Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean sea in the north west of Spain between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs.
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city and is an important centre for culture, commerce, finance and tourism.
It is one of the most visited cities in Europe both by travellers eager to discover the capital and by those attending conferences, meetings and all kinds of expositions held in the city.
Culture in Barcelona
Barcelona is perfect for culture vultures with some interesting museums like the Fundación Joan Miró, the Picasso Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) and the Chocolate Museum, a treat for all those with a sweet tooth.
Outdoor activities in Barcelona
The world-famous Sagrada Familia and the Park Guell are some of the must-see attractions in Barcelona. Thanks to Antonio Gaudi’s genius decorations, the city’s architecture is ever more spectacular.
For the sun worshippers, Barcelona has numerous beaches extending along the coastline from north to south.
All the beaches of Barcelona are well connected by a promenade and are maintained and equipped with all amenities. The most popular ones are the Barceloneta, Sant Miquel and Sant Sebastia.
Entertainment and nightlife in Barcelona
Barcelona has a wide selection of shows and festive atmosphere to enjoy at night.
There are festivals and concerts all year long and a wide selection of clubs and bars playing all types of musical genres. If you are into the alternative scene, Barcelona is the perfect place for you.
The Camp Nou stadium is an absolute must for any football fan. Home to FC Barcelona, it is the largest all-seater stadium in Europe. There is also a museum that gives you exceptional insights into the history of the club.
Shopping in Barcelona
Barcelona has over 35,000 shops to indulge in and home to the famous 5 KM shopping line, which stretches from the top of Las Ramblas, through Placa de Catalunya along Passeig de Gràcia and up Diagonal Avenue.
A huge selection of shops including many big names like Versace and Giorgio Armani as well as high quality Spanish designer shops supply all types of chic clothes, shoes, jewellery, apparel and accessories.
Eating out in Barcelona
Catalan cuisine in Barcelona is rich in flavors and includes lots of vegetables, oily fish and olive oil.
Located between the sea and mountains, Barcelona makes the most of both places and its meals combine perfectly with excellent wines and cavas.
Tapas and the many riches of Catalan and Spanish cuisine can be found in the numerous restaurants scattered around the city.
Weather in Barcelona
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate characterised by its warm temperatures in Summer and its mild Winter.
July and August reach maximum average temperatures of 28 °C and minimums of 19 °C. The highest temperatures in Winter remain around 17 °C.
Transport in Barcelona
The Barcelona Metro is the fastest and most economical way of moving around town. The metro network is extensive and connects most of the sights in Barcelona.
Taking the bus is also a good alternative. Barcelona has a fleet of 1,000 buses that perform routes to places of interest and any far corner of the city.
Although not the cheapest means of transport, taxis can also be useful at times.