25 best things to do in Barcelona, Spain
Some facts about Barcelona for you …
Where is Barcelona?
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, Madrid being the capital of Spain. Barcelona is located in the northeast of the country, and it is also the largest city in the autonomous community of Catalonia (which means that the locals speak Spanish and Catalan here). Barcelona is well connected with an international airport, ferry port, train station (with trains crossing Europe) and easy motorway access, making Barcelona the ideal starting point for a road trip in Spain. See the list of my trips to Europe here.
When is the best time to visit Barcelona?
Barcelona is Spain’s most visited city, so whenever you decide to go, expect it to be busy. The best time to visit Barcelona would be from April to July. The weather is good enough to enjoy the myriad outdoor attractions, beaches and festivals that Barcelona has to offer, without the heat and ridiculous crowds of August.
Having said that, I have only been Barcelona in October and both times the weather was great (good enough for swimming and surfing!), the sun was shining and the crowds were much less than in high season. I imagine Barcelona in March is similar to what it would be in September and October (all three months are part of Barcelona’s shoulder season). Barcelona is a big place to get October sun.
If you are only looking for sightseeing and are happy to risk the weather (some days it can be 20 ° C, others it can be 5 ° C and you will want a coat and umbrella), then Barcelona in winter is perfect for you if you are travel on a budget, if you want to travel somewhere for Christmas or New Years, if you want to avoid the crowds in the low season and don’t worry about getting overboard.
Where to stay in Barcelona …
It depends on what you are looking for in Barcelona. The best things to do in Barcelona are spread all over the city, so there is no better place to stay. Barri Gòtic, Eixample, Poble Sec and El Born are some of the most popular places to stay in Barcelona, as they are around 20 minutes from most sites and attractions. Poblenou is considered the best area to stay in Barcelona for more lively nightlife, and here and Barceloneta are good for those of you who want to hit the beach.
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