Barcelona is an enjoyable and popular holiday destination, but that does not mean it does not have a few flaws, one of which is the Catalonian´s capacity to become extremely crowded. Therefore, when you arrive in Barcelona, it is important to keep the following travel advice in mind.
You will start your holiday on a bad foot is you confuse Girona and Reus Airports with Barcelona-El Prat. The aforementioned hubs are miles away from Barcelona, so if you book a flight and end up in either of these cities, you will have to endure a lengthy bus ride to Barcelona. When booking your Barcelona vacation rental, make sure you are reserving your accommodation in the region you desire. Catalunya Casas offers properties in Girona, Costa Brava, Barcelona, and Costa Dorada.
DON´T go to the nearest beach
Barceloneta is the nearest beach in Barcelona. If you can, take a train ride and visit other beaches far from the city. Some of the immediate beaches in Barcelona proper can be exceedingly crowded, especially during the summer months. The further you move from the city, the better the coastal experience. If you want to lay on sandy beaches or take a stroll on the soft sand, try Ocata or St Pol de Mar.
DO be aware of pickpockets
The city has a fair share of pickpockets, who might invent creative ways of grabbing your attention. When you stroll the busy streets, especially La Rambla, stay alert of your surroundings and your belongings. Some thieves will approach you in pretense of showing you around or purporting to show you football moves. When a stranger approaches you to show you something, decline politely and keep an eye on their movements.
DO avoid dressing like a tourist
Dressing like a tourist will make you stand out like a sore thumb. For instance, walking around in a sombrero that attracts unnecessary attention will only make you susceptible to petty thieves and rip-off deals. Dress sensibly, as you would at home, and try to blend in with the locals.