One of Europe’s most popular destinations for a city break, Barcelona is characterised by stunning architectural diversity, from the medieval marvels of the Gothic Quarter to the Catalan Modernist works of Antoni Gaudí, and a wealth of museums and galleries at every corner. The city is split into barrios, all completely unique and perfectly spaced to explore on foot. In the summer, visitors flock to numerous music festivals and the easily accessible golden beaches. Then there’s the eclectic nightlife, endless sunshine and fabulous food – Barcelona has some of the most inventive cuisine in the world. Sample wine in lively bars, savour the taste of Catalunya in traditional tapas restaurants and soak up the atmosphere of this glorious cosmopolitan city.
Best time to go: Late spring or early autumn, when the weather is warm and there are fewer crowds.
The weather in Sicily: Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot humid summers and relatively mild winters. Average daily highs reach 14°C in winter and 29°C in summer.
How to get there: El Prat international airport (barcelona-airport.com) is located approximately 12km south-west of Barcelona and connected to the city by bus, train and metro.
What’s the currency? Euros.
Best ways to get around: In the centre, most distances are walkable, but you can also cycle – Barcelona is an extremely bike-friendly city. The bus and metro networks are an efficient way of covering longer distances.
Recommended films set in Barcelona: Woody Allen’s romantic drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, French-Spanish comedy Pot Luck.
Recommended books set in Barcelona: Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell, gothic thriller The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.