The city boasts an abundance attractions, sun-drenched beaches, Picasso, Miro, and Dali treasure-filled museums, stunning Gaudi inspired buildings, an amazing fun-filled boulevard in Las Ramblas, wonderful gastronomy, a hectic nightlife and one of the most famous and successful football teams in the world in Barcelona FC. Temperatures in the city tend to range from 13oC in Jan to 30oC in August!
Day trip, visit the sun drenched beaches on the Spanish mainland along the buzzing ‘costas’, such as Costa Dorada, Costa de la Luz, Costa de Almeria, Costa Blanca and Cost del Sol, where you can soak up the rays while drinking some thirst quenching, fruity Sangria. The four main beaches in the city, stretching over an impressive 4 kilometres, are Barceloneta Beach, Icaria Beach, Mar Bella Beach which is very popular with naturists.
Barcelona Old Town
One of the best ways to explore the gothic Old Town is by foot, although the city also has an impressive metro and bus infrastructure, where you can buy combined metro and bus 2 and 3 day ticket packages. Opening hours for many Old Town establishments are typically between 9.30 to 1.30pm and 4.30 to 8pm and the phone number for the local emergency services is 112.
Barcelona for families
If it’s family fun you’re looking for, the kids will have a whale of a time in the many wondrous amusement and theme parks scattered throughout Spain including Port Aventura near Salou, Tivoli World near Torremolinas, Terra Mitica in Barcelona, Parque de Attractions in Madrid and Isla Magica in Seville.
Barcelona is also very family-orientated and visits to Barcelona Zoo, Barcelona Aquarium, The Magic Fountain and the amusement park of Tibidado will thrill the younger visitors and those feeling young at heart!
If it’s a gastronomic experience your seeking then look no further than downing some exquisite Serrano Ham, visually stunning Paella, spicy Chorizo, refreshing Gazpacho soup and of course the varied delights of the Tapas Bar.
The gastronomy is Barcelona rivals that of any major international city and has undergone a culinary revolution, now offering many creative dishes to indulge the taste buds. Some of the more regional dishes include Botifarra a type of sausage, Longaniza sausages and Arros Negre rice with squid.
Wine aficionados will also be spoilt for choice, with wine regions and appellations such as Rioja, Ribers del Deuro, Torro, Jumilla, Priorat, Rueda and not forgetting ‘sparkling’ Cava, all vying to offer you their finest elixirs.
Shopping in Barcelona
The city is also famous for its high fashion retail outlets, particularly around the Passeig de Gracia and Avda Diagonal, and regularly hosts a high profile urban fashion show called The Brandery.
Take part in some of the many colourful festivals the country has to offer, including the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, the musical Feria de Abril and religious Semana Santa festivals in Seville, or the religious spectacle of El Rocio in Heulva.
When it comes to festivals, Barcelona will not disappoint. The music festivals include the electronic music-based Sonar festival, the Barcelona Guitar festival and the International Jazz festival. Throw in the flamenco shows, trade fairs and exhibitions, the Fira de Barcelona is one of the largest trade fairs in Europe and there will be something to suit all tastes, for young and old, holidaymaker or business visitor.
Equally intense and not for the coach potatoes is the energetic Flamenco Spanish music and folk dance, originating from Andalucía. Some of the major flamenco festivals to visit include the Festival de Cante Grande in Ronda, Festival Flamenco in Torremolinos, Fesitval de Jerez in Jerez, and Bienal de Flamenco in Malaga and Seville.
Spain is a cultural paradise. Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Gaudi designed Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the University of Salamanca, and the Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
Those of a braver disposition can visit the many bullrings around the country, including the amazing venue in Ronda, a town located on the edge of a seventy metre wide canyon in the middle of the Serraniá de Ronda mountain range. Other bullrings of interest can be found in Malaga, Bilbao, Cadiz, San Sebastián, Barcelona, Murcia, and Valencia.
Spain has it all and and more. Come for the sun and leave with a cultural education. Thank you for visiting our hotel comparison site, we hope that we were able to find you the best hotel deal.