Traveller reviews about Barcelona. Tips for your vacation – 2022

What travelers think about holidays in Barcelona.

Reviews of Barcelona

Read tourists’ reviews of vacations in Barcelona. What impression did the weather, hotels, beaches, excursions, entertainment and shopping leave? Pros and cons of a trip to Barcelona in 2022.

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Reviews of the weather in Barcelona

Thanks to the warm Mediterranean climate, tourists come to Barcelona all year round. The low season lasts from November to April and is suitable for walks by the sea, gastronomic tourism and excursions.

Margarita: “It’s nice to vacation in April in Barcelona. But it’s cold to swim in the sea. You can sunbathe on the beach, but often a cold wind blows. If you walk around the city just to walk, you need to wear a jacket with long sleeves.

According to reviews from tourists, beach holidays in Barcelona begins in May and lasts until the end of October. Because of the warm African winds the air warms up quickly. In May and June in the daytime it’s already +23. +25 ° C.

Paulina: “Barcelona is in full bloom in the last month of spring. The air is saturated with sweet aroma of blossoming. The sea is warm and calm”.

Alexander: “The weather in June was just great, it was perfect for nightlife! In the heat it’s just time to relax by the pool.

In July and August it gets really hot. The thermometer rises above +32. +34°С. The sea water is heated to +25. +26°С.

With the arrival of autumn, the summer heat recedes, and the velvet season begins. In September it is still very warm: the air is +24. +27 ° C, and the sea +24. +25°С.

According to the reviews of tourists, vacation in Barcelona in October is also not bad. The weather is warm +22. +24 ° C, and swim pleasantly – the water temperature is +21. +23°С. There are only four rainy days per month.

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Spring in Barcelona, Sagrada Familia (Photo: unsplash.com / @strider_)

Tourist reviews of hotels in Barcelona

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The city is tourist-oriented, so there are many hotels in different price ranges. Most of them are located in the center and near the attractions. The most expensive hotels are located near the Plaza Catalunya, the famous La Rambla and Sants Station. There are also some good budget hotels in the Old Town. Those who want to save money rent apartments and apartments.

To vacation in Barcelona in 2022 is successful, it is important to choose a comfortable hotel. Look carefully at the reviews of tourists about the hotels, they will tell you about the important nuances or disadvantages.

Olga: “Barcelona Universal 4* is a great hotel in the center of the city. The staff was friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was excellent.

Alexandr : “The good points about the Barceló Raval 4* are the location, the roof terrace and the view over the city.

Alexey : “At the W Barcelona 5* we had a room on the 4th floor and the view was amazing. This option would be good for a couple who wants to celebrate something.”

Unfortunately, there are also negative reviews of tourists about hotels in Barcelona.

Nikolay : “In Arc La Rambla 3* the staff is annoying. Until you put up a “do not disturb” sign, they are constantly knocking and walking into the room.

Hotel reviews for your Barcelona hotel

View of Barcelona from the Barceló Raval (Photo: booking.com / Barceló Raval)

Reviews of the beaches and sea in Barcelona

Barcelona’s coastline is 4.5 km of sandy beaches that have been awarded the Blue Flag for their cleanliness. According to tourist reviews, the beaches of Barcelona are suitable for any type of holiday. All of them are free. Pay only to rent a deck chair and an umbrella from the sun.

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The well-appointed coast likes to sit in the coastal cafe chiringuito and fans of water entertainment. The beaches of Barceloneta, Somorostro, Levante and Bogatel are suitable for holidays with children.

Alexey S.: “Playa dela Mar Bella is a nice, equipped beach.

klaster612: “Nova Mar Bella Beach is a clean good sandy beach. Always a lot of people. ,

vladkrivosheev: “Bogatell Beach has a wide and well organized beach. It has showers and wooden decks. It’s clean and well maintained all the time.

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Beachfront in Barcelona (Photo: unsplash.com / @royalfound)

Tourist reviews of excursions in Barcelona

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Many Russians come to Barcelona, so the choice of excursions in Russian is large. We are popular with tourists on walking and bus tours of the city, architectural tours and gastronomic travel in Barcelona. According to reviews, tourists like to go to the Montserrat Monastery, medieval Girona and the Salvador Dali Museum.

Nataliya: “We were very pleased with the walking tour of Barcelona. It was informative and interesting. He told us not only about Barcelona, but about the Catalans and their traditions. More about tour →

Olga K. : “The bus tour is very interesting. The guide constantly told us about the history of Barcelona. She showed us the beautiful places”. Read more about this tour →

Alekseev : “The funicular ride to Tibidabo was informative and beautiful. The guide was very good. Organized and well conducted.” Read more about the tour →

Reviews of tourists about the entertainment

Holiday city and architectural wonder of Spain does not let anyone get bored. Tourists visit sights and museums, explore neighborhoods and streets from the cable car Transbordador Aeri, walk in parks and go on boat trips. Go to the Aquarium with children, take a ride on the Tramvía Blau (Blue Tram), spend time in the Tibidabo amusement park and buy a souvenir toy in the El Ingenio store.

To plan your vacation in Barcelona in 2022, read tourist reviews about the attractions.

vladimirgantsev: “The Sagrada Familia is a majestic structure by a genius architect. To see and admire it is endless. It boggles the imagination.

elenatT616DT: “The Palau de la Música Catalana is a masterpiece! A must visit, or better to go there for a concert.”

Dmitry L.: “The Gothic Quarter is interesting to walk around, you don’t know where the next street will take you. Brownian motion can lead to an interesting place, like a remnant of the Romanesque wall.”

Photos and reviews of Barcelona holidays

View of Barcelona from Mount Tibidabo (Photo: suetot / pixabay.com)

Tourist reviews of shopping in Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia is a profitable place for shopping. Discount seasons are from early January to mid-February and July 1 to August 20. In Spain there is no threshold for “tax free” – now you can buy goods of any amount and get back a part of the money spent at the airport.

There are a lot of boutiques in the city center. Near La Rambla there is a large shopping district with stores of democratic brands and expensive global brands.

According to reviews of tourists, in Barcelona, it is convenient to shop in large shopping centers. Many recommend Gran Via Dos and Maremagnum. They sell everything from food and souvenirs to clothes and shoes.

ucklife: “Barcelona has great rebajas – sales. The advantages: the discounts are amazing and the clothes are pure cotton.

Daria Sinitsyna: “The shopping in Barcelona is beyond praise. I left every time with a full bag and an empty wallet.

Holly: “Spain is a shopaholic’s paradise. The advantages – a wide choice, quality, low prices. Here you can find absolutely everything and cheaper than in Russia. The disadvantages – shopping simply doesn’t fit even into the biggest suitcase”.

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Reviews of your vacation in Barcelona, Spain

Street in Barcelona (Photo: unsplash.com / @dinges)

Pros and cons of vacationing in Barcelona

Almost everyone who vacationed in the capital of Catalonia was satisfied with the trip. Barcelona gives the most positive impressions, many want to return here again.

The pros of vacationing in Barcelona in 2022, according to reviews of tourists:

  • Short flight.
  • The warm climate.
  • Spain’s beaches are some of the best in Europe.
  • Excellent shopping.
  • Interesting excursions in the city and surroundings.
  • Tasty Catalan cuisine.
  • Good public transport.
  • Architectural attractions.

Kate_cake: “The Sagrada Familia Cathedral struck inside. When you walk in, goosebumps run through your body. All because of the light that penetrates the multicolored stained glass and fills the temple with watercolor colors.” ,

Cons :

  • Expensive lodging and food. Find out how much money to take to Spain.
  • Many hotels have thin partitions. If you get noisy neighbors, your vacation will be ruined.
  • In the peak season in Barcelona, there are a lot of tourists. There are queues everywhere.

We got to Park Guell at 11:00. It was on Sunday. Because of the large number of people were only allowed in after 15:00 – 400 people every half hour.”

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Seafood paella (Photo: unsplash.com / @steven__chan)

The nuances of vacationing in Barcelona and tourist tips

In midsummer, the city is very hot and humid. If you can’t stand high temperatures, plan a trip to the Mediterranean Sea in June or early fall.

Spaniards and tourists love noisy celebrations and are ready to party until morning. For a quiet holiday, stay in the quieter suburbs of Barcelona instead of the city center.

Catalan cuisine is a real attraction in Spain. It has long been recognized by foodies around the world. Spend a pleasant time in one of the local restaurants. Have the paella, tapas, bread with tomatoes, black rice, and gazpacho soup. The delicate dessert, crema catalana, is a must.

For those interested in shopping, be aware that the stores are closed on Sundays. Also, most Spanish boutiques close for 2-3 hours for the afternoon siesta.

Redhead: “I still can’t figure out how they manage not to work on Sundays and holidays. We got caught up on Catholic Easter. And so most of the time everything was closed.”

37 Frequently Asked Questions About Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the 10 most visited cities in Europe. We decided to support independent travelers to this city and answer the 37 most popular questions about Barcelona. So, if you already have a Schengen visa in your passport, study our tips for stunning Barcelona and go for it!

37 Tips for Tourists in Barcelona

Travel Advice for Tourists in Barcelona

  1. What to look out for in Barcelona?

It is worth to go to the beach of Barceloneta, take a walk in the parks (for example, Gaudi – it is on the photo above), see the local architecture, museums, wander the narrow streets in the Old Town, visit the farmers market, have a good rest in bars, eat local food in cafes and restaurants, visit the zoo, take a trip to Montjuïc and Tibidabo, as well as necessarily try the local street food.

  1. Which is the best beach in Barcelona?

If you choose a beach to swim and sunbathe, go outside the city. Gava and Badalona are great options. In Barcelona itself the cleanest beach is near hotel W: Barceloneta. You can also go to Mar bella beach.

  1. What SIM card to buy for a trip to Barcelona?

If you buy a SIM card Orange Mundo, you will get 10 Gigabytes of internet at 4G speed for 15 euros. You can share your internet with other devices via Wi-Fi.

  1. Do I take cash with me? Is it possible to pay with a card?

If you bring rubles, you can’t exchange them here. Cash in euros is vital, but in some places you can also pay by card. Old bars and restaurants, for example, only accept cash. Some grocery stores accept cards only if your purchases cost more than 6 euros.

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The city is always full of tourists and scammers take advantage of this by stealing everything they can. In this case, they act carefully, quietly, so as not to cause suspicion, because no one wants to be prosecuted. So always keep an eye on your bags, or better yet, leave all valuables in the hotel.

  1. What is the cost of budget accommodation in Barcelona?

Depending on the season and the length of your stay – from 30 € a day for a hostel, continuing the amount of about 80 € for a good hotel and ending with cosmic money in the amount of 500 euros for a room in the hotel W.

Monthly rentals start at €250 a month for a room or €700 for an apartment. You can find accommodation on Bucking.com

NB : read our article on the cost of an overnight stay in Barcelona

  1. How does airbnb work?

Frankly, not well. It’s better to book your hotel with Hotellook.com.

  1. Where can I go from Barcelona for a day trip?

There are plenty of options: Girona, Tarragona, Besalú, Vic, Montserrat, Andorra, the Ebro delta, the beaches of the Costa Dorada and Costa Brava, or Port Aventura theme park.

Not all apartments in Barcelona have heating, but the sun warms up almost every day, so get warm on the streets. And that’s why it’s better not to go to Barcelona in winter.

  1. When is the best time of year to visit Barcelona?

June or September. We went to Barcelona at the end of April – it was still cool, 13 to 19 degrees. In May the temperature will rise to 23 degrees, and the sea to 20 degrees.

  1. What’s the cheapest way to get to Barcelona?

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It’s better to fly to and from Moscow with Vueling – it’s a low-cost airline, so the airline has significantly lower prices. In addition, it arrives at the central airport “El Prat.

There is also an option with the flight “Pobeda”, which flights can reach the Girona airport. But from there to the city to go another hour and a half by bus.

NB: We wrote about how to get to Barcelona cheaply here.

  1. How to travel cheaply within Spain?

With the international online service BlaBlacar , as well as by train (although they’re pretty expensive if they’re fast. If you want cheap, take the regional Renfe trains.)

Find a cheap train ticket from Barcelona right on this page. Use the search and purchase of tickets through the website Omio.Ru (formerly GoEuro):

Using the MyTaxi app . You can also catch them by putting your hand out to the side. There are a lot of cars, and it is not difficult to catch them.Taxis in yellow and black colors are amazing with the bright image of the city. Equipped with meters, there are four varieties of fares. For example, to get into town from El Prat Airport, you have to pay 35€. Compare – a comfortable Aerobus will cost you 5.95€.

  1. What’s the best way to get around Barcelona?

The Metro. Do not hesitate to get the multipurpose ticket T-10. The ticket costs a little more than 10 euros and the current prices and areas of validity can be found on the official website.

Also great is a bicycle or moped. In the center of the city there are many rental outlets with a wide range, there you can rent a moped or bicycle of your choice. You can also rent electric motorcycles.

Yes, however, they cannot be used on high-speed routes such as autovía and autopista.

Barcelona has a wide range of dishes for vegetarians, but it’s a food that’s mostly enjoyed by newcomers. The locals prefer jamon.

It’s sold almost everywhere. One might even get the impression that money is being smuggled in through the vegetable stores and pastry shops.

  1. What are the most popular events in Barcelona?
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  1. What are the best dishes to try in Barcelona?
  • Jamón sandwiches and local sausages and cheeses! These products are placed on classic bread, smeared with tomato.
  • Tapas are tiny portioned appetizers and are definitely worth tasting.
  • Pinchos are a variation of the dish – a slice of bread on a stick on which the main dish lies.
  • Olives in Barcelona can be eaten in large quantities, as can seasonal fruit.
  • Paella is best tasted in Valencia.
  1. What do the locals smoke?

They don’t smoke anything illegal, but they gather in strictly designated places – private organizations, which you can’t easily get into. To get in, you have to provide information about the member of the club.

  1. What drinks do the locals prefer?

Barcelona Spain Food Market Boquería

Beer, vermouth, cola, wine, cava (local fizzy drinks), cava sangria, ron cremat (somewhat like mulled wine, only with burning rum in the base), clara and tinto de verano (carbonated drink mixed with beer and wine) on hot days.

NB : we wrote about the most delicious dishes in Barcelona here

  1. Can I drink running water?

Yes, you can drink water from local fountains. It is said that to come back to Barcelona, you must say Font de Canaletes Barça when you drink from the fountain.

  1. Do I need a visa to Barcelona?

Yes, a Schengen visa for Spain is required. It is possible to stay in the city for up to 3 months once every six months on a tourist visa. And do not forget to buy insurance, otherwise you risk losing more money.

  1. What dangers await you in the city?

It’s best not to walk around in a miniskirt in neighborhoods like Raval, Zona Franca, and Mina.

  1. What are the differences between Barcelona and other cities in the state?

Barcelona is starkly contrasting and cosmopolitan, with all sorts of activities and amazing events. No other city in the kingdom has as much freedom of manners as here.

  1. What are the best sights and places to see?
  • Boquería Market . Be sure to go to the market, which is about 8 centuries old and have something delicious. But it is not open on Sundays.
  • Las Ramblas. The Catalans called the Rambla the best street in the world. Our impression is different (a lot of people and beggars), but you must make up your own mind.
  • Sagrada Familia . You should buy tickets online in advance and you should never be late.
  • Barceloneta Beach . This used to be a fishing village and now is the most famous beach of the city. It’s a good idea not to lie on the beach itself, but rather to walk along the beach.
  • Plaza España and the Singing Fountain. It’s a place with a charming square and an enchanting fountain.
  • Citadel Park. A local square, everyone moves at a brisk pace, meditating, having a noisy picnic, navigating ropes, boating and feeding the ducks.

NB : read more about the must-see attractions in Barcelona here

  1. Where’s the best view in Barcelona?

Bunkers del Carmel – be sure to take a picnic basket full of goodies there. You have to walk 1.5 km from Metro El Carmel to get there and it’s always uphill! You can make it a little shorter by taking bus 86 two stops from the Metro.

And the best view is when you arrive in Barcelona (at El Prat), if you sit in seat F on the plane.

  1. How about a second-hand market?

There is one in Barcelona. Encants is one of the oldest markets in Europe.

  1. What’s the situation after the recent strike incidents?

Everything is fine in Barcelona, there are meetings, but they are without incidents.

  1. What’s the reason for everyone resting on Sundays?

Barcelona Tibidabo Spain

Because the unions do everything to make Sundays unusual. But that doesn’t apply to the tourist areas; there you can always find a place to eat. And the Maremagnum shopping center is open 365 days a year.

  1. Which neighborhoods are the best? Where is the center of Barcelona?
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In the middle of Plaza Catalunya is the center of Barcelona. The best neighborhoods are those above the Diagonal project. These are unhappy bedroom neighborhoods with villas. Gracia & Poble Nou are trendy and modern. Gótico – Central, buzzing and crowded. Born – the soul.

  1. How much money will I have to spend?

If resting, at least 80€ per night per person. And if you live, about 800 € per month.

NB : read our separate article about the cost of Barcelona per day (how much a day in Barcelona costs).

  1. How do they treat Russian tourists in Barcelona?

They just perceive tourists as a purse with money. And those who moved there – with caution, because our worldview doesn’t fit in their society.

  1. Which language is more popular?

Spanish is understood by everyone in the city, but when you move away from the city, fewer and fewer people are eager to speak the national language and prefer it to the Catholic language.

English, on the other hand, could be better spoken here.

  1. Five words you should know in Barcelona?
  • Hola (Spanish for “hello”).
  • molt be.
  • adeu – bye.
  • mañana (Spanish) – tomorrow.
  • vamos a la playa (Spanish) – let’s go to the beach.
  1. How to go to a soccer match in Barcelona and spend as little money as possible?

To save money, it is better to attend Spanish Cup games in the fall and winter. The easiest way to see the schedule is on Wikipedia. Tickets for the Barcelona Cup encounter can be bought for 59€, but it’s not guaranteed that you’ll see the strongest Barça squad. And the prices for the championship matches will not be cheaper than 80 euros.

The main Barcelona stadium is only free in the summer, when the presentation of the club’s newcomers takes place.

NB : we wrote about how to get to a Barcelona match cheaply here

  1. What’s a good souvenir to buy and take back home to Barcelona?

Sangria, jamón, cheese, olive oil, clothes from supermarkets. In general, anything you like with the label flor de barcelona .

This concludes our article about travel tips to Barcelona. Write your questions in the comments if you have any, share this article with your friends in social networks and get cheap tickets to Barcelona!

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