See a new side of Spain with a visit to Barcelona. From art and architecture, you won't see anywhere else with a dynamic food scene in every corner of the city to Barcelona apartments in the center of the action. This Spanish destination has something to tempt every type of traveler.
A popular destination year-round, Barcelona has hot summers and chilly winters. July and August mark the hottest and most humid weather, as well as the highest prices for tourists. Temperatures are slightly cooler in the fall and spring, making these the most pleasant and affordable times to visit. Winter and early spring are the chilliest months, with temperatures generally in the 50s. Aside from Easter and Holy Week, this is usually the least busy and most affordable time to visit.
How to Get Around Barcelona
After landing at Barcelona Airport, hailing a taxi is the easiest way to get to town. Most Barcelona apartments are within easy walking distance of a Metro station, as are the city's major attractions. Since traffic jams are a regular occurrence in this bustling city, it's a destination that's best to navigate by Metro or on foot.
Best Things to Do in Barcelona
No matter where you spend your time in Barcelona, you'll see several fantastical buildings designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. La Sagrada Família is one of his best-known works and a must-see when visiting Barcelona. Learn more about the architect at Casa Museu Gaudí or walk through Parc Güell, a colorful and surprising outdoor space. See some of the city's best modern art at the Picasso Museum, which holds a surprising number of artworks by the groundbreaking 20th-century artist and many of those who inspired him. Nearby, wander through Las Ramblas, a bustling neighborhood dotted with cafés, bars, shops, street performers, and much more. On a nice day, make Barcelona's Passeig Maritime your destination for a stroll along the boardwalk, a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, or a cocktail alongside the sunset. If you're lucky enough to visit during the soccer season, get tickets for an FC Barcelona game and take in the largest and perhaps loudest stadium in Europe.
Top Places to Eat in Barcelona
Barcelona's tapas receive much of its foodie buzz, but paella is also one of the city's top dishes. You'll find excellent paella at Can Solé, along with hearty Spanish stews like lentil and potato or chickpea and chorizo. Slip back in time with a meal at Set Portes, which has served paella and seafood dishes in a classic arcade setting since the mid-19th century. Make your way to Tapa?24 for Michelin-starred tapas with plenty of international flair. See what the buzz is all about at Quimet I Quimet, arguably Barcelona's most popular tapas restaurant and always packed with diners enjoying small bites from the daily menu. Let Bar Pinoxto take you by surprise with its daily specials and celebrity sightings at Saint Joseph of Boqueria Market. If you can't find a seat at this popular counter, explore the market itself for fresh produce, cured meats, and local seafood.