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BARCELONA. A blend of modern cosmopolitan with historic Gothic charm this city is best described as eccentric. From quirky Gaudi sites and Modernista architecture to sun kissed Mediterranean beaches and world class cuisine Barcelona has something for everyone.

 




Barcelona is Known For

Gaudi


Unique, beautiful, and different are a few ways to describe Gaudi's work which are icons throughout the city.

FC Barcelona


Globally recognized and locally loved, FC Barcelona is a piece of Barcelona life and culture.

Nightlife


Vibrant, varied and full of energy, the nightlife in Barcelona has something for everyone.

Food and Cuisine


Tapas, Cava, Bodegas, Michelin star restaurants, Barcelona has it all.

Barcelona Highlights

FC Barcelona
'Mes Que Un Club', this team is more than a club, it's a way of life for the Catalan People. One of the world's most known, supported and accomplished teams. The team's home is Camp Nou, which if you are lucky enough you can experience a match with 99,000 dedicated fans.

Gaudi / Architecture
One could spend a whole trip admiring the architectural wonders of Barcelona. Gaudi has left his fingerprints throughout the city which cannot be missed. You will also find other Modernista architecture, also known as Catalan Art Nouveau, throughout the city including the Palau de la Musica and Hospital San Pau.

Nightlife
An already vibrant city takes it up another notch after dark. Barcelona comes alive with a different scene for everyone. From nightclubs, like Razzmatazz, CDLC and Opium, to tapas bars, bodegas, icebarcelona or endless festivals there is something to be experienced every night of the week.

Cuisine
Boasting a number of Michelin star restaurants, Barcelona enjoys it's food. Beyond fine dining you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy amazing food whether in the form of tapas at bodegas and bars or fresh finds at mercados. A few local dishes worth a try include Pan tumaca (Pamtomaquet), fuet, and Crema Catalana. Cava, a Catalan sparkling wine, is a local staple that can be enjoyed any time of day whether you are just starting breakfast or enjoying a dinner or dessert. Other must try Spanish foods include paella, Patatas Bravas, Bombas, Croquetas, Tortilla De Patatas, and of course, Jamón Iberico.

The Mediterranean
There is so much to enjoy in the city but make sure to schedule time to enjoy golden beaches of the Mediterranean sea. There are many scenic escapes within a short drive but Barceloneta is an easy seaside escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Castells
Found at festivals in Catalonia, this is a 200 year old tradition of building human towers called castells (castles). Castellers, the people who build these human structures, can reach over 30ft or up to 10 people in height!

Catalunya (Catalonia)
Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region consisting of the Costa Brava and Pyrenees Mountains. One of the most noticeable differences compared to other parts of Spain is Catalan is the primary language in Barcelona, although nearly everyone will speak Spanish as well. Some locals view Catalunya as a separate Spain, a nation without a state, notable for its progressive culture.

Barcelona Top Annual Events

The three kings day is part of the celebration of Christmas culminating 12 days after Christmas on January 6th. On the eve of the 6th parades take place throughout the city, the largest is called Cabalgata de Reyes where 500,000 people lineup each year to watch. Celebrations peak on the 6th where presents are opened and traditionally a sweet bread called Tortell de Reis is enjoyed.

Carnaval is celebrated in many Catholic countries in February to have some fun before heading into lent. In Barcelona you can find kid and adult friendly celebrations including floats, costumes, music, and fireworks.

Saint George’s day, also called Día de la Rosa (the day of the Rose) is the Catalonian Valentine’s day celebrated on April 23rd. Rose and book stands can be found all over the city. In tradition women receive a red rose and men receive a book as a gift. On this day you will find Casa Batlló decorated in roses.

Formula 1 is widely enjoyed in Barcelona. Each year the city is host to the Spanish Grand Prix in May where over 150,000 people enjoy this high octane event.

Celebrated on the night of June 23rd and June 24th, the beaches become a party with fires and fireworks. Locals refer to this night as 'Nit del Foc' meaning night of fire. This is a celebration of the longest day and shortest night of the year.

One weekend each year in June Barcelona hosts one of the best known music festivals in Europe. The events are attended by over 100,000 people and are split between sonar by day and sonar by night.

In mid-August, every Barrio (neighborhood) compete to be the best decorated street. Gracia is one of the most well-known neighborhoods to explore the amazing setups. The celebration continues both day and night and includes live concerts and drinks.

On September 24th hundreds of performance take place in the streets. Many involve mythical beasts or giants and include dancing, drums and fireworks. During the celebration you can also find Castellers building human towers.

Best Time to Visit

May to June

Driest Months

June to August

Wettest Months

September to November








Barcelona Travel Inspiration

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Regional Attractions

<center>Sitges</center>

Sitges

45 Minute Drive

<center>Montserrat</center>

Montserrat

1 Hour Drive

<center>Costa Brava</center>

Costa Brava

1-2 Hour Drive

<center>Tarragona</center>

Tarragona

1 Hour 10 Minute Drive

<center>Girona</center>

Girona

1 Hour 15 Minute Drive

<center>PortAventura Park</center>

PortAventura Park

1 Hour 20 Minute Drive

<center>Besalu</center>

Besalu

1 Hour 30 Minute Drive

<center>Salvador Dali Museum</center>

Salvador Dali Museum

1 Hour 35 Minute Drive

<center>Andorra</center>

Andorra

2 Hour 45 Minute Drive



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