Located on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona, Spain, features fantastic architecture from a variety of historical periods. Visiting Barcelona, you have the opportunity to explore 14th century cathedrals, a Gothic quarter, and ancient temples during the morning, and then spend the afternoon on one of many fabulous beaches. Active adventurers can run along the Mediterranean Sea, swim, or paddle board. The beauty of Barcelona has long been world renowned, and the city itself has been responsible for some of the greatest artists in history, including Joan Miró.
When to visit
Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world – particularly during the summer months, when tourists flood the streets. If you are looking for a little more wiggle room should try late spring or early fall, while the weather is still excellent. For those looking for a taste of some local flavor, come for Easter, when several religious celebrations take over the city. Barcelona's largest festival takes place in August, the Festa Mayor de Gracia, where entire streets create extravagant decorations in order to be named the best decorated. Finally, the four day Festes de la Merce in September features races, concerts, parades, and Catalan dances.
Barcelona features a mild Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm and humid, but westerly winds keep things more comfortable than cities more inland. Expect average highs in the summer to stay just under 90F/32C. Rain hits in both the spring and the fall, but temperatures stay rather warm. In the winter, lows dip to just above freezing, with snow being a rare occurrence. Grey skies are also common in winter. However, Barcelona is on what's known as "the wild coast," which means weather is notoriously difficult to predict. Warmer clothing is required in the winter months – particularly on days when the sun doesn't peek out.
When you're considering what to do in Barcelona, you'll have a plethora of options to choose from. Take in a concert at the Gran Teatre de Liceu, or dig into some tapas – available at virtually any local restaurant. Lay out your towel on the beaches of Barceloneta and go for a swim or take a paddle board out into the sea. As most tour guides will point out, Barcelona is one of the best cities for fashion and shopping. To get your fix, visit The Portal de l'Angel or Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol.
It would take not one, but several travel guides to tell you what to see in Barcelona. The Parc Güell is a man-made wonder that's free to all visitors and features some of the most inventive things you may ever see – it's like walking through a fairy tale. The La Sagrada Família is incomplete, but is also the most visited monument in all of Spain and was consecrated in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. If you are in the mood for fascinating architecture you should also make the trip to La Pedrera. Finally, the Gothic quarter plays host to the Barcelona Cathedral, which is steeped in history.
Tips & Recommendations
• Pick-pocketing and petty theft can be a problem when traveling through Barcelona so stay vigilant of your surroundings.
• Tapas are a necessity for visitors to eat, as is the fresh Mediterranean seafood for which Barcelona is famous.
• If you are planning on visiting religious institutions you should dress modestly – pants for men and women must cover their shoulders.
The 3-star Casa Con Estilo B&B Barcelona Bruc offers a delightful balance of value and service. Intimate and authentic thanks to its small size and handful of rooms. With Antiqua Estacion del Norte so close, getting to and from your lodge will be a breeze. Barcelona Cathedral is within easy reach from here. Columbus Monument is no more than 2km (1.25mi) from here. The world-class Palau de la Musica Catalana is close by.
Offering an intimate atmosphere, the small-sized Barcino 147 is a nice place to unwind. The 3-star rating ensures a memorable stay here. You'll be a short distance from Plaça de Catalunya, Paseo de Gracia and Arc de Triomf. Casa Batlló is within easy walking distance, as are Santa Caterina's Market and La Casa Mila. Columbus Monument is a major attraction in the area. Conference facilities nearby include Palau de la Musica Catalana.
The small Brun Barcelona B&B offers warmth and hospitality. If you're looking for an affordable rate, 2-star rooms are available here. This property is conveniently located near Funicular de Montjuic. Here, you'll find Plaça de Sant Just and Plaça de Sant Jaume as well as Plaza Real, all just a short distance away. You'll be close to Barcelona City History Museum and Picasso Museum, where you can spend hours admiring the collections. Less than 2km (1.25mi) away is Columbus Monument.
The small Vasanta Hotel Boutique offers warmth and hospitality. Book a comfy 3-star room here. Antiqua Estacion del Norte offers easy access to the surrounding area. From this area you can easily visit Plaça de Catalunya, Arc de Triomf and even Paseo de Gracia. Casa Batlló, Santa Caterina's Market and La Boqueria are all within walking distance. This lodging is a good choice for visiting Columbus Monument, which can be reached on foot from here.
For easy travel, Hotel Ingles is a short distance from Funicular de Montjuic. Las Ramblas, Grand Theatre Liceu and La Boqueria are popular destinations you can easily reach from this accommodation. In the surrounding area is the interesting Columbus Monument. Just 0.4 km (0.2 miles) away, Barcelona Cathedral is well worth a visit.
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