What city in the world could be more perfect than Barcelona? With its cosmopolitan feel, relaxed pace of life, breathtaking architecture, fantastic gastronomy, and unbeatable climate, it really is the city that has everything. T+L’s Barcelona travel guide will tell you everything you need to know about what to see, eat, and visit in the Catalan capital, from the tried and tested favorites, to top secret spots, and the best new arrivals on the scene.
The beachside city’s bustling art scene and bohemian vibe make it the offbeat counterpart to the more classic Madrid. Visit Barcelona for its gorgeous beaches and eclectic nightlife, plus it has some of the best seafood in all of Europe. The streets of Barcelona are lined with breathtaking works of architecture, from Gothic churches to Antoni Gaudí’s surreal buildings, as well as modern sites like Maremagnum Mall. It’s also home to the one of the world’s most beloved soccer teams, Barcelona FC.
Barcelona has a delightful Mediterranean climate and rarely gets extremely hot or cold (although July and August can be rather humid). Summer is the most popular time for a Barcelona trip, because the sun is at its brightest, the beaches are in top form, and outdoor concerts and events abound. Spring and fall are also good times to visit; the weather is milder and there are less crowds. Note that while temperatures drop to the 40s during the winter, so do prices, and this less-popular shoulder season can make for an ideal getaway.
Barcelona has an excellent public transport network. Buy a T10 pass from any ticket machine to get ten one-way trips for $11. Alternatively, if you buy individual single tickets, they will cost $2.30. The passes are valid on all metros, buses, trains and trams operated by TMB, Renfe and FGC. Taxis in Barcelona are also cheap, hassle-free and easy to find.
August is the hottest month, with an average high of 74°F (24°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 49°F (10°C).
Know Before Visiting
Mealtimes in Spain can be confusing. Restaurants are generally open from 1:30 p.m. to 4.:00 p.m. for lunch, and from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. for dinner. Many stores close for lunchtime siesta (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.), as well as on Sundays and public holidays. A lot of businesses close for the whole month of August.
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