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.
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At the popular Badal B&B - Adults Only rooms go quickly thanks to its small size. Transportation is available at nearby Sants Station. The popular Poble Espanyol, The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and Magic Fountain are easy to reach from this location. For business travelers, this location provides close proximity to Fira de Barcelona. The nearby Palau Sant Jordi attracts many visitors to this area.
Given its 2-star class, Apartamento Abrevadero gives great value for the price. Sometimes the best things come in small packages, and this is one of those. Given the proximity of Funicular de Montjuic, it's easy to arrive here by public transit. Staying here puts you within easy access of Plaza Real, Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça de Sant Jaume. Wandering through Catalonian Museum of Archeology and Joan Miro Foundation, both a short walk away, is time well-spent. From this property, you can head out and see Columbus Monument.
Budget-friendly Vidre Home - Plaza Real has a 2-star rating. Intimate and authentic thanks to its small size and handful of rooms. The famous landmark Plaza Real is conveniently close, as are Plaça de Sant Jaume and Plaça de Sant Just. In the vicinity of this lodging you'll find Barcelona Cathedral. One interesting nearby attraction is Columbus Monument. Be assured that Palau de la Musica Catalana is easily accessible.
Hostal Girona is a small, intimate lodge in Barcelona. Offering 2-star rooms, this is a great option for good quality at a low price. Public transit is accessible at nearby Antiqua Estacion del Norte. Recommended attractions: Santa Caterina's Market, Casa Batlló and Ciutadella Park. Columbus Monument is only 1.8 km (1.1 miles) from here. Nearby Palau de la Musica Catalana is a big draw for business travelers.
The affordable 2-star Violeta Boutique offers value for your budget. Intimate and authentic thanks to its small size and handful of rooms. From this area you can easily visit Plaça de Catalunya, Arc de Triomf and even Paseo de Gracia. Both Barcelona City History Museum and Picasso Museum are quite close. For a memorable Barcelona visit, be sure you see Columbus Monument. If you're in town for a conference, Palau de la Musica Catalana is an easy stroll 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.
Residencia Onix gives you lots of choices, thanks to the extensive selection of rooms. Rated 2 star(s), this property meets the needs of budget travelers. From this area you can easily visit Arc de Triomf, Torre Agbar and even Plaça del Rei. Barcelona Auditorium, National Theatre of Catalonia and Razzmatazz are all within walking distance. Of particular interest for museum enthusiasts are Picasso Museum and Barcelona City History Museum. The nearby Palau de la Musica Catalana is a popular venue.
Stay at the 2-star Bed and Beach Barcelona and save your money for other travel expenses. Antiqua Estacion del Norte is close by. Razzmatazz, Barcelona Zoo and Ciutadella Park are popular destinations you can easily reach from this accommodation. You can walk to Olympic Port, Torre Agbar and Arc de Triomf from here. Enjoy easy access to Picasso Museum. This museum is 1.8 km (1.1 miles) away.
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