The Top 10 Things To Do In Barcelona

If you are planning a holiday in Barcelona, Spain, you might be overwhelmed with the amount of things there are to do and see there. Here is Mesmo’s list of the top 10 things to do while on holiday in Barcelona:

The Barceló Raval

A cosmopolitan hotel in the heart of Barcelona city, the Barceló Raval is close to everything a tourist in Barcelona could want. From local restaurants, bars and shops, to cultural landmarks including Plaza Catalonia, the Liceu theatre, the famous Boquería food market and the Cathedral, there is always something to see and do. 10 % discount with Mesmo when you book the hotel directly on their website.

Polaroid Bar

This 80’s-themed local bar attracts all types. From locals to expats, you will always find good drinks at great prices at Polaroid!

Sidecar Factory Club

This hip disco is the centre of Barcelona nightlife and always draws a vibrant and eclectic crowd. Stop in for some local rock, punk, indie, experimental and alternative music.

Cafe Poetique Le Jardin

One of Barcelona’s most popular and elegant restaurants, Cafe Poetique Le Jardin offers a wide range of classic and modern French cuisine.

Bunkers Del Carmel

These old military bunkers from the Spanish civil war are the perfect spot to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine someone special. The Bunkers Del Carmel are not very well known to tourists and you might find that you have it all to yourself during the weekdays.

Labyrinth Park Of Horta

With perfectly trimmed hedges and an impressive labyrinth which some might find challenging, the Labyrinth Park Of Horta takes you back in time to the 18th century when the estate was built.

Outdoor Cinema In Montjuic

Barcelona sun as you watch your favourite films outside. The Outdoor Cinema In Montjuic is surrounded by beautiful scenery and offers decent food and drink.

Flamenco At Robador

While Flamenco isn’t traditionally from Barcelona, the touristy areas offer Flamenco shows that are typically overpriced and crowded. Robador, however, offers a much more authentic Flamenco show that only costs €4 is a lot more fun to experience!


Barcelona has some of the EU’s best beaches and Castelldefels Beach is the best of the best. Castelldefels is a small town offering authentic paella on the beach and some incredible sunsets.

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Venice – Top 10 non-touristy things to do.

If you are considering visiting Venice on holiday but aren’t too keen on the touristy aspects of the city, keep reading. We are going to share 10 of the best non-touristy things to do/see in Venice in 2019.

Venice is one of those cities where you can get lost and still know where you are. The city itself is easily navigable and the people are friendly and always willing to offer advice and directions. In fact, that is why Venice is Italy’s top tourist destinations and one of the EU’s top 10 tourist destinations as well.


Top 10 Non-Touristy Things To Do/See In Venice

 Winter In Venice

You will have plenty of time to plan ahead for your winter in Venice holiday if you plan ahead with Mesmo. Winter in Venice can best be described as breathtakingly beautiful and serene. With the morning mist and the evening fog bookending your days, off-season Venice offers the least touristy experience possible. Fast track and skip lines to museums and events with


If you like the charm of a small fishing village, cobblestone streets and canals lined with multi-coloured houses, Burano is right for you. You will find fewer tourists and more locals which will make your holiday more relaxing and memorable. 


Evening At St. Marks

St. Marks Basilica at night is not only beautiful and mesmerising, it is also incredibly quiet and peaceful. Especially nice if you have dealt with tourist spots all day.

Glass Making In Murano

The island of Murano is famous for its many skilled glass makers. While the tourists are visiting the shops to purchase their souvenirs, take a behind the scene tour instead and try your hand at glass making with a local workshop.

Take A Mud Bath

Specially aged mud provides a therapeutic effect that can leave you feeling rejuvenated. Abano and Montegrotto Terme offer fangotherapy(healing mud baths) that are the perfect beginning to your day!


Become A Gondolier

Travelling by  gondola through Venice’s many canals can be fun, but why not pilot the gondola yourself? Take an hour long gondolier class and add it to your list of unusual skills.

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Visit The Home Of Romeo & Juliet

Verona is just under two hours from Venice and anyone who is a fan of Shakespeare’s famous play, knows that this is the home of Romeo & Juliet. See the Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti and the Giardino Giusti while avoiding the tourist spots.

A Punch-Up At Ponte dei Pugni

Ponte dei Pugni, or the Bridge of Fists, used to be where Venetians would come to settle scores with those who have wronged them. The goal was to beat your opponent and knock them into the cold, sewage filled waters below.

Quarantine Island

Lazzaretto Nuovo, Venice’s answer to the plague, served as away station of sorts where ships’ crews could be checked for signs of the black death. Today, the island is open to the public, but it isn’t very popular with the tourist crowd.

Hotel Monaco

While not as unusual as the other sights and stops on our list, you still have to find a place to sleep while in Venice and the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is one of the city’s best. Facing the lagoon and close to many popular attractions including Santa Maria della Salute church, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is located in a newly refurbished historic building.

Happy Travels and planning to Venice!


Lisbon has many hotels and airbnb's

Stay In A Hotel Or An Airbnb? Which type of accommodation should you go for on your next trip.

Should you stay in an hotel or AirBnb style accommodation? This is our take on why hotels might be the best option for your next trip.

Other than food and transportation, accommodations are one of the most crucial components of any trip. In this digital age, there are many new accommodation options available for travellers. Hotels and Airbnb’s are two primary options that you can choose from for accommodations on your next trip. An Airbnb may have a number of distinct advantages, but there are many important reasons why you might still want to stay in a hotel. Let’s take a closer look at some of them now.


Whether it’s a well-planned trip or a sudden, impulsive weekend getaway, hotels often have better availability. Many hotels more than 300 rooms and you can often get a room even during peak season.


There are many variables that affect your experience. From cleanliness to restaurant service to room service, hotels are much more consistent. Major hotel chains and even independent smaller hotels often have consistent service quality, whether you are in Copenhagen or Aruba.   


Security measures tend to vary widely among Airbnb providers. There are also more frequent horror stories related to safety issues of Airbnb accommodations. On the other hand, hotels are a relatively enclosed property with security guards, surveillance systems and trained staff. In many hotels, you can’t even use elevators without the room key.  


Amenities tend to vary more among Airbnb’s. When staying in a hotel, you can expect to get Wi-Fi, in-hotel restaurant, housekeeping, fitness centres, swimming pools, clean bathroom and room service.


Things sometimes don’t go as expected. If a TV is not working or you lose your key, it’s more likely that hotel staff are more responsive. Just by calling the concierge, most issues can be solved immediately. 


Many hotel staffs are educated in tourism colleges, but they also have real-life experience in hotels. They know the ins and outs of hotel management and how to treat guests. 

Loyalty Programs

Many hotel chains offer loyalty programs with points that you can redeem for upgrades, free nights and other deals. 


From all you can eat breakfast buffets to fine dining, you can get easier access to food when staying at hotel. If you don’t have time to get meals outside, staying at hotels will make things a lot easier for you. While Airbnb rooms often have kitchen and fridge, you will need to shop for food and cook it.

Social Impact

Airbnb has had a profound impact on the ability of locals to purchase or rent accommodation in their own cities. The effects of this can be seen in cities such as Barcelona or Lisbon, where many locals are being pushed out of prime locations due to cost. Hotels on the other hand, help to maintain a healthy balance between locals and visitors. If you are going to book an AirBnb, our advice is to choose an accommodation where you share the space with the host and not the ‘Whole Homes’ selections, which have large repercussions on the locals.

How do you like to travel? Do you prefer hotels or Airbnb? offers a variety of accommodation both hotels and short-term private apartments and houses. To compare rates in over 800,000 properties click or register on Mesmo’s homepage to book our Community Member Hotels. This is where we have selected a number of handpicked hotels around the world offering extra perks and discounts to Mesmo’s growing community.

Happy travels!


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Mesmo has just released a new website and it offers a myriad of great tools for those travelling to new cities and places around the world.

So what does Mesmo do?

Mesmo helps you discover different cultures through local eyes. Are you looking for something unique and local? Mesmo quickly finds experiences & recommendations made by locals. You will be able to get exclusive hotels deals and easy access to local culture & events.

How does it work?

At the very heart of Mesmo is you. Your local insight is what makes Mesmo tick. With Mesmo you can publish your recommendations & share stories. Every time you add a new recommendation, you earn Mesmo points. 

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What don’t we do?

Mesmo hates reviews. We believe reviews and review sites can be quite damaging and rarely tell the whole truth. This is why at Mesmo, we only have recommendations for things to do and places to visit. That’s it! KISS!

What else does Mesmo offer?

Mesmo has partnered with a variety of trusted global brands such as GetYourGuide, Tiqets, HotelsCombined and Jayride. If you are looking to save time next time you are going to a museum, then look no further: with our e-tickets you can simply skip the line. Do you want to book a local activity or compare rates in thousands of hotels then you can do so in a matter of seconds. See more on our main home page

Mesmo Community Member Hotels

Looking for exclusive perks next time you stay in a hotel? Mesmo offers a selection of handpicked hotels for registered users. With Mesmo the booking is done directly on the hotel site using a special Mesmo code and this is why hotels love working with Mesmo. See the list of hotels we have here

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