Escape to Spain's Catalonia area with a low-cost flight from Chicago to Barcelona booked on Orbitz.com. Barcelona's location on the Mediterranean coast provides a moderate climate and lush setting that entices visitors from all over the world. The unique culture and architecture of the area add to its appeal, making this a one-of-a-kind vacation destination.
Flights out of Chicago leave from either Chicago O'Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport. O'Hare operates flights on major international airlines, including Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia Airlines, and United Airlines. Midway, which is about 10 miles from downtown Chicago, mainly serves domestic airlines with in-country flights, but also offers flights on Delta. Most flights to Barcelona from Chicago involve a single stop in a major city, such as Madrid, New York, London, Atlanta, or Paris.
Both Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport offer convenient long- and short-term parking in garages near the terminals as well as at economy lots located off-site and served by free shuttle transport to the terminals. Passengers can also take a shuttle bus, public bus, or taxi to either airport. In addition to these options, O'Hare is also served by the CTA blue line of Chicago's L train. While waiting for your flight, you can enjoy a meal or snack at one of the many coffee shops, restaurants, or fast food outlets located at both airports.
Barcelona has been home to some of the most fascinating figures in art history, and there are plenty of sites that emphasize this connection to the world of art and architecture. In addition to visiting art-related venues and events, visitors to Barcelona often enjoy exploring the many historic sites and parks in the area.
Upon your arrival in Barcelona, you will land at Barcelona Airport, which is located just 6 miles from the city center. Ground transportation options from the airport to downtown include airport buses, taxis, or the train. A taxi ride to the PlaÃ§a EspaÃ±a in downtown runs about 15 euros, while an airport bus ride is 5.30 euros per person. Rental cars are another option, and you will find offices for Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, and National Atesa at both airport terminals at Barcelona Airport.
If your interests involve visiting art and architecture sites, the Sagrada Familia will be on your must-see list of Barcelona attractions. This impressive church was designed by Gaudi and has unique exterior and interior features. Other Gaudi-designed sites in Barcelona include Casa Batllo, Guell Palace, and Guell Park. Art and architecture lovers will also enjoy the Picasso Museum, Caixa Forum art gallery, and Pabellon Mies van der Rohe.
For a break from art, you can visit one of the unique neighborhoods of Barcelona, such as offbeat El Born or the Gothic Quarter, which has buildings dating back to medieval and Roman times. The Science Museum, Barcelona Zoo, and Barcelona Aquarium are hits with families vacationing in Barcelona.
Barcelona is a great vacation destination any time of year. Summer highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid-60s make this a good season to enjoy outdoor activities. However, July and August can get humid. Spring and fall both enjoy pleasant weather, although late fall can start to become rainy, so consider this if you plan to participate in any outdoor activities. Winter tends to be mild and rainy, with occasional thunderstorms and frequent light showers. Because January and February tend to see fewer visitors, prices in Barcelona tend to be lower during this time.
Whether your interests lie in art and architecture or you simply want to explore a fun and fascinating European city, Barcelona is a great choice for a vacation destination any time of year. With discounts on air tickets from Chicago to Barcelona, vacation packages and more, Orbitz.com is your source for access to this Mediterranean destination.
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