PortAventura Park: six worlds where you will enjoy rides, seasonal shows, restaurants and shops. Ferrari Land: rides and a new kids’ area in tribute to the genius Enzo Ferrari and his passion for innovation. PortAventura Park + Ferrari Land + transport from Barcelona €80/adult
Antoni Gaudi's ambitious project remains, as of today, unfinished, which by no means takes away from its popularity - at nearly 3 million yearly visitors, La Sagrada Familia is Spain's most visited monument. The masterpiece was crafted meticulously to embody the Christian faith through composition, sculpture, and individualistic, offbeat design. Guided and audio tours available.
Barcelona's most well-known street is unofficially not just one uninterrupted stretch but five (hence it being known as "Las Ramblas"), each containing attractions of their own. A pedestrian-only walkway runs through the street's central section, with street artists, souvenir vendors, bars and restaurants competing for visitor attention.
In this park with stunning views over the city you can admire several impeccable works of Gaudi. Actually, the entire park is designed by the artist himself. Statues and buildings in different colours and shapes stand side by side and the park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Once Gaudi got his hands on this previously unremarkable building in Passeig de Gràcia, it was never to be simply passed by again. Fascinatingly idiosyncratic and almost beast-like on the outside, it continues to amaze from within with twisted lines and elements that could only be thought up by the genius of Gaudi.
Located in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona, within walking distance from the Montjuïc Fountains, Poble Espanyol is one of the most attractive sites of the city for it unique setting, featuring architecture from across Spain, contemporary art, crafts, shopping and gastronomy. All this in a peaceful environment, ideal for children and adults.
Plaça Reial, a beautiful square and one of Barcelona's busiest, most vibrant spots (especially so at night), is known for its many outdoor venues, restaurants and nightclubs. During summer time it becomes an even more popular meeting place when open air concerts take place. Stroll around or sit down with a tasty drink at one of the bars and just enjoy the moment.
Sant Pau is Barcelona’s new wonder. The world’s largest Art Nouveau site has been restored and invites you to enjoy one of the most emblematic works of architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, Sant Pau is a city within a city, 12 buildings of great architectural value surrounded by gardens where history and architecture exist side by side.
FC Barcelona is much more than just a football club. Sometimes it feels as if it carries the whole nation’s pride on its shoulders. Even those not interested in football will enjoy a visit to this grandiose stadium. One reason is the large number of well-dressed spectators, another the masterful architecture of the arena.
This sublime concert hall designed by Domènech i Montaner a hundred years ago is not quite as wacky as some of Gaudi’s architecture. It is actually more representative of Modernism. The Palace of Catalan Music not only pays tribute to the musical heritage of the Catalans but to all music—as well as beauty, colour and joy.
Barcelona’s most beautiful church is probably the best existing example of the Catalonian Gothic, with a cleaner style than normally associated with Gothic architecture. The church has a wonderful feeling of spaciousness and weightlessness emphasized by slender pillars and very sparsely decorated chapels.
The sharks are the stars at this Mediterranean themed aquarium, but you will be able to see almost all different kinds of marine species here. The Aquarium is situated at the end of Las Ramblas and is very close to the city centre. When here, make sure not to miss the tunnel where you can spot stingrays, sharks and many other fish swimming around and above you.
In the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella you will find this well-maintained zoo with over 7,000 animals representing 400 different species. Spend a perfect day here with your family and discover animals like the lions, leopards, hippopotamus, red pandas and gorillas - just to mention a few.
The CosmoCaixa, a science museum that attracts both kids and grown-ups, is one of the most thrilling and largest museums (more than 30,000 m²) in Barcelona and all of Spain. This hands-on museum offers physical, technical, geological, chemical and mathematical experiments and with its permanent exhibitions such as "Flooded Forest," "Geological Wall," "Room of Matter" and Planetarium, can keep nearly anyone busy for hours. It is easy to spend some hours here but make sure not to miss "The Amazon Jungle" with 30m tall trees and animals from tropical regions.
Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona's "green lung", is not only the most central park in the city but also a park that includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums. In the centre of the park you will even find the building where Catalan Parliament is seated. So take a walk and enjoy this very lusciously green and well-maintained park.
Nothing like the audiovisual projections we normally see. It’s like being inside Gaudí’s head, understanding what inspired him in a way that is easy to understand and magical. With the audiovisual 4D you can travel inside the creative mind of Gaudi. Interactive walls with 9 languages put the life and works of the genius architect at your fingertips.
11 September 1714 marks a crucial chapter in the history of Catalonia: the fierce siege of the Bourbonic troops of King Philip V, which ended in the capitulation of Barcelona and the loss of Catalan liberties. El Born CC shows the vivacious, dynamic Barcelona of 1700 and the events of 1714 in the context of the War of the Spanish Succession. The archaeological site contains the remains of the neighbourhood demolished by King Philip V of Spain.
Cardona is a medieval village just one hour away from Barcelona. Come and see Cardona, go inside its Salt Mountain, a unique place in the world, and visit the castle that was the residence of the wealthiest lineage of Catalonia, the Cardonas. Also visit the Medieval Centre and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the town.
This town, only 35 km south of Barcelona, is a popular day trip destination for visitors to the city. Come here to have a lazy day on the beach or stroll through the cosy town. You will find trendy shops, beautiful sights and delightful restaurants. If you choose to stay overnight do not miss the well-reputed nightlife.
Located in the heart of Gràcia, Banna is a restaurant whose Thai chef team from Xishuangbanna cooks to perfection with the freshest ingredients from Barcelona's markets. Choose from the a la carte, daily set menu or sampling menu. Authentic Thai food with great value for money can be enjoyed here.
In the sprawling district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, known as one of the trendiest neighbourhoods for Barcelona’s nightlife, you will find this bistro restaurant where cooked-to-perfection burgers are served. Meatpacking Bistro truly brings a bit of New York to the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona and with its modern, relaxed and attentive service, makes for a great place to stop by with friends and family.
The Cantina Mexicana opened its doors in 1982, in the heart of Barcelona’s Gràcia district, where the aim was to create a Mexican taquería with a young, family-friendly atmosphere. Here you can enjoy present-day Mexican cuisine, cooked with the best selection of fresh and imported products.
The wide range of bars and restaurants in Poble Espanyol allow you to discover the variety and richness of Spanish cuisine, known worldwide. Enjoying an excellent paella or delicious tapas in a peaceful environment is quite an experience. And if the weather permits, why not relax on one of the pleasant terraces too?
Uma, a highly appreciated restaurant among locals and tourist alike, will be an experience you will not forget. This small place is run by the chef and his wife, who do personal cooking in a charming and exclusive environment. The dynamic tasting menu with 14 dishes is prepared with high quality products, with the starters served in the kitchen.
Tucked away on a small side street, Blavis offers truly a great culinary experience in a uniquely intimate atmosphere. The owners, Paco and Marc, are an attentive and warm team and offer simple yet mouthwatering tapas dishes. The place is small and seats only 18 people so booking in advance is recommended.
Acces is a lavish restaurant that serves exquisite modern Mediterranean cuisine in a stylish ambience. Beautiful dishes are prepared by the professional chefs in the open kitchen for everyone to observe. Pan-seared scallops with crispy bacon, baked hake with artichoke confit and fillet of beef are some of the lovely, mouth-watering dishes on the menu.
Inspired by a famous restaurant in Kyoto, Carlota Akaneya is the first sumiyaki in Barcelona. What makes it special is the grill placed in the centre of the table where you cook the impeccable quality meats, fish and vegetables. So if traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine is what you are looking for, then this is the place to head for.
Founders Fede and Alex are the duo behind this simple and well decorated restaurant and cocktail bar where Asian/Spanish fusion food is served. The seasonal menu features dishes meant to be shared, and, while here, you should ask the mixologist for his recommendation and let the perfect drink tantalise your taste buds.
If Chinese dumplings commonly is something you you're in the mood for, then this is the place to go to. The authentic Chinese cuisine often presented in a bamboo steamer is perfectly balanced with sweet, salty and sour flavours. Besides serving dim sum, they also have noodle soups, fried rice and wok dishes, and it is all reasonably priced.
If you are searching for a classic, Café de l'Òpera is once place that holds such a status. Come here and you will definitely feel yourself transported back in time, served by the friendly staff. Apart from that, their coffees, churros and cakes are simply superb; don't miss out on their marvellous hot chocolate.
The coolest coffee house in Barcelona may be small but it does not lack in personality and customer loyalty. Coming from a family of coffee makers, Marcos Bartolomé set up Satan's Coffee corner and started creating his own original and creatively named blends, which are possibly the best coffee available in the city.
"Magnifico" in both name and quality, this high-end coffee house allows its patrons to try different types of coffee and speciality blends in the shop's sampling area before deciding what to order. Many customers choose to take some beans home with them, which attests to their high quality and exquisite flavour.
Barcelona's traditional cafes are known as "granjas", and Viader may be one of the most famous. It remains after all these years a great place to try the traditional cacaolat (a Catalan chocolate drink), always best paired with churros. The whole place oozes charm and personality, and staff and clientele alike ensure that it is always lively.
Offering a wealth of sweets, treats and pastries, Caelum aims to satisfy even the most discerning visitors' sweet tooth. The products on offer are made by monks and nuns in various monasteries and convents located around the region, and they can be enjoyed along with a steaming coffee in the small cafe area of the shop.
The location is by far the greatest draw for Carpe Diem, as its fantastic spot right on the beach makes for an enjoyable evening meal and drink, but the excellent food and cocktails are also well worth it. Many come to start the evening off, and some even stay longer and enjoy the restaurant's transformation into a nightclub later at night.
Latin beats are the stars at Mojito Club, which, as the name suggests, specialises in salsa and Cuban music. Beginners can take salsa dancing lessons at 10pm, and seasoned veterans can show up later to tear up the dance floor. Other Latin American rhythms always make an appearance so all dancers feel welcome.
Discover a world of entertainment where gastronomy, live music and gambling are brought to life. Come and taste their Mediterranean, international and fusion cuisines, paired with the best wines and champagnes; enjoy live concerts and a variety of musical performances and entertainment which take place in their most innovative gaming rooms.
Visiting the La Boquería, half way down La Rambla, is something of a must. This covered market provides everything when it comes to food, and the place is also popular for a lunch or a refreshing glass of cava. This historic, vibrant market is one of the city's principal attractions.
Carrer d' Avinyó, in Barrí Gotic (the Gothic Quarter), is possibly Barcelona’s most interesting shopping street. Here you can find fun stores, including street fashion store Soda, Ángel Gimeno specialising in trendy shirts for men, and Loft Avignon, which caters to the more sophisticated lot. Herborista del Rei in the Gothic Quarter is the best choice for herbs and spices.
For serious fashion shopping, make your way to Passeig de Gràcia, the parallel street, Rambla de Catalunya, and the surrounding district. You will find all the big international fashion names here, including Spanish greats such as Adolfo Domínguez, Armand Basi, Groc and the leather specialist Loewe. More economic alternatives such as Zara, Mango and Massimo Dutti are also represented. You can also find a good selection of trend-conscious designer fashions at Noténom.
Open to the public 365 days a year, Poble Espanyol is a singular shopping centre in Barcelona. More than 30 artisans work every day crafting unique or custom-made pieces of glass, leather, ceramics, jewellery and Spanish guitars, among others. There is also a wide range of gourmet shops offering premium food products.
La Maquinista is the only open-air commercial centre in Barcelona, boasting more than 235 establishments, fashion brands, entertainment and technology stores, restaurants and a 13 screen cinema. There are 5,000 spaces of free parking and 30,000 square metres of open space with avenues and squares. It is perfect retail therapy during your stay in Barcelona.
Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Aeropuerto de Barcelona (BCN), Barcelona’s airport, is located 13 km southwest of the city centre. Aerobus serves both terminals every 5 minutes before leaving for the city centre with stops at Plaza Espanya, Plaza Universidad and Plaza de Catalunya Square. It takes about 25 minutes to reach the city. Local trains leave for Barcelona every 30 minutes (from the train station next to terminal 2). From terminal 1 to terminal 2 there is a free connecting shuttle bus that takes around 10 minutes. The train takes about 30 minutes to Barcelona's Sants station. Consult the airport website to learn more about other public transport routes servicing the airport. Taxis are available just outside the terminals. Price depends on traffic, luggage, day of the week and time.
Girona airport lies about 100 km from the centre of Barcelona, and there are three ways of getting between the two places. Buses will take you to Estacio d’Autobusos Barcelona Nord. They depart on a schedule based on the flights arrival times. A taxi to Barcelona city centre may cost a significant amount, so a better option might be to stay overnight at Girona and travel by bus the next day. There are also trains to and from Barcelona from central Girona.
Tickets for the underground and trams can be bought from travel information booths and from stations. They are valid for one trip. Bus tickets are bought from the driver. There are also a selection of different travel cards to purchase if you know that you will be travelling a lot.
Barcelona’s black and yellow taxis can be hailed on the street, at stations or called by telephone. Standard fares apply between 6am and 10pm from Monday to Friday. At all other times, including public holidays, fares are higher. Remember that drivers often have minimal small change and do not take credit cards. Radio taxi companies: Barnataxi: +34 933 22 22 22 www.barnataxi.com Fonotaxi: +34 933 001 100 www.fonotaxi.net Ràdio Taxi: +34 933 033 033 www.radiotaxi033.com
Chemist shops in Barcelona take turns at operating the after-hours service. The nearest chemist shop that is open at night will be posted on the door of an adjacent chemist shop. Chemist shops with 24-hour service are: Farmàcia Alvarez Passeig de Gràcia 26 +34 933 021 124 Farmàcia Clapés La Rambla 98 +34 933 012 843