Top Attractions in Barcelona
Barcelona is particularly known for its impressive architecture. One place to see this for yourself is the Basilica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. This Roman Catholic church was designed by Antoni Guadi, a Catalan architect, and it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church, though yet unfinished, was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
The church is stunning inside and out. The exterior features a total of 18 massive spires and incredibly detailed carvings on the facades. Inside, the roof of the nave reaches 150 feet high and features a striking design you will not want to miss. Entry to the Sagrada Familia is €15- €29 ($18-34) depending on whether you buy basic entry, an audio guide, a guided tour, entry to the museum, or access to the towers and the panoramic views.
Another popular stop for tourists in Barcelona is Park Güell. This park is much more than just a green space. This park consists of multiple breathtaking gardens, architectural works, and even a museum. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to multiple architectural works created by Antoni Guadi. Originally designed as a housing development for Barcelona’s elite, Park Güell is now open to tourists and costs €7 ($8.30) to visit. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes and bring water, as you are going to want to take your time exploring everything there is to see in this incredible park.
For those visiting with the whole family, Tibidabo Amusement Park is a great way to enjoy the day. The park opened in 1905 and is one of the oldest functioning amusement parks in the world. Most of the original rides are still in use, including the Red Aeroplane, a single-car carousel that makes one feel as though he or she is flying above the city (something that was truly exhilarating and unheard of in 1928, the year it was created).
From the exciting rides to the enticing history, this park is the perfect stop for the whole family. Adult tickets are €28.50 ($34) while children under 1.2m (4 feet) in height are €10.30 ($12) and children under 90cm (3 feet) get in free.
There are plenty of exciting things to keep you busy in Barcelona, but don’t just limit yourself to the city. Some easy day trips from Barcelona include the Salvador Dali Museum for a day of art and culture, Costa Brava for a little beach time, or the medieval village of Pals for a glimpse into the past. These destinations are all fairly accessible from Barcelona and well worth the time it takes to get there, as they will truly add to your Barcelona experience.
The food in Barcelona will make your mouth water. Around every corner awaits another Spanish restaurant with dishes worth writing home about. Of course, it wouldn’t be a visit to Spain without indulging in some delicious tapas. Locals like Can Eusebio for its massive selection of tapas, affordable prices, and lively environment. If you are looking for something a little more upscale, head to Llamber for a fine-dining tapas experience. Alternatively, enjoy some delicious Spanish cuisine in a casual and cozy environment at Filferro. Where ever you end up, you are bound to eat well. That is the beauty of Barcelona!
Night Life and Entertainment
Barcelona is well-known for its vibrant night life. For a more cultural evening, see a concert in the stunning Palau de la Musica Catalana. Or head to Boadas Cocktails, the city’s oldest cocktail bar. Another popular bar is Mirablau, which offers sweeping views of the city from above. If you would rather dance the night away, head to Otto Zutz, a multistory dance club that is famous for its all-night parties. And this is only just the start; there are endless bars, clubs, and entertainment options to fill your nights. Barcelona comes to life at night, so make sure to explore the city and enjoy its night life during your visit.
There is plenty of public transportation in Barcelona, making it a fairly easy city to get around. Between the metro, tram, FGC, and buses, you can get just about anywhere using public transport. In addition, Barcelona is a very bicycle-friendly city, so it’s a great place to rent a bike and explore the area.
Barcelona is a Mediterranean city with mild winters and hot summers. The average annual temperature is 70.2 degrees Fahrenheit, with it dropping as low as 54 degrees Fahrenheit in January and reaching as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit in August. The climate is relatively mild throughout the year with very little temperature fluctuation.
When to Go
Early summer and fall (particularly May to June or September to October) are the best times to visit, as the summer can get a bit hot and crowded, and the winter can be a bit cold. Barcelona is a popular tourist destination, so make sure you book your hotel well in advance.
Flying to Barcelona
Located at El Prat del Llobregat, Barcelona-El Prat Airport is about 10 miles from the city center. Most international flights to Barcelona will land at Terminal 1 although some low-cost airlines and regional carriers still use Terminal 2. The two terminals connect by green transfer shuttles. From the front of Terminal 1, a shuttle bus to the RENFE train runs about every 30 minutes to the city center. Visitors transfer at Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gràcia or Clot, which connects to the city’s subway system. With cheap flights to Barcelona from almost every major city, there’s nothing stopping you from visiting today.
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