Located in Northwest Spain, Barcelona is the capital of the region of Catalonia. One of the first things you’ll learn while you’re there is the highly celebrated Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. He’s so well-loved in Barcelona that some of the most visited sites in Barcelona were designed by him! You can see his work at La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, and many other places scattered around this gorgeous city. It’s truly an art and architecture lover’s dream come true. After a day of soaking in the artistic and historical significance of this amazing city, I’d say you earned a day at Barcelona’s beautiful beaches!
While Barcelona is part of Spain, it’s located in the highly contested region of Catalonia which has an identity, culture, language, and history distinct from the rest of the country. You’ll mainly hear Catalan being spoken on the street, however, Spanish is still used as an official and touristic language as well. Almost 24% of the population comes from other regions of Spain, so you’ll find a bit of every region represented here. The climate is typical for a mediterranean city with very hot summers and mild winters. So if you’re visiting in the summer make sure to bring light, cooler clothes and your sunglasses!
Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport is an international airport located 12 km from the center of Barcelona city. It is well connected to the city center by bus and metro. The train station is also a five-minute walking distance from the airport. Europeans can catch direct flights to Barcelona from most cities including Copenhagen, Ibiza and Milan. North Americans can get multiple flight options with WestJet, Air France, Norwegian, SWISS and many more.