When we left Athens to go to Barcelona I really did not know what to expect. When we got there, the first day, we were a little lacking in sleep (our low-cost flight was in the middle of the night, so we travelled while all others were having their good night’s sleep), but neither that nor the dreadful weather did not stop us from going for a walk through a good part of the old city center, La Rambla and the Barri Gòtic. All I can say is that we were blown away immediately by the atmosphere of the old town.
The other great sites of the city are mostly the famous buildings by Antoni Gaudí ,La Pedrera (Casa Milá), Casa Batlló, the unfinished church of the Sagrada Familia and many many others.
Speaking one of the two main languages spoken in the area (castellano/catalan) was definately a plus, because we could go to places we otherwise would hesitate to go. I am sure though that even if I didn’t that wouldn’t be a problem, as those who have to deal with many people in Barcelona usually speak English too. Actually, if I did not hear catalá and castellano everywhere, things are so much similar to Greece that I’d think that I am still in Greece. The big difference is that even if they don’t understand completely, they try to help you (and I don’t mean just hotel staff, I mean even people in the street).
Overall it was a really nice experience , but we’d rather have visited in the spring or maybe september to avoid bad weather.