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Why fly to Barcelona?
Barcelona is a stylishly vibrant city with golden beaches and a thriving nightlife. Spain's city by the sea is home to almost 5 million people, making it one of the largest urban populations in the world.
There are many reasons to come to Barcelona but one of the big one is the beaches. The city has seven beaches sitting along the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. The residents aer liberal and mood is relaxed, making for a lovely way to spend a day or two.
Barcelona is known for its nightlife scene with party-goers from across Europe flying in for long weekend to partake. The clubs attract some of Europe's top DJs and the parties go right into the mornings.
The city is home to one of the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in a city including the Sagrada Famillia. The building of the church began in the latter half of the 19th century but was taken over by the famed Antoni Gaudi in 1909, but has yet to be completed. Another of these sites is Barcelona Cathedral, built in the Neo-Gothic style, it is truly a beautiful sight to behold.
Barcelona weather is hot and cold with the two distinct seasons being summer and winter. The summers are hot with temperatures in the 30s while the winter months means a drop down to the low teens. The fall and spring seem to melt into the two and provide a few days of temperatures somewhere between the two extremes.
When to fly to Barcelona
Summers in Barcelona are legendary and this means flight ticket prices are legendary too. The busy season begins in May and lasts right through until September.
Tourist numbers taper off toward the end of September so you can snag some good flight deals at that time and right into the beginning of December. February and March are also good times to travel if you're looking for low flight rates, however temperatures will be cool.
Getting into Barcelona
Your flight will land at El Prat Barcelona Airport which is located approximately 20 minutes outside of the city center. From the airport you can take the train or bus into the city or grab a metered taxi outside of the terminal.
Getting around Barcelona
Barcelona has a fairly extensive public transportation system that should be able to get you in and around the city as well as out to the beaches. The bus and light rail networks are great and not overly crowded except for rush hour. A nice way to get an overview of what the whole city has to offer are the double-decker tour buses so grab your camera and sun visor and head to the top and be the best tourist you can be. Additionally you can rent bikes or hop in a taxi when you've Barcelona'd yourself out.
- There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city and seeing all of them could take up a whole week. A great choice is the Casa Batllo which is really out-of-this-world when it comes to design. Antoni Gaudi's creativity oozes out of this building. Make sure to check out the roof for its really unique art and it will also provide a great view of inner Barcelona.
- Head to one of the many beaches but be prepared for crowds the closer you are to the city center. The closest is Barceloneta, go early to get a good spot.
- Visit the district of El Born for funky shops and boutique galleries that support the work of young artists. You can also grab some great independently-made jewellery here as a souvenir.
- Visit the La Boqueria Market for a taste of local flavor. The market is overflowing with fruits and vegetables as well as butchers which makes for an interesting mix. There are delicious Spanish snacks available.
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