What the locals do in Barcelona?

This is a guest post by Alina Bordeianu

It is true that the most of the people are looking for a vacation where they can feel comfortable, safe and can manage to communicate with the locals. Some people want to feel an international atmosphere, to be able to meet new people from different places in the world and make new friends.

Sagrada Família (Photo credit: Oliver Mallich)

But are still the ones that are not looking for that. Some tourists want to discover the city, people, the traditions and the local atmosphere. Barcelona, even is known for the crowdedness, thousands of tourists, if you know what to do and where to go, you can discover the true Catalan and Spanish atmosphere.

How do you get away from the large groups and matching caps?

Like a Fortress (Photo credit: Wenjie, Zhang | A Certain Slant of Light)

It might be easier that you think. When it comes to places to see, Barcelona scores very high, but if you get past to the famous buildings, if you head beyond the medieval Barri Gotic, you will be able to leave the crowd behind and get to know ¨El Born¨, where you can enjoy some quiet shopping and Spanish parties.

Gracia a Barcelona (Photo credit: marimbajlamesa)

Also, if you get pas ¨Plaza Catalunya¨ and ¨Las Ramblas¨, you might discover ¨Gracia¨, a fancy area where you will see an elegant district, full of enjoyable places, cafes and traditional avenues.

Tapas! (Photo credit: Helen T)

If you get hungry, El Born is a very good place where you can try the traditional Spanish food. Spanish people have dinner around 10 p.m., so you do not have to worry about the time. You cannot leave Barcelona without trying the famous tapas, the perfect place to try them is around Barceloneta area, and drink a traditional sangria.

Sangria (Photo credit: Bastien Deceuninck)

El Born is also a good area for eating in an affordable price and good in the same time.

After getting in the Spanish spirit, you might want to discover the nightlife and maybe see one of the most popular bar between Spanish. Between the fancy, well known bars downtown, there is one that you have to see. Here, Hemingway, Miró and Picasso spent their evenings and had a drink. Situated in China town (Barrio Chino), on Calle San Pau Bar, Marsella bar is an iconic absinthe bar and has been serving the ‘Green Fairy' to the city's bohemians for centuries. In the same area you can find El Bosc de les Fades ('Forest of the Fairies') on Passatge de la Banca, a bar that will surprise you with the amazing look.

Barcelona Beach (Photo credit: Oh-Barcelona.com)
Camí de ronda Costa Brava (Photo credit: Albert Torelló)

Other places for hanging out for the Spanish people is the beach, where you can either enjoy a quiet walk or you can play football, volleyball, jogging, biking, rollerblade, or many other activities that you will discover. You can also visit the beaches of the Costa Brava that are very easy to reach from Barcelona.

Montjuïc (Photo credit: Photo Kamil)
Parc Guell (Photo credit: Noah Easterly)
Barcelona Park Güell (Photo credit: Wolfgang Staudt)

In the Olympic Park on Montjuïc, you can go to the open air swimming pool, you can also go to a football game on Camp Nou or visit Parc Guell.

Montserrat (Photo credit: Alex Schmitt)
Fonte Mágica, Barcelona / Magic Fountain, Barcelona (Photo credit: Adriano Aurelio Araujo)

It doesn´t matter what are your tastes, because Barcelona has it all. If you want to get to know the Spanish way of life and discover new things, you have to adventure yourself in taking a vacation here. You might want a comfortable place to stay and you can find it on vacation apartments Barcelona or Barcelona property.

Barcelona - Hams III (Photo credit: Adam Wyles)
Barcelona - Through The Trees (Photo credit: Adam Wyles)
Barcelona in winter (Photo credit: Ernst Moeksis)
Barcelona - Posta de Sol (Photo credit: Carquinyol)
Poble Espanyol (Photo credit: Leonora Enking)
Monastery of San Miguel (Photo credit: Leonora Enking)
CASA BATLLÓ GAUDÍ BARCELONA (Photo credit: Łukasz Dzierżanowski)
CASA BATLLÓ GAUDÍ BARCELONA (Photo credit: Łukasz Dzierżanowski)
Barcelona, Montjuïc view (Photo credit: Melissa Delzio)
Black Angel at Barcelona (Photo credit: Gatnau)

This is a guest post by Alina Bordeianu

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