Recently named one of the top cities in the world for travel, the city of Barcelona has long ranked high in terms of tourism. From its long history to its rich culture, art, commerce, fashion and sports, it is easy to see why this massive city is one of the world major global cities. Coconut Club Vacations invites you to come with us as we learn more about Barcelona and what makes it unique.
Capital city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona’s metropolitan area is home to over 4.5 million people, making it the 6th most populous city in Europe. First founded as a Roman city thousands of years ago, evidence suggests that the region now known as Barcelona has been settled for close to 8,000 years. Located on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula facing the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona has long been a significant city. Today, millions from around the world come to visit and explore this lovely region.
When to Travel
While no time is a bad time to visit Barcelona thanks to its comfortable Mediterranean climate, there are certain times of the year that enjoy dryer and warmer weather. While the summer months of July and August can be over 80, the late spring and early fall months offer the most comfortable temperatures and fewer tourists than these peak summer months.
What Not to Miss
There are dozens of sites which are often considered “don’t miss” destinations, most tourists to have the opportunity to see them all the first time. From the unique beauty of Park Guell, established in 1914 to the history and sheer size of the Sagrada Familia Church, these two represent just two of the many historically significant sites in the city. A large number of museums, close to 70 parks, beaches, cathedrals, a stunning Gothic historic district and close to 10 UNSECO Historic Sites are just a few of the “must-sees”.
Tips for Travel
- Like other top cities in Europe, Barcelona can be crowded in summer and top attractions may have long lines. For this reason, those planning on visiting top destinations may want to consider the Barcelona Card which allows you to skip the lines, avoid having to pay admission and enjoy free travel on public transportation and other discounts and perks as well.
- Barcelona culture is a bit different from the U.S. From a two hour break in the middle of the day for lunch to optional tipping, it is important that you learn more about the culture before visiting.
- Barcelona has a number of festivals which may lead to larger crowds during these times. Plan accordingly.
- The primary language of Barcelona is Catalan however, most people will speak both Catalan and Spanish.
The City of Artists is unique and beautiful and filled with hundreds of sites of interest, amazing experiences and fantastic restaurants, shops and more. Take time to learn more about this top destination for travel.