Named the number one Beach City in the world by National Geographic, Barcelona’s beaches are world-renowned and beautiful. Although locals prefer that you do not stroll through the city in beachwear, the beaches themselves have a very open and relaxed atmosphere. Unlike many European beaches, you will find fun and friendly “chiringuitos” common on Spanish beaches. They offer you a place to sit down and listen to music while you have a drink and grab a bite to eat directly on the sand as you watch beach-goers strolling by. The Barcelona beach season starts around March 15th and goes until around November 15th. The High Season for beach-goers is usually from the end of May until the end of September.


Despite having 1.6 million people within its city limits, Barcelona is a relatively compact city. With many of its top tourist attractions within walking distance of each other. Walk around the winding streets and hidden squares, fountains and palaces in the Barri Gòtic (Ciutat Vella). Las Ramblas is the liveliest pedestrian walkway in town and actually, it is a series of streets. Though crowded with tourists, Las Ramblas is tree-lined and beautifully laid out. All along the way, you will meet with interesting street performers. Some of them doing stunts, some of them costumed and some of them offering to do pencil sketches. Placa de Catalunya is a square located in the very center of the city. It is the city’s transport hub and a favorite rendezvous point. The square is famous for its many fountains and statues, and it is lined by shops on every side. In Sants Montjuic, you can ride high in the sky on a cable car. It takes you from the sea coast all the way up to the mountain known as Montjuic.


For those visitors who wish to get a real taste of Barcelona, you can join a group of English-speaking local guides for free sightseeing tours. In addition to exploring major landmarks and famous streets, you will also get stories, recommendations, and tips that only a local could provide. These professional guides are passionate about their city and offer tours which are both educational and fun. These walking tours are based on a tip supported service.