Hopping on a cheap flight to Barcelona has never been easier. In less than 2 hours, you could be gazing at the Sagrada Familia, walking around Park Güell or getting lost in the Gothic Quarter. This coastal city is perfect for couples, city breaks and family holidays as there’s so much to see and do in Barcelona. You could even have your own beach holiday in Barcelona by staying in Barceloneta! Here’s a local’s guide to the best things to do in Barcelona, from Gaudi’s best works to where to eat the best tapas.

Barcelona Holiday Ideas

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K+K Hotel Picasso

K+K Hotel Picasso

H10 Urquinaona Plaza

H10 Urquinaona Plaza

Ohla Barcelona

Ohla Barcelona

Hotel Indigo Barcelona - Plaza Catalunya

Hotel Indigo Barcelona - Plaza Catalunya

U232 Hotel

U232 Hotel

Condes De Barcelona

Condes De Barcelona

Sightseeing in Barcelona

City breaks in Barcelona start in the centre of Barrio Gotico. From here, jump on a bus tour or walk to Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo or walk around the café-lined streets and boulevards. Barcelona has an unrivalled shopping scene too. El Born is the district for boutique shopping in Barcelona, whereas you’ll find the flagship Mango and Zara stores on Passeig de Gracia in Barrio Eixample. End it with dinner in La Boqueria on La Rambla, the biggest walking street in the city, before partying with the Catalonian crowd.

Weekends in Barcelona

If you’re looking for a place to take your better half, look no further than Barcelona. Treat yourselves to a few nights in a boutique hotel, and there’s no better way to start the day than strolling around El Ravel’s cafes and independent stores, people watching over a long breakfast. If you’re going all out, the W Hotel on the beach has incredible views of the city and the Mediterranean and you’re in walking home distance of the nightlife. Check out our guide to the best accommodation in Barcelona for every budget.

Family Holidays

Barcelona is one of the easiest cities to holiday in with little ones. There’s a plethora of parks to choose from for spending time outside, and the old fashioned amusement park on Mt Tibidabo comes with the best views of the city, and plenty of rides for the kids. Tapas is also a very child-friendly way to eat in Barcelona: it’s a great way to introduce them to new foods, and eating with your hands is never frowned upon!

When to Visit Barcelona

The best time to visit Barcelona is during July and August, however, that’s also when everyone else visits. If you visit in early autumn you’ll still have plenty of sunshine, and smaller queues for the Sagrada Familia. Barcelona is a great unexpected Christmas city break, from festive feasting in the food markets to Christmas shopping on Passeig de Gracia.

June is the best month for music festivals in Barcelona, with Primavera and Sonar often falling within weeks of each other. Holy Week, held during the Easter holidays, is also plenty of fun, but you should book accommodation in advance.