Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a Spanish city that boast an amazing history thanks to its strategic position, it has been always the main seaport on the Mediterranean sea, a city that has attracted all types of cultures and where a beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine can be enjoyed.
The Must Knows
Currency: Euro €
Population: 1.6 MILLION (2015)
Language: Catalan & Spanish (English is well spoken)
Autumn/Winter: Mild. December, January & February are the coldest months averaging temperatures around 16°C.
Spring/Summer: Summer lasts for around six months! From May-October, temperatures reaching a high of 28-29°C.
Top 10 Things to do in Barcelona
- Get a glimpse of the art-nouveau movement, locally known as Modernisme, of the late 18th century at Barcelona´s Golden Quarter. An area that concentrates an amazing array of buildings full of colors, floral decorations and round unusual shapes.
- Skip the line and climb the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi´s master work that remains unfinished. No one can leave Barcelona without visiting this fantastic monument.
- Walk down stone cobbled streets at Barcelona´s Gothic Quarter where you will uncover more than 2,000 years of history of this wonderful city.
- Keep on uncovering Gaudi´s legacy in the city and enjoy the art of nature by visiting the Park Guell while you admire beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea.
- Hit the waves at Barceloneta beach. Take a stroll through the trendy boardwalk and uncover Frank Gheri´s stunning whale.
- Go for local shopping at El Born district where local designers and artists hang out outside their trendy shops.
- Go for a concert event at Palau de la Musica Catalana, no one gets tired of the stunning architecture of the city. This place is magic, and the agenda is well packed with great artists.
- Climb the Montjuic hill and visit Fundacio Joan Miro to admire the surrealist display of this iconic Catalan artist.
- Walk through the luxurios shops at Passeig de Gracia and admire the stunning buildings around.
- Visit a museum, there are many and our pick is the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona), which is located at the eclectic Angels´ Square at El Raval District.
Best Eats in Barcelona
Barcelona is a famous city of hosting a great variety of top restaurants and tapas bars, several Michelin stars lie on this city. The offer is wide and here are some of the best options when it comes to food:
- Fly high and enjoy the world renowned cuisine of Ferran Adria at El Barri Adria, this is an area where his restaurants, some with Michelin stars, are located.
- Go on a Barcelona culinary experience to have a taste of the best foods that Catalan gastronomy has. This is a nice option to take if you are also interested into culture and insights about local cuisine.
- Hit the world famous La Boqueria Market and find a spot on one of the tapas bars that serve fresh market food.
Accommodation in Barcelona
When it comes to accommodation the offer is wide. The best is to find a place to stay at the Eixample district as it is quite central and well connected to the rest of the city. Here are some recommended places:
- Budget hotel: Generator Hostels
- Trendy boutique hotel: Retrome
- For the upscale client: Mandarin Oriental