Barcelona Travel Guide

David Cicconi

With its bustling art scene and bohemian vibe, this beachside city is the offbeat counterpart to classic Madrid. Visit Barcelona for its gorgeous beaches and eclectic nightlife, plus some of the best seafood in all of Europe. The Catalonian capital is also home to the one of the world's most beloved soccer teams, Barcelona FC. The streets of Barcelona are lined with breathtaking works of architecture, from Gothic churches to Antoni Gaudí's surreal buildings, as well as modern sites like Maremagnum Mall.

Things Not to Miss in Barcelona

When you travel to Barcelona, you'll realize that every street is overflowing with life. Travel + Leisure's Barcelona travel guide includes highlights like:

• Antoni Gaudí's buildings, including the Sagrada Familia temple, Casa Batlló and Park Güell
• The Gothic Catedral de la Seu
• Popular central throughfare La Rambla
• The La Barceloneta neighborhood
• Camp Nou, Barcelonas FC's home stadium

When to Go to Barcelona

Summer is the most popular time for Barcelona travel because the sun is at its brightest, the beaches are in top form, and outdoor concerts and events abound, such as Sonar and Sant Joan. Spring and fall are also good times to visit; the weather is milder and there are less crowds. Fall is ideal for culture vultures, as many festivals are scheduled during the spring season. Temperatures drop to the 40s during the winter - and so do prices.


  • Browsing the Boqueria market (halfway down Las Ramblas); the eruption of colors and aromas whet the appetite for one of the city’s main events: Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Wandering through the cool pedestrian-only streets of Gothic Quarter, from the Rambla over to the Born and the Santa Maria del Mar basilica, the city’s most peaceful structure.

  • Gaudí´s iconic sandcastle-like Sagrada Familia church and his other principal art nouveau creations: Parc Güell, Casa Milá (La Pedrera), Casa Batlló, Casa Vicens and Palau Güell, each unique and yet each unmistakably Gaudí.


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