What are Castells and why they are so famous in Catalonia and around the world?

Castells, or human towers, are one of the symbols of Catalonia. In this article we’re going to tell you a little bit more about their history and how they have become so popular today, not only in the region, but also around the world.

Chances are if you’ve spent some time in Barcelona or Catalonia, you may have come across these simply breath-taking towers built by castellers with their bodies, by climbing up each other’s backs and standing on the shoulders of the person below.

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Castells Contest in Tarragona

The history of castells

Despite the origin of castells – meaning castle in Catalan – being slightly unclear, it is thought that they come from similar, smaller structures erected at the end of traditional dances – specifically the Valencian dance from the 15th century.

However it wasn’t until much later, in 1801, that the first castell was documented in la Candela, Valls (Tarragona). It was here that they were first built with the aim of constructing original and increasingly taller human towers, and not as part of a dance. From this moment on, these mind-bending structures became an essential part of local celebrations and festivals.

It wasn’t until the late 20th century that this tradition truly began to be recognised in all its glory. Unlike other Catalan customs, like the traditional dance the sardana and the Catalan flag and national anthem, castells were not prohibited during Franco’s reign.

It was in the 90s that it became more commonplace to find castells and colles (community groups of castellers who practice castells) throughout the whole region of Catalonia and over a decade ago, in 2020, they were recognised as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

So, what makes castells so special?

Over the years castells have become ever more complex, reaching heights of up to 10 people. Anyone can take part – men, women and children over the age of 5 of varying strengths, heights and sizes – but it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Extensive training sessions are required.

In fact, nowadays a total of 13,000 people in Catalonia call themselves castellers and there are over 100 colles castelleres.

To explain exactly how these towers are built, we’ll need to brush up on our castells vocabulary!

The base of the tower is called the pinya. Arguably the most important part of the tower, it holds its entire weight and will absorb the impact of any falls. Next comes the tronc, or the trunk, which is the main body of the tower, formed by two to five levels. The heavier castellers are at the bottom and the lighter, more agile nearer the top.

On top of the tronc sits the pom de dalt – literally the upper part. It is formed mainly by children, wearing safety helmets. And finally, on the very top goes the enxaneta: a young child who climbs the entire structure to the summit and raises his or her hand for the tower to be considered complete.

However for the castell to be considered valid, it must be taken down slowly without anyone falling. The leader of the group – known as the cap de colla – who has perspective over the entire structure from the ground, guides the castellers through the entire construction and deconstruction.

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Castellers de Vilafranca – Castells

What else do I need to know about castells?

To accompany this wonderful sight and, more importantly, to mark the rhythm and coordination of the entire structure, live music is played as the castell is built. This particular music is called the toc de castells and is played by gralles – a Catalan type of flute– and timbals, a percussion instrument.

You’ll also realise that the casteller uniform is very important. Each group wears a shirt of a specific colour with an embroidered crest of the city or village to which they belong.

Where can I see castells?

Now you know all about them, we bet you can’t wait to see one in action. The good news is that at almost any local festivity or celebration, you’re sure to catch one of these towers being built.

Castells are normally constructed in main squares in front of the town hall. Some of the best can be seen during Barcelona’s festa major, Sant Jordi or the upcoming day of La Mercè.

Despite castells being recently approved by the local government, with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, this year’s day of La Mercè will see a condensed format of this tradition on Passeig de Gràcia on 24 September at noon, in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

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Your Complete Guide to La Mercè 2021

La Mercè is synonymous with the end of summer. As the nights start drawing in and the heat of the estival sun lessens, the citizens of Barcelona and its surrounding areas eagerly await the city’s festa major.

As you may or may not know, La Mercè is the co-patron saint of Barcelona, sharing this title with Santa Eulàlia.  Since the year 1871, the official day of celebration has been held on 24 September, meaning this year marks 150 years of the festival of all festivals.

To celebrate this special occasion, the French artist Malika Favre, who has illustrated for the likes of the New Yorker, was invited to design a poster that captured the essence of Barcelona and the powerful Lady of Mercy behind these celebrations. In only four colours, this year’s poster reminds us that our city is indeed a beautiful, powerful and defending female.

This year’s festivities, events, and activities will place from Thursday 23 September to Sunday 26 September 2021. La Festes de La Mercè are special for many reasons, one of which being their focus on music and tradition.

Read on to find out more about this year’s line-up jam packed with over 500 events! Discover live concerts, the customary castellers (human towers) and correfocs (fire runs), and of course, the ever-famous closing ceremony that combines light, fire and sound.

Are you ready for La Mercè 2021?

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LA MERCÈ 2021. BARCELONA

Covid-10 Restrictions at La Mercè 2021

One of the main differences due to the Covid-19 pandemic is that this year prior bookings are necessary to access many of the activities. However, all these events are still completely free!

Remember, you’ll need to head to the La Mercè official website to get your tickets in advance of the celebrations. Bookings open on 14 September for all BAM concerts and on 15 September for all Música Mercè events. There are two tickets available per person.

There are 23 spaces equipped with distanced seating for this year’s festival and at the largest there will be a maximum capacity limit of 3,000 people. Traditional activities will allow for three tickets per person.

The city’s mayor has asked all citizens to be responsible when attending this year’s daytime festival held from 10:00 to 12:30 am and to remember that masks are compulsory.

Live music at La Mercè 2021

Over four days, Barcelona will welcome an eclectic mix of international and national artists, singer-songwriters and bands to perform at 12 different venues throughout the city: from the Moll de la Fusta, Plaça Joan Coromines, the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm, and the Teatre Grec.

Some highlights of the BAM – Barcelona Acció Musical – events include Viva Belgrado, Rusowsky, Rata Negra, Ed Maverick, Samantha Hudson, Wind Atlas, and many more! We recommend you check out the full list here and be sure to book in advance!

What’s more the Música a la Mercè programme brings a combination of concerts, theatre and performances to the city, including Joana Serrat & The Great Canyoners, Oques Grasses, Núria Graham, and Nueva Vulcano.

Activities at La Mercè 2021

This year on the streets of Barcelona you can expect to find art and performance, giant heads (or capgroços), traditional sardana dances, fire runs, and human towers. The main stages will be the Ciutadella Park, Plaça San Jaume, and Vía Laietana including daytime events designed for the younger members of the family.

What’s more, this year’s guest city is Havana. The Cuban capital will be represented in a range of artistic activities and performances at the Parc de l’Estació del Nord among other venues.

Keep a close eye on the official Mercè website for a full list of events and timetables released shortly.

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Closing ceremony La Mercè 2021

The grand firework show that is the Piromusical will bring the festival to a close with an eclectic explosion of light and sound from four locations around the city.

We’re still waiting for the official confirmation of the time and date of year’s finale to La Mercè, but we do know that this much-awaited performance – set to commemorate 150 years of La Mercè – will be broadcast live on TV to avoid large crowds forming.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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La Mercè 2021

The Best Beer in the World is Catalan!

The best beer in the world is Catalan. Yes, you heard us right! Cap d’Ona has just won first place in the World Beer Challenge with its wood-aged imperial stout winning the judges over and being awarded a fantastic 100/100.

It’s summer and the sun is shining brightly over the city of Barcelona. This means that your city break, lunch with friends or business trip lunch is not complete without a cold beer. And to help us choose the best one to cool us down and refresh our palates is this prestigious yearly competition that selects and ranks the very best lagers and ales from around the world.

So let us tell you more about the now world-renowned Cap d’Ona!

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The Brewery of the Best Beer in the World

This beer is brewed in Argelès-sur-Mer, a small town in the region known as Catalunya Nord. This Catalan-speaking region in the south of France, was ceded to the French by Spain in the mid 17th century with the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

When you get your hands on this celebrated beer, notice the famous red and yellow stripes of the Catalan flag on its bottle and its slogan “La cervesa dels països Catalans ” – Beer from Catalan Country.

The Cap d’Ona brewery, named the best in France, first began producing beers in 1998. A total of 21 of its beers – ranging from blonde and amber ales to beers brewed with traditional Catalan flavours – received awards at this year’s World Beer Challenge.

Where to buy the best beer in the world

You’ll be delighted to know that the brewery of the best beer in the world is open to the public for tours and is just over two hours’ drive from Barcelona. Don’t miss the chance to delve into the various phases of production and to try a range of these wonderful tipples.

However, if you don’t have time for a day trip across the border to France, we’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the city to find where you can get the best beer in the world in Barcelona! Although the wood-aged stout is difficult to find, Cap d’Ona beers are sold in several places throughout the city.

Restaurant Can Ramon, Diputació 218, serves roast chicken and a range of other traditional Catalan dishes alongside Cap d’Ona beers. Drop in to this low-key local restaurant to try a glass of this traditional Catalan tipple whilst rubbing shoulders with locals.

The All Vegan restaurant and shop, a stone’s throw away from Barcelona’s famous Boqueria market, also stocks Cap d’Ona beers. Located on Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 24, here you’ll find a range of plant-based dishes and sweet treats at affordable prices.

However, if you’d like to try these fantastic beers without leaving your apartment, why not order online? On the website privateceller.es, you can find two of Cap d’Ona’s celebrated beers. Despite not stocking the best beer in the world, find 75cl bottles of the brewery’s famous blonde ale and amber ale priced at €6.95 each. What’s more, the site also offers international delivery, so you can get it delivered straight to your doorstep to await your return home.

Another place where you can find these Catalan beers is in Palafrugell, a small municipality in the province of Girona and only 1 hour 30 minutes drive from the city of Barcelona. Drop in to Vins i Licors Grau where Cap d’Ona beers are currently in stock, then head to the beautiful coastal town of Calella to soak up the sun and enjoy the sea breeze.

What’s more, the shop also has an online store – http://www.grauonline.eu – that sells a variety of Cap d’Ona beers, including the best beer in the world! The premium imperial stout is available for €15. The site also has boasts a range of gift packs with combinations of pale ales, stouts, blondes and ambers. The perfect souvenir to take home after your stay in Barcelona!

We’re sure that as the word spreads, these world-renowned beers will become more available throughout the city. Let us know if you find anywhere else in Barcelona selling the best beer in the world! Cheers!

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Barcelona Blog – Tips, culture, things to do, restaurants and much more

Our Barcelona Blog is here with the complete guide to one of Europe’s most coveted destinations.

We’ve got you covered for your next visit to this wonderful city, with tips about what to do, where to stay, restaurants, and much more. This guide is curated by locals to ensure your stay is simply unforgettable.

So whether you’re planning a city break, a summer getaway, a business trip or a family holiday, here you’ll find everything you need to know, and in one place!

So, let’s dive in!

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Barcelona Blog: What to See & Do

We agree that it can be a little overwhelming planning what to see and do in a city that has so much to offer.

Barcelona is steeped in historical heritage. If you’re dying to find out more about the Roman past of Barcino, check out our guide to the city’s old quarter, known as Ciutat Vella.

No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the masterpiece that is the Sagrada Família. Our Barcelona blog boasts tips about your visit (such as booking in advance), the history of the monument and interesting facts that we’re sure you didn’t know. Read on here!

If you’re a Gaudí fiend, why not explore some of this modernism architect’s lesser-known pieces scattered around the city?

If you have 48 hours or less in the city, we recommend you tick off the city’s top 10 attractions including its famous bustling Les Rambles and Camp Nou – the world’s third largest football stadium.

What’s more, we’re in the midst of one of the best times of the year to visit: it’s summer! This Barcelona blog can recommend a plethora of outdoor plans.

Why not hit one of the city’s nine beaches to cool off and top up your tan? Our other favourite outdoor plans include discovering the Montjuic mountain, relaxing in the natural park Colserolla and catching some amazing views of the skyline from the Carmel Bunkers.

Finally, if you love wandering the streets of a new city and taking in hidden delights away from the most popular tourist spots, why not explore our Barcelona blog area guides replete with local tips.

Discover the colourful and cultural Raval, the majestic district of Eixample, and the beautiful Born home to the Picasso museum and the Palau de la Música music hall.

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Barcelona Blog – Palau de la Música Catalana

Barcelona Blog: Where to eat

When on holiday, knowing the best places to eat can often be an odyssey. That’s why our Barcelona blog has got you covered!

If fine dining is something you’d like to try, you’re in luck! With an array of Michelin-star restaurants, you’ll find something for all tastes and budgets. What’s more, thanks to recent food trends, many a new veggie spot has popped up in the city. Our Barcelona blog recommends our favourite vegetarian restaurants from its famous Teresa Carles to its family-run L’Hortet.

Our Barcelona blog also recommends you try Catalan cuisine on your visit here. Discover the best places to order pà amb tomàquet (toasted country loaf with garlic and tomato), springtime calçots (grilled long sweet onion) and butifarra amb mongetes (Catalan sausage with white butter beans) here.

With its all-year-round wonderful climate, outdoor eating in Barcelona is one of its best attractions. Whether you fancy a beer and tapas with friends, a long lunch or to unwind with a book and a coffee, the city has many a beautiful terrace where you can pull up a chair and relax. Discover our top 10 Barcelona terraces here.

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Barcelona Blog. La Planxa del Bisbe Resetaurant

Barcelona Blog: Where to stay

When it comes to finding a place to stay, why not check out our Barcelona blog for our guides to the best areas and information about long-term and short-term rentals in the city’s best locations.

Discover our modernist Dandi apartment with a terrace in the opulent district of la Dreta de l’Eixample – only one block away from Passeig de Gràcia. Or in the upcoming LGTBQI-friendly l’Eixample Esquerre – voted the coolest neighbourhood in the world by Time Out – you’ll find the romantic KissMe apartment.

In the heart of the old quarter find our spacious 3-bedroom MACCA apartment a stone’s throw away from La Rambla. Or if peace and quiet is on your mind, our Jollie penthouse boasts a sun-drenched terrace in the residential area of Les Corts.

Find our Barcelona blog complete guide to the city’s best locations, a low-down on each neighbourhood and the best apartments here.

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Ferran Batik Apartment

Barcelona Blog: day trips

Last but not least, Barcelona boasts a prime location perfect for exploring the surrounding region of Catalonia. With sprawling beaches, beautiful mountains and sleepy fishing villages a short journey away, taking a day trip from Barcelona is the perfect complement to your trip.

A few hours from the city lies Cadaqués in the province of Girona. You’ll fall in love with its stunning promenade, whitewashed houses and the cobbled streets of its historic centre.

Another unmissable day trip is to Sitges. Known around the world as a top LGTBQI destination, don’t miss its nightlife, beautiful beaches and museums, all only a 40-minute train journey from the city.

You can discover more of our favourite simple day trips from Barcelona here.


We hope our Barcelona Blog complete guide to the city comes in useful on your next trip! You know where we are.

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Cadaqués – Barcelona Blog

8 Best Day Trips from Barcelona

Day trips from Barcelona are the best way to discover all Catalonia has to offer. Many of the city’s surrounding towns and villages are well worth a visit, each unique in their own way, and many are accessible by public transport.

With summer officially upon us, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and bask in the tranquility on the coast, in the mountains or in quaint villages.

From discovering Catalonia’s medieval past, exploring some of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Brava, to trying typical Catalan cuisine in charming squares, we’ve got you covered for a whole range of day trips from Barcelona.

Cadaqués

This stunning fisherman’s village is home to whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets. Called the most beautiful part of the world by Dalí himself, here you’ll find the artist’s house-museum, where he lived with his wife Gala.

This day trip from Barcelona takes around 2 and half hours by car, yet parking spots are limited, so get there early!

Check out our complete guide to a day trip to Cadaqués from Barcelona here for more tips on what to do and see.

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Day trips from Barcelona – Cadaqués

Calella de Palafrugell

Calella de Palafrugell has managed to conserve the charming essence of a sleepy fisherman’s town on the shores of the Mediterranean, and this day trip from Barcelona is reached by bus (Sarfa) until Palafrugell. From Palafrugell to Calella you should take another bus.

After taking a refreshing dip in one of its hidden coves, why not try the tasty rice dish of arros caldós at El Didal, with a stunning terrace that overlooks the shoreline. Then take a stroll through its winding streets as you shop for souvenirs or for yourself.

Looking for the perfect end to the perfect day? Grab a delicious ice cream at L’Enriqueta Gelateria in the Sant Roc “Cala” as you watch the sun setting over the bay.

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Day trips from Barcelona – Calella de Palafrugell

Sitges

Another great day trip from Barcelona is the bustling town of Sitges. Only 40 minutes from the city by train, which stops at Estació de França, Sants and Passeig de Gràcia.

Sitges is well known for being a LGTBI destination and its world-famous nightlife. Don’t miss Carrer del Pecat for a rather sinful tipple, frequented by Dalí and Picasso.

At the heart of Sitges is a great deal of history and culture. Discover its fine examples of modernist and colonial architecture, visit its many museums and beautiful churches, or head there in the month of October to catch its famous film festival.

Read more about this great day trip from Barcelona here

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Day trips from Barcelona – Sitges

Tossa de Mar

Another essential day trip from Barcelona is the beautiful seaside town of Tossa de Mar.

The first thing you’ll notice about Tossa de Mar is its stunning castle overlooking the bay. The short walk up is definitely worth the beautiful views at the top. What’s more, a stroll through its charming old quarter with cobbled streets, stairs, viewpoints, churches, hidden squares and more, can’t be missed.

Tossa de Mar has it all – in addition to is main beach and the Platja de la Mar Menuda, there’s also the hidden rocky Codolar cove, which is the most picturesque of all.  Also, don’t leave without trying the local dish of cod in a spicy tomato sauce, ­cim i tomba.

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Day trip from Barcelona – Tossa de Mar

Montserrat

The mysterious mountain of Montserrat, named after its jagged appearance, makes for a perfect day trip from Barcelona. Cloaked in myth and legend, it has revered by many as a site of spiritual pilgrimage since 1200.

Steeped in history and natural beauty, here you can visit the Benedictine Monastery of Santa María de Montserrat and the Monsterrat Museum, go for hikes in the beautiful surrounding national park and to the pilgrimage site of Santa Cova, and discover its 15 chapels.

From Barcelona, it’s easy to reach the base of the mountain by public transport and then take the cable car or cremallera train to the top.

Discover how to make the most of your day trip to Monsterrat in our article here.

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Day trip from Barcelona – Montserrat

Girona

Travel back in time on a day trip from Barcelona to this picturesque town. Be sure to stroll through its old quarter and visit its spectacular cathedral – which might look familiar to Game of Thrones fans – and the Sant Feliu Basilica, in addition to the medieval city walls, the Arabic baths and the charming Jewish quarter.

Before getting the train back to the city, don’t miss the colourful houses along the banks of the River Onyar

Day trip from Barcelona - Day trip to Girona
Day trip from Barcelona – Day trip to Girona

Besalú

Thirty kilometres from Girona lies the quaint town of Besalú. Dating back to the 10th century, it is home to a castle-fortress, churches, monasteries and stone city walls.

Top on your list of things to see has to be the emblematic 12th-century medieval bridge, which is the perfect spot to take stunning photographs. Only an hour and a half by car, don’t miss this day trip from Barcelona.

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Day trip from Barcelona – Besalú

Rupit

Last but not least, is the medieval village of Rupit. Nestled in a rich green valley in Osona, you’ll never want to leave this hidden gem.

Perfect for a quiet day trip from Barcelona, cross its famous rope bridge, walk its steep cobbled streets lined with stone houses – the most famous being Carrer del Fossar – and enjoy a drink in its quaint Plaça Major. We hope you enjoy these day trips from Barcelona as much as we do! Let us know which is your favourite.

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Day trip from Barcelona – Rupit

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The 10 best Barcelona attractions you can’t miss

The 10 best Barcelona attractions that you can’t miss during your visit to the city are finally here! We’ve done all the hard work so you can sit back and enjoy your trip to one of Europe’s top city break destinations.

Culture, food, history, sport, and more. Barcelona does have it all – but how can decide when it comes to planning your trip?

As locals of Barcelona, we’ve drawn up a list of the best the city has to offer based on our articles on our blog and our favourite things to do in the city. From exploring its wondrous examples of architecture, getting lost in its streets steeped in history and trying the best tapas on the culinary scene, we’ve got you covered by the way of the best Barcelona attractions.

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Best Barcelona Attractions

1. Sagrada Família

A trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside this masterpiece by Antoni Gaudí, which he began in the year 1883. With nothing like this Barcelona attraction anywhere else in the world, you’ll be left awestruck by the details of its magnificent façade and the stained-glass windows of its light-filled interior. Remember to check out our interesting facts about the Sagrada Família before visiting.

2. Les Rambles

We’re sure you’ve heard of this famed Barcelona attraction. This tree-lined avenue replete with restaurants, bars, shops, street artists and more starts at Plaça Catalunya and ends at the Columbus Monument by the port. As you stroll down, don’t miss the renowned Liceu Opera House or the Canaletes fountain.

3. Mercat de la Boqueria

This colourful, vibrant food market is an unmissable stop on any trip to Barcelona. Browse stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and an array of local products from wine, cured and pickled products, and more. Get there early to beat the crowds. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, our spacious 3-bedroom MACCA apartment is only a 2-minute walk away.

4. The Gothic Quarter

Every corner of every street in this central area of Barcelona is steeped in history. Discover Barcelona’s Roman past, its neo-Gothic cathedral and the history of the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Check out our guide to the city’s old quarter to discover these Barcelona attractions and more in the Gothic Quarter.

5. Casa Batlló

Another of Gaudí’s masterpieces is this effervescent house by the master of Catalan modernist architecture himself. Its fantasy-like design inspired by nature is sure to win you over. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on Passeig de Gràcia among luxury stores including Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and more.

6. Montjuïc Magic Fountain

This spectacular show combining water, music and lights every evening at 8:00pm is another essential Barcelona attraction. It’s the perfect end to a day in the city and if you’re travelling with kids they’re sure to be amazed!

7. Parc Güell

Located to the north of the city overlooking its streets and with stunning views of the surrounding coastline and mountains is one of our favourite Barcelona attractions. Tucked away in nature, Parc Güell designed by Gaudí is like something out of a fairytale. Don’t miss its exquisite tiling design and famed dragon sculpture.

If you still haven’t got your fill of Gaudí, don’t miss our guide to the buildings he designed in Barcelona.

8. Parc del Laberint d’Horta

This secret maze is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment of tranquility on their trip to Barcelona. Get lost in this enchanting green maze and explore its historical gardens. Perfect for a midday picnic or an afternoon stroll. Discover more green spaces in Barcelona to reconnect with nature.

9. El Born

The neighbourhood of El Born, alongside “El Barri Gòtic”, makes for a perfect day exploring the true essence of the city. Brimming with many Barcelona attractions, don’t miss the Picasso Museum, the impressive Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and the wonder that is the historical Palau de Música. Find out more about this beautiful part of the city thanks to our complete guide on things to do and see in El Born.

10. El Camp Nou

Football fans around the world flock to the city every year to visit one of the most popular Barcelona attractions. Yes, we’re talking about the Camp Nou football grounds. Visit the world’s third largest stadium to discover its museum, trophy room, dressing room and more. Read more about visiting the home of this all-star team on our blog.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the top 10 best Barcelona attractions!

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When is the best time to visit Barcelona?

The best time to visit Barcelona, in our opinion, is all year round! Thanks to its gorgeous climate, even in the winter it’s a beautiful city to be in. With mild daytime and nighttime temperatures, you’ll be pushed to find a city so amazingly ideal for a weekend getaway.

However, if your schedule is flexible and you can choose any season of the year to come, we’d have to admit that the best time to visit Barcelona is the summer. From May to October you can enjoy more hours of sunlight; think long summer days that seem to last forever spent relaxing at the beach, refreshing nights with street parties and meals under the stars and, of course, sunrises and sunsets that will take your breath away.

To all this you can add a million and one activities as the city of Barcelona comes alive with summer plans for that suit all tastes, schedules and budgets.

If this sounds like the best time to visit Barcelona to you, keep on reading. Here are 8 summer activities that you won’t be able to resist.

Best time to visit Barcelona

Celebrate the arrival of summer with fireworks

The night of the 23rd June marks the celebration of Sant Joan and the Summer Solstice, one of the biggest events on the Catalan calendar. If partying on the beach under the lights of the starts and fireworks sounds like your thing, then this is definitely the best time to visit Barcelona for you! Read more about this traditional festivity here.

Hit the city’s beaches

Barcelona is famous for its nine beaches spanning almost 5 km along coastline. So, of course, we think that the best time to visit Barcelona is the summer, as it is when you can truly make the most of these stunning sandy shores from sunrise to sunset. Check out our complete guide to Barcelona beaches for more information when planning your next beach holiday in the city.

Dance until dawn at Barcelona’s Festes Majors

Many of the city’s Festes Majors (city parties) are held during the summer months, making it without a doubt the best time to visit Barcelona. Discover Catalan traditions like correfocs (fire runs) and castellers (human towers) at some of the biggest celebrations of the year in the neighbourhoods of Sants, Poble Sec and the Gothic Quarter. Steeped in tradition and local community, at these festivals you’ll find locals and tourists of all ages enjoying live music, local food, hand-made products and, of course, a good dance! Check out our article on one of the biggest of these events held in August: the Festa Major de Gràcia.

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Sing along at a music festival

June until August means one thing for music lovers in Barcelona: it’s festival season, i.e. the best time to visit Barcelona! A favourite among indie fans, Primavera Sound kicks off the summer at Parc del Fòrum. Combining creativity, music and culture, there’s the Sonar Festival bringing electronic music and art to the city. Not forgetting Festival Cruïlla with its eclectic mix of artists from pop legends to classic indie groups and Festival Jardins Pedralbes in a truly magical setting.

Catch your favourite movie at Sala Montjuïc

If you’re in Barcelona in July, you’ll be able to enjoy what is one of the most-awaited events of the summer. Watch classic movies and the newest Oscar-winning films at the outdoor cinema in the grounds of the Montjuïc castle during what is possibly the best time to visit Barcelona. Grab a picnic and a blanket and relax under the stars.

Experience La Mercè (Festa Major de Barcelona)

One of the biggest festivals of the year, La Mercè unites music, culture and art, in this yearly celebration in September, making this month the best time to visit Barcelona. As the summer heat wanes, hit the streets to enjoy a range of free events throughout the city, including live music, workshops for kids and the magical closing ceremony (the Piromusical) in Plaça Espanya. Find out more about the fantastic cultural festival that is La Mercè here.

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Have a drink on a rooftop bar or terrace

Bask in the beautiful summer climate on a rooftop with amazing views of the Barcelona cityscape, sea and surrounding mountains or terraces lapped by the waves as the cool sea breeze rustles your hair. Discover our guide to the top 10 bars and terraces to enjoy what we believe is the best time to visit Barcelona!

Bag a bargain at Barcelona’s outdoor markets

Food trucks serving delicious street food, pop-up stalls selling handmade gifts and second-hand clothes, and live music concerts by the newest bands… yes, it’s the best time to visit Barcelona! Discover the city’s summer weekend markets of Palo Alto, Two Market at Nau Bostik, and Fleadonia.

These are just some of the reasons why summer is the best time to visit Barcelona! We’re looking forward to welcoming you here.

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A Complete Guide to Barcelona Beaches

Barcelona beaches are on on our mind right now. With summer just around the corner, we’re planning long weekends with fun, sun and waves, and what better place than our beloved city?

Without a doubt, Barcelona’s all-year-round sunny climate makes it the ideal beach destination. So let’s enjoy its nine beaches spanning almost 5 km to catch some rays.

This complete guide to Barcelona beaches brings you the best the city’s coastline has to offer, all within the province. Dreaming of sand between your toes and the sea breeze in your hair? Let us take care of the rest!

Barcelona beaches map
Barcelona Beaches Map
Barcelona beaches
Platja del Somorrostro

Platja de la Barceloneta

Named after the city’s famous maritime neighbourhood, La Barceloneta is one of everyone’s favourite Barcelona beaches. Thanks to its central location – only a five-minute walk from the metro station – its plethora of bars and restaurants, its fantastic views of the W hotel and over 1 km of coastline to enjoy.

Platja de Sant Miquel

The privileged location of this Barcelona beach next to la Barceloneta that is open to nudists makes it popular among locals and tourists alike. Look out for the Wounded Shooting Star Sculpture that pays tribute to the city’s fishing district.

Platja del Somorrostro

Between the Hospital del Mar and Carrer Marina lies this Barcelona beach that used to be part of La Barceloneta. This central beach boasts a huge selection of restaurants perfect for taking in the beautiful views and people watching. Named after the shantytown that was demolished, this beach is popular among the young population of the city.

Platja de Sant Sebastià

Alongside some of the most famous Barcelona beaches, Platja de Sant Sebastià is located in Ciutat Vella. One of the city’s oldest beaches, it offers fully accessible facilities, sports clubs with an array of activities and great bus and metro connections.

Platja del Bogatell

The renovations to one of the most popular Barcelona beaches in the 80s makes this beach – with ping-pong tables, volley ball pitches and sun lounger and parasol hire – one of the most visited by people above all in their late 30s.

Platja de la Mar Bella

One of the Barcelona beaches that is open to nudists and a favourite among the LGTBQI+ population, these sandy shores can be easily accessed on bikes and public transport. What’s more, it boasts a great kids play area and basketball pitches for a great deal of fun in the sun.

Platja de la Nova Mar Bella

Another of the Barcelona beaches that forms part of the renovation of the city for the 1992 Olympic Games, Nova Mar Bella is completely accessible for the disabled and boasts a laid-back atmosphere. Close transport links include Line 4 metro stops Selva de Mar and El Maresme.

Platja del Llevant

One of the newest Barcelona beaches to become part of its renowned coastline, the Playa del Llevant offers a peaceful atmosphere outside of the city centre in the area of Diagonal Mar. Bask in the sun’s rays, take on its climbing wall, or relax at the Nueva Ola beach bar. What are you waiting for?

Platja de Nova Icària

Right in the centre of the city’s fabulous coastline is one of the city’s most tranquil and relaxing beaches. Hit the sand to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect for families and kids and groups of friends to enjoy the shores of Barcelona on the sand, in the water or in one of its beach bars.

Banys del Fòrum

And let’s not forget one of the most alternative Barcelona beaches! This salt-water outdoor pool is an alternative for those hot summer days without the sand. Open from the beginning of June until mid September from 11 am to 2 pm.

Badalona

With three long beaches only 30 minutes outside of the city, Badalona’s three beaches – Central, Manresà and Gorg – are perfect for those looking to visit a beach that is frequented by locals and often overlooked by tourists. Enjoy the beautiful promenade of this neighbouring town and take in the stunning views from the “Petroli” bridge.

Montgat

Perfect for surf, windsurf and kite surf lovers, the three Barcelona beaches in Montgat are only 30 minutes from the city on the local RENFE trains. Boasting many water sports centre for thrill seekers, the beach is also accessible by bike and has free parking.

Let us know, which is your favourite of these Barcelona beaches?

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