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Barcelona Bliss: Eat, Drink, Explore!

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Barcelona's weight in history is evident in its 9 UNESCO sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Whether or not you’re into architecture, UNESCO listed more than a handful of architectural landmarks you should not miss.

  • Works of the architect Antoni Gaudí 1 (1852 – 1926), a serial property collection of six buildings. (The 7th building to complete the collection is the Crypt of the Colònia Güell, at Carrer Claudi Güell 6, 08690 Santa Coloma de Cervelló.)
    • the Park Güell, at Carrer d’Olot 5, 08024 Barcelona
    • the Palau Güell, at Carrer Nou de la Rambla 3-5, 08001
    • the Casa Milà-La Pedrera, at Carrer de Provença, 261-265, 08008
    • the Casa Vicens, at Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012
    • the Nativity Façade and the Crypt of the Sagrada Família, at Carrer de la Marina 41, 08013
    • the Casa Batlló, at Passeig de Gràcia 43, 08007
  • Two works of the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner:
  • Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí in the high Pyrénées, in the Alta Ribagorça region.
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You’ll soon get in the habit of sleeping in a bit and ending your day later than you’re probably used to at home. The nightlife in Barcelona kicks off around 10:00 to 10:30.

How long is enough?

Here’s a fun Q & A (don’t try this when you fly!) about this popular city.

  • Question: If you are in an aircraft, how will you know if you are already in Barcelona?
  • Answer: Put your hand out of the aircraft’s window. If you feel hot air, you might be in Africa. If you feel cold air, you might be in Russia. If you lose your watch, you’ve already arrived in Barcelona!

You can easily stay two weeks and still have unchecked activities and sightseeing on your bucket list. Alternatively, in one week you should be able to enjoy the highlights of this vibrant city. 

It should also give you sufficient time to enjoy a few glasses of its traditional Sangria. It’s said that Sangria is not a wine, but a fruit salad – I guess any excuse will do once you’ve tasted Sangria so you may keep your glass filled!

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Travel Tip(s)

Barcelona is a holiday destination that deserves to be savored, not rushed. Slow travel is key here! Stay longer, soak in the vibrant atmosphere, and truly immerse yourself in the beauty of this city. You’ll be amazed at the experiences that unfold when you take your time.

Is Barcelona safe?

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Barcelona is generally considered safe for tourists. However, as with any travel destination, it’s essential to stay vigilant and take common-sense precautions. Stick to well-traveled areas, watch your belongings, and be aware of your surroundings. Practicing basic safety measures will ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit to this vibrant city.

It’s a good idea not to walk around with your GPS in hand. Looking like a tourist can attract some unwanted attention. Plan your day ahead, know your routes, and explore confidently. Blend in like a local to make the most of your Barcelona experience. Safe and savvy – that’s the way to go!

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Crossbody bags are a safer bet than backpacks. Having it in front of you adds an extra layer of security. Keep your belongings close and enjoy your explorations with peace of mind. Safety and style – a win-win!

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Save big with Barcelona City Card, Express or Hola BCN Card

The city has great energy. Thus, no time to wonder what you can do in Barcelona. Besides, the list of places to see and things to do in vibrant Barcelona are almost endless. By the way, at the end of your holiday in Barcelona, you will fully understand why there are so many songs about this city, romancing the Mediterranean in its own fashion.

If you plan to visit various attractions and use public transport, we recommend you get the Barcelona card. In addition, there is a variety of cards that will assist a great deal towards getting the most of your trip to Barcelona.

MUCH CHEAPER THAN TAXIS, RELIABLE, AND EASY TO GET AROUND! Explore Barcelona with a public transport ticket that gives you free, unlimited access to the transportation networks in the city and its suburbs. Experience the beauty of Barcelona and uncover its many treasures with a 48, 72, 96, or 120-hour pass. | Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
Access over 25 of the best museums and attractions. Save money, be flexible and enjoy free public transportation with a 3, 4, or 5-day card. | Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
See the best of Barcelona for a flat fee with the 2-day Barcelona Express Card. You’ll enjoy free travel on public transportation, and receive discounts at museums, cultural venues, leisure facilities, nightclubs, shops, restaurants, and lots more. | Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
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Travel Tip(s)

Barcelona draws a whopping 32 million tourists (+-) annually! With such popularity, attractions can get pretty crowded. Don’t waste time in queues – grab your tickets well in advance! Smart move to make the most of your visit. 

Free museum days in Barcelona can be fabulous, but here’s the scoop – be prepared for some wait time in line. If you’ve got the time to spare, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy world-class culture without spending a dime. Just a heads-up for those patient enough to queue up for a museum treat!

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Europe's leading festival and event destination

Barcelona snagged the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2020 as Europe’s leading festival and event destination. The city sure knows how to celebrate, and it hosts a lineup of incredible festivals throughout the year that will definitely get you in a festive mood. From music to food and everything in between, these annual celebrations are absolute must-attend events. Get ready for a guide to some of the most popular festivals in Barcelona!

  • Primavera Sound (late May/early June): This internationally acclaimed music festival is one of the biggest events on the Barcelona calendar. It takes place over three days in late May or early June and features a lineup of some of the world’s top alternative and indie bands. The festival takes place at Parc del Fòrum and attracts music lovers from all over the world.

  • Festa Major de Gracia (mid-August): This is one of Barcelona’s biggest street parties, with the streets of the Gracia neighborhood coming alive with music, dancing, and street performers. The festival usually takes place in mid-August and lasts for about a week, with the highlight being the street decoration competition. Each street competes to see who can create the most elaborate and impressive decorations.

  • Festival del Grec (July-August): The Festival del Grec is a celebration of the arts and takes place throughout July and August. The festival features a wide range of performances, including music, dance, theater, and more. Many of the performances take place in outdoor venues, such as the Teatre Grec, adding to the festive atmosphere.

  • La Mercè (late September): La Mercè is Barcelona’s biggest festival and takes place in late September. The festival honors the city’s patron saint and features a wide range of events, including street performances, concerts, and fireworks displays. One of the highlights of the festival is the correfoc, or fire run, where performers dressed as devils dance through the streets, setting off fireworks and spraying sparks into the crowd.

  • Barcelona Beach Festival (July): This electronic music festival takes place on the beach in Barceloneta and attracts some of the biggest names in the industry. Past performers have included David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, and Steve Aoki. The festival takes place in mid-July and is a must-attend event for any electronic music lover.

These are just a few of the many festivals that take place in Barcelona throughout the year. With so much to see and do, there’s always a reason to celebrate in this vibrant and colorful city.

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Barcelona embraces the Mediterranean in sweeping C-shaped bays that date back to the times of antiquity. 

The best hotels to stay at in Barcelona

Award-Winning Hotels & Resorts

Barcelona’s Triumph at the World Travel Awards 2020-2023!

Travel Tip(s)

Barcelona faced some challenges with unlicensed Airbnb properties, and the situation is still unfolding. For a safer choice, considering hotel accommodation might be a wise move until things get sorted. Your peace of mind during travel matters!

  • Hotel Arts Barcelona is stealing the spotlight as Spain’s Leading Beach Hotel in 2023. Get ready for a beachfront experience like no other!
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Barcelona’s beaches are known for adults going topless.  The atmosphere is generally relaxed and accepting. Families with young kids frequent the beaches without issues. If you’re comfortable with the European beach culture, it can still be a family-friendly experience. However, it’s always a good idea to choose specific areas of the beach that align with your comfort level. Enjoy the sun and sea with your family in a way that feels right for you!

  • Citadines Ramblas takes the crown as Spain’s Premier Serviced Apartments from 2020 to 2023!
  • The W Barcelona snagged Spain’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel in 2022 and 2023, aced Spain’s Leading Business Hotel in 2020 and 2021, and crowned Spain’s Leading Hotel in 2020. Talk about a winning streak!
  • The Hilton Diagonal Mar clinched the title of the World’s Leading Business Hotel in 2020, 2021, and 2023, owned Europe’s Leading Business Hotel from 2020 to 2023, and even snatched Spain’s Leading Business Hotel in 2022. Oh, and did I mention they’re the go-to for meetings and conferences, earning Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel in 2020?

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Indulge Your Palate in Barcelona: Must-Try Eats and Sips for Every Tourist!

You’re in for a treat in Barcelona! Here’s what you absolutely must try:

Eat:

  • Tapas Galore: Dive into a variety of small plates – patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo, and more!
  • Paella: A Spanish classic! Savor the flavors of saffron-infused rice with seafood or other delectable ingredients.
  • Jamón Ibérico: Indulge in the finest cured ham – it’s a taste sensation.
  • Crema Catalana: Wrap up your meals with this heavenly dessert, Spain’s answer to crème brûlée.

Drink:

  • Sangria: When in Spain, sip on this fruity wine punch – refreshing and delightful.
  • Cava: Spain’s sparkling wine – perfect for toasting to your Barcelona adventure!
  • Vermouth: Try the local vermouth – it’s a popular aperitif with a distinctly Spanish twist.
  • Horxata: A sweet, milky drink to cool you off on warm days.

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Plan your trip to Barcelona

Ready for takeoff? Book your flights to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN), also known as El Prat Airport! Nestled 12 km southwest of Barcelona’s city center, it’s the gateway to your Barcelona adventures. 

There are plenty of options to get from the airport to your hotel

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