Barcelona is the 2nd largest city in Spain and it one of Europe’s cosmopolitan capitals of culture, both historic and avant-garde. When you add the beach, a thriving nightlife, award-winning cuisine, and the Mediterranean sun, it’s no wonder Barcelona tourism is so popular! This popularity can come at a cost, as the city can be quite crowded during July and August when many European visitors are having their Barcelona holidays. We’d suggest visiting in early summer to enjoy the perfect beach weather and blooming gardens without the crowds.
There are many way to visit Barcelona: many fly directly into El Prat Airport or the nearby Girona–Costa Brava Airport which tends to cater to low-cost carriers. There are also high-speed rail connections with Madrid and a Paris to Barcelona high speed train route has recently been inaugurated, making your holidays in Barcelona cheaper and more convenient than ever.
Many travelers who've taken trips to Barcelona recommend starting with a route through the works of the modernist architect Gaudi: the unfinished but majestic Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the magical sculptures (and views) at Park Guëll, or the famous façade of Casa Batlló, just to name a few. Then, head to the Gothic Quarter at check the works of another Spanish master at the Picasso Museum.
The city’s culture is world-class, but let’s admit it: you can’t have a Barcelona holiday without the beach! The Barceloneta beach is the most popular within the city, but savvy travelers will take a short train to the neighboring communities of Sitges or Castelldefels to enjoy a quieter beach experience. Sun, culture, sand, tapas…there are infinite reasons to travel to Barcelona! So let’s get started planning your Barcelona trip today!