Situated on the North Eastern region of Spain and along the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is a city known for its party culture. Being the second largest city in Spain in terms of both size and population, Barcelona has something to offer every kind of traveler from the adventurous beach lover to the more serious site visitors.
Stretching over 4 kilometers, the beaches in Barcelona are where the action is. Conveniently located close to the beach are numerous historical sites, friendly bars, restaurants, shops and not to forget, an Olympic Harbor that houses some of the best water sports in the region.
Means of Transport
Barcelona is accessible through flights which land at the El Prat International Airport which is located 13 km from the city center (Las Ramblas). Travelers can move into the city via trains, buses, coaches or private taxis which take about 10 – 15 minutes.
One of the reasons why people prefer Barcelona is due to its mostly uniform climate throughout the year. Being on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea enables the city to enjoy pleasant temperatures all through the year. The busiest seasons are from March to May and from September to October.
Need to Know Facts
The city’s geographical location places it 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The local language is Spanish although English is fairly popular among the locals and the local currency is Euros.
Accommodation is fairly cheap around the city center and other parts of town as well. It is strongly recommended to book your hotels in advance if you plan to visit this city at its busiest months.
The historical city center for Barcelona, Las Ramblas consists of a boulevard that cuts right through the heart of the city. You can catch the best of Barcelona on this promenade which is nearly 2 km long and situated strategically between the port and Placa de Catalunya.
Take a long stroll on this action packed boulevard and breathe in the aroma. Move North if you want to go shopping for designer boutiques (Paseo de Gracia) as well as affordable fashion (Avenida Diagonal).
Providing some of the best views of Barcelona, you can be sure to spot the stunning Olympic stadium, an 18th century castle, Castell de Montjuic, various museums and gardens among others from the top of the hill.
La Sagrada Familia
The most famous building in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia was built by the world renowned Gaudi and is the glory of Barcelona.
The unfinished cathedral with spires rising above 100m has many a time found its name in the list of nominations for the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The structure is stunningly unique and dominates the entire region.
See it to Believe it! Gaudi’s most memorable work till date, Parc Guell consists of numerous twists, turns, arches and tunnels. The park overlooks the city and is a complete maze with artistic benches that provide wonderful views over the city.
Filled to the core with plants and mind blowing statues, the park itself is so uniquely built, you need to visit it to grasp its essence.
Don’t forget to visit this part of Barcelona that transports you to the medieval age with narrow cobblestoned streets and numerous historical monuments belonging to the medieval ages.