Cultural capital of Catalonia
Barcelona is a cultural city that can be enjoyed both day and night. With its combination of waterside attractions, relaxing parks, lively nightlife and interesting historical monuments, the city is one of the world's leading tourist and cultural centres.
When to travel, public holidays and festivals
Barcelona is a city with a moderate climate that means you can visit it all year round. The peak travel seasons are spring and summer due to the warmer weather. On 6th January every year is the "Dia de los Reyes", the day of the Three Wise Men. It is considered the most important day of Spanish Christmas festivities. In February, Carnival takes place between the 17th and 13th. In August, the Gracia district street party and Fiesta major de Gracia take place. Catalonia's Independence Day is celebrated on the 11th September.
Things to consider before travelling to Barcelona
Typical regional foods that are abundant in Barcelona include Pan Tornaca and Jamon Serrano (a bread and ham meal) and Crema Catalana (Catalonian version of crème brulee dessert). The cost of living in Barcelona is much cheaper than in London, especially when it comes to eating out and buying fresh fruit and bread. Beers typically costs between 4-5 €. The time difference is an hour.
Public transport, local accommodation and languages in Barcelona
El Prat Airport is located approximately 12km from Barcelona city centre and regular buses can take travellers to Placa de Catalunya for around 6 euros. Trains also operate between the airport and the city centre and taxi journeys are approximately of 20 € each way. Once in the city, visitors can take advantage of taxis, metro, trams, buses and trains. Single tickets are about 3 € and 10 journey tickets can also be purchased for a reduced price of approximately 12 €. Barcelona cards are valid on all forms of public transport and you can get reduced admissions to some of the city's attractions.