Your Barcelona vacation
Atmospheric, artsy and fashion-forward, Spain's second-largest city is perched on the coast of the Iberian Peninsula facing the Mediterranean Sea. Spend hours sunbathing on sandy beaches, and enjoy sizzling late-nights at flamenco and tapas bars. Explore renowned museums and picture-perfect Gothic architecture, mixed in with ultra-Modern buildings and cutting-edge sculpture. And for football fans, cheer FC Barcelona at the massive Camp Nou stadium -- reason alone for a destination vacation.
Let Orbitz help you plan the perfect Barcelona vacation, complete with visits to Antoni Gaudí-designed wonders. With insider tips and top attractions, you'll get the scoop on where to explore and what to eat during your Spanish vacation.
Best time to take a vacation to Barcelona
Swept by the breezes with humid, temperate winters and balmy, dry summers, Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Thunderstorms and rains are common from August through September, while dry months span from February through July.
Summer is peak season, and August is the hottest and most tourist-populated month. Save bucks traveling between mid-September to mid-November, when the weather is still pleasant, or come when it's colder -- and cheaper -- from January until March.
Festivals and events are held year-round and one of the most popular is the Festa Major de Gràcia, and August street bash, featuring live music, outdoor movies and theater.
Early summer and fall are two excellent times to visit Barcelona. The city's Mediterranean climate ensures that these seasons experience pleasant weather. If you want to swim, time your trip between June and October, because the sea may be too cold for a dip at other times of the year. August temperatures average 81 degrees Fahrenheit, so Barcelona can be both hot and crowded, because this is the month when most Europeans take their annual vacations. Winters can be chilly, but temperatures rarely go below freezing and snow is not common. Winter prices tend to be lower, and if your interests lie mostly in indoor activities and museums, winter may be an ideal time for you to visit Barcelona.
Insider tips for Barcelona travel
Barcelona City Card
Buy a Barcelona City card to score free public transportation plus discounts on museums, venues, shops and restaurants.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Explore the city's numerous parks, including the Parc de la Ciutadella and Gaudí Parc Guell just north of the city.
Euskal Etxea or shot of tapas
Dive into pintxos at tapas bar Euskal Etxea, where toothpick-speared bites are paid for based on how many you eat.
Shop for original Spanish fashions at Mango and Zara, plus MTX Barcelona and ultra colorful Custo Barcelona.
Come during Festes de la Mercèe, a September street festival filled with fireworks, an over-sea air show and performances.
Dine on Kaiku's terrace to enjoy gorgeous views of the water while you nosh on tasty, fresh seafood.
Stroll Down La Rambla
On a walk down the one-mile road La Rambla, you are likely to see fortune tellers, living statues, musicians, and dancers.
The funky, offbeat neighborhood of El Born is home to plenty of art galleries, tapas joints, and locally owned shops with unusual merchandise.
Locals and visitors alike love sharing tapas at this venue developed by local chef Carles Abellan. Features dishes include foie gras burgers and oxtail stew.
El Tablao de Carmen
Enjoy the dancing, music, and style of a world-class flamenco show at this venue that hosts both flamenco stars and up-and-coming new talent.
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Stroll through a maze of once-Roman streets studded with cathedrals, picturesque squares and boutiques, tapas joints and bars aplenty.
Sagrada Familia Cathedral
Surreal with Gothic and Modernist details, this Gaudi-designed Roman Catholic basilica is punctuated by eighteen spires and three grand facades. Climb the towers for picture-perfect views of Barcelona and beyond.
L'Aquarium de Barcelona
Walk through a glass-encased shark tunnel at this seaside stunner, home to multicolored fish, sharks, corals, eels and more. Kids enjoy educational activities and interactive aquariums. Experienced divers can swim with the sharks in the Oceanarium.
Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
Architecture buffs flock to this open-air village where quarters are dedicated to architecture, craft workshops, shopping, wining and dining.
Barcelona FC Museum
Learn about the history of FC Barcelona at this football museum, replete with trophy halls, winning balls, team garb and interactive exhibits.
La Pedrer (Casa Mila)
Built by Antoni Gaudi, this wavy building features espanta bruixes -- chimneys designed to scare off witches. Head to the Espai Guadi in the attic, a gallery dedicated to the life and work of Gaudi.
Bring the tykes to this animal haven where the world-famous albino gorilla Snowflake once lived. Today they'll meet dolphins, iguanas, hippos, orangutan, gazelle and more. A train runs around the park.
Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)
Stand in awe of one of the extensive collection of Spaniard Pablo Piccasso's work, hung in five interconnected medieval palaces.
Joan Miro Museum
Ogle this dynamite museum filled with the artist's colorful paintings, sculptures, tapestries and early sketches.
Get ready to be wowed by this kaleidoscopic, mile-long road, enlivened with street performers, stalls and cafes.
Designed by Gaudi, the Sagrada Família features intricate sculptures that give this edifice a look unlike any other church in the world.
Chronicling the early years of the famous cubist painter, the Musee Picasso is inside a complex of six palaces.
This home was designed by Gaudi. While it looks fantastical at first glance, there is plenty of evidence that the look was meticulously planned out.
Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya
This art museum has the largest Romanesque art collection in Europe, as well as plenty of Modernist, Renaissance, and Baroque pieces.
History Museum of the City
Dimly lit walkways lead you deep into an archaeological dig in the heart of Barcelona. There are also exhibits on the city's history from Roman times to today.
The Gothic Quarter
This neighborhood is known for its Roman and medieval buildings now operating as bars, cafes, and restaurants.
Families with kids will love this science museum that features a planetarium and exciting temporary and permanent exhibits.
Montjuic's Magic Fountain
This spectacular fountain has evening light and water shows that are free to watch.
A natural park, a monastery, and a shrine dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat are but three of the attractions located at Montserrat.
This botanical garden has plants from Mediterranean-like climates around the world and a futuristic design aesthetic.