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Holiday in total freedom in Barcelona?
On RB vacation rentals, holiday homes, b&bs, hotels for a magical stay at any time of the year. Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with its movida alongside intense artistic and cultural activity.
Why go to Barcelona?
- full of attractions, it has two contrasting souls, one ancient and the other modern. Closely tied to its traditions on one side and modern cosmopolitan metropolis open to renewal and attentive to new trends on the other
- because it is colorful, eccentric, fashionable
- to do shopping
- because there is always a party
- for unique art in the world
When to go to Barcelona?
- The climate in Barcelona is Mediterranean, with mild winters and warm and sunny summers.
- January’s average temperature is 9 degrees, August’s 24.5 degrees.
- The best time to visit Barcelona is spring, from mid-April to mid-June both for the temperature and to avoid crowds of tourists, so to visiting parks and museums in peace.
- Even September and October are recommended months, but you have to be lucky with the rain. Summer, from mid June to August, can be hot and wet, though it is the best time to go to the beach and the sea.
- Temperatures allow you to visit the city throughout the year
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Off the beaten path, this neighborhood will draw you in with its young, artsy, bohemian and international vibe.
A largely residential area perfect for those looking for a peaceful and authentic experience in Barcelona.
The main artery of this sizable district, Passeig de Gracia, is lined with high-end international designer stores.
One of the city’s most sparkling quarters, with tapas bars and super fashion venues. Here is Estimar, one of the best seafood restaurants in the city.
area featuring extravagant modern architecture mixed with cozy residential streets.
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona.
Gaudí’s eponymous masterpiece watches over the neighborhood below as it hums with tourist traffic day and night.
A perfect area to enjoy a relaxing day on the city’s most popular beach, and try some of the best seafood in town.
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Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) was the most important and influential architect of the early twentieth century in Barcelona.
His ability was to combine organic shapes, worthy of more than a sculpture than a building, to the finest craftsmanships for the care of every aesthetic detail, providing every corner of a magical beauty.
Art lovers will not miss their most famous works such as Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Vicens, Casa Milà, Bellesguard Tower and Casa Batllò.
Paella on the sea
Here you will eat the best paella in Spain (after Valencia, of course), especially in some of Port’s restaurants. To mention the Fonda del Porto Olimpico, where you can spell out even in winter during the beautiful days, and Martinez, with tapas, vermouth and Barcelona’s classic cuisine on the Carretera de Miramar. To book a table on the “terraza” to enjoy the magnificent view.
The most famous beach in the city, which is reached through alleys full of bars and fish restaurants. It is great for families and for those who want to have a beach holiday without being too far from the city. Ideal also for young people thanks to its varied nightlife.
Barri Gòtic and Raval
The Gothic Barrio is a labyrinth of alleys, squares and palaces. The pulsating heart of the city, where the famous cathedral of Santa Maria del Pì stands, to get lost and find yourself walking without a destination. Take a stroll through the narrow streets full of shops and restaurants, have a coffee at Plaça Real or visit the nearby Picasso Museum for an unforgettable time.
From here begins the Raval, the multi-ethnic neighborhood. It was called Barrio Chino, because in the early 1900’s it was the ghetto where oriental workers lived. But it is also the former neighborhood of prostitutes, thieves and bullfighters. Today it is a trendy neighborhood, among ethnic restaurants, shops and artists. And here is also the MACBA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, a great former hospice that today hosts events and exhibitions.
Barcelona’s most famous avenue extends over one kilometer from Plaça de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus Monument. A pedestrian area full of street artists and Miró mosaics set on the ground.
La Rambla is flanked by a multitude of souvenir shops, restaurants and tapas, the typical bars that serve delicious appetizers to accompany a beautiful caraffa of sangria or Spanish cerveça.
The city is well served by El Prat airport, as well as the main airlines, even from low cost ones, especially since has been built the new Terminal. Budget airlines usually fly to Girona Airport near the Costa Brava, about 54 miles from central Barcelona. The main means are the metro, buses, trams, Ferrocarril, the train, bus 46 from the airport to the center of Barcelona and the Montjuïc funicular (not to be confused with the cable way). To make a quick tour of Barcelona, just take a tourist bus and admire most of the city’s attractions. Alternatively you can use taxis because in the city they are cheap enough compared to European standards.
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Barcelona means walking through Gaudí’s works. From its houses (Pedrera, Batllò) to its gardens of fairytale architectures (Park Guell). The most famous work is undoubtedly the Sagrada Familia Savior Temple, designed by him over a century ago and still to be completed.
It is said that Picasso, despite being in Malaga, considered Barcelona his proper city. The largest collection of this artist is right here, in a complex of medieval buildings in the heart of La Ribera district.
The works of Joan Mirò, Catalan, born and raised in the alleys of the Barrio Gotico in Barcelona, are preserved in a large white building specifically designed on Montjuic Hill.
It dates back to the 1920s, the idea of two architects to bring together the unique features of all the Spanish regions in one place. Thus, in a village in the center of Barcelona, there is an architectural complex that encloses all the artistic traditions of Spain.
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Low cost and international fashion chains
- Too Much
- Etxart & Panno Factory Outlet
- Born boutiques
- Zazo and Brull
Luxury / Exclusive
- Passeig de Gracia
- El Corte Ingles di Diagonal
- Pedralbes Centre
- La Illa
- Barrets Obach for handmade hats
- L’estanc Laietana for cigars
- La Manual Alpargatera for artisanal espadrillas
- El Corte Ingles in plaça Catalunya
- Fnac Triangle
- Las Arenas in plaça Espanya
- Diagonal Mar
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Barcelona is within reach of everyone. With low cost flights, you can spend an unbelievable day of shopping and trends and comfortably return in the evening. Commercial opening times are generally from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm and stores are usually closed on Sundays.