Temperature: 10-24 °C
Spring is a beautiful time of the year to visit Barcelona. The city starts to warm up in March and is typically in the mid-teens (°C) by the end of the season. To take advantage of the beach, come during the summer, when you can expect highs of 28 (°C) and very little chance of rain. Culture-seekers will enjoy Barcelona during the autumn, when the city comes alive with music and food festivals, and the weather is still warm enough for roaming. Or book your holiday during the winter to take advantage of fewer crowds and average highs of 11 (°C).
Families: Take an art class in Gaudi’s trencadis technique and you’ll make your own mosaic of broken ceramic tiles to take home.
Art fans: At the Picasso Museum, view the works of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.
Foodies: Tuck into some traditional Catalan seafood at a restaurant in the Gothic Quarter.
Language: The languages spoken in Barcelona are Catalan and Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Barcelona is the Euro (€)
Local time: Barcelona is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly: Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) is 13km southwest of the city centre
Flight time from UK: 2 hours
Tourist information: Further Barcelona tourist information can be found at www.turismedebarcelona.eu
Visa / Health: Before your holiday to Barcelona, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health
By foot: The historic centre is compact and pedestrian-friendly.
By tourist bus: The Barcelona Bus Turistic has three hop-on/hop-off routes that stop at all the tourist sites.
By metro: The extensive metro system is efficient, affordable and air-conditioned.
By bicycle: There are many cycle hire companies, some of which also give bike tours in the city centre.
By scooter: Rent a scooter/moped, Vespa or even a Segway.
Party Animals: For three days (and three nights!) in June, Barcelona hosts Sónar, one of the world’s best dance music festivals. Tickets must be purchased well in advance.
Saintly celebrations: On 24 September, Barcelona honours its patron saint by staging live music concerts in the plazas, Catalan folk dancing, a parade and a fireworks display.
Nadal (Christmas): December’s festivities include the Fira de Santa Lucia, a large open-air market in the streets around the main cathedral. Handmade crafts and local Christmas decorations are on offer; nativity figurines are especially popular.