24 Hours in Barcelona

One day is not much to spend in a city, so make the most of your trip and don’t lose any time searching for what to do! With the help of our local heroes, we’ve tried to create a perfect 24 hours in Barcelona to take the planning out of your next trip!

 

Photo courtesy of Brunch & Cake
Photo courtesy of Brunch & Cake

8:00 | Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so make sure you make it a good one! One of our recommendations for a delicious and picture perfect (we don’t blame you if that picture is making you drool😋) try Brunch & Cake. As our local hero Ben put it simply: “Great service, fantastic location, solid brunch menu“.

10:00 | If you are looking for to check out the city’s architecture but don’t want to fight off the crowds at Sagrada Familia, check out the beautiful architecture at Hospital de Sant Pau. If you are looking for other examples of Catalan Modernism in the city, make sure to take a look at local hero Milos’ list.

 

Photo courtesy of Martina
Photo courtesy of Martina

12:00 | Just a short walk (or metro ride if you’re feeling lazy😄) away is the Bunkers de Carmel, recommended by our local hero Martina. At the end of the hike you will be rewarded with amazing views of the city.

15:00 | If you’re hungry after all of your walking, sit down to lunch with a view at Xiringuito ESCRIBA, situated right on the beach. Visitare Barcellona recommends the restaurant for its seafood dishes and authentic paella.

 

17:00 | After lunch head to the Gothic Quarter to explore the narrow streets. Right around the corner from the Cathedral, you’ll find the quiet Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. This is a perfect place to relax and learn more about the history of the square, like in local hero Jessica‘s video above.

21:00 | For dinner, gather some friends and try out tapas at Tantarantana. Martina recommends it not only for the food but also the excellent vermouth.

 

23pm | Now that night has fallen and your 24 hours in Barcelona are coming to a close, make sure to end your night off right. Maybe you want to experience the nightlife at one of the city’s many clubs and bars or have a more laid back night enjoying the show at the Font Màgica de Montjuïc. Either way, be sure to enjoy every minute of it!😃

5 Things to Consider Before Booking Your Trip With tripUniq

Sometimes the anticipation of going on an great vacation can get in the way of actually planning your trip. Luckily tripUniq can help you plan your next trip! You just need to consider the following 5 things:

1. Your travel dates

Be aware of when you are traveling and be sure to request your trip in time! Many local heroes require at least a day or two to make sure your custom itinerary is perfect. By knowing your travel dates, your local hero can also find special events going on at that time or seasonal activities and food; like cheering on riders in the Tour de France in July or seeing the flowers in Keukenhof in Amsterdam in the Spring.

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2. Your interests

 Are you planning on filling your days with monuments and museums or would you rather experience a city’s culture through it’s food and wine (or both, life’s all about balance)? Pick at least three interests and we will match you with one of our local heroes.

3. Who you are traveling with

Are you bringing the kids? Or are you planning a girls weekend? The people you travel with can totally change your experience.

4. Your familiarity with the city

Be honest. Are you going to Florence mainly for the pasta and gelato or have you been researching the city’s history for weeks? The less know about the city, the more detailed your plans will have to be.

5. Don’t hesitate to tell your Local Hero anything

Our local heroes are full of surprises, so don’t hesitate to tell them anything. Are you on a mission to taste the best macarons? Well your Paris local hero might know the perfect spot!

If you already know all your info, don’t wait! You’re ready to book your tripUniq.

tripUniq Traveler 10 Commandments

1. Plan your trip beforehand

The tripUniq traveler is smart (at least he thinks so). He does his research beforehand so he doesn’t have to sit in his hostel for hours trying to figure out what to do. He plans out his trip with tripUniq (at least we hope so 😜 ) and makes sure to download the trip for offline use. He tries to follow his tripUniq route but knows that sometimes getting lost in a new city is the best way to explore.

Photo courtesy of Milos

2. Make an effort to meet locals

Instead of Googling directions, the tripUniq traveler will ask a local; until she realizes that she can’t even remember what street her hostel is on. She is eager for travel advice from people who have lived in a city their whole lives. And who knows, maybe talking with that handsome Italian man could lead to a free dinner 😉.

 3.Try to learn the language

You told yourself you’d learn Italian before your trip to Rome months ago, but now here you are sitting on your plane flipping through your Italian to English dictionary trying to soak in as much as possible in the 8 hour flight. Don’t stress! If the only Italian words you know are “Ciao”, “grazie”, “Pasta, per favore” you can probably carbo-load your way through the Rome for a little while. Don’t worry about pronunciation, sometimes that is part of the fun. If you can make it through the word “entschuldigung” without choking yourself you’ve been pretty successful.

4. Don’t carry a paper map

The tripUniq traveler never carries a paper map, which he regrets the moment his phone runs out of battery. But he knows that unfolding a map at a crowded intersection will draw unwanted attention.

5. Try local food

We’re not asking you to try escargot (but you should, they’re delicious) or finish off a plate of haggis, but there’s always something you can try before running to the first McDonald’s you see. Our local experts can recommend restaurants and dishes to try but sometimes you can choose what you want by looking at what the people at the neighboring table ordered. But be careful, some people could lose their appetite if your nose comes too close to their food.

6. Avoid pickpockets

Our traveler never leaves her bag unattended while snapping pictures at Park Güell and makes sure not to leave her wallet on the table while working her way through a table full of tapas. She knows that being the drunk foreigner on the metro will make her a target for thieves, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices to finish that last glass of sangria.

Photo courtesy of Ana
Photo courtesy of Ana

7. Use public transportation

Our traveler knows that even though he claims to be an avid runner, walking around a new city is the most exercise he’s gotten in months. Sometimes you have to trade in those sneakers for a metro pass.

8. Shop at local stores

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Natalie recommendation

The tripUniq traveler knows not to shop at stores that all sell the same overpriced Eiffel tower paperweight. She knows that the best souvenirs are the delicious tapas, pastries, gelato, cheeses and wines that she consumed during her trip. These definitely won’t be lost with your luggage or your waistline (trying every flavor of gelato is totally worth it though😋).

9. Take your time

Don’t be that tourist who tries to visit every monument in the city in one weekend. The tripUniq traveler knows the value of scheduling time for drinks and relaxation (sometimes a little too much).

GIf Take your Time

He always gives himself at least a week to visit a new city so this way he can see all the highlights and still find time to relax.

10. Be a chameleon

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Our traveler can be:

  • The brave solo traveler, walking miles and miles to discover the best kept secrets

  • Mr. Right, surprising his girlfriend with dinner on the most romantic terraces

  • The party animal, leading his travel mates to the best bars, pubs and clubs

  • The cool dad, bringing the kids to amazing parks and awesome museums

So how do our travelers do it all you ask?

Maybe with a little help from some friendly local heroes 😉

Introducing tripi!

We would like to introduce everyone to the newest addition to the tripUniq team!

Tripi just accepted his position as tripUniq’s official mascot and Local Hero liaison! He will be traveling the world with Álvaro (and his travel mate Guillem) and making sure he gets all his work done😄. Keep up with our blog this year to see where this adventure takes our dynamic duo 👯.

Tripi is going to protect Álvaro throughout his travels

Álvaro and Tripi have already started their trip. We will keep you updated with their adventures in future posts. However, we can anticipate that they’re already exploring their first destination: USA!!

Tripi and Álvaro at JFK
Álvaro, Guillem & Tripi arriving at NY 

(FYI: Despite of what Tripi’s name may suggest, this post was not written under the influence of any psychedelic drugs :P)

Where to Celebrate Nit de Sant Joan

In Barcelona, the Nit de Sant Joan celebrates the summer solstice, the shortest night of the year. The holiday is officially June 24th but the party starts the night of the 23rd! Often described as ‘Nit del Foc’ (Night of Fire), people all over the city celebrate with fireworks, bonfires and a lot of cava. Though the beach is the most popular destination on this night, there are plenty of places to celebrate! We’ve collected our favorite photos from Sant Joan in past years. For locations of different bonfires for Sant Joan 2016, check out this list!

Barceloneta:

Barceloneta offers great views of the fireworks and a fun party atmosphere, with all of the clubs on the boardwalk hosting celebrations for the event. Tourists and locals alike people flock to the the beach in the early evening to reserve their spot on the sand.

Photo courtesy of LinguaBarcelona
Photo courtesy of Històries d’Europa
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Photo courtesy of Jason

Gótico:

The Canigó Flame is a tradition of the holiday is carried throughout the city ending in Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Photo courtesy of TimeOut

Grácia:

The Canigó Flame is carried throughout the barrios in Barcelona. One great place to celebrate is Grácia! Between Plaça del Sol and Plaça del Nord, you are bound to have a fun night.

Photo courtesy of El Digital

Eixample:

After the arrival of the flame in Eixample you will find many festivities and bonfires happening.

Photo courtesy of Ajuntament de Barcelona

Montjuic:

Montjic offers great panoramic views of the city and fireworks. It allows you to distance yourself from the crowds a little bit.

Photo courtesy of BAC Barcelona Architecture Center
***Bonus: If you’re looking to get a little bit outside the city, Menorca celebrates Sant Joan with traditions including parades on horseback.
Photo courtesy of MenorcaDiferente
Photo courtesy of MenorcaDiferente
Featured photo courtesy of Spain for Real