Barcelona Travel Guide
The capital of Catalonia, is a sensation of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafes and markets and excellent Mediterranean beaches. It is Europe’s third favourite destination with an astonishing number of 8 million tourists per year. Modern art museums and chic shops are located next to Gothic buildings, in an entwined mix of magnificence. Barcelona’s vibe stays lively well into the night, when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars.
Barcelona National Museum
Best Time to visit Barcelona
Best time to visit Barcelona is from May till June, where you can enjoy warm weather and the open air festivities. Mind you, it is the season with the highest hotel rates.
July and August host a warm, humid summer and a crowded and expensive city. Low budget hotels are usually fully booked, so make sure you book in advance.
September to November the weather is mild, with sea temperatures still warm enough and moderate room rates.
Winter and early Spring offer great hotel deals, but temperatures are low and rain is plentiful.
Accommodation in Barcelona
There is a wide variety of hotels in Barcelona and prices are generally moderate. If you are on a budget avoid the city centre. You can find great hotels, hostels and homestays around the city. If you prefer more privacy and independence, try renting an apartment. Low budget hotels and hostels are located in residential areas, such as the Sarria and Eixample districts.
Both areas are packed with great restaurants, bars and shops. Get a Barcelona-Card where you get free and unlimited access to the subway and buses, which helps for easier travelling and sightseeing.
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Things to do in Barcelona
Take a stroll along the central area of La Rambla, a gorgeous tree-lined pedestrian walkway, the busiest and most lively street of the city. Plaça de Catalunya is known for its fountains and statues, and the central location to everything in the city.
Take a journey around Antoni Gaudí’s buildings, including the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most popular and famous attraction, Casa Batlló with its unique architecture and infamous two ornamental pillars in the entrance to the terrace, and Casa Milà, one of Gaudi’s most eccentric and enticing architectural creations. Park Güell is a large urban park heavily influenced by Antonio Gaudi, and offers panoramic views of Barcelona.
Visit the Gothic Catedral de la Seu, where you can enjoy traditional Catalan dancing, the famous Sardana. If you are a sport’s fan, make sure you visit Camp Nou (Nuevo Campo), Barcelona FC’s home stadium and museum.
Eixample is excellent area to walk around and take in Barcelona. It’s buzzing with people going to restaurants, shops and bars.
Top Tours & Activities in Barcelona
Where to eat in Barcelona
In Barcelona you will find plenty of restaurants serving excellent food at very reasonable prices. Around Plaça Catalunya there are dozens of restaurants, but be careful with the tourist traps, as the area is highly populated with tourists. Seek out cafés and restaurants used by locals, found mostly in residential districts away from the main sightseeing attractions.
Some districts with great restaurants are Gràcia, which is a hub of quality, affordable Catalan cooking of both the traditional and more avant-garde varieties, and the Eixample, whose chic boulevards have upscale restaurants. Barceloneta is also a popular quarter for locals, where you can try fish based dishes, such as Paella.
The majority of restaurants and cafes are closed 16:00-20:00 for siesta. Most restaurants offer a menú del migdia / menú del día (menu of the day), for €12.00 to €20.00, which usually means a three course meal,a first plate often a salad or rice-based or pasta-based dish, a second plate usually a meat or fish, and a dessert or coffee.
You can get food from any part of the world in Barcelona, but make sure you try some Catalan food and the selection of seafood is consistently great. A treat to try is waffles sold at street stands. They will tempt you with their mouth watering smell and taste.
Tapas restaurants are all over the city, lots of Chinese, Japanese and Indian restaurants, and there are plenty of Italian, Argentine and Mexican restaurants too.
Popular Restaurants in Barcelona
Anita Flow Restaurant in Barcelona
Barcelona offers a wide variety of bars, discos and clubs offering all kinds of music, different each night. There’s also organized activities such as Pub Crawls, Boat Parties, Nightlife Tours, night shows, festivals, events, Day time Parties and many more.
The Gothic Quarter is the most centrally-located area in Barcelona with Plaça Catalunya and Las Ramblas very close to each other. Here you’ll find the tinniest, weirdest and cheapest Pubs. Plaça Real is the most vibrant square, always bursting with people and entertainment.
Barcelona is famous for it’s notorious nightlife having a powerful network of nightclubs. The night in Barcelona starts late, as it is customary to meet up with friends at 11:00 PM for dinner and around 2.00 AM everybody heads to the clubs till late in the morning.
In the city there are several clubs with alternative music, ranging from pop-rock to indie. Thursdays are dedicated to alternative music and draw a large audience in various pubs and clubs.
On weekends the electronic music dominates the night, with various international Djs in the most prestigious clubs. These include Paul Kalkbrenner, Justice, Steve Aoki, Digitalism, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos and many more. In addition the famous Sónar Festival, a three-day electronic and advanced music festival, takes place here in Barcelona in June.
Most of the clubs in Barcelona have free entrance before 1:00 AM, or surcharge, with different figures depending on the night and event.