Barcelona is best for...

La Boqueria Food Market: Located on the Ramblas, this must-visit food market's stalls and bars are always bustling with activity

Good cafe: Start your morning the way the locals do with a coffee from a small street cafe or bar

Traditional tapas: For some of the best tapas, head to the Gothic Quarter where many restaurants line the squares

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Barcelona is Spanish

Currency: The currency used in Barcelona is the Euro (€)

Local time: Barcelona is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Barcelona's main airport is Barcelona–El Prat Airport

A seaside city that draws on its Catalan heritage for inspiration, you’ll find that the food scene in Barcelona stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best in Europe.

Barcelona has twenty restaurants that have at least one Michelin star, so you won’t have a hard time finding a great meal in this town.

As the centre of Catalan cuisine, the city’s restaurants focus on ingredients found around the Mediterranean. The food differs significantly from contemporary Spanish cuisine, as you’ll find when visiting standout restaurants such as 7 Portes.

You should know that meal times are usually a lot later in Barcelona. Apart from a coffee and croissant when they first wake up, locals don’t have breakfast until about 11am. Lunch is from 2pm to 3pm, and dinner can be as late as 10pm.