Barcelona is a magic place and one of the most popular cities amongst tourists in Europe. If you already booked your holiday in Barcelona, I am sure that you already planned your visit but there are a couple of things that you shouldn’t do if you want to save money and be sure to enjoy your dream holiday.
1. Don’t eat on the Rambla
The Rambla is the tourists’ favorite street and also the most avoided by locals. The quality of food is very low, and prices are very high. A couple years back, a Spanish journalist decided to write an article about restaurants on the Rambla. He said that when he went into one of these restaurants and tried to order some food, the waiter, realizing that he was Spanish, told him ‘Man, don’t eat here, the food is really bad’.
2. Don’t eat in restaurants that have photos of the food in their windows
The situation is very similar to the one of the Rambla. All restaurants that have photos of the food are very low quality, where most of the food is prepared days before and next frozen.
3. Don’t buy your souvenirs on touristic streets
The souvenirs sold on the Rambla, on Avinguda Gaudi and in the Gothic neighborhood are expensive. Don’t hesitate to go on the side streets, where you will find the Chinese shops supplying all the souvenirs shop in Barcelona, or just buy from street sellers.
4. Don’t go to the beach on the Barceloneta
The Barceloneta is one of the worst beaches in Barcelona: small, crowded and very dirty.
5. Don’t go clubbing before 1 am
In Barcelona, nightclubs start to get crowded around 2 am, so if you don’t want to be alone on the dance floor, don’t go before 1 am.
6. Don’t miss the free entrance to museums
Many museums have free entrance every Sunday from 3 pm (check the previous post to know which museum you can visit for free).
7. Don’t waste your time queuing at the main attractions
Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Pedrera, Park Guell, etc. Buy your tickets online to save time.
8. Forget about an early dinner
Be aware that many restaurants are simply closed before 8pm.
9. Don’t book free walking tours
I am a tour guide and I have often heard stories made up by free walking tours that weren’t even close to the truth.
10. Please watch out for all your belongings
Thieves in Barcelona are operating on very high level. You won’t feel a thing when they take your stuff. Keep your bags and backpacks in front of you and only carry a copy of your documents with you.