Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is Spain’s second largest city. Located along the Mediterranean and flanked by majestic hills, Barcelona is one of Europe’s loveliest cities. While very cosmopolitan with an eye toward the modern and exulting in its architecture by the works of Gaudí and his contemporaries, Barcelona also boasts historical monuments of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods. Stroll down medieval, narrow alleys of the Gothic Quarter or walk along contrasting elegant boulevards or the famous Las Ramblas, the most famous street of the city and home to colorful shops, flower stands and “tapas” bars.
Two to five nights
When to go
Barcelona is blessed with a benign, Mediterranean climate making it a year-round destination. Spring and fall are ideal times to visit, especially May to June and September to October. Even in the winter, days are crisp to cold (due to its proximity to the mountains) but often sunny. Most of the rainfall occurs in April. July and August tend to be hot and humid. The surrounding sea is warm to swim in from the end of June to early October.
• Private or regular City & Walking tours: Learn about the city history walking along the gothic quarter.
• Famenco Shows: Spectacular Flamenco shows can be enjoyed every evening.
• Gastronomy: enjoy a gastronomy tour or leave the city and visit a wine-cellar.
• Excursions: Leave the city; there are many places to visit: Montserrat’s monastery, Sitges, Girona and the Dali’s museum, the medieval Besalu or the roman Tarragona. You would spend more than a week visiting the Barcelona’s surroundings.
• Cruises: The Port of Barcelona is the starting point of many cruises through the Mediterranean.