Live Like The Locals of Barcelona!
Who wouldn’t want to be a resident of Barcelona with all the know-how and secrets of the city? It can be very overwhelming when you’re greeted with the masses of people battling through La Rambla and are in awe at the sights that loom around every corner! Sometimes, you just want to live as the locals do and find a hiding place to reflect on your travels.
Here, we have given you some handy tips on living like the locals of Barcelona. It includes places to go as well as cultural traditions and customs that you may not realise exist in the Catalan capital. Say goodbye to your thoughts of sangria, paella and flamenco!
- Mealtime Madness
You grew up thinking lunch was at 1pm and dinner at 7pm with your family was the norm, right? Think again. In Catalunya, lunch tends to be the largest meal of the day at around 3pm and then you can have a small merienda before dinner at around 10pm. (We’re not joking.)
- Make Use of Local Apps
There are plenty to choose from, however, our top three are Wallapop (a highly successful Ebay-style app), Paisatge (an app that recommends sights to see away from the tourist hotspots) and the TMB app (to help you get around the city).
- Beware of Barceloneta Beach
If your idea of relaxing beach time is someone walking by every thirty seconds trying to sell you everything from beach blankets to mojitos and massages then, by all means, head to busy Barceloneta. If not, stay on the L4 yellow metro line to somewhere more secluded or, alternatively take the train to Tossa de Mar, Montgat or Castelldefels.
- Hire a Bike
One of the best ways to get around, and favoured by those who live here, jump on and ride through one of the city’s many cycle trails. There are several very close to us, such as El Ciclo, Green Bikes Barcelona or even enjoy a tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours.
- Head to Carmel Bunkers
Most tourists head to Montjuic and Tibidabo for stunning views of the city from above, however, the Bunkers del Carmel are an inside secret of Barcelona residents. You can find ways to get there here.
- Dress Casual
People rarely dress up here as the city has a very chilled vibe, especially in neighbourhoods like Gracia and El Raval. Only the bigger clubs have a strict dress code; everywhere else is pretty casual!
- Learn the Lingo
A lot of tourists and recently uprooted expats don’t realise that the first language of Barcelona is Catalan rather than Castellano (Spanish). This is a completely different language, however, most locals are bi-lingual so don’t worry too much. There’s a compact guide here for those who want to impress!
- Alternatives to La Boqueria
Don’t get us wrong, La Boqueria is unmissable, but Barcelona has plenty of other food markets waiting to be explored. La Mercat de Santa Caterina in El Born and the Bareloneta market are particular favourites of ours. All of the good qualities of La Boqueria without being stuck in an area teeming with tourists!
- Have a Wander!
Even the locals of Barcelona don’t know everything and there’s so much to find in the alleyways of the city and outer districts of Barcelona. Head out of the centre for a wander and see what you discover on your adventures!
- Don’t Eat on La Rambla
There are exceptions to the rule but, in general, eating on La Rambla is a no-go. If you’re looking for a delicious hearty meal in the city centre, head to Flaherty’s Irish Bar Barcelona which is just around the corner! We can also give you recommendations on a variety of typical Spanish restaurants to go to if you feel like a Spanish dining experience.
If you have spent time in Barcelona and can think of any other tips, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a message with your suggestions or drop by Flaherty’s Irish Bar Barcelona and discuss your local knowledge with our friendly team!