The modern city of Barcelona offers plenty of history, culture, art and attractions which include miles of stunning beaches and no end of striking architecture from Antonio Gaudi including the famous Sagrada Familia and Guell Park.
The city also boasts a wealth of parks, gardens, museums and monuments with the city's historic Gothic Quarter also centrally located and closely surrounded by the city's chic upmarket shopping areas selling the very latest fashions and accessories.
Barcelona is located along mainland Spain's south east coastline with the Mediterranean Sea.
Barcelona has an excellent transport network, both into the city from other parts of Spain as well as internationally.
Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) is located approximately 9 miles away from the city centre and links with many European destinations as well as
USA and Asia and also offers domestic flights around the country.
You can travel by rail from the airport towards the city centre and then get off at one of the stops that links with the metro and continue on into the city from there.
Within the historic Port Of Barcelona
is Port Vell the Old Harbour which is where the cruise ships dock and is also where ferries to the Balearic Islands departs from. Within Port Vell there is the large Maremagnum Shopping Mall and the tree lined La Rambla walkway that connects the the port from Barri Gothic to El Ravel. Shuttle busses are available to take you from the cruise terminal close to La Rambla.
There are several well known car hire companies available at the airport which provide visitors with a great deal of flexible travel options whilst in Barcelona.
The Barcelona metro system is extensive and a quick and relatively inexpensive way to get around the city, there are 11 lines with plans for a further two lines and are marked out as L1 through to L11 respectively. The sign for the Metro is a capital M in a white diamond upon a red square background. There are several different tickets and cards available one of the most economical tickets to buy is the T10 which allows for 10 rides on the Metro at a discounted price which can be used over several days.
There are several bicycle hire shops throughout the city that offer a great means of casually getting around the city. Many of the city's attractions are located close to each other making a bike a great option for getting around.
A great option for travelling around the city quickly without having too much trouble with the parking. There are several hire companies around and scooters provide a great means of quick and easy travel and independence around the city.
Barcelona has an efficient bus network around the city and there are travel cards available to make journey's even simpler, the Estacio del Nord station covers long distance and regional bus services and there is an information desk on site as well as a nearby tourist information kiosk.
Official taxis in Barcelona are black and yellow and are readily available.
Barcelona has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers that often average around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and mild winters
that average between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the winters in Madrid are prone to frosts in some of the higher areas of the city and there have even been recordings of snow, with the wettest months usually being September and October.
Barcelona has a wonderful variety of shops from the ultra chic boutiques that are bursting with all the latest fashions to large department stores, bustling markets, antiques and book shops are all amongst a small fraction of what's on offer.
Three of the most popular areas in Barcelona can be found off the main Placa Catalunya square which is in itself well worth a visit and is also where the Arenas Shopping Mall can be found and which also contains several shops and restaurants. The Passeig de Gracia is well known for its fashionably upmarket shops that have some of Barcelona's most well known fashion brands and is well known as one of the most expensive areas to shop.
The La Rambla offers a more tourist friendly approach with plenty of entertainment along the way in the form of art sellers and street entertainers who line the long pedestrianized boulevard which is flanked by shops and market stalls selling a wide range of goods from flowers and paintings to clothing.
The Avinguda del Portal de l'Angel is the street for many more popular fashion brand names and offers plenty of choice depending on your budget and requirements with jewellery, clothing and footwear a prominent features along this street.
And the vast Maremagnum Shopping Mall within Port Vell offers just about everything from jewellery and designer clothing to technology, toys, home ware and plenty of cafes to help keep you going. The Maremagnum is only a short walk away from La Rambla boulevard and a pleasant walk through the marina along the boardwalk.
Barcelona has a wonderful selection of top end Michelin starred restaurants
throughout the city leaving visitors to the city somewhat spoilt for choice when it come to dining out, with plenty of opportunities for stylishly modern and creative Spanish cuisine as well as firm Spanish favourites.
Food in Barcelona is a wonderful blend of fresh meat and seafood dishes with plenty of fruit, herbs and vegetables and the all important accompanying sauce that often result in wonderful aromatic dishes that are full of flavour and colour.
Popular dishes can include the ever poplar paella as well as tapas and Escudella a meat and vegetable stew, Suquet de Peix a seafood casserole and Mongetes amb botifarra which is porc sausages with beans and you will also find served with many meat dishes a garlic sauce known as Allioli.
When it comes to dessert's one of the most famous creams used is Crema Catalana which is often added to fruit and pastry dishes.
Barcelona has a vibrant mix of festivals and events that include energetic music and dance events,
religious festivals as well as cultural and sporting events... more about Barcelona Festivals and Events
- Ciutat Vella
This is the oldest part of the city and contains the districts Barceloneta, Barri Gotic, La Ribera and El Ravel.
- Sant Marti
Located to the north of the Ciutat Vella on the eastern side next to the Mediterranean Sea.
Eixample is located to the northwest of the Ciutat Vella and this area of the city contains the Sagrada Família and other modern buildings.
The Sants-Montjuic is located to the south of Ciutat Vella and Eixample
and contains several museums including the Picasso Museum and is also where you can ride a cable way to Montjuic Mountain from the sea, offering superb views of the area.
Located to the north of the city centre contains many public squares and modern buildings and is also the location of Guell Park.
- Inland Suburbs
Surrounding the city within the mountains are the inland suburbs. This district is also home to the impressive Temple de Sagrat Cor which is at the top of Tibidabo Mountain which offers superb views of the city.
The city of Barcelona has a wide range of sights and attractions from its striking Gaudi architecture
to museums, parks, concert halls and churches that include the famous Sagrada Familia.
- Sagrada Familia
One of Barcelona's well known landmarks is the Roman Catholic Church known as Sagrada Familia that was designed by architect Antonio Gaudi... more about the Sagrada Familia
- National Palace
Within the National Palace is the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya)
which features several works of art from paintings and sculpture to photography and drawings... more about the National Palace
- Guell Park
This unique park is located in the
Gracia district and includes the Gaudi House Museum, carved Dragon sculpture, several winding paths flanked with vegetation and the Hypostyle Hall... more about the Guell Park
- Barcelona Aquarium
L'Aquarium de Barcelona offers plenty of information about the thousands of animals at the aquarium and includes the popular Oceanarium, a visually pleasing 80 meter tunnel through which to walk... more about the Barcelona Aquarium
- Poble Espanyol
This unique open air architectural museum shows off Spanish architecture that is found throughout the country all within a replicated village at Montjuic... more about Poble Espanyol
- Barcelona Zoo
The Barcelona zoo houses several animals from
Gorillas and Giant Anteaters to Frogs, Toads and even Komodo Dragons... more about the Barcelona Zoo
- Picasso Museum
The Picasso museum houses an incredible collection of the artists works from his early days through to the artists more accomplished works... more about Picasso Museum
- Casa Batilo
This unique building was built by Antonio Gaudi and has a striking facade covered in coloured tiles, irregular shaped windows and protruding balconies... more about the Casa Batillo
- Arc de Triomf
This impressive red brick arch is adorned with stone sculptures and is located on a promenade that links to the Park de Ciutadella... more about the Arc de Triomf
- Magic Fountain Of Montjuic
This impressive fountain offers spectacular light and music performances
and is located in front of the National Palace... more about the Magic Fountain
- La Placa Catalunya
This large square features several statues, fountains and a monument to the 122nd President of Catalonia and is beautifully located between the Ciutat Vella and Eixample districts... more about the Placa de Catalunya
- Barcelona Cathedral
This formidable gothic cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona and features several statues and reliefs... more about Barcelona Cathedral
- La Rambla
The La Rambla is a pedestrianized boulevard that connects Port Vell with Placa Catalunya... more about La Rambla
- Botanic Garden
The Barcelona Botanic Garden
offers beautiful walks within this vast space that is located on Montjuic Hill and features a wide variety of plant species as well as views of the city... more about the Botanic Garden
- Guell Pavilions
The Guell Pavilions were designed by renowned architect Antonio Gaudi and include the impressive wrought iron Dragon Gate... more about the Guell Pavilions
- Casa Mila
The Casa Mila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also known as La Pedrera and was designed by well known architect Antonio Gaudi. The Casa Mila houses an exhibition floor and regularly holds other events such as concerts and lectures... more about the Casa Mila
- La Placa Reial
This popular square is located just off from La Rambla
and contains several cafes, restaurants and bars and is a popular meeting place... more about La Placa Reial
- Pedralbes Monastery
This unique monastery
complex has many areas open to the public and offers informative tours around areas such as the chapel, refectory, kitchen, Church of Saint Mary, cloister and dormitory which also houses a museum... more about the Pedralbes Monastery
- Palau de la Musica Catalana
This beautiful concert was built between 1905 and 1908 and features a plenty of decorative detailing with sculptures, stained glass windows, pillars, arches and mosaics all prominent features... more about the Palau de la Catalana
- Temple de Sagrat Cor
Temple de Sagrat Cor is located at the top of Tibidabo Mountain and features several stone carvings, statues and mosaics as well as superb views of the city... more about Sagrat Cor
- FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium
One of Barcelona's most prestigious sporting venues has regular football matches and is open for unique tours of the facilities and its fascinating museum... more about FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium
- Barcelona Beaches
There are several golden stretches of sand within easy reach of the city centre each offering plenty of water sports and beach activities, refreshments and amenities to help keep you going... more about Barcelona Beaches