As the capital of Catalonia, the city of Barcelona continues to dazzle travellers. It is hard to say whether it is the Sagrada Familia, the incredible contemporary Baroque cathedral still unfinished by the Catalan architect Gaudi, or whether it is the Ramblas, the mythical promenade linking the centre to the port, which best symbolises this fantastic, festive and lively city down to the narrow streets and all night long. So let's say both! There is also Güell Park and its large, colourful dragon signed... Gaudi, the architect who definitively left his mark on the city. Also essential are the Picasso Museum and the one dedicated to Joan Miró, two major artists who were intimately linked to this magnificent city. Barcelona is also a gourmet destination with a multitude of small and large restaurants and sumptuous markets, including the magnificent and huge covered market of La Boqueria sur les Remblas. Everything to better understand the local flavours and Catalan cuisine that harmonizes so well the sea, the mountains, the vegetable garden, the forest, the scrubland. We even combine the tasting of specialities and good Spanish wines with culture. It is also here that tapas are known to be the best in Spain. Many museums and tourist sites have their own restaurants. Efficient! Efficient! And then there is the sea, the marina and the fishermen's port, the viewpoint of Columbus from where to take a look up, the Barcelona aquarium, the maritime museum and even beaches! Finally, the most party-lovers will head to the waterfront and downtown for a drink in the city's many bars and nightclubs, renowned for its nightlife. A Barcelona tourist 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 each year, 10 million of whom decide to spend their stay in Barcelona. If you want the city all to yourself, it's a failure because it's still very busy, as is the case with Barcelona's beaches! There are people all year round, but of course less in the low season. In addition, summer is often hot and August stormy. Prefer winter. And why not Christmas when the city comes alive and sparkling. Beware of the Holy Week, where local tourism is very developed and there is a large number of visitors to Barcelona. But if you like Aboriginal entertainment and religious holidays, it's also a good time. February has the advantage of being mild and dry. You can enjoy the city on foot and all its tourist attractions without the crowd, especially if you have 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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Formalities

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How to get organized?

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Getting around

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