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(English) The best 6 apps to discover Barcelona

By | 23 April, 2016 | 0 comments

There is no denying that mobile phones and tablets have changed the way we communicate and interact with the world. The tourism sector hasn´t been oblivious to this shift, even tourists have changed the way they connect with cities and new places. With ever-changing technology and mobile internet access, the image of a tourist holding a paper-based guidebook is becoming rather unusual. Instead, we see travellers glued to their phones, probably enjoying one of the many apps designed to help visitors get the most out of their trip.

When it comes to being connected and enjoying the city, Barcelona has no comparison. Barcelona offers a wide range of apps that visitors can download onto their device. With just one glance visitors can see the location of the attractions on a map, get information about public transport, find parking and even public fountains to refresh themselves. Everything is possible in this digital world, designed to bring Barcelona closer to its visitors.

Here is a list of the best 6 apps to discover Barcelona:

Bcn Paisatge

This app is ideal for visitors who are looking for a singular urban landscape within the city. It works as a guide to find those hidden places that make Barcelona such a unique Mediterranean settlement. The app is also useful for curious travellers looking for authentic shops that have kept their original Catalonian style through the years. A preview of newly refurbished facades and old walls that have been transformed into beautiful gardens can also be seen with this app, which doesn’t require an internet connection.


If you have chosen to discover Barcelona by public transport, which is strongly advisable, this is your app. Launched by the company in charge of the transport across the metropolitan area, TMB indicates which bus route or metro station is closest to your location and provides the best possible route to reach your destination. Visitors can also see the location of the bus and the estimated time of arrival at their bus stop live.

Barcelona Design Tour

Barcelona is a hot spot for designers and fashion-lovers, many of whom come every year, looking for new trends and inspiration.  If you are one of them, then Barcelona Design Tour is your app. Assembled with a detailed map of the town, it locates hotels, restaurants, bookshops, fashion shops and cultural exhibitions so that you don´t miss out on the latest fashion and design events.

Barcelona´s Official Guide

This app combines the best of both paper guidebooks and mobile apps all in one. Available in both English and Spanish, it takes you on a tour around the main tourist attractions in Barcelona, while also providing travellers with information about time, location, pictures, tips for visitors…This complete guide will help tourists to design and tailor their own route without overlooking any important sight in the Catalonian Capital.

Barcelona Restaurants

Famous for its gastronomy, Barcelona is home to some of the most renowned restaurants in the region, where you can taste a wide variety of delicious dishes. With more than 200 restaurants listed on the app, it will help sightseers find the best option available in relation to their location. Prices, menus, available delicacies and customer reviews are also displayed on the app to help you find the perfect meal.

Fonts BCN

Even a seemingly easy task, such as finding a fountain with fresh water, can become quite a challenge in a city the size of Barcelona, especially during summer. Luckily for us, there is an app that tackles this problem: Fonts Barcelona. Equipped with a map, the exact location of all fountains supplying safe water is highlighted for the tourist; along with a brief note about the history and those fountains that have become icons of the city for their beauty and unique design.

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