What to Do in Barcelona in October

Lighted ceiling of the Sagrada Familia on a dark day in Barcelona

This blog post was originally posted on September 17, 2014 and was updated on January 11, 2023. After the bustling summer months draw to a close, it’s time to relax and enjoy Barcelona in October. Weather-wise, it’s the best of both worlds, with pleasant, mild temperatures and plenty of sunny days. You’ll want to spend […]

What to do in Barcelona in September

A group of people walking through a sunny vineyard.

This blog post was originally posted on August 28, 2014, and was updated on January 11, 2023. Barcelona in September is positively magical. As summer tourist crowds clear out and locals return from vacation, the city begins to retain more of the authentic charm that enamors so many. Weather-wise, sunny days and pleasantly cool nights […]

Navigating a Catalan Menu: Catalan Food Vocabulary & Tips

Bocata sandwiches and sparkling cava: a traditional Catalan breakfast

Forget everything you learned in your high school Spanish class. Here in Barcelona, it’s all about Catalan. Sure, many people regularly speak Castilian Spanish here in Barcelona. But pride in the local language runs deep in Catalonia, and making an effort to speak a little bit of Catalan will immediately make the locals smile. It […]

Where to Find the Best Crema Catalana in Barcelona

Caramelizing the sugar with a blowtorch on the best crema catalana in Barcelona.

Everyone’s heard of crème brûlée—but what if we told you the Catalans were making a version of the famous dessert centuries before the French dreamed up theirs? Crema catalana is a staple on dessert menus throughout Spain. But in its home region of Catalonia, the obsession for this tasty treat runs deep. It’s not just […]

Where to Shop in Barcelona: The Ultimate Guide

Terrace in El Raval, Barcelona

It’s no secret by now that chic, stylish Barcelona is a shopper’s dream come true. The even better news: the diversity and variety of the Catalan capital makes it easy to find anything and everything you could possibly want. Glitzy luxury brands? Quirky, eccentric boutiques? Handcrafted artisanal goods? You name it, Barcelona’s got it. This […]

Barcelona in August: Summer Festivals, Movies, Pools, & More

Castellers d'Esplugues creating human pyramids in Barcelona

This blog post was originally posted on July 20, 2015 and was updated on January 4, 2023. When it comes to visiting Spain in August, few destinations pack as much allure as Barcelona. Sure, many locals leave and head out on vacation, but the city also takes on a much more relaxed summer vibe. Throw […]

Barcelona in July: Festivals, Live Music, Cool Eats, & More

In Barcelona in July, you'll find us at one of the city's many amazing rooftop bars!

This blog post was originally posted on June 11, 2015, and was updated on January 13, 2023. Summer days in Barcelona are glorious, and the nights are even better. Sure, you’ve got the beach, but that’s not the end-all-be-all of summer in Barcelona. Whether you want to explore the streets of the city or beat […]

Barcelona in June: The Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun

Rooftop Bar in Barcelona

This blog post was originally posted on May 4, 2015, and was updated on May 6, 2019. Summer has officially arrived, and in our book, there’s no better place to be than the Catalan capital. Barcelona may as well be synonymous with good times and good vibes. And with plenty of Spanish sun and a […]

9 Picture-Perfect Places Not to Miss in Barcelona

One of the most stunning and overall best places to take pictures in Barcelona is the Laribal Gardens.

There are a few hidden corners of the Ciudad Condal that even locals stop to capture. No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to modernist architectural heavy-hitters like the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló, a trip down the Rambla with a stop at the famous Boqueria, and sipping a bit of vermut on […]

The More, The Merrier: Top Restaurants for Groups in Barcelona

restaurants for groups in Barcelona

With its warm, welcoming culture and party-ready vibes, Barcelona is the perfect place for your next gathering! Spanish and Catalan cultures both place a huge emphasis on getting together with the people who matter most. Throw in some seriously spectacular food, and you’ve got all the makings of a fabulous shindig none of your guests […]

How to Relax in Barcelona: Our 5 Favorite Lazy-Day Activities

Relax in Barcelona with a crisp glass of cava (preferably enjoyed in good company at a rooftop bar!).

It’s easy to get caught up in checking all of Barcelona’s most iconic sights off your list. However, some of your most rewarding time here in the Catalan capital will be spent taking it easy and enjoying some much-needed R&R. You’re on vacation, after all—might as well enjoy it! If you’re wondering how locals relax […]

Sustainable Tourism in Barcelona: What You Need to Know

A group of people watching a baker dip pastries into chocolate.

After reaching a boiling point in recent years, mass tourism in Barcelona came to a screeching halt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, it’s important to take a look at sustainable tourism in Barcelona: what it is, how to practice it, and why it matters. Barcelona welcomed a whopping 20 […]

Where to Find Luggage Storage in Barcelona

There are plenty of great options for luggage storage in Barcelona, including several in the central Gothic Quarter.

Don’t let the weight of extra baggage (literally!) keep you from spending even more time exploring Barcelona! So you’ve arrived in Barcelona early and can’t check into your hotel yet, or you’ve already checked out but plan on exploring the city some more before heading to your next destination. The only problem: what can you […]

A Love Letter to the Harvest Season

Some beautiful white wine grapes fresh off the vine in southern Spain.

Have you ever been to a winery during harvest season? It’s an intense, magical time where the carefully-laid plans of the entire year hinge around a crucial few weeks, and the atmosphere is charged with expectation. After a long winter of pruning, plowing and fertilizing, followed by the potentially devastating storms and frosts of spring […]

Five Alternative Christmas Markets in Barcelona

If you'll be in Barcelona in December, keep your eyes open for unique Catalan Christmas decorations at the holiday markets!

This blog post was originally posted on December 11, 2014 and was updated on October 16, 2018. With tasty seasonal treats, beautiful handcrafted goods and a sense of holiday spirit permeating the air, it’s hard not to love Christmas markets. As Spain’s second-largest city and one of Europe’s most popular destinations, Barcelona itself has several […]

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