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Art & Culture

The artwork of artists Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso influenced the city of Barcelona. Fundació Joan Miró and Museu Picasso are two of the most famous museums of the city. A third famous museum is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, located in the wonderful Palau Nacional. Besides great artwork, it spoils you with a spectacular view over the city. In addition to 56 museums, Barcelona also has 14 exposition centres full of modern arts, photography and educational expositions. Visit the 50 art galleries that are part of the Catalan Association of Art Galleries. In short, Barcelona is a paradise for art-lovers.

Bars & Clubs

Barcelona has a very vibrant and varied night life with over 500 bars, clubs and discotheques a. Every area in the Spanish city offers a different atmosphere. In the gothic district Barri Gótic you’ll find a mix of bars focused on tourists and traditional Spanish bars. The district Eixample is especially famous for its modern dancing bars and discotheques. Besides that, you’ll find a couple of gay bars. In Gràcia you can enjoy a beer on one of the many busy terraces. Seeking something luxurious? You should then visit the Northern part of Avinguda Diagonal and Sant Gervasi. Along the beach and La Rambla there are also some bars and discotheques.

Mall & High street

Around the Plaça de Catalunya you’ll find shops of trendy brands like H&M, Mango, Zara and Desigual. There are also two big department stores located here. One is the famous Spanish department store El Corte Inglés, with eight floors full of luxurious food, cosmetics, electronics and fashion. On the other side of the square is El Triangle, where you can shop for books, perfumes and cosmetics. At the port you’ll find a big shopping mall called Maremagnum. It’s especially crowded on Sundays. Besides clothing stores, souvenir shops and a food corner, it contains an IMAX theatre and aquarium.

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Barcelona, a city full of diversity and a lovely Mediterranean climate. Explore the numerous Roman ruins, modern nightclubs and the world famous constructions of the acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí. Experience the wonderful atmosphere at one of the football games of F.C. Barcelona.

Barcelona with La Sagrada Família Image gallery
Time zone
No difference
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
None required
High season
May – September
Currency
Euro (EUR)

Barcelona is well-known for:

  • Unique combination of city and beach
  • Famous sights like the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell

Keep in mind:

  • Watch out for pick-pockets on the Ramblas!
  • Some neighbourhoods might want to introduce a stop on tourists.

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The beautiful Palau Nacional
Art & Culture

The artwork of artists Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso influenced the city of Barcelona. Fundació Joan Miró and Museu Picasso are two of the most famous museums of the city. A third famous museum is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, located in the wonderful Palau Nacional. Besides great artwork, it spoils you with a spectacular view over the city. In addition to 56 museums, Barcelona also has 14 exposition centres full of modern arts, photography and educational expositions. Visit the 50 art galleries that are part of the Catalan Association of Art Galleries. In short, Barcelona is a paradise for art-lovers.

Young people at the beach
Bars & Clubs

Barcelona has a very vibrant and varied night life with over 500 bars, clubs and discotheques a. Every area in the Spanish city offers a different atmosphere. In the gothic district Barri Gótic you’ll find a mix of bars focused on tourists and traditional Spanish bars. The district Eixample is especially famous for its modern dancing bars and discotheques. Besides that, you’ll find a couple of gay bars. In Gràcia you can enjoy a beer on one of the many busy terraces. Seeking something luxurious? You should then visit the Northern part of Avinguda Diagonal and Sant Gervasi. Along the beach and La Rambla there are also some bars and discotheques.

The port of Barcelona, in the background is shopping centre Maremagnum
Mall & High street

Around the Plaça de Catalunya you’ll find shops of trendy brands like H&M, Mango, Zara and Desigual. There are also two big department stores located here. One is the famous Spanish department store El Corte Inglés, with eight floors full of luxurious food, cosmetics, electronics and fashion. On the other side of the square is El Triangle, where you can shop for books, perfumes and cosmetics. At the port you’ll find a big shopping mall called Maremagnum. It’s especially crowded on Sundays. Besides clothing stores, souvenir shops and a food corner, it contains an IMAX theatre and aquarium.

Shops at La Rambla
Shopping

Barcelona and shopping are a great combination! It offers something for everybody. From exclusive shops like Louis Vuitton to a flea market at the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes. Whether you want to spend a lot of money or only a little, Barcelona has a variety in shops. Walk by the Shopping Line, a 5-kilometre pedestrian zone with plenty of affordable shops. The Plaça de Catalunya is surrounded by several shops, including clothing stores and two big department stores. When walking from this square to the beach you come across La Rambla, a cosy area with lots of activities and shopping possibilities.

The beautiful city beaches of Barcelona
Beaches

Very few metropoles offer such a great and unique combination of city and beach like Barcelona. It has roughly 5 kilometres of fine sandy beach and shallow waters to swim in. The beaches attract many visitors, both local and tourist. It’s a great addition to the numerous sights and activities. Not only in summer the beaches are popular, during the other seasons you can walk or do some water sports on the beach. Barceloneta is the most famous and oldest beach of the city and attached to the Barceloneta fishers port. In the port you can enjoy great fish dishes and tapas.

Cyclists at Montjuïc
Biking

A Mediterranean climate, a nice seafront and only small height differences make Barcelona a great city to discover by bike. Several biking tours will be offered, for example by the Dutch company Baja Bikes. For special bike rentals like a bamboo or electric bikes, go to El Ciclo. But if you want to, you can also discover the city on your own.

A set table with the port the background
Dining

In for a culinary adventure? Barcelona is the place to be. You can literally find everything here. Whether you seek Mexican, Spanish Tapas or Chinese. Typical Catalan dishes are butifarra amb mongets, white beans with a Catalan pork sausage. World famous are the little slices of bread covered with tomatoes, olive oil and aioli. Aioli is a mix of oil and garlic. Everywhere in the city you can find great dinner places, which is not surprising since Spanish and Catalan citizens have a strong preference for high quality food. The better restaurants can be found in the neighbourhoods of Eixample, Gràcia, Sant Gervasi and El Born.

Roses for sale during Sant Jordi
Events

There is always some event going on in Barcelona. On the 23th of April Día de Sant Jordi is celebrated. The city centre changes into a book market and couples give each other a rose and book. Another famous event is La Pedrera de Nit, better known as Gaudí by Night. Every Friday and Saturday night in July and August, musicians play their music on the rooftop of Gaudi’s Casa Milà. When you are in Barcelona, buy the newspaper Guia del Ocio. The newspaper presents a list with events in Barcelona of that week.

Plaça de Sant Jaume used to be a Roman Forum
Historical

Wander around the city to discover historic sights. Visit Roman remains like Plaça de Sant Jaume, which used to be a Roman forum. Or go to Plaça Nova, which once served as a gateway to Barcelona. If you want to know more about the Roman colony Barcina(Barcelona), you should visit Museu d’Història de Barcelona. You can see interesting archaeological discoveries here. In medieval times the Plaça del Rei and cathedral were the centre of Barcelona.

The towers of Santa Maria del Mar
Religious buildings

During the middle ages several churches were built in Barcelona, like the Santa Maria del Pi and Santa Maria del Mar. Both build in typical Gothic style. The churches are worth a visit, partly because of the stunning stained-glass work. The large rose-window that you can find in Santa Maria del Pi is one of the biggest in Catalonia. A little bit further away from the centre you find the Santa Maria de Pedralbes monarchy. Here you can learn more about the live of nuns who lived there throughout the centuries.

Relax during a couples massage
Wellness

Barcelona has a lot sights and active things to do. But you can also relax in one of the best spas of the world. For example the Aire de Barcelona, a restored Arabic bath house with steam baths and massages in the neighbourhood of El Born. Another special spa is Bliss Spa in hotel W Barcelona. The wellness centre has two floors and if you want a nice manicure, pedicure or wax this is the place to be. You should also enjoy their brownie buffet. If you want to do more than solely relax, go to Mailuna Spa. This spa is also a cake, chocolate and teashop. If you want to make it a romantic trip, you should book one of the couple packages with champagne, roseleaves, candles, incense and a dinner for two.

Vegetables, fruits, fish and delicacies
Markets

Besides shops Barcelona offers some great markets where you can wander around. The biggest and most famous fresh food market, Mercado de la Bouqueria, is opened six times a week. Both tourists and the local population buy their groceries on this market. Other markets are the flea markets Mercat dels Encants next to the Plaça de les Glories Catalanes. This market opens early in the morning on Mondays, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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