Many have said there may not be a more perfect spot on the planet than Barcelona, Spain. It has the rare mix of cosmopolitan atmosphere and a relaxed way of life that you won’t find elsewhere. The Spanish architecture, amazing dining, and matchless climate, really make this the destination. There are eateries, unbeatable beaches, and even some not-so-well-known secret spots to make this your favorite destination to visit time after time.
Barcelona is a seaside city with a lively arts scene, and the strong, eclectic, boho vibe which defines this city as the quirky partner to the more classically toned Madrid. The beaches of Barcelona draw steady crowds, and the electric nightlife here keep this city on fire. In addition, Barcelona is perhaps best known for having the best seafood in Europe.
You’ll see history and modernity hand-in-hand as you stroll the famous streets lined with Gothic churches and the surrealist buildings of Antoni Gaudi, mingled with more modern spots, such as Maremagnum Mall. Don’t miss Las Ramblas pedestrian street while you’re out strolling about; no cars are allowed on this street, which makes for quite the leisurely pace as you take in the varied architecture. When you feel hunger strike, Las Ramblas has a host of cozy and casual dining spots to refuel your tank, such as Vieno, or the even the food market, Boqueria, known as Barcelona’s gem.
When you are ready to dine, you’ll find that mealtimes in this country are perhaps a bit different than to what you might be accustomed. Restaurants here have different hours than other parts of the world; for instance, lunch is served between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m., and dinner between 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. Many stores will close for “siesta” between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., and most are closed on Sundays and on Spanish public holidays.
As far as the weather is concerned, you’ll find the climate here to be rather delightful. Barcelona very rarely will be too hot or too cold. The months of July and August are sometimes quite humid, but this is also the best time for a Barcelona vacation. The sun is bright, beaches are full, and many concerts and other outdoor events can be found. If you’re looking to visit when the crowds are not as numerous, spring or fall can be a wonderful time, also. The weather will be less humid and crowds relatively manageable. Wintertime getaways are perfect for the budget-conscious, as while the temps drop, so do the prices! Enjoy your Barcelona stay whenever you decide to drop in.