Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, an autonomous community in northeastern Spain.

Must-See Attractions for Your Barcelona Holiday

Barcelona is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city filled with expats from Europe and the world. It is widely known for its unique architecture, rich history, cultural attractions, lively atmosphere, and amazing Mediterranean climate all year round. A very common abbreviation for the city often used by locals is Barna.

The average winter temperatures fluctuate from 9 to 15 Degrees Celsius with a beautiful bright sky on most days, making it perfect weather to actively explore the city, coast, and mountains in Catalonia. The summer temperatures can reach 40 Degrees Celsius with high levels of humidity in the city. Here are some must-see places and our tips for making the most of your holidays in Barcelona.

Barcelona Travel Guide: Tips and Tricks

The iconic basilica Sagrada Família, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, is one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona. The Sagrada Família is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts millions of visitors each year. Its intricate architecture and ongoing construction make it a must-see attraction.

We recommend you reserve your tickets ahead as in the peak holiday season the place gets sold out for weeks in advance. You can conveniently use L5 purple or L2 blue metro lines to arrive just a block away from the site.

It gets crowded very quickly so get up early and enjoy this monument before others. Maybe you will be rewarded with a nice sunrise through the Eastern walls of the basilica. Joining a guided or audio-guided experience is a must as this place holds thousands of interesting details to learn.

After your fabulous visit to Sagrada Familia, you can take advantage of being near the Gracia neighborhood and grab a traditional lunch in this area as it has managed to maintain a charming small-town vibe and authenticity around every corner.

Alternatively, if you are happy to walk and explore other parts of the city we recommend you embark on a nice 40-minute stroll on Carrer Marina heading to the Olympic Port in Barcelona. You will find at least half a dozen local restaurants offering the typical ‘menu del dia’ lunch menu that is hard to beat if you want to enjoy the seaside views and simply rest your legs a bit.

Another masterpiece by Gaudí worth visiting while in Barcelona, Park Güell is a public park with colorful mosaic sculptures, architectural elements, and panoramic views of the city. It’s a great place to stroll, relax, and enjoy Gaudí’s unique style. It is essentially divided into three zones depending on the entry requirements and concentration of people. Again, it is a busy attraction in the peak holiday season and you want to reserve your entrance to the monumental part ahead.

Barcelona is home to a variety of museums, including the Picasso Museum, Joan Miró Foundation, and the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), showcasing Catalan visual art that is situated halfway up Montjuïc hill.

This hill, overlooking Barcelona, offers a range of attractions, including the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, the Montjuïc Castle, and the Joan Miró Foundation we mentioned earlier. It’s also a great spot for panoramic views of the city and romantic sunset picnics. FC Barcelona is currently playing at the Olympic stadium in Montjuïc.

Guide to Spotting Pickpockets in Barcelona

Moving on to the Barri Gòtic (The Gothic Quarter) Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter is a maze of narrow streets and medieval buildings. Highlights include the Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça Sant Jaume with the town hall, and the Picasso Museum.

The generally narrow profile of these streets and the number of people passing through makes it a prime area for pickpocketing. Adding a pinch of distraction from ‘so much to see on every step’ one can easily get pickpocketed in a split second.

Many tourists also often use the famous La Rambla pedestrian street that runs from Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus Monument near the old port. It is a central hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment. You’ll find street performers, shops, cafes, and markets along La Rambla, making it a lively place to explore.

It is very touristy and prices tend to be more than double compared to parallel streets and generally another paradise for pickpockets. Look out for street performances or unusual situations as pickpockets can be very talented actresses as well.

As you walk through La Rambla heading to the old port you will have the  Barri Gòtic (The Gothic Quarter) on your left and the El Raval district on your right. We recommend avoiding the El Raval area at night as there have been repeated problems with drug abuse, prostitution, and pick-pocketing.

From Sunrise to Sunset: Beaches in Barcelona

The city boasts several artificial sandy beaches that were created before hosting the Olympic games in 1992. It has reshaped the entire industrial coastline and had a positive health impact on many Barcelonians over the past 30 years. The most iconic San Sebastián beach is right at the tip of La Barceloneta.

It is often lively with beach volleyball tournaments, SUPs, and sea kayaking out on the sea. This is another prime location for pickpockets to operate. The beaches get busy with good weather and people often do not pay attention to how close they are to each other. We recommend bringing only essentials and never leaving any bellongings unattended on the beach.

La Barceloneta is easily accessible from the city center using the L4 yellow metro line. Visitors can relax on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea or engage in water sports, bike on the beachfront, or use one of a few outdoor gyms to exercise. This is also a great place to eat seafood and try the paella dish. Here is our triplet recommendation including different price options to suit everyone’s budget.


Restaurante 7 Portes

La Mar Salada

Foodie’s Delight: Barcelona’s Street Food and Markets

Barcelona is renowned for its culinary scene that has been inspired by other regions of Spain. After visiting Montjuïc you should stop in Carrer Blai as it is the most famous tapas and pintxos pedestrian street in Barcelona.

For more edible delights we highly recommend you spare one morning for a visit to a local food market. The touristy La Boqueria offers some benefits such as the ease of communication but does not provide a real authentic experience. You can be certain that you will practice some Spanish phrases if you decide to visit one of these food markets.

Mercado de San Antoni

Mercado de Santa Caterina

Mercado de la Concepció

Mercado de la Barceloneta

Top Events in Barcelona: What Not to Miss

Barcelona hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, such as the La Mercè Festival, Primavera Sound, and the Barcelona International Jazz Festival.

Barcelona is known for hosting a variety of sports events throughout the year. Some of the major sports and events that have historically taken place in Barcelona include FC Barcelona Matches, and Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix. This event usually takes place in May.

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (Tennis): This ATP World Tour 500 series tennis tournament is held annually in Barcelona, typically in April. The Barcelona Marathon attracts runners from around the world. The race usually takes place in March. Barcelona Half Marathon: Another popular running event, the Barcelona Half Marathon, is typically held in February.

Barcelona is a city with a rich cultural and architectural heritage, so take your time to explore its neighborhoods, try local cuisine, and immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere to make your visit a memorable one.

Sunset sea kayaking experience with tapas in Barcelona

Barcelona Skyline Kayaking Coupled with Delicious Tapas

3 hours
Availability : May - September
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 10 pax
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