Barcelona (population: 1.6 million) certainly enjoys life to its fullest. Ancient architecture, world-class fashion, the Catalan flair, exciting tapas bars, a fabulous dining scene, exotic beaches, seductive nightclubs, sexy people… it never seems to stop!!!
Where the Party Never Stops
You thought Vegas was the only city that never sleeps? Think again! At least, in a European perspective Barcelona presents endless possibilities to its visitors well into the night. Drinks start flowing by sunset and the city succumbs to the flavors of live music and the rhythms of the flamenco by nightfall. There are countless nightclubs in the city, many of which let you party through the night.
The Mediterranean Sun
Sun-drenched beaches such as the Barcelona Beach and Nova Icaria, Roman ruins such as the ones found under Placa del Rei (also famous as the most extensive underground Roman ruins in the world) and the columns of the Barcino Temple, Gaudi wonders such as Casa Mila and La SagradaFamilia, the street performers, beautiful statues and luxury brands of La Rambla and gothic wonders of the Gothic Quarter. More than enough to keep you occupied for days. And these are just some of the things that you must see while in Barcelona. Save some time for those hidden cafes, tapas bars, fantastic cocktails and those world-class fashion brands. And if you still have time on your hands, we haven’t even begun counting the museums, those amazing theaters and the exciting experiences that Barcelona has on offer.
Getting Around Barcelona
The best way to commute in Barcelona is to use the Metro. It connects most parts of the city with each other, and for those few areas that don’t offer metro connectivity, there are a number of buses and taxis to choose from.
Barcelona is a vibrant, modern city with deep roots to its past. It’s the second largest city in Spain and the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia. People here speak the Catalan language, not Spanish, and are very proud of their Catalan heritage.
Top 3 attractions in Barcelona:
- La Sagrada Familia Church: an unfinished church designed by the iconic architect Antoni Gaudi
- The Font Mágica Fountain or The Magic Fountain: an incredible show of music, light and water
- FC Barcelona Museum & Camp Nou Stadium: a must-see for fans of Barça and football in general
Other things to do and see in Barcelona:
- Enjoy the wonderful cuisines of Barcelona’s world-famous culinary scene.
- Join the locals for exciting and impassioned soccer games, especially the indomitable FC Barcelona matches.
- Soak up the sun and enjoy a glass of sangria along the Passeig Marítime, a seaside promenade that trails just northeast of the city.
- Take a guided-tour of the sites associated with Pablo Picasso who lived in the city from 1895-1905.
- Tour the city and be amazed by architectural masterpieces of the world-renowned modernist Antoni Gaudi.
- Go on a cultural quest of Barcelona visiting some of its finest museums, art galleries and cathedrals.
- Take a leisurely stroll down the tourist hub of Las Ramblas and mingle with street performers, cartoonists and artists. There are lots of shops to buy souvenirs and gifts in Las Ramblas.
The climate of Barcelona:
- Barcelona is located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and has a warm Subtropical-Mediterranean climate.
- Winters are mild with average temperatures of 14° C during the day and 5° C at night
- Summers are warm with average temperatures of 25-28° C during the day and 13-20° C during the nights.
- Barcelona’s weather remains sunny and dry for most of the year and it is one of the most pleasant places in all of Europe.
- The official currency of Spain is Euro and most businesses will not accept US Dollars or GB Pounds.
- It is advisable that you change currency beforehand or carry a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) that can be used in Spain.
Barcelona has a lot to offer even if you are on a budget or don’t have a lot of time. This cosmopolitan city with a rich history and strong traditions is bound to impress you. So, hop on the plane and go to Barcelona, daytime siestas and cool sangria await you with open arms.