BARCELONA.

Barcelona – one of the most vibrant cities in the world – never disappoints. No matter how many times one visits Barcelona, there are always new secrets and amazing sights just waiting to be discovered. From the awe-inspiring architecture, spanning 2000-plus years, through sun-drenched beaches, all the way to the wild nightlife, this second-largest city in Spain offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While the most famous attractions of Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Família church, the La Rambla street, and the Museu Picasso, are something everyone has to see at least once, Barcelona is not only about what’s visible, but also about the atmosphere and the unique vibe. Here, everyone is at home, more than welcome to participate in the never-ending fiesta taking place across the streets and inside hundreds of restaurants and eateries. Indeed, food is an immanent part of the culture of Barcelona, which ensures that every food buff will be delighted by the diversity of cuisine – from Basque-style tapas bars, avant-garde Japanese restaurants, and Galician seafood taverns, to chocolate shops and grill-bars.

Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

Best Period to Visit Barcelona

Best Period to Visit Barcelona

Accomodation Tips for Barcelona

Accomodation Tips

Getting Around Barcelona

Getting Around Barcelona

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Barcelona

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Barcelona

Other Things to See and Do

Other Things to See and Do

Money Saving Tips

Take advantage of the lunch menu

In Barcelona, it is lunch that is the most important meal. Lunch menus are usually much more generous, and cheaper too! It is possible to score three courses, bread and wine for as low as €13, give or take, during the lunchtime. That, plus the various tapas treats in local bars, should be enough to keep you full throughout the day!

Consider renting an apartment

There are many benefits to renting your own apartment, as opposed to booking a hostel. First of all – it may be cheaper in itself. But that’s not everything. More likely than not, you will be gaining access to your own kitchenette. By preparing your own meals, you can save a real fortune, compared to dining in restaurants and eateries.

Use the public transportation

Barcelona offers an extensive and reliable public transportation system. Forget about taxis – here, you can get literally anywhere, for a fraction of the price, with a bus, metro or FGC train. While single-ride tickets on standard transport within Zone 1 costs €2.15, you can get Targetes – multi-trip transport tickets. One day unlimited Targeta T-DIA is €8.60, and Two-/three-/four-/five-day tickets cost €15/22/28.50/35.

Avoid spending money where tourists do

It goes without saying that wherever there are tourists, the prices skyrocket. Certain parts of Barcelona – especially the famous Las Ramblas – are way more expensive than other. If you want to save money, avoid eating and drinking right in the centre of things.

Take advantage of free or discounted passes

On certain nights/days of the week, the museums and art galleries of Barcelona are heavily discounted or can even be accessed free of charge. Check the exact dates of such opportunities, as they are subject to change.

Consider the Barcelona Card

The Barcelona Card offers you unlimited use of public transport (and that includes the airport train) as well as free entry to the best museums around the city. Additionally, it gives you various exclusive deals and discounts, and the best part is, you’ll be able to skip most of the queues!

Skip the clubs’ entry fees

The usual entry fee to Barcelona’s clubs is around €15, and it includes one drink. That’s not too bad, but if you’d rather not pay it, you better be there early – they usually start to charge the fee from 11.30 p.m. onwards. Thus, if you show up earlier, you won’t have to spend a dime!

Use the Barcelona’s citywide free Wi-Fi

Barcelona is filled to the brim with free Wi-Fi spots, so don’t waste your money in internet cafes. It shows under “Barcelona Wi-Fi” on your Wi-Fi network list, and you’ll have to agree to the terms and conditions before being able to use it.

Best Period to Visit Barcelona

Tourism

August is when Barcelona is the most crowded, while November is when there is the lowest amount of tourists compared to the rest of the year.

Weather

Barcelona is the warmest between June and September, with July being the hottest month of the year, peaking around 28°C. July is the sunniest month of the year. Between December and March, Barcelona is the coldest, with a low of around 13 °C.

Money

Barcelona is the most expensive to visit in August when the average nightly cost of one bedroom hotel room is around €100. November is the cheapest month of the year when the same room costs around €75.

Events

In addition to the every-day fun and entertainment, Barcelona offers festivals and events throughout the year. The top festivals are Dia de Los Reyes Magos (King’s Day) in January, Barcelona Carnival happening between February and March, Festa de Sant Medir (Candy Festival) in March, Feria de Abril in April, Sonar Festival in June, Fiesta de Barceloneta in June and The Calçotada in February.

Accomodation Tips

Apartments

Renting an apartment in Barcelona can be a good alternative to hotels and hostels. Especially parents with kids will be content with such a solution, as apartments offer a higher degree of privacy. Additionally, as apartments usually come with a kitchen annexe, families can cook their own meals and save money.

Budget hotels

Barcelona offers accommodation crafted for every pocket. While it’s never really cheap, it doesn’t have to be very expensive. Budget hotels prices in Barcelona start at €30 per night and become more expensive the closer you get to the city’s centre.

Standard (3-4 star) hotels

Prices for what you can call a middle-range hotel start from around €60. What influences the price the most is the location – if you want to spend your time close to the famous La Rambla street, you will have to pay more.

Luxury hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona offers a wide choice of luxury hotels, which will satisfy even the most demanding guests. In addition to unmatched service and diverse facilities, these hotels offer excellent location, close to the most popular sights and attractions of the city.

Getting Around Barcelona

Bicycle

Barcelona offers over 180km of bike paths, which is enough to ensure that you can explore the entire city and its surroundings on two wheels. There are beautiful bike lanes along the cost, from Port Olímpic towards Riu Besòs, as well as paths in the Collserola parkland. There is also Ronda Verda, an incomplete 75km bike lane going around the Barcelona’s outskirts. To ensure cyclists’ comfort, you’re allowed to get your bicycle on the metro (except between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for weekdays, and without restrictions at weekends, holidays and in July and August).

Bus

Bus stops are conveniently distributed in the most important parts of Barcelona and are not too far apart. Buses run along the city’s main routes every couple of minutes, from between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. There are many routes that pass through Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça de la Universitat, the most popular spots of the city. After 11 p.m., yellow nitbusos (night buses) run until 3 a.m. or 5 a.m.

Car

The car is not the most convenient way to get around Barcelona, given the extensive public transportation and the high price for parking in the city. On the other hand, a car can be handy for a road trip outside Barcelona. There are several companies renting cars in Barcelona, including:
• Cooltra
• Avis
• Europcar
• Hertz
• MondoRent
• Enterprise

Tickets and Passes

Public transportation in Barcelona is a combined system consisting of metro, FGC trains, rodalies/cercanías, and buses. These can be accessed with single-ride tickets, which cost €2.15 within Zone 1, or multi-trip transport tickets, called Targetes. You are free to switch between different means of transportation during their validity period:
• Targeta T-10 (€10.20) – 10 rides, each for up to 1.25 hour.
• Targeta T-DIA (€8.60) – 1-day unlimited transport.
• Two-/three-/four-/five-day tickets which cost €15/22/28.50/35.
• T-Mes (€54) – 30-day ticket.
• Targeta T-50/30 (€43.50) – 50 rides within 30 days.
• T-Trimestre (€145.30) – 90 days of unlimited transport by all means of public transport.
Tickets can be purchased at metro stations and tourist offices.

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

The most iconic church in Barcelona, La Sagrada Família, is still under construction. Despite that, the magnitude of this most famous work of Antonio Gaudí is what draws thousands of visitors to Barcelona each year. To skip the lines, choose a fast-track entrance ticket and enjoy the Gaudi’s masterpiece right away.

Park Güell

Park Güell, located in the upper part of Barcelona, is one of the major works of Antonio Gaudi in the Catalan capital. Not only does it offer an amazing view over the city, it also allows you to enjoy the greenery while surrounded by awe-inspiring, Modernist works.

Barcelona Aquarium

Marvel at the diversity and beauty of the ocean life in Barcelona Aquarium. Walk among the sharks and other spectacular species in a transparent, submerged tunnel. Choose a skip-the-line ticket if you want to enjoy this amazing attraction without delay.

Limousine & nightclub Barcelona

Enjoy Barcelona’s famous nightlife in style. You and your friends will be driven around the city for 1 hour, during which you’ll be able to enjoy unlimited access to the limousine bar. This includes champagne, whiskey, vodka, soda, and juices. After the ride is over, you’ll be dropped off at one of the top clubs of Barcelona without entry fee or lines.

Private Hot Air Balloon over Volcanoes from Barcelona

Depart from Barcelona early in the morning, arrive at Garrotxa Natural Park and board a hot air balloon to enjoy a stunning ride over the local volcanoes. The balloon ride includes a complimentary glass of cava and a Catalan cake. After the ride, enjoy a Catalan brunch and explore the medieval city of Besalú and its Jewish Quarter.

Barcelona Zoo

Spend a fantastic day in the Barcelona Zoo. This attraction is perfect for families and couples alike. Inside, you will find a stunning amount of different species – actually, over 2000 of them. From dolphins to sea lions, this hidden gem of Barcelona offers unmatched entertainment for everyone.

Tapas Tour by Bike

Visit the sights, get to know the culture and sample the cuisine. This one-of-a-kind guided tour includes exploring all the most popular parts of the city, complete with explaining the history and culture while allowing you to sample the best tapas all around Barcelona.

Flamenco Show and Dinner – Tablao Cordobes

Spend some entertaining time in Tablao Cordobés of Barcelona, one of the most popular, genuine flamenco clubs. The flamenco show lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes and guarantees performances from Spain’s leading flamenco troupes. This attraction includes a dinner, which consists of a complete buffet, featuring Mediterranean specialities. Drinks included.

FC Barcelona Stadium Tour

Select a date or book an open ticket (no date selection) and explore the most famous football stadium in the world. This attraction includes a visit to the museum, a self-guided tour through the Camp Nou stadium and entrance to the Multimedia Zone.

Barcelona Port Traditional Boat Tour

Admire the most beautiful sights in Barcelona from the boat’s deck with the Barcelona Boat Tour. This attraction can be enhanced with the use of a free mobile app, which will help you learn about all the iconic spots of the city. The boat ride lasts 40 minutes.

Other Things to See and Do

Cycle along the seafront

Barcelona’s seafront offers an amazing setting for a bike ride. The bike lanes are separated from both the traffic and the pedestrians, which ensures an undisturbed, stress-free ride along the coast. In fact, the same is true for the entire city – it has over 180km of bike lanes, which run along the major streets of Barcelona, including Consell de Cent, Passeig de Sant Joan, Avinguda Diagonal and Ronda de Sant Pau. This gives you the opportunity to explore the most popular places of Barcelona on a bike. Mountain bikers can even climb the Parc de Collserola and enjoy a beautiful panorama of Barcelona.

Discover the city on foot

Despite being quite big, Barcelona is amazingly feet-friendly. Exploring it on foot is a great opportunity to visit the less-crowded, hidden-away gems. Here, impressive parks and buildings can be found around every corner – Parc de la Ciutadella or Parc de Joan Miró, as well as the Montjuïc castle, are just some examples. To dive right into the culture and atmosphere of Barcelona, head up to Horta and discover the charm of the Sant Andreu district.

Admire the city from atop Montjuïc

Montjuïc mountain offers stunning views but does require some legwork to get atop of. For that reason, it’s not as crowded as the streets of Barcelona. If you’re looking for an active, yet relaxing and peaceful way to spend a day in Barcelona, then a trip atop Montjuïc is a good choice. In addition to beautiful sights, buildings from the 1992 Summer Olympic Games can also be found here.

Explore the arty parks

The parks of Barcelona are visited not only for the greenery and shade but also because they are full of great art. The gardens of the Teatre Grec are a great example of that. If you want to soothe your nerves away from the crowds, and you happen to be an art buff, exploring the parks of Barcelona is the way to go.

Walk the famous La Rambla

The most iconic street of Barcelona – La Rambla – is a real must-see. It’s noisy, crowded and flashy, but that’s what we love it for! From street dancers to mimes, La Rambla is the whole city packed on one street. Certainly, taking a stroll down the famous La Rambla is a must-do when in Barcelona.

Treat yourself to some fresh seafood

No visit to Barcelona is complete without sampling the seafood. While you can find all types of cuisine in Barcelona, it is the seafood that’s the city’s signature dish. Restaurants such as La Mar Salada and Can Solé, which offer fresh seafood every day, will satisfy even the biggest seafood connoisseurs.

See all the magnificent churches of Barcelona

The famous Sagrada Familia is not the only awe-inspiring church in Barcelona. If you’re a fan of the sacral architecture, the Sant Pau del Camp is your next stop. This rare example of Romanesque architecture will mesmerise you with its gorgeous façade and extraordinary cloister. But the architectural adventure doesn’t end there – just wait till you see Santa Maria del Mar and Santa Maria del Pi!

Go down the sweet route

Barcelona is known for the wide choice of sweet treats. The confectionery shops can be found around every corner. Places like Escribà, Papabubble, and Bubó are visited by thousands of tourists and locals every year. Candies and bonbons created right before your very eyes, with top-notch precision – what’s more to be desired?

Go for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea

Barcelona offers over four kilometres of beaches, and a wonderful, sunny weather. Take a day off exploring the sights and landscapes to work on your tan. All the beaches of Barcelona are simply amazing – be it the beach of Sant Sebastià or the beaches of Nova Icària or Mar Bella, every one of them is perfect for enjoying the sunny weather of Barcelona.

Engage in a local festival

If you’re a real party animal, then you just have to visit Barcelona in time for a local festival. Festes de la Mercè, happening in September, is a great example. What started as a small religious parade, soon turned into a full-blown festive with seafront air shows, exhibitions, free concerts and children activities. Don’t worry if you miss it, though – Barcelona offers different festivals throughout the year, each one-of-a-kind and spectacular.

Enjoy the free museums on Sundays

Every Sunday, some city-run museums are free to explore. This includes the Museu Picasso, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Museu d’Historia de Barcelona and Museu d’Historia de Catalunya, among others. Some museums are also free on specific days of the month, usually the first Wednesday or Sunday, so it’s good to check individual websites of each.

Scout the city for Joan Miró art

Joan Miró works can be found all around Barcelona. This includes Fundació Joan Miró, which offers a huge collection of his art. Other than that, Parc De Joan Miró features his 22-meters tall Woman and Bird sculpture, and then there is the Miró mosaic in the central walkway of La Rambla. And let’s not forget about the one on the outside wall of Terminal 2 at the airport!

Visit the Els Encants Vells flea market

Els Encants Vells flea market is one of the most iconic places in Barcelona. There is no better place to go if you want to get to know the city better. From items of everyday use to random oddities, this market offers the culture of Catalonia in a nutshell.

Enjoy the free music, dancing, and fun

In Barcelona, music never stops. When looking for some free entertainment, it’s a good idea to set on a journey across the streets. You’re guaranteed to find several performances or some sort of cultural events. From jazz in the parks or poetry readings, there is free entertainment to be found around every corner of Barcelona!

Feel the medieval spirit of Barri Gòtic

The medieval quarter of Barri Gòtic is a charming place with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. If you can afford it, make sure to spend some hours wandering the alleys and exploring all the different shops, bars, and eateries. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Explore La Cathedral – for free!

Talking about Barri Gòtic – right in its middle, you will find a colossal neo-Gothic beauty – La Cathedral. This awe-inspiring church is as impressive from the outside as it is from the inside. And the best part is, the entry is free in the morning and late afternoon.

Shop at Mercat de la Boqueria

The famous indoor market hall, Mercat de la Boqueria, is where you will find all kinds of food – from fresh seafood to thousands of different vegetables and fruits. Most of the products you can also sample for free, which is an added benefit to visiting this place.

Get a small town feel at Gràcia

If you want a taste of what a small town in Catalonia is about, you have to visit Gràcia. It’s plenty interesting and entertaining – the area is full of artists and students, and offers a multitude of cafes, bars, and shops to explore. It’s especially worthy of a visit during the Festa Major in August when residents decorate individual streets.

Enjoy some beach volleyball

There are hundreds of volleyball nets all over the beaches of Barcelona, with thousands of random people playing together at any given hour, which is not only a great way to participate in active entertainment, but also to socialise and make new friends!

Rent a Vespa!

Vespa scooters are not only iconic but also extremely popular in Barcelona. To enjoy your time in this city to its full potential, rent a Vespa and drive the narrow streets and alleys the way they do in the movies. In Barcelona, Vespas can be rented per hour and per day.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the best hotels for Barcelona city break?

    Our list of the best hotels in Barcelona are: Hotel Arts Barcelona, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL, Alma Barcelona GL, El Palace Barcelona and Sir Victor Hotel. Discover the full list of best hotels in Barcelona.

  • What are the luxury hotels in Barcelona?

    The finest examples of luxury hotels in Barcelona include Eurostars Grand Marina, H10 Montcada Hotel, Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, Catalonia Ramblas, Colon Hotel Barcelona, Ayre Hotel Caspe and . Discover the full list of luxury hotels in Barcelona.

  • What are the cheap hotels in Barcelona?

    Those trying to visit Barcelona on a tight budget will find everything they need in hotels such as Chic & Basic Ramblas, Grupotel Gravina, Catalonia Portal de l'Angel, Leonardo Hotel Barcelona Las Ramblas, Atlantis by Atbcn, Condado Hotel Barcelona and Soho Hotel Barcelona. Discover the full list of Cheap hotels in Barcelona.

  • What is the best period to visit Barcelona for a city break?

    Taking factors such as weather, crowds and prices, the best months to visit Barcelona for a city break are May, June, July and August.

  • What are top 5 things to see and do in Barcelona?

    Barcelona offers plenty of exciting attractions and things to do. Must-sees in Barcelona include: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Barcelona Aquarium, Limousine & nightclub Barcelona and Private Hot Air Balloon over Volcanoes from Barcelona.

  • How much does an Barcelona city pass cost?

    A city pass in Barcelona costs around €72.

  • How much does public transport in Barcelona cost?

    24-hour ticket for public transport in Barcelona costs around €8.60.

  • What are the best night clubs in Barcelona?

    The best night clubs in Barcelona include: Razzmatazz, MOOG, Sala Apolo, Pacha Barcelona and Opium Barcelona.

  • What are the best bars in Barcelona?

    Judging on the reviews and customer opinions, the best bars in Barcelona are: Pullitzer Hotel Terrace, Sky Bar, Eclipse Bar, Duquesa de Cardona Terrace and La Isabella.

  • What are the best places to eat in Barcelona?

    Your choice of the best restaurants in Barcelona may vary depending on your taste, however, A Tu Bola, Bar Calders, Bar La Plata, Bo de B and La Boqueria are some of the most popular choices.

  • What are the top 5 best restaurants in Barcelona?

    Top 5 restaurants in Barcelona include: Disfrutar, Dos Palillos, Hetta Cuisine, Hawker 45 and Bicnic.