A few Barcelona facts for you…
Where is Barcelona?
Barcelona is the capital of Spain and the second-largest city (after Madrid). It’s located in the north east, and it’s also the largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia (meaning that here the locals speak Spanish and Catalan). Barcelona is well connected with an international airport, ferry port, train station (with trains that go across Europe) and easy motorway access, making Barcelona the perfect starting point for a road trip in Spain. See my Europe road trip bucket list here.
When is the best time to visit Barcelona?
Barcelona is Spain’s most visited city, so whenever you decide to go, expect it to be busy. The best time to visit Barcelona is said to be April to July. The weather is good enough to enjoy the multiple outdoor attractions, beaches and festivals that Barcelona has to offer, without the heat and ridiculous crowds of August.
Having said that, I’ve only been to Barcelona in October and both times the weather was glorious (good enough for swimming and surfing!), the sun was shining, and the crowds were far fewer than they would be in peak season. I imagine that Barcelona in March is similar to what it would be in September and October (all three months are part of Barcelona’s shoulder season). Barcelona is a great place to get some October sun.
If you’re only looking to go sightseeing and you’re happy to risk the weather (some days it might be 20°C, other it might be 5°C and you’ll want a coat and an umbrella), then Barcelona in winter is great for you if you’re travelling on a budget, if you want to travel somewhere for Christmas or New Year, if you want to avoid the crowds in low season, and you’re not bothered about getting in the sea.
Where to stay in Barcelona…
It depends on what you’re looking for in Barcelona. The best things to do in Barcelona are spread all across the city so there’s no one best place to stay. Barri Gòtic, Eixample, Poble Sec and El Born are some of the most popular places to stay in Barcelona, since they are about 20 minutes away from most of the landmarks and attractions. Poblenou is considered the best areas to stay in in Barcelona for more lively nightlife, and both here and Barceloneta are good for those of you who want to hit the beach.
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