Departure30 December 2023 I'm flexible
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As one of Europe’s most vibrant and colourful cities, Barcelona has evolved out of the intriguing combination of its unique location between sea and mountain, its turbulent Catalan history, and its pre-eminence as Spain’s centre for art, architecture and design.
Food and drink
In recent years, Spain has become one of Europe’s leading gastronomic destinations, and Barcelona’s culinary scene is one of the most exciting. Innovative chefs are developing a new style of cooking, while traditional Catalan restaurants serve time-honoured dishes passed down the generations.
Cured meats are a speciality of the area including chorizo and dried boar and ham, while the city’s seaside location ensures an excellent selection of seafood. Crema Catalana is the star pudding, along with delicious cakes and pastries.
Barcelona is something of a shopper’s paradise. Along the Passeig de GrÃ cia and its environs, international designers, like Gucci and Chanel, and famous Spanish names such as Camper and Desiguel jostle for position. To find something a little more unusual, browse the antique shops and boutiques of the Gothic Quarter and El Born.
Things to see and do
- La Sagrada Família - This unfinished masterpiece is an architectural marvel, Antonio Gaudi’s most celebrated creation.
- Picasso Museum - Housed in five medieval palaces, a comprehensive collection of early artwork by Pablo Picasso, from childhood sketches to Cubism.
- Casa Batllo - Gaudi’s fantastical apartment building which is said to symbolise the story of George and the Dragon.
- Las Ramblas - From the central Plaça de Catalunya down to the sea, this lively street is the beating heart of Barcelona.
- Joan Miró Foundation - A dazzling gallery devoted to one of Barcelona’s finest artists.
- Sit on the rainbow-coloured serpent bench in Parc Güell and marvel at the far-reaching views.
- Catch a match or take a guided tour at Camp Nou, Europe’s largest football stadium and home to Barcelona FC.
- Take the cable car across the harbour and spend the afternoon on Sant Sebastiš beach.
- Explore the tiny winding streets of the Gothic Quarter, one of the oldest parts of the city.
- Take the cable car up to Castell de MontjuÃ¯c for the best views over the harbour and the city.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Barcelona, our top picks for the best time to travel would be May
The increasing warmth of May is perfect for strolling along La Rambla and people-watching. Not swelteringly hot, but perfectly pleasant for relaxing in the cosmopolitan city centre or at the beach
Things to do in Barcelona
Barcelona Blog posts
From the UK's most popular travel bloggers
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5 Reasons to Visit Casa Batlló in Barcelona
21st September 2023 by The World in My Pocket
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5th August 2023 by Where Angie Wanders
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Things to Do in Barcelona – The Secret Corners
28th April 2023 by Globalmouse Travels
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12 Unmissable Foods to Try in Barcelona
23rd January 2023 by She Get's Around
Are you curious to discover the best food to eat in Barcelona? Look no further! Here are the top 12 must-try dishes in the city. Whenever I travel, I'm always eager to sample the local cuisine. And, I can confidently say that I have never been disappointed with the culinary delights of Barcelona!...
The 21 best things to do alone in Barcelona: Self-guided tours and more
25th October 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab
Barcelooooooona! As one of the most in-vogue cities in the world, Barcelona bursts with history and culture and it’s one of those world class cities that everyone should visit at least once. Personally, I’ve been many, many times. The Catalan capital is famous for Gaudi’s buildings, like the Sagrada Familia, and it was also home to some of the world’s most innovative artists like Pablo Picasso and Juan Miro....
Essential First-Time in Barcelona Travel Tips
17th April 2023 by The Life of a Social Butterfly
Are you visiting Barcelona for the first time? Not sure where to stay, what to do or how to get around? Here are some essential tips for a first-time visit to Barcelona, including do's and don'ts. Save this post to Pinterest to read at a later date for all the information you need for your first trip to Barcelona....
Weather in Barcelona
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Barcelona