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Things to do in Barcelona

A trip to Barcelona blends a chic city, full of intriguing architecture, with beautiful beaches. This vibrant, yet charming destination will entice you with its eclectic mix of things to do.

From the stunning beaches to the cosmopolitan shopping areas and unique dining and nightlife, Barcelona is a fantastic choice for beach holidays, family getaways and short breaks. Spend your days sightseeing and your nights embracing the exquisite Catalan cuisine and diverse evening entertainment. Each area has its own character and history, from the Roman remains of Barri Gotic to the modern skyscrapers of Port Olimpic.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

A stroll along La Rambla is a ritual well worth observing. Soak up the atmosphere and architecture as you go. Feast your eyes on some of Gaudi’s most famous masterpieces; from the World Heritage site Casa Mila, with its impressive 360 views, to possibly his most treasured building, La Sagrada Familia - a spectacular sight at night.

Foodie

Foodie

You’ll find something for all tastes in Barcelona’s tapas bars. These delicious nibbles will tide you over until dinner, which is not traditionally eaten until late evening. Many places also serve a leisurely three-course lunch; it’s the perfect way to sample traditional delicacies, accompanied by wine from the Penedès region.

Art, galleries & museums

Art, galleries & museums

Alongside the public art and world-class architecture, you’ll also find an array of galleries and museums. From the Museu de la Catedral, which encapsulates the city’s history and modern art throughout the centuries, to Fundacio Joan Miro -  which houses the most important collection of works by Joan Miro. This magnificent Mediterranean-style building, designed by Josef Lluis, makes its own artistic statement.

Nightlife

Nightlife

Traditional tea lounges and beer houses rub shoulders with fashionable restaurants and intimate bars in Barri Gotic. Dance the night away in Poble Nou or lose yourself in the narrow streets of Gracia. If you dine late, as the Spanish do, go on for an evening of live music at a club or bar. They’ll be open until ‘madrugada’ – a flexible hour meaning ‘whenever the customers go home’.

Beaches

Beaches

Enjoy a city break with a difference on Barcelona’s fantastic beaches. Combine days of sightseeing or shopping with an afternoon at the beach or a lazy brunch on the water's edge at Port Olimpic. The golden sands and shallow waters make the city’s beaches ideal for everyone. Laze in the sunshine or keep busy at one of the  livelier beaches.

Exciting experiences

Barcelona Football Stadium Tour and Museum Tickets

Do not miss this fantastic opportunity to retrace the footsteps of legendary players from past and present on this self-guided tour through Barcelona FC's Camp Nou football stadium. This ticket also includes skip the line entry to the Barcelona football museum, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the stadium and discover the history of this legendary football team. Take this once in a lifetime opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous players such as Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Guardiola and Ronaldinho.

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Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: North to South Route

The hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour is a convenient and affordable way of seeing Barcelona. There are three different tour routes to follow onboard this open-top, double-decker bus, covering all the major sights. The Tour Guide will answer any questions and provide you with up-to-the-minute information to help you make the most of your visit. You can hop-on and off as many times as you like at any of the 45 stops.

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Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes

Feel the passion of flamenco at Barcelona's legendary Tablao Cordobes, where some of the greatest names have performed. As you are entertained by an internationally renowned flamenco group, you'll discover why the traditional dance of Spain is so popular. This show reveals the variety of the music, singing and dancing that is incorporated in this passionate art form. Improvisation is a key element of flamenco, with each artist individually interpreting the rhythm and communicating the beat.

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 Barcelona in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Spend a full day seeing all the highlights of Barcelona, including Barcelona Cathedral, Gothic Quarter, Port Olimpic, Picasso Museum and buildings created by Barcelona's famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Cava at the Poble Espanyol or ‘Spanish Village’ and take in a bird's-eye view of the Barcelona skyline on a cable car from Montjuic. See the classic sights of Barcelona in the morning, then after lunch explore the city's artistic side. You'll see the best of Barcelona, old and new, in one day.

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Barcelona Super Saver: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour

If time is limited and you'd like to travel beyond Barcelona, this full-day tour gives you a delicious taste of both the city and further afield. Start the morning with a tour to Montserrat's Royal Basilica, before spending the afternoon exploring Barcelona's special artistic heritage - including a visit to Sagrada Familia.

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Barcelona weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 13°Jan
  • 14°Feb
  • 15°Mar
  • 17°Apr
  • 20°May
  • 24°Jun
  • 27°Jul
  • 27°Aug
  • 25°Sep
  • 21°Oct
  • 16°Nov
  • 14°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 41
  • 29
  • 42
  • 49
  • 59
  • 42
  • 20
  • 61
  • 85
  • 91
  • 58
  • 51
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 5
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 9
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5

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