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Barcelona Guide

What are Barcelona's most famous landmarks and monuments?

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited attractions by travellers buying flights to Barcelona. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is an architectural wonder - and it's not finished yet! Construction on the church started on 19 March 1882, and it's predicted it won’t be completed until 2026 or 2028. If you're looking for the best view of the outside of La Sagrada Familia for your holiday happy-snaps, head to Plaça de Gaudi. But don't miss out on seeing inside the church for yourself - it is one of the must-do experiences in Barcelona. The light coming through the glass-stained windows is magical, and the detail of the design is simply extraordinary!

Palau de la Música Catalana

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's an exceptional example of the Modernisme architecture style and is well worth exploring if you’re buying return airfare to Barcelona.

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo is another of Gaudi's masterpieces and is a must-visit for architecture aficionados buying airfare to Barcelona. Admire the gorgeous facade from the street, or head inside to see the elaborate Entrance Hall, the Patio of Lights, an indoor garden and more. If you want the place all to yourself, you can buy a ticket that will grant you access before it opens to the general public.

Barcelona Cathedral

The Barcelona Cathedral is located in the Gothic Quarter of the city. It's one of the most popular attractions on the itineraries of visitors travelling flights to Barcelona, not only for its history but for the views it offers of the city around it. If you want to go inside, tickets cost EUR 7 ($12.07 NZD). Those wanting to snap photos of the Cathedral without too many other tourists in the foreground should time their visit for sunrise.

When is the best time to visit Barcelona?

May to June

Want to skip the summer crowds without missing out on the good weather? Book your flights to Barcelona for travel in May or June. These months are on the cusp of the summer high season, so crowds can be fewer and the weather is yet to be too hot. Take note of key events in May and June though, such as Verbena de Sant Joan and Sonar.

July to August

July to August is peak high season in Barcelona, not just for European travellers but also those international holiday-makers who want to experience a glorious European summer. The summer months can often mean booked-out hotels, increased rates, crowded streets and longer lines or wait times at the major attractions. If you're looking at flights to Barcelona for travel during July or August, it can be worthwhile booking your trip well in advance. If you leave it last minute, you may risk paying more for your plane tickets to Barcelona.

September to December

September to December is a shoulder season, and as the temperatures start to drop, the city’s number of tourists begin to dwindle. One of the perks of travelling in the shoulder season is the potential to snap up cheap flights to Barcelona. There are also some cultural events to put on your radar if travelling during these months, including National Day of Catalonia in September, Spain National Day in October or Fira de Santa Llucia in December.

January to April

The cold winter months are usually the best time to find cheap flights to Barcelona. The cold temperatures tend to keep large crowds of tourists away and hotels tend to offer specials during the tourism lull.

What is the cost of visiting Barcelona?

Eating out in Barcelona

While eating out in Barcelona can be expensive, it’s possible to eat out on a budget. Just avoid the touristy areas or restaurants along main thoroughfares, such as Las Ramblas. You can grab a coffee or a croissant for around 2-3 EUR ($3.45 - $5.17 NZD) for breakfast. If you want to eat out, you can often find a menu del dia (menu of the day) that includes two courses and a drink for 8-15 EUR ($13.80 - $25.87 NZD).

Getting around Barcelona

While it's easy to explore Barcelona on foot, the city has a good public transport system too. The best way to get around is usually with the metro. You can buy a 10-journey ticket for about 10 EUR ($17.25 NZD) and use the same ticket for the city's buses, funiculars and some tram services.

Transport from Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN)

There are taxis waiting outside the arrivals hall at the airport. Expect to pay around 25-30 EUR ($43.14 - $51.75 NZD) for a trip to the city centre from Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN). A cheaper alternative is the public bus. The Aerobus service costs 5.90 EUR ($10.18 NZD). When your flights to Barcelona arrive, you’ll find the service departing outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. If you’re planning a few day trips from Barcelona, you can rent a car from Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN). When booking for your return flights to Barcelona with Webjet, you can also book car hire and save yourself time having to organise one when you first land in Spain.

Sightseeing around Barcelona

As always, booking flights to Barcelona and your accommodations aren’t the only spends you need to account for when planning your holiday to Spain. Make sure your budget has an allowance for sightseeing, especially if you’re planning on ticking off the big-name landmarks. A ticket to enter La Sagrada Familia is currently 15 EUR ($25.87 NZD) per person, but you can admire it outside for free. If you want to visit the Park Guell, you have to pay 7.50 EUR ($12.94 NZD) for access to the front area. Entrance to the Montjuic Castle is EUR 5 ($8.62 NZD). There are also plenty of budget-friendly things for travellers buying tickets to Barcelona. Some of the free things you can do include going on a walking tour, see the Catalan Art Nouveau facades, or visit the Roman remains of Barcino.