel or an apartment
with a nearby cark park. Parking rates are from €2 to €3 per hour,
and daily rates range between €15 and €40. You can also consider park-and-ride lots on
the outskirts of the city. These facilities are located close to
metro, train, or bus stations, so you can easily reach the city
center through public transport. Rates are from €9.95 for 1 day to €60 for 7 days. Getting around the city Barcelona is well-covered by public transportation. However, you’ll still have to walk a lot,
so bring comfortable shoes. To get around the city you can use: TMB, Barcelona’s public transport service, which includes the metro and city buses. It is a cheap and efficient way to see
the sights throughout the city. A single ticket costs €2.20. You can also buy an integrated ticket for
multiple journeys for 1 to 5 days. Other transportation options include: trams, taxis, Hop On Hop Off buses,
bikes, scooters. and, of course, funiculars and cable cars. Check out our travel guide for timetables,
prices, links and additional information. NUMBER 9: GENERAL INFORMATION Here are some other things you should know
for a nice and easy experience in Barcelona: DRINKING WATER It is safe to drink tap water in Barcelona. There are around 1600 free drinking fountains
throughout the city. We’ll cover apps for finding water
fountains in a minute. TOILETS You’ll rarely see public toilets on the
streets in Barcelona. However, you can use the restrooms
at museums and other public buildings, and even shopping centers. There are also toilets at cafes, bars, and restaurants, where you’ll have to order something
if you want to use the toilet. FREE WiFi Barcelona WiFi provides tourist with free WiFi access at almost 2,000 hotspots all over
the city, including museums, parks, libraries,
markets, metro stations, and even on buses
and on the street. NUMBER 8: FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS TRAVEL ADAPTERS If you’re coming from outside Europe or
from the UK, you will probably need a special
European travel adapter to charge your phone and other devices. This is what Spanish power
plugs look like. If you travel a lot, consider buying a universal travel adapter that you can use in other countries too. ALWAYS BRING SOME CASH While most hotels, restaurants, and stores
in Barcelona accept major credit cards like Visa or MasterCard, it is wise to always
have some euros in your wallet. MONEY EXCHANGE Like most other European cities,
Barcelona uses the euro. At the time of making of this video,
€1 is worth approx. $1.11 or £0.89. Be sure to check the exchange rate
before traveling. The easiest way to get euros is through ATMs. In Spain, ATMs typically ask if you want to
be charged in euros or in your home currency. For better exchange rates and smaller fees, choose to be billed in euros. It’s also best to withdraw as few times as
possible to avoid multiple ATM fees. You can also consider using debit cards like Revolut that don’t charge fees for limited ATM withdrawals. Of course, you can also exchange your foreign
cash for euros at currency exchange offices. You can get competitive rates at tourist spots such as La Rambla, La Sagrada Familia,
Avenue of the Parallel, and El Raval. Avoid airport and hotel currency exchanges, which usually offer poor rates and charge high fees. PREPAID SIM CARDS You can purchase a prepaid SIM card
to access the Internet on your phone. Local carriers include:
Vodafone, Orange, and Movistar. See our travel guide for more information. POCKET WI-FI Alternatively, you can consider renting
a pocket WiFi or mobile hotspot. If you’re from the US and travel a lot,
consider using Google Fi. TIME ZONE Barcelona uses Central European
Summer Time or GMT+2. Most countries in continental Europe
are in this time zone. NUMBER 7: SAFETY Barcelona is generally a safe city, but there are some areas to avoid,
especially at night. Learn more about which areas to avoid
in our travel guide. Unfortunately, Barcelona is not only popular
with tourists but also with pickpockets and bag and watch thieves, especially around major attractions and metro stations. Watch your valuables, and use common sense. For emergency services, dial 112. NUMBER 6: BEST APPS TO USE Here is a list of useful apps to use during
your stay there: Barcelona Metro or Metro Bus Barcelona (TMBAPP) for metro and bus schedules, routes, maps, and tickets Withlocals, Meetup or Eatwith to doing things
with locals Yego, Reby and other providers for renting
an electric scooter Donkey Republic for bike, electric bikes and
electric scooter rentals Google Maps or Apple Maps for walking, driving,
and using public transportation. Google Maps also lets you download maps, which is a great option if you don’t want roaming. Citymapper or Moovit for information on public
transport, such as departure and arrival times, fastest routes, etc. Barcelona Travel Guide, Ulmon Barcelona
Travel Guide, Lonely Planet or other similar apps for practical
information on attractions and public transport. The Fork for free, real-time restaurant
bookings and special discounts TripAdvisor and Yelp for restaurant, hotel,
museum, and tour reviews WiFi Map or Wi-Fi finder, which helps you
find Wi-Fi throughout Barcelona TAP to locate the closest water fountain SitOrSquat or Flush for finding
public restrooms in Barcelona Check out our travel guide for links to download
these apps on iOS and Android and for more app suggestions. NUMBER 5: LANGUAGE AND EXPRESSIONS The languages spoken in Barcelona are Spanish
and Catalan. While English is not spoken or understood everywhere, most tourist-oriented places such as
restaurants, shops, and major attractions will have people who speak English. Here are some Spanish words and expressions
that always come in handy: Hola or Hello Buenos días/ buen día or Good morning/ Good day Adiós or Goodbye ¿Qué tal? or What’s up? and How are you? Bien, gracias
Good, thank you ¡De nada!
You’re welcome! / No problem! No entiendo or I don’t understand! No hablo español or I don’t speak Spanish ¿Cuánto cuesta eso? or How much does it cost? Find more useful Spanish and Catalan words
and expressions in our travel guide. NUMBER 4: FREE CITY TOURS A great way to discover Barcelona, walking tours are organized by expert guides who know a great deal about the city’s fascinating
history, and unique art and culture. Some providers even offer free walking tours, but it is still expected to leave a tip of
your choice after the tour. See our travel guide for links to websites of free guided tours and other interesting
tours of Barcelona. NUMBER 3: CITY PASSES There are several passes you can choose from
to help you save money and time in Barcelona, for example, The Barcelona Pass, The Barcelona
Card, Barcelona.com, and Turbo Pass Barcelona. These passes include entry to several top
attractions, skip-the-line privileges, various kinds of discounts,
unlimited free use of public transport, and/or Hop-On Hop-Off bus tickets tickets. Check our travel guide for current
prices and links. NUMBER 2: FOOD PRICES AND TIPPING Food prices can range widely in Barcelona, and you’ll have plenty of dining options no
matter what your budget is. We suggest using Yelp or TripAdvisor to find
nearby places with good reviews. Try to avoid restaurants next to major tourist sites; you’ll often get a much higher price-quality ratio at restaurants a street or two away
from the main attractions. An inexpensive restaurant meal ranges from
5 to 9 EUR for lunch and 8 to 15 EUR for dinner. A small plate of tapas costs between 3 and
5 EUR and you’ll get a tasty paella for around 8 EUR. You can buy a baguette at a bakery or a cafe,
for about 1 EUR, a typical ensaimada or another similar
pastry from 1 to 3 EUR, and churros with hot
chocolate for 4 to 5 EUR. As for drinks, a coffee costs between 1.3
and 2.50 EUR, a bottle of soda around 2 EUR, a glass of beer between 2.5 and 4.5 EUR, and a glass of wine from 1 to 3 EUR. There are some great cheap eats in Barcelona. Check out our travel guide for the list of
best inexpensive dining places, such as Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria) for tapas; Tucco Real Food for fresh pasta and empanadas, and Churrería Laietana for churros with hot chocolate. To save some money, you can buy food and drinks at a grocery store or fresh fruits at a local food market. In fact, Barcelona is famous for its market
culture. There are about 40 food markets in the city. The biggest and most impressive
of which is La Bouqeria. Use Google Maps or a similar app to locate
a grocery store or market near you. TIPPING You are not expected to tip in Barcelona
or Spain in general. You can still tip if want to, because you
feel you’ve been well taken care of. We recommend tipping 5% to 10% of the bill based on the quality of service. Also, always tip in cash even if you pay by credit card. NUMBER 1: BEST VIEWS OF THE CITY You can enjoy several amazing views
of Barcelona from: Tibidabo, Park Güell, Sagrada Famiglia,
Bunkers of Carmel, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya,
Montjuic Castle, and W Hotel Barcelona. Check out our travel guide for more places
with free and paid amazing views of the city and maps to easily locate them. Our travel guide is a mobile-friendly .pdf
document that you can store on your phone for offline use. It covers the top 10 things
to do in Barcelona, plus 10 additional attractions, maps, links, opening hours, and other information that will help make your trip to Barcelona stress-free. By purchasing our travel guide,
you are also helping us sustain this channel. So, big thank you. And don’t forget to like this video, subscribe
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11 thoughts on “Things to know BEFORE you go to BARCELONA | Travel Tips 2020

  1. Hi there, we love your video and we have shared it on our facebook page:
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  2. Wow this video is simply amazing. Everything I needed to plan my itinerary was in this video. So helpful and informative in a fun and easily engaged way. GREAT JOB with the video.

    One question though, still not sure if it is expected to tip at restaurants? Usually countries where you don’t tip, you really DON’T tip, where as here, you mentioned you can tip?

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