Advice for Tourists

Above: No, it's not a MacDonald's Dave

Below: 'Bicing' by the beach

It's not hard to make the most out of Barcelona. There's culture, fine-dining, bar-hopping and beach-bumming aplenty to be getting on with. However here are a few practical tips and pieces of advice for first-time travellers.

Safety First - Avoiding Pickpockets!

Read some reports and you'd think every visitor who comes to Barcelona is automatically robbed the moment they pass through arrivals at El Prat airport. In fact trouble is rare for anyone who keeps their wits about them, but undoubtedly pickpockets will pounce on any pasty-faced tourist who fails to exercise due caution around Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Money belts are a good solution, as our bags worn in front of you rather than behind (where zips can be undone, and contents removed). Loose pockets are a no-no, and if you put your bag underneath your chair it will go walkies, especially at internet cafes and touristy bars. Finally, if you take a handbag out at night, never leave it unattended.

Avoiding the Crowds

If you want to experience a bit more of Barcelona for yourself don't forget to pack your compass and delve into some of the city's lesser-known districts. El Born, Poblenou, Raval, Gracia, Montjuic and Eixample are all worth visiting, or escape it all on a daytrip to Sitges.

Viva La Catalunya

Catalans are a fearsomely independent bunch and if it was up to them they'd stick two fingers up to the rest of Spain and form their own breakaway republic. They won't be impressed by your Castillian Spanish, even if your pronunciation is spot on, so why not check out our guide to the Catalan language. Gaudi would be proud.

Outwitting the ATMs

Spanish banks are conning thousands of pounds out of unexpected tourists by tricking you into accepting their unfavourable exchange rate. If asked would you like to be charged in your native currency always select 'no', and ask to be charged in euros; otherwise, using something called Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC), they will sting you for some extra dinero. For more info click the link for this article in The Guardian.

Consulting the Experts

If you haven't already, download our free Barcelona travel app (it rocks!), or - if that's all a bit hi-tech for you - print out our free PDF guide and you'll have a tonne of handy tips, information and recommendations to read on the plane over.

Barcelona travel tips

Your recommended app was a very handy tool. Thanks! I would like to add some points to your list. There are some free tours. I ordered a free tour from this site: It was a group tour with english speaking guide, who showed us the main objects in Barcelona. If you like meeting local people and communicating with them, you should find a local travel buddy. I found this guy and he told me so much about the city, culture, traditions. You can find him here: He is doing it for free because he loves showing around his city.

reviewed by Jully from Denmark on Dec.26.2017

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reviewed by Stuart Anderson from United Kingdom on Oct.08.2017

Useful advices if you travel to Barcelona. This Last Holidays I was there and it was really August and it was cool.

Barcelona it's a nice city and it has a lot of things to do . If you want to know the city in original way I recommend to check this site It has a interesting ways to discover the city.

Good luck travelers.

reviewed by Sean from United Kingdom on Oct.31.2014