The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona never ceases to amaze travellers. It's hard to say if it's the Sagrada Familia, the incredible contemporary baroque cathedral still unfinished by the Catalan architect Gaudi, or if it's the Ramblas, the mythical boulevard linking the centre to the port, which best symbolises this fantastic city, festive and lively right down to the small streets and into the night. So let's say both! There is also the Güell park and its big coloured dragon signed... Gaudi, the architect who definitely left his mark on the city. The Picasso and Joan Miró museums, two major artists who were intimately linked to this magnificent city, are also unmissable. Barcelona is also a gourmet destination with a multitude of small and large restaurants and sumptuous markets, including the magnificent and immense covered market of La Boqueria on the Remblas. Everything you need to better understand the local flavours and Catalan cuisine, which combines the sea, the mountains, the vegetable garden, the forest and the garrigue so well. So many addresses that you will find in this guide to Barcelona. You can even taste Spanish specialities and good wines while enjoying the culture. It is also here that the tapas are reputed to be the best inSpain. Several museums and tourist siteshave their own restaurant. Efficient! And then there is the sea, the marina and the fishermen's port, the mirador of Columbus from where to take height, the aquarium Barcelona, the maritime museum and even beaches! Finally, the more festive ones will head for the seafront and the city centre to have a drink in the many bars and nightclubs of the city, renowned for its nightlife. A Barcelona travel guide will then be welcome to help you make the most of your stay

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When to go to Barcelona?

Catalonia receives more than 17 million tourists every year, 10 million of whom decide to spend their stay in Barcelona. If you want the city to yourself, it's a failure because it is very crowded, and the same goes for the beaches of Barcelona! There are people all year round, but of course less in the low season. Moreover the summer is often scorching and August stormy. Prefer winter to visit Barcelona. And why not Christmas when the city comes alive and sparkles. Beware of Holy Week when local tourism is very developed and the crowds in Barcelona are high. But if you like local entertainment and religious festivals, this is also a good time. February has the advantage of being mild and dry for visiting Barcelona. You can enjoy the city on foot and all its tourist attractions without the crowds, especially if you are equipped with a good Barcelona travel guide.

How to go to Barcelona? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

This tourist destination is widely offered as an organized tour. You connect Barcelona, by bus or plane with low-cost or regular airlines and we have concocted for you an itinerary over a few days that allows you to see most of the many points of interest that the city absolutely must see, starting with the Sagrada Familia, the Parc Guell, or even see a FC Barcelona match in its Camp Nou stadium. You can of course opt for other tourist tours a little more off the beaten track or tourist buses. Several sites allow you to compare travel offers (packages, air-only flights, etc.) and thus to have a range of possibilities and therefore prices for a stay in Barcelona with family, friends or lovers..

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You don't speak the local language or English? Never mind that! You will do very well all the same, especially with your Barcelona guide. You can also find tourist information in all languages in the tourist points, city guides, audio-guides, city maps, metro maps and information translated into the main monuments and museums. For the rest, with the metro or by bus it is easy to go from one point to another in this very cosmopolitan city.

It can be pleasant to stroll through the small streets of the old city, pedestrian areas and other areas of Barcelona. But not always, so the means of transport at your disposal are welcome to make your visit to the city easier. Barcelona's clean, punctual and conditioned metro connects important sites and it is very easy to buy tickets at the entrance to the stations. Enjoyable in summer when it is too hot to walk even in the shade! A bus network (TMB) serves Barcelona's city centre. There is also a self-service bicycle park with many stations. Taxis, a more expensive alternative, remain affordable. But the city centre is mainly pedestrian and traffic jams are frequent. You will find documentation in all languages in the tourist information points, audio-guides and translated information in the museums and main monuments of Barcelona. For the rest with the different metro lines it is easy to go from one point to another in this beautiful city. To connect the city centre from the airport there are different alternatives: the fast and comfortable Airbus, the trains of the Renfe economic and practical, the metro economic solution but can be constraining depending on where you are going, the bus the most economical option that will be chosen for those who want to visit Barcelona cheaply, or the taxi the most expensive solution. Note that the bus company Mon-bus offers trips to Sitges on the Costa Daurada and that it is also possible to find transfers to the Costa Brava.

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How to get organized?

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