Getting here and around

Finding your path in Barcelona will be easy if you plan a bit ahead. Everything in Barcelona, including the Gothic Quarter, is explorable on foot from the Ciutat Vella (Old City). You will mainly need transport to Sarrià, Gràcia, Park Güell, Gaudí's Sagrada Família, Montjuïc and the Auditori near Plaça de les Glòries. Usually, the metro system will get you anywhere. There are also handy commuter trains on the Catalan FGC system. The metro lines in the town are useful, air-conditioned and secure. For certain routes, busses are practical, and taxis seldom exceed 15 euros for an overall trip.

Modern Barcelona is built on a grid structure atop Plaça de Catalunya. The Old Town, however, is a maze of narrow streets from Plaça de Catalunya to the harbour, so you'll need a good street map (or GPS) and a good pair of shoes to explore. It is best to stop driving in the town whenever possible. Bus and metro route maps are available free of charge from the local Tourist Information Office at Plaça de Catalunya.