A trip to the beach, a fat plate of paella, and loads of Gaudí masterpieces: all things that a visit to Barcelona should definitely include. But there are a few things that you should skip, so here is what not to do in Barcelona:
Ditch the Real Madrid jersey
Welcome to Barça country, where passion for soccer (football) courses through Barcelona blood, and so does dislike for their rival team Real Madrid. So when in Barcelona, best not to ruffle anyone’s feathers by wearing your favorite Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid jersey. Instead, make like a local and get yourself some of the famous blue-and-scarlet gear, and, better yet, even consider a tour of the Camp Nou Football Stadium and Museum.
Take “seeing a bullfight” off your to-do list
Catalonia – the region in which Barcelona resides –outlawed bullfighting in 2010, which has been controversial and stirs up emotions, both for and against it, across the nation. The end result: if you’re into bullfighting, the Barcelona area is not the place to do it (instead, perhaps book a trip to bullfighting’s birthplace in Ronda).
Skip entry fees: get in for free
If you play your cards right, some of the most famous (well, maybe not the most, most famous) sights in Barcelona can be free to visit. Work your way to the Barri Gotic to visit the Barcelona Cathedral just after 5:15pm for a fee-free entry. Meanwhile, museum buffs can rejoice: The Picasso Museum is open without charge every Sunday after 3pm, and all day during the first Sunday of each month, and Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is free to enter on the first Sunday of each month and on Saturdays after 3pm (and visitors under 16 or over 65 can get in free anytime at both museums).
Don’t take your eyes off your stuff
As one of the world’s pick-pocketing capitals, Barcelona is not the place to let your guard down when it comes to your gear. Always be aware of your surroundings and your belongings. Even when you sit down for meal, be sure to keep your items within your grasp (not hanging on your chair or casually placed on the ground).
- Contributed by Erin Ridley