Many times, a country’s ‘second city’ is more vibrant and unconventional than its capital – think of New York, Marseilles, or Naples – and Barcelona is certainly one such city. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with fine boulevards, squares and parks, impressive buildings, museums, restaurants, and great nightlife. Most of the city’s characteristics are undeniably unique to Barcelona – the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, the narrow winding streets of the old quarter, and the modern cable car that offers spectacular views of the city. Another thing that sets Barcelona apart from the rest of Spain is the Catalan language that is still widely spoken and written in the region. Prepare to discover a lively city full of exceptional landmarks that is a top urban destination among international travelers.
Although all of your transfers to airports, stations, harbors, and hotels have likely been included in your TrueTrip experience, there will be instances where you will use a taxi to get around. Always make sure that the driver starts the meter when you get in the taxi and check the meter before you pay. If in doubt about a fare, please check with your hotel concierge who is also able to arrange taxi pick-ups for you.
Although public transportation makes getting around quite easy, if you’d like to uncover more of this location, you may want to rent a car; your hotel concierge can assist you with making arrangements with a local car rental company. We always recommend careful and cautious driving in Europe as roads can be old, narrow and with high volumes of traffic.
As with most major cities in Spain, Barcelona has an efficient public transpor tation system. The Barcelona Metro is an extensive network of rapid transit railway lines that run mostly underground in central Barcelona, as well as into the city’s suburbs; it is par t of a larger public transpor t system called the Autoritat del Transport Metropolita (ATM). Choosing the right ticket is essential to taking full advantage of the Barcelona Metro system.