Barcelona, the charm of the Mediterranean
The city, which is now the capital of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and has been described as a modern marvel of architecture since the 1992 Summer Olympics, is a dynamic, diverse and people-friendly city. A city that pulsates with energy and liveliness all year round. With its modern architecture, its historical monuments, its medieval palaces and cathedrals, its large parks and exquisite museums, it generously offers a unique mosaic of emotions and pleasures, which, rightly, turn it into a top tourist destination worldwide. Barcelona, adopts the character of the modern metropolis of art and culture and is revealed to every visitor in the light of its special aesthetics and culture.
The magic of Barcelona unfolds through its top monuments. Visit its trademark and most important monument, the Sagrada Familia, and feel the awe and respect flooding you towards the top monument of ecclesiastical architecture and exquisite example of the endless creativity of Anton Gaudí, the architect who left his significant mark in the city of Barcelona. Wander around the Gothic Quarter (Barrio gótico), Barcelona's old town, and experience the fairytale atmosphere created by its vibrant medieval surroundings. Arriving at the port, see the towering statue of Columbus and move along the sea to the beach Barceloneta. The stunningly beautiful buildings of the great architect Gaudí on the pedestrian street of Gracia will leave you speechless, with the Casa Batllo and the Casa Milá (La Pedrera) stealing the show with their curved surfaces, reminiscent of the movement of the waves of the Mediterranean.
Try the local cuisine
Barcelona presents a shocking gastronomy, which makes it extremely popular all over the world and is another factor that invites every traveler to visit the city. Catalan cuisine is extremely tasty and draws its inspiration on the basis of the Mediterranean. Dishes with meat as the main raw material stand out as excellent choices by locals and visitors. Pork in various forms, salami, choritho, butifarra and smoked ham (jamon serrano) are among the flavors that are worth trying. Fish and seafood dishes are equally tasty and delicious. Try classic flavors such as Spanish paella with a variety of shrimp and shellfish. Do not forget to try the tapas (small plates with snacks of fish, meat and vegetables).
The best season to visit Barcelona
There is no time of year that does not compensate the visitor of Barcelona to the fullest. The city is offered as an ideal destination all year round. Indicatively choose the month of June, as the most suitable month if you want to take a bath to avoid the crowds that are observed during the summer months. We suggest you avoid it in August due to the increased heat.
How to move around Barcelona
Transfer from/to Barcelona
El Prat International Airport is the only airport in the city serving Barcelona's air link with cities around the world. The airport is located 14 km from the city center. The transfer from the airport to the city takes place a) by bus (Aerobus A1 and A2) with final destination in central Barcelona squares. B) By train departing from the airport every 30 minutes from 06.00 to 23.00 daily, and c) by taxi in front of terminal 1 and terminal 2 exits.
Within the city limits choose to take the metro. It proves to be the most effective means and serves most places of tourist interest of the city. Alternatively use city buses. The network is extremely extensive, covering a wide range of transportation needs. For the suburbs and the surrounding areas there are regional railways, the local network RENFE, known as Rodalies or Cercanías. Also travel by taxi, yellow and black. The most economical and convenient way of transportation is the bicycle through the wide network of bicycle paths that exist in the city.