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Wildlife & Nature

Barcelona Aquarium is one of the biggest in Europe, and definitely one of the most fun, with a giant walk-though aquarium, hands-on sea creature interaction and lots of lovable penguins!

Art & Architecture

A visit to Barcelona just isn’t complete without taking in the whimsical creations of one of its most famous sons – the world-renowned architect Antoni Gaudi.

Fortunately they’re not hard to miss, with some of the city’s biggest attractions being the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia cathedral or the enchanting Park Guell, full of curious creatures and hidden gems.

Nightlife

The vibrant Las Ramblas is packed to the rafters with merrymakers no matter what night of the week it is. Don’t be put off by the crowds - the atmosphere is guaranteed to get you in the mood and it’s a great place to people-watch and take in the many street performers!

Beaches

With the Costa Brava to the north and the Costa Daurada to the south, Barcelona’s coastline boasts some fantastic beaches including Barceloneta, dubbed the world's best urban beach.

Football

As home to one of the world’s biggest football teams, a visit their impressive stadium is a must when visiting Barcelona! On the Nou Camp Tour you’ll get behind-the-scenes, in the presidential box, down the players’ tunnel and much more!

Barcelona – Quick Facts

Language:
Catalan
Flight Time from UK:
The average flight time from London to Barcelona is 1h 50min
Currency:
Euros
Airports:
  • The main airport is Barcelona-El Prat Airport (commonly known as Barcelona Airport)
Opening Times:
  • Barcelona’s establishments are generally open from 9.30am to 1.30pm and 4.30pm to 8pm Monday–Friday.
  • Many have the same opening hours on Saturdays and some are open until lunchtime on Sundays. Shopping centres and some of the larger stores remain open during the siesta (lunchtime).
Temperatures:
  • Temperatures in Barcelona range from an average of 10°C in January and February, to an average of 24°C in August.
  • The sea temperature is at its warmest in August, when the water can reach temperatures of around 26°C.
Telephone:
  • Country code: +34
  • Emergency Services Number: 112
Electricity
EU standard, 220 V

Getting Around in Barcelona

Trixis
  • “Trixis” are three-wheeled cycle taxis which can take two passengers.
  • You can find them along the waterfront near the Monument a Colom and in front of La Catedral, between March and November.
Bus
  • Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (www.tmb.cat) buses operate along most city routes, with many passing through Plaça de Catalunya and/or Plaça de la Universitat.
  • The buses run from 5-6am to 10-11pm. After 11pm, night buses run approximately every 30 to 45 minutes until 3am or 5am.
Car
  • Many of the larger car rental companies have offices at Barcelona Airport and the main stations.
Train
  • Barcelona’s Metro system “Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona” (www.tmb.cat) operates 7 colour-coded lines.
  • The Metro runs from 5am to midnight Sunday to Thursday, 5am to 2am on Friday and days immediately before main holidays, and 24 hours on Saturday.

If you want a city break with a side serving of beach, Barcelona is the place to go! The mix of things to do in Barcelona makes it a destination that everyone can enjoy.

Compelling history, fascinating sights, delicious traditional cuisine and an azure Mediterranean backdrop are just some of the reasons that this enchanting seaside city is such a world-class destination.

Barcelona is perfect for a weekend break, but has enough sights and sounds to keep you going for much longer!

Check out the guides and tips above for our recommendations on what to do in Barcelona.

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