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 see in Barcelona
Barcelona beaches for sun worshippers! We tell you where the beaches are, which are our favorites, what sports to do there...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tickets to get around Barcelona
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!
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.
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.
Where to stay in Barcelona?
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.
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..
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.
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!
Catalan cuisine on a budget!
Bo de Bernat isn't just a restaurant, it's a destination where Catalan tradition meets innovation, where every bite tells a story. Whether you're a local or just passing through, a visit to Bo de Bernat is a must for anyone who loves good, affordable food in Barcelona.El Raval - Carrer del Comte d'Urgell, 27
A meal at a low price!
If you're wandering around the Sants district between Sants station and Camp Nou, Bodega Montferry is a great tapas and sandwich bar on a budget.Les Corts - Adresse: Passatge Serra i Arola 13
One of Europe's leading cruise ports
Discover the Barcelona Cruise Port, a gateway to your Mediterranean adventure. Get the lowdown on terminals, transport, and nearby amenities in our comprehensive guide.Barceloneta - Terminal South - World Trade Center
Unforgettable tapas and raciones!
Beware, this is one of our favourite tapas bars. Located just a stone's throw from the Picasso Museum in the picturesque Carrer de Montcada, Bar del Pla offers tapas, raciones...El Born - C/ de Montcada, 2
Visit Catalonia : Best Points of Interest
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!
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...
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!
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!
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..
Best time to visit Barcelona
|Average high °C
|Daily mean °C
|Average low °C
|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|
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.
- 43.6% of tourists come as a couple,
- 26.4% alone,
- 15% with their children
- 14.6% with friends.