Fanciful architecture and hip restaurants have come together with the sunny southern Spanish climate and beaches. This has transformed Barcelona in just a few decades from a rough port city to one of Europe’s—if not the world’s—premier destinations.

Stroll along La Rambla, admire the Casa Calvet’s façade or the Casa Mila designed by Gaudi, visit the Market of la Boqueria or shop at El Corte Inglés. Sample some of the many bars, cafés and late night haunts while you’re at it.

Facts

Population

1.8 million

Currency

Euro, €1=100 cents

Opening hours

Usually 09.30 to 13.30 and 16.30 to 20.00 Monday–Friday with some variations. Many establishments have the same opening hours on Saturdays and some are open until lunchtime on Sundays. Shopping centres and many large stores do not close for lunch/siesta.

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Tourist information

Turisme de Barcelona Plaça de Catalunya 17 - basement +34 932 853 834

Travel to Barcelona

Take one of Etihad Airways’ flights to Barcelona and discover one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Barcelona has so much to offer including relaxing beaches, avant-garde monuments, an extensive cultural calendar and a fascinating history evident in the city’s buildings and parks as well as in its traditions.

Top 5 Things To Do in Barcelona

  • Dispense with reality and get caught up in the architectural imaginings of Gaudí, which are brought to life in Park Güell, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • Visit Montjuïc, an astronomically significant hill topped with a fountain that transforms into a fantastic spectacle of light, colour, and sound at night
  • Let yourself be enveloped by the colourful and lively atmosphere of the famous market locally known as La Boqueria (Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria)
  • Stroll through the alleys of the Gothic Quarter, a labyrinth of medieval houses, museums, and restaurants
  • Dine out on one of the terraces of Port Vell while enjoying a spectacular sunset over the sea

Plan Your Barcelona Holiday

Any time is great for tickets to Barcelona because it has a host of events throughout the year. At the end of September, the La Mercè festival takes place, a unique opportunity to witness the impressive human towers and the Giants’ Parade. In August, you can experience the En Vivo festival, which attracts some of the best pop and rock music groups in the world. Classical music and jazz festivals alternate during the month of July.

From February to May, when the best flight deals to Barcelona are available, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself at the performances of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. In addition, as it is low season, it won't be difficult to find cheap hotels in Barcelona.

Destination Routes

Etihad Offices in Spain

Malaga, Spain
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+34 902 051 846
Barcelona, Spain
Aviareps plc
C/ Bruc, 21 ?? 2ª planta 1º 08010
+34 95 210 54 19
Madrid, Spain
Aviareps plc
C/Santa Hortensia, 15  oficina E 28002
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