Barcelona is a warm, open and cosmopolitan city where you’ll feel like at home. We’ve prepared a “must” list, so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest when you are in town. If you follow these advices, you’ll feel like a local!
1.By foot or by metro, you choose!
Barcelona isn’t a big city (it’s just a bit bigger than the tenth part of London or New York) so you can visit most of the tourist attractions during a nice walk and decide the things to do in Barcelona.
Nevertheless, in case you decide to visit any further place, like the Camp Nou stadium, Park Güell or Montjuïc, you should know Barcelona’s metro system arrives to all the districts of the city and its surroundings. Besides, metro works every day, from 5 am to 12 am (Monday-Thursday and Sunday), from 5 am to 12am (Friday) and during the whole day on Saturdays. You can plan your journey and check all the information at this webpage.
2. Our timetables are different
If you come from abroad, you should know our timetables are different to the rest of Europe; work usually starts at 9am, lunch is at 2pm and dinner starts at 9pm. That’s why we finish work later and why we are kind of “nocturnal”, so if you want to see a crowded nightclub, you’ll have to wait until 2am!!
3. Warm, sunny and wet
Usually, the weather in Barcelona is quite nice, with an average temperature of 16°C, with hot summers (average temperature of 24°C) and cool winters (average temperature of 9°C). Anyway, weather is sometimes a bit changeable (but you will hardly ever find extreme temperatures). During winter, wearing a jacket at nights and a long sleeve t shirt in the mornings is a good idea, as temperatures goes down a few degrees during the day.
4. Be careful with your stuff
Barcelona is a very touristic city and there’s a pickpocket in every corner. Keep your belongings with you at all times (especially at the beach, metro, bar terraces or places like la Rambla) and never have your wallet in your pocket or in a visible place.
Don’t let pickpockets ruin your holidays!
5. Two languages
In Barcelona we speak two languages, Catalan and Spanish. Knowing some words and expressions in these languages will be super useful when you want to communicate with locals. Ready? There we go!
- Hi: Hola (Sp/Cat)
- Bye: Adiós (Sp), Adéu (Cat)
- Thank you: Gracias (Sp), Gràcies (Cat)
- Please: Por favor (Sp), Si us plau (Cat)
- Good morning!: ¡Buenos días! (Sp), Bon dia! (Cat)
- Good night!: ¡Buenas noches! (Sp), Bona nit (Cat)
- How much does it cost…?: ¿Cuánto cuesta..? (Sp), Quant costa..? (Cat)
- Where is…?: ¿Dónde está ? (Sp), On es..? (Cat)
6. Book in advance
La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, la Casa Batlló.. there’re so many things to do in Barcelona! For this reason, we recommend you to book tickets and table in restaurants in advance. You’ll skip the queue (most of the times) and make the most of your time in the city.
7. Sunday, day off
On Sunday, most of the shops, supermarkets or even some restaurants are closed. So, before planning Sunday’s journey, make sure it’s going to be possible or think about a B plan. There’re some exceptions like Maremagnum mall and La Roca Village outlet, which are open every day of the year (except on 25th December). You can also attend cultural events, or visit a museum (most of them are free the first Sunday of each month or every Sunday from 3pm)¡there many things to do in Barcelona! You can check some options on this post about Free museums in Barcelona.
If you want to party, Barcelona is plenty of clubs and bars for everyone. Eixample esquerra, Vila Olímpica, Marina…depending on what kind of party you’re looking for, you can go to one or other area. At some discos, it’s compulsory to pay for tickets (and usually they’re quite expensive!). That’s why we recommend you to check their Facebook pages or some specialized webs which offer discounts or even free entrance if you are on the “free list”.
Barcelona is an endlessly surprising city, you’ll need to come infinite times to discover all its secrets! You will be always welcome. Don’t forget that you’ll have the best of the stays in Twentytú hostel.