Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, and for good reason. It’s got wonderful weather to go with the beautiful beaches and classic Mediterranean cuisine. Need any more reasons to go? Well check out this handy little guide to visiting Barcelona and see if you can think of any reasons not to head to the Catalonian capital.
When to go
Anytime! The weather is fairly mild throughout winter and you’ll avoid the hustle and bustle of tourists down La Rambla and in the shops. Going in summer is ideal for the beach bums, with scorching hot weather throughout which can be appreciated by the harbour or on the beaches.
What to do
This depends when you go, but Park Guell is recommended in all weather conditions. A tour of all things Gaudi will give you an idea of the history of Barcelona, with the Picasso museum another great cultural stop. If you’re there between August and May, then a game at the Nou Camp is an unmissable experience: enjoying a game of football in a crowd of nearly 100,000 people is really something. And while it’s still not finished construction after almost 100 years, you can still go inside the Sagrada Familia and marvel at the impossible size of this man-made cathedral.
How to get about
The metro will get you anywhere you need to go within a couple of changeovers, and you can manage your activities to walk everywhere you need to each day. If you’re going on a night out to one of the main clubs like Opium, then a taxi is needed, especially for the ride home!
Where to stay
It’s surprisingly easy to find cheap accommodation in some of the busiest areas in the city, whether a hostel, hotel or a type of shared living space. I’d recommend staying anywhere near the Placa Catalunya, as the bus to the airport picks you up from the square and it’s just next to La Rambla.