An enchanting Mediterranean city
Barcelona has beaches, stunning architecture, museums, restaurants and cafes. It is a year round destination. Languages spoken are Catalan and Spanish.
Festivals, attractions and the best time to travel
All-year round the weather is pleasant. On the 6th January is "Dia de los Reyes", the Three Wise Men celebration. This is an important Christmas festival in Spain. In February, from the 7th to the 13th, there is the Carnival and in August the "Gràcia" district holds a street party and major Fiesta. The 11th September is "La Diada de Catalunya" Catalonia's independence day.
Enjoy Catalan food in the many cafes and restaurants. Regional foods are "Pan Tomaca con Jamón Serrano", bread and ham and "Crema Catalana", a version of crème brûlée. The cost of living in Barcelona is generally lower than in London. A beer costs approximately 5 EUR and eating out is less expensive than in London. Barcelona is at a different time zone, so set clocks an hour forward.
Local information: arriving, finding accommodation and getting round
El Prat Airport is approximately 12 km from the city centre and travel from there to the centre is straightforward. Aerobus A1 and A2 operate a service to Plaça de Catalunya, the cost is ca. 6 EUR. There is also a train to the city. A taxi costs around 20 EUR. The range of hotels in Barcelona is wide. Hotels cost about 100 EUR per/person a night. Hostels cost around 15 EUR per person a night. The metro, trams, buses and overground trains are good. A single ticket costs 3 EUR, 10 journey tickets cost about 12 EUR. A Barcelona Card is valid on all public transport and offers reduced admission into some museums and attractions. The price can vary on the length of a stay in Barcelona. Taxis are available but are more costly than public transport.