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About Barcelona

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 Gràcia 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 Sebastiá 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 Montjuïc 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 anday


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


17th February 2022 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Barcelona

If Barcelona were a woman she would be a ravishing but rebellious Miss World misfit, one who regularly neglects her beauty sleep for debauched nights out that can leave her looking distinctly worse for wear. The city’s best features, such as La Sagrada Familia, are perennially being patched up by unsightly cranes and scaffolding, graffiti (only some of which transcends to art) is splashed over shutters and walls and the household garbage of local residents and bodily excrements of fiesta...


24th March 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to spend a perfect week in Spain

When it comes to spending a week in Spain, you'll find many ways to slice and dice an itinerary. Spain's a fascinating country with different languages, landscapes and loves. Here's our inside itinerary for one week in Spain for first-timers. Plus, some suggestions for secret spots and the next places to visit. First of all, you need to make your peace with the fact that you cannot hope to see it all. Spain is a big place, with culture and atmosphere crammed into every last rocky cove, grand...


28th February 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

9 things to do in Barcelona that you should not miss

You’ll never be short of things to see and do in Barcelona; a weekend break is just not enough time to fully appreciate this bustling and vibrant city. I could give you a list of things to do in Barcelona as long as your arm! If art and architecture are your bags, Barcelona has so much to explore – there is something for everyone....


12th February 2021 by Andy

Cheapest places to holiday in January

Forget the typical New Year’s Resolutions of dieting, exercising and saving money – and kick the New Year off with a holiday instead! After all, it’s cold and you’ve probably spent far too much time indoors, wondering where to put all your Christmas presents.In the tropics, you’ll find perfect weather and the southern hemisphere is in sun-filled party mode for the entire month. If you’re not aching for the sun, but can’t wait to hit the slopes instead, Europe’s best ski resorts...


15th June 2020 by Hand Luggage Only

7 amazing secret spots to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of my absolutely favourite cities to visit not just in Spain but in Europe as a whole and understandably, I’m not alone in feeling like this too. Year after year, Barcelona is ranked as one of the top 10 most visited cities in Europe so it’s safe to say that a lot of the amazing things to do in Barcelona is by this point pretty well know by a lot of travellers....


21st April 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

3 days in Barcelona: An itinerary written by locals

Can you spend 3 days in Barcelona and sidestep overtourism? Armed with the right knowledge, of course you can! Avoiding the crowds in Barcelona doesn't just mean heading out to the suburbs and hiding from the key attractions. Day one of this Barcelona itinerary, for example, starts right next to the central Rambla. Later, you'll pass right by the Sagrada Familia. ...


13th March 2020 by PommieTravels

Why you should visit Barcelona: 8 compelling reasons

The city was founded by the Romans, although there are legends that say that the city was erected by Hercules, that is, founded by the Carthaginians and that Hannibal himself called it “Barcino”, in memory of his father Amilcar Barca. Throughout its history, Barcelona has been in the hands of Muslims, Christian invaders, carolling, bourbon … Artists such as Antonio Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Luis Domenech and Montaner, Antoni Tapies and many others have left their lives there,...

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