Barcelona & Catalonia
The eclectic Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaeological sites.
The Barri Gotic (Catalan for "Gothic Quarter") is the centre of the old city of Barcelona and also know for its popular markets, Mercat de La Boqueria, one of Europe's largest food markets, packed with tempting delicacies and tapas bars. Wandering along the bustling boulevard Rambla del Raval is an essential Barcelona experience.
Few European cities can offer you the wide diversity of cultural experience that you'll find in Barcelona. Couple that with the luxury of 4.2 km of beach only a short walk from the city centre, warm sunshine most of the year, you have all the makings of a complete holiday in Spain.
From the Pyrenees mountains, with plenty of picturesque villages and miles of coastline with charming coves and white villas to cities that have preserved ancient monuments, and hidden corners that seem rooted in medieval times just waiting to be explored in Catalonia.
When to visit
Early summer and fall are ideal times to visit, especially May to June and September to October. Even in the winter, days are crisp to cold but often sunny. Snow is quite rare in winter.
This is the best times of the year for sightseeing tours as well, with thinner crowds, shorter lines and warmer, but not too hot, weather.