City guide: Barcelona, Spain | Private jet charter
Barcelona has long been a favourite with tourists, offering the perfect mix of sightseeing and relaxation. From the vibrant Las Ramblas to taking in the architectural sites of Gaudi, relaxing by the beach at Barceloneta, and indulging in the fabulous Spanish cuisine, Barcelona offers something for everyone.
Top five must-see sights and attractions
The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
One of the most popular and charming districts of Barcelona, the 2,000-year-old Gothic Quarter is a medieval living museum with its rich historical legacy and ancient architecture. From Roman remains to the medieval cathedral high on Monte Tabor, the Barri Gòtic is a warren of cobblestone streets and enigmatic alleys.
The epicentre of Old Barcelona leads from La Rambla to Via Laietana and along the seafront to the Ronda de Sant Pere. Explore the independent boutiques, stop a while at the tapas bars and restaurants and simply watch life as it happens.
The Picasso Museum is here, as well as the Plaça Reial with its summertime concerts, located next to La Rambla. Get lost among the narrow streets and courtyards and be seduced by the magic of this fascinating area.
Sagrada Familia Basilica
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most unique churches in the world. Under construction since 1882 with no signs of finishing, the church is one of Gaudi’s best-known masterpieces. UNESCO-listed, the Sagrada’s 18 elongated spires dominate the surrounding area and is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions.
Gaudi produced his Art Nouveau surrealist vision as he went along, changing and altering the design. As a result the 15 years he envisaged for its construction was but a pipe dream.
The tree-lined pedestrian La Rambla – stretching from 1.2km between Plaça de Catalunya at the north and the Port Vell in the south – is a fun experience and the centre of much of Barcelona’s social life.
The street divides two fascinating districts: Raval and the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) and is a showcase for street entertainers, market shops, restaurants and a multitude of outdoor cafes.
Walk almost to the end of La Rambla, and you’ll find the impressive gated entrance to one of Europe’s largest markets. La Boqueria is a gourmet’s paradise with stalls selling meats, seafood, cheeses, olives, fruits and much more. Stop for lunch at many of the tapas bars, the most famous of which is El Pinotxo, just by the entrance.
Halfway down the street is the palm-fringed square of Placa Reial. Bordered by historic buildings with arcades, the centrepiece is the Fountain of the Three Graces whose candelabra is another design by Gaudi.
Head to the very end of La Rambla and you’ll find Port Vell and the historic beachside neighbourhood of Barceloneta. Its narrow grid-like streets facing the ocean were once home to fishermen and now the area is full of restaurants, bars, clubs and the superb sandy Sant Sebastià Beach, popular with locals who love to surf and socialise in the locality. The palm-tree lined promenade leads to the marina. For the best views of Barceloneta take the Port Cable Car that rises up to the Montjuic area.
Escape the hustle of the city with a visit to the hill at Montjuic. As well as the many beautiful parks and gardens, there’s a castle here with amazing views over Barcelona and the Med. Take the cable car up and have a bite to eat at the Caseta del Migdia and walk off your tapas in the Gardens of Laribal and the fascinating Albéniz Mansion.
Visit the National Art Museum of Catalonia here with its superb collection of 10th to 20th Catalan art, or feed your inner artist with a stroll around the Miró Foundation. The Poble Espanyol is another Montjuic attraction – a fabricated Spanish Village created for the 1929 World Exhibition.
Montjuic also hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics and the stadium is still open to visitors, while the local park here is a haven of peace high above the bustle of the city.
Barcelona’s main airport is served by the airport train that stops at the city central stations of Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gracia and El Clot-Arago. Alternatively take a taxi for the 30-minute journey.
Best time to visit
Spring: From March to April the weather can be mixed, but later on in the season, from May and June, the temperatures begin to increase making it a great time to visit.
Summer: Temperatures reach their peak during July and August, despite peak season and busy areas, it is still a wonderful time to visit.
Autumn: The autumn weather stays good in Barcelona until late September.
Winter: The low season in Barcelona can be chilly and October and November often rainy. At Christmas the crowds increase, while New Year’s is sure-fire party time in Barcelona.
Barcelona offers visitors a Mediterranean climate, superb cuisine, luxury hotels and an historic legacy that is unique in Spain. With more than 4km of beaches in its downtown area, as well as an eclectic night life with world-class restaurants and bars, the city has it all.
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