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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.

National Museum in Barcelona Travel Guide

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.

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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.

Top Restaurants in Barcelona


La Gastronomica
International, European

Tío Papelón

Bodega Biarritz
Spanish, European

Anita Flow
Mediterranean, Spanish

Don Kilo Restaurant

Teoric Taverna Gastronomica
Mediterranean, Spanish

Acces Restaurant
Mediterranean, Spanish

Brugarol Barcelona

Lab Restaurant
Mediterranean, Spanish

Anita Flow Restaurant in Barcelona Travel Guide

Anita Flow Restaurant in Barcelona

Barcelona Nightlife

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.

Popular Nightclubs in Barcelona


Ibiza style clubbing with the best national and international DJs


An international beach club, the only place to catch the big names in EDM


An entire complex made up of industrial factories on different levels, each with a separate DJ


the best place in town to listen to electronic music with a dynamic sound system


A highly class club with two rooms of EDM and Reggaeton to choose from


A sophisticated, trendy club for techno and electro lovers


Visit  Moog Club Official

Barcelona Music Festivals

Barcelona has many music Music Festivals of all kinds, especially in the Summer. Here are some of the best music festivals:

Primavera Sound

Alternative, Electronic, Indie

Primavera Sound is a Spanish multi-genre music festival

Info & tickets at Primavera Sound

Barcelona Beach Festival

EDM, Electronic

Barcelona Beach Festival is a huge electronic music festival

Info & tickets at Barcelona Beach Festival

Sónar Festival

Electronic, House, Techno

Sonar Festival is a three-day electronic and advanced music festival in June

Info & tickets at Sónar Festival

DGTL Barcelona

Electronic, Techno

DGTL Barcelona showcases the most exciting talent from underground techno

Info & tickets at DGTL Barcelona

Off Week Festival

Electronic, House, Techno

Off Week is a three days electronic music festival of underground house and techno.

Info & tickets at Off Week Festival

Barcelona Beach Festival 2019 Aftermovie

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