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How to do Barcelona with a Dog

 

For many people, a dog is like a family member – with a study carried out by Amazon last year revealing that 52% of Spanish people prefer their pet to other humans!

So, we know you want the best for your pup, whether a visitor or resident of Barcelona, you want to know how to enjoy life to the full with your furry friend.

Barcelona is an excellent dog-friendly city, complete with parks, restaurants and outdoor spaces that welcome both you and your dog.

Read on for our guide of the best places in Barcelona with dog for man’s best friend.

A Guide on How to do Barcelona with a Dog

Parks and Green Areas

Living in the city centre doesn’t mean you have to always take a pavement walk, as Barcelona is home to countless parks, over a 100 of which being dog friendly. This means you don’t have to worry about needing to leave, and these areas all have bag dispensers, non-rust litters and fountains for your dog to drink and cool off by.

Parc de la Ciutadella

The renowned Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the best places in Barcelona to take your dog, due to not only the sheer size of their green areas for throwing a ball on, but for the beautiful scenery for you too! The long paths through the park are perfect as well if you enjoy running with your dog. Or, just grab an ice cream and relax by the lake, both sound good to us.

Jardins Joan Brossa

Found on the breathtaking Montjuïc hill, the Joan Brossa gardens are a huge 5.2 hectares of green space for you and your pup to take a stroll. The views of Barcelona are stunning from up here, great for taking a breather from fast city life.

Parc del Joan Miró

Many local dog owners of the Eixample Esquerra neighbourhood have Joan Miró as their park of choice for their pet, and it’s not hard to see why. The beautiful park is one of the biggest in the city and has a designated area for dogs to be let off the lead to run.

Parc de l’Estació del Nord

This unique park is found just slightly north of the Parc de la Ciutadella, with an area of more than 1000m2 that welcomes four legged friends. It is unique in its style due to the art sculptures that have been constructed into the land, by American artist, Beverley Pepper.

Pet-friendly Restaurants, Cafés & Bars

Not every restaurant in Barcelona is welcoming of dogs, so it’s always best to check with the individual place before you head down. However, a surprisingly large number are dog friendly, but here’s a few of our personal favourites:

Billy Brunch

Billy Brunch is infamous for serving what many customers call the best brunch they have ever tried. Open 365 days a year, serving delicious pancakes, smoothies, and even cocktails, Billy is a must try. Now, add in the fact your pooch can accompany you to brunch with friends, and what’s not to love!

Carrer de Bailèn, 115, 08009 Barcelona

Cocovail

Serving burgers, chicken wings, and over 20 craft beers on tap, Cocovail beer hall is the best place to head for a bite to eat with friends. Or, just to head for a beer and watch the live sport they show! Cocovail also welcomes dogs to join in the fun.

Carrer d’Aragó, 284, 08009 Barcelona

A Tu Bola

This quirky restaurant quite appropriately for dog-lovers serves all of their food in a ball shape! Yes, you read correctly. A Tu Bola has rave reviews for its innovative take on home cooked food, but a must visit for you and your four-legged friend!

Carrer de l’Hospital, 78, 08001 Barcelona

Pet-friendly Beaches

One of the best parts of the beautiful city of Barcelona is the array of endless beaches to visit. It is essential however to be aware of the rules around bringing your dog along for the fun. In the winter, dogs are permitted on the beach at any time.

However, during the summer months, pets are only allowed onto the beaches after sunset, late at night, or early morning.

The exceptions to this are guide and assistance dogs, who are allowed to access the beach at any time or day of the year.

The best part is there is actually a designated dog beach in Barcelona! The Playa del Llevant in Poblenou offers a space of around 1200m2 of secured area where pooches can paddle and play, as well as showers and fountains to cool them off at the end. Further out of Barcelona there is also Sant Pol de Mar, Playa les Banyeretes and Playa Les Salines which have been designated as dog friendly.

Travelling Around the City

Pets are allowed onto the metro system, so long as you travel with them outside of the busy, rush hour times, this being: between 7:00 – 9:30 and 17:00 – 19:00. The rule is also that you must either muzzle your dog or put them into a carrier, with the exception to this being for small dogs. Similarly, a non-extending lead must be used.

It is a rule for those coming into Spain with a pet that it must be microchipped too, but it’s also generally a good idea to have this done even if you’re a resident.

So, whether you’re a resident or a visitor looking to enjoy life with your dog in Barcelona, we hope with our advice you can make the most of the city, as it’s one of the most dog-friendly ones you can find!

 

Sagrada Família in Barcelona

Our Favourite Films based in Barcelona

 

One of the best things about watching films is that you can recognise the odd street corner, familiar scenery or even a favourite city.

When somewhere has a sentimental value, it is enjoyable to remind yourself of this place. Whether it is where you and a friend have visited, you have been there with a partner or your family, it holds a place in your memory.

Barcelona as a city is held by all visitors to this high regard, with it being where memories are made by all.

One of the best ways to reimagine and give a new life to these memories, if you cannot visit the place, is by watching it on film. This way you can point out where you are familiar, so that you can imagine yourself in the scene.

Here are our favourite films which are based in Barcelona

Barcelona, Whit Stillman, 1994

The clue is in the name for this first one. Written and directed by Whit Stillman, this American comedy-drama takes place in our wonderful city. Ted, a Chicago salesman, lives and works in Barcelona during the 1980s, when his cousin, Fred, comes to stay. Fred, who is a U.S naval officer, comes to stay as he gets things into place for the arrival of a touring fleet. These cousins have had an up-and-down relationship that culminates in this film. Both young and single, the film follows them as they try the dating scene in Barcelona, which leads Ted into a work-related issue. This film is a great one to watch for anyone missing Barcelona, with many notable spots all over the city, it is an ideal way to remind yourself of our wonderful city, having fun in the process!

Places to look out for:

Av. Reina Maria Cristina, Barcelona Cathedral, El Born, Columbus Monument, Palau de la Música, Passeig de Gràcia and Hospital de Sant Pau

All About My Mother, Pedro Almodóvar, 1999

The last on our list of top 5 films based in Barcelona is a spanish-language film, directed by Pedro Almodóvar and also features Penélope Cruz. This film follows Manuela, an Argentine nurse and single mother to Esteban, a teenager with a dream of becoming a writer. A tragic event leads to Esteban’s death and leads Manuela to tie up loose ends in her life. Such as moving to Barcelona in search of Esteban’s father, a trans-woman named Lola, whom Manuela never told had a son. A powerful story that deals with very complex issues, like AIDS, homosexuality, transsexualism, faith and human nature; this film was ahead of its time and received world write success for the story it tells. Being set in Barcelona, this film gives you a strong story to learn about, in a familiar setting. We hope you enjoy them all.

Places to look out for:

Palau de la Música, Hospital del Mar and Sagrada Familia

The Passenger, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975

A noir film, The Passenger begins its story with TV journalist, David Locke, staying in a hotel near the Sahara whilst making a documentary on post-colonial Africa. In the hotel he befriends an English businessman, Robertson. Robertson passes away suddenly and Locke steals his friend’s identity in order to start a new life for himself, persuading the hotel owners that the deceased person was Locke, not Robertson. This leads to Locke’s family wanting to track down “Robertson” in order to find more out about his alleged death. This search brings Martin, a friend of Locke, to Barcelona where a close encounter gives the film tension. Watch this brilliant film to find out how it ends!

Places to look out for:

Las Ramblas, Parc de la Ciutadella, La Pedrera and Palau Güell

Pot Luck, Cédric Klapisch, 2002

Pot Luck, also known asThe Spanish Apartment, is a french-spanish language film written and directed by Cédrick Kalpisch. The story of this film is about an economics student in his Erasmus year in Barcelona. Here, the protagonist Xavier lives in shared student accommodation with fellow students from all over Western Europe. Showing how different cultures mix together in a new environment, this feel-good film shows comradery, life-choices and friendship in a refreshing way. Making for a very enjoyable film that is set in Barcelona. Giving you a chance to relive your memories of our wonderful city.

Places to look out for:

University of Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Plaça Reial, Via Laietana and Barceloneta beach

Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen, 2008

This film has some very famous faces in it, with Penélope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem, playing the main parts. Directed by Woody Allen, this rom-com focuses on two American women, Vicky and Cristina, as they spend a summer in Barcelona. When here, they meet artist Juan Antonio and the complicated love story in Barcelona begins. Juan, who enjoys the attention of both Vicky and Cristina still has a confused relationship with his ex-wife, María. This film was shot all over the city and unfolds in a dramatic way. With some great actors, this is easily one of the best films set in Barcelona.

Places to look out for:

Gothic Quarter, Santa María del Mar, Port Olimpíc, Las Ramblas, Parc Güell, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia and Tibidabo.

 

Barcelona drink shop

Barcelona Off the Beaten Track

 

You’ve probably heard a lot of people give you ‘insider tips’ on Barcelona for when you travel there.

The problem is that those ‘insider tips’ are probably so widespread nowadays that they are no longer what they say they are.

However, the first thing you need to know is that Barcelona is a city that’s ever-changing when it comes to trends, so there are always new things to discover which, combined with the traditional elements, make Barcelona one of the most attractive cities in the world.

Off the beaten track in Barcelona:

Poble Sec, the place to eat

It’s as simple as this: if you eat in the city centre or don’t know where to eat at first, you’ll get stung in the wallet. If you want to try traditional Spanish tapas and local cuisine, the best thing you can do is take the short metro ride from the city centre and get off at Poble Sec. Poble Sec is an old, traditional neighbourhood of narrow streets and bars filled with local old men enjoying their afternoon vermouth. The standard of restaurants here vary from the exclusive yet delicious Tickets, ran by the brother of the famous chef Ferràn Adrià, or the traditional tapas places that have been there since before care to remember, such as Quimet i Quimet, Bar Seco or La Tieta, where you can eat some of the best food in Barcelona at the best prices or simply enjoy the traditional afternoon vermut.

There’s more to markets than La Boqueria

La Boqueria is Barcelona’s most famous market, but the sheer amount of stalls selling smoothies for 3€ and boxes of fruit at the cost of an arm and a leg take its charm away. If you’d like to experience a true market in Barcelona, why not take the short walk across the old town to the Born district and visit Santa Caterina Market. This market has peculiar architecture from the outside that is definitely worthy of a photograph and its inside is bustling with life, sellers shouting their best offers and some of the freshest produce in Barcelona. Also, there are restaurants that make hearty local dishes at excellent prices, such as L’Univers. Also, the Sarrià Market is worth a visit because not only is it outside the usual tourist domains but it’s also a great place to start a walking tour of this beautiful district of the city.

A walk around Sarrià

Sarrià is located in the northern part of Barcelona and it used to be a town in itself, which gives it its unique appearance. Its streets slope downwards from Passeig Bonanova and are mostly pedestrian, which gives it some much needed peace and quiet after all the hustle in the city centre. One of the main attractions is Bar Tomàs, which is where locals objectively agree upon the fact that they make the best patatas bravas in the city and possibly the world. Have an ice cream in Plaça de Sarrià square or simply get lost in the many narrow streets and their shops, even stopping to have a coffee in some of its quiet squares. If you’re looking for authentic Barcelona without many tourists in sight, Sarrià is a safe bet.

Leave the city

Whilst Barcelona might be great, there are also many places that you can go to outside the city that are also well worth your while. If the crowded beaches of Barcelona are too much for you, why not take a short train ride north and enjoy the peace and quiet of the beaches of Sant Pol de Mar, Ocata or, for somewhere a bit more lively, head south to Sitges, a little seaside town although very popular with tourists. Still, it’s nowhere near as crowded as Barcelona, much more scenic and also just 30 minutes from Barcelona on the train.

Quite simply, there’s much more to Barcelona than meets the eye. However, if you know how to find it, your stay will be much more enjoyable. To start experiencing the city like a local, rent apartments in Barcelona and the rest is up to you!

 

Padel in Barcelona

Best Places to Play Padel in Barcelona

 

When you’re in a park in Barcelona, you will quickly notice just how many people are staying active, either with running or working out.

The city is obsessed with it.

Over the years, the local councils and governing bodies have put a lot of money into ensuring that people can quench their thirst for exercise and maximise their potential. One of the other things that you will also realize in most parks, is that there are enclosed courts with people playing a sport called Padel.

This sport is one of the most famous in Spain and parts of Latin America. It offers a great alternative to tennis and squash in Barcelona. However, if you are from a country where Padel isn’t well-played, then you may have little to no knowledge on how to play it. Therefore, we thought best to shed light on the topic, so that you can…

Enjoy a game of Padel in Barcelona on your next visit to the city:

History of padel

The sport began in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. The idea was to make a new game that people could play instead of tennis. However, he wanted the sport to be played in an enclosed space that would enable two players to compete on the ‘same side’ of the court as they tried to out maneuver the opposition into committing an error. The sport would soon cross the atlantic, to parts of Southern Portugal and Spain, becoming very popular in the process. Corcuera mapped out a 10 by 20 metre court in his home, building enclosing walls along each side of this court. Shortly after the rules were finalised, padel was brought to Spain by Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe after spending a holiday at Corcuera’s house. Prince Alfonso made the game able to thrive at his Marbella Club hotel, spreading from here- Spain was hooked.

How to play

The first and founding set of rules were proposed by Viviana Dellavedova Corcuera, Enrique’s partner! The rules are basically the same as in tennis except serves are underarm and the ball can bounce off the walls that surround the court. Similar to tennis, volleys are encouraged to make a more exciting and competitive match! Point scoring is the same as tennis, meaning that the game comes very naturally to anyone with some familiarity with tennis!

Where to play Padel in Barcelona:

Fairplay Padel Club

The first of places to play padel in Barcelona, is Fairplay Padel Club of Montjuic, which offers eight courts where you can take classes, participate in leagues, events and tournaments. Whatever level you want to get to/experience, you can’t go wrong here.

Location: Carrer del Foc, 2, 08038 Barcelona

Club Natació Atlétic-Barceloneta

How does this sound, playing a game of padel right on the beach, not bad right? Well, let us introduce you to Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta! Offering four wonderful courts, it makes for the most ideal location to have a friendly game of padel whilst enjoying the ocean breeze. With flexible prices, you can be assured to find your match here!

Location: Plaça del Mar, 08003 Barcelona

Club Tennis De La Salut

Despite being known as a tennis club in Barcelona, Club Tennis De La Salut also offers 9 padel courts. You can even bring your kids here to have a go at a new sport in a friendly environment. As well as padel, this club offers fitness classes for members and non-members alike, giving you a chance to warm-up well before hitting the court!

Location: Carrer de la Mare de Déu de la Salut, 75, 08024 Barcelona

Meetup

Meetup is an app that gets people who share similar interests together. It is used for all things from art classes to book clubs, this app can also be used to connect people who want to play tennis or padel. Therefore, be sure to keep an eye out for a padel Meetup group to meet new people and improve your game on your next visit to Barcelona!

 

Travel Around Barcelona

Look to the Future: Alternative Ways to Travel Around Barcelona

 

During these testing times on the back of the COVID-19 virus, many people have seen future travel plans be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

As frustrating as this is, we strongly believe that respecting the health measures in place all over the world should be observed by all. As well as this, that health is the most important thing for everyone right now.

However, we feel that one of the best ways to get through this is by thinking of exciting things to plan for when normality resumes. Therefore, we have looked to show you all the alternative ways you can travel around Barcelona. So that, when the day comes, you can get around Barcelona in a unique and fun way.

Barcelona is a city full of diverse people, traditions and… transport! It is normal in the city to be seen getting about on some truly unique modes of transport. Therefore, to give you the lowdown before your next visit to Barcelona, we have compromised a list of some of the…

Alternative ways to get around Barcelona

In this way, you will fit in like a true local as you cruise around the city centre!

Vespa Yego

Despite being from Italy, the Vespa has become a very popular way to get around Barcelona.

You will see many locals driving them to and from work as the majority of people working in Barcelona, live in apartments in and around the city. Therefore, having a vespa makes sense due to not taking up too much space for parking and having a relatively low upkeep. With the use of mobile payments through apps, some companies have teamed up with the Barcelona council to offer rentable vespas all over the city. Our favourite is YeGo, these are easily recognisable with their mint green colour! They are dotted about all over the city and you simply download the app and use that to unlock the vehicles. You need not worry about their charge (yes they are electric!), as they are charged up over night for you to use the next day. Their price is €0.25/minute.

Electric scooters

Another new trend are electric scooters!

These are big in Barcelona and nearby Valencia. They offer a very alternative way to get around Barcelona, as people access them in stores or online and rent them for an hourly rate. Most of these places will ask for a deposit before using, but their hourly rates are affordable and fair. Our favourite place to rent electric scooters in Barcelona is Lynx as they drop off the scooters at your accommodation in as little as 2 hours and you can keep them for days at a time! After having your fun, you can get them collected again. This is hassle free and gives you more time to explore the city! They cost €25 per day and €126 per week!

Bike

One mode of transport that has been around a little longer than those mentioned so far, is the bicycle!

These are found all over Barcelona and get locals from A to B. Our recommended bike rental if you are a local is to use is Bicing, an initiative set up by the Catalonia government as an initiative to get people out of cars and buses, to get around the city. If you are just in Barcelona on holiday, then you should use Born Bike. Here you can rent them from their office by Barceloneta Metro stop and pay for different hours, as well as for a couple of days!

Their prices are as follow and includes a map as well as a bike lock:

2 hours             6€
3 to 5 hours     10€
24 hours         15€
2 days             25€
Extra day          7€

Hop on hop off bus

Lastly, for those looking for a more relaxing way to get around the city centre of Barcelona, then there is the hop on hop off bus.

This is perfect when you have a limited amount of time in Barcelona as it goes via the monuments of the city centre at a leisurely pace for you to enjoy. A normal bus ticket costs €27 and allows you to, you guessed it, hop on and off any time of day! This way you can get around the city centre, seeing the sights from the Sagrada Familia to the Camp Nou!

 

swimming pools in Barcelona

Outdoor swimming pools in Barcelona

 

A couple of things are guaranteed when it comes to summertime in Barcelona, the sun will be shining and the weather will be hot!

This usually means that the beaches are super busy and hard to navigate. But fear not, as there is a solution.

If you want to go swimming in Barcelona, without having the hassle of busy spaces, why not try an outdoor pool in Barcelona.

We are happy to inform you that pools are open once more and people can safely enjoy them. You will be able to have a fun and safe swim in Barcelona- making for the ideal way to keep cool in the Catalan Capital.

Park Creueta del Coll

Found in the wonderful district of Gràcia, we find the Park Creueta del Coll and its large bathing pool. Opened in 1976, the site was originally a quarry that was set to be made into apartments. However, in the last minute, the plans were changed for a public park to be erected. This is now the place to relax in the sun, enjoying the calm vibe and the other activities available here. There are ping-pong tables and playgrounds for kids to enjoy themselves. More importantly, with a shallow pool, that sees young and old enjoying the water in the baking heat. This outdoor swimming pool in Barcelona is the perfect spot to socialise with locals and get to meet new friends on your holiday to Barcelona. Another thing to look out for at this park, is the large concrete sculpture that is the focal point of the space. Designed by Eduardo Chillida, this makes it one of the most recognisable parks in the city. So come here and enjoy your outdoor swimming pool in Barcelona here, at the Creueta del Coll- bring a picnic for the ideal day out!

Address: Pg Mare de Déu del Coll, 77

Prices: 3€ – 6€

Fòrum Bathing Area – Parc del Fòrum

Another outdoor pool for you to explore in Barcelona is the bathing area of Parc del Fòrum, which is an ideal spot to escape from the Barcelona heat in a more relaxed area than at one of the beaches. It is important to note that, rather than fresh water, the pool here uses water from the mediterranean sea, giving you a sea feel without the hassle of the beach! This is easily one of the most stylish bathing areas in the city, being constructed initially for the Universal Forum of Cultures, it is now enjoyed free of charge by all! Like all the pools here, there are lifeguards and public facilities to use, as well as amphibian wheelchairs to assist those with reduced mobility. There is also a mechanised towrope in one of the sections, giving you the change to try out your surfing skills before hitting the sea!

Address: Rambla de Prim, 1

Prices: Free

Centre Esportiu Municipal Piscina de Salts de Montjuïc (CEM) – Montjuïc

Whether this is your first time in Barcelona or a hundredth trip to the Catalan capital, you will have likely heard about the magic and fantasy of Montjuïc. With museums, fountain light shows and much more, it is widely thought that Montjuïc is Barcelona’s most diverse attraction, where locals and tourists come together in awe of the architecture and activities on show here. What isn’t common knowledge is that this popular area is also home to one of Barcelona’s best outdoor swimming pools, known as the Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc.

Opening back in 1929, the pool at Montjuïc has been renovated several times in order to host various water sport competitions and adapt with the times. The pool will be recognisable by anyone who followed the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, but you don’t have to be an athlete or gold medalist to enjoy this pool as it is open to the public during the summer months. Once here, you can enjoy the Barcelona sunshine on the poolside, and if you’re feeling brave- get an adrenaline rush from a high dive jump or by doing laps of the olympic sized pool. We must also remind you to take a moment to simply admire the panoramic view of the city!

Address: Avinguda de Miramar, 31

Prices: 10-15€