Why Barcelona is A Good Vacation Spot (A Complete Guide)

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Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations and the best vacation spot for most avid travelers.

But why is it such a good vacation spot? 

Barcelona is a great vacation destination because of 4 major reasons:

  • The food
  • The weather
  • The beaches
  • Things to do

The Food

First of all, if I was asked to name my top 5 food destinations, Barcelona would still feature top on the list. Why? It has many great mouthwatering dishes to try out.

You enjoy great meals without having to spend much. I mean, even if you’re traveling on a tight budget, you will still enjoy great, delicious foods in Barcelona.

barcelona food restaurants

But, what’s so special about the food in Barcelona?

  • I love the fact that they use fresh and local ingredients which makes their food absolutely delicious.
  • They blend in a mixture of the Mediterranean flavors with their home produce which creates different tastes that you will always remember.
  • You can choose where to eat, from the traditional eateries to simple and extravagant places.

What’s unique about Barcelona’s traditional restaurants

The traditional Barcelona restaurants have a taste of authentic foods that you probably won’t find in Spain.

I feel obligated to admit that the thought of it makes me salivate :).

You’ll find all types of delicious dishes that are just waiting to be discovered (and eaten!). Some of the best traditional foods I found here (my personal preferences) include the Paella, crema Catalana, and fideuà – a tasty, delicious seafood mix.

One of the best ways to find these delicious dishes is by taking a food tour with a local guide.

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Best neighborhoods to eat in Barcelona

  • Gràcia
  • Eixample
  • Gòtic
  • Raval
  • Poble Nou
  • Girona

If you’ve never been to Barcelona before, I highly recommend taking a guided tour. It’s the best way to get a sense of the history and local culture. I use GetYourGuide to find new things to do in my favorite destinations.

The Weather

What about the weather in Barcelona?

A good travel destination should have great weather all year round, and Barcelona no doubt meets that condition. It has comfortable weather throughout the year.

Curious to know the best times to visit Barcelona depending on your desired experience?

Let’s find out.

Best time of the year to visit Barcelona for sightseeing and outdoor activities

Barcelona foods

Early March going through May, and mid-September to October are some of the best months to visit Barcelona, Spain, for sightseeing.

Why? Because the weather is warmer, but not unbearably hot.

These times of the year are also the best for sightseeing because they tend to be less crowded.

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Best time of the year to visit Barcelona beaches

The best time to go for a Barcelona beach vacation is from April through to July and September to November.

However, if you want to avoid large crowds at the beach, plan your Barcelona vacation early or late in these seasons.

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Best seasons to visit Barcelona for Shopping, festivals or honeymoon

Apart from the fact that the weather plays a major part in a Barcelona Vacation, here are the best seasons for each of the above activities:

  • Shopping

There are only two seasons in Barcelona that offer a good shopping experience for shopaholics travelers.

Mid-January, to the end of February are the best months for winter sales. July to the end of August are the best months for summer sales.

During these seasons, you will get a great percentage off discounts!

  • Festivals

Late May going through to the end of September is the best time to attend the cities festivals. This is the time when major festivals are held.

Some of these festivals include:

  1. Primavera Sound – Held from late May to early June.
  2. World’s biggest indie and alternative music festival – From late May to early June.
  3. Festes de la Merce – On September.
  • Honeymoon

The best time to go on a honeymoon is from April to May and September to October.

The Beaches

Barcelona has beautiful beaches that would suit any kind of traveler’s needs. Nudity and toplessness are also common on Barcelona beaches.

Barcelona beaches

These beaches are great for travelers who are looking to relax or indulge in water sports.

Some of the best beaches in Barcelona are:

  • Ocata Beach
  • Nova Icaria Beach
  • Sant Sebastia
  • Barceloneta Beach

Things to do in Barcelona

The following are some of the 7 best vacation ideas and places to explore in Barcelona.

Explore Park Güell 

This is one of the top tourist attractions in Barcelona, Spain. The park has five top attractions.

  • ‘El Drac’ also known as “the dragon” and ‘the Park Güell lizard’.
  • The Austria Gardens
  • Sala Hipóstila (Here I particularly loved the beautiful mosaics on the ceiling)
  • The Laundry Room Portico 
  • The Serpentine Bench (here you will find curious creations of the legendary, Antoni Gaudí)
Park Güell Barcelona

What makes these places special?

Their architectural designs, style, and elegance make these places beautiful and unique. They are also great spots for taking vacation pictures and Instagram photos. 

Architectural lovers will no doubt love these places.

Go to Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Casa Mila (La Pedrera) Barcelona

If you love art, then you’ll totally love the pieces of art from the iconic and ingenious Antoni Gaudi’s civil architecture.

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Go to Barça Football Club – Camp Nou 

Camp Nou is one of the most-visited sports complexes globally, and no trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting it. It is home to FC Barcelona, located about 5 kilometers from the city center.

While here:

  • You’ll enjoy a great virtual experience with virtual reality glasses, which reveal the best moments and goals in football. You will really feel like you are actually there live! 
  • If chosen, you can get a player experience tour.
  • You will also get a chance to walk through the players’ tunnel, locker rooms, and press rooms.

Visit Casa Batlló 10D

At Casa Batlló 10D gives an experience of incredible unique attraction that combines machine learning, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality.

Visit Casa Batlló 10D, Barcelona
Visit Casa Batlló 10D.

Once you’ve booked your ticket, you will:

  • Experience and explore a fairy tale world.
  • Get a spectacular experience, that words can’t explain.
  • You will also get to see the interior and exterior Spanish architectural history.

Go to Montserrat

Montserrat is an incredibly beautiful Benedictine Monastery on a rocky mountain that offers you a combination of both history and nature (breathtaking work of nature).

Montserrat, Barcelona

Montserrat has beautiful rock formations that appear as animals and humans. You can get great picturesque views of towns and natural parks while on top of the mountain.

Montserrat, Barcelona

PortAventura and Ferrari Land

If you are traveling with kids to Barcelona, this is the perfect spot to visit in Spain.

The place is packed with the best adventure activities that suit families, friends, and couples.

PortAventura, Barcelona
PortAventura, Barcelona

You immerse yourself in the Ferrari land and get to experience fast cars. These rides will dare you to get to levels you’ve never been before.

You will also get to enjoy:

  •  Thrills galore
  •  Impressive acrobatics shows
  • Sesame Street performances
  • Buying souvenir at the Ferrari souvenir store

This is the perfect place in Barcelona for the thrill-seekers!

Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Escape the hot temperatures of Barcelona by going to the Costa Brava kayak and Snorkel tour.

You get to swim with the fish and watch the sea urchins and colorful corals.

kayaking in Barcelona

That’s it for me, on what makes Barcelona one of the most popular tourist destinations.

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Hey, I'm Joel. Travel is my passion. I believe that travel is never a matter of money, but of courage. When I am not writing, you can find me at a volleyball court enjoying a game with friends, or researching itineraries.