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Colourful city life, modern works of art and culinary highlights in the Catalan capital

Barcelona delights with a lively mix of art and architectural highlights, relaxed beach days, vibrant nightlife and culinary delights. It is not without reason that the sunny metropolis attracts countless visitors every year. Find out what makes Barcelona the perfect trendy destination for a city break.

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What makes Barcelona so special?

With a direct flight to Barcelona, you will quickly arrive in Spain’s second largest city. In Barcelona, the traces of famous artists such as Gaudí, Miró or Dalí will accompany you everywhere. After exploring the city’s many impressive sights, you can take a short break to relax on the beach and enjoy a gorgeous sunset before feasting on Spanish delicacies and discovering the vibrant nightlife. Barcelona is many things, but certainly never boring!

Read on to find out which sights you shouldn’t miss and what to look out for when flying to BCN.

The top highlights in Barcelona: SunExpress tips for a successful city trip

Art and architecture sights in Barcelona

Barcelona awaits you with a wealth of sights. Probably the most famous is the Sagrada Familia. Construction of this basilica began as early as 1882 and has not been completed to this day. This masterpiece by the Catalan artist Antoni Gaudí is correspondingly imposing and impressive.

You should also visit Barcelona’s cathedral (“La Catedral”). It is located in the narrow streets of the Gothic quarter (“Barri Gotic”). Getting lost here is not a bad thing, because this is the best way to get to know the authentic little streets with their medieval charm. In the end, you will always end up in one of the larger squares, which invite you to linger and drink a coffee.

Throughout the city, you will encounter the influences of the famous master builder Gaudí. Famous buildings include the Casa Mila and the Casa Batlló. One of the most popular sights is Park Güell, which was also designed by Gaudí. In summer, the shady paths invite you to relax and the bright colours as well as the fantastic view of the city offer fabulous photo opportunities.

You also have great views on Barcelona’s two local mountains: Tibidabo and Montjuïc. Europe’s second-oldest amusement park, the Parque d’Atraccions, is located on the 512-metre Tibidabo. A little less hustle and bustle awaits you on Montjuïc, on which an old castle towers.

Strolling along Barcelona’s La Rambla

“La Rambla” is the city’s 1.3-kilometre-long promenade that leads to the sea. Entertainment is always provided here: street musicians and artists, numerous ice cream shops and cafés invite you to simply let yourself drift.

And if the hustle and bustle of the city is too much for you, the beach is not far away. In the Barceloneta district, you can stroll along the sea, relax in beach bars or refresh yourself in the blue Mediterranean.

Evening programme with culinary highlights

In the evening, Barcelona really comes to life. Discover the culinary diversity of Barcelona and start the evening in one of the many tapas bars. Be sure to try Spanish paella, or traditional tapas dishes such as patatas bravas, calamares and pan con tomate. End the day after dinner in a bar or dance the night away in one of the city’s trendy clubs.

Arrival in Barcelona at BCN Airport

The airport in Barcelona has the official name Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat and the international abbreviation BCN. It is the second busiest in Spain after Madrid Airport and is located about 15 kilometres southwest of the city. BCN has two terminals, with Terminal 2 consisting of areas A, B and C.

FAQs: Flights to Barcelona and arriving at the airport

How far is the airport from the city?

BCN Airport is located 15 kilometres southwest of Barcelona. By car, the journey time is approximately 25 minutes.

How do I get from the airport to the city?

To get from Barcelona airport to the city centre, you have several options. The cheapest option is to take bus number 46, or alternatively you can take the slightly more comfortable Aerobús directly into the city centre, which stops at both terminals. There is also the option of travelling to Barcelona by train or metro. Take the suburban train R2N or metro line 9. Tip: With the Hola Barcelona Travel Card you can use all public transport except Aerobús.

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