Barcelona is best for...

Night owls: Barcelona parties often start late, with clubs typically getting busy at around 1 or 2 am

Eclectic entertainment: From nightclubs to lounge bars, Barcelona has a variety of venues with very different atmospheres

Cool bars: Head to Raval to discover hip cocktail bars that are perfect for pre-club drinks

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

You’ll love Barcelona if you’re looking for a city that takes nightlife seriously. One of Europe’s most exciting destinations by day, the action here heats up after the sun goes down.

It all starts at the tapas bars. Did you know that King Alfonso X is often credited for inventing them? After recovering from an illness, he decreed that all taverns were to serve small bites of food with drinks.

Don’t show up to the bar early though, as the Spanish eat late, and head out to party even later. To keep in sync with the locals, head out for dinner at 9pm at the earliest, to the pub or bar at midnight, and to the nightclub at 2am. Don’t worry about not having much time to show off your dance moves though, as most clubs stay open until until the sun rises.