Barcelona is where Europe goes to play. She's a city that sparkles and fizzes, over-the-top and up 'til dawn, making the world watch just to see what she'll do next. Plunge straight into her buzzing heart with this remarkably in-depth app by two old pros who have been writing about the city for decades.
Avoid the tourist traps! Over 100 of Barcelona's most interesting restaurants, bars and night spots at your fingertips
Offline maps; no connection needed!
445 entries, 2594 photos and dozens of video links, offering a preview of the city's attractions
Sparkling insights and handy tips on visiting 130 famous and secret sights, from Gaudí's Sagrada Família to a bomb shelter from the Civil War
Day trips -- including all you need to know to visit Sitges, Monserrat, the Dalí museum in Figueres, Girona, PortAventura (Spain's biggest theme park) and Tarragona.
Free things to see and do
Fun ways to explore Barcelona differently by day and night- with a local on a bespoke tour, on a scooter, or in a three-wheel GoCar
Walking tours of Barcelona's most fascinating and up and coming neighbourhoods
Discover BCN's vibrant music scene from opera to Manu Chao's Rumba de Barcelona: venues and where to buy tickets
Up-to-date practical info on how to get around the city, and how to save money with special offers and discount cards.
A menu decoder and a list of useful phrases (Spanish and Catalan).
Shopping (the interesting stuff, not just the chain boutiques).
Great places to take the kids
A complete list of the important traditional and cultural festivals.
Unusual sidelights— Meet the eco-warriors of Barcelona's squatters' movement.
Find the best ice cream and spas.
A taxi fare estimator to featured sites from your location
Free, periodic updates.
If you're going to Barcelona, it would be a shame to go without Mike Pauls and Dana Facaros. There are other apps out there but they, not being your mainstream travel writers, wrote about the city with in-depth information, smarts and wit. A fun read while killing time at a café or any time you've got a few minutes to spare. That might be a hard thing to do in Barcelona and would suggest setting a daily agenda as one week in the city will barely scratch the surface of interesteting things to do. Thousands of great pics to go with the text enhanced our total experience. We just got back from Barcelona and got so much more out of the city having them with us on our i-phone. Great food and bar listings - not a single one let us down. I can't stress hard enough how valuable this app was for our group.
-- Thomas Jones, USA
I bought this app just prior a trip to Barcelona and a couple of nearby towns. It is completely comprehensive and provided insights into a great deal that I had never heard of even though I have been to Barcelona a couple of times before. The coverage of nearby towns like Sitges was unexpected but most welcome.
I found the interactive functionality of the app was great and seamless...it felt like a lot of thought had gone into getting it right.
So overall.....very nice interactive guide that I would recommend to anyone wanting to get more out of Barcelona than the standard guidebook fare.
-- Adam, Australia
Always had my doubts about travel guide apps, but this is straightforward to navigate, fast, clear, and full of inspiring photos. The organisation of the content is what makes it work, from the top sights to the links to relevant maps to the neighbourhood eating and drinking places - you can see that if you were on the spot you could instantly get the right advice and ideas in a couple of clicks. And then, wherever you want to read or see more background, you can choose to do so, and enjoy the witty and erudite writing. The authors have literally decades of experience writing top-ranking travel guide books to Europe, and it shows. Just downloaded the update too, and it's lovely :-)
-- armchairtraveller, UK
Great app for the visitor interested in more than the obvious stuff, lots of insights. It's easy to use, beautifully and intelligently written, full of interesting detail, bars and tapa bars and restaurant listings are all up to date and reliable…great pics, adds so much to the visit.. never realized there was so much to see in Barcelona… looked at some other apps but seemed thin in comparison.
-- Susan Young, USA
Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls can be reached at: email@example.com