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Barcelona Travel Guide

Barcelona, ​​a wonderful Mediterranean city, is the capital of Catalonia and, with 1.6 million inhabitants, the second-largest city in Spain after Madrid. It is one of the most exciting and interesting cities in Europe.

Famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dali have lived in Barcelona. Today, such celebrities as Caballé and Carlos Ruiz Zafón live in the city of Montserrat.


Barcelona offers endless sightseeing opportunities, the best of which we have collected for you in our guide.

Map of Barcelona

Climate and the best time to travel

Barcelona has a subtropical climate. This type of climate is typical of the Mediterranean. It is characterized by hot, dry summer and mild winter.

Early spring is the best time to visit museums and take city tours. However, popular months for travel are May and June, when the temperatures are the most suitable for sightseeing.

Top sights

Sagrada Família

Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Família, a basilica and atoning temple of the Holy Family, is a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí in modern style, and its construction is still incomplete. It started in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026 on the 100th anniversary of Gaudí's death. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the church and proclaimed it a minor basilica.

Opening hours Tickets online
November - February: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
March and October: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
April - September: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Special opening times apply on public holidays.
Adults 20.00 euros
Seniors 16.00 euros
(up to 30 years, students) 18.00 euros
Free (Children up to 11 years,
disabled people with 1
accompanying person) 0.00 euros

How to get there: Metro Sagrada Familia, L5, Blue Line, and L2, Purple Line.

Tip: It is better to book tickets online in advance to avoid standing in long queues.

With the Barcelona City Pass, the entrance is free of charge, and even without queues!

Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell, which covers 17,18 ha., was created by Antoni Gaudí in the period from 1900 to 1914. The industrialist Eusebi Güell was very enthusiastic about the English gardens and this park was designed by his request.

Opening hours Tickets
Summer: 8 a.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Winter: 8.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Adult 10.00 euros
Children up to 6 years 0.00 euros
Children 7 - 12 years 7.00 euros
Over 65 years 7.00 euros

How to get there: Metro Vallcarca (L3) or Lesseps.

Tip: If you want to enjoy the park in a quiet atmosphere without crowds of tourists, try to go there early in the morning.



Tibidabo, 512 meters high, is the highest peak in the Serra de Collserola mountain range and with the Montjuïc is one of the two local mountains of Barcelona.

On the Tibidabo you can visit the Sagrat Cor Catholic Church with an impressive Christ statue on top, a well-known amusement park, and the striking Torre de Collserola television tower.

You can get to the mountain by a funicular (Funicular del Tibidabo).


Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Passeig de Gracia, 92. 08008 Barcelona

Casa Milà was also built by Antoni Gaudí from 1906 to 1910 for the Milà family in Barcelona. In 1984, the building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as the first building of the 20th century.

The building is colloquially called “Pedrera”, as it resembles a stone quarry.

Opening hours Entrance fees
February 27 - November 2: daily from 9 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., night tour from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
November 3 - December 24: daily from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
December 26 - January 3: daily from 9 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
January 1: 11 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Closed on December 25.
Adults 24.00 euros
Children 7 - 12 years 12.00 euros
Children up to 6 years free
Students 18.50 euros
Disabled 18.50 euros
Seniors +65 18.50 euros
The audio guide is included

How to get there: Metro Diagonal, L3, Green Line, and L5, Blue Line.

Picasso Museum

The Picasso Museum houses works from Picasso's youth and later creative phases. The brilliant artist Pablo Picasso spent several years of his adolescence in Barcelona. Here he studied at the prestigious art school "La Llotja", where his father was a professor.

Opening hours Closed Shortened opening times
Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
(Including public holidays)
January 1st
1st of May
June 24th
25 December
January 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 24 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free entry Entry How to get there
Thursday afternoon from 6 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
First Sunday of the month
Open days: February 12th, May 17th, and September 24th
General price
Collection 12 €
Collection + temporary exhibitions 12 €
Temporary exhibition (Pablo
Picasso, Paul Eluard) 6.50 €
Collection 7 €
Collection + temporary exhibitions 7 €
Temporary exhibition (Pablo
Picasso, Paul Eluard) 4.50 €
Metro: L4 Jaume I and L1 Arc de Triomf
Bus: 120, 45, V15, V17 Via Laietana
39, 51, H14, Passeig Picasso
H14, 45, 51, Pla de Palau
120 Princesa

Camp Nou football stadium - FC Barcelona football museum

Camp Nou (Catalan New Field) in Barcelona, ​​also called Nou Camp, is the third-largest football stadium in the world with a capacity of 99 354 spectators and the largest football stadium in Europe. It was inaugurated in 1957 and has been the home of the FC Barcelona club ever since.

FC Barcelona Football Museum is Barcelona's most popular museum and a must-visit for football fans.

Opening times (football museum)

Every day except January 1st and December 25th

Date Mon - Sat Sunday
January 2nd - January 6th 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.  9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
January 7th - April 13th 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
April 4th - October 12th  10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  09:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
October 13th - December 31st 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

*Note: The museum can be closed to visitors during special sporting and business events of the club. So please always check the official website before.


Ticket Description Price
Tour at Camp Nou
Virtual tour in Barça
Audio guide from € 35 online, € 38.5 checkout
Tour at Camp Nou from € 26 online, € 29.5 cash
Tour at Camp Nou from € 26 online, € 29.5 cash
Barça changing room
Tour along the field
Professional photos
Virtual tour in Barça
Audio guide
Official FCB gift
from € 149

FC BARCELONA MATCH DAY TOUR Private tour with official guide
Press area
Exclusive player zones
Personalized passport
Tour along the field
VIP terraces
Free entry to the museum
from € 119 online

How to get there. Metro Collblanc, L5, Blue Line

Magischer Brunnen am Montjuïc

Magic fountain at Montjuïc

The magic fountain at Montjuïc is the fountain at Plaza de España that attracts many visitors, especially in the evening. A spectacular light and music show takes place every night here.

Free entry

City Pass Barcelona

The Barcelona City Pass (Turbopass) offers free entry to 30 attractions, free use of public transport (including transfer from the airport), and other discounts.

Barcelona City Pass prices

● Barcelona City Pass 2 days: Valid for 2 calendar days - including public transport (72-hour ticket)
Child (4 - 10 years) € 39.90 or (11 - 12 years) € 59.90
Young people (13 - 17 years) € 89.90
Adults € 109.90

● Barcelona City Pass 3 days: Valid for 3 calendar days - including public transport (72-hour ticket)
Child (4 - 10 years) € 44.90 or (11 - 12 years) € 64.90
Young people (13 - 17 years) € 99.90
Adults € 119.90

● Barcelona City Pass 4 days: Valid for 4 calendar days - including public transport (96-hour ticket)
Child (4 - 10 years) € 54.90 or (11 - 12 years) € 74.90
Young people (13 - 17 years) € 109.90
Adults € 129.90

● Barcelona City Pass 5 days: Valid for 5 calendar days - including public transport (120 hours)
Child (4 - 10 years) € 59.90 or (11 - 12 years) € 79.90
Young people (13 - 17 years) € 119.90
Adults € 139.90

Beaches in Barcelona

Barcelona offers around 4.2 kilometers of golden sandy beaches that are only 10 minutes from the city center. They lie from Barceloneta to Malgrat de Mar in the north. You can easily get to the beaches by subway and tram.

There are 4 main beach areas


1) Barceloneta beach
Metro: Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)

2) Icària beach
Metro: Ciutadella Vila Olímpica (Yellow Line, L4)

3) Mar Bella beach: (nudist beach)
Metro: Poblenou (Yellow Line, L4)

4) Beaches in Sitges outside of Barcelona
You can get there by train, journey time approx. 30 minutes.


Calendar of Events 2020

17.06.2020 Paul McCartney concert Barcelona 2020, Barcelona Olympic Stadium

06/18/2020 Marc Anthony Concert Barcelona 2020, Estadi Cornellà-El Prat

30.06.2020 Camila Cabello concert Barcelona 2020, Palau Sant Jordi arena

02.07.2020 - 04.07.2020 RockFest Barcelona 2020

07.07.2020 Alicia Keys concert Barcelona 2020, Palau Sant Jordi arena

17.07.2020 - 18.07.2020 - BTS Concert Barcelona 2020, Barcelona Olympic Stadium

25.07.2020 - Iron Maiden concert Barcelona 2020, Barcelona Olympic Stadium

01.08.2020 - Monegros Desert Festival 2020

26.08.2020 -  28.08.2020 Primavera Sound 2020 Barcelona, ​​El Parc del Fòrum

14.09.2020 -  17.09.2020 Alimentaria 2020 Food & Beverage Fair, Fira Gran Via Exhibition Center Barcelona

14.09.2020 -  17.09.2020 Hostelco 2020 Barcelona, ​​Fira Gran Via Exhibition Center Barcelona

25.09.2020 -  27.09.2020 Sea Otter Europe Costa Brava-Girona Bike Show 2020, Girona

02.10.2020 -  03.10.2020 Elton John concert Barcelona 2020, Palau Sant Jordi arena

10.10.2020 -  11.10.2020 TOT Festival 2020 - Barcelona Puppet Festival, El Poble Espanyol

25.10.2020 - Barcelona Marathon 2020 Zurich Marató de Barcelona, ​​Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina

08.11.2020 - Carrera de la Mujer Barcelona 2020 - Women's Run, Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina

13.12.2020 - Tiziano Ferro concert Barcelona 2020, CCIB - Barcelona International Convention Center

14.02.2021 - Dua Lipa concert Barcelona 2021, Palau Sant Jordi arena


Barcelona was the first non-French city to be awarded the title of Gastronomic Capital.

Top 10 specialties from Barcelona

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1. Paella - a dish made from rice, meat, and saffron, there is also a well-known variant of paella de marisco (with seafood).

2. Tapas - Catalan starters. The most common are: boquerones (anchovies in vinegar), manchego cheese (sheep's cheese), bacalao (stockfish served with bread and tomatoes), banderillas (skewers with fish, vegetables, eggs, and olives), patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy sauce), Paprika salad, chopitos (small squid), sauteed shrimps, meat skewer (tender pieces of meat), Spanish tortilla (omelet with potatoes and onions).

3. Crema Catalana - a pudding dessert.

4. Pa amb Tomaquèt - a toasted piece of bread with ripe tomatoes, seasoned with a little pinch of salt, olive oil and garlic.

5. Botifarra amb Mongetes Seques - a Catalan sausage accompanied by white beans. It is also one of the ingredients of the Escudella soup, which is a popular Christmas dish.

6. Las Salsas - Catalan sauces: Romesco (roasted almonds, cinnamon, pine nuts, parsley, and saffron), sofrito (garlic, olive oil, onions, and tomatoes), aioli (garlic with olive oil) and samfaina (with tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers).

7. Arròs Negre - a famous variant of paella with squid ink that gives it a unique color.

8. Zarzuela - a dish that mixes all the sea fruits of the region.

9. Grilled Chicken a la Catalana - served with dried fruits.

10. Embutidos - sausage, the famous types are Fuet de Vic, tasty dry sausage, and Jamón Serrano.


The airplane is the most convenient and often the cheapest way to get to Barcelona.

El Prat Airport is the second largest airport in Spain. From here you can get to the city in about 30 minutes. The Aerobus departs from Terminals 1 and 2. With A, B, and C9 you can come directly to the city center.

Barcelona has many residential areas, and knowing specific peculiarities of these could be useful when getting around the city. So we gathered them for you in a short list below: 

Aerobus, Barcelona


The buses depart from 5:30 a.m. every 5 minutes.

Single trip costs € 5.90
Return trip € 10.20. Valid for 9 days

You can buy tickets from the bus driver for counted cash or at the machines at the bus stop, also with a credit card.

*For your information: There is also an airport, Girona. The journey from Girona to Barcelona takes about an hour's drive by bus. 

Accommodation and hotels

The district of Barceloneta is very close to the beaches of Barcelona.

The El Born district has many modern bars and restaurants and is close to Barceloneta, also located not that far from the beach.

The Gràcia district is characterized by small, narrow, old streets. It has a very cozy atmosphere.

Les Corts is a business district of Barcelona, and nearby ​​there is the Eixample district, which is good for shopping fans. The district of Les Corts itself is not particularly interesting.

Montjuïc is located next to Plaça España and the magic fountain.

Poble Sec

Poble Sec is a sleeping quarter of Barcelona, located only 10 minutes away from the city center. Accommodation there is usually cheaper.

Port Olimpic would suit you well if you want to live by the sea. Situated closely to the beach and the picturesque marina, this is the right place for sea lovers. The district also boasts excellent fish restaurants.

Port Vell is situated in the southern part of La Rambla street in the immediate vicinity of the city center. Barcelona’s cruise terminals are also nearby.

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La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona, which is ​​located in the heart of the city. If you want to live in the middle of the action, this is the best place for you.

The Barri Gòtic district is an old historic district of Barcelona.

Sants is a residential area, so accommodation is generally cheaper here. Thanks to the Barcelona Sants (Estacio de Sants) train station, which is located right in the center of the district, it has good transport links to the city center, the airport, and other cities.

How much does an overnight stay in Barcelona cost?
An apartment for a weekend in Barcelona costs an average of € 166.

A room in 3-star hotel costs on average € 95 per night, in a 4-star hotel € 120 per night, in a 5-star hotel € 251 per night.

Among the numerous hotel options provided by HotelFriend you will certainly find suitable and cozy accommodation for yourself, often with a discount of up to 50%. HotelFriend will be happy to help you to plan your trip and save your time and money!

The best hotels in Barcelona