Barcelona is a Mediterranean city with a sunny summer, and a warm climate during the winter. The people, the weather and the city offer different types of tourism in the same city.
You can visit Barcelona because of its architecture (Sagrada Famliia - Gaudí), for its sport club (FC Barcelona), museums or just for the gastronomy (Albert and Ferran Adrià restaurants, food markets and so much more...).
Barcelona is in the middle of Catalunya, so not only can you enjoy a great city break, but it's also within commutable distance of nearby Catalan wine regions.
In Catalunya we have 12 different wine regions, from the north, Empordà and to the South, Terra Alta. Each area has its own particular type of grapes, soils and types of wines. But Barcelona can be your headquarter base to visit all areas.
In Catalunya we have the chance of having our typical grapes, our sparkling wine (called Cava), so, coming here means that you have all the countries in one.
WHEN TO GO & HOW LONG FOR
Visiting Barcelona is always a great idea, but from March-October, occupation in the hotels are usually at 90%, but during the winter (from November to mid February) it decreases a little bit.
The best time to visit the city is during the spring and autumn. The weather is warm and you can enjoy long days full of sunlight. Try to avoid August, many businesses are closed and it can be very hot.
During September you can come for the harvest and during the spring you can visit the green, blooming vineyards.
The minimum stay in the city is at least 4 days, you can spend one day or two visiting different wine regions and the other 2 visiting Barcelona itself, which offers many interesting and cultural things to do.
WHERE TO GO
If you are just coming to discover the Catalan wine regions, two of the most different and beautiful are Priorat and Empordà.
After spending a day in the vineyards, in the afternoon you can enjoy a wine tasting in Barcelona to discover the wines from the others wine regions and pair with the amazing local food.
In Barcelona you can choose from more than 138 rated restaurants in the Michelin Guide and you have more than 1000 tourist atractions worth visiting. You can choose many guided walking tours like Barcelona Speciality Shops Gourmet Food Tour, Barcelona Wine Tasting Tour or La Boqueria Market Tour in Barcelona.
History and food go together when we talk about Barcelona, so don't miss the opportunity to try the tapas or visit the historic city markets!
WHERE TO EAT
Barcelona and the Catalan gastronomy has become an essential part of the culture and Barcelona offers a wide range of restaurants, wine bars, markets and tapas bars.
You can choose from 2* Michelin rated restaurants with prices over €200/pp, or eat some amazing tapas for just €2, it’s your choice! However, the average price of eating good food in Barcelona is between €25-30/pp.
You must also try market food. It’s fun because you can choose what you like in every shop and you eat fresh food. Markets like La Boqueria (which was named the World’s Best Food Market in the Congress of the World Union of Wholesale Markets in 2006) or Santa Caterina offer this type of food (in Barcelona you have more than 40 markets).
Check out our Best Places to Eat tab for more information.
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