Masterpiece by the artist Antoni Gaudi
In a nutshell
Barcelona, the dynamic capital of Catalonia, is alive and kicking day and night. With a sunny climate all year round, the sunny city reflects the cultural and architectural wealth of northern Spain. From the famous Ramblas to the Passeig de Gracia and the Parc Güell, follow in the footsteps of the artist Gaudi and admire the bold constructions of this genius, in particular the Sagrada Familia, his unfinished masterpiece that has become the symbol of the city. The architect's presence is visible everywhere in the city, and the Casa Mila, a World Heritage building, is another example.
Discovering this beautiful city means strolling through its markets, visiting its museums, walking in its parks and sunbathing on its beaches. You should also take the time to lose yourself in the medieval streets of the Gothic quarter and enjoy some delicious tapas at the end of the day!
Spain's second city is a great destination at any time of year, offering a combination of beach, culture and party. It's a great idea for a weekend or even a week-long stay, as Barcelona has so much to offer!
What To Do?
Enjoy the view of the city from the top of Parc Güell. Or climb the 400 steps of the Sagrada Familia towers and enjoy another great view of Barcelona.
Other activities to discover the Catalan city include walking down the famous avenue of Las Ramblas, strolling along the port, strolling along the waterfront, having breakfast at the Boqueria market, walking through the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter, visiting the legendary Camp Nou, or taking the spectacular cable car that connects the end of the popular Barceloneta district to the top of Montjuïc hill, which offers a breathtaking panorama.
When walking, by far the best way to discover Barcelona, each neighbourhood offers a wealth of things to explore. The territory is vast, the pedestrian areas numerous, and the metro stations far apart: be prepared to walk a lot!
The epicentre of the city is concentrated in the Las Ramblas district, which will take you right down to the sea. Here, the choice of shops is varied, enough to satisfy all your shopping desires. At night, it is at the end of this avenue that you can spend lively evenings by attending the numerous events organised directly on the beaches by the many discotheques of the sector. In the evening, go to the Born district and its typical bars, where you can mix with the locals.
Where to eat?
When it comes to gastronomy, Barcelona is spoiling us. From Iberian ham, fresh fruit and vegetables from the Boqueria market, seafood, delicious Catalan cream and cinnamon-flavoured crème brûlée, there is plenty to choose from. In Barcelona, as in the rest of Spain, tapas at aperitif time is a great culinary tradition. At the counter of a bar, on the terrace of a café or at the table of a restaurant, you can enjoy small portions of the local dishes: cold cuts, cheese, shrimps, olives and many others, accompanied by a glass of wine or beer. We recommend the tapas bar Palosanto, which according to customer reviews serves some of the best tapas in Barcelona.
3 inexpensive rooftops for an evening out overlooking Barcelona (with cocktails, music and activities on the programme)
Where can you drink the best sangria in Barcelona? "In the fairy woods, of course! (Bosc de les Fades)
How to get there?
Most major British airports fly directly to Barcelona, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, and Edinburgh. For more information, check out our website below!
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Where to stay?
There are countless hotels in Barcelona and they occupy all parts of the city. If you are going away for a weekend or for a holiday, there are many hotels and flats where you can stay in the city in the best way. Finding a cheap hotel in Barcelona is a breeze. The Catalan capital offers a wide range of possibilities, from 1 or 2 star hotels to luxurious palaces, youth hostels, pensions or flat rentals. The city offers a wide range of activities, and to choose a hotel in Barcelona that suits you, you need to take into account the location in relation to your desires for discovery.
To visit the different monuments of the city at a lower cost, think of buying the "City Pass Barcelona", because visiting the city’s monuments can be rather expensive!
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The Barcelona card is worth it if you visit many museums, otherwise it is cheaper to take a classic transport card: 18 pounds for 5 days against 32 pounds for the Barcelona card.
Best time to go
If you want to enjoy the charm of Barcelona, one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediterranean coast, between January and March the airfares are usually the best. The weather in Barcelona is good all year round, but if you prefer sunny days, the ideal time is from May to September. You can swim in the many beaches that the Catalan city has to offer.
When planning your trip to Barcelona, take into account the many festivals that take place in the city, such as Midsummer's Day, where fireworks are set off and parties are held on the beaches. The Mercè festival is also the biggest and most colourful festival you will find in Catalonia. And for fans of electronic music, the Sonar festival in June is a good option.
Barcelona is a fairly safe city and is considered one of the least dangerous major cities in Europe. In case of a medical emergency, fire, or if you need civil and police protection call 112 (free call).
What to bring back?
Iberian ham, a shirt or scarf in the colours of FC Barcelona, a souvenir related to Gaudi. You can bring back many handmade souvenirs or souvenirs from the local gastronomy.
- Avoid driving in Barcelona. Many areas are pedestrianised, and there is a lot of traffic at peak times.
- Don't buy single metro tickets. Buy a day or week pass instead.
- Many museums are closed on Mondays.
- Most shops are also closed every day from 2pm to 5pm!
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