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Barcelona Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Barcelona Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Barcelona, like Paris, Tokyo and New York is a vibrant city. Its a city that has the best of street performances, activities and food and every time you visit, there’ll be new things to do and new places to explore. With limited time during your layover in Barcelona, how do you explore one of the most famous cities in Europe? Find out here!

What to do in Barcelona in 24 hours to 48 hours

9 Things to do in Barcelona

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  1. Stroll Las Ramblas: The most famous street in the city is a pedestrianized tree lined boulevard that has many green areas, restaurants and bars, with a range of market stalls and street traders.

  2. Hit the Beach: Voted the best city beach in the world, this stretch of golden sand faces on to the Mediterranean and is a great place to top up your tan and to meet friends.

  3. Watch the sunset at Turo dela Rovira viewpoint: Offering some of the best views over the city. Visitors and locals gather to enjoy the view and see the sun setting over the Mediterranean.

  4. Tablao Cordobes Flamenco Show: Combining an excellent meal with a look at the traditional Flamenco dancing, this experience offers a great insight into Catalan culture and the passionate dancing which has been taking place here for over forty years.

  5. Take a guided tour with Context Tours: Offering a variety of different tours based on interest, these small group tours offer a real insight into the culture and can include the main architectural sights or take visitors on a tastebud-tingling tour of Catalan cuisine.

  6. Visit the Montjuïc cemetery: The design of the monuments here is truly impressive, while the steep slopes and winding paths between each terrace makes for an interesting place to visit.

  7. Explore Gaudí and modernism: Barcelona’s architecture is almost synonymous with Antoni Gaudi’s name and, while the spectacular Sagrada Familia is his most famous legacy, sites around the city including Parc Guell, Casa Mila and Casa Batilo are well worth visiting.

  8. Discover the Gothic Quarter: This lovely area has a range of attractions including the wonderful Picasso Museum and the Placa Reial. The area also has several churches and the amazing modernist architecture of the Palau de la Musica Catalana, a World Heritage Site.

  9. Day/Weekend Trip to Costa Brava: Within easy reach of the city either by train or car is the region of Costa Brava. Highlights include the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres and the superb white buildings and traditional atmosphere in Cadaques. Both are well worth visiting.

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 WOC Tip

While Barcelona is a great place to visit, it also draws its fair share of pickpockets. Las Ramblas is a particular hotspot because of high tourist foot traffic.

Historic sites in Barcelona are marked with bronze plaques that highlight places of interest. For those looking for well established traditional places to eat, the restaurants and cafes marked with these plaques are a very good place to start.

Where to Eat in Barcelona

Fresh seafood and tapas abound in the restaurants of the city.

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  1. La Boqueria (Popular Market): This market has the best fresh food that the region has to offer, with stalls serving fresh oysters, wonderful varieties of olives and the superb cured meats that are a staple of many meals in Catalonia.
  2. Cal Pep (Great Seafood): A small but charming restaurant in the city center, Cal Pep is home to fresh seafood and a vibrant atmosphere.
  3. La Granja M. Viader for Cacaolat (Oldest Milk Bar): Nestled in a quiet alley behind Las Ramblas, this historic cafe has been serving good food, coffee and superb cacaolat (basically, Spanish Yoo-hoo) for many years.
  4. Asador Casa Juaco (For Calcots): A short distance outside the city center, this lovely rustic restaurant has beautiful views back over the city, and the calcots with dip have to be tried.“Calçots are a type of sweet spring onion found in the southern part of Catalonia. They are typically grilled and served in a a type of clay dish to preserve their heat. Once you get them, you dip them in a tasty tomato-almond sauce. Trust me, it’s amazing. Calçots are always in high demand, but especially when they’re in-season. So if you get a chance, head over to Asador Casa Juaco. It’s a bit of a drive away and tables book days in advance, but if you plan for it, you will not be disappointed.” 
  5. Tapas 24 (Best Tapas): This casual and pleasant tapas restaurant is often busy, particularly in the evening when the locals tend to dine, but the food is tasty and served promptly. The rabbit ribs are a particular highlight on the menu.
  6. Madame Jasmine (Hipster Bar): This small but stylish bar is a great place to visit on the Ramblas del Raval. It features a great cocktail menu enjoyed by a younger crowd, while the open kitchen shows visitors where the great sandwiches are made.’Madame Jasmine is a cool hipster bar with quirky things hanging from the ceiling and an eclectic design. Drinks are cheap here and the crowds are lively. If you’re looking for something funky rather than über-trendy, Madame Jasmine is the place to find it.’
  7. La Xampañeria (Chaotic and Charming): Offering great food at a good price, diners eat at a counter where meat tapas are plentiful and full flavored and served with Cava. The bar atmosphere offers a great experience with visitors mixing with the locals.
  8. Espit Chupitos (Fun Bar): With a menu listing over two hundred shots, this is definitely the place to get the night started.“Go to Espit Chupitos, a bar with over 200 different types of shots written in chalk on the bar’s wall. Each alcohol shot costs around 2 euros and has a specific and unique name, such as The Monica Lewinksy” “One Night Stand” and/or “The Harry Potter.” Each order also comes with a show as the bartenders usually light the bar on fire or hand out things like gummy bears or marshmallows. It’s a lot of fun and quite the production!” 

Flight Attendants discounts in Barcelona

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