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Barcelona at a Glance

Barcelona has art, architecture and street life enough to occupy you for many years.

Let the colors, sounds textures and tastes of the city overwhelm you at Barcelona's central market the Mercat de la Boqueria. Fruits and nuts from Africa, oranges, bread, vegetables, meat, seafood, candy and garlic and displayed to attract the most costumers. The market is loud from the din of people picking out their purchases.

Out on the street, watch street performers, but don't stand too close if you don't want to leave a tip. Aggressive human statues have been known to break their careful pose and chase you down the street if you don't drop a coin in their hat.

For a quieter time, head to one of Barcelona's many art museums. Contemplate Spanish and European masters and soak in the city's creative stew. Barcelona's architecture is well known and some buildings should not be missed. As a goodbye to the city, visit Gaudi's Cathedral for the Sacred Family. At the very top of this ornate and impressive structure you can look out over the city and plan your trip for next time.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Barcelona El Prat Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona
      • Bus Estació del Nord
      • Railroad Estació Sants
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Barcelona has hot summers and cool winters. Weather is mild year round, but thunderstorms occur frequently during the fall.

      Safety Concerns Barcelona has excellent pickpockets who are skilled at distracting you or waiting until you are distracted. Consider a money belt and watch out for your belongings when in crowded or tourist filled areas.

      Health Concerns Barcelona has clean drinking water and good public health.