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Live Like a Local in Barcelona

Combing sun, sea and a thriving city centre, there are few holiday destinations quite like Barcelona. Whether you’re planning a lazy European getaway or a sporting trip to support your favourite football team, this bustling Spanish city offers something for everyone.

Through our whistle-stop guide, we’ll offer advice on living life like a local, from finding home-grown food to sourcing the best hotels near Nou Camp Stadium that won’t break the bank. Let’s get stuck in!

Get Lost in the Gothic Quarter

There’s something special about Barcelona’s winding Gothic Quarter. With its cobbled narrow streets, tightly packed buildings, and ornate historic architecture, you never know what you’ll find around each corner.

Make sure you dedicate some time to fully explore this popular city-centre spot – and don’t forget it pop into its many quaint shops and hidden bars. 

Drink Coffee Like a Local

Barcelona is no stranger to a great brew and starting your day with an espresso from one of the city’s many independent coffee shops is an absolute must.

There are plenty of great cafés around. Nomad Coffee and Lab is a real hidden gem and worth a visit. Located in the El Born District, you’ll find hot and cold drinks made with the best beans around. Perfect!

Take a Sunset Walk Through Park Güell

Barcelona’s sprawling Park Güell features the colourful sculpted gardens of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and while it’s hardly a secret spot, one way to make your visit unique is by visiting at sunset.

The park’s elevated location makes it the perfect viewing point for the busy city below. Combine this with a picture-perfect sunset and you’ve got a holiday memory you won’t forget in a hurry. 

Hire a Boat at Parc de la Ciutadella

Barcelona’s Parc de la Ciutadella is probably best known as the home of the city’s Zoo (also worth checking out). However, it also features a picturesque lake that’s perfect for a lazy afternoon paddle. Boat hire is happily affordable from vendors within the park itself, and those with a keen eye will no doubt notice the tiny turtles who call this Spanish lake their home.

Grab Lunch at Mercat del Ninot

Barcelona is full of glorious food markets that serve a selection of fresh produce. While better known spots like La Boquería are sure to attract the bulk of tourists, why not venture a little further out to Mercat del Ninot for a taste of some authentic Spanish tradition.

Located at Carrer de Mallorca, the stalls here are packed with old-world charm, so grab your grocery list and get going!

Watch A Match at Nou Camp Stadium

No Barcelona trip would be complete without a visit to Nou Camp, the official home of Barcelona Football Club. Not only is it the largest stadium in Spain, but it’s the third largest in the world. The stadium and its built-in museum is a must-see for football fans.

By visiting Accor’s hotels in Barcelona page, you’ll find a wide selection of hotels near Nou Camp Stadium that’ll provide the perfect base for your sporting trip. Nice!

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