Barcelona (Spain)

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.

Population: 1,620,943
Beach : Yes
Mountain : No
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: Spanish
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: It is common to tip 10% in the big cities if the service has been good. There is no tipping for less than good service.
Time in destination: Oct 24, 2019, 4:25:49 AM

Location map

Weather Forecast

Thu
24.10

Clear sky

68°F

Fri
25.10

Clear sky

64°F

Sat
26.10

Clear sky

68°F

Sun
27.10

Partly cloudy

70°F

Mon
28.10

Fair

70°F

Tue
29.10

Fair

70°F

Wed
30.10

Rain

63°F

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.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 48.0 56.1 39.9 5
February 49.8 58.3 41.5 4
March 52.3 60.6 44.1 5
April 55.4 63.7 47.3 5
May 61.2 68.9 53.6 5
June 67.8 75.6 60.3 4
July 73.4 81.5 65.5 2
August 74.5 82.4 66.7 4
September 70.0 77.9 62.1 5
October 62.6 70.7 54.7 6
November 54.5 62.6 46.6 5
December 50.0 57.7 42.3 5

More information: Barcelona forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

Barcelona 11 most important sights:

Recommendation for one day:

  1. 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.
  2. Visit Casa Batllo and see its fabulous, colorful facade, there are more amazing moments waiting on the inside.
  3. 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.
  4. Visit Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, a popular food market that sells some of the freshest fruit, vegetables and seafood in Barcelona.
  5. 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.

More information: Barcelona sights on map

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Accommodation Area

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

More information: Recommended districts of Barcelona on map

Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Barcelona is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $55.74, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $197.47, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $61.22
  • Hotel (3 stars): $101.96
  • Hotel (4 stars): $124.63
  • Hotel (5 stars): $205.16
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $11.18
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $18.46
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.78
  • Meal, McDonalds: $7.79
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.12

More information: Barcelona price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Barcelona destination map

Safety

Barcelona has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 55.2 (better than United states average 49.0)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 76.4 (better than United states average 70.2)
  • Walking alone at night: 53.2 (better than United states average 41.1)

More information: Barcelona safety

Car Rental

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.

More information: Car rental Europe