Released DECEMBER 17, 2014 - © Travelzoo
Barcelona is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula. It faces the Mediterranean Sea, giving this destination a Mediterranean climate with a sub-Mediterranean influence. December, January and February have temperatures that average 9 degrees Celsius. July and August are the hottest months. Thunderstorms are extremely common from mid-August until November.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and Barcelona International Airport (BCN) is the second largest airport in Spain after Madrid (MAD). It serves flights to and from domestic and European destinations. Some low-cost airlines prefer to use Girona-Costa Brava Airport or Reus Airport outside of the city, so to find cheap flights to Barcelona might cause you to have to commute to the city.
When in the city, make sure you know some Spanish, as the two official languages are Spanish and Catalan.
Plan for an action-packed trip in Barcelona, with tons of tourist sites to see! The city has a number of museums, including the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Picasso Museum to name a few. For some picture opportunities, you can plan your tour of the city around the Barcelona Cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triomf or the highest structure in Barcelona, the Torre de Collserola.
If sightseeing is not your idea of a good time, you can always people watch at one of the seven beaches in Barcelona. If you're a sports enthusiast, you can always try to catch a ticket to an FC Barcelona football game or catch a car race at the Formula One Spanish Gran Prix.
Whatever you choose to do, you can take public transport around the city. Buses, trams, funiculars and aerial cable cars can get you around every destination you please. You can also opt for the Barcelona Bus Turistic that runs along three sightseeing routes. Passengers are allowed to hop-on and hop-off as many times as they like.
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