With lust-worthy beaches, marvellous old-school art and architecture and a pumping nightlife, Spain’s Barcelona has risen in popularity in the last few decades. The best beach city in the world – National Geographic’s words, not ours – may be late to the party, but Barcelona will definitely be the last to leave. Barcelona’s playful soul means later-than-late bars and nightclubs are commonplace, while the city’s love of casual tapas dining and chilled beach trips offer respite for calmer visitors. No Barcelona trip is complete without a stroll through the many cultural districts. From the architectural Gothic quarter to modern street art, Gaudi’s offerings and the perfectly imperfect La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s art scene traverses cool to classical and back again across just a few streets. The home of artistes celebrated the world over, this city’s mantra of work hard, play hard, proves lucrative. And with a lifestyle like this, they’re definitely onto something.
Head to the hills. The best views of Barcelona are in the hilltops. The mountain of Montjuic shows off the city’s harbour, while the steeper Tibidado Hill lays out all of Barcelona before you. Barcelona attractions on the hilltop including Tibidado’s amusement park and a striking church make for some interesting snaps too.
Water, water everywhere. This city heats up, and with plenty of hills and beaches to tour, having a bottle of water handy is always a good idea.
Care to dance? On one of your Barcelona day trips, head to Santa Maria Del Mar. Each Sunday at 11am a small crowd dances the Catalan dance, the Sardana, in the square in front of the cathedral.
Good to know
Best time to visit
Spain offers a happy recess from Europe’s colder countries, and enjoys sunshine year-round. For pleasant weather and hotel prices that won’t break the bank, opt for a visit during spring. If your heart’s set on a Spanish summer though, make certain to book a room with air-conditioning and get cracking with your Barcelona sightseeing early in the morning to avoid overheating.
Traversing Barcelona’s bar scene has never been so easy with these travel tips to navigate the city.
The metro is your best bet for travel in this beachside city. The perfect cost-saver on your Barcelona day tours, the Targeta T ticket offers 10 metro rides for just over 10 Euros, cost effective or what?
Considering the many things to do in Barcelona, your own two feet will be the best way to experience the city in all its old-town glory. Be sure to wear good walking shoes.
Tick off all the sights with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour around the city. Hint: our hop-on, hop-off Barcelona tours are comprehensive, popular, and inexpensive.
Barcelona is a relatively safe city, but it’s always best to be careful when travelling to a new destination. Keep these precautions in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
Look out for pickpockets and keep a close eye on your bag. Petty crime is common in Barcelona, especially in tourist-prone areas.
Going to the beach? Enjoy the sun’s rays but leave your valuables at home, going for a dip and leaving your belongings unattended is asking for trouble.
Wondering what to do in Barcelona in emergency situations? Don’t hesistate to dial 091 for assistance from police and ambulance services.