Barcelona is a warm destination that offers a wide range of sights and activities. Between the incredible architecture, delicious gastronomy, and exciting nightlife, there are many things to enjoy in the Spanish metropolis.
The climate in Barcelona is very pleasant all year round and any time is great to visit. Peak seasons, however, are spring and summer. Holidays and festivals are numerous. On 6th January, the Dia de Los Reyes honours the Three Wise Men and represents the most important day of the Christmas season, while the Carnival is organised between 7-13th February. In August, the Fiesta major de Gràcia is a wonderful street party, and la Diada de Catalunya celebrates the independence of Catalonia on 11th September.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and both Catalan and Spanish are spoken. Local specialties include "Pan Tomaca con Jamon Serrano", prepared with bread and ham, and "Crema Catalana", the Catalan version of crème brûlée. Prices are generally lower in Barcelona than in London, especially when it comes to eating out. A beer usually costs around 4-5EUR. The time in Spain is an hour ahead of the UK.
El Prat Airport is located about 12km from the city centre. Aerobus A1 & A2 run to Plaça de Catalunya and tickets cost around 6 EUR, while taxis cost about 20 EUR. Overground trains also offer services to central Barcelona. Accommodation options range from hostel rooms for approximately 15 EUR per person per night to hotel rooms for ca. 100 EUR a night for one person. The public transport network includes metro, trams, buses and overground trains. A single ticket costs about 3 EUR but 10 journey tickets are available for around 12EUR. The Barcelona Card can be used on any public transport and offers reduced admission to certain museums and attractions.