This city has something for everyone from shopping and culture to sports. Everyone will love this vibrant and versatile city. You’ll be amazed by the spectacular “Camp Nou” stadium, home to the world famous Barcelona football club. After a long day sightseeing you can cool off and enjoy a evening swim in your campsite pool.
A perfect combination of culture, shopping, delicious food and beach: that's Barcelona. After a short flight you really are in a different world with a Mediterrean climate. Low season is an especially lovely time to enjoy the sunshine on a terrace in one of the many squares that Barcelona has to offer. The centre of the city is Plaça Catalunya. From here you can wander down the Ramblas to the harbour and beach. This is always a pleasant and lively area.
Travel information for Barcelona
There's only one airport which is actually in Barcelona, and that is El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto. It's possible to fly into this airport, but tickets are probably more expensive. The low cost airlines fly to the airports of Girona and Reus, which are approximately 120km outside the city. From these airports you can use a transfer service to Barcelona centre, travel onward by train or hire a car.
Barcelona is well-known for the works of architect Antoni Gaudí. His most famous works in Barcelona are Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia. These works are also on the Unesco World Heritage List. Park Güell is a beautiful park full of architectural delights. Gaudí wanted to integrate his work with nature here, and it shows.
The Sagrada Familia is, without doubt, Gaudí's masterpiece. Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. Unfortunately, he only had chance to admire one completed tower before he died.
The biggest soccer stadium in Europe, and third biggest in the world! It is home to FC Barcelona and to experience a match there is something you will never forget. The atmosphere and the sight of passionate Catalans is unbeatable. If you visit Camp Nou, you can also book a guided tour of the stadium, the museum and the multimedia zone. A definite must for football fans!
Barcelona with children
This was where the mascot of Barcelona, Snowflake, lived. Unfortunately, this gorilla died but the Barcelona Zoo is still known for it's great collection of primates like orangutans, claw monkeys and baboons. And in the dolphinarium you can enjoy watching bottlenose dolphins.
Tibidabo amusement park
A nostalgic amusement park on top of the Tibidabo mountain. Escape the bustle of the city and enjoy attractions, some of which date from the early 19th century! The view over the city and sea is amazing here and the attractions have been adapted to maximise that fact. The best known attraction is the red plane which flies in a circle above Barcelona. Due to its high location, the park is best reached by public transport.
Shopping in Barcelona
La Rambla is the heart of Barcelona and the bustling midpoint of the centre. Las Ramblas is a wide pedestrianised boulevard made up of seven parts, each with its own name. That is why people often speak about Las Ramblas (plural).
To the left and right are souvenir shops, restaurants, tapas bars, food shops and fashion stores, in a nutshell: everything you could wish for. There are also lots of flower stalls and pet shops(!) where people buy birds for example. The ten thousand shoppers and tourists that frequent the city each day attract lots of street artists who are keen to display their skills.
You can find Catalonia's biggest shopping centre in Barcelona, namely La Maquinista. The complex is mainly outdoor, made up of three floors with a surface area of more than 250,000m2. This is a shopper's paradise. Take a break in one of the many cafes and restaurants and you can even catch a movie in the cinema.
Eating in Barcelona
Naturally you have to try tapas! If you're on holiday in Barcelona you really should step into a tapas bar and choose from the countless small dishes, all of them delicious. But the Catalan kitchen has even more to offer. Barcelona is situated beside the sea, so the fish and seafood are really delicious, whether or not they are in a paella. The Catalan answer to champagne is Cava, delicious with a fish stew. But of course good old sangria is also irresistable in those summer temperatures.
Some tips about eating and drinking in Barcelona
Spanish people have dinner late, maybe later than you are used to. They do take into account that Barcelona attracts a lot of tourists, but don't be surprised if restuarants are still closed at 18.00 hours.
Take your time over lunch and dinner, just like the Spanish do. Lunch can easily take all afternoon.
Pay close attention to where Spanish people eat, there's a good chance that you can find the best tapas there.
Eating with children
Eating out in Barcelona is a real feast for all, including the children! There are so many types of tapas on offer you’re guaranteed to find something to suit everyone’s taste. You can take a nice picnic in one of the many parks in the city… why not purchase some goodies at the covered market in Las Ramblas and enjoy a very tasty picnic!
Camping Vilanova Park
Camping Vilanova Park is one of the most beautiful campsites in this part of Spain. It's located a little inland on a well-shaded hill with a wonderful view over the Costa Dorada. The campsite has lovely landscaping with lots of greenery and plenty of space. bent u zo in Barcelona.