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"Barcelona insider tips: the best-kept secrets of the city"

Updated: Jan 8

Are you planning to visit Barcelona but don't know where to start? As a local tour guide, I have some insider tips to help you discover this beautiful city's best.

A girl looking the skyline of Barcelona
Barcelona overview

Barcelona is a wonderful city, full of life and diversity. As a local tour guide, I love to help visitors discover the most authentic places in the city. If you want to explore Barcelona like a true local, follow these tips:


  1. Explore the most authentic neighborhoods: Barcelona is a city full of different neighborhoods, each with its personality and charm. I recommend you get away from the tourist areas and discover the lesser-known neighborhoods, such as Sant Antoni, Poble Sec, or El Raval, where you will find local stores, bars, and restaurants that will surprise you.

  2. Discover the Catalan culture: Catalan culture is unique and fascinating, and there are many ways to experience it in Barcelona. Visit the Palau de la Música Catalana to enjoy a live concert, attend a castells (human towers) session, or learn to dance the Sardana (traditional Catalan dance) in the Cathedral square.

  3. Try the local food: Catalan gastronomy is one of Spain's most varied and delicious. If you want to try some of the most authentic dishes, I recommend you visit the Sant Antoni Market, where you will find a wide variety of fresh and local products. You can also try the tapas and pinchos in the bars in the Gracia or El Born areas.

  4. Enjoy street art: Barcelona is famous for its street art scene, with impressive graffiti and murals on almost every street corner. Explore the El Raval neighborhood to see some of the most impressive murals, or take a guided tour of the Poblenou neighborhood to discover some of the best examples of street art.

  5. Relax in the parks: Barcelona has several impressive parks where you can enjoy a relaxing moment surrounded by nature. Visit Ciutadella Park for a boat ride on the lake, or go up to Turó de la Rovira Park for a panoramic view of the city, out of the massive tourism.

Exhibition of people building a human tower of 7 floors.
Catalonia Human Towers

Other useful tips to get to know the city of Barcelona


Barcelona is a very walkable city, so I recommend you wear comfortable shoes and explore on foot. If you want to see the main tourist attractions, I recommend you visit the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and La Rambla, but if you are looking for a more authentic experience, I suggest you venture beyond the more well-known places, such as some of the ones I recommended above ;-)


In my opinion, one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Barcelona is Gracia. This bohemian and lively neighborhood is home to many artists and creatives and boasts numerous bars, restaurants, and unique stores. In addition, here you can find the famous Vila de Gracia square, the mythical Verdi Street, and even one of the most unknown works of Gaudí, Casa Vicens. In this neighborhood also takes place in August the Festival of Gracia, with spectacular decorations in their streets and squares and parties that last all nite long.


I also recommend getting lost in the narrow streets of Born. Here you can find some of the best restaurants and tapas bars in the city, as well as designer stores and unique boutiques. It is also good to visit the Santa Caterina Market (where you can find a wide variety of fresh and local products), the Born Center of Culture and Memory, or the unknown but much loved by the locals, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar.


Beautiful point of view of Cathedral's of sea facade
Cathedral of Saint Mary of The Sea

Finally, I recommend you visit some of the lesser-known museums in Barcelona, such as the Museum of History of Barcelona, the Museum of History of Catalonia (which has a restaurant with terrace and wonderful views of the harbor), the Royal Drassanes Museum and the Museum of Music. These museums are less crowded than the city's main museums, so you can enjoy a quieter and more relaxed experience.


If you want to discover Barcelona like a true local, don't hesitate to contact me to schedule a personalized tour! As a local tour guide, I will be happy to help you discover the best-kept secrets of this beautiful city.



Pictures:

1 📸 Toa Heftiba

2 📸 Michal Parzucho

3 📸 Camille Minouflet


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