Online | Tourist guides to Barcelona (most
to least impressive)
Out Barcelona Top ten Barcelona site
The print version of Time Out's Barcelona guide has got to be one
of the very best available. A party game for those that live here:
Yes, but does it include…? And, inevitably it seems, it does.
The website doesn't include all the print version does, and if
you are coming to Barcelona, isn't something you can carry around
in your pocket going to be so much more convenient...? Sorry? You
can surf from your cell phone? Oh, now aren't we trendy!
•We liked: The This Month section, Shops, Cafés and
Bars, and Restaurants sections. They recommend it, you can safely
go for it.
•Not so hot: No complaints - this is one of the best Barcelona
The Municipal Tourist Board runs this website with the aim of
promoting the city as a tourist destination. It has a lot of
information, notably on getting to places and has been much improved
The main actual Barcelona tourist board information office itself
is quite tough to find, being located under Plaza Catalunya (make
a b-line from the Corte Inglés department store to the top
of the Ramblas and it's kind of on your left, in one corner of the
square... Oh, just bring a metal detector, that might help!).
•We liked: The excellent section on "Near Barcelona"
for trips outside the city
•Not so hot: No complaints - they've done a great redesign
•Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, French
Spanish Tourist Board
The Spanish Tourist Board have quite a impressive Barcelona section
(not to mention the rest of Spain). It has extensive information
on accommodation, museums and restaurants and the like, as well as
a good section on what to do with children in Barcelona.
•We liked: The information and suggestions on places to
visit outside Barcelona
•Not so hot: A little slow and (with so much information) a little hard
to find things at times
•Languages: English, Spanish, German, French
Yahoo! has got a fairly decent introduction to Barcelona, though
the quality of its different sections (health, neighbourhoods,
nightlife, recreation, shopping, transportation...) is a bit uneven.
The Basics and Events sections are, however, particularly good.
But say, are you Americans health freaks, or what?
•We liked The events section for an overview of the major
events coming up in Barcelona
•Not so hot Can't we have some addresses for these places?
We're decidedly not impressed by the Lonely Planet site for Barcelona.
We don't like the copy ("The art will make you clammy all over.
The people, with their exuberance, their duende..."). The whole
thing is naff and looks as if it hasn't been either updated or ever
properly researched in the first place. The "map" is...
Ok... you only just heard about some place called "Barcelona"?
It will give you a very brief outline – but then you want
to surf off somewhere else.
•We liked Er... the TimeOut guide?
•Not so hot The images (if you can't find them) - look for
the "slideshow". Bullfighting? Not in Barcelona, thank
Another (very limited) general introduction to the Barcelona.
•We liked The street maps... And – for its ease of use
– we were tempted to try the hotel search and booking tool
•Not so hot Some of those dates in the culture section are
so long ago!
•Languages English, Spanish