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Barcelona's Mediterranean climate provides the perfect backdrop for the city's unique architecture and vibrant nightlife. Travelers can soak in the Iberian sun on one of Barcelona's beaches or explore the city's lengthy history with an architectural tour. Sample Catalan food at one of Barcelona's tapas bars before viewing the world-famous artworks of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. The variety of activities and lifestyles available in Barcelona makes it a necessity for anyone traveling in Spain.
GoEuro’s Quick Guide to Barcelona
- Must Know: Consider renting a motorbike while you’re in Barcelona to travel in style and cover more ground during your stay
- Must See: Designed by the famous Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia Basilica is a massive Roman Catholic church located at the center of Barcelona and is considered the most identifiable symbol of the city. Despite commencing construction in 1883 it remains unfinished to this day
- Must Do: Go and have a drink at the bunkers from the Spanish Civil War, which overlook the city and provide an amazing view
- Did You Know: Barcelona is actually a bilingual city. Spanish and Catalan are both official languages and widely spoken
Arriving in Barcelona
- Trains - Trains to Barcelona arrive at Estacio de Sants train station which is connected to Barcelona’s metro system. Metro lines 3 and 5 connect Estacio de Sants to Barcelona’s city center. the H7, V7, 27, 32, 78, 109 and 115 buses also connect the train station with the city center. Short distance Rodalies trains also connect various stations in Barcelona and are often the most convenient way to travel around the city.
- Bus - Buses to Barcelona arrive at Estacio del Nord approximately 2 kilometers or a 20 minute walk away from the city center. Alternatively, the Arc de Triomf metro station’s L1 line and the number 54 bus connect Estacio del Nord with Barcelona’s city center. Rodalies trains R1, R3 and R5 also depart from the bus station for the city center approximately every 12 minutes.
- Flight - Flights to Barcelona land at El-Prat Airport. The airport is connected to Barcelona’s city center by a 20-minute journey on the R2 train, which costs just €2.15 per ticket. Alternatively, travelers can also take the number 46 bus to Pl. Espanya, where the convergence of metro lines 1 and 3 make it easy to reach most destinations in Barcelona. If your flight to Barcelona arrives at night, the N16 and N17 night buses connect Barcelona El-Prat’s terminals with the city center. Taxis are also available in front of each terminal 24 hours a day. Taxis take approximately 20-40 minutes to reach Barcelona’s city center, while prices vary depending upon traffic, luggage, and final destination.
- Aerobus Airport Shuttle: Travel from El-Prat airport to Barcelona's city center
- You can purchase Aerobus tickets with GoEuro before you arrive in Barcelona
- Aerobus travels from the airport to Plaça de Catalunya in 35 minutes
- Stops include: Sepúlveda-Urgell, Plaça de Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell, and Plaça Universitat
Traveling around Barcelona
While Barcelona is too large a city to explore entirely by foot, most of the historical city center is pedestrianized. It is possible to drive anywhere in Barcelona except the city center; however, given the limited parking spaces and long rush hours it is not the best way to experience the city. Barcelona’s public transport system is considered one of the best in the world, with 8 metro and 180 bus lines allowing travelers to reach almost any corner of the city. Alternatively, cycling is an extremely popular way to travel around Barcelona, with bike lanes on most major city streets.
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