Barcelona, Spain - NCL Tours
  • Duration (nights):
    7
    • Adults:
      16+ years
    • Teenagers:
      12-15 years
    • Children:
      2-11 years
    • Infants:
      0-23 months

Welcome to Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter, but a modernist personality represented by architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical Sagrada Família church. Its restaurant scene, anchored by the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars.

How to Get There

By plane, car or train… even by boat! You can get to Barcelona by any means of transport. Here's some information about all the available options to help you decide which type of transport suits you best.

 

Information & Facts

Activities

Barcelona has some of the most unique and inspiring architecture in the world, so a tour of the city's parks, museums and churches is a must. You won't want to miss out on seeing Gaudí's Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. Later, relax on the waterfront with a cool cerveza (beer) or glass of cava, accompanied by some tapas, all the while enjoying a picturesque view of the Mediterranean. After a brief siesta, we suggest you hit the nightlife in Las Ramblas.

Art & Culture  Attractions and leisure  Sports  Sea and Beaches  Mountain and Snow

 

Places to Visit

  • Columbus Monument
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Plaça d'Espanya
  • CosmoCaixa Barcelona
  • Tibidabo
  • Montjuïc Communications Tower
  • Barcelona Pavilion
  • Forum Building
  • Torre de Collserola

Emergency Phone Numbers

  • Emergency services 112

Hospitals

  • Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona, ☎ +34 93 600 97 83

 

Climate

The city of Barcelona has a classic "Mediterranean climate" with mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers. While there are four distinct seasons to the year, they are not at all of equal length if measured by conditions rather than equinoxes: "summer" lasts from May till October (half the year), cooler winter temperatures continue for three months, (December, January and February), and the transitional periods of spring and fall are only represented by the single months of April and November. The hottest month of the year is August, which has average highs of 84º F (29º C) and average lows of 74º F (23º C). The coldest month is January, with highs averaging 59º F (14º C) and lows averaging 49º F (9º C). April has average highs of 66º F (19º C) and average lows of 55º F (13º C), while November has highs of 64º F (18º C) and lows of 53º F (12º C)

 

Climate data for Spain

Current Weather

 

Eating Out

Barcelona is a city with more than 20 Michelin stars in all its restaurants. The Catalans pride themselves in great food. However, Barcelona's cuisine is inconsistent in quality, as with all highly touristic cities, but good food does exist at reasonable prices. The golden rule of thumb applies well in Barcelona; to save money and get better food, look for places off the beaten track by fellow travellers and seek out cafes and restaurants where the locals frequent. A good idea is to avoid restaurants with touts outside

Set menus (menú del dia) Most restaurants (and some bars) offer a menú del dia (menu of the day), which usually means a simple and unpretentious two course meal (one salad, main dish and a drink; plus a dessert sometimes), 3 or 4 options each, with a drink and a dessert, for €8 to €15-20, depending on a restaurant. Keep in mind these are not going to be huge portions. Typically you will get all of the items listed, but they will be one or two mouthfuls at most (i.e., all of the food will fit on one standard sized plate). During the week, some smart restaurants offer lunch specials from 2PM to 4PM. The savvy traveler will try the hip places for a fraction of the price during the day.

Getting Around

Barcelona and its metropolitan area have a wide range of public transport and sightseeing transport options. There are different ticket types so that you can get to where you want to go in Barcelona easily and conveniently.

Metro, FGC & Tram

Bus

Getting around by bike

Getting around by taxi

 

Kids Attractions

A large area, totally free of traffic, with different places to explore, most of them in the open air. That’s the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, an iconic visitor attraction in the heart of Montjuïc. Every Sunday, there’s a different activity: theatre, dance, music, magic, treasure hunts, etc. Throughout the year there are loads of activities to ensure you have a great day out with the family: Carnival, a Giants’ Parade, a Puppet Festival, the Click and Go Fair, the Main Festival, the Medieval Fair, Christmas at the Poble, Halloween... and new additions, including a fantastic flower festival and Midsummer Eve party tailored to all the family. In short, a wide range of activities for all the family.

Language

Catalonia has its own language: Catalan. Most of the people who live in Barcelona are bilingual and speak Catalan and Spanish, which is also an official language. Street names and most road and transport signs are in Catalan. Many restaurants, especially those in the city centre, have menus in several languages. But if there's something you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask, people will be only too happy to help. Many people from Barcelona understand English and French.

 

Night Life

Barcelona never sleeps. The city has set the benchmark for the international electronic music scene and dances to the sounds of the world's top DJs. Barcelona's nightlife is divided into areas which bring together similar styles and characteristics. It's also the perfect place for lovers of jazz, rock, Latin rhythms and pop.

 

Restaurants