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Visit Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix

Visit Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix

Visit Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix

Visit Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix

Laura Price looks after the marketing at Grandstand. She recently travelled with our customer group to the F1 Test in February and also accompanied our customer group to the Spanish Grand Prix last May.

She considers Barcelona to be one of her favourite cities in the world with its vibrant atmosphere, Mediterranean climate, incredible and varied cuisine, excellent shopping opportunities and world-famous architecture.

 

Here are Laura’s top tips for what to see and do in Barcelona when staying there for the F1 Grand Prix, F1 Testing or the Catalunya MotoGP.

Take some time to walk around the circuit

Whichever grandstand you're sitting in for F1 or the MotoGP, if time permits at Practice or Qualifying, I highly recommend taking some time to walk around the circuit and take advantage of some excellent vantage points that can be accessed from the general admission areas at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The circuit is known to have some of the best general admission viewing areas of any circuit in Europe. The General Admission areas around turns 4 and 5 are easy to reach and give expansive views of the track at several different places. The General Admission area by turn 8 also has a great view and is close to the track.

On raceday, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing this though, because the General Admission areas naturally become very busy!

Take a slow wander down Las Ramblas

This famous tree-lined avenue stretches from the hub of the Placa de Catalunya down to the port. It buzzes with activity and atmosphere at all times of day and night and there is nothing I love more than a slow walk to take it all in. There are buskers to watch, stalls to browse and some incredible sights along the way. Make sure you stop off in La Boqueria Market

If there’s time, I also recommend cutting through to Placa Reial, just off Las Ramblas - the perfect place to grab a drink or spot of tapas, sit in a little sun-trap and simply people watch for an hour or two.

I wouldn’t necessarily advise stopping for a bite to eat or for a drink on Las Ramblas itself. Due to this being one of the busiest tourist streets in the city, prices are inflated to reflect this and the quality of food isn’t necessarily the best.

Take a Bus Tour of Barcelona

I’m not always one to recommend tourist bus tours of cities - they sometimes feel a bit ‘touristy’ - however in my view, this is a really great way to see Barcelona when you’re short on time.

The bus routes have been designed to take in Barcelona’s main attractions and you have the option to hop-on and hop-off at any point. The buses run regularly so you’re never waiting for a long time for the next bus to come along. If you get a nice day of weather (which isn’t unusual in Barcelona), it is also a nice way to see the city, from the top of an open-top double decker bus.

There are several companies that offer similar services, with 2-3 different routes and the option of a one or two day ticket (usually day 2 is heavily discounted).

Explore the back streets by foot

If you do have some time on your hands, don’t just follow the tourist trails and the main streets. Allow yourself to explore some of the smaller streets in areas such as the Gothic Quarter and El Born districts. Here, you’ll discover authentic tapas bars, quirky bars, lovely little independent boutiques and tucked away churches. These are the types of places that need to be discovered rather than found on a tourist map.

And remember, don't just look ahead of you - look up too. You never know what architecural delights are above you (and there are often many in Barcelona)!

Extend your stay

If you’re planning on travelling out to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix or Catalunya MotoGP, I would really recommend adding on a couple of extra sightseeing days on top of the days you’re spending in Barcelona for the race weekend. Yes, you’ll get to see some of the city in the evenings once you’ve returned from the circuit but this will probably only make you want to see more! So if you have a few days to spare, take advantage of being out there for the race and make it a bit of a holiday too.

Take comfortable footwear!

If you do all of the above, you will definitely need to ensure that you’ve brought a comfortable pair of shoes with you to Spain. Whether at the circuit or in the city, you certainly will do a fair share of walking!

 

We stay in Barcelona for three different events on the motorsport calendar:

F1 Spanish Grand Prix (in May) - view details

Catalunya MotoGP (in June) - view details

F1 Winter Test (in February) - view details

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