Travel Spain Barcelona became one of the first tourist destination of Spain, it's known with a history among the oldest in Europe, a capital, Barcelona, which never sleeps and an inland full of charm unforgettable beautiful beaches in La Costa Brava. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture ,Dali, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso etc.

Barcelona's name is sometimes abbreviated as 'Barna'. Spanish and Catalan people also use the 3 letters - BCN - which actually corresponds to the IATA airport code of the Barcelona-El Prat Airport. The city is also referred to as the "ciudad condal" in Spanish and "ciutat comtal" in Catalan, reffering to its past as home to the Count of Barcelona. 'Barça' often used by foreigners is in fact the popular name of the F.C. Barcelona sports club, the world famous football team!

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Barcelona sited between the mountains and the sea, has found a formidable balance: a foot in the traditional things and the other in the avantgarde. Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain and it has renewed for the 1992 Olympic Games.

Barcelona is the passionate capital of Catalonia, an unforgettable city of art, culture and beauty. Gaudi's works, museums, concerts and FC Barcelona’s football team homeland.
Walk along the Ramblas to enjoy street musicians, living statues, hustlers and just plain loonies. Hop onto the Tramvia Blau for a tram trip up to the top of Tibidabo and take in the magnificent sights of the city below you. Shop along the Passeig de Gracia, at the most well known boutiques in Barcelona.
Have a sunset drink at a chiringuito bar on the Barceloneta beach, then after dark, join the locals for pub crawling at the Barri Gotic for a huge selection of tapas bars, wine bars, cocktail lounges and even Irish pubs! Now that you've worked up an appetite, head for El Born where you'll find the finest in new catalonian cuisine.

The easiest way to get to Barcelona is by airplane. But watch out with the different companies. Easyjet, Vueling, Condor, Air Berlin, Niki and others flies to Barcelona El Prat airport, which is the principal airport in Barcelona, and can reach the city by bus, train and taxi or if you have a higher budget, use our private transport directly to your hotel in less than 30 minutes. Ryanair, probably the cheapest one, flies to the Girona or Reus airports. From there you need to take a bus (one way aprox. 12€) that takes about 1:10 hours and leaves you at the Estacio del Nord.
Check our flight search engine for the best value flight to come to Barcelona, including all low cost companies.

Moving around Barcelona – Transportation

Metro stations in Barcelona

Walking: ok and obvious, but also the best way to visit the Old Town, Gothic quarter streets, the old fisherman’s village of Barceloneta and the beach, the fantastic Palau de la Musica Catalana in the Borne district, leading you all the way over to the garden of Barcelona – La Cuitadella . This is a huge part of Barcelona and is a really great way to spend a day, believe me.

Buses and Metro in Barcelona: Metro stations in Barcelona are the best way to move around and the fastest way. You can buy a 2 day (11.20€) or 3 day (15.90€) tickets. You can combine the metro with the bus system, and the new "tranvía".
With the public transportation system, you will save time, money and will be more ecological.
For a global visit, we recommend to use the Bus Turistic, that has 2 different routes and visits the major tourist places in Barcelona. Also called the Hop-on Hop-off Bus.

Car Rental in Spain: If you will be visiting for a few days and have limited time, do not bother renting a car. Otherwise you can rent a car to go outside the city and visit the Costa Brava, Montserrat or other places worth if you have the time and already visited Barcelona.
Also, the Barcelona Card gives nice discounts on transportation and museums.

Shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona is an extremely practical city to shop, almost all is concentrated in the centre and in the historical city.
Opening times: most of the shops and shopping centers are open from 10.00 (10am) to 20.30 (8:30pm) or 21.30 hours (9:30pm). Traditional shops open from 10.00 (10am) to 14.00 hours (2pm) and from 16.30(4:30pm) to 20.30 hours (8:30pm)
Sales: the winter sales generally begin in the second week of January and last until the end of February and the summer sales begin on 1st July and last until the end of August.
How to pay: most people pay in cash or with a credit card, when you must show your passport or identity card.

Women and men fashion, shoes, leather and gourmet shops are unavoidable!

We recommend the Corte Ingles department store in Plaza Catalunya, as a major and centrally located store, and the Illa Diagonal or the more central Bulevard Rosa for a bunch of nice fashion boutiques. Also do not miss a walk on Paseo de Gracia for the best brand shops in Barcelona.

While in Barcelona take a little time to visit Catalonia such as:

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Costa Brava owes its name of "wild coast" to the uniqueness of the sudden encounter between mountain and sea. Nature, climate and history, the picturesque of its ports and certain villages have been enough to have a world wide reputation. It is a 160 kilometer stretch of beautiful, rugged coastline in the region of Catalonia in the North East corner of Spain. Natural beauty, endless miles of sandy beaches and summer sunshine. You'll find modern, international tourist resorts with high-rise hotels alongside unspoilt fishing villages, sheltered rocky coves and medieval towns with ancient castles.

Costa Dorada , in the south of Barcelona, it is the color of gold, luminous, being in the maritime littoral the reason of its name "Costa Dorada" (Golden Coast).

The headings in this chapter " Barcelona City Guide" will enable you to discover Barcelona attractions before your arrival.

Barcelona Beaches

For sun worshippers, Barcelona is just what you’re looking for! It’s coastline stretches for 4.5km and offers the tourists a wide variety of excellent beaches. The most popular beaches among our visitors include Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Nova Icaria and Bogatell.

Barceloneta is probably the closest beach to the city and the easiest way to get to this beach is by catching the yellow line metro. Walking from the city takes about 20 minutes. Barceloneta is a wide long beach full of restaurants, which are mostly American style and bars.

The Nova Icaria beach is quite close to the Olympic Marina and is full with fantastic beachside bars and restaurants. If you are visiting this beach, make sure the sample the cuisine in Mango and Chiringuito restaurants.

Mar Bella Beach is a must for those you like watersports. Here you’ll enjoy the windsurfing, kayaks and hobie cats. Bogatell Beach is actually twice the size of Nova Icaria and is a haven for rollerbladers, cyclists and joggers. This is a more tranquil area and does not have a lot of bars and restaurants.

All the Barcelona beaches are kitted out people with disabilities, sun beds and lifeguards and all the beaches are well maintained.

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Sant Sebastiá

Considered as being the last stretch of the beach of La Barceloneta. There are all types of facilities: showers, lifeguards, bars, as well as good disabled access.
Length : 1.100 m
Average width : 81 m
Limits : From the port estuary to Carrer Almirall Cervera
Transport :
Bus: 14, 16, 17, 39, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59, 64, 157
Metro: Line 4 - Barceloneta

La Mar Bella

Located between the beaches of Nova Mar Bella and Bogatell. There is a sports centre very near the beach. The Promenade stretches as far as the beach of la Barceloneta. Good for windsurfing on windy days. The Mar Bella beach has a designated nudist beach area screened by a long hillock of bamboo and is mostly frequented by young people.
Length : 500 m
Average width : 42 m
Limits : From the Mar Bella breakwater to the Bac de Roda breakwater
Transport :
Bus: 36, 71, 141
Metro: Line 4 - Selva de Mar
Tram: T4 - Selva de Mar
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Playa del Bogatell

his beach is very close to the Olympic Port and is separated from the other two beaches with similar characteristics by two stone breakwaters. It has a lifeguard service, showers, ramps to take you on to the beach, bars, restaurants, parking, etc. The promenade runs until Sant Sebastiá Beach, in the Barceloneta district.
Length : 640 m
Average width : 39 m
Limits : From the Bogatell breakwater to the Mar Bella breakwater
Transport :
Bus: 6, 36, 41, 92, 141
Metro: Line 4 - Poblenou and Llacuna
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Playa del Paseo Marítimo or Llevant

The beach on the other side of the Olympic Port. Separated from Barceloneta Beach by a breakwater. There is a lifeguard post, table tennis tables, children's playground and a half-pipe for skaters. The beach is very wide and goes right up to the promenade.
Length : 380 m
Average width : 59 m
Limits : From the Selva de Mar breakwater to the future Zoo breakwater
Transport
Bus: 7, 36, 41, 141
Metro: Line 4 - Selva de Mar
Tram: T4 - Selva de Mar and El Maresme
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La Nova Mar Bella

 Its promenade runs until the famous district of Barceloneta. This is the women's favourite beach, exceeding 60% of total users. A very good beach with a variety of services, such as showers, lifeguard service, bars and parking. Easy access via ramps.

Length : 500 m
Average width : 45 m
Limits : From the Bac de Roda breakwater to the Selva de Mar breakwater
Transport:
Bus: 36, 43, 141
Metro: Line 4 - Selva de Mar and El Maresme
Tram: T4 - Selva de Mar and El Maresme
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La Nova Icária

It is the beach which is next to the Barcelona Olympic Port. The promenade runs until the Barceloneta district. Near the beach there is an esplanade with stone benches for contemplating the landscape. It is considered one of the quietest in the city, frequented mostly by families with children.
Length : 400 m
Average width : 63 m
Limits : From the Olympic Port to the Bogatell breakwater
Transport:
Bus: 6, 36, 41, 92, 141
Metro: Line 4 - Ciutadella y Bogatell
Tram: T4 - Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica
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La Barceloneta

Stretching out along the entire promenade up to the Olympic port in the renowned and old maritime neighbourhood of the same name. There are all types of services typical to a town beach. This excellent beach has two beaches one at each end: one near the Olympic Port with Paseo Marítimo Beach and the other near the Puerto de Barcelona with San Sebastiá Beach. These beaches have a big team of patrolling lifeguards from the local police, particularly in the summer season. It is a favourite amongst our foreign visitors.
Length : 1.100 m
Average width : 89 m
Limits : From Carrer Almirall Cervera to the Olympic Port
Transport
Bus: 14, 16, 17, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59, 64
Metro: Line 4 - Barceloneta and Ciutadella
Tram: Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica
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Bathing season calendar in Barselona

The Barcelona beach season usually goes between March 15th and November 15th when all installations and facilities are dismanteled, being the high season from 31st May to 28th September.