Getting up early might be the best tip for Barcelona during the busy summer season.
If you are planning a vacation to the cycling hotspot of Girona, Barcelona is a natural landing point, a world famous city and definitely worth a visit. While the summer months can be uncomfortable to visit as the huge numbers of tourists crowd the city streets, forming endless lines at every major attraction, there is one tried and true secret to getting the best out of this city and our favorite tip for Barcelona: get up early.
This doesn’t mean that you need to be waking up before dawn, as in Spain, 7 or 8 o’clock in the morning is early enough for the streets to be super quiet. Consider foregoing your breakfast at your hotel one morning, to get out and explore the streets, before the city fully wakes up. Maybe decide to rub shoulders with the locals as they drink their morning “cafe con leche” at a corner cafe. The key is to have a plan and be ready to head out the door while everyone else is still trying to form their plan of attack. It’s a tricky thing to decide whether to visit the Sagrada Familia or Parc Guell first, but we recommend choosing one destination that you really want to see, and being there before it opens. One of our favorites is the Boqueria. This market can get so crowded by midday that they’re impossible to maneuver; however, go at 7 o’clock in the morning, enjoy a fresh juice and you’ll have practically the entire market to yourself to take pictures to your heart’s content.