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The 8 Best Apps For Living In Barcelona

Park Guell in Barcelona | © Andrew E. Larsen/Flickr
Park Guell in Barcelona | © Andrew E. Larsen/Flickr
Want to know where the best place for sushi in Eixample is? Or maybe you’re looking for the easiest way to get to that bar you’re going to later in El Born? Chances are, there’s an app that will be able to give you that answer in seconds. Here’s our guide to the best apps you need to get the most out of Barcelona.

BCN Paisatge

For discovering the best kept secrets of Barcelona’s architecture!

Discover a world of hidden treasures in your city with BCN Paisatge! Never again will a walk through Barcelona be the same – enjoy your very own guided tour as the app shows you where to find some of the most unique architectural features and iconic landmarks of the city, from Medieval walls to Modernist symbols. Simply enter your location, choose your destination and prepare to set off on a discovery of some of the city’s treasures.

Barcelona ceramic © Adam Wyles / Flickr

Citymapper

For making your way around the city!

How long will it take you to get to Santa Caterina market? What’s the nearest bus stop to the cinema on Floridablanca? Let Citymapper make it easy for you by allowing you to navigate across the city effortlessly, by telling you how to get around by metro, bus, train, tram, taxi, foot or even bicycle! Save your favorite destinations for added convenience and see live updates on the next public transport departures near you. Never has there been so little excuse for being late to your date.

The Citymapper App © Tara Jessop

Meetup

For making plans and meeting new people!

Don’t have any plans for Friday night yet? Have no fear, Meetup is here. Pick from a variety of locally organized gatherings, from a language intercambio (exchange) in a micro-brewery, to yoga on the beach, or a poetry reading in the Gothic quarter. Meet people from around the world and never spend another evening at home on your own. With the app, you can easily see what’s going on around you, ideal for finding something to do at the last minute, when your friend forgot you were meeting that night…

Free: iTunes

A salsa class © Glen Bowman / WikiCommons

The Culture Trip App

For finding the best of local culture!

Thought The Culture Trip couldn’t get any better? Think again. We recently launched our new app, making it even easier for you to explore the best of local culture, wherever you are. From restaurant recommendations, guides to the best cultural events taking place nearby, or detailed feature pieces on your new favorite artist or musician, the app makes it even easier for you to find exactly what you need when you’re on the move.

Free: Google – Coming soon on iTunes!

The Culture Trip App Courtesy of The Culture Trip

Wallapop

For buying books, films, music and more!

A native Barcelona app, Wallapop is a local favorite for buying and selling second-hand goods, including books, DVDs and records, but also clothes, furniture, or kitchen equipment. By entering your location, you are able to search for your next pride and joy as close as within a 1-kilometer radius.

The Wallapop app © Wallapop / Youtube

MyTaxi

For dodging the taxi queues!

Missed the last metro? Don’t worry, with MyTaxi you can book a taxi in minutes from wherever you are. No need to wait on the corner of the street waiting for a taxi to come by, simply enter your location and request for the next available taxi to come your way. You can even keep track of its progress in real time on your phone. No cash? No problem, you can pay directly through the app.

Taxi sign © Petar Milošević / WikiCommons

The Fork

For finding local restaurants!

Ideal for finding exactly the kind of restaurant you’re looking for wherever you are in town. With The Fork, simply enter your location and see what is available near you, filter the options to find what you want and read other users’ reviews on TripAdvisor before you make your choice. Also benefit from exclusive deals and offers.

BCN Corre

Those of you who know a little Catalan (or Spanish – the word is the same!) will already have guessed what this app is all about! Literally meaning ‘Barcelona runs,’ BCN Corre enables users to discover great running routes all across the city. Read about different points of interest along the route, as well as other useful information such as the difficulty, the weather prediction for the time of your run, pollution levels, pollen levels, etc. Discover the city and get fit at the same time!

For a full list of apps available in Barcelona check out the local council’s guide here.