Barcelona city is one of the most chosen destinations by friends, couples and families from around the world. Its charm is unquestionable. The culture, fashion, beaches and festive atmosphere are your main attractions. However, this beautiful city has many more attractions.
1. What is the best time to visit Barcelona city?
Barcelona has a special charm at each time of year, but if we had to choose a season, no matter what, it would be spring. With the arrival of good weather you can enjoy the terraces, walks on the beach (walking or cycling); In addition, there are fewer tourists compared to the summer season.
Therefore, if you usually plan your trips, we recommend the months of April, May and June to enjoy spring in Barcelona city.
2. How much time is necessary to visit Barcelona city?
The answer is difficult. If you want to visit the main monuments and attractions of the city, 3-4 days is enough. But if you want to “live the city”, know incredible places, attend shows, enjoy its beaches, parties … you will need several weeks …
3. How to get to Barcelona city?
Barcelona city is perfectly communicated. You can choose any of the following options:
- By plane. Many international airlines arrive to Prat International Airport from all over the world. If you plan your trip and bookings well in advance, it is not unusual to find cheap flights.
- By high-speed train (AVE). There is a wide range of schedules for the Madrid-Barcelona route, being able to be in little more than 2 and a half hours in Barcelona (Sants Station). The average price is around 60 euros per trip.
- By car. Barcelona is well connected by road with both Madrid (620 km) and the Mediterranean arch and France (180 km to the border).
- By cruise ship. It is one of the favorite destinations in the Mediterranean, so it is rare that there are no large cruise ships in the port every day.
- By bus. It is not the most comfortable option, but it is the cheapest one.
4. Accommodation in Barcelona city
Being one of the main tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, and throughout Europe, you have a multitude of accommodation options for all tastes and prices: Luxury hotels, cheap hotels, apartments, hostels, …
The main neighborhoods to stay are:
- Gothic Quarter: Center of Barcelona city. Unbeatable option to visit walking the main tourist places of the city.
- El Raval: Although there are areas that are quite degraded and not recommended, you also have modern and affordable options very close to the Rambla and the Olympic Port.
- Gracia Quarter: One of the neighborhoods with the best atmosphere in the city. Famous for the festivities of Gracia, in which its neighbors decorate their streets and squares in an original way.
- Les Corts/Sants: Although it is far from the center, it is not a very expensive neighborhood and you have at one step the Sants station (AVE and suburban trains), the España square and the Diagonal avenue.
5. How to move around Barcelona city?
In our opinion, we believe that the best way to move around Barcelona city is walking or cycling. If you walk, you can “get lost” and discover every corner of the city. If you go by bicycle, you can go more and enjoy the views, the sun and the breeze.
There are many bicycle rental companies in Barcelona. However, if your stay will be longer, we recommend you buy the Bicing card. This card allows you to move for free within the first 30 minutes since you pick up the bike at any authorized point, after 30 minutes it has a minimum additional cost.
Another way to get around Barcelona is by Subway. You can buy the ticket T10 (10.30 euros), which allows you to make 10 trips within the year in which you buy it. Also, if you go in a group, it allows you to use the same ticket for everyone.
6. What to visit in Barcelona city?
Although the correct question would be what you can not do in this city … Stroll or rest on its beaches, discover its historic center, know the work of Gaudí, visit museums, picnic in the Parc de l ‘Oreneta, drink something in one of its roofs, … Barcelona city is a cosmopolitan destination where you can live a multitude of fantastic experiences.
- La Sagrada Familia. The work for eternity with naturalist style of the genius architect Antoni Gaudí, who took in 1883 the reins of the construction of this monument and leaving to his death, in 1926, all the guides for future architects could finish the work. It is also worthwhile that the cost of construction is met only by donations. It is estimated that, in 2026 (after 144 years), this architectural jewel unique in the world will be completed.
- Basic: Entrance to the Sagrada Familia (15€).
- At your own pace: Entrance to the Sagrada Familia + audio-guide (22€).
- Panoramic experience: Entrance to the Sagrada Familia + audio-guide + access to the tower (29€).
- From March to October: Every day of the week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- From November to February: Every day of the week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Gracia promenade. The Gracia promenade in Barcelona is an architecture showcase, where you can see buildings by Gaudí and his contemporaries, such as Casa Batlló, Casa Ametller, Casa Lleó i Morera and La Pedrera. This elegant and stately walk, which in its beginnings was designed to be the most important avenue in Barcelona city, links Plaça Catalunya with the Gracia neighborhood. Today it is the most luxurious avenue in the city that houses dozens of shops of the best brands in the world.
- Gotic Quarter. It is the old quarter of Barcelona, an area that invites you to enjoy its architecture, its commerce or simply its charming atmosphere. This heart of Barcelona is delimited by Plaza Cataluña, Las Ramblas, Paseo Colón and Vía Laietana. As places of interest, we highlight the following:
- The Cathedral of Barcelona, of Gothic architecture dating from the fourteenth century.
- Bisbe street, beautiful pedestrian street that joins the Plaza Sant Jaume with the Cathedral.
- Portal de L’Angel street, the street with the most expensive m2 in Spain.
- Real square, surrounded by bars and terraces, this square is art, it is music, it is history and it is architecture. Located very close to La Rambla is, without a doubt, a pulsating area of the Gothic district of Barcelona city.
- King square, which houses the Museum of the History of the City.
- Sant Jaume square, in which the Palau de la Generalitat is located (built in the 15th century). There is also the City Hall of Barcelona (the clock building) with a neoclassical facade.
- Cataluña square. One of the nerve centers of the city. Meeting point for thousands of people who start the weekend and want to enjoy the night of Barcelona.
- La Rambla street. It is the most tourist street in Barcelona city. Here you will find stands of all types and for all tastes, from flower kiosks, souvenirs, restaurants, ice creams and even artists and street painters that make the trip a unique moment. This street communicates, through other streets and alleys, with the famous neighborhoods of: El Raval, El Born and the Gothic quarter.
- Olympic port. Built for the Olympic Games of Barcelona ’92, it is a marvel for all nautical enthusiasts. Although many of the yachts that anchor there are not for all budgets …
- Born Quarter. Undoubtedly one of the fashionable districts of Barcelona city. Here you can see both old buildings and a multitude of fashion, art and gastronomy venues in the European avant-garde.
- Arch of Triumph. In the upper part of the Passeig Lluís Companys stands proudly the Arch of Triumph. Entrance door of the Universal Exhibition of 1888, the arch presided over the then Hall of Sant Joan, the walk that led to the fairgrounds of the Parc de la Ciutadella. Nowadays you can contemplate street music and dance shows.
- Park of the Citadel. It is located between the Arch of Triumph, the Barceloneta beach and the Barcelona Zoo. A quiet place to enjoy and relax for a while from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- La Barceloneta beach. It is one of the main attractions of the fishing district that is located in the district of Port Vell. Here you can find a beautiful promenade, surrounded by restaurants and bars, the Aquarium, where you can immerse yourself in the marine world, the Montjuic cable car, which allows you to reach the Miramar Mirador from where you can enjoy wonderful views of Barcelona city. And, if you love shopping, in the area of Port Vell, you can get lost in the Maremagnum shopping center.
- Güell Park.Another of the most beautiful icons of Barcelona and also by the genius Gaudí. More than a park, it is an emblem of the city and is considered a world heritage site by UNESCO. In the design of the park you can see a perfect symbiosis between nature and architecture. The park has multiple symbolic spaces, but definitely from the Plaza de la Naturaleza you can see one of the best views of Barcelona. Images that are recorded in the retina and in our cameras for the memory. A must in the city. Of course, we recommend you buy the tickets online to avoid long queues or that there are no tickets when you arrive …
- National Palace. Built for the international exhibition of 1929 in Barcelona, this marvel is located between the Plaza de España and one of the slopes of Montjuic.
- Camp Nou. The visit to the FC Barcelona Stadium is a must for the most football fans. Buy your ticket and take a tour of the facilities and the museum.
- Bullring Arenas. The old bullring in Barcelona city, today a shopping center, is located in the heart of the España square. In addition to the shops, cinemas, exhibitions and restaurants, we highlight the views of Barcelona city from the roof.
- Montjuic. The mountain of Montjuic, facing the sea, has become one of the best viewpoints of Barcelona and one of the favorite places of visitors. In the highest part of the mountain stands the castle of Montjuic, from where you can enjoy great views of the city and the coast. Here you can also visit the Museu d’Arqueologia, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya-MNAC, the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món, the Miró Foundation, the Olympic Stadium, the Telecommunications Tower of Calatrava and the Palau Sant Jordi, a concert that hosts concerts of pop music, rock, family shows and sporting events.
- Cableway. If you’re not afraid of heights, this is a great option to see Barcelona city in sight of bird. Link the port with Miramar, on the slope of Montjuic. Keep it in mind when planning your route.
7. Places of interest near Barcelona city
If you already visited Barcelona city and you stayed wanting to know more … We recommend that you approach, if you can, to these places:
- Montserrat: Beautiful abbey located at the foot of the Montserrat Mountain. It is 64 km from Barcelona (you can get there in the vicinity).
- Sitges village: Beautiful coastal town located very close to Barcelona (40 km). It stands out for its magnificent beaches and quiet environment. It is also gayfriendly destination, performing several gay pride parties here.
Further north, in the province of Gerona, you can find 2 towns with a lot of charm:
- Figueras: Birthplace of one of the greatest surrealist geniuses, Dalí. In addition to a museum in his honor, where it is buried, you can enjoy its beautiful streets and squares. It is located 136 km from Barcelona.
- Cadaques: Undoubtedly the most beautiful fishing village of the entire Catalan coast. It is wonderful to walk through its narrow streets and admire incredible views of the coast at dusk …. It is 40 km from Figueras (50 minutes by road) and 180 km from Barcelona.
What do you think? A new destination for your travel list in this 2019?
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