Barcelona Destination guide

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The sunny Catalan capital will delight your every sense, from the artistic wonders and delicious cuisine, to the golden beaches along the deep blue Mediterranean sea. With so many iconic things to do in Barcelona, we’ll take you straight to the heart of this dazzling city, with days spent traveling through the city’s two-thousand-year-old history. Start with the ancient Roman-era walls and fortresses, then move into the medieval plazas and cathedrals, before marvelling at the Modernist masterpieces and creative genius of Gaudí, Picasso, Miró and more. By night, our Barcelona holidays will have you kicking up your heels in the city’s buzzing nightlife, and it’s all about sunset drinks by the beach, endless Catalan tapas and local cava, soulful flamenco and sultry jazz bars. If you’re looking for the best of Spain, you’ll find it in Barcelona.
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"You'll find it all in Barcelona, whether you love the ancient history, the unmatched artworks, the gorgeous beaches, or the rich Catalan culture. Be sure to spend at least one night on the town here, soaking up the amazing nightlife and a few local cavas!"
Travel Director
Barcelona at a glance
Wander the medieval plazas, marvel at the masterpieces of Gaudí, relax on the golden beaches and discover the two-thousand-year-old history of Barcelona. As night falls, live it up with your expert Trafalgar Travel Director with sunset cocktails by the sea, lively tapas bars, soulful flamenco shows and sultry jazz bars.
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What to pack for Barcelona

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Do as the locals and pick up a pair of espadrilles for strolling around the beaches and streets of Barcelona. It’s all about comfort and style combined!

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Catalan phrasebook

As the capital of Catalonia, Catalan is the local dialect of Barcelona. Try swapping your Spanish phrases for the mother tongue and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of smiles.

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A scarf or pashmina

A scarf will come in handy on cooler evenings, air-conditioned transport, and when visiting churches and religious sites when bare shoulders must be covered.

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Day bag

With so many incredible markets and malls, a day bag is perfect for holding all the souvenirs and treats you find on your Barcelona tours.

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Digital maps

You’ll love taking time to explore this wonderful city on your own, and a digital map of Barcelona on your phone will help keep you on the right track.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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