Barcelona is the charming capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous community within the Kingdom of Spain. With over 1.6 million residents within the city limits, Barcelona is one of the world’s leading cultural centres. The main touristic attractions include Las Ramblas, Parc Guell, and the architectural masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. During the summer, various festivals brighten up the city.
Cheap flights to Barcelona are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be inspired by this incredible city! Barcelona is home to El Prat Airport (BCN), also known as Barcelona Airport. El Prat Airport is a 25-minute drive from the city centre, and serves a multitude of airlines – including British Airways, Emirates, Iberia, Turkish Airlines, Swiss Airways, Air France and Lufthansa. Popular international flights to Barcelona are departing from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Why visit Barcelona
- Street Culture and FiestasLose yourself among the cobbled streets and absorb the lively atmosphere as you walk around the sights by day; by night, strap on those dancing shoes and be swept up by the charismatic bars and nightclubs.
- Grand ArchitectureBarcelona’s Gothic and Roman influences are what make the city special. Stroll through the Gothic Quarter and marvel at the grand cathedrals and architectural jewels, such as Casa Batllo.
- Art Galleries and MuseumsArt lovers can experience the works of both earlier and contemporary artists in the Catalan Art Museum and the famous Picasso Museum. The city is a mosaic of creative works and spaces!
Best time to visit Barcelona
Wait for the summer crowds to disperse and book your trip to Barcelona during the shoulder seasons, occurring from April to June, and between September and October. The mild, sunny days and cool nights will make your sightseeing experience very enjoyable. The peak summer months of July and August see temperatures spike and humidity levels rise, making outside activities a little uncomfortable. Should you find yourself in Barcelona during February and March, you can catch the Mardi-Gras carnival celebrating the ‘Arrival of the King’. Music lovers can catch the electronic music festival, featuring world-famous DJs, lighting up the summer sky in June.