There are many beautiful places to see in Spain and with the weather being so pleasurable, this means it’s very popular with tourists across the world. The capital of Spain is Madrid, which is a favorite place to have a vacation, as well as other well-known parts of Spain, such as Benidorm and Seville due to its culture and history. Barcelona, however, is somewhere truly special due to the authentic Spanish atmosphere you can experience here.
Barcelona is very accessible from all over the world, thanks to the very reliable transport links.
There is one airport in Barcelona, the International Airport and there are many airlines that fly into it, from the larger airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic to the lower cost airlines of Easyjet and Jet2.
Freedom of Travel
Once at the airport, there are several ways you can choose to see the city. There are many car rental companies, such as Advantage Rental Car that have offices at the airport. Renting a car is an option that is more accessible and affordable to many of us as we move through the 21st century. Plus, the amount of flexibility and freedom you need to have to experience an enjoyable vacation all depends on how you can move about the area you are staying in.
By renting a car, this enables you to go where you want, when you want without having to worry about cab prices, bus schedules or train times. It means you can improvise and fit your travel around your stay and not the other way round.
If you prefer another form of Barcelona transport because, for example, you’re not comfortable driving in a foreign country, then there are many buses and trains that you can take all over Barcelona.
Another option is to take a cab wherever you go throughout the city; however, it is advisable to consider car rental or a bus if you want to travel venture out of the city as a cab will be very costly the further you go.
What’s on offer
The list is endless of amazing things you can see and do in Barcelona from admiring architecture through to tasting an authentic paella. If art is your passion, then the MNAC is Catalonia’s national art museum with a complete overview of Catalan art from the 12th to the 20th centuries. It has art in many different forms from sculptures, paintings, decorative arts, and cinematic.
Doing it like a local
As mentioned above, you can’t go to Spain without experiencing a real paella. Paella is a seafood dish mixed with rice made in a huge paella pan, and some of the best dishes can be found in the La Barceloneta neighborhood, home to many restaurants that specialize in paella.
Top of the World
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, then why not trek over to the mountains. Everyone knows about the beaches in the city, but the mountains of Barcelona offer exceptional views, all brought to you at the top of the mountain after a funicular ride!
This list has barely scratched the surface of what’s on offer in Barcelona, but it gives you a great starting point to build out your vacation and experience all the beautiful sights and sounds the city has to offer.
5 Interesting facts about Barcelona
- With 4.5km of coastline and seven beaches, National Geographic consider Barcelona to be the best beach city in the world.
- A quirky mix of Gothic and Modernist architecture, there isn’t a city in the world that offers the contrast of building styles you will find in Barcelona.
- Sports fans have a choice of venues to visit in Barcelona. Camp Nou, where Barcelona FC play their home games is one of the most visited stadiums in the world and a tour is highly recommended.
- The Olympic Stadium was first built for the 1929 International Expo and completely renovated when Barcelona hosted the premier sporting event in 1992.
- La Rambla is probably the most famous street in Barcelona but it’s actually made up of 5 boulevards which have joined together to create one 2km long promenade. This is why you will often here it referred to in its plural form of Las Ramblas.
Tours & Excursions
Recommended Accommodation in Barcelona
The 5 star luxury Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL is surely one of the best in Barcelona. Located in the Eixample district close to many of the cities top attraction. This trendy luxury hotel offers a whole host of first class facilities including a rooftop pool, Turkish steam baths and large elegant rooms Reviewer Rating: 9.0
The 4 star Hotel Pulitzer is a perfect mid range to choice. Ideal location in the heart of the L'Eixample district close to Barcelona's main retail and sightseeing areas. All rooms are stylish, modern and spacious. There is a first class in house restaurant serving authentic Mediterranean cuisines. The Hotel is within a minutes walk from plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs and a vibrant nightlife. The Antoni Tapies Foundation, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Palau de la Generalitat are also found within a 20 minute walk. Reviewer Rating: 8.9
You will not be disappointing with the Barcelona Central Garden Hostel located in the heart of the city. a short stroll from Gran Via, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Passeig de Gracia. This highly rated hostel has 10 comfortable rooms with laundry service, free Wi-Fi and a sun terrace. Reviewer Rating: 10.0