Every year, hundreds of tourists travel to Barcelona to enjoy its great food and endless summer. This Mediterranean city is definitely worth a visit, but like every destination, has some ups and downs that should be considered during your trip.
Here are the most common things that you should avoid doing as a tourist in this amazing city.
Gothic Quarter in Barcelona
FLYING TO GIRONA OR REUS AIRPORT
Most visitors fly to Barcelona Reus or Barcelona Girona without realizing that both airports are more than 100 kilometers away from the city! When you buy your plane ticket choose to fly directly to Barcelona, without spending your time and money trying to get closer to your destination. I recommend you to choose a plane that lands on El Prat airport, this being the most popular landing site in the area.
If you want to go to the Barcelona City Centre use the best Barcelona airport transfers! For a fixed price you’ll get a professional driver and a luxury vehicle that can take you into the city in a short time. Beside the fact that this high-quality service is the cheaper you’ll get in the city, up to one hour of waiting time is included for transfers, which means that your driver will wait you on the airport even if your flight is delayed!
WALKING IN BIKINI
Most visitors believe that walking in bikini is a commonplace in Barcelona. Well, it’s not. Not the whole city is a beach and moving around without your clothes on can be disrespectful to city residents.
In order to avoid the judgmental looks, try to dress properly depending on the place you’re going to.
GOING TO BARCELONETA BEACH
The beach of Barceloneta is one of the most popular places among locals and usually several tourists come here to get tanned. I can’t say that it’s not worth a visit, but if you’re traveling during high season maybe you should consider going to other Barcelona beaches.
Why? Barceloneta beach is smaller than you saw in the pictures and very crowded during summer. Bogatell and Mar Bella beaches are great options to choose from if you want to get tanned in a quiet environment.
HAVING A MEAL ON THE RAMBLAS
If you think that on the Ramblas you’ll find the best food in Barcelona, you’re completely wrong. Beside the fact that all the restaurants are overpriced, the ingredients that they’re using in making the dishes are of poor quality.
Don’t worry, finding more value isn’t that hard. Head into the side streets off the Ramblas and you’ll spend your money wisely, buying great meals at lower prices.
WHY RESPECT QUEUES?
Because it’s a decent thing to do in Barcelona and everywhere else in the world. How would you react if someone that’s after you tries to take your place?
Instead of being disrespectful to other people that wait patiently in line, find the best solution for not spending a long time in a queue. For example, if you want to visit a tourist attraction, get your ticket the day before, when the box office is less crowded.