A location that is bursting at the seams, Barcelona is a city that fills the soul with romance, excitement, and wonder. Constantly busy yet laid-back, rustic yet cosmopolitan, the sheer variety of this destination is sure to keep you just as active and lively as the remarkable locals. Tourists from around the world can be found bathing in the waters of the Barceloneta beach or dancing the night away at the Soul Club, ambling through the Gothic Quarter or taking part in the Festes de Gràcia. Because tourists throng this destination year round, it is important to book ahead to get the best deals on flights to Barcelona.
Best time to travel to Barcelona
Though many other destinations are packed during peak season, Barcelona is actually pretty quiet. Visitors still fill the streets from July to August, but most of the locals have gone on holiday. If you like to socialise with your fellow tourist, this is a great time to chat over coffee at the Plaça dels Àngels, or take the whole family to the CosmoCaixa science museum.
The climate from September to December, and April to June is usually pleasant and mild. Despite this, tourists are few, which makes it easy to explore the city without having to deal with large crowds. Another perk is that you will be able to mingle with the friendly, vivacious citizens at such events as the Festival de Sonar in June, and the Festes de la Mercè in September.
Flights to Barcelona are at their cheapest from January to March. Although tourists are rare during this period, it is still a great time to go, as the warm, placid weather makes it an excellent time to take a relaxing walk through La Rambla, or see a flamenco show in Sants-Montjuïc.
Barcelona Airport and transfer information
El Prat Barcelona Airport (BCN) Distance: 12km southwest of city centre Car rentals and taxis can be expensive, but are two of the quickest methods of ground transport. Trains and local buses are inexpensive, but can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to arrive in the city centre.
Online resources for your travel to Barcelonahttp://www.safetravel.govt.nz/spain
The Safetravel website offers security and health information, as well as important local contact details.