Plan your trip and holiday to Barcelona

Updated Jan 12 2024

If you have decided to travel to Barcelona, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a huge variety of attractions, now you only need to plan and organise your trip. Choosing the best dates possible, finding accommodation, thinking about what places in the city you would like to visit, finding information on places that you are still unaware of, choosing the transport to get to your hotel and, if needed, buy any tourist cards online and / or transport to save money during your stay.

Information and tips before travelling to Barcelona

Before coming to Barcelona, it is easier to be informed of everything you need to make the most of your days in the city. From finding out about the most important tourist sights, both museums and monuments, to the different options for leisure and entertainment that the beaches, bars, restaurants and clubs have to offer, to other places to visit such as markets and flea markets.

In addition, we encourage you to walk through the streets most important streets and squares including its many charming corners to be discovered, which you will only bump into by aimlessly wandering through the most charming areas of the city.

How to get around Barcelona? The best travel and transport cards

Once in Barcelona, the best way to make sure that everything runs smoothly is to know how to get around the city and the different transportation options (and transport cards available), both public as well as private options and to know how to choose the best option each time, so you can visit the most important monuments, museums and sights at the best price and whenever possible without having to queue up (for this, some tourist cards offer priority entrance.) Also, for many monuments and museums you can buy the tickets online and then you won’t have to queue.

Barcelona Pass

Combined tickets to top attractions in Barcelona

Barcelona Pass

PARK GÜELL skip the line
SAGRADA FAMILIA skip the line
10% DISCOUNT on other attractions
purchase Barcelona Card

Barcelona Card


Entrance to different museums and places of interest, discounts and unlimited public transport

For 3, 4 or 5 days and -10% online

Barcelona Turisme

purchase tickets Hop-On Hop-Off Barcelona Bus

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Barcelona


For 1 or 2 days

Online discount


Hola Barcelona Travel Card

Hola Barcelona Travel Card


Day pass to use public transport around Barcelona (unlimited travel)

48H | 72H | 96H | 120H


purchase ArticketBCN Passport



Includes entrance to 6 of the most important museums and art foundations

Save money and avoid queuing

Barcelona Turisme

buy Barcelona Card Express

Barcelona Card Express


For 2 days and -10% online

Discounts when buying tickets to museums and places of interest and public transport included

Barcelona Turisme

If you’re returning to Barcelona

If you have already been to Barcelona, we’re sure that you’re even more eager to return, as Barcelona has something, or better said many “things”, to make everyone fall in love with the city during their visit.

It isn’t the same to travel to the city at one time of the year compared to travelling at another time of the year, as the colours, climate, activities and events change. So if you want to come back to Barcelona we recommend you to always and whenever possible, visit at a different time of the year.

The museums, monuments and essential sights and places of Barcelona

There are many iconic sights in Barcelona that you cannot afford to miss. Among them are monuments, museums, tourist attractions, parks, etc. To save you time a great option is to buy tickets online, as this way you avoid the queues at the ticket offices (and as they are popular places the queues can get very long). Also, in some cases you can save more money by buying online.

Online tickets sales to the essential sights

Sagrada Familia tickets

Sagrada Familia


Gaudí’s most ambitious work

Audio guide and skip the line


Casa Batlló tickets

Casa Batlló


Video-guided visit to this masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí

Direct or semi-direct access

Barcelona Turisme

tickets Camp Nou Experience

Camp Nou Experience


Tour of the F.C. Barcelona stadium and visit to the museum

Skip the line


Recinte Modernista Sant Pau tickets

Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site


The largest modernist complex in Europe

Skip the line access


Park Güell tickets

Park Güell


The Gaudí’s garden city project

Skip the line


Joan Miró Foundation Tickets

Joan Miró Foundation


Magnificent collection of the artist Joan Miró

Skip the line


Barcelona Picasso Museum tickets

Barcelona Picasso Museum


Collection of some of the best works of Picasso

Direct access


Book the most suitable accommodation in Barcelona for you

So that your holiday in Barcelona is unforgettable, it is important to choose the best accommodation possible. There is an enormous range of hotels, tourist apartments and hostels in Barcelona which means it will take you a while to choose the most suitable accommodation for your trip. However, we recommend you to start looking for accommodation with enough time beforehand to be able to take advantage of any potential offers.

When to enjoy your trip to Barcelona?

We realise that, more often than not, you only have a certain period when you can take a holiday and it is not always possible to pick which time of the year you want to come and visit the city in. But if it is possible for you to choose, irBarcelona recommends the months of June or September for your first trip to Barcelona.

During these two months the temperature is perfect for enjoying the typical summer sights that the city has to offer such as the beaches, terraces and any activity in the fresh air without suffering from the heat as in July and August. All of this and, of course, it is a lot calmer and more relaxed as there aren’t as many tourists as the main summer months.

The best months to travel to Barcelona

In our opinion, some of the best months to travel to Barcelona are April, May and October as the temperatures are usually very pleasant and the number of tourists in the city aren’t as high (making visits to the more popular sights a lot quieter).

Another advantage of travelling to Barcelona during these months is that you can benefit from some great offers on flights and accommodation, as you aren’t travelling in peak season.

If your only option to travel to Barcelona is during July, August or during the Easter break, which is another busy period for tourists coming to the city, don’t worry as you will still enjoy the many charms of this beautiful place. We only recommend that you book your flights and accommodation with plenty of time in advance so that you can get them at the best price.

Travel to Barcelona when a Festival is on

As we are positive that you will end up coming back to Barcelona over and over again. Christmas is a great time to visit a second time round, as well as the Mercè festival in September or Sant Jordi Day (Saint George’s Day) in April.

These periods are when the city has an extra special charm thanks to the colourful streets and central squares, including different attractions and scheduled activities.

It is also a good idea to book the entrance to certain museums, monuments and tourist sights online beforehand. This way you can save a lot more time by avoiding the long queues that the ticket offices usually have.

For anyone thinking: “But what if…”

Whether it’s the weekend, the weather or any preferences you have for your trip, it’s possible to find the answer you’re looking for below.

More useful information to help you get ready for your trip

We’ve already given you quite a lot of information to help you to start to plan your trip, but some additional information can certainly help and we hope that you can find this by looking on our website. To make it easier for you, here you can find some sections with useful information to organise your holiday in Barcelona in the best way possible.

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