Quirky architecture, stain glass windows and city beaches; Barcelona holidays are truly refreshing. As the city of Gaudi and Picasso, Barcelona is one of Spain’s top holiday destinations.
Things to Do in Barcelona
- Spend a day or two exploring Barcelona’s marvellous architectural sights. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, and Casa Lleo i Morero are our top picks.
- Visit the Picasso Museum to check out some of Picasso’s earlier works – a must-see on Barcelona holidays. It’s free after 3 o’clock on Sundays.
- Have lunch at La Boqueria. Located in the middle of La Rambla, Europe’s biggest food market is lined with stalls selling delicious tapas – perfect for sampling local cuisine.
- Get lost in the city’s Gothic Quarter. Winding medieval alleyways with gorgeous buildings peeking around every corner, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a charming piece of art, history and architecture.
Best Time to Visit
May-Jun: The weather is gorgeous, but the summer rush has yet to hit the city. Temperatures are a lot more comfortable, so it can be more convenient if you want to take in the city's many sights. July and August are when the temperatures and crowds hit their highest, so expect prices to go up too.
Visit during August for the Gracia Festival. Watch as the Gracia District becomes alive with colour and art. Former fiestas saw one street laced in umbrella lights and another attacked by a papier-mâché tyrannosaurus rex.
Watch Barcelona explode into music and colour at La Merce. Held in late September, Le Merce celebrates the city’s patron saint of the same name through gigs, fireworks, human towers and parades.
Why We Love It“I love Barcelona. It’s definitely one of my favourite destinations for city breaks. The architecture is just unbelievable, Casa Lleo i Morero is breath-taking.”
Sinead McGrane, Sales Executive