Map of routes and landmarks in Barcelona
1. La Sagrada Familia
2. La Rambla
3. Gothic Quarter
4. Casa Batlló
5. Picasso Museum
6. Camp Nou Stadium
Catalan flag and Barcelona coat of arms
Barcelona city limits: ~1.6 million
Metropolitan area: ~3.2 million
Badalona (7 mi / 11 km)
Castelldefels (15 mi / 24 km)
Sabadell (17 mi / 27 km)
Sitges (25 mi/ 40 km)
Tarragona (61 mi / 98 km)
Girona (63 mi / 102 km)
Lérida (105 mi / 169 km)
Palma de Mallorca (155 mi / 250 km)
Located a short distance from the city center, the Barcelona El Prat Airport has two separate terminals with a free bus shuttle service between them.
The most commonly used method of transportation to the city center is the city train, which makes numerous stops, including the Barcelona Sants bus and train station.
The other option is to take metro line I9 Sud, which connects with both terminals (and is the better option to reach Nord Station).
Located in Catalonia, a northeastern province of Spain, Barcelona is a European capital of international tourism. A tourist magnet, this city attracts millions every year thanks to its pleasant beaches, Mediterranean dishes and temples of Catalonian modernist architecture such as the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera (Casa Milà), Casa Batlló and Park Güell. Designed by master of architecture Antoni Gaudí, these buildings are known for their unmistakable peculiar style containing organic forms inspired by natural geometric shapes. Gaudi’s master piece, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, is the greatest exponent of Catalonian modernism. Its construction has been and continues to be (its completion is planned for 2026) an enormous architectural challenge that has required revolutionary techniques and complex elements including catenary arches and double-twisted columns, among others.
Long before the era of Gaudi, Barcelona was already a major Roman colony. Traces of Barcino – the colony’s name in Roman times – can be seen in the remains of walls, baths and other ruins in the Gothic Quarter (the old city). This district also holds the Cathedral of Barcelona, which wasn’t finished until the 20th century and is now one of the city’s main attractions, along with the famous Rambla avenue, which runs through the middle of the Gothic Quarter. This vibrant main street has its own unique identity and connects Catalonia Square (Plaza Catalunya) with the marina. Shops, museums, restaurants and traditional markets such as the colorful Boquería make it impossible to walk past without stopping. Besides the array of restaurants and tapas bars, the Boquería offers some of the best quality commodities for a demanding palate including seafood, meat, fish and typical Spanish products such as jamón serrano y ibérico (cured ham), pimientos del piquillo (bottled red peppers), cured cheeses and sausages.
Barcelona’s ten districts house dozens of museums for all preferences. Some of the most well-known include the Picasso Museum, which is spread among five old palaces on Montcada street and emphasizes Picasso’s early artwork, the National Art Museum of Catalonia and the Joan Miró Foundation in Montjuic, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in the Plaça dels Àngels (“Angels’ Square”), and the FC Barcelona Museum in Camp Nou. The only thing left to do is explore the routes section (above) and breath in Barcelona, but without first saying “bon vent i barca nova!”
Catalonia trains (FGC)