Set on Spain's northeast Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is a whirl of a city with food, art, architecture and the sea to tempt. When you're all tuckered out you'll be glad to embrace a siesta with as much gusto as a local Catalonian.
Barcelona Airport (BCN)
Flights from the UK to Barcelona will disembark at Barcelona El Prat Airport. Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) is the international airport for Barcelona and its surrounding municipalities. Often referred to as El Prat, the airport comprises two terminals and is the second largest in Spain.
From a Roman town to a medieval trading giant to Spain's second-largest city, Barcelona has a rich history extending back at least 2,000 years. Today you'll find locals who are proud of their place in the sun and eagerly patronise the outdoor markets, restaurants and late night cafes. It has a distinct look too: here you'll find Europe's greatest concentration of Gothic architecture, Catalanian modernism is alive and well, and Gaudi's Gothic/Modernist/Art Nouveau-inspired basilica – Sagrada Família – is a must-see. Gaudi's creations in Park Güell are also popular and the views over the city from the top of the park are lovely.
Here's a quick guide to neighbourhoods and further activities to indulge in during your Barcelona stay:
- Wander the Ciutat Vella neighbourhood – here you'll find the heart of Roman and medieval Barcelona in Barri Gòtic and the popular, tree-lined 0.7 mile boulevard La Rambla
- Visit a flamenco show in a tablao – one of the best is Tablao de Carmen in Sants-Montjuïc
- Ride the Cable Way – for an interesting trip from the sea front to Montjuïc mountain in Sants-Montjuïc
- Immerse yourself in the language – there are a host of Catalan and Spanish language schools to help you grapple with grammar and converse with confidence
Park Guell Entrance