View of Barcelona City from Park Guell

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Barcelona travel guide since 1996. Expertise and tips for exploring Barcelona city.

Your holiday in Barcelona and Catalonia

Planning your journey to Barcelona? Welcome to our travel guide dedicated to Barcelona, Spain, the vibrant capital of Catalonia! There's no shortage of attractions in Barcelona for lovers of art, architecture, contemporary culture, Mediterranean traditions or simply partying. Among the attractions of your stay in Barcelona are monuments such as the Sagrada Família, Park Güell and Casa Milà, Gaudí's marvellous modernist jewels on UNESCO's World Heritage List. And museums such as the Picasso Museum and the Joan Miró Foundation. But visiting Barcelona also means strolling along the Ramblas, getting lost in the Gothic Quarter, lounging on the beach, finding the best restaurants and bars, going out at night or shopping. We're also here to advise you on the best accommodation, understand the airport and metro, buy your tickets for absolutely any activities in Barcelona, from FC Barcelona tickets to the Barcelona City Pass that makes your getaway more economical. Finally, get ready with Barcelona's 15-day weather forecast. 

Welcome to Barcelona! Don't hesitate to give us your feedback and ask any questions you may have. Our experts will always get back to you!

Things to do in Barcelona city

When visiting this great city, one must at least see one of the great masterpieces of GAUDI: the SAGRADA FAMILIACASA BATLLÓ or PARC GÜELL. But the football fans will go directly to visit the CAMP NOU, or to assist a FC BARCELONA MATCH . Others will prefer to stroll in the historic districts of the city. For families with children, the ZOOPOBLE ESPANYOL, or the AQUARIUM are preferred... Find all SKIP THE LINE TICKETS for best things to do in Barcelona.

Barcelona City Pass

Barcelona City Pass

Incl. skip the lines tickets to Sagrada Familia, Park Güell + Hop-On Hop-Off Bus..

The Barcelona City Pass is a great option for those who wish to enjoy all of the city's highlights, without the inconvenience of booking several tickets and having to collect them. Included: skip-the-line tickets for the Sagrada Familia and Park Guëll + Hop-On Hop-Off Bus + 10% discount..

From € 86.00

Skip the line La Sagrada Familia Sightseeing Tour

« Save time when visiting »

To avoid the unavoidable queues for this emblematic  monument of the Catalan capital, we advise you to purchase in advance your skip the line tickets with priority access to La Sagrada Familia.

From € 33.80
Entradas Parque Güell

Park Güell Tickets

Avoid the crowd with skip the line tickets

Flamboyant yet subtle, Park Güell is Gaudí’s fanciful imagination on a large scale: an entire park. Perched above the city, Güell features lush gardens, quirky buildings, and all kinds of fanciful details. From the lizard at the entrance, to the famous snaking Serpent Bench the details will put a smile on your face.

From € 13.50

Casa Batlló Tickets

Best tickets to visit Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece

Casa Batlló is one the most original and dreamlike of the achievements of the architect Antoni Gaudí. Polychrome facade decorated with ceramic and glass, undulating roof representing a mythical dragon. Discover the fundamental work of Catalan modernism and best tickets and prices to visit it!

From € 35.00

Things to see in Barcelona

Discover the wonders of Barcelona with these few points of interest that we like. The city is famous for the different architectural styles - and monuments - that have shaped it, such as Catalan Gothic, Catalan Modernism and Rationalism, which created the recognizable geometric street grid. Here are a few ideas for places to explore, whether you're looking for a stroll, relaxation or culture.

  • Que faire à Barcelone en Février 2024

    What to do in Barcelona in February 2024

    Festivals and cultural events in February 2024

    February in the Catalan capital is a great time to explore the city's unique mix of cultural events such as Carnival and the Festival de Santa Eulalia, historic sites and vibrant atmosphere. 

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  • Barcelona Spain Beaches

    Barcelona Beaches

    Barcelona beaches for sun worshippers!  We tell you where the beaches are, which are our favorites, what sports to do there...

  • Catedral de la Santa Creu
    Monument

    Barcelona Cathedral

    The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is dedicated to Saint Eulalia. Founded in the 13th century and completed in the 15th. Barcelona Cathedral is famous for its impressive Catalan Gothic architecture and its chapels decorated with sculptures and paintings. It also houses many treasures, including the relics of Saint Eulalia.

    Barrio Gótico - Pla de la Seu, 3
  • Visit with us the Montjuic

    Montjuïc

    How to visit Montjuïc in Barcelona? Montjuïc is a mountain in the city. A real breath of fresh air. From all sides, you have access to a magnificent view of Barcelona. Among the places to visit: the Montjuïc castle, the Palau Nacional, also known as MNAC, the Poble Espanyol, the Magic Fountain, the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi or the Joan Miró Foundation.

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  • Visit of the Barrio Gotico

    Gothic quarter Barcelona

    Tour of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona city centre.

    Visit the Gothic Quarter, the "Barrio Gótico", the medieval centre of Barcelona. A real labyrinth! Around the Cathedral, get lost in the narrow streets. Discover the oldest antique shops, candle shops, umbrella shops, and other famous pastry shops. It is here, just a stone's throw away, that the most important historical events in the history of the Catalan capital were played out.

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  • Visit Las Ramblas in Barcelona

    Las Ramblas Barcelona

    Las Ramblas Barcelona. It is the busiest street in the city. It is divided into five sections: Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis - Rambla de Sant Josep - Rambla des Caputxins - Rambla de Santa Mónica. It is the meeting place for all the inhabitants of Barcelona. Stroll under the plane trees, admire the street artists, look at the living statues. A typical moment. 

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  • Barcelona Port

    Barcelona Port

    How to visit the Port of Barcelona? In 1992, with the Olympic Games, Barcelona opened up to the sea and brought about urban changes. From then on, Barcelona's marina also included the cargo port and the cruise ship port. The America's Cup 2024 will also profoundly transform this area. A neighbourhood in constant change.

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  • FC Barcelona Tickets

    Buy your tickets now to enjoy an unforgettable experience by attending a Barça match. Join us this 2023-2024 season at the Olympic Stadium and immerse yourself in the excitement of top-level football in a family-friendly atmosphere! 

    08/03/2024 FC Barcelona VS RCD Mallorca
    FC Barcelona Football tickets

    FC Barcelona vs RCD Mallorca

    La Liga
    Friday March 8th 2024 - 21:00
    Olímpic Stadium Lluís Companys
    Date and time confirmed
    FC Barcelona tickets - La Liga
    FC Barcelona Official ticket agent - 2023-24 - FCBOOFM
    From€ 65.00
    12/03/2024 FC Barcelona VS Napoli SSC
    FC Barcelona Football tickets

    FC Barcelona vs Napoli SSC

    UEFA Champions League
    Tuesday March 12th 2024 - 21:00
    Olímpic Stadium Lluís Companys
    Date and time confirmed
    FC Barcelona Official ticket agent - 2023-24 - FCBOOFM
    From€ 240.00
    28/04/2024 FC Barcelona VS Valencia CF
    FC Barcelona Football tickets

    FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF

    La Liga
    Sunday April 28th 2024
    Olímpic Stadium Lluís Companys
    Date and time to be confirmed
    FC Barcelona tickets - La Liga
    FC Barcelona Official ticket agent - 2023-24 - FCBOOFM
    From€ 145.00
    Camp Nou Immersive Tour & New Museum

    Camp Nou Tour

    FC Barcelona Immersive Tour & Museum

    During the construction of the new stadium, Camp Nou offers an immersive tour. This tour includes :

    > Visit to the new museum + Audio Guide.
    > Spotify Camp Nou Live immersive room.
    > Future Stadium Construction Viewpoint.

    From € 24.00

    Tickets to get around Barcelona

    The Aerobus is the bus that provides a fast and economical transfer between the airport and the city centre (35 minutes). The Aerobus can be combined with the "Hola Travel Card" which offers unlimited use of all public transport in the city for 48, 72 or 120 hours. Finally, to complete your transport options during your stay, the open-air Hop-on Hop-off bus is fantastic for going from one point of interest to another.

    Aerobus Tickets

    Aerobus Tickets

    Transfers from airport to centre and back

    The Aerobus is a shuttle bus that takes you from El Prat Airport to city centre in 35 minutes. One departure every 5 minutes. 365 days a year! Online tickets, tips and infos!

    From € 9.75
    Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour

    Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

    Best City Tour: One single ticket, 3 routes and 45 stops!

    Discover city sightseeing at your own pace with our selection of Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour tickets. An extraordinary and economic way to make the first connection with main tourist attractions.

    From € 31.00
    Hola Barcelona Public Transport Card

    Hola Transport Card

    Unlimited access to public transport

    Enjoy unlimited access from 48 to 120 hours to Barcelona's public transport: Metro, bus (TMB), urban railway (FGC, Zone 1), Montjuïc funicular, tram (TRAM), regional railway (Rodalies de Cataluny) + 1 round trip from the airport to the city center. Only excluding NitBus, Aerobus & hop-on hop-off.

    From € 19.50
    Metro in Barcelona

    Metro in Barcelona

    Learn how to get around Barcelona's metro: map, hours, fares, lines and stations and where to buy your metro tickets.

    Where to stay in Barcelona?

    Accommodation is the first step in preparing your trip. To help you find the perfect place to stay, we offer you the best hotels in Barcelona, Barcelona airport hotels, by central districts such as El Born, Ramblas or by categories such as the 4-star hotels.

    Hotels in Barcelona City Centre

    Hotels in the city centre

    Our selection of the best hotels

    The centre of Barcelona is called Ciutat Vella. It is the old town and its districts such as the Eixample, El Raval, El Born, El Gótico and Barceloneta. It’s for sure the ideal area to be during vacation. This guide and handmade selection of city centre hotels will help you to book according to your budget and likes.

    Hotels in the Gothic Quarter Barcelona

    Hotels in the Gothic Quarter Barcelona

    The Gothic Quarter is an area full of history and charm, and a stay in one of its hotels will allow you to discover an authentic medieval atmosphere. Hotels in the Gothic Quarter Barcelona are an excellent choice for those looking for accommodation close to the city's main tourist attractions, such as Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça de Sant Jaume, Plaça Reial.. 

    Hotels near the Sagrada Familía

    Hotels near the Sagrada Familía

    Discover the city on foot by staying at one of our carefully selected hotels near the Sagrada Familía. Soak up the city's lively atmosphere and explore Gaudí's architectural wonders while enjoying the ideal location of your accommodation.

    Hotels by the sea in Barcelona

    Barcelona Beach Hotels

    Welcome sun, sand, and farniente lovers! Barcelona is a city on the Mediterranean Sea that offers beautiful and lively beaches made for you. This is our selection of hotels near the sea, near the harbour, at the Barceloneta or by seafront.

    What’s hot in Barcelona!

    Be aware of the latest places we talk about in town. Our last editor’s reviews. What’s hot and we endorse : new shops, new bars, new restaurants... And find more info in our guide: WHERE TO EAT IN BARCELONA? ,  WHERE TO GO OUT IN BARCELONA ? and SHOPPING IN BARCELONA

    • Terranova - Barcelona
      Shop

      Terranova

      The cult bookshop for art-lovers

      In the heart of the dynamic Sant Antoni district stands the Terranova Bookshop, a cultural sanctuary that fuses art, literature and design in a historic modernist space. Much more than a bookshop, it is also an art gallery and a meeting place for lovers of the exceptional and the unique.

      Les Corts - C/ Comte Borrell, 99
    • Mercantic - Sant Cugat del Vallès
      Shop

      Mercantic

      Antique hunting at Mercantic

      Mercantic, located in Sant Cugat del Vallès, offers an incomparable vintage market experience, with antique shops, vintage pieces, crafts and decoration. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 7pm and at weekends from 10am to 3pm, it's a must for treasure hunters and vintage enthusiasts.

      Beyond Barcelona - Av. de Rius i Taulet, 120
    • Baldomero - Barcelona
      Restaurant

      Baldomero

      For Saturday and Sunday morning brunch!

      Baldomero's weekend brunch is a celebration of home cooking with a modern twist. The free buffet offers something for every taste.

      Eixample left - Ptge. Mercader, 16
    • Vasquiat - Barcelona
      Shop

      Vasquiat

      A must for fashion enthusiasts

      They see themselves as "Vanguard fashion curators", i.e., discoverers of fashion talent. Not far from Casa Batlló, Vasquiat seems to have a knack for spotting the latest brands. 

      Eixample left - C/ de Provença, 243

    Visit Catalonia : Best Points of Interest

    A guide to discover Catalonia with its 160km long Costa Brava's coastline on the north and its beautifull Costa DoradaThe Golden Coast, on the south. 

    Costa Brava

    The Costa Brava

    Figueres, Girona, Montserrat..

    Natural beauty, endless miles of sandy beaches and summer sunshine. The Costa Brava is not only a vacation's heaven but also a cultural region with museums and points of interest. The country of Salvador Dali!

    The Costa Dorada

    Tarragona, Sitges, Delta del Ebro..

    A marine littoral of 216 kilometers long and 786 hectares of spacious beaches with clean fine sand and transparent shallow water. But the past is never really far, with cities like Tarragona a "World Heritage City" by UNESCO...

    Catalonia Best Tours

    Private & small groups

    2 days for visiting North Catalonia, one day trips to Figueres, Girona, a Montserrat tour, Tarragona and a lot more like one day in the Pyrennees mountains, a Cava wine tasting, a cheese testing and even golf.. A great way to see more of our region!

    PortAventura Park Tickets

    PortAventura Tickets

    For children as well as adults..

    Discover the fantastic world of PortAventura theme park:
    > Fast entrance tickets 
    Access to all attractions and shows: "Silver River Flume, Grand Canyon Rapids, Furius Baco, SesamoAventura..."

    > One hour from Barcelona!

    From € 40.00

    Montserrat Spain Tours

    Swap the chaos of the city for the mountains

    An hour's drive northwest of the big city, Montserrat is both a breathtaking mountain range and a place of recollection. Visit our page dedicated to this major symbol of Catalan culture to find our thematic guided tours like: Montserrat tapas and wine tour, visit of Montserrat Monastery and much more..

    From € 94.95

    City Guide

    Explore our city guide to discover the Catalan capital. Among the most practical sections to help you prepare for your stay > Airport, Car Parking, Low Emission Zone, Metro, Weather, Map, What to do in 3 days, ideas for routes by district, selected city  tours, monuments and museums and, of course, everything about Gaudí...

    Best time to visit Barcelona

    The best time to visit Barcelona is between spring and early summer. Summer is best avoided because of the high temperatures, unless you want to adopt the local rhythm by taking a siesta between 2 and 6 pm to escape the sweltering heat. September and October also offer pleasant conditions, although the climate can be changeable, with possible precipitation. In winter, city life calms down and temperatures remain mild, but it can be quite cold, sometimes prickly. To prepare for your stay, take a look at our weather forecasts.

    Temperatures

     

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
    Average high °C
    (°F)
    13.6
    (56.5)
    14.2
    (57.6)
    15.8
    (60.4)
    18.6
    (65.5)
    21.7
    (71.1)
    25.9
    (78.6)
    28.2
    (82.8)
    29.0
    (84.2)
    26.1
    (79)
    22.7
    (72.9)
    17.6
    (63.7)
    14.0
    (57.2)
    20.6
    (69.1)
    Daily mean °C
    (°F)
    9.4
    (48.9)
    10.0
    (50)
    12.0
    (53.6)
    14.1
    (57.4)
    17.8
    (64)
    22.1
    (71.8)
    24.6
    (76.3)
    25.1
    (77.2)
    22.1
    (71.8)
    18.4
    (65.1)
    12.9
    (55.2)
    9.8
    (49.6)
    16.7
    (62.1)
    Average low °C
    (°F)
    5.2
    (41.4)
    5.8
    (42.4)
    7.9
    (46.2)
    10.8
    (51.4)
    14.1
    (57.4)
    18.3
    (64.9)
    21.0
    (69.8)
    21.2
    (70.2)
    18.3
    (64.9)
    14.8
    (58.6)
    9.3
    (48.7)
    5.8
    (42.4)
    12.7
    (54.9)
    Precipitation mm
    (inches)
    41
    (1.61)
    39
    (1.54)
    42
    (1.65)
    49
    (1.93)
    59
    (2.32)
    42
    (1.65)
    20
    (0.79)
    61
    (2.4)
    85
    (3.35)
    91
    (3.58)
    58
    (2.28)
    51
    (2.01)
    (25.2)
    Avg. precipitation days 5 6 5 6 7 3 3 4 5 7 5 7 62
    Mean monthly sunshine hours 149 163 200 220 244 262 310 282 219 180 146 138 2,524
    Source: Wikipédia

    Barcelona in figures

    Where is Barcelona? Located on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is Spain's second-largest city after Madrid. The capital of Catalonia, known for its unique architecture, beaches, lively nightlife and rich culture, welcomes some 24 million tourists every year. Paradoxically, its 1.6 million inhabitants manage these visitors perfectly well, as the city is spread out and its tourist districts very central.

     

    Profile of tourists coming to Barcelona in 2022

    Gender: 36.3% women, 67.7% men
    Average age: 37.6

    Reason for visiting Barcelona:

    • Vacation: 67.7% 
    • business trip: 18.7%,
    • personal or other 1: 3.6%.

    Means of transport:

    • Plane 62.8%,
    • private vehicle 22.3%,
    • train 10.7%,
    • other 4.2%.

    Among travelers arriving at Barcelona airport:

    • 89.4% are European,
    • 2.7% African,
    • 5% American
    • 2.9% Asian.

    49.7% have never been to Barcelona before,

    50.3% are returning for at least the second time.

     

    Tourist profile

    • 43.6% of tourists come as a couple,
    • 26.4% alone,
    • 15% with their children
    • 14.6% with friends.

    Last comments

    Tami24 - 28 Feb 2024 - 08:34
    Bar del Pla!!
    Thank you for introducing us to the Bar del Pla. Great people, great atmosphere, great tapas and food.
    teddyy - 28 Feb 2024 - 08:34
    to visit in winter ;-)
    to visit in winter otherwise it's packed... too famous ;-( was great
    Barcelona.com - 19 Feb 2024 - 11:28
    @Susan
    Hello Susan, The green tourist bus line is no longer in service and will not be next April. However, the red line now passes through the north of the city, where the green line used to run. Enjoy your visit!
    Susan - 19 Feb 2024 - 11:24
    Green Line
    Will the green line be running on April 1? If not, is there a price reduction due to this reduced service?
    Jacek Rosa - 13 Feb 2024 - 09:04
    Barcelona
    Dla mnie Barcelona to miasto Hiszpanii i wiele ciekawych zabytków oraz dużo turystów jest w nim tak na prawdę i myślę że jeszcze bym chciał tam polecieć bo chcę zwiedzić muzeum FC Barcelony i przejechać się kolejką linową jaka to jest atrakcja dla mnie najbardziej w tym ale wiem że dużo zwiedziłem z Adamem tych właśnie miejsc chociaż stałem się dobrym podróżnikiem ale radość we mnie jest w tym to jest najważniejsze w moim życiu codziennym Ja z Adamem stworzyłem najlepszą grupę przyjaciół w tej Hiszpanii tam na plaży Barceloneta skradłem całusy pięknym dziewczynom bo mi się podobają jak się legną do mnie takie osoby młode i to właśnie potrzebują dziewczyny tego mojego ciepła mojego ciała
    Joris - 5 Feb 2024 - 16:00
    AC 24
    Are there possibilities to go on the water with hospitality boats to watch the race from the water?
    Phil Hatcher - 1 Feb 2024 - 09:54
    On water day trips during AC 37
    I'd like some info as to how to book on water day trips to watch the America's Cup eg: Boat type / trip length / cost / what is supplied on the trip plus any other details I may have missed.
    lucas - 31 Jan 2024 - 08:26
    soccer
    i love you so much