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Barcelona embraces the Mediterranean in sweeping C-shaped bays that date back to the times of antiquity. 

Make The Most of Your Trip to Barcelona

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Barcelona

Explore and tour Barcelona’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Barcelona’s weight in history is evident in its nine UNESCO World Heritage SitesWhether or not you’re into architecture, UNESCO listed more than a handful of architectural landmarks you should not miss.

  1. Works of the architect Antoni Gaudí 1 (1852 – 1926), a serial property collection of six buildings. (The 7th building to complete the collection is the Crypt of the Colònia Güell, at Carrer Claudi Güell 6, 08690 Santa Coloma de Cervelló.)
    • the Park Güell, at Carrer d’Olot 5, 08024 Barcelona
    • the Palau Güell, at Carrer Nou de la Rambla 3-5, 08001
    • the Casa Milà-La Pedrera, at Carrer de Provença, 261-265, 08008
    • the Casa Vicens, at Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012
    • the Nativity Façade and the Crypt of the Sagrada Família, at Carrer de la Marina 41, 08013
    • the Casa Batlló, at Passeig de Gràcia 43, 08007
  2. Two works of the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner:
  3. Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí in the high Pyrénées, in the Alta Ribagorça region.
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Tried and Trusted Travel Essentials!

How long is enough?

Here’s a fun Q & A (don’t try this when you fly!) about this popular city.

  • Question: If you are in an aircraft, how will you know if you are already in Barcelona?
  • Answer: Put your hand out of the aircraft’s window. If you feel hot air, you might be in Africa. If you feel cold air, you might be in Russia. If you lose your watch, you’ve already arrived in Barcelona!

You can easily stay two weeks and still have unchecked activities and sightseeing on your bucket list. Alternatively, in one week you should be able to enjoy the highlights of this vibrant city. 

It should also give you sufficient time to enjoy a few glasses of its traditional Sangria. It’s said that Sangria is not a wine, but a fruit salad – I guess any excuse will do once you’ve tasted Sangria so you may keep your glass filled!

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)

Also known as El Prat Airport, the international airport sits 12 km southwest of Barcelona city center.
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Save big with these city cards!

Barcelona Card

Access over 25 of the best museums and attractions. Save money, be flexible and enjoy free public transportation with a 3, 4, or 5-day card. | Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

Barcelona Express Card

See the best of Barcelona for a flat fee with the 2-day Barcelona Express Card. You’ll enjoy free travel on public transportation, and receive discounts at museums, cultural venues, leisure facilities, nightclubs, shops, restaurants, and lots more. | Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

Hola BCN

Explore Barcelona with a public transport ticket that gives you free, unlimited access to the transportation networks in the city and its suburbs. Experience the beauty of Barcelona and uncover its many treasures with a 48, 72, 96, or 120-hour pass. | Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

Explore the best of Barcelona

The city has great energy. Thus, no time to wonder what you can do in Barcelona. Besides, the list of places to see and things to do in vibrant Barcelona are almost endless. By the way, at the end of your holiday in Barcelona, you will fully understand why there are so many songs about this city, romancing the Mediterranean in its own fashion.

If you plan to visit various attractions and use public transport, we recommend you get the Barcelona card. In addition, there is a variety of cards that will assist a great deal towards getting the most of your trip to Barcelona.

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Electric Bike (E-Bike) excursions


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Europe's leading festival and event destination

Barcelona walked away with the coveted World Travel Awards in 2020 as Europe’s leading festival and event destination.

The city that knows how to celebrate, and throughout the year, it plays host to a number of incredible festivals that are sure to get you in a festive mood. From music to food and everything in between, these annual festivals are not to be missed. Here’s a guide to some of the most popular festivals in Barcelona:

  • Primavera Sound (late May/early June): This internationally acclaimed music festival is one of the biggest events on the Barcelona calendar. It takes place over three days in late May or early June and features a lineup of some of the world’s top alternative and indie bands. The festival takes place at Parc del Fòrum and attracts music lovers from all over the world.

  • Festa Major de Gracia (mid-August): This is one of Barcelona’s biggest street parties, with the streets of the Gracia neighborhood coming alive with music, dancing, and street performers. The festival usually takes place in mid-August and lasts for about a week, with the highlight being the street decoration competition. Each street competes to see who can create the most elaborate and impressive decorations.

  • Festival del Grec (July-August): The Festival del Grec is a celebration of the arts and takes place throughout the months of July and August. The festival features a wide range of performances, including music, dance, theater, and more. Many of the performances take place in outdoor venues, such as the Teatre Grec, adding to the festive atmosphere.

  • La Mercè (late September): La Mercè is Barcelona’s biggest festival and takes place in late September. The festival honors the city’s patron saint and features a wide range of events, including street performances, concerts, and fireworks displays. One of the highlights of the festival is the correfoc, or fire run, where performers dressed as devils dance through the streets, setting off fireworks and spraying sparks into the crowd.

  • Barcelona Beach Festival (July): This electronic music festival takes place on the beach in Barceloneta and attracts some of the biggest names in the industry. Past performers have included David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, and Steve Aoki. The festival takes place in mid-July and is a must-attend event for any electronic music lover.

These are just a few of the many festivals that take place in Barcelona throughout the year. With so much to see and do, there’s always a reason to celebrate in this vibrant and colorful city.

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The best hotels and homes to stay at in Barcelona

Award-Winning Hotels & Resorts

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Citadines Ramblas's World Travel Awards 2020 - 2022

  • Spain’s leading serviced apartments 2020 to 2022

The W Barcelona's World Travel Awards 2020 - 2022

  • Spain’s leading lifestyle hotel 2022
  • Spain’s leading business hotel 2020, 2021
  • Spain’s leading hotel 2020 

The Hilton Diagonal Mar's World Travel Awards 2020 - 2022

  • World’s leading business hotel 2020, 2021
  • Europe’s leading business hotel 2020 to 2022
  • Spain’s leading business hotel 2022
  • Europe’s leading meetings & conference Hotel 2020
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