Barcelona is Spain's second largest city and it is located directly on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is famous for its rich history and it hosts inter alia the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old city center is full of historic churches and museums, and is easy to explore by foot. The efficient public transport takes tourists easily to more distant destinations. Other attractions are the open market places, restaurants, extensive shopping opportunities and the world-famous Barcelona beach.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Barcelona is a great place, whose weather changes throughout the whole year. The most rainy days are from November to January, but it doesn't rain much, the temperature will also be a little low at this time. It snows sometimes, but not much and it melts away after about a day.
The best months to visit Barcelona are from May to September. This period has the finest weather, with mild to warm temperatures and frequent sunny skies.
More information: Barcelona forecast and weather conditions monthly
Barcelona 11 most important sights:
- La Sagrada Familia church: A church that is the most-visited tourist attraction.
- Magic Fountain show: The Magic Fountain was built in 1929 as one of the main attractions for the Barcelona World's Fair.
- Picasso Museum Barcelona: Picasso museum
- Las Ramblas street: The central boulevard in the city.
- FC Barcelona museum & Camp Nou stadium: A stadium and museum.
- Barrio Gotico area of Barcelona: The medieval city of Barcelona from the Middle Ages.
- Modernist Park Guell by Gaudi: Park Guell is one of the most beautiful icons of the city.
- Modernist buildings: Modernisme was a Catalan cultural movement centered in Barcelona and Catalonia from 1888 to 1911.
- Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish village: Montjuic Hill has many parks and attractions, including an old fort at the very top called Montjuic Castle.
- Tibidabo hill: The tallest mountain
- The Ciutadella Park: Started as a fortress in 1714 when Philip V became the first Bourbon king.
Recommendation for one day:
- Begin with a visit to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, it is a masterpiece of modernist architecture, built by Antoni Gaudi. It pushes the gothic style to the extreme and draws hundreds of visitors a day.
- Visit Casa Batllo and see its fabulous, colorful facade, there are more amazing moments waiting on the inside.
- Continue on a Barcelona Segway Tour, you'll see the city the easy way with a combination of an interesting tour and a very fun activity. Alternatively, there are walking tours.
- Visit Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, a popular food market that sells some of the freshest fruit, vegetables and seafood in Barcelona.
- Cap your night at Pub Fiction, where you will find the best mojitos in the world. Alternatively, go to Bar Mut for the best tapas in Barcelona. A third option is to go to Casino Barcelona which is much more than a cosmopolitan gaming space. It is also an exciting leisure facility in which every moment is filled with thrills, music, excellent cuisine and exclusive events.
The recommended accommodation areas for Barcelona are:
Cheap area: Les Corts, Eixample
Central location: Plaça Catalunya
Beach area: La Mar Bella
Nightlife: Placa de Catalunya
Compared to prices worldwide, Barcelona is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $55.59, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $196.95, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $61.06
- Hotel (3 stars): $101.70
- Hotel (4 stars): $124.31
- Hotel (5 stars): $204.63
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $10.65
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $17.42
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.77
- Meal, McDonalds: $7.77
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.09
Barcelona has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 56.3 (better than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 74.8 (better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 52.1 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Barcelona safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.