Here are my five pieces of advice for anyone visiting the beautiful Spanish city of Barcelona.
Book Tickets In Advance
First things first - Barcelona can get very busy so the more you book in advance, the more you'll avoid disappointment and queues. Even though we visited during low season, it was still necessary to book our tickets for Sagrada Família and Palau de la Música ahead of visiting. Whilst it's great to be spontaneous, if there are certain things you want to see during your time in the city, make sure you get organised.
Walk As Much As Possible
Barcelona is a great city to explore by foot. There are some steep hills to combat, but with an architectural marvel or historic cobbled street around almost every corner, there are so many benefits to taking the time to leisurely walk around and see the sights. Remember to look up too as there are some incredible buildings that aren't necessarily marked, but you wouldn't want to miss!
Read Up Beforehand
Whether it's Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Shadow Of The Wind or the life story of Antoni Guadi, you'll get so much more out of Barcelona by knowing more about it's history and some of the incredible artists that have been hugely influential.
Take Advantage Of Free Hours / Tours
A trip to any city can be expensive but Barcelona has some great ways to save money and still experience all it has to offer. Donkey Tours and Runner Bean Tours both run free walking tours every day at 11am, whilst Barcelona Cathedral has free entry between 08.30am - 12.30pm and 5.45pm - 7.30pm on weekdays and Saturdays and the Picasso Museum is free on the first Sunday of each month and Thursday evenings.
Do Research Into Restaurants
There's a myriad of restaurants in Barcelona, but it's worth spending time scouting out the more authentic ones from the tourist traps which are primarily on Las Ramblas. We absolutely loved the smaller tapas bars and bodegas, particularly La Pepita, and trying out the options in the Gracia and Eixample districts.