Q: What is the best time to come to Barcelona?
A: Winter is best for a cultural trip. Less tourists, not too hot and sweaty, museums and attractions are less packed. City is decorated with beautiful Christmas lights, there are Christmas markets and big shopping discounts in January. Accommodation is also cheaper in Airbnb and Booking.com.
Spring is best to kick-start your summer. The sun is hot in April, tourists haven’t occupied the city and accommodation still cheaper than in the summer. ATP 500 tennis tournament is in April, F1 race in May, huge Primavera Sound music festival end of May. In addition local festivals are starting to pop up.
Summer is best time for a beach holiday. Sun is bright and water is warm. Charge your batteries on the vast beaches near Barcelona with a jar of cold Sangria or a glass of cava. Parties are on everywhere and festivals every weekend. Sant Joan on 23rd of June is the biggest summer festival for catalans. All the beaches are full with bonfires and firecrackers. People dance and party to celebrate the longest day of the summer. Summer is also the time for many of the neighbourhood Festa Major festivals, biggest of them Festa Major de Grácia in the middle of August. Prices for accommodation are higher but party is wicked. Huge electronic music festival Sonar is happening in June.
Autum is the best to extend your summer. September is a total beach month and usually October as well (it will get chillier after sun goes down). There are lest tourists, accommodation is cheaper and you have more air to breathe. On the 3rd week of September it’s the biggest festival in Barcelona called La Mercé with correfoc’s, huge fireworks shows and concerts. In addition more festa majors and plenty of wine festivals.
Q: How to get to Barcelona?
Q: Where to find accommodation in Barcelona
A: I often use Airbnb if I travel. People rent out a room in their home or a full apartment. Check the room, that I rent to guests. If you haven’t joined Airbnb yet, then do it here and you get a 18€ voucher from your stay. And I get the same for my next trip. Thanks! 🙂
K: How to move around in Barcelona?
A: To my surprise public transport in Barcelona is awesome. 10 times T-10 ticket will cost you 9.90€ and you can use it with buses and metro. Other villages and cities are easily reached by comfortable trains. Using a car in Barcelona is a pain as the parking is very expensive (25-30€ 24h parking garage). If you want to discover other locations on top of Barceona I suggest rent a car when you are about to leave, not when you arrive to Barcelona. Take comfortable shoes with you, because most of the city you will discover by foot. It wouldn’t hurt to take some bandages in case you will get blisters.
Q: Is Barcelona sage?
A: Barcelona is very safe for a big city. Very seldom I will hear of violent robberies and during my years here I have never seen any agression or a fight. Although Barcelona is filled with pickpockets. You really need to keep a very close eye on all your stuff (during the tour I show you exactly how to make the life of the pickpockets as hard as possible). In general women who live here say that they feel totally safe walking around at night. Just take care of your stuff.
Q: How expensive?
A: Barcelona has something for all. You can drink 1.20€ beer or 15€ fabulous gin tonics. If you know the places the food/wine price to quality ratio is excellent. Big and delicious restaurant meal with couple of glasses of wine will be around ~20€ per person. Bottle of good wine in a restaurant around 14 – 16€, 0.33l beer about 2.60€. You can always save money having picnics on the parks or beaches and cook at home (Airbnb is good for that). In the stores bottle of good wine or cava (sparkling wine) is 4 – 6€, basic but decent drinking wine ~2€, 0.33l basic beer ~0.60€. Fruits, cheese and seafood is cheaper than many other countries.