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Barcelona Guide

Getting in


By far, the quickest and easiest way to get in to Barcelona is by aeroplane and loads of budget carriers run services to the city. Fly from London airports or other all around the UK and Ireland.


If you really don’t do planes, it’s possible to catch a ferry from points in Italy. Quite the palaver though, so we’d suggest grabbing yourself some wings instead.


It’s pretty expensive and takes a jolly long time but possible to travel by Eurostar and then catch a train from France to Barcelona, give or take a few changes.


The Spanish are world-famous for their love of letting their hair down and Barcelona is no different. This is just a small selection of some of their best festivals which you might be able to catch whilst soaking up the city on your hen weekend.

Festes de Merce

This is the biggest festival in the city and if you’re around in September, it’s well worth a look in. It’s in celebration of Barcelona’s patron saint and involves huge papier mache figures or ‘gegants’ dressed like traditional characters and ‘castellers’, meaning human castles. It might sound pretty crazy but seriously, it’s a whole lot of fun!


Off the wall once again, this ‘fire run’ will please the pyromaniac within anyone! Locals dressed as devils spring through the streets with tridents that spill fireworks whilst punters, tourists and onlookers try to stop the devils getting through. It’s part of the Merce festival and takes place towards the end of September.


A tribute to the local folk dance which is a fantastic example of local culture. Throughout the year, fans of classic Catalan steps hop, skip and jump their way around a circle to the strains of a traditional ‘cobla’ band. Stand on the sidelines or, even better, join in!  


Although plenty of locals will speak good English in Barcelona, getting a few key phrases down is fun and having a go is always appreciated by the locals. Spanish is an easy language to get a grip on, so be brave and let out your inner señorita!

  • Hello – hola
  • Goodbye – adios
  • Thank-you – gracias
  • My name is – me llamo
  • Do you speak English? – ¿Habla Ingles?
  • I would like – me gustaria
  • A glass of water – un vaso de agua
  • A glass of wine – un vaso de vino
  • A beer – una cerveza
  • What time is it? – ¿que hora es?
  • Where is..? – ¿donde esta..?
  • Left – a la izquierda
  • Right – a la derecha
  • I’m lost – estoy perdido
  • I’m English – soy ingles
  • I need to practice my Spanish – Me falta practica en Español…
  • I love you – te amo
  • Call me – Hablame

Because the best things in life are free...

We’re always looking to save you money and that doesn’t need to stop when you and the girls arrive in Barcelona. It’s a beautiful city – here are a couple of ways to see it for free!


You’d be crazy to leave Barcelona without soaking up some Gaudi and there’s absolutely no excuse because it really is everywhere! Visit Parc Guell which was designed entirely by the architect himself or see Casa Batalo, which appears to be made from bones and skulls, on the Passieg de Gracia. Also on the Passieg lies pretty La Pedrera and nearby lies the most famous of his works – the Sagrada Familia. Famously unfinished, it’s still being built today despite its start date in 1882. Well, that’s builders for you…

Picasso Museum

Pablo Picasso is perhaps one of Spain’s most famous sons and plenty of his work is housed in the museum in Barcelona, mostly consisting of paintings which represent his relationship with the city. There’s usually an entrance fee for a visit here but not if you play it right – visit after 3pm on a Sunday or all day on the first Sunday of the month and get in for free! Well worth a visit.


Although we can’t promise that all tapas will be free of charge by any means, many bars and pubs in the city follow the tradition of offering a small titbit of food with any ordered drink, such as cured ham, squid or olives and cheese. It’s sneaky really though, because everything’s so delicious, you’ll end up buying the full size anyway…

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

Also known simply as La Boqueria, if you’re feeling a little vitamin deprived after a heavy night out, this wonderful fresh food market is the perfect place to pick up some fruit and veg delights and experience a taste of authentic Spain.    

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